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The Red Nation Wants Its Land Back
08/11/2021
The Red Nation Wants Its Land Back

The Red Nation Wants Its Land Back

The Indigenous-led leftist collective is committed to freeing the world from capitalism and colonialism.

Live now! Green May, Red May: Ecological and Workers' Struggles After the Plague YearAfter this “plague year” what lesso...
05/25/2021
Green May, Red May: Ecological and Workers' Struggles After the Plague Year

Live now! Green May, Red May: Ecological and Workers' Struggles After the Plague Year
After this “plague year” what lessons and challenges required the immediate attention of revolutionary forces? Participants will draw on historical and current examples of intertwined ecological and workers' struggles to address the realities and struggles that come next: wildfires, resource extraction, food insecurity, climate change, ecological collapse and the need for a radical movement of working-class and common peoples to create new worlds.

Join panelists Peter Linebaugh, Eleanor Finley, CounterPower (authors of Organizing for Autonomy), Out of the Woods Collective (authors of Hope Against Hope), and more with facilitator Kevin Van Meter.

After this “plague year” what lessons and challenges required the immediate attention of revolutionary forces? Participants will draw on historical and curr...

TEN YEARS AFTER THE 15M MOVEMENT IN SPAIN, REFLECTIONS ON AUTONOMIST FEMINIST ORGANIZING This piece by feminist research...
05/25/2021
Ten years after the 15M movement in Spain, reflections on autonomist feminist organizing, — Common Notions

TEN YEARS AFTER THE 15M MOVEMENT IN SPAIN, REFLECTIONS ON AUTONOMIST FEMINIST ORGANIZING

This piece by feminist researcher and facilitator Manuela Zechner traces the entangled genealogies of recent feminist and autonomist struggles in Spain—from the social syndicalisms that emerged after 2008 thru the 15M movement of 2011 and on to the dawn of Spain’s municipalist movements of 2015. It highlights the centrality of commons and care for building collective power.

Zechner tells a story that points from digital and creative activism to an embodied politics of care and commons. Situated experiments and struggles in Spain have forged lively forms of movement infrastructure and institution, inventing self-organised modes of social reproduction and new feminist politics. Social centers and commons nurseries are examples of such powerful articulations of commoning and care. This piece is an extract of her book Commoning Care and Collective Power, forthcoming from Transversal texts in German and English.

This piece by feminist researcher and facilitator Manuela Zechner traces the entangled genealogies of recent feminist and autonomist struggles in Spain —from the social syndicalisms that emerged after 2008 thru the 15M movement of 2011 and on to the dawn of Spain’s municipalist movements of 2015...

Marcello Tarì from There Is No Unhappy Revolution in @e_flux on #love, #destitution, and #communism "Taking a close look...
05/18/2021

Marcello Tarì from There Is No Unhappy Revolution in @e_flux on #love, #destitution, and #communism

"Taking a close look at the situation, it seems as if the desire to cancel out the experience of communism over the last decades may have proceeded, step by step, with the desire to cancel out the experience of love. Just as communism has been replaced by an infinite, inconclusive negotiation over rights, so too love has become a contractual affair, an engagement to barter about as if it were any other aspect of existence. Love no longer even has any experience of the end: one is fired, perhaps with an SMS, and if it’s worth the trouble you can put it on your CV."

"One reason for the analogy between the two might lie in the fact that both communism and love have the same relation to time: they struggle against the present, against dominant reality, and their possibility of becoming always stands in relation to the impossibility of the present moment. Both share the desire to suspend history, both establish a state of exception, both want to shoot the clocks, for both every moment is decisive. Communism and love, finally, are connected through a desire to share intensity in more ways than one. Therefore, given that one no longer knows what a revolution might be, one does not yet know what love might be. And conversely, the more we understand one, the more we will be able to understand the other."

Read the whole excerpt in the new issue of e-flux journal (#118) and be sure to check out the bonus interview! https://bit.ly/3bArtE5

Marcello Tarì from There Is No Unhappy Revolution in @e_flux on #love, #destitution, and #communism

"Taking a close look at the situation, it seems as if the desire to cancel out the experience of communism over the last decades may have proceeded, step by step, with the desire to cancel out the experience of love. Just as communism has been replaced by an infinite, inconclusive negotiation over rights, so too love has become a contractual affair, an engagement to barter about as if it were any other aspect of existence. Love no longer even has any experience of the end: one is fired, perhaps with an SMS, and if it’s worth the trouble you can put it on your CV."

"One reason for the analogy between the two might lie in the fact that both communism and love have the same relation to time: they struggle against the present, against dominant reality, and their possibility of becoming always stands in relation to the impossibility of the present moment. Both share the desire to suspend history, both establish a state of exception, both want to shoot the clocks, for both every moment is decisive. Communism and love, finally, are connected through a desire to share intensity in more ways than one. Therefore, given that one no longer knows what a revolution might be, one does not yet know what love might be. And conversely, the more we understand one, the more we will be able to understand the other."

