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New Media We Recommend

June 23, 2011

Below is a list of new materials that we have read/watched in recent weeks. The comments are not a “review” of the material, instead sort of an endorsement of ideas and investigations that can provide solid analysis and even inspiration in the struggle for change. All these items are available at The Bloom Collective, so check them out and stimulate your mind.

Howard Zinn on Race – This new collection of previously published essays and interviews is a marvelous tribute to a man deeply committed to racial justice in America. The essays are arraigned chronologically and span 5 decades of reflections from Howard Zinn on topics such as civil rights, sit-ins, marches, freedom riders, immigration and the university’s role in perpetuating racism. Zinn writes with clarity and not as an observer, but as someone who fully participated in the struggle for racial justice his whole life. The book ends with an interview with Zinn that took place during the 2008 presidential election where Zinn is highly critical of candidate Obama and calls on the need for new popular movements like the civil rights and black power movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Deep Green Resistance, by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen – For anyone who is not only concerned about the human caused destruction of ecosystems and species extinction Deep Green Resistance is must reading. This book not provides urgent analysis on the state of the planet it provides an important tactical and strategic framework for how we can engage in resistance to what the authors refer to as industrial civilization. This book does not advocate reform of the system, the benefits of green capitalism or the saving qualities of technology. Deep Green Resistance advocates for the dismantling of industrial civilization and the sharing of skills that will contribute to future autonomous communities that can lead the way to truly sustainable living. Deep Green Resistance is a dangerous book for dangerous times.

Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism, by Suzanne Pharr – After hearing Suzanne Pharr speak in Grand Rapids earlier this year I was inspired to read here work. Homophobia is an excellent contribution to intersectional analysis and dialogue. What Pharr demonstrates in her book is how homophobia impacts women differently than men and that men often use homophobia as a weapon of male domination. Pharr’s book not only provides important analysis, she includes the stories and experience of numerous lesbian women who have been victimized by the sexist nature of homophobia in American society. However, what makes this book such an important resource is the concluding section on how this analysis can provide those doing anti-oppression work needed skills to organize in the fight against homophobia.

END-CIV: Resist or Die (DVD) – Filmmaker Franklin Lopez has done a marvelous job in this documentary of taking some of the fundamental premises in Derrick Jensen’s book Endgame and making them come alive through visuals. This documentary not only provides us with sharp analysis of the current state of the planet it provides compelling imagery and examples of how people are actively resisting around the world. This is an excellent tool for anyone serious about stopping ecological destruction.

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  1. deep green resistance permalink
    June 23, 2011 5:26 pm

    In the past month or so there have been a lot of solid criticisms made of the “Deep Green Resistance” framework. Two of the more interesting are:

    “Authority and Civilization” by Enkidu
    http://enkidu.anarchyplanet.org/2011/06/10/authority-and-civilization/

    and

    “A Response to the Deep Green Resistance ” by Kevin Tucker
    http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/14669

    both come from an anarchist perspective and are highly critical of some of the more authoritarian and centralized aspects of the strategy proposed by Jensen et al. They require all adherents of “Deep Green Resistance” to sign onto a “Code of Conduct” which includes a commitment to “nonviolence.”

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