Let’s discuss ‘This Is An Uprising’


In its time, King’s use of nonviolent resistance generated a nearly unending stream of controversy. And in this era of Black Lives Matter, it is critical to remember that, far more than a serving as a peacemaker, King was an advocate of disruption.

Hope to see (most of) you Thursday!

Michelle Alexander (author of ‘The New Jim Crow’) called this book “a virtual toolbox” for building “an inclusive, multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy that truly values all of us”.

‘This Is An Uprising’ (http://thisisanuprising.org/reviews/ by Mark Engler and Paul Engler) covers the fundamental questions facing us as we work to bring about a revolutionary transformation in US society and build the beloved community:

• What are the differences between social justice movements/organizations that aim at winning incremental, concrete goals versus those that aim to bring about transformative moments that suspend the normal rules of politics?
• What tensions exist between these two approaches and how can they work together?
• How can non-violent movements subvert and overthrow the power of elites who aim to retain control and privilege through force?
• How can gains made “in the moment of the whirlwind” be protected and expanded?
• Can building alternative communities, “being the change we wish to see”, support more confrontational strategies?

We’ll meet weekly. The first session will focus on sections: Introduction, The Strategic Turn, Structure and Movement.

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