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Why Violent Revolution was Once a Way but Organized Massmilitant Nonviolence is the Furture, Part 2

Summary: The Chinese and Vietnamese revolutions are two examples (now more than 40 years old) of successful violent revolutionary struggle. But many of the changes more recently, for instance in Eastern Europe or Arab Spring, have come about largely nonviolently and with comparatively, many fewer deaths. The earth is now being poisoned by global warming and the wars of American militarism. The militarists use the threat of violence to attempt to legitimize their much greater violence. Nonviolence in a stronger version (more organized than Gandhi or even than the Southern civil rights movement) is a way forward.

Alan Gilbert is a longstanding anti-War and anti-racist activist as well as the author of Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence (2012). His activism and scholarship are two sides of a coin.

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Why Violent Revolution was Once a Way but Organized Massmilitant Nonviolence is the Furture, Part 1

Summary: The Chinese and Vietnamese revolutions are two examples (now more than 40 years old) of successful violent revolutionary struggle. But many of the changes more recently, for instance in Eastern Europe or Arab Spring, have come about largely nonviolently and with comparatively, many fewer deaths. The earth is now being poisoned by global warming and the wars of American militarism. The militarists use the threat of violence to attempt to legitimize their much greater violence. Nonviolence in a stronger version (more organized than Gandhi or even than the Southern civil rights movement) is a way forward.

Alan Gilbert is a longstanding anti-War and anti-racist activist as well as the author of Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence (2012).His activism and scholarship are two sides of a coin.

Tactics that Work: From Zapatismo to Occupy

Summary: The Occupy movement has popularized a host of effective tactics that almost everyone is now aware of. But the Occupy movement and its strategies did not come out of nowhere. As some have already done well to point out, many of the strategies deployed by the Occupy movement have their origins in the alter-globalization movement (Klein 2011; Hardt and Negri 2011; Graeber 2011). But where did the alter-globalization movement get these strategies from in the first place? It is well-known that the alter-globalization movement and one of its main organizing groups, Peoples’ Global Action, originated most directly from the first and largest global anti-neoliberal gatherings: the Intercontinental Encuentros organized by the Zapatistas in 1994 and 1996 (Notes from Nowhere 2003; Khasnabish 2008; Curran 2006; Engler 2007).

This teach-in explores the history and successful function of four tactics popularized by the Occupy movement but that have their roots in Zapatismo and before: 1) horizontal and leaderless networking, 2) consensus decision-making, 3) inclusive multi-fronted struggle, and 4) the collective use of masks.

Thomas Nail – a Post-Doctoral Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Denver and the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari, and Zapatismo. As an activist Thomas has worked with Cascadia Forest Defense—a direct action campaign based in Eugene, Oregon; with No One is Illegal, Toronto—a radical migrant justice organization in Canada; and has participated in several Occupy Denver events since moving to Denver in August 2011. He is also a board member of the journal, Upping the Anti-: A Journal of Theory and Action.

May 1st International Workers Day and Strikes

Summary: The origins of International Workers Day, labor theory/history, and the May 1st, 2006 immigrant workers general strike in the U.S.  He discusses the rationale behind calling, or not calling, for a general strike on May 1, International Workers’ Day.

Ric Urrutia is a local artist and former union researcher, organizer, steward, and union membe