Occupy Anarchism: Cindy Milstein Speaking Tour

As the “do-it-ourselves” uprisings and occupations that have swept across the globe from Egypt to United States are proving, self-organization is not only effective in the process of resistance but also the basis for new communities--and potentially, a wholly new world. The ethical practices that anarchists advocate are becoming powerful everyday experiences, with people self-managing everything from civic defense and trash collection to tent encampments and general assemblies. Indeed, the contours of the "occupy everything" movement could be viewed, in large part, as anarchism in action. Anarchism has always held up the ideal of a free society of free individuals–a world without hierarchy or domination. But in relation to both form and content, what exactly does this look like? Cindy’s talk, based on her book Anarchism and Its Aspirations (AK Press, 2010), will provide an accessible overview of an often-misunderstood political philosophy and living tradition, highlighting its principles, reconstructive vision, and prefigurative praxis.

Cindy is an Institute for Anarchist Studies board member, a co-organizer of the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, and an active participant in Occupy Philly. She has long been involved in community organizing and anarchist collectives/projects, including the New World from Below convergence at the U.S. Social Forum, the “Hope from People not Presidents” and “Don’t Just (Not) Vote” efforts, Black Sheep Books collective in Vermont, and the anarchist summer school known as the Institute for Social Ecology. Currently, she’s also collaborating on another book, Paths toward Utopia: Explorations in Everyday Anarchism, with Erik Ruin (PM Press, 2012).

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012
7pm @ Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02118

Friday, January 6 2012
5:30pm @ Libertalia Autonomous Space
280 Broadway Room 200, Providence, RI 02903

Sunday, January 8, 2012
11:30am @ Collective A Go Go / Worcester, MA
(email anne@riseup.net for directions)

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