Yearly Archive: 2019

Anarres Project: Year in Review 2019

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  This was an outstanding year for the Anarres Project. We brought together people in many different places for exciting and important discussions about the ways speculative arts can inspire our critical thinking and radical imaginations for just social change. Here is a round up of our events and presentations for the year:   March We held our first film…
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Trump’s Executive Order on Anti-Semitism and Our Responsibility to Resist It

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By Chris Crass (December 16, 2019) Throughout history, anti-semitism has been used by ruling classes to culturally position Jews to be seen as “above” other oppressed and exploited people, to be seen as the ones really pulling the strings. For Jews as a concept and actual people, to then be targets of other working class and poor people’s anger and…
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What Are the Lessons of the 2019 Conservative Win in the UK?

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By Teka Lark and Christopher J.V. Loughlin (December 13, 2019) Teka Lark So, picking white nationalism over health care and common sense is global. In the English speaking world, I don’t want to hear your class reductionist arguments. The roots of the plant of oppression are fibrous, class does not trump white nationalism in the West, it works in conjunction….
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Radical Movements Have Shaped the Presidential Race for Democrats

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By Chuck Morse (December 3, 2019) Bloomberg apologizes for “stop and frisk;” Kamala Harris backs away from her record as a prosecutor; Cory Booker voices regret for heavy handed police tactics in Newark; Biden attempts to blabber his way out of accountability for his role in passing the “crime bill.” It is a big deal that these candidates feel compelled…
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Seattle 1999 and Its “This Changes Everything” Energy

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By Chris Crass (November 30, 2019) Twenty years ago today Nov. 30th, I was part of the Direct Action Network that successfully shut down the World Trade Center summit that was negotiating global capitalism in the interests of ruling classes and crushing human rights and dignity around the world. Joining together with unions and people’s justice movements from around the…
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Pass the Liberation and Let’s Trash the Opression

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By Chris Crass (November 27, 2019) How can we talk with people in our lives during the holidays about our values? How can we challenge the ways that systems of oppression show up during the holidays with family and longtime friends, while also inviting people into liberation values and culture? How can we practice deep love for our people, stay…
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Americans Can Learn About How to Make Social Change From Chile

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By Marc Cooper (November 21, 2019) As most of you know, as a young man I worked for President Salvador Allende as a translator so I could literally write a book on this month’s dramatic developments ( I already wrote one on Chile https://amzn.to/376G5Hn ). But I’ll keep this relatively short. In any case, this Al Jazeera piece is an excellent primer…
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Handmaid’s Tale Inoculates Viewers from Responsibility for Real Atrocities

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Guest interact with an art installation, designed by Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, and book giveaway celebrating Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' opens on the High Line on April 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu)

By Rachel Wagner (November 18, 2019) The Haidmaid’s Tale television series producer Warren Littlefield says that Offred’s story “presents a chilling vision into an increasingly likely potential future.” I suggest that this insistence on relevance is more indicative of a desire to *be* predictive, to believe that media like The Handmaid’s Tale can tell us something about the world and where…
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It’s Not Exaggeration to Say White Nationalism is at the Heart of US Power

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By Rebecca Hill (November 16, 2019) The Stephen Miller emails bring up some important issues that I see often in strategic discussions of anti-fascist politics. That is, I often see people debating whether traditional fascists or overt white nationalists represent the “real” danger, or whether they are a vanguardist fringe full of FBI informants, while the really dangerous white supremacists…
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Just Futures Symposium Schedule, Nov. 22, 2019

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Just Futures Symposium:  Speculative Arts and Social Change Friday, November 22, 2019 Oregon State University All Sessions are in the Memorial Union Horizon Room and are Free and Open to the Public.     9-9:10am  Welcome and Introductions   9:15-10:00am  Panel on Star Trek, Star Wars, and Socially Just Pedagogy Joseph Orosco, Diana Rohlman, and Mohammed Shakibnia   10:05-11:05am Time…
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