Description: This talk is concerned with processes of racial banishment, which I conceptualize as state-instituted violence against racialized bodies and communities. Breaking with narratives of gentrification, neoliberalization, and poverty deconcentration, I foreground long histories of dispossession and disposability that are being remade in the contemporary metropolis. Drawing on urban transformations currently underway in Los Angeles, I examine how technologies of urban planning such as municipal ordinances serve as the public means of criminalization, eviction, relocation, and exclusion. Holding in simultaneous view black geographies and postcolonial theory, I am concerned with how we can remake critical urban theory to take full account of racial capitalism. Such frameworks also make possible the study of imaginations and practices that are challenging racial banishment and crafting movements committed to freedom cast as revolutionary humanism. Thinking from postcolonial Los Angeles, I share examples of such struggles and their insistence on dismantling the color-lines of the 21st century American city.
This November, let's
fall into something new—specifically, the exciting brand new
location of Red Emma's! We're back in Mt. Vernon, right in the heart
of the Cultural Center, and ready to bring the poetic excellence to
you as we always do. Join us for an open mic of justice, conscious
thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the
village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth”
magazine, come drop some rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just
with your presence and energy! [By the way: it’s a non-erotic
venue, so rather than a love/erotica evening, we focus this night on
justice and other matters of life. And, almost needless to say,
leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!]
“Why am I in this country now? Should I move elsewhere? Do I want to raise my kids in this country, where hate is so visible and rampant? I’ve been in this fight for decades, but even I struggle. Deep down, though, I know we need to stay the course and continue the fight.” —Marwan Kreidie, after a pig’s head was thrown at the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society Mosque in Philadelphia
In American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, Arjun Singh Sethi, a community activist and civil rights lawyer, chronicles the stories of individuals affected by hate. In a series of powerful, unfiltered testimonials, survivors tell their stories in their own words and describe how the bigoted rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration have intensified bullying, discrimination, and even violence toward them and their communities.
A lifetime of activist experience informs this playbook for building and conducting nonviolent direct action campaigns — teaching us how to achieve real progressive change.
Today’s new direct action campaigns require a new, down-to-earth guide to effective campaigning. George Lakey’s How We Win is that timely guide. The Women’s March of January 21, 2017 was estimated at four million people — the largest assembly of activist protest in U.S. history. Many of those assembled were in the streets for the first time, or returning after a period of inactivity.
Lakey, a lifelong activist, helps us understand our political moment (extreme polarization, ripe for political change), teaches us how to plan a campaign to overcome that polarization, demonstrates how to launch these ideas into action, and shows us how to grow and sustain our movements. This is what democracy looks like.
The author of the essential history of real estate segregation in Baltimore, Not in My Neighborhood, is back with a brand new book!
Johns Hopkins destroyed his private papers so thoroughly that no credible biography exists of the Baltimore Quaker titan. One of America’s richest men and the largest single shareholder of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Hopkins was also one of the city’s defining developers. In The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins, Antero Pietila weaves together a biography of the man with a portrait of how the institutions he founded have shaped the racial legacy of an industrial city from its heyday to its decline and revitalization. From the destruction of neighborhoods to make way for the mercantile buildings that dominated Baltimore’s downtown through much of the 19th century to the role that the president of Johns Hopkins University played in government sponsored “Negro Removal” that unleashed the migration patterns that created Baltimore’s existing racial patchwork, Pietila tells the story of how one man’s wealth shaped and reshaped the life of a city long after his lifetime.