[URPE] [NYC] [Brechtevents1] Anti-War/Alter-Globalization, Films on Argentina, Jewish Critics of Israel and More!
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P L E A S E F O R W A R D W I D E L Y
The Brecht Forum
451 West St. (Betw Bank & Bethune)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242- 4201
1,2,3 A,C,E to 14th st.
14A and 14D buses to Abingdon Square/12th Street
L to 8th Ave @14th st.
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PLEASE NOTE: NOV 3 BOOK PARTY 'BLACK GIRLS LEARN LOVE HARD' WITH RAS BARAKA HAS BEEN POSTPONED. STAY POSTED FOR RESCHEDULING OF EVENT.
A one hour edit of last friday's (10/28) Cooper Union event celebrating our 30th
anniversary with Tariq Ali, David Harvey, Corlita Mahr, and Bhairavi Desai
will be cablecast on Truth For A Change this coming Thursday, November 3rd,
at 9:30 AM on MNN Channel 34 (TimeWarner) and Channel 110 (RCN) and
simultaneously streaming over the internet at http://www.mnn.org and then
selecting channel 34.
Wednesday, November 2
Wednesdays Against War Series
The Anti-war & Alter-globalization Movements: Contradictions and
Invited Panelists Include: Ayca Cubukcu, Deepa Fernandes, Francesca
Fiorentini, David Graeber, Judith LeBlanc, Brooke Lehman, Bruce Robbins
In the days and months following September 11, 2001, the anti-war
movement's emergence in the United States was significantly facilitated
by the organizational and political infrastructures of an already
existing alter-globalization movement that had made a dramatic
appearance during the WTO meeting in Seattle, 1999. By the fall of 2005,
have these two movements strengthened each other or not? To what extent
is the anti-war movement informed by a critique of neo-liberal
capitalism? In what ways is the alter-globalization movement equipped to
critique global institutions of governance and international law such as
the United Nations? What critical praxis can be forged between these two
Sliding Scale $6/$10/$15
Thursday, November 3
5-Session Seminar Begins
International Law & Universal Rights: Critiques & New Imaginaries
In the months following September 11, 2001, many anti-war activists and
scholars alike have proposed that an alternative to the US-led wars
could be the mobilization of international institutions of law. But are
international law and war really mutually exclusive, given, for example,
the often-cited legality of the intervention in Yugoslavia and the First
Gulf War as sanctioned by United Nations? When legal wars are waged on
the grounds of "exceptionality," and increasingly conducted in the name
of protecting universal rights, this seminar will explore the intimate
relationship between law and violence and the discourse of universal
rights as a basis for, simultaneously, a global law and a global war.
Ayça Çubukçu, inspired by the labor of the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI),
and drawing on her involvement with the WTI in New York and Istanbul, is
writing a dissertation in the Department of Anthropology, Columbia
University on war, empire and the possibilities of resistance.
Friday, November 4
Radicals, Rabbis and Peacemakers: Conversations With Jewish Critics Of
Rev. Daniel Berrigan, Seth Farber, Joel Kovel, Steve Quester & Others
TBA. Moderated by Michael Smith
Contributors to this new book are among the leading American Jewish
critics of Zionism and of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians:
Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Marc Ellis, Adam Shapiro, Phyllis
Bennis, Rabbi Weiss of Neturei Karts and others. It is edited and
includes a commentary by Dr Seth Farber, a psychologist and member of
Jews Against the Occupation. In 2002 in the wake of the Israeli massacre
in Jenin, Farber decided to make public his opposition as a Jew to
Israel's occupation, and the subjugation of Palestinians to its reign of
state-terrorism. At the time Farber realized that the only introduction
for non-specialists to a Jewish critique of Israeli policies was Michael
Lerner's Healing Israel/Palestine. Farber felt Lerner's Zionism led to
serious flaws in his analysis. Thus Farber began puitting together the
current book which serves as an introduction to the non-Zionist and
anti-Zionist critique of Israel that had been elaborated over the last
15 years (and longer) by leading American Jewish scholars, theologians
and activists. Farber's own commentary argues that Zionism is a betrayal
of the ideals of prophetic Judaism.
