America First? – Second season of our series of conversations with comrades in the US about current struggles and organising on the ground
The going gets tough, but there is loads of inspiring stuff happening in the US at the moment. Things we want to understand and learn from. From prison organising to struggles in the rural hinterland.
So far we’ve had inspiring conversations with Amiri about the history of race and class relations, with the crew from Sacramento about struggles in the low wage sector and with the sisters of Red Stockings about the fight against the patriarchal religious right.
The next three meetings will be:
Friday, 15th of September, 6pm: Chat with comrades of New River Workers Power about organising in trailer-parks and supermarkets in Appalachia.
Sunday, 29th of October, 6pm: Talk with Gifford from San Francisco about struggles in the Bay Area and in the logistics sector.
Friday, 24th of November, 6pm: Conversation with Dan Georgakas, co-author of the legendary “Detroit I do mind dying’ and co-editor of the IWW oral history book ‘Solidarity Forever’ about the past, present and future of workers’ struggle in the US
Further meetings will be announced as and when – so stay tuned! All meetings will take place at:
88 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1DH
We publish short papers and reading lists for each meeting, so that, if they want, participants can prepare a bit for the discussion. We will also publish minutes of the meetings. Check out more info here:
Looking forward to seeing you…
Friday, 26th of May, 6pm: Amiri Barksdale (Insurgent Notes) will join us to discuss the historical development of race and class relations in the US.
Friday, 23rd of June, 6pm: Scott Nappalos (IWW), a long-time Wobblie and health worker will talk about rank-and-file organising in precarious jobs.
Sunday, 23rd of July, 6pm: Comrades of Redstockings and Women’s Liberation Movement will tell us about fighting back against state and religious attacks on abortion and the wider social background of reactionary anti-women politics.