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New Media We Recommend

November 12, 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.

Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community, edited by Hannah Wittman, Annette Aurelie Desmarais and Nettie Wiebe – This collection of essays is an important contribution to the growing awareness about our food system. The authors present a compelling case for the idea of food sovereignty, where communities would have complete say in the kind of food system they want. The other important aspect of the book is the articulation of what food sovereignty would mean for communities around the world and what groups like Via Campesina are actually doing about it. Food Sovereignty is an important resource for anyone who cares about a truly sustainable food system for the future.

On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation – Anyone who has come to know the writings of Tariq Ali, knows what a treat they are in for. In this series of interviews, famed film director Oliver Stone talks with radical historian Tariq Ali about topics such as WWI, WWII, the former Soviet Union, post-colonialism, US blowback and what Tariq refers to as “the revenge of history.” The book is only 105-pages, but it packs a lot of information and insight into the importance of understanding history and its significance for today. On History is a delightful read and a welcomed contribution to a radical critique of history.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman – In a fabulous sequel to her first book Gender Outlaw, Bornstein and co-editor Bergman provide readers with dozens of essays that both challenge and expand our notion of gender and identity. Many of the book’s contributors identify as transgender, but this collection of essays cannot be simply put in that category. The stories, information and analysis provided in the contributions of people of all ages, races and experiences was riveting and at times confusing to someone who has always identified as heterosexual. However, this writer found the book challