Learn about worker coops and listen to an economic update from Professor Rick Wolff. Find out how you can get involved in the movement for worker-directed enterprises.
The New York chapter of National Women's Liberation (womensliberation.org) meets the third Thursday of every month in the Cafe at The Commons from 7:30 to 9:30pm. We meet to get at the root of our oppression as women and to strategize how to put the male chauvinist system on the run again. Join us!
National Women’s Liberation is perhaps best known for our role in the successful 10-year struggle to get Morning-After Pill contraception over the counter. More recently we are responsible for relaunching the 1969 Redstockings sticker "This Oppresses Women" for slapping on sexist ads. We believe that change comes about from the actions of everyday people—not politicians, the courts, lobbyists, or the media. We also believe that the leadership and participation of women of color is...
> While the billionaires are entertained in D.C. by half the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and half the Rockettes, come to Brooklyn and sing with Earth Mum and her special guest host, Randy Credico (and his special guests. Plus, some of your favorite WBAI hosts will be there.
> Sing Your Heart Out at this WBAI fundraiser. Suggested donation is $10, no one turned away - but we sure could use the $$$$....
> xoxo Earth Mum
14 week class
The reading focuses on the struggle to build a united and disciplined revolutionary party in the Germany after the defeats of the Spartacist and then the radical union uprisings in 1919. By 1921, it was clear that the Bolshevik revolution had not sparked successful socialist revolutions in the rest of Europe. The communists of Germany now struggled to reconnect with the German working class and rebuild a revolutionary movement in the Weimar Republic, a society that was, on the one hand, striving to return to normalcy and, on the other hand, slipped easily and often into economic and political chaos. They...
Women's Martial Arts: Internal development for external empowerment.
The goal of this class is to welcome women into the internal martial arts community, supporting them to begin a personal practice that will give them access to the full range of training benefits. Both men and women are welcome to attend. No prior martial arts experience is necessary.
The curriculum is drawn from Ba Gua Zhang, a sophisticated method of internal martial arts training. Ba Gua not only teaches effective self-defense skills, but also activates limitless potential for self-discovery and self-expression. Its intricately interwoven and organically complete methodology combines martial training with Daoist circle walking meditation, internal alchemy and other life nourishing practices to create...
Secret Path is a film about the long-suppressed mistreatment of indigenous children and families by the residential school system. On October 22, 1966 near Kenora, Ontario, Chanie Wenjack died while walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Fifty years later, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has taken Wenjack's story and turned it into a solo album, a graphic novel and an animated film. Downie’s intention was to utilize his celebrity to draw attention to Wenjack's story and the legacy of residential schools with the hope of seeking a path to reconciliation.
John Kane will lead a discussion following the film.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Catch this opportunity for an intensive introduction to permaculture by Andrew Faust.
For more information, visit
The Center for Bioregional Living
Ellenville/ Brooklyn, NY
January 28 to March 25
Grundrisse, Session A
Perhaps the most curious and least understood aspect of Marx’s work is his method of analysis. Marx viewed all his economic laws as tendencies and it is hard to deny that those tendencies are becoming more and more the realities of today’s capitalism. However, to understand our society we need to do more than reading and accepting his concepts, we must critically analyze them and look for the way of thinking that produced them. It is with this goal in my mind that we should embark on a journey through the long and complex...
8 session class
An eight week course
The purpose of this course is to give an introduction to some of the main ideas of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, focusing on the materialist understanding of history, and the theory of surplus value.
We will make a careful study of the following texts:
“The part played by labor in the transition from ape to man”—Frederick Engels
“Posture Maketh The Man”— Stephen Jay Gould
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific—Frederick Engels
Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy—Karl Marx
In this series we will be placing the dialectics of Marx and Engels within a broader philosophical tradition.
We will look at Engels discussion of the fundamental forces of nature: matter, time, space and motion in the context of the philosophical conflict between a relational view of the world and a mechanical one. We will also look at the conflict between Newton and Leibniz and the subsequent vindication of the relational view with Mach and Einstein.
Also examined will be the contemporary “crisis in physics” — the conclusion to which mechanical reductionism has led both in philosophy...
The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and aggressive asset recovery. Bring in any item that isn't working, is broken, needs mending or repair and together we will attempt to restore it so that it functions again.
2nd Floor in the Library.
