What is the role of art and culture in movement building? How are we developing artist leadership in cultural organizing? How do we create structures which support cultural work in organizations? Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte to further the discussion on the role of cultural workwithin our organizations, communities and movements, based on their new book and the workshops, When We Fight, We Win!. This panel will consider the impact that arts and social movements have on each other and explore how the arts as cultural forms contribute to social transformation.
Join Greg Jobin-Leeds, Culture Strike’s Julio Salgado and AgitArte’s Jorge Díaz and Deymirie Hernández in a conversation about the role of art and culture in the class struggle.
FRIDAY, Nov 11, 2016
10:45am-12:15pm Breakout Session Block 1
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In solidarity. #WaterisLife #NoDAPL
Purchase signed prints at http://www.micahbazant.com/buy-art in order to support the Standing Rock Legal Defense Fund (https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf)
Credit: Micah Bazant
Via SOUTHERNERS ON NEW GROUND: We are working in collaboration with The Change Agent (TCA), a biannual magazine publication used as a tool to help teachers and learners use advocacy skills and to promote social justice action as an important part of the adult learning experience. Our collaboration will ultimately be a special edition issue focusing on the theme: “When We Fight, We Win!”.
We are excited about our relationship with TCA and the work they are doing to bring movement work to our people on the ground directly affected by systematic oppressions and inequalities. It is our hope to utilize this publication as a popular and cultural education tool to start a conversation, to capture stories, and to develop our critical analysis and critique beyond the classroom for adult learners and for our people on the frontlines.
CALL FOR ARTICLES From SONG members, Adult Learners & Teachers
We’re accepting submissions from SONG members, adult learners and teachers for the next TCA special edition issue. The call for articles includes references to the book by the same name, ”When We Fight, We Win!” We chose excerpts and images from the book to create writing prompts around public education, LGBTQ rights, low-wage work, and housing. (You do not need a copy of the book, When We Fight, We Win! by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte, to proceed with these writing prompts. You can access the excerpts and images that you need by visiting the links above.
ALL ARTICLES MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 4, 2016
All submissions must be received by the deadline to be considered for publication. Suggested length is 200-1000 words. TCA will pay $50 stipends to adult education students whose work is accepted for publication. All submissions are reviewed by TCA Editorial Board and SONG. Final decisions are made by SONG and The Change Agent Editor.
PLEASE SEND EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO:
Please CC: email@example.com
with “SONG TCA Submission” in the subject line
Cynthia Peters, World Education
44 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA 02210
In collaboration with the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), CultureStrike and AgitArte participating in a culture-build and week of action (8/16/16 – 8/20/16) with community members of the Inland Empire in California to bring attention to the nation’s largest private immigrant detention center, operated by The GEO Group, Inc.: the Adelanto Detention Center.
Check out the video and share it! #ShutDownAdelanto #EndFamilyDetention #Not1More
Video by Jesús Iñiguez, Culture Strike
AgitArte will be joining forces with #Culturestrike in SoCal August 16-21 to #shutdownadelanto.
Adelanto, CA is home to the biggest immigration detention center, removed and away from everyone, these prison systems need to be shut down!
Tag visual artists below who are in the area and would like to support! #shutdowndetentioncenters #shutdownadelanto #immigration #artivist #culturebuild #schoolsnotprisons #qtpoc #translivesmatter #immigrationisbeautiful
Sweet review for Hyperallergic by Alexis Clemens:
A few years ago I was covering a panel discussion for Hyperallergic featuring members of Gran Fury, an ACT UP affinity group focused primarily on producing what group members themselves called “propaganda” against a government hellbent on isolating, vilifying, and smugly looking on as tens of thousands of their citizens died of AIDS. There were a number of young people in the audience at the event and more than once the hand of one of these audience members rose to ask how they could do something similar — how they could employ similar tactics and ideas in political struggles happening today.
Reading the book When We Fight, We Win!: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte, with input from Rinku Sen, Antonia Darder, and David Goodman, felt, in certain ways, like an answer to those questions.
A Gathering Storm, A Rising Tide,
The political will and imagination we need now to organize a world free from fear in the age of HB2
Here is a piece collectively shaped by SONG staff. It is long. It is heavy. It is heartfelt. Often, we claim that we are not experts. You will not find any of us with PhDs or elaborate resumes on any of the subjects mentioned below (though we have called upon many in the SONG family who do!). We do claim, however, that we are experts of our own lives. Here we have attempted to trace the trajectory of some of those lived experiences to the experiences of our ancestors and the living survivors and fighters in our communities. We have worked to trace the trajectory too of their resistance, political imagination, and brilliance that is connected to our own present day purpose in fighting for our survival and livelihood.
A Gathering Storm, A Rising Tide
SONG has carried forth this call in our daily organizing and culture building as an unapologetic devotional to women, queer people, transgender people, native people, Black people, immigrant people, disabled people, working people, and poor people. Our work has long called for us to pay attention to the bleeding points, the sites where our bodies are being caged, controlled, policed, surveilled, assaulted and murdered by the State or with its sanction. We too have seen these points as sites of potential resistance, possibility, and transformation. It is simply not enough to say that these abuses must stop. We must also fight for the full liberation of our bodies with an urgency best demonstrated by the abuelas who u-lock their necks to detention center gates so that their children inside can hear the chanting, by the teenagers of Ferguson who did not hesitate to break curfew, by the trans liberators dancing in defiance in front of governor’s mansions, and by each of us who make choices small and large every day to honor our truths, our lives and our people even when the potential consequences lay heavy on our spirits.
There is a call across movement, across sector, across geography, and across identity to answer this political moment with the urgency required of each of us to move in step, sometimes coordinated and sometimes in a different dance, to claim a future that is rightfully ours to live with our desire, autonomy, sovereignty, and self-determination. We cannot afford to be divided, each working on our issues in silos, while ultra-conservative leaders and institutions dismantle our social safety net and poison the collective political imagination.