Read the whole excerpt in the new issue of e-flux journal (#118) and be sure to check out the bonus interview! https://bit.ly/3bArtE5

Important report back from Colombia tonight, including  afrodiasporic feminist groups we are translating in our forthcom...
05/12/2021

Important report back from Colombia tonight, including afrodiasporic feminist groups we are translating in our forthcoming Feminicide and Global Accumulation. Thanks Black Alliance for Peace for cohosting! https://www.commonnotions.org/feminicide-and-global-accumulation

We're co-hosting a webinar with AfroResistance and PCN-Proceso de Comunidades Negras en Colombia featuring Afro-Colombians on the ground! REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/colombiastruggle

Today at 1pm EDT, Red May continues with a great panel exploring the subterranean connections of workers' power, Black l...
05/09/2021

Today at 1pm EDT, Red May continues with a great panel exploring the subterranean connections of workers' power, Black liberation, and anticolonial struggles that create the powerful notion of autonomy.

Kevin Van Meter brings together Paul Buhle, Nico Pizzolato, Andrew Anastasi, and Scott Kurashige to discuss: how is the concept of working-class autonomy—from capitalism and the state apparatus, from the official organizations of the Left (including political parties, nonprofit organizations, progressive religious groups, foundations, etc.)—indebted to Black and Brown liberation movements?

To begin to answer this question, we will revisit the early conversations between CLR James and others about the “autonomy” of Black liberation, intertwining of Black liberation struggles and autonomist worker organizing in the lives and work of Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs, and the relationships between black autoworkers and autonomists in Italy.

Many thanks to the comrades at Red May (Seattle) for their care and coordination today, all month, and for the last five years of Red May. Link to watch here: https://buff.ly/3vKsHEy

Today at 5pm EDT, please join us for our live streamed event Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War with Jennifer Pon...
05/06/2021

Today at 5pm EDT, please join us for our live streamed event Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War with Jennifer Ponce de León and Macarena Gómez-Barris. The two will explore contemporary anticapitalist and anticolonial struggles in the Americas by diving into the rich history of Latin American art and political movements.

Feel free to RSVP at the link below or join us directly at 5pm EDT on our YouTube channel.

If you join our monthly sustainers program and we will mail you a complimentary copy of the stunning Grupo de Arte Callejero’s Thought, Practices, and Actions to accompany today’s event. The book offers a profound spotlight onto the social militancy and art of the feminist art collective’s work in Argentina over the last two decades. Not at all a nostalgic glance backwards, however, Thought, Practices, and Actions raises the indispensable question of what was done to combat—joyously and collectively—those early days of neoliberalism’s despair, and what remains to be done to make another aesthetics and another revolution possible.

And if you are inspired by what you hear and read in our Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War event and publishing series, be on the look out for our forthcoming edition of 19 and 20: Notes for a New Insurrection, which tells the story of one of the most popular uprising against neoliberalism.

We are grateful to Making Worlds Bookstore for hosting us today and the Global South Center for their sponsorship. You can purchase copies of Jennifer Ponce de León’s Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War at Making Worlds’ bookshop.

The event is part of #RadicalMay, a month-long festival of events that Common Notions Press and other publishers in the Radical Publishers Alliance and Literal have put together “to transform the world”—plenty of amazing events to check out.

RSVP, https://buff.ly/3eYb39w
Common Notions YouTube, https://buff.ly/2QWU5Aj
#radicalmay

Today at 5pm EDT, please join us for our live streamed event Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War with Jennifer Ponce de León and Macarena Gómez-Barris. The two will explore contemporary anticapitalist and anticolonial struggles in the Americas by diving into the rich history of Latin American art and political movements.

Feel free to RSVP at the link below or join us directly at 5pm EDT on our YouTube channel.

If you join our monthly sustainers program and we will mail you a complimentary copy of the stunning Grupo de Arte Callejero’s Thought, Practices, and Actions to accompany today’s event. The book offers a profound spotlight onto the social militancy and art of the feminist art collective’s work in Argentina over the last two decades. Not at all a nostalgic glance backwards, however, Thought, Practices, and Actions raises the indispensable question of what was done to combat—joyously and collectively—those early days of neoliberalism’s despair, and what remains to be done to make another aesthetics and another revolution possible.

And if you are inspired by what you hear and read in our Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War event and publishing series, be on the look out for our forthcoming edition of 19 and 20: Notes for a New Insurrection, which tells the story of one of the most popular uprising against neoliberalism.

We are grateful to Making Worlds Bookstore for hosting us today and the Global South Center for their sponsorship. You can purchase copies of Jennifer Ponce de León’s Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War at Making Worlds’ bookshop.