10 week course
Capital is the indispensable sourcebook on Marx’s method for analyzing the economy, politics and struggles. Many of us have less time to study it because, as Marx predicted, we have to work longer hours— and often more than one job—in order to survive. Fortunately, even a basic familiarity with the key concepts of Volume I offers many tools for understanding capitalism’s dynamics. With current conditions, we’ve been offering this highlights approach, breaking down key concepts and sections:
• use value, value and surplus value;
• why capitalism has needed conquest, enslavement and white...
Organized by Ibrahim Diallo of the Indigenous People’s History and Literature Group
Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it’s far removed from your situation. … this is one great thing that literature can do – it can make us identify with situations and people far away. If it does that, it’s a miracle. –Chinua Achebe
With the reading of novels by Ousmane Sembene (Senegal), Tayeb Salih (Sudan), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (...
8 week class
Although people around the world are increasingly living in cities such as New York City, we still exist in and are dependent on the natural environment. Whether we live in rural or urban places, we are greatly influencing Earth system processes, such as how water cycles between places, how soils are intricately linked to the movement of water, exchange of gases, and growth of plants even on Manhattan rooftop gardens, and how the composition of the atmosphere affects incoming and outgoing energy, which then impacts global climate change. To move toward sustainable and resilient societies, we need to...
Biological science is simultaneously the hegemonic narrative for understanding the living world in industrial societies and the basis for potential technological transformations of the biosphere and our own species. The 20th century notion of the gene as the primary determinant of living systems has supported rampant privatization of food production and medical and natural resources. With the increasing precision of gene alteration by the CRISPR DNA editing technique, genetic determinism is now generating proposals for ecological engineering and eugenicist manipulation of future humans. This talk will report on...
A two-day winter workshop
This class with Chris Harp and Grai Rice will introduce students to Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence.
You will come away with the knowledge, as well as the inspiration to nurture your honeybees and respect these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities. We encourage beginners to take both days to obtain a broad understanding of the responsibilities and challenges entailed in this undertaking, so you can be knowledgable, loving and confidant beekeepers. These classes can be taken on one weekend, or divided into Saturday one weekend and Sunday another weekend. The Sunday class will be helpful to beginning and experienced beekeepers. We can help you...
Day 2: Understanding and Caring for your Bees
Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony (including Top Bar Hives); Honeybee health and disease management the natural way; seasonal concerns and methods to keep your bees strong.
Pre-registration is required, and advance payment is requested. Gift certificates for classes are available.
The class fee is $200 per person if taking both Saturday and Sunday. Individual classes are $110.
10 Session Reading and Discussion Group
The inspiring struggle at Standing Rock has united Native Americans across many tribes and countries against the Dakota Access Pipeline, in defense of water and life and for territorial sovereignty. Throughout the Americas, land grabs for massive energy and extractive projects are calling forth similar resistance from indigenous peoples, local farmers, and allies among urban working people. This study group will use materials from the #StandingRockSyllabus and other readings to deepen our understanding of ecological imperialism, settler colonialism, and indigenous resistance in both North and South America...
For those of you who have already learned some permaculture skills and are not quite sure where to go with them, here's you chance to find out how to become your own boss and join the new economy (and help heal the planet, to boot!).
For more information, visit www.homebiome.com
The Center for Bioregional Living
Ellenville/ Brooklyn, NY
Interference Archive co-sponsors
An author presentation & discussion
Call centers have become synonymous with low-paid and high stress work, dictatorial supervisors and terrifyingly precarious job contracts. However, rarely do we have access to the experience of workers in this context. For Working the Phones, Jamie Woodcock spent time working undercover in a UK call center in order to provide insights into the daily experiences of call center workers, and to understand and analyze methods of control and resistance that exist within the highly regulated environment. Call center work has become emblematic of the shift towards...
14 Week Session
This course will focus on two early works by Marx and one by Marx and Engels. The works by Marx are his doctoral dissertation of 1841 on ancient Greek atomistic theory and his Critique of Hegel’s “Philosophy of Right” from 1843. The work by Marx and Engels is The Holy Family, or Critique of Critical Critique of 1844.
These works by Marx and by Marx and Engels are too little studied nowadays, but play a fundamental role in the development of Marx's thought, especially when see from the perspective of his break from Hegel and the Young Hegelians. We will be particularly interested in the influence...
The Grundrisse, Session B
Perhaps the most curious and least understood aspect of Marx’s work is his method of analysis. Marx viewed all his economic laws as tendencies and it is hard to deny that those tendencies are becoming more and more the realities of today’s capitalism. However, to understand our society we need to do more than reading and accepting his concepts, we must critically analyze them and look for the way of thinking that produced them. It is with this goal in my mind that we should embark on a journey through the long and complex sentences of The German Ideology...