We are now in a promising period of political imagination for a broad new anti-capitalist movement. This movement, primarily referred to as “The Occupy Movement” is of course much broader then just the protests and encampments that have taken place across the US since September, it’s history much deeper.
The 99% provided this movement with a great new slogan, something that has entered into our everyday vocabulary just six months later. Still, there are many divisions and questions facing this 99% specifically around race, class, gender & sexuality. The strength of the 99% always lay in its diverse identities, but its weakness lies in those differences at times not being acknowledged or discussed in a principled manner that brings everyone’s voices to the forefront, including those most often marginalized within the 99%.
In this conversation series, an inter-generational group of activists and organizers will discuss questions of feminism, anti-racism and leadership as it relates to the Occupy movement and beyond.
Brecht Forum, 451 West St., New York City
Featuring Nicole Carty, Ynestra King & Rob Robinson
Feminism potentially provides an indispensable analysis that should inform the thinking and action of contemporary movements beyond issues of fairness and composition into the most basic imagination concerning our ideal revolutionary, the relationship between the labor of care and the labor of resistance, racism and gender oppression, sexual self-determination including boundaries and frontiers, the contribution of individual story hearing/telling to movement building, forms of organization and process, and the centrality of the body linking issues of fertility and reproduction to issues of economy and ecology as crucial to an anti-capitalist politics.
We know, that as we head into what should be an exciting Spring, these questions will continue to come up and the movement(s) will collectively continue to grapple with them. This conversation series hopes to make a modest contribution towards building a healthier, stronger and ultimately more transformative movement to confront global capitalism.
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15, no one turned away. Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers Register online now.
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