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Date(s) - 02/08/17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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– UNITI Cultural Center - Stony Brook University

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URL for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1656453837982490/.


Since Trump has taken office, there has not been a single day without people in the streets. Which tactics and approaches have been most successful in confronting the Trump Administration’s reign of terror?

Join the SBU Jacobin Reading Group as we compare and contrast the Women’s March, Black Bloc/Anti-fascist tactics such as punching Nazi’s and property destruction on #DisruptJ20, and the occupation of airline terminals with the #NoBanNoWall actions. Folks who took part in these actions are encouraged to share their experiences and observations.

SUGGESTED READINGS:

1) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/24/women-march-diversity-minorities-working-class
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor argues that the Women’s March might not have been as black, brown or working class as many might have liked. But criticizing it from the sidelines doesn’t help anyone. We must welcome the previously uninitiated – those who are new to activism and organizing and stop the arrogant chastising of anyone who is not as “woke”.

2) https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/dc-womens-march-trump-inauguration-protests/
Kenzo Shibata explains how The Women’s March protests worked in the same way that a good union contract campaign works – a preemptive show of force and featuring a diversity of participants whose tactics may seem too tame — or too militant.

3) https://www.thenation.com/article/if-you-appreciated-seeing-neo-nazi-richard-spencer-get-punched-thank-the-black-bloc/
Natasha Lennard defends the punching of Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, property destruction, and an overall diversity of tactics.

4) https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/airport-protests-trump-muslim-ban-jfk/
Asad Haider, a 2nd generation Pakistani immigrant, describes their experience at the #NoBanNoWall airport protests and where we can go from here.

Optional Readings:
1) A counter-point: Against punching Nazis.
http://www.newsweek.com/richard-spencer-punch-nazi-ethicists-547277

2) How a Montana town came together to shut down a white-supremacist march led by Richard Spencer.
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/alt-right-whitefish-montana-antifascist-richard-spencer-protest/

3) Alicia Garza, founder of Black Lives Matter, on the Women’s March.
https://mic.com/articles/166720/blm-co-founder-protesting-isnt-about-who-can-be-the-most-radical-its-about-winning#.nTbGWNzc0

4) To defeat Trump, we have to build democratic, multiracial, militant organizations with a foundation in solidarity.
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/trump-black-lives-racism-sexism-anti-inauguration/

5) https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/womens-march-washington-trump-inauguration-protest/
Three socialist feminists reflect on the Women’s March and what comes next in the movement to resist Trump.

All of our events are open to the public, are family-friendly and are safe spaces. Can’t make it? Stay tuned for our Facebook live session.