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Direct Action for Social Change Potluck/Discussion

October 13, 2010

Direct Action for Social Change
Potluck Discussion
2 -4 p.m. Sat. Oct. 16
The Bloom Collective
671 Davis NW (corner of 5th & Davis)
Free! Bring a dish to pass. The Bloom will provide vegan options.

On October 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown and several followers seized the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Their intention was to arm slaves and start a slave revolution that would end slavery in the United States. The raid on Harper’s Ferry failed and Brown was executed for treason. However, the actions of Brown’s men brought national attention to slavery.

Brown had grown tired of pacifist abolitionists. He proclaimed, “These men are all talk. What we need is action—action!” He has been lauded as “one of the most perceptive human beings of his generation,” the man who “killed slavery, sparked the civil war, and seeded civil rights” and “an American who gave his life that millions of other Americans might be free.”

In honor of John Brown, The Bloom Collective will host a potluck discussion Saturday about the role direct action has played in bringing about change throughout history and how direct action is still relevant today.

In this 2009 Democracy Now! video clip from “The People’s History of the United States,” Howard Zinn and actors Harris Yulin and James Earl Jones share John Brown’s legacy:

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