Events for December 2013
Thursday Dec 5, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's : Christina Hanhardt presents "Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence"
Since the 1970s, a key goal of lesbian and gay activists has been protection against street violence, especially in gay neighborhoods. During the same time, policymakers and private developers declared the containment of urban violence to be a top priority. In this important book, Christina B. Hanhardt examines how LGBT calls for "safe space" have been shaped by broader public safety initiatives that have sought solutions in policing and privatization and have had devastating effects along race and class lines.
Drawing on extensive archival and ethnographic research in New York City and San Francisco, Hanhardt traces the entwined histories of LGBT activism, urban development, and U.S. policy in relation to poverty and crime over the past fifty years. She highlights the formation of a mainstream LGBT movement, as well as the very different trajectories followed by radical LGBT and queer grassroots organizations. Placing LGBT activism in the context of shifting liberal and neoliberal policies, Safe Space is a groundbreaking exploration of the contradictory legacies of the LGBT struggle for safety in the city.
Wednesday Dec 11, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's : Rafaela Seixas discusses HIV/AIDS activism in Brazil
Half of the people living with HIV today are women. This epidemic continues to become increasingly feminized around the world, due primarily to the lack of power women have to determine their sexual relations, and the lack of dialogue around the problem. We're honored to welcome visiting activist Rafaela Seixas to Red Emma's to discuss her work as a policy analyst with the Ministry for Women's Affairs in Bahia, Brazil, where she coordinates a popular education program for women's sexual empowerment in an effort to combat this trend. Workshops are organized in prisons and front-line rural communities, where participants work through theater of the oppressed techniques to analyze sexual power dynamics and discuss strategies for protection from infection. She will share the stories of the women (who presented these stories through forum theater) and highlight what they identify as the causes of HIV feminization, as well as the strategies that can be adpoted to destabilize oppression that were discussed. Don't miss it!
Thursday Dec 12, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's : David Blacker presents "Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame"
The current neoliberal mutation of capitalism has evolved beyond the days when the wholesale exploitation of labor underwrote the world system’s expansion. While “normal” business profits plummet and theft-by-finance rises, capitalism now shifts into a mode of elimination that targets most of us—along with our environment—as waste products awaiting managed disposal.
The education system is caught in the throes of this eliminationism across a number of fronts: crushing student debt, impatience with student expression, the looting of vestigial public institutions and, finally, as coup de grâce, an abandonment of the historic ideal of universal education. “Education reform” is powerless against eliminationism and is at best a mirage that diverts oppositional energies. The very idea of education activism becomes a comforting fiction.
Educational institutions are strapped into the eliminationist project—the neoliberal endgame—in a way that admits no escape, even despite the heroic gestures of a few. The school systems that capitalism has built and directed over the last two centuries are fated to go down with the ship. It is rational therefore for educators to cultivate a certain pessimism. Should we despair? Why, yes, we should—but cheerfully, as confronting elimination, mortality, is after all our common fate. There is nothing and everything to do in order to prepare.
Saturday Dec 14, 7PM @ Red Emma's : (POSTPONED UNTIL EARLY 2014) Mindy Fullilove presents "Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities"
What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other? Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, the acclaimed author of Root Shock, uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Using the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart and the American urban design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative as guides, Fullilove takes readers on a tour of successful collaborative interventions that repair cities and reconnect communities to make them whole.
Tuesday Dec 17, 6PM @ 2640 : Celebrating the Life of Veronica Dorsey
Veronica Dorsey was an amazing leader in the movement to end poverty, a devoted mother and grandmother and person of faith. Since her passing on November 2nd the United Workers has heard from people from around the country and as far away as Canada. We want to celebrate this amazing life and the huge impact she had on so many of us.
Join with members of the United Workers, communities across Baltimore, family members and friends to share stories, view some incredible archival footage of Veronica being the amazing story teller that she was and take time to help us create a shrine in her memory. Members of United Workers will be preparing a meal in her honor.
We would love people to volunteer and bring either an appetizer or a dessert.
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