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On Saturday evening Ajamu Nangwaya is joining us for Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing is the Difference-maker, the Toronto launch of Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up? Organizing Twenty-First Century Resistance at A Different Booklist to reflect on some of the barriers communities face when resisting violence and oppression. The book brings together perspectives from artists, activists, and academics across the global north and south to reflect on organizing and resistance to capitalism, state violence and lateral violence within community spaces. (More from AK Press: https://www.akpress.org/why-don-t-the-poor-rise-up.html)
I’ll be talking a bit about my chapter on organizing against racism, bigotry, and violence within the labour movement. It would be awesome to see a few friendly faces around to celebrate with us!
Ellie Ade Kur, author of the chapter “Organizing With Solidarity in Mind: Notes on Social Movement Unionism and Critical Equity Work” and Ajamu Nangwaya, a co-editor of the book, will share their perspectives on the book’s themes and the types of actions that are needed to organize and fight for liberation/the good and just society.
WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017
TIME: 6:30PM – 9:30PM
WHERE: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON (one block north of Bloor Street West)
Each of these essays is a sharpened weapon for the battles looming large on the horizon.” —George Ciccariello-Maher, author of Building the Commune
“Combining the most creative thought from the global North and South, Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? promises to be an indispensable resource for understanding why the new revolutionary movement of the 21st century will emerge from the ranks of the most marginalized by capitalism and colonialism.” —Ajamu Baraka, editor of Black Agenda Report
“Capitalism is not the answer to poverty but rather its cause! This collection presents diverse global and radical perspectives on the poor and poverty while demonstrating concretely how and why the poor do rise up! Importantly, the collection presents strategies for building social movements of the radical Left that are a meaningful alternative to the populist right currently in ascendancy.” —Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins, Catholic theologian, Kingston, Jamaica
Why don’t the poor rise up? Even mainstream media like the New York Times and The Economist have recently posed this question, uneasily amazed that capitalism hasn’t met with greater resistance. In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways. With contributions from Idle No More organizer Alex Wilson, noted Italian autonomist Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Cooperation Jackson organizer Kali Akuno, Cape Town-based anarchists Aragorn Eloff and Anna Selmeczi, and sixteen other scholars and activists from around the world, including a Foreword by Affiong Limene Affiong, Nigerian co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan-Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network, Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? presents a truly global range of perspectives that explore the question of revolution, its objective and subjective prerequisites, and its increasing likelihood in our time.
“Revolution is the most dramatic appearance of a conscious people.”
“The responsibility of an artist representing an oppressed people is to make revolution irresistible.”
– Toni Cade Bambara