OLIN STUDY GROUP APRIL 2010:
on the global and local scope of police violence...
Monday April 12 2010 6pm at In Other Words Women's Books and Resources 8 NE Killingsworth
Olin hosts a study group the second Monday of every month from 6-8pm at In Other Words*. Each month we choose a different theme and read an article for discussion.
We've discussed topics such as...
Anarchism, Marxism, & Radical History MAYDAY PAST& PRESENT ¡Zapatismo y Magonismo! The 2006 Popular Uprising in Oaxaca THE EZLN AND THE OTHER CAMPAIGN. NAFTA, Plan Mexico, Plan Puebla Panama & the SPP. INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE TO NEOLIBERALISM IN MEXICO, CANADA AND THE U.S. opposing anti-immigrant,white supremacist laws and organizations Womens,Trans and Queer Organizing in Southern Mexico AGRICULTURE AND ECOLOGY IN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS political prisoner support CROSS-BORDER SOLIDARITY
While every month is different, past discussions have revolved heavily around how our background in international solidarity work can be applied and manifested locally. On what we can learn in our struggles here at home by looking across the borders and also how our work is unique.
This month we chose an article written with that in mind, with the intention of making those connections. While this article focuses on events in Minneapolis and Oaxaca specifically the local and international relevance at this moment should be clear:
"Two different people - different stories, different places, - separated by nearly 2,000 miles, were connected three years ago when their lives were cut short by gunfire. Fong Lee and Lorenzo Sampablo Cervantes suffered a death inflicted by the gunshots of police and paramilitary officials. For Cervantes, it was one gunshot wound to the chest; for Lee, three gunshot wounds in his back, and five more to the front. Cervantes died seeking justice during the popular movement in 2006 in Oaxaca, Mexico, while Fong Lee died as a result of deeply rooted racism and police brutality in communities of color across the United States...
The stories of Lorenzo and Fong tell the tales of paramilitary repression during the popular movement of 2006 in Oaxaca, Mexico and police brutality and racism in the Hmong community in Minneapolis- and how they play out in different sociopolitical contexts. While their lives ended tragically, their stories continue as their family and community members are fighting back, building unity, and defining"justice" and "dignity" on their own terms and based on their own experiences."
Full Article: "La lucha globaliza cada día"
Lessons from Oakland:
... and from Athens:
link to www.revolutionbythebook.akpress.org
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Also, for those of you who were a part of the Wobblies & Zapatistas study group (and those who missed it—now is a good time to join us) we're hoping to choose another book to begin reading together for our next meeting on May.
So please bring ideas and suggestions!
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We'll also be hosting a potluck/picnic the day before (Sun.4/11) so stay tuned or get in touch for details.