Rev Daniel Berrigan will be in attendance and will answer questions
people may have on his views on Israel/ Palestine.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Saturday, November 5
ANTI-WAR WEDNESDAY ON SATURDAY
"Bring the Troops Home, Abolish the Army!"
Invited Panelists Include: Diana Dolev, Basak Ertur, Mary Nolan, Naomi
Schiller, speakers from Critical Resistance, Iraq Veterans Against the
War, and Military Familes Speak Out
This roundtable discussion is an attempt to locate the U.S. anti-war
movement within a global context of anti-militarist strategies. How do
we resist the militarization of U.S. public life, including much of the
discourse amongst the anti-war movement? How do we articulate
anti-militarist positions within a mainstream left that is contaminated
by imperial delusions? What are the implications and limitations of
building an anti-war mobilization around military families? What are the
difficulties that the anti-military recruitment activists face and how
do we help strengthen their efforts?
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Sunday, November 6
Steve Dalachinsky & Matt Shipp + Barry Wallenstein & Daniel Carter
Words and music by two of New York City's finest poets, two of its best
Monday, November 7
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Yoga practices for body, breath and mind can help activists develop
minds and bodies able to sustain a life-long commitment to revolutionary
struggle. Workers can benefit greatly from yoga to fight stress, sustain
energy, and combat alienation. Vinyasas, a flowing series of yoga poses,
were developed by workers who needed a quick and powerful yoga practice
for their work breaks. Many poses can be done on an office chair.
Because yoga practice relies on going to the edge of each person's
effort for that day, that moment, it is a flexible practice adaptable to
any physical condition and age. Learn yoga practices and explore how to
adapt them to your needs and integrate them into your daily life. Please
wear loose comfortable clothes, bring a towel or yoga mat, and wait to
eat until after class.
Maritza Arrastia is a certified Integral Yoga Teacher.
Single sessions: $10
4-Session Card: $35
Wednesday, November 9
Bringing Guantanamo Home: The "Guantanamobile Project" & Strategies for
Resistance to Torture
This panel, which will center on a discussion and film screening
related to "The Guantanamobile Project," will feature activists,
scholars, and legal experts involved in raising awareness about, and
resisting, policies of detention and torture that are best embodied by
Guantanamo. "The Guantanamobile Project" (see http://guantanamobile.org)
is a multi-media activist project designed to raise awareness about the
continuing detentions of prisoners from the 'war on terror' at
Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. One component of the project is a
documentary film, which combines interviews with many of those involved
in the Supreme Court Case with interviews with ordinary Americans about
their understanding of the situation in Guantanamo. Project members have
been touring the U.S. with footage from the documentary-in-progress and
using it as the basis for a discussion of both the Guantanamo detentions
and of various strategies for media activism. They have also staged
guerilla projection events, screening their film out of the back of a
van. In each city, they were met by "ground crews" they had networked
over the course of the spring and summer through a website that features
information about the project along with a Guantanamo news blog. This
event will provide a forum for discussing new strategies for activism
and resistance against detentions and torture.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Thursday, November 10
FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Worker Self-Management: 2 Films on the New Labor Strategies in Argentina
Discussion with filmmaker Mare Trigona
Grupo Alavío,will talk about the history and current state of the
Argentine working class struggle to reclaim factories and create and
maintain worker self-management. Grupo Alavío's will also share their
experiences in supporting the struggle through the use of video
materials. Two of Grupo Alavío's documentaries will be shown. All films
are in Spanish with English subtitles, and the talk will be bi-lingual.
