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Open Letter to the Benton County Commissioners on Renaming the County

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By Joseph Orosco (June 27, 2020) Dear Commissioners Augerot, Malone, and Jaramillo: This June, you issued a statement in response to the historic protests across the globe reacting to the killing of George Floyd.  You recognized that communities were gathering together to “give voice to the centuries of inequality, exploitation and abuse suffered by Black and African American people in…
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Lessons About Police Brutality from the Chicanx Experience

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  By Joseph Orosco (June 3, 2020) The past week has seen an explosion of urban uprising that has not been experienced in the US in decades. Almost 5000 people have been arrested nationwide in protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd at the hand of police in Minneapolis. What is unique about this moment is that a majority…
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Cesar Chavez and the Struggle for Justice During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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By Joseph Orosco (March 31, 2020)   Some thirty years ago, Cesar Chavez staged his last major hunger fast. This fast went on for thirty-six days. In his statement issued at the end, Chavez said he had begun the fast because he had to do penance; he was ashamed of himself. For all his years as an organizer, he said…
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Reflections for the End of the Term in Plague Years

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By Joseph Orosco (March 16, 2020)   Last week, I held my last classes of the Winter 2020 quarter and, most likely, my last face-to-face classes for some time. It was the day after the university administration ordered that there were to be no in person exams or classes for several weeks. I knew going into these classes that my…
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American Autumn: A Viewer’s Guide

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By Joseph Orosco (February 17, 2020) As part of our third installment of the This is What Democracy Looks Like:  A Genealogy of Movements film series, we are going to view “American Autumn”. We will be in Milam Hall 318 on the Oregon State Campus at 6pm. This is a grassroots documentary looking at the early days of the Occupy…
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This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Viewers’ Guide

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By Joseph Orosco (February 11, 2020) The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Battle for Seattle with a film series that looks to see how social movements in the past 40 years intersect and influence one another.  This is a brief viewer’s guide and background for the showing of “This is What Democracy Looks…
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The Social Value of Science Fiction: Asimov, Ellison and Social Justice

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(By Joseph Orosco, January 30, 2020) This year marks the Isaac Asimov’s 100th birthday.  He is perhaps one of the most well known science fiction writers, a pioneer of the Golden Era of the genre.  He is best known for emphasizing “hard science fiction”–the kind that takes seriously describing the scientific elements of a story and theorizing the implications of…
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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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Metaphors of the Revolution: Architecture vs. Composition

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By Joseph Orosco (November 6, 2019) We are entering into the thick of presidential electoral politics as the Democratic party narrows its contenders to take on Trump.  There are pundits looking to see what can be learned about the mid-term elections of 2018 for creating a “Blue Wave,” and others wondering if the impeachment proceedings will lead to electoral turmoil…
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Just Futures: Speculative Arts and Social Change Symposium

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Just Futures: Speculative Arts and Social Change November 22, 2019 Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon Keynote Talk by Dr. Grace Dillion (Anishanaabe)–one of the leaders of Indigenous Futurism The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures calls for abstracts for this multidisciplinary symposium that aims to bring together scholars, activists, and community members to consider the ways in which speculative arts can…
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Violence Against Mexicans in Texas as a “Habit of Whiteness”

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(Image of Hayden Edwards and the Republic of Fredonia) By Joseph Orosco (August 6, 2019) Irene Sanchez reminds us that white supremacist violence against Mexicans is not a new phenomena in Texas. She charts it to beginning of the Texas Revolution in 1836, when Anglo Mexican settlers seceded from Mexico to form the Lone Star Republic. But I think the…
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