Wednesday, March 16, 2011
from the Memphis International Solidarity Committee blog last night:
"Memphis International Solidarity Committee (“MISC”) members gathered with over one thousand Tennesseans in Nashville today in protest against an anti-labor bill similar to those in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states. During a Senate Committee meeting, MISC members raised their voices in unity to draw attention to the bill, which would limit labor unions’ ability to collect dues and even strike. They chanted, “The people united will never be defeated.”
Five MISC members were arrested. Sally Joyner, Bennett Foster, Paul Garner, Jeffery Lichtenstein, Justin Sledge, and two others, Abbey Shoaf, and Ash-Lee Henderson were forcibly detained and arrested by Tennessee Capitol Police. They have been charged with resisting arrest as well as disorderly conduct. MISC recognizes that the fight for democracy and economic justice are one and the same. We stand in solidarity with those detained this evening and all those who struggle for justice everywhere.
Their bail, set at $2000 each, was covered by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Please join union members, activists, and other Tennesseans by sharing in this cost. Small and large donations are welcome.
Just wanted to remind everyone about the Beehive Collective storytelling/workshop event this friday from 7-9 at Caritas Village. We're really excited to have them.
Here's a map to Caritas:
In solidarity and love,
Natalie / Radical Arts Memphis
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
To me, the most important part of this for our purposes here at Radical Arts Memphis is the one regarding the revolutionizing of Marx's conception of the proletariat. He argues for the realization of the proletariat as not simply "the worker" but the revolutionary subject proper. Meaning, here in Late capitalism, we must realize the existential oppression, alienation, and deprivation of the majority of citizens (both in this nation and on a global scale) as proof that we are all always already the proletariat, "deprived of all substantial content". To become the revolutionary subject is not simply to be an oppressed worker, but to realize the latent potential for revolution within us and begin fighting against that which deprives us.We should make it our top priority, through education, social organization, and cultural revolution, to achieve such a realization collectively and stand in solidarity with workers, students, and any persons involved in direct action against oppression worldwide.
Radical Arts Memphis