winter 17: Revolution

January 4- March 22, 2017 (12 weeks) Wednesdays 6-9 PM in Occupied Huichin

How do revolutions take place? What do we need to do today (and how do we need to be) to transition as easefully as possible to a decolonial and socially just tomorrow? Amidst climate catastrophe, encroaching fascism, and economic collapse, what’s a liberation-loving artist, activist, poet, visionary, or iconoclast to do? One primary objective of this season is to identify ethical praxis as transformative change agents on the land bases from which we operate and within our communities at this particular historical juncture. This course will not offer any one-size-fits-all authoritative definition of revolution, nor will it make formulaic prescriptions for action. Rather, we’ll collectively examine provocative materials that will encourage us to each expand our understanding of social movement strategies, tactics, and methods. This will involve an overview of major revolutionary debates and topics that are relevant to the United States in 2017, including the role of mutual aid, solidarity networks, civil disobedience, direct action, violence, prayer, and state surveillance and repression of dissent. Ultimately, this course serves as an invitation to activate ourselves and our peoples in the service of nourishing mutiny and creative rebellion. Come join us on this challenging and healing journey of getting free.

Weekly Schedule

1: Introduction to season

2: Obey (video)

3: Self- & Community Care w/ Isu Ini

4: Disobedience (video) 

5: How to Start a Revolution (video)

6: End CIV (video)

7: Defining Warrior Societies , Angela Davis on Violence & Revolution , Concerning Violence trailer, & research divestment! (videos)

8: no class (Richard Wolff lecture in Berkeley)

Ella Baker: A Legacy of Grassroots Leadership (video)

9: COINTELPRO 101 (video)

10: Salt of the Earth (video)

11: ruckussecuritycultureforactivists

12: consciousness-raising session

Supplementary Resources (optional & strongly suggested)


Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements by Courtney Morris

Accomplices Not Allies

Why We Must Stop Speaking of Oppression as “Hate”

The Battle of Algiers (video)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (video)

Concerning Violence Preface by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (video)

Pacifism as Pathology Introduction by Derrick Jensen

Born in Flames film trailer

Herbal Crisis/Trauma Kit

Herbal Support for Stress & Trauma, Part 1: Nervines

Self-Defense, Self-Respect, & Self-Determination audio documentary by Mabel Williams & Robert Williams

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (video)

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (video)

My favorite part of LS has been the holistic weavings of wisdom, intellectual pursuit, creative inquiry, community building, and medicine.  In a world where the fragmentation of self and commodification of knowledge is cultivated and rampant, LS feels like a nest of abundance where I can welcome home all aspects of myself in pursuit of a focused interest.  This is a place for me to walk the walk- not just talk the talk. A place for me to courageously grow in the support and nurturing of others who share a passion for self and societal transformation. The investment of time and money has already been life changing because we are recreating structures of learning and distribution of resources, building sustainable and supportive community, and authentically weaving spiritual, personal, and political revolution.

What I deeply appreciate about Anjali is her authenticity and courage. I appreciate how deeply she cares for us as individuals. I appreciate her unapologetic, badass presentation of her truth all the while encouraging us to further hone our own.  On a more logistical level, I appreciate Anjali’s accessibility and approachability. I admire and respect her ability to hold space for potentially uncomfortable and challenging conversations with seemingly such ease and connection.  I appreciate her organization of curriculum all the while allowing for organic growth and change. -Eri Guajardo Johnson