Since 2011, countries around the world have had historic upsurges and have gained serious insight into the dynamics of anti-capitalist struggle in this period. Advance the Struggle along with La Peña Second Generation proudly presents a monthly Skype series with revolutionaries from across the globe to discuss these massive social movements.
The sixth session will involve militants from the Gezi Park protests and the ongoing movements in Turkey. The event will take place on Saturday August 23rd, 12pm noon at La Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA). Below is a description of the event and the leaflets for the series. Hope to see you there!
Come Saturday August 23rd at 12:00 to hear Turkish revolutionaries who will skype about their experiences in the wave of struggles at Taksim square in Instanbul. As protesters were evicted from the square, sizable protests emerged, confronting the government. Soon after, a wave of different movements, fighting for workers rights, freedom of the press, all ascended with force. A presentation will begin followed up by direct discussion with the Turkish revolutionaries.
Below is a video by Brandon Jourdan of Global Uprisings entitled, “The Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey,” which gives a fantastic first hand look at the escalating social movements for urban space and against political repression. Enjoy!
Taksim Commune: Gezi Park And The Uprising In Turkey from brandon jourdan on Vimeo.
It’s been a while since we put up something of our own on the blog here, so we’d like to start another round of AS work on the blog with a compilation of our best work on one subject: the budget cuts struggle in California.
November 19th, 2009: UCLA students block the UC head administrators’ exit from a meeting where they voted to increase fees throughout the UC
Around the world for the last few years, working class people have been fighting back on a massive scale against “austerity measures”, new rounds of “structural adjustment” where state services are harshly cut back. In times of high unemployment and economic slowdown, the lives and training of the working class aren’t profitable and get cut. Students across California, just like students across the world, started to fight back against the cuts through protests, occupations, even riots….signs that folks are learning an important lesson: we can’t trust the Democrats to fight for our interests when the chips are down.
And like all mass movements, the student movement in California experimented and self-criticized as it struggled. Democracy was debated, communization attempted, capitalism questioned, race and gender often ignored but then brought back with a smash on white male movement dominance. Debates erupted about whether the “work within the system” folks are the only heirs to the history of ethnic studies struggle; occupations were announced, denounced, celebrated and apologized for. Amongst all this, revolutionaries like us were wrestling with questions:
When do reforms push struggle forward, and when do they slow it down?
Should the militant minority with “advanced consciousness” act independently of the more conservative mainstream?
Is Left unity important, or just pointless bickering on the margins?
Will the “governator” joke ever end?
And centrally for us:
How does class consciousness develop? (Pamphlet below the fold!)
Posted in Analysis/Theory, Bay Area Class Struggle, Literature, Pamphlets
Tagged budget cuts, california, class struggle, consciousness, CSU, democrats, fees, occupations, Students, the state, UC