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By Ezequiel Adamovsky
Seven Stories Press, 2011, 176 pp.
Review by Henry Milne
It’s not surprising that Trotskyists were annoyed by this book. In one section, it depicts a bearded and bespectacled leftist intellectual, in an impeccable illustration, lecturing protesters who are engaged in a confrontation with police that: “I’ve come to show you how to fight capitalism.” Under his arm is a book with “Trotsky” emblazoned across the front. In another section, it quotes an appealing-looking Trotsky saying, “The Soviets will be able to continue to function: Anyway, real power is already in the hands of the party. Workers’ control over production should cease because of its inefficiency. In its place, we the state will name company directors.” Of course, most open minded Trotskyists who are capable of being critical of their own tradition rightly reject this particularly unsavory attitude in favor of workers’ democracy. And while Trotsky’s ideas and legacy can’t be reducible to a decontextualized quote, the illustrations and text certainly give vent to the all too common behavior of posturing leftist militants. However, the sheer quality of this little book far supersedes the generalizations it must inevitably offer. To ignore it would be to miss perhaps the best book to convey anti-capitalist ideas in such an understandable way.
Ezequiel Adamovsky is an Argentine political activist and historian who has written numerous books, articles, and essays (much of his work can be accessed online in English at ZNet). His book Anti-Capitalism has recently been translated into English. It is illustrated by Ilustradores Unidos, a group of artists who are co-authors in elaborating the ideas discussed and add a unique aesthetic flair. As the book describes, they “are visual artists who participate in the Taller Popular de Serigrafia, a group that formed during the intense upsurge of political and social movements during the popular rebellion of December 2001. They formed with the objective of stamping images of support, artistic, and political accompaniment to all kinds of protests.” As veterans of the December 2001 revolt in
The book is divided into five sections, beginning with an analysis and disassembling of all the political, economic, social, moral, and intellectual justifications for capitalism. It describes capitalism as an oppressive, classist, imperialist, and globalized system, which reproduces itself and its own ideology under the hegemony of the dominant class, the bourgeoisie. So far, so good. Karl Marx explains economic coercion, Mikhail Bakunin tells us that the state “is a fundamental instrument of oppression,” and Michel Foucault, Antonio Gramsci, and John Holloway, among others, pop up to give their opinions on a variety of issues.
One particularly perceptive page, under the heading “a global and expansive system” elucidates: “Even though capitalism arose in
Far from promoting democracy, capitalism undermines it. Adam- ovsky cites the example of the 1973 coup against democratically elected socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende, as a historical example of how whenever elected representatives threaten the power of the dominant class, they are removed by force. In that case, it was organized by the
The second section of the book is entitled “from resistance to anti-capitalism” which explores historical developments, pre-capitalist resistance struggles, the emergence of anti-capitalist ideologies, and political revolutions. In the pre-capitalist era, we are introduced to such figures as Thomas Muntzer, a German theologian who was a rebel leader in the German Peasants’ War of 1524-1526, though he himself was captured and decapitated in 1525. The peasants who joined Muntzner in this revolt found inspiration in biblical stories and “organized themselves into a sect and decided to collectivize property, so as to live life just as they imagined the early Christians had done.” After a brief look at the impact of the French and Industrial Revolutions, the basic ideas of socialism, anarchism, and Marxism are discussed.
Among the ranks of the early socialists are the utopians Robert Owen and Charles Fourier, while the three main anarchist figures are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Piotr Kropotkin, and, of course, Bakunin. Beneath a picture of a white bearded Marx, the Marxist concept of the dictatorship of the proletariat is mentioned but not explained, along with the hoped for ultimate disappearance of the state and inequality in a communist society. In terms of the legacy of Marx’s ideas, Adamovsky trots out the familiar argument of blaming Friedrich Engels for distorting Marxist thought for presenting it as “scientific and flawless.” A quote from Engels follows: “Marx is the
The Russian Revolution, “the first anti-capitalist revolution” as Adamovsky calls it, is examined sympathetically, starting with the activities of the soviets. The Bolshevik party is credited with gaining support “from the majority of sectors struggling for revolution.” Adamovsky lists the immediate achievements of the Bolsheviks as treating national minorities in a far more egalitarian fashion, and new rights for women. It might have been pertinent to mention perhaps the Bolsheviks most popular policy—removing
However, it should be remembered that both Lenin and Trotsky did make queasy theoretical justifications for massive centralization of power into the hands of the state, despite also elucidating ideas for human liberation and having a revolutionary and democratic rhetoric. To romanticize them in any way is to do them and history a disservice. It can’t be denied that the Bolsheviks acted appallingly when they thought it served their interests.
The real question is, were these inherent traits of Bolshevism or the inevitable results of monstrous circumstances? Also, could the soviets have survived; could any kind of socialism have existed in the conditions of the time? Did the Socialist Revolutionary Party or the anarchists really pose any kind of successful alternative? Perhaps we shall never know, but a closer examination of the period in other texts would be required. Democratic centralism is viewed by Adamovsky as contributing to how “Lenin’s party ended up imposing on society its own centralized and hierarchical structures” which saw the rise of the bureaucracy which replaced capitalists as the dominant class, but was just as oppressive. He then cites how there were similar results for other countries which implemented the communist model, “far from the ideals of equality and emancipation,” but does not mention the pernicious influence of Stalinism, colonialism, imperialism, poverty, and underdevelopment. Despite this, Adamovsky’s criticism is well founded and effectively challenges assumptions while providing a quick history lesson.
Adamovsky is keen to make a distinction between the “traditional Left” and the “new anti-capitalism,” a somewhat amorphous term for a movement with amorphous qualities. Adamovsky does try to quantify some basic aspects that distinguish the “new anti-capitalism,” with particular regard to power and autonomy. Adamovsky judges that historically, most Leftist traditions have had one common feature—that is, whether reformist or revolutionary, their aim was to “use the State as a tool to emancipate society.” The illustration below this text depicts a goateed male and a female with short hair and an eyebrow piercing, who represent the people emblematic of the ideas and values of the “new anti-capitalism.” The man explains that power is not only political and not just concentrated in the state, while the woman reinforces his point by questioning whether state power is really in the hands of nation-states. The man continues: “the state is a machine that divides, disciplines, and subordinates people. And one can’t create a new world with a machine like that.” A worthwhile and necessary observation, to be sure. Adamovsky clarifies his position through the proxy male figure: “The new anti-capitalism tries to avoid being taken over by power. It’s about creating social relations where power disappears or is limited. It’s more about “disempowering” the state than it is about “taking over” it.” This has been labelled “popular power,” “anti-power,” or “counter-power,” and “refers to the struggle to extend autonomy to the oppressed.” As such, it has links to the ideas of Antonio Negri, Michael Hardt, and Holloway especially. While Adamovsky’s aversion to state power is clear, he does take a nuanced position, explaining that elections and occupying the state can sometimes be useful, but it isn’t the overall political tactic. Autonomy beyond the state is the goal, and in that noble aspiration lie the seeds of a new world.
The last two sections explore contemporary anti-capitalist movements and some ideas as to how to change the world. The Zapatistas are prominently featured, along with illustrations and quotes from Subcomandante Marcos. Environmentalist, feminist, workers’ control, immigration, anti-privatization, and alternative media movements show both the ingenuity, diversity, and perhaps most importantly, the scale of the struggles occurring worldwide. This is very important to express as many activists often feel isolated and this section shows just how much they are connected to a global movement. Helpfully, website links to these organizations are also provided. The final section, which is the shortest in the book, shows ideas in action and posits realistic proposals that can be fought for right now. Some are familiar, such as the “immediate cancellation of foreign debt and the abolition of the IMF,” an unconditional universal basic income, and global citizenship. Ideas about participatory and direct democracy are considered, as is non-commercial exchange, market socialism, libertarian municipalism, and Michael Albert’s participatory economy model.
The sheer level and scope of the history, concepts, and contemporary political debates that manage to be covered in this little book make it an invaluable resource. Not only is it useful to those beginning to become politically active, but it even manages to offer something for grizzled old veterans. In its rush to excoriate many ideas from the past, it may end up throwing off a cliff some excellent ideas that are still worthy of debate and consideration. It would also have been nice for Adamovsky to include a discussion of libertarian Marxist figures like CLR James, Raya Dunayevskaya, and the constantly overlooked Anton Pannekoek. Indeed, Pannekoek is perhaps the best libertarian communist critic of Lenin and Leninism and his book Workers’ Councils deserves to be as widely read as Lenin’s State and Revolution. Overall, Anti-Capitalism is easy on the eyes, refreshing, and never dull.
Harry Milne is an Australian writer, freethinker, and libertarian socialist. His writings have been published in the Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal and Political Affairs. He blogs at http://theredstartwinklesmischievously.wordpress.com.
Refusing to be Enemies:
Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation
By Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
Review by Jim Miles
A forward by Ursula Franklin points out that, “it is the violent response, the abnormal, that is recorded, and analyzed and taught.” It is also the corporate media that finds the violence agreeable to its narrative of events, which for the most part, as indicated by Jeff Halper, depicts “Israel as an innocent democracy and a victim of terrorism that is simply defending itself,” rather than the reality of Israel using “occupation as a pro-active policy by an ethnocracy that is the strong party in the conflict and is engaged in ethnic cleansing.” The “lethal dynamic” of having “Palestinians resisting violently and resisting through things like suicide bombings,” supports the innocent victim narrative. It helps create inside
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta interviewed many participants in the non-violent organizations participating in resistance to that Israeli occupation and all that it entails. From these many interviews several themes and arguments stand out.
The first idea is that of non-violent resistance itself and what it actually comprises. Obviously violence is not part of the process, but the other extreme of passivity in the face of occupation is also not part of the process. Non-violence in this book becomes a pro-active dynamic, with actions taken similar to civil disobedience (in cultures where there is civil law, rather than military rule). One of the main examples relates to the iconic olive tree and the manner in which non-violent demonstrators from both
Another aspect that rises is that of normalization. Normalization was the process before the first Intifada when Israeli governance tried to make life appear “normal” in the occupied territories through various means of trade, labor practices, and non-invasive policing. In this sense, the Palestinians do not want to “normalize” their relationship with
The non-violence campaign involves mostly the Palestinians, with support from several Israeli groups and from the international community. Without the latter as witnesses, the campaign for non-violence would be met with much stiffer military reaction than already occurs. Refusing to be Enemies recognizes that while international solidarity is essential, it is the Palestinians who by necessity must perform most of the actual non-violent actions.
With the western media essentially presenting the full Israeli narrative and with the full support of the
BDS, as described by George Rishmawi, is “definitely one of the most important methods that can really get people around the world to be part of the attempts to end the Israeli military occupation of
The discussion at the end of the book covers the many permutations of one state, two states, federated states, bi-national states, but with the all encompassing underlying idea that, yes, there is a way to peace, that there are many “partners for peace” looking for a similar response from Israel. The nature of
Kaufman-Lacusta’s work is a valuable addition to the library of books supporting the Palestinian cause and the necessary wider cause of global justice.
Jim Miles is a Canadian educator and a regular contributor/columnist of opinion pieces and book reviews for The
By Steve Brouwer
NY, Monthly Review Press, 2011, 245 pp.
Review by Don Fitz
Revolutionary Doctors builds on the growing body of information about medicine in
The first was the enormous disparity in the quality of medical care between rich and poor, urban and rural, and light-skinned vs. dark-skinned that characterized
Expansion of the access to medical care during the 1960s presented a new contradiction. The best medical care would be preventive rather than a hospital-based reaction to disease. So the 1970s saw the introduction of polyclinics, which provided preventive care in the form of inoculations and education for 20,000 to 40,000 residents (they now serve 40,000 to 60,000).
Unlike the first three contradictions, that of the 1990s was 100 percent external in origin. The fall of the Soviet Union, the crash of the Cuban economy, and U.S. embargo bills left the island with much less energy, food, and medicine. Hardships were extreme: young men lost 25 percent of their caloric intake and nutritional deficits led to 50,000 cases of optic neuropathy. But
The fifth contradiction was
The Cuban concept of medicina general integral (MGI, comprehensive general medicine) defines the Family Doctor Program put into effect in the 1980s. Building close doctor-patient relationships means seeing patients in the morning at the consultorio and making home visits in the afternoon.
The Venezuelan Barrio Adentro (inside the neighborhood) program is likewise based on this concept of medical professionals living in the same communities as their patients. Its foundation was laid with the October 2000 agreement signed by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, which included
Like the Cuban MGI model, the Venezuelan MIC program (comprehensive community medicine) begins by recruiting thousands of students who go to medical school for six years. They observe doctor/patient interactions beginning with their first year. In addition to treating people in their communities, the MIC program trains doctors in village settings. Some Venezuelan students are mothers and Brouwer describes one who began medical school at 71 years of age. Barrio Adentro I began in 2003 with a massive expansion of neighborhood consultorios populares. In 2004, the Chavez government initiated Barrio Adentro II, which supported the mushrooming consultorios populares with a system of Clinicas Diagnosticas Integrales (CDIs, Comprehensive Diagnostic Clinics). CDIs have a variety of specialists, analytic equipment and treatment alternatives not available in neighborhood settings. The following year saw the introduction of Barrio Adentro III, which attempted to overhaul
One of the most striking differences between health care in
It is not surprising that a course which takes decades to chart can be recreated much more rapidly. But it is not obvious that stages of the process may be reversed in doing so. It took three decades for Cuban medicine to evolve from focusing on hospital care and polyclinics before hitting upon the MGI concept of the Basic Health Team.
Once the Cubans realized that a doctor-nurse pair living in the community should be the cornerstone of community health, the Venezuelans used it as the beginning point of the Barrio Adentro program. With massive expansion of consultorios populares as their first step, the Venezuelans built more clinics to strengthen neighborhood health and then overhauled their hospital system, modifying their medical systems in an order opposite to what Cubans had done.
Of course, many other differences affected conversions of health systems in the two countries. With 11 million residents,
Despite these differences, there are many parallels between revolutionary medicine in
Governments in both countries quickly increased spending on medicine in the poorest areas, resulting in rapid reductions in infant mortality and infectious diseases and increases in life expectancy. These improvements could only occur because
Each neighborhood of 1,500 to 2,000 people that wanted a Cuban doctor to serve them was expected to organize a committee of 10 to 20 volunteers from the community who would commit themselves to finding office spaces, providing sleeping quarters, collecting furniture and simple fixtures, and feeding the medical providers.
Don Fitz is editor of Synthesis/Regeneration: A Magazine of Green Social Thought, which is sent to members of the Greens/Green Party
Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community
By Monica Perales
Review by Gabriel San Roman
In writing Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community, University of Houston assistant professor of history, Monica Perales, tells the important story of how the Southwest border community shaped or made the lives of those who lived and worked there before it was ultimately leveled for lead contamination four decades ago. Perales, a former
The book begins with an ironic introduction as Smeltertown’s existence is threatened by a new environmental consciousness of the early 1970s with the ushering in of Earth Day and the Environmental Protection Agency. ASARCO’s decades-long polluting of the area with lead caused many children to have unhealthy levels of it in their blood. As a result, angry residents gathered at the local Catholic Church in March 1972, demanding answers to their suspicions that lead contamination was a ruse to uproot Smeltertown. After the introduction, Perales goes on to describe ASARCO’s role in
As ASARCO began operations and La Esmelda grew, it was divided into two sections: El Alto where the Anglo managers and supervisors lived and El Bajo where Mexican families lived in substandard conditions. The separation between the two was so vast in many dimensions that my mother—who grew up there—recalls never even knowing of El Alto’s existence. Through quoted racist statements from institutions like
For women living in Smeltertown, the copper plant wasn’t the arena for assimilation. Instead, schools were the main channels of “Americanization.” My grandmother Consuelo Roman, as a student at
Was La Esmelda simply a classic “company town?” The book makes compelling arguments about the real and imagined worlds the residents created, while also transcending the capitalist paternalism of ASARCO. The church, of course, figured prominently as a social space that preserved Mexicanidad to the extent it is intertwined with Catholicism. If company stores were a means of strengthening ASARCO’s grip on workers and their access to basic goods, that gave way over time to family owned and operated small businesses. Residents didn’t refer to stores by their banner name, but by the names of the people who ran them.
