The Direct Action Monterey Network and the Monterey Community Education Project work together to organize theThinking Critically about Society (TCAS) seminars.
In the past, the TCAS seminars have included led discussion groups around readings addressing Polyamory, Anarchism, Prisons & Incarceration, Alternative Sexualities, Understanding Fascism, and Revolutionizing Education (just to name a few). This summer we’re moving into our seventh series of TCAS and it’s a great hit!
These series of seminar sessions have been put together to encourage the exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge surrounding a particular topic or theme. We want to create a place where people can meet with other people from Monterey Bay communities to talk about current events and discuss new philosophies and ways of thinking critically about society. Though these seminars have been designed for non-students, and for those of us who have had little or no college experience, everyone is invited to participate. We believe that everyone can have something to offer to the seminars as we move through current debates in politics and different political and social theories.
Month: October 2015
Location: SubRosa Community Space, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
- What is Anarchism?
- Police and Prisons
- Understanding Marxist Feminism
- Intersections between Race and Immigration
What is Anarchism?
October 5th, 2015 – 7pm
What do people mean when they say “Anarchism”? Between the international Occupy movement, and questions surrounding capitalism, Anarchism has been a topic that has been much in the media of 2014 and 2015. This seminar will introduce you to the philosophies of Anarchism through key readings, and then use these philosophies to discuss current events. The purpose of these seminars is not an attempt to “convert” anyone to a particular way of thinking, but to provide them with a wider range of experiences that may help them to see the world in a different way.
- Howard Zinn – “Anarchism”. FULL TEXT
- Emma Goldman – “Anarchism: what it really stands for”. FULL TEXT
- Noam Chomsky – “On Anarchism”. FULL TEXT
- Encyclopedia Brtiannica, 1905 – “Anarchism”. FULL TEXT
- L. Susan Brown – “Does Work Really Work?”, Kick it Over, #35. FULL TEXT
Police & Prisons
October 12th, 2015 – 7pm
How has the history of policing left a legacy on policing today? What is the function of police violence? What is a prison reformist? What is a prison abolitionist? This seminar will introduce anarchist perspectives to police and prisons and look at how communities are resisting the prison-industrial-complex.
- Peter Gelderloos, “Crime” in Anarchy Works. Click here for text.
- August O’Clairre, “3 Positions against Prisons”. Click here for .pdf
October 19th, 2015 – 7pm
What is the function of domestic labor under capitalism? Why were women pushed out of the factories after the war? How can we understand the “unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism”? This seminar will look at the works of Angela Davis, Silvia Federici and other key Marxist and feminist thinkers to explore the nature of the feminist movement in relation to anti-capitalist movements.
Intersections of Race and Immigration
October 26th, 2015 – 7pm
Examine the ways in which structural and institutional racism interacts with the process of immigration, including the racialization of citizenship and the role of immigration in reinforcing racial identities and structures.
- Crossing the immigration and race border: A critical racetheory approach to immigration studies
- Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected