Whatever it was, the media and the majority of US punditry totally missed it when came to Occupy Wall Street. On this episode, we’re joined on Que4 Radio/AM1680 by fellow worker and author Mark Bray to discuss his book Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. Listen-in as we take a stab at “Translating Anarchy” through beer-tinted glasses.
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I just had a very pleasant phone conversation with Mark Bray confirming the details of his trip to Chicago. We are thrilled to have him over for a beer this Saturday, March 22nd, on the Revolution and Beer Weekend Show. We’ll be talking about his book Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. If you’ve often found yourself asking where Occupy came from, and if it left a legacy as it ceased to be a constant occupation of public spaces, then you definitely want to tune in and call in.
Mark is holding a discussion this coming Sunday about his experience with the Occupy Wall Street movement as a direct participant in both the Media and Direct Action working groups. In his recently published book on the topic, Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, Mark breaks with the typical for-or-against pattern of analysis, and dives deep into the methods of organization of the Occupy Wall Street movement and where they came from.
Mark didn’t come rushing into OWS, and his previous studies of history and social justice movements made him hesitant at first. After witnessing the rapid development of the movement as a real political force, he was inspired to apply the his skills at research and ethnography to pin down the political philosophies of the core organizers that worked around the clock to build the movement. He conducted in-depth interviews with 192 of these organizers and reveals origins far deeper than most anyone has provided so far.
To hear the show, tune into AM1710 if you live in the north central area of Chicago. You can also stream the show live at que4.org (que4.org/radio) with mobile. The call in number for the station is 773 217-8344.
This is some documentation of the recent Global Uprisings conference that is well worth a view. The documentary that starts at about 10:19 is a great snap shot of the last several years of global people’s resistance. It’s inspiring to see the Arab Spring, Greece Anti Repression and Austerity mobilizations, and the stunning displays of direct action and protest in Brazil and Spain all plotted on a timeline this way. When you step back and take a look at the current level of activity, you might notice a decrease in the mass of attendance, but you will also notice that the frequency is consistent; and the campaigns more specifically focused. This conference and documentary places us at a point in time of global solidarity around core human and communal concepts of justice. However loosely defined the “demands” might seem at this point, they have already proven to be incompatible with most of the governments in the world, including those who promote inclusion and democracy.