The event is part of #RadicalMay, a month-long festival of events that Common Notions Press and other publishers in the Radical Publishers Alliance and Literal have put together “to transform the world”—plenty of amazing events to check out.

RSVP, https://buff.ly/3eYb39w
Common Notions YouTube, https://buff.ly/2QWU5Aj
#radicalmay

Join us for ARTS OF REBELLION IN THE FOURTH WORLD WAR with Jennifer Ponce de León, author of Another Aesthetics Is Possi...
05/06/2021
Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War

Join us for ARTS OF REBELLION IN THE FOURTH WORLD WAR with Jennifer Ponce de León, author of Another Aesthetics Is Possible; and Macarena Gómez-Barris.

Part of #RadicalMay, sponsored by Common Notions Press and Making Worlds Bookstore, with Radical Publishers Alliance @radpublishers, cosponsored by the Global South Center

What can experimental art practices linked to popular movements teach us about contemporary anticapitalist and anticolonial struggles in the Americas? Jennif...

On Thursday, May 6th at 6PM EDT Maysles Documentary Center will be hosting a live zoom conversation with filmmakers Lana...
05/05/2021

On Thursday, May 6th at 6PM EDT Maysles Documentary Center will be hosting a live zoom conversation with filmmakers Lana Lin (The Cancer Journals Revisited) and Jenna Bliss (The People's Detox) and moderated by Kazembe Balagun.

RSVP here: https://buff.ly/3b0qSLJ

In an examination of the American healthcare system, Ours To Heal gathers together films that explore the concepts, actions and institutions involved with caring for and healing people both within and outside of dominant Western practices. Drawing inspiration from the feminist and economic thought of Angela Davis, this series connects how we care for, conceptualize, determine to heal and politicize the human body especially as imbued with the weighted concepts of Blackness, womanhood, and labor.

Common Notions is proud to cosponsor and happy to offer attendees the following care and liberation titles on special discount at our shop. Send us confirmation of registration for a discount code.
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In WE WANT FREEDOM, Mumia Abu-Jamal provides what JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH fails to deliver, the revolutionary contex...
05/01/2021
The Revolutionary Context Judas and the Black Messiah Failed to Serve — Common Notions

In WE WANT FREEDOM, Mumia Abu-Jamal provides what JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH fails to deliver, the revolutionary context of the Free Breakfast and other survival programs of the BLACK PANTHER PARTY

As people watch, or rewatch on the occasion of the Oscars, Judas and the Black Messiah , it is important to reject the assimilation of Fred Hampton into the liberal imagination of what revolutionary change looks like. Even before the film was released the stripping of Hampton’s revolutiona

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04/21/2021

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Damn excited to be collaborating with my comrades at Common Notions on two panels for May: "Revisiting the Relationship Between Black Liberation and Workers' Autonomy" and "Green May, Red May: Ecological and Workers' Struggles After the Plague Year." And have an incredible list of panelists confirmed. More soon!

#RedMay #RadicalMay #commonnotions #readrevoltrepeat

Help us publish The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth, the first book in the Red Media Series. We are workin...
03/30/2021

Help us publish The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth, the first book in the Red Media Series. We are working with the Red Nation to donate at least 250 copies to the community. All donated copies will go to Indigenous schools, libraries, organizations, infoshops, and community centers chosen by the Red Nation.

Preordering The Red Deal through one of our Solidarity Packages will help us do just that.
https://www.commonnotions.org/red-media

Help us publish The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth, the first book in the Red Media Series. We are working with the Red Nation to donate at least 250 copies to the community. All donated copies will go to Indigenous schools, libraries, organizations, infoshops, and community centers chosen by the Red Nation.

Preordering The Red Deal through one of our Solidarity Packages will help us do just that.
https://www.commonnotions.org/red-media

OUT NOW : )In a era of ongoing political, economic, and climate crisis, Marcello Tarì reclaims the revolutionary task of...
03/23/2021

OUT NOW : )

In a era of ongoing political, economic, and climate crisis, Marcello Tarì reclaims the revolutionary task of making life worth living : )

“In There Is No Unhappy Revolution, as if revolution were the only happiness we might pursue, Marcello Tarì makes a powerful case for the persistent questioning and existential interruption that accompanies that pursuit, and fuels it, and constitutes and ruptures its vagrant, open end.” —Fred Moten, author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition

OUT NOW : )

In a era of ongoing political, economic, and climate crisis, Marcello Tarì reclaims the revolutionary task of making life worth living : )

“In There Is No Unhappy Revolution, as if revolution were the only happiness we might pursue, Marcello Tarì makes a powerful case for the persistent questioning and existential interruption that accompanies that pursuit, and fuels it, and constitutes and ruptures its vagrant, open end.” —Fred Moten, author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition

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