Between now and March, we will be reading several texts around the themes of the undercommons, destitution, and relations of fugitivity and denaturing, in anticipation of the conference in Bloomington, IN. If you’d like to join us, write to firstname.lastname@example.org (or DM us through Twitter) for meet up times, as they may not always be circulated publicly. With the exception of the book on Trump, which we haven’t found a pdf for yet, the texts are collected in a .zip file here.
Sunday at 2pm, we’ll be joined by former-Chicago historian Kai Parker, who will talk about how the notion of “racial progress via integration” in fact led to ghettoization on the south side, as neighborhoods transitioned from white to black. All are welcome.
We’re excited to announce that friends from Olympia WA will be touring the Midwest next month for their new book on collective strategic thinking. They’ll be making a stop in Chicago on Dec 12, at @FloodsHall . Don’t miss it.
On Nov 9th, 2019, there is a special guest presentation by comrades who traveled to Catalonia and Hong Kong. Floods Hall, 730pm.
With the end of the revolutionary party, political struggles have become openly fractal. In the absence of a historical agent, where do they derive their cohesion? What replaces the directing organ of the Party? In the long run, having a common enemy is never enough to hold together the divergent forces, impulses, and aspirations that compose a population in struggle. How can one avoid ‘false’ solutions to the problem of the one and the multiple, the temptation of a growing power to crush or expel what it cannot assimilate?
Join us on Nov. 5th at 7pm for a discussion of two texts taking up the question of “composition” as a strategy for building movements. Although we will take the movement against the airport in Notre-dame-des-landes, France as our case study, our ultimate interest is in thinking about the potentials for struggle here in Chicago.
-Kristen Ross, “The Long 1960’s and the ‘Wind From the West'” READ | PRINT
-Mauvaise Troupe Collective, “Defending the ZAD” READ | PRINT
Kristin Ross and Mauvaise Troupe, The ZAD and No-TAV, “Preface”
Alessi del Umbria, “Being in the Zone. Concerning Conflicts Within the ZAD”
John Jordan, “For the Love of Winning. An Open Letter to Extinction Rebellion”
CMDO (Conseil Pour le Maintien des Occupations), “ZAD Will Survive”
On Tuesday Oct 15th, we will be discussing two texts dealing with power and recuperation in 1960s Chicago:
J. Sakai, “Blackstone Rangers: A U.S. Experiment Using ‘Gangs’ to Repress Black Community Rebellion” (2017) . READ | PRINT
Toussaint Losier, “‘The Mortar Between the Bricks Will Be Blood’: Black Street Gangs, Labor Market Discrimination, and the Politics of Surplus Labor in Postwar Chicago”. READ | PRINT
This week will be our first meeting at a community space in Hyde Park, called Floods Hall, located at 1515 E. 52nd Pl (3rd Floor).
On Oct 1, at 7pm, join us for a discussion of the role of speculation and finance in the rise of Chicago capitalism. Our text will be excerpted from Cronon’s famous history, Nature’s Metropolis. A PDF of the reading is here, including a Zine layout version:
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On Sept 22, at 5pm, come talk with members of the anarchist collective about the complexities of multi-front wars in the twenty first century.