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Book Fair Speakers - Andrej Grubacic, Victoria Law, & Osha Neumann, SF, 3/15/09: audio
On Sunday at the 14th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco, over a dozen speakers covered a broad range of topics, from sex worker rights to the rise and fall of DASW, from Venezuela to arts and action. Here is the complete audio from three sessions.
Andrej Grubacic speaks first here on topics ranging from the early history of the IWW to Subcomandante Marcos meeting with Mayans, from the racial colonization guilt that inhibits those of European descent from making common cause with diverse communities to a racially-unified prison riot in Lucasville, Ohio.
More on this year's Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair can be found here:
A radical historian and sociologist from the Balkans, Andrej is the author of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History (co-authored with Staughton Lynd), Globalization and Refusal, and the forthcoming titles Hidden History of American Democracy and The Staughton Lynd Reader.
Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, zinester and mother. In 1996, she helped start Books Through Bars-New York City, a group that sends free books to prisoners nationwide. Since 2002, she has worked with women incarcerated nationwide to produce the zine Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison and has facilitated having incarcerated women’s writings published in larger publications. Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women is her first book and the result of eight years of research, writing, and support for incarcerated women nationwide.
Victoria discusses the current social environment leading to the imprisonment of women, including battered women who fight back; and the situation for women in prison, their unfortunately increasing numbers, and organizing and uprisings for improved conditions.
Member of the late 60’s East Village militant activist group Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, Osha is now a public interest lawyer in Berkeley where he represents the homeless and victims of police brutality. He is also a mural painter and sculptor.
"Up Against the Wall Motherf**ker: A Memoir of the '60s, With Notes for Next Time" represents his recollections of childhood, his involvement with the Motherfuckers before moving to California via New Mexico, and his thoughts on taking the lessons learned through it all to present and future social justice movements.
“Be realistic, demand the impossible.”
Osha speaks of the simultaneously promising and disturbing times we live in as the capitalist economy and our environment face ruin, in a time when a President who promises to address long-ignored concerns of the Left was recently elected by a large coalition. He discusses what these events might mean for radical activists and revolutionary movements.
"I'm hoping for twice in a lifetime."
Oakland, January 7th, 2009: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/08/18560134.php