Spent my Thursday night at the Bug Jar, glad I got to see Declan play before he heads off on tour. Follow his tumblr, and cop the album! Safe travels dude!
Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the show last night. We had a blast.
Also, update! The Richmond and Roanoke shows have switched dates. The venues are the same, but we’re now doing Roanoke on Friday 4/26 and Richmond on Saturday 4/27.
photo by bc!
Join Us for our Worker Justice Meeting &
DIRECT ACTION ESCALATION CAMPAIGN TRAINING
This Saturday, May 12, 3:30-5:30pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space - 285 Clarissa St.
New workers will be joining us! We’ll engage in an action-packed training on how to launch effective direct action escalation campaigns & discuss our active worker cases. Check out our May training schedule!
May 2012 Training Schedule
Sat, May 5: Know Your Rights & Fight Wage Theft
Are you being cheated of your wages? What is wage theft? Learn about your wage & hour rights, how protect yourself in the workplace & fight back. (Reyna Ramolete)
Sat, May 12: Direct Action Escalation Campaigns
Learn how to turn worker struggles into effective direct action escalation campaigns by strategizing demands, targets, timing, & tactics. Create campaigns that educate the community, build worker power, leverage public pressure, & gain tangible wins.
(Mark Friedman & Ryan Acuff)
Sat, May 19: Building Sustainable Worker Power
Why should we organize into unions? How can we do it? What are the challenges? How can we overcome them? (Colin O’Malley)
Sat, May 26: Popular Education - Educate to Liberate
Learn how to educate to liberate by applying popular education methods & tools. Popular education curriculum comes out of the concrete experience of people in communities of resistance, its pedagogy is focused on group & collective learning, & it forges links between education & action. (Larry Knox & Reyna Ramolete)
EVERYONE OUT FOR TOMORROW’S ANARCHIST FORUM
Rochester Red and Black and U of R Students for a Democratic Society are proud to present “Another World is Possible: An Anarchist Day School”, a day-long series of workshops intended to provide broader access to the rich and varied field of anarchist ideas and practices. We’re excited to be hosting authors of new releases from AK Press, including Deric Shannon, co-editor of “The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics” and Maia Ramnath, author of “Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle”.
The event will be hosted in rooms 108 and 109 in Goergen Hall at the University of Rochester. Parking will be free during the event.
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Speaker: Deric Shannon
Editor of the new book “The Accumulation of Freedom: Writing on Anarchist Economics”, Deric Shannon will discuss some of the common critiques of capitalism anarchists hold and explore the centuries-long debate about what free, egalitarian society could look like.
Especifismo: Anarchist Organization and Praxis
Speaker: Colin O’Malley
Colin O’Malley will discuss the organizational strategy used by many South American anarchist organizations (including groups like Red Libertaria in Argentina and the FARJ in Brazil) and how it can be used to shape effective anarchist organizations in the US.
Anarchism in the Philippines, Past and Present
Speaker: Prof. Thomas Gibson
Thomas Gibson, professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester will lead a discussion about the history of anarchism in the Philippines from the late 19th century to present.
Food is available on campus, and some refreshments will be provided. We also encourage attendees to check out our vendors including AK Press and Thought Crime Ink!
Taking Back the Land
Take Back the Land (http://takebacktheland.org/) will talk about its approach to the idea of “Housing as a Human Right” and why direct action is critical to expanding direct, community control over land and housing.
Strategies for Building an Independent Media
Speakers: Andy Dillon, Ted Forsyth, and Ben Dean-Kawamura
Long-time media activists Ted Forsyth, Andy Dillon, and Ben Dean-Kawamura will lead a presentation on the history and strategies behind Rochester Indymedia (rochester.indymedia.org), a 10-year old independent media outlet dedicated to promoting community control and participation in media production.
Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian Look at India’s Liberation Struggle
Speaker: Maia Ramnath
Author of Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle and Institute for Anarchist Studies fellow, Maia Ramnath will give a presentation on the anti-authoritarian elements within India’s liberation struggle, examining the history of South Asian struggles against colonialism, while highlighting lesser-known dissidents as well as iconic figures.
Minus the minor factual inaccuracy (we never left and came back), very happy with yesterday’s protest and the article!
Limbaugh-backing professor draws fire at UR by Jim Goodman, March 7, 2012.
Thirty University of Rochester students held a protest Wednesday afternoon in the classroom of a UR economics professor who said that Rush Limbaugh provided the “requisite mockery” of a Georgetown University law student.Limbaugh generated a firestorm of criticism for calling Georgtown student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” because she testified before congressional Democrats that she wanted her college health plan to cover birth control.
The protest, which took place at Hutchison Hall, came after UR President Joel Seligman sharply criticized the professor, Steven Landsburg. Seligman’s statement, which was included in a Wednesday email of college news sent to faculty and staff, said that he is “outraged that any professor would demean a student in this fashion.”
Protesting students entered Landsburg’s room at the beginning of his mid-afternoon class.
“They formed a line between him and the class. And he continued to lecture,” said UR spokeswoman Sharon Dickman, who noted a couple of University Security officers were on the scene but didn’t need to take any action.
After about 15 minutes, the protesters left but returned about 45 minutes later for the end of the class, which Landsburg dismissed about five minutes early.
UR student Alykhan Alani, one of the protesters, said the group was not ready to discuss their concerns.
But a flier found at the protest says, “We denounce professor Steven Landsburg’s attempt to smear a gender with derogatory terms.”
The flier further says, “We are dismayed that a fully tenured academic would so carelessly sully our fine institution’s name.”
Landsburg’s comments appeared across three entries on his blog, between March 2 to March 7.
He said that that Fluke “deserves only to be ridiculed, mocked and jeered,” and that “Rush stepped in to provide the requisite mockery” with a “spot-on analogy.”
Landsburg went on to write that Limbaugh wanted to brand Fluke a “slut,” but said he disagrees with that characterization and that a “far better word might have been ‘prostitute.’ ” However. Landsburg added, that word also doesn’t fit.
“She will, as I understand it, be having sex whether she gets paid or not. The right word for that is something much closer to ‘extortionist.’ Or better yet, ‘extortionist with an overweening sense of entitlement,’ ” Landsburg wrote.
Seligman’s statement said that Landsburg has right to express his views, but took him to task for his comments.
“To openly ridicule, mock, or jeer a student in this way is about the most offensive thing a professor can do. We are here to educate, to nurture, to inspire, not to engage in character assassination,” said Seligman.
In an email to the Democrat and Chronicle, Landsburg said that Seligman wants the university to promote the free exchange of ideas, but that Fluke “didn’t even pretend to be interested in debating any of the serious issues raised by the question of when some of us should pick up the tab for others’ expenses.”
Professor Honey Meconi, director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at UR, said that Seligman’s comments were on the mark, in what she called “an eloquent defense of the necessity of civil discourse.”
Landsburg’s comments, she said, did not.
“The first blog I read jumped right into name-calling,” she said.
Every person has a right to adequate housing. But right now, in Rochester, there are 500 to1000 homeless people on any given night in our city, while 2,800 homes sit empty. And after receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts, banks continue to make more of our neighbors homeless, with the support of our city officials and resources. At the same time, programs to assist struggling and homeless families are being cut.
It’s time to fight back! It’s time to build a movement to fight for our right to have homes for our children, our neighbors, and ourselves. It’s time to fight foreclosures and evictions, to build community control of land and housing, and to force our city to see that protecting the RIGHT TO A HOME IS A PRIORITY.
This year has seen people all over the country insisting that the rights of 99% of hardworking people should not be sacrificed for the profits the wealthiest 1%. The FIGHT for HOUSING JUSTICE is embedded within that struggle, and within Metro Justice’s Vision for Economic Justice.
THIS IS OUR MOMENT IN HISTORY, AND THIS IS OUR FIGHT!
WHAT: Housing is a Human Right Campaign Meeting
WHERE: Metro Justice, 167 Flanders Street
WHEN: Friday, February 10th, 5:30pm