La Foresta Belongs to the Workers, 45min, 2005
The film tells the story of a group of workers who are fighting to
recuperate La Foresta meatpacking plant in La Matanza, on the outskirts
of Buenos Aires city. Most of the factory's employees have worked their
for decades, through the good times and bad times. In 1999, the plant
went bust, a series of businessmen rented the facilities, making quick
profits and then abandoning the factory for greener pastures. In January
2005, the last such renter, MEYPACAR, told the remaining 186 workers
that the plant would be closing temporally for renovations. MEYPACAR
never reopened the plant. Grupo Alavío's film follows the 70 workers
who've put up a legal fight to keep their factory and start up
production without a boss or owner, under worker-self management.
ZANON (building resistance) 18min, 2003.
In 2001 Zanon's owner fires the workers at Latin America's largest
ceramics plant in the Southern Province of Neuquén. After resisting
outside the plant, the group of workers decide collectively to
recuperate and put the plant to produce. In the film, Zanon ceramists
narrate their day-to-day work, struggles and hopes to continue
production under worker control.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Friday, November 11
Novel Directions of the Chavista Movement in Venezuela
Until 2004, the Chavista Movement was mostly defined on the basis of
what it was not: Anti-neoliberal, anti-privatization, opposed to 'the
old way of doing politics.' Over the last two years a new model has
begun to emerge that includes innovative programs such as the 'Barrio
Adentro' Mission of doctors who live and work in slum areas, televised
meetings of authorization of credits to cooperatives, expropriation of
factories shut down by management, and the effort to define what Chavez
calls "twenty-first century socialism."
Steve Ellner has lived in Venezuela for thirty years and has taught at
the Universidad de Oriente since 1977. He is author of numerous articles
and books on the Venezuelan left, organized labor and political parties,
including Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era: Class, Polarization and
Conflict (co-edited with Daniel Hellinger in 2003) and Venezuelan
Exceptionalism Revisited (co-edited with Miguel Tinker Salas and
published in two issues of Latin American Perspectives in 2005). He has
contributed regularly to In These Times, NACLA: Report on the Americas,
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Saturday, November 12
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
2-DAY WORKSHOP BEGINS
Forum Theater: An Introduction to Theater of the Oppressed
Facilitated by: Carmelina Cartei & Kelly di Bertolli
Saturday, November 12, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (includes group meal from 6:00
Sunday, November 13, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
This introductory workshop is framed as a practical application of
Education for Liberation, specifically, the Paulo Freire methodology. An
innovative approach to public forums, Forum Theater analyzes situations
of conflict involving oppression, in which the action to be taken is not
immediately clear. Themes to be developed are suggested by participants
and chosen by vote. Workshop participants (the actors) are asked to tell
personal stories of unresolved conflicts, taken from daily life,
stemming from political or social problems of difficult solution. Skits
depicting those conflicts are improvised and presented. Each story
represents the perspective of an oppressed protagonist actively engaged
in implementing a strategy for resolving a conflict; the original
strategy fails, however, due to at least one social or political error.
When the skit is over, the audience discusses the proposed strategy, and
then the scene is performed once more. But now, audience members are
urged to intervene by stopping the action, coming on stage to replace
actors, and enacting their own strategies for resolving the conflict.
Thus, instead of remaining passive, the audience becomes a group of
active "spect-actors" involved in creating alternative solutions and
thus controlling the dramatic action. The aim of the forum is not to
find an ideal solution, but to invent new ways of confronting
oppression. Forum Theater is useful both as a means of preparing for
immediate action, and as a discussion process that begins in workshop
and continues as performance to include new people. It is particularly
useful in the specific context of a conflict resolution process
involving an on-going community group to the extent that it gives the
members of the group the opportunity to run the event themselves.
What Is Specific to Forum Theater?
In Forum Theater, role-playing serves as a vehicle for analyzing power
and stimulating public debate. Participants explore the complexity of
the individual/group relation at a variety of levels of human exchange.
They are invited to map out: a) the dynamics of power within and between
groups; b) the experience and the fear of powerlessness within the
individual; and c) rigid patterns of perception that generate
miscommunication and conflict, as well as ways of transforming them.
Registration begins at 9:00 am on Saturday.
Sliding scale: $100-$175
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