Post 1 “On the Bad Side of Town”
If they wrote country songs about organizing mobilizations, they might sing something like this:
“It’s just one more earnest meeting…
How do we turn this country ‘round?
In one more dusty warehouse,
On the bad side of town…”
I’m here at the preparations for the protests against the RNC, the Republican National Convention, in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It’s a familiar scene: half a dozen of us early arrivals and locals huddled around a giant map of the downtown area. Twenty seven years ago, when I took my first nonviolence training in preparation for my first nonviolent direct action at Diablo Canyon in central Californai. The thing that most impressed me was the maps.
[This is an exciting project of study and reflection on radical practice. Please take some time to read through the articles, if you’re interested. I recommend: Team Colors‘, Introduction to the Project, El Kilombo & Michael Hardt in Conversation, Organizing Encounters and Generating Events, and, finally, smartMeme‘s, Story-Based Strategies for Direct Action Design.]
Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind?:
Team Colors is a national collective engaged in ‘militant research.’ In May, in partnership with the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, we published “In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement, and Movements,” a one-off online journal inquiring into the composition and potential for movements in the current period.Continue reading
Listen to The Next American Revolution Speech, by Grace Lee Boggs, presented at the Left Forum Closing Plenary, Cooper Union, in New York, on March 16, 2008. Find the text of this speech here.
The Next American Revolution
By Grace Lee Boggs
Left Forum Closing Plenary, Cooper Union,
New York, March 16, 2008
I have decided to talk about the next American Revolution because I
believe it is not only the key to global survival but also the most
important step we can take in this period to build a new, more human
and more socially and ecologically responsible nation that all of us,
in every walk of life, whatever our race, ethnicity, gender, faith or
national origin, will be proud to call our own.Continue reading