NYC July 27-29: Kasama at Red Power Mixtape conference

 

 

On July 27-29, the Brecht Forum in NYC will be hosting a series of talks titled

"All that is solid melts into air: the red power mixtape.

Eric Ribellarsi, national organizer of Kasama's project will be speaking on Saturday July 28 at 4 pm.

 

Eric will speak on his recent experiences in Greece as a revolutionary journalist and what the prospects are for revolution in the midst of inhuman austerity and courageous resistance.

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The Brecht Forum’s annual Summer Intensive is designed as an introduction to the theoretical and practical traditions that trace their origins to the works of Karl Marx and Frederich Engels....

As the current crisis deepens and the state finds itself deploying more of the public wealth to save private capital, people are demanding answers that respect their intelligence and get to the root of the problem.

Through lectures, readings and lively discussion, in an adamantly open-minded environment, participants will be introduced to Karl Marx' revolutionary critique of capitalism--not to find a ready-made blueprint for change, nor a dogma that excludes other traditions, but for tools of analysis that can help us to think more strategically and act more effectively.

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Thursday Evening Opening 6:30 – 8:30 Between the 501c-3 & Zuccotti The Question of Political Organization in the US Today Meaghan Lenick, Shaun Lin, Max Uhlenbeck & Others TBAThe final sentence of Karl Marx's Theses on Feuerbach famously reads "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it." So how to go about changing the world? Beyond individual study, recycling, or shopping for organic foods at your local farmers market, the question of activism, and more specifically what form of organization that activism should take, has always been a central one for those on the left.
Friday, July 27 9.00 – 9.30 Registration
  9:30 – 10:30 Basics of Marxist Method Liz Mestres What is it about marxism that provides us with a different way of understanding societh and analyzing our reality? This opening session will highlight some of the elements of marxist method that will be reappearing throughout this three-day intensive. In preparation, participants can read "First Premises of Materialist Method," a brief section of Marx and Engels' early work together--The German Ideology.
  10:30 – 12:30 Capital 101 Randy MartinA collective reading of Marx's Capital is the ideal occasion for turning austerity to solidarity. We'll take a close look at his opening gambit, which begins with the primacy of the commodity and discloses the universe of mutually associated interdependent labor that capital depends upon but cannot abide. We'll then consider how Marx would understand the world of work today, and where finance, which has caused so much mischief of late be grasped from the perspective of the socialization of labor that underpins his analysis.
  12:30 – 1:00 LUNCH
  1:00 – 2:30 Marxism & the State Ganesh TrichurHow do we understand the relationship of the state and modern capitalism? What might a revolutionary state look like after capitalism? In this session we look at the state through Marx's writings on the Paris Commune of 1871 to Lenin's State and Revolution.
< 3:00-5:30 Communist Horizons Jodi Dean
Saturday, July 28 9:30 – 10:30 Pancakes & Dialectics .
  10:30 – 12:00 Race, Class & U.S. Formation Matthew Birkhold
  12:00 – 1:30 Marx's Theory of Labor: Perspectives & Challenges Tim SchermerhornWhat role does labor play in our understanding of the world? What constitutes class struggle and class consciousness? How has the labor movement evolved and what are the challenges of the current moment of austerity? Veteran labor activist Tim Schermerhorn takes on these questions.
  1:30 – 2:30 LUNCH
  2:30 – 4:00 Understanding Marxism & Gender Through Claudia Jones Alondra Nelson
  4:00 – 5:30 The Coming of a New International: Looking at Greek Revolts & Maple Spring Eric Ribellarsi & Astra TaylorThe Occupy Wall Street movement was largely influenced and shaped by the revolts in North Africa and Southern Europe. These cross currents brought together both by a common struggle against austerity and the rise of social media has allowed for a blossoming of solidarity activism not seen in many years.In recent months, our attention has turn to Greece and our neighbor to the north, Montreal. Both have activiated youth movements to challenge the dominance of capital and austerity. Eric Ribellarsi will speak on his experiences in Greece as an investigative journalist and what the prospects are after the 2012 parliamentary elections there. Astra Taylor, noted writer and film maker will break down the Maple spring uprising in Montreal and what it means for the future of occupation here in the USA.
Sunday, July 29 10:30 - 12:30 Challenging a Culture of Domination Gramsci, The Blacks Panthers and Revolutionary Hip Hop Harmony Goldberg, Donna Murch & Shahid StoverThis panel discussion will build upon the Marxist notion of praxis (conscious political and creative active) as seen through the lens of Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci, the development of the Black Panther Party and the creation of hip hop.The three topics are interwoven by a need on the part of revolutionaries to develop a revolutionary cultire that can challenge the dominate practices of the US capitalist state. How do current organizing practices center culture? How do we connect in the era of Facebook to create new sensibilities for revolutionary practice.
  12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH

 

 

 

1:30 – 3:00 Dialectics & Science Richard Levins
  3:00 – 4:30 Crisis & Openings Rick Wolff
  4:30 GRADUATION & EVALUATION

 

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