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|From: luce (lucethejackpine.org)|
|Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 14:29:16 -0700 (PDT)|
There's a ton of great stuff coming up at the Jack Pine. Check it out... ANARCHIST ANTHROPOLOGY STUDY GROUP - SUNDAY AFTERNOONS Starts October 1, 3:00pm Join local activists, students, anarchists, and community members to explore how the scholarly discipline of anthropology, itself a mechanism of the Western colonial apparatus, can be looked to for ethnographic examples of egalitarian forms of social life that can inform our present-day struggles against capitalism and oppression. The direction of the group will be determined collectively by those who are involved, although we will use a syllabus below developed at the Anarchist U in Toronto as our starting point. *Course background* The highly institutionalized disciplines of the social sciences (sociology, economics, criminology, anthropology, etc.) had their origins in the colonial and imperial expansion of the so- called west; with its attendant mass murder, emergence of the nation- state and its alter ego, the vertically integrated political and economic entity known as the corporation, structured transnational capital flows disguised as the 'free market', and the manufacture of consent through explicit programs of political war and repression, physical and mental coercion, and a vast and powerful propaganda industry. Despite this history, over the last 125 years anthropology has been one of the few intellectual projects that arose from the colonial apparatus whose practitioners have observed that other, alternative social forms and practices exist and are relevant for an understanding of the human condition. The social practices that early anthropologists observed were often based on the notion of ! egalitarianism and maintaining decentralized structures of social power. These forms and practices were of tremendous, perhaps infinite variation in terms of human behavior. And this wide variation precluded the notion that individual societies paralleled or preceded or fit in anywhere along a single or even multiple 'progression' to modernity, capitalism and so- called representative democracy. For all its imperial roots, anthropology has been the one discipline geared toward documenting these kinds of societies, and thus has been able to elucidate the fact that primitive societies in terms of social and cultural creativity and practice do not exist. Indeed, some of the most socially creative societies are the most egalitarian. Early anthropologists used the condescending and myopic perspectives of the colonial, yet still were able to see the creativity they were encountering and transmit that knowledge despite their own racist and imperial leanings. This realization of the "range of human possibility" combined with an ethnographically- based methodological approach rooted in conversation, interview, and dialogue inched these early anthropologists closer to an understanding of the webs of shifting social values and practice that are geared toward social and cultural creativity and diversity that at specific moments opened up what can be considered anarchic spaces. ! In these societies, social practice can be linked with parallel core anarchist values such as self-organization, voluntary association, and mutual aid, among others. Course description: This course is an investigation and consideration of a body of social theory and practice that does not yet exist. By formulating ideas and dialogue and practicing principles of a participatory and egalitarian intellectual project, we hope to in a small way engage in a conversation of anarchist principles and the idea of an anthropology, a study of human experience and condition that has relevance for revolutionary change. We will do so by using ethnography, material culture, and archaeological data to investigate particular societies, communities, and cultures that provide insight into the practice of basic principles of human behavior, anarchist principles in varying cultural and social contexts and settings. The basic ideals early anarchists observed were recognized as having been in existence across a universe of human social experience. Incidentally, Bakunin, Kropotkin and others clearly recognized that they were inventing nothing particularly special in the sense that ! they knew many societies were already putting into practice what they were writing down. We will continue to elaborate specific practices that can and are being undertaken by varying communities locally and around the globe, and to document how their example contributes to a revolutionary project of social change. Some questions we might consider, but are in no way limited to: How can we build a body of social theory based on change? What is the meaning of revolution? How can we deprive structures of domination of their sustenance? How do we re- organize away from centralized political and economic power? What forms can direct democracy take in terms of implementing a participatory and egalitarian consensus process among and between communities? How can we build a better world within the shell of the old? The full course schedule is available at http://www.thejackpine.org/?q=node/266 RECLAIM EDUCATION- TENT STATE ORGANIZING MEETING This Sunday, October 1, 4:00pm >From crisis to revolt... Santiago. Oaxaca. Paris. Athens. Minneapolis. St. Paul. From the Oaxacan Zocalo to the Champs Elysees, the last year has seen the rise of a new wave of global movements to reclaim the commons of education. After years of funding cuts, decreasing access, increasing fees, slashed budgets, and dashed dreams, we say NO MORE. We have fought and lost battles on this terrain before. General College. 