As Perales’s book comes to a close, the “remembering” part of her subtitle takes shape. Readers see the demise of Smeltertown in the 1970s and begin to see ASARCO for the environmental nuisance that it was. The company had a long history of pollution abuses that came to a head with the testing of Smeltertown’s children for unhealthy levels of lead in their blood compelling El Paso’s Mayor Bert Williams to declare a medical emergency—one that would set the wheels in motion for the ultimate leveling of the community. Relocation was proposed setting the stage for a final battle. It’s not as if esmeltianos were woefully unaware of the environmental hazards. Memory frames that have passed through my family history include the retellings by my mother of how one could blow their nose there only to find a white handkerchief dirtied by soot.
Nevertheless, skepticism surrounded the sudden interest of outsiders, as did more immediate and pressing economic concerns. Where would the residents relocate to? In what sector of
As a student of history, I deeply appreciated the analytical frameworks that informed me of the political economy of this particular section of
Gabriel San Roman is a contributing writer for the
Tonight No Poetry Will Serve
By Adrienne Rich
Review by Gregg Mosson
In her latest book of poetry Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, Adrienne Rich tackles the contemporary American landscape of war, consumerism, and social conflicts by internalizing it as both public intellectual and poet. This twin capacity—intellectual rigor and emotional resonance—is what makes Rich’s recent work so fresh. Rich’s outlook, though often dark, is explorative, creative, and full of vibrancy. Tonight No Poetry Will Serve actually serves well as surprising, challenging, and explorative poetry for our times.
In the book’s title poem, Rich despairs over
verb force-feeds noun
submerges the subject
noun is choking
goes on doing
By transforming history into grammar, Rich highlights brute force versus moral contemplation at the crux of political and moral choice. That the verb “goes on doing” despite the “disgrac[e]” is part of the mystery of our times. Today the information superhighway forecloses the excuse of I did not know. Rich ends the poem with a command: “now diagram the sentence.” This contrasts today’s brutalities with how formal schooling often distracts us. School teaches skills—like grammar—but not the essentials, such as how to live or handle crisis. For instance, how can Americans “diagram” the recent blunder of spending trillions on murderous wars rather than energy independence and ameliorating global warming? Maybe the subtle point here is that rational categorizations can’t capture the human experience. Further, poetry and history can portray and explain our human choices.
Tonight No Poetry Will Serve is a good summary of where Rich is now as a poet in her elder years. In the 1991 Atlas of a Difficult World, Rich began a reconsideration of what it means to be a writer in an
In the title poem of her 1995 Midnight Salvage, Rich imagines a businessman pushing his daughter onto the dance floor to dance with a nerve-gas salesman just to make a deal. Her new book takes place within this same worldview. It may be difficult to read for those not familiar with her recent work. Starting with some of the other titles mentioned here is a better bet. Rich does come to some sort of new reckoning, however, in her new book in both “Don’t Flinch” and “Reading the Illiad (As If) for the First Time.” In “Don’t Flinch,” Rich looks at the role of brute force in history and life and chants:
for the Iliad.
pulse into sense.
Turn up the music
now do you hear it?
Can you smell the smoke
under the near shingles?
