Join Akilah S. Richards, author of Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work, at the PARENTING DECOLONIZED CONFERENCE: Rona, Racism, and Radical Parenting, A FREE
Join Akilah S. Richards, author of Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work, at the PARENTING DECOLONIZED CONFERENCE: Rona, Racism, and Radical Parenting, A FREE virtual conference to help you learn how to be a more intentional, conscious parent amidst the chaos to raise liberated children. January 15th to 17th, 2021. Register for free and learn more here and at the link below.
“This is an insightful, brilliant book by one of today’s most inspiring leaders in the realm of Self-Directed Education. We see here how respecting children, listening to them, and learning from them can revolutionize our manner of parenting and remove the blinders imposed by the forced schooling that we nearly all experienced. I recommend it to everyone who cares about children, freedom, and the future of humanity.”
—Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, author of Free to Learn
Akilah S. Richards is a public speaker and the founder of Raising Free People Network, a social enterprise focused on resolving the ways that unexamined experiences with bias and oppression disrupt families’ and organizations’ capacity to sustain cultures of belonging.
january 15 (Friday) - 17 (Sunday)
Virtual Conference -- Free to Attend!
Imagining Other Jewish Worlds with Simone Zelitch and Max Gross on Monday, January 25 from 7:00 PM 8:30 PM, hosted by Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane
Imagining Other Jewish Worlds with Simone Zelitch and Max Gross on Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane Philadelphia, PA, 19119.
Big Blue Marble invites you to imagine alternative paths for post WWII European Jews with novelists Simone Zelitch and Max Gross.
Simone Zelitch’s novel Judenstaat imagines a world in which a Jewish state is founded not in Palestine but in Germany, where citizens find themselves pulled into the pressures of the Cold War while dealing with trauma and secrets. Max Gross’s nove “The Lost Shtetl” imagines a village so remote and isolated that it goes untouched by the Holocaust and the Cold War, until a bitter divorce crashes the town into the 21st century.
Simone Zelitch is the author of five novels, most recently Judenstaat (PM Press 2020), a alternative history about a Jewish State established in Germany after World War Two. Her novels range in subject matter from a medieval peasant revolt, to 1964’s Mississippi Freedom Summer, to re-imaginings of Exodus and Numbers and the Book of Ruth. Her work has been taught in colleges across the country, including at the University of Miami in a class called “Bad Jews”. She teaches at Community College of Philadelphia where she and her students recently survived their first semester online. Find out more about the author and her work at www.simonezelitch.com
Max Gross was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn. He is the son of two writers and attended Saint Ann’s School and Dartmouth College. Gross lived in Israel for a year after college and worked for the Forward newspaper and the New York Post. He is currently the editor in chief of the Commercial Observer, a weekly real estate publication. He lives in Forest Hills, N.Y. with his wife and son. “The Lost Shtetl” is his first novel.
(Monday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join three expert panelists for an online discussion on modern-day witch hunting and the role capitalism plays in this age-old phenomenon with
Join three expert panelists for an online discussion on modern-day witch hunting and the role capitalism plays in this age-old phenomenon with with Silvia Federici, Ian Brennan, and Marilena Umuhoza Delli.
Friday, January 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST hosted by Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. Register here or at the link below.
This intriguing conversation will center around Witch Camp (Ghana), a new music record featuring women throughout northern Ghana who have been accused of witchcraft and banished to “witch camps.” The discussion includes how the phenomenon of witch-hunting persists globally in the modern day, largely driven by forces of capitalism.
Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and activist. In 1972, she cofounded the International Feminist Collective that launched the Wages for Housework campaign. Her books include Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women; Caliban and the Witch; and most recently, Beyond the Periphery of the Skin, which explores the question: What does “the body” mean, today, as a category of social or political action?
Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer and the author of four books. He has worked with the likes of John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and on an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment. His latest book, Silenced by Sound, delves into his personal story to address the inequity of distribution in the arts.
Marilena Umuhoza Delli is a photographer, author, and filmmaker whose work has been published around the world by the BBC, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, VICE, Libération, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, The New York Times, among others. She produced all of the photos and video for twenty-six albums by international artists in the past decade, and her newest book is Negretta: Baci Razzisti.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Politics and Prose online event
Join a presentation by Peter Cole on his new book Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly at the 2021 virtual Derry
Join a presentation by Peter Cole on his new book Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly at the 2021 virtual Derry Radical Book Fair on Saturday, January 30th at 4pm Derry time, 11am EST and 8am PST. Learn at the book fair website here, at the link below, and on the Facebook event here.
About the book and author:
In the early twentieth century, when many US unions disgracefully excluded black and Asian workers, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) warmly welcomed people of color, in keeping with their emphasis on class solidarity and their bold motto: “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All!” Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly tells the story of one of the greatest heroes of the American working class.
A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Benjamin Fletcher (1890–1949) was a tremendously important and well-loved African American member of the IWW during its heyday. Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union, unquestionably the most powerful interracial union of its era, taking a principled stand against all forms of xenophobia and exclusion.
For years, acclaimed historian Peter Cole has carefully researched the life of Ben Fletcher, painstakingly uncovering a stunning range of documents related to this extraordinary man. Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly is the most comprehensive look at Fletcher ever to be published. It includes a detailed biographical sketch of his life and history, reminiscences by fellow workers who knew him, a chronicle of the IWW’s impressive decade-long run on the Philadelphia waterfront in which Fletcher played a pivotal role, and nearly all of his known writings and speeches, thus giving Fletcher’s timeless voice another opportunity to inspire a new generation of workers, organizers, and agitators. This revised and expanded second edition includes new materials such as facsimile reprints of two extremely rare pamphlets on racism from the early twentieth century, more information on his prison years and personal life, additional recollections from friends, greater consideration of Fletcher from a global perspective, and much more.
Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the author of the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area and Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia. He coedited Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW. He is the founder and codirector of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project.
(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Live virtual event on 1/30