'Need-Blind' admissions. We have been unable to halt the neoliberal offensive with single-issue campaigns and tactics born in the 1960s. A change in strategy is long overdue. In a world conquered by division, the answers often already exist, but only awaitc ommunication. We can look elsewhere in the US for inspiration, particularly to the experiments of Tent State. Tent State: Beyond Student Protest Beginning at Rutgers University in 2003, students on dozens of campuses across the country have set up week-long 'tent universities' on the campus commons to protest the state-imposed crisis of higher education. It's time to bring this model to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Although it is intended to protest the underfunding of education, the Tent State model goes beyond protest by actually creating a living alternative to the existing system. Professors are invited to teach their classes in the commons, coalitions are built with and between student and community groups, which are given time for teach-ins about their struggles and campaigns. Tent State opens space for dialog, allowing us to sow the seeds of future, even more effective mobilizations. The Tent State project is highly compatible with the Experimental College and similar alternative education efforts underway. However, it has the added element of protest, and creates a physical space for encounter between and beyond the student community. Participate! A group of students, education workers, and community members from across the Twin Cities is forming to plan a tent-state event for next spring. If you are interested in organizing tent state, please come to this meeting TWIN CITIES IWW - GENERAL MEMBERSHIP BRANCH MEETING Tuesday October 3, 7:00pm All workers and students, employed or otherwise, are welcome at the monthly meeting of the IWW. Child care is available during the meeting. Local Wobblies are on the street more and more these days, as organizing activities abound. Come hear the exciting news about re-establishing the Work Peoples College, along with plans to introduce industrial unionism to education workers around the Twin Cities. As always, don't work too hard! DOOHICKEY PROJECT Friday, October 6, 3-10pm The doohickey project is a few friends struggling to reclaim knowledge and control over our bodies. We are planning a cross-country tour this fall to open a forum for people of all genders to discuss reproductive and sexual health with an emphasis on abortion options. On the tour we will be prepared to present workshops on these topics: * An introduction: Outlining some ancient fertility control methods practiced in various cultures, recognition of some of the ways white supremacy has affected people of color's reproductive health and abortion access, and how to be an ally to transgendered folks. * Menstruation, physiology and fertility cycles: A look at the menstrual cycle, the hormones involved and basic fertility signs. * Anatomy and Self-examination: An overview of external vulva-clitoral genitalia and internal sexual and reproductive organs, with diagrams and/or demonstrations. An option of guided cervical self-exams with speculums. * Abortion options: Presenting some options for promoting bleeding. Including an explaination of clinical abortion procedure, access and legalities. An introduction to the process and plants used to induce menses herbally, and a description of menstrual extraction. * Facilitated discussion: On self-help/friendship groups, creating local health collectives and networking. * Option of film showings: "Jane: An Abortion Service" and "March for Women?s Lives" We very much want for people in each town to prepare additional workshops or discussion topics. If what you are most passionate and knowledgeable about is something that we've already listed that doesn't mean that you shouldn't present on that topic, it would be great if you did. It would also be great to have workshops on additional topics like, herbs for healthy pregnancy and birthing, trans health care, sexually transmitted infections, birth control options, your towns radical abortion history, etc. Please consider preparing a short workshop. If you decide to arrange something, get in touch with us with information on where you are and what topic(s) you'd like to cover. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS This is a call for new volunteers for the Jack Pine Community Center. The JPCC opened last spring in South Minneapolis, and has been providing a cheap/free family-friendly space for radical events, meetings, and community-building ever since. We try and maintain 40 open hours a week during which people can drop in to use the computers/internet, check out the library, hang out, etc. However, as of late, there?s been a lot of strain on collective and volunteer energy so we?re putting out this call! We need people who can commit to at least one weekly shift (anywhere from 2 to 6 hours). If you?re interested, contact luce [at] thejackpine.org We also need volunteers for things besides open hours, too, so if you want to help but don?t have the time for a weekly commitment, or feel that you?d be more help in some other capacity, contact us anyway! THE REQUISITE ASK FOR MONEY The Jack Pine is asking people who can to make a monthly pledge to help make our project sustainable. Our goal is to raise $1500 per month ? in other words, our rent. If 100 people pledge $15 each, we're there! Not having to worry about money gives us way more time to organize awesome programming. Contact info [at] thejackpine.org if you can help us out. COMING SOON - MORE DETAILS TBA Love Your Body - An Event Organized by NOW Friday, October 20 Refuseniks Film Screening - sometime in early November "Refuseniks uses stunning archival footage, still photos and interviews to document the stories of Israeli men and women who refuse to serve in the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Refuseniks is a moving portrait of men and women who were willing to risk imprisonment to take a stand against the occupation by refusing to serve. Men and women who came to believe that this stand was crucial to their own humanity and to the future of their country." Following will be a panel discussion with Macalester professor Peter Rachleff, poet and playwright Ismail (Sim) Khalidi and Iraq Veteran and Conscientious Objector Patrick Wright. Thanks for reading, and tell your junior rebels we say hi. Love, the Jack Pine -- Jack Pine Community Center 2815 E. Lake St., Mpls www.thejackpine.org 612.729.2837
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