In “Reading the Illiad,” Rich contrasts the idealization of art and history as captured best by Romantic poet John Keats in “Ode to a Grecian Urn” with the realities of war, as described through re-reading the Illiad. This leaves Rich asking, “Beauty?” Her collection as a whole answers: maybe not. But life, the collection answers, is vibrant. There is a lot of sensuality and partial song in her fragmented, imagistic poetry.
Since 1991, Adrienne Rich has been asking herself and her readers how a progressive vision of society can reckon with human nature and the negative trends in
In “Domain,” Rich recalls somewhat nostalgically and somewhat ironically the “[r]ebuked utopian projection” of her 1960s domain in
Dana Gioia, former head of the
Gregg Mosson is the author of two books of poetry, including Questions of Fire. He most recently edited the anthology Poems Against War: Bending Toward Justice (Wasteland Press 2010).
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Contact: email@example.com; http://east.usworker.coop/.
WOMEN/LYNNE STEWART- Radical Women is asking for support letters and cards to be sent to Lynne Stewart. Stewart is a civil rights attorney and political prisoner who is currently in jail. She has breast cancer and authorities have denied her request for transfer from her Texas prison to the New York City hospital where she received medical attention during a prior bout of breast cancer. Send messages and cards to: Lynne Stewart 53504-054, Federal Medical Center Carswell, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127.
Contact: 747 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109; 415-864-1278; RadicalWomenUS@gmail.com; http://lynnestewart.org/; http://www.radicalwomen.org/.
HAITI/WOMEN - Haiti’s government is considering a legal reform measure that would prohibit and punish all sexual assault, including marital rape. MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise international support for this push to address violence against women in Haiti.
Contact: 121 West 27th Street, #301, New York, NY 10001; 212-627-0444; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.madre.org.
SYRIA/MIDDLE EAST - The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is currently seeking funds to assist more than 200,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
FOLK FESTIVAL - The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held August 2-4, in the Berkshires, NY.
Contact: http://www.falconridgefolk.com/; email@example.com.
WAR RESISTERS - The War Resisters League will hold its 90th anniversary conference, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Building Bridges Across Generations and Communities, August 1-4, at Georgetown University. The event will focus on the U.S.’ long history of antimilitarism.
Contact: 339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-228-0450; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.warresisters.org.
POPULAR ECONOMICS - The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2013 Summer Institute August 4-9 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. No background in economics is needed for this intensive training. This year’s theme is, The Care Economy: Building a Just Economy with a Heart.
Contact: Center for Popular Economics, PO Box 785 Amherst, MA 01004; 413-545-0743; email@example.com; www.populareconomics.org.
VETERANS - Veterans for Peace is holding the 28th annual convention August 6-11 in Madison, WI. This year’s theme is, Power To The Peaceful.
DEMOCRACY - The Democracy Convention will take place August 7-11 in Madison, WI. The convention brings together nine conferences including topics such as media, education, defense, race, environment and others.
MEN - The 38th National Conference on Men & Masculinity: Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal and Accountable Communities, presented in partnership with HAVEN, will be held in Detroit, MI, August 8-10.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nomas.org/.
OCCUPY - An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kalamazoo, MI, August 21-25.
Contact: email@example.com; http://occupynationalgathering.net/.
COMMUNITIES - The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment; scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
LABOR DAY - The 29th annual Bread and Roses Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 2, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, walking & trolley tours.
Contact: PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/.
OCCUPY WALL STREET - September 17 is the two-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.
TEACHERS - The 13th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Politics of Pedagogy,” will be held October 12 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.
Contact: 415-676-7844; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.t4sj.org/.
HAITI - International Action, which brings clean water and chlorinators to Haiti, seeks office space capable of housing up to six people and their office equipment.
Contact: Zach Bremer, Zbrehmer@haitiwater.org; 202-488-0735; http://www.haitiwater.org/.
MEDIA - The Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored are sponsoring a joint conference on media democracy, media activism and social justice to be held November 1-3 at the University of San Francisco. Proposals for presentations, workshops and panels from activists and critical scholars are invited.