October Meeting

Sunday, October 18th 2-4pm at the IMC (upstairs in the Sun Room)

We are finishing the book Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams. Chapters 5-end.  In addition to discussing these chapters, we want to also take some time to discuss the idea of “making police obsolete,” what that means, and what we can realistically do toward that goal.

The way we are structuring discussion for this book is: we have one person who functions as an overall facilitator, beginning and ending the meeting and keeping things on time, and we break the book up into chapters, with a different person leading discussion (offering thoughts and posing discussion prompts) for each chapter.

We still need volunteers to lead chapters, so if you are willing, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact littleblackdog@riseup.net

We hope to see you there!

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September Meeting Information

This September we will be starting the updated version of the book, Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams. We will be reading the Intro through Chapter 4 (the remainder of the book will be read in October). We have one copy to loan, but the book is also available right now at a discount on AK Press in paperback. The updated version is also available from AK Press as an e-book.

An older version of the book can be found in pdf format at infoshop.org.

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We need folks to facilitate chapter discussions. If you would like to lead a chapter (give a brief overview, ask any questions you have, comment on what you loved/hated, or however you want to do it), please let me know. It would also give us an opportunity to shift from a single facilitator to sharing facilitation!

We will be meeting Sunday, September 20th from 2-4pm at the IMC.

In solidarity, kristina

Becoming Visible

As we begin to look ahead to a Fall resurgence of the group, many of us are desiring a more active presence in our community. An open study group will remain but what is growing out of it is an anarchist/anti-authoritarian organization ready to turn education into action.

Long standing problems in the “business-as-usual” operations of the United States are finally becoming targets of mass protest and sharp public outcry. Police violence, rampant and viscous racism, mass incarceration, transphobia, misogyny, and environmental destruction are the focal points of much of this resistance . Many activists are demanding not simple and largely ineffective reforms but a total overhaul of some of the most destructive institutions of white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy.

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International solidarity is also more visible as Palestine and Ferguson see commonalities in each others’ communities and struggles;

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And as people across the globe show support for those struggling against oppression in Greece, India and Ireland. Activists’ see the power of organizing locally while simultaneously examining how their experiences connect to the global struggle for freedom.

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The Workers Solidarity Movement, Ireland.

Some, like Kurdish fighters in Rojava, are also creating new, non-hierarchical communities and providing inspiriting examples for the rest of us. Turkish anarchists (below) show support and solidarity by joining Kurdish forces aginst the IS.

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Many folks in the CU Radical Reading group are active in social justice projects in our community. We celebrate the diversity of activists’ backgrounds, dreams, and ideas for fighting injustice at home. We also look forward to connecting and organizing with those who see the necessity of a radical framework for resisting imperialism, settler colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and those systems that bind us captive to authoritarianism.

What’s next then? Our study group will continue to meet once a month beginning in September. Several of us interested in organizing an anarchist collective are in the beginning stages of that process. This means that we are exploring our group structure and purpose as well as sharing ideas on how we want to work to empower our community and show solidarity globally.

If you are interested in being a part of the collective (and we haven’t yet chatted about it) please email me, kristina, at littleblackdog@riseup.net

For more about Anarchism in the U.S. and what it means check out these projects:

Part of Cindy Milstein’s Anarchism and its Aspirations

http://infoshop.org/

http://www.anarchistagency.com/

Love and solidarity,

kristina

“Kick the Kickbacks” film showing, March 18th @ the IMC

The Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice proudly announces the premiere showing of our video, “Kick the Kickbacks” on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Independent Media Center.  This 18 minute, locally made production features interviews with C-U residents Mary Haywood-Benson, Terri White and Nancy Willamon, all of whom share their experiences of paying outrageous phone charges in order to communicate with their loved ones in our jails and prisons. These women will join Chicagoans Miguel Saucedo and Greg Gaither after the video for a panel discussion about prison phone services.

The title of the video refers to the site commissions (the “kickbacks”) that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) charges on each and every phone call. Users pay $4 for a phone call, and 76% of that (about $3) goes right back into the coffers of IDOC. In 2012, these kickbacks came to nearly $12 million.  The Illinois Campaign believes that these kickbacks should be eliminated.

For several years, a nationwide mobilization has been pressuring  the Federal Communications Commission FCC) to put a cap on phone charges for calls from prisons and jails. Our Illinois campaign filed a lengthy report with the FCC in January on this issue. At the video showing we will provide further updates on the national and statewide actions on prison phone justice.

The video showing is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The attached flyer has more details. Please circulate.

Date: Wednesday, March 18

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana

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March!

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For March’s meeting we are reading various articles and a poem from classical anarchist thinkers and activists which I have listed below.

Join us on Sunday, March 15th from 4-6pm at the IMC (downstairs in the Family Room)

Happy Re@ding!

Equal Opportunity in Education by Michail Bakunin

Anarchist Communism: It’s Basis and Principles by Peter Kropotkin

Anarchy and Violence by Errico Malatesta

Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty by Emma Goldman

To Tramps by Lucy Parsons

Manifesto of the Mexican Liberal Party by Ricardo Flores Magon

Nationalism and the Road to Happiness for the Chinese by Ba-Jin

The Gods and the People by Voltairine de Cleyre

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February’s Discussion: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Join us for our next discussion! We’ll be finishing up Roxanne-Dunbar Ortiz’s work, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”. 

Sunday, February 15th 4-6pm at the IMC in Urbana.

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Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Roots

This is happening at the IMC on January 25th!

CUCPJ and UCIMC will host “Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Roots” as part of a national effort to bring the #BlackLivesMatter movement into the New Year.

We’ll have invited readers, music, and refreshments, and an open mic. Bring your favorite King speeches and reflections on them, or we’ll supply copies of his more radical writings.

Too often in mainstream media we see a whitewashed Martin Luther King. But if King had been only a dreamer, they wouldn’t have shot him. His words and actions of nearly fifty years ago were controversial at the time and remain profoundly radical today.

We want to revisit his example to bring forth a 21st Century grassroots movement. We continued to be haunted by what King called the triplets of “racism,” “materialism,” and “militarism.” Now more than ever we need a “radical revolution” against the New Jim Crow―mass incarceration, police brutality, and a criminal injustice system keeping African American youth in shackles. What can we understand of today’s situations in the light of Martin Luther King’s vision, and where does it lead us?

January 25, 2-4 p.m. at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway, old Urbana post office). In the main floor Sun Room.

Sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice and the U-C Independent Media Center.

Facebook event page can be found here.

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