Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements
with Chris Dixon & Helen Hudson[:]
Wednesday, February 11, 5pm-7pm
at QPIRG Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204
– wheelchair accessible
– free childcare on-site
– traduction chuchotée (français-anglais)
– snacks and drinks
– please get in touch about any accessibility needs
Recent decades have seen the exciting convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the U.S. and Canada. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. They are building “another politics,” to use a Zapatista expression. These efforts combine anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation will explore another politics and distill lessons for building effective, visionary movements.
CHRIS DIXON: Originally from Alaska, Chris is a longtime anarchist organizer, writer, and educator with a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in numerous book collections as well as periodicals such as Anarchist Studies, Clamor, Left Turn, and Social Movement Studies. He serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the advisory board for the activist journal Upping the Anti. Dixon lives in Ottawa, Canada, on unceded Algonquin Territory, where he is involved in anti-poverty organizing. His new book is Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements, published by University of California Press. Find him at writingwithmovements.com.
HELEN HUDSON: Based in Montreal, Helen is an anti-authoritarian organizer and activist, involved in diverse anti-oppression-rooted social movements for two decades. She is currently a member of the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective, a project organized in conjunction with three political prisoners in maximum-security prison in upstate New York. She has previously been a coordinator at QPIRG Concordia (1999-2004), a member of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Collective, as well as many other projects and initiatives. She is a registered nurse, currently on-leave, and a full-time mom. Learn more about Certain Days at: certaindays.org
[More speakers to be confirmed shortly.]
Organized by QPIRG Concordia: your campus-community link for social change, in collaboration with Geograds and Climate Justice Montreal.