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Soma Therapy Film Screening in Watsonville

Monday, August 14, 2006
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Santa Cruz Independent Media Center
Location Details:
Watsonville Brown Beret Office, Behind Ritmo Latino
18 W Lake Ave
Watsonville, CA 95076

A Documentary Screening - Soma: An Anarchist Therapy

Monday, 8/14/2006, 7pm
18 W Lake Ave
Watsonville, CA 95076
Suggested donation: $5
Presented by the Watsonville Brown Berets and Santa Cruz Independent Media

Film maker, Nick from Houston Indymedia will be present to do a question and answer session and a workshop.

SOMA: an anarchist therapy
With difficulty walking, and half-blinded from torture by the
Brazilian military dictatorship, 79 year-old Roberto Freire continues to develop somatherapy, completing his life's work. Incorporating the ideas of Wilhelm Reich, the politics of anarchism, and the culture of capoeira angola, Soma is used by therapists organized in anarchist collectives to fight the psychological effects of authoritarianism. Nick Cooper travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Bahia, and São
Paulo to find the exercises, principles, voices, and movement of somatherapy.

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workshop: Nazis Vs. Zapatistas: The Struggle Against Cooptation

Lao-Tsu, the author of the Tao Te Ching and Subcomandante Marcos, of the Zapatistas both talk about the power of water -- seemingly weaker, but ultimately stronger than the more familiar power of swords. To struggle against oppression in ways that don't create other oppressions, we will explore the anti-fascist non-hierarchical currents in history, philosophy, psychology, criticism, and organizing tactics.

Working with Indymedia, Food Not Bombs and other non-hierarchical groups, Nick Cooper became interested in horizontal structures for change, traveling to Brazil in 2003 and 2005 to study Soma Therapy, and to Chiapas, Mexico in 2004 to study Zapatismo. Also, wanting to study fascist and pre-fascist organizing directly, Nick has been attending conferences, meetings, presentations and fund-raisers of the
far right, including: The Ku Klux Klan, Focus on the Family /
Lovewonout, Republican Party of Texas, Lyndon LaRouche, The Minutemen, and Tom DeLay. The workshop examines philosophies, structures and psychology, comparing authoritarian models to those that are consensual, communitarian or autonomous. Informed by Zapatista
principles, Wilhelm Reich's Mass Psychology of Fascism, and Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism, the workshop develops a skill set for identifying, challenging and defeating the authoritarian tool of cooptation.

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Added to the calendar on Fri, Aug 11, 2006 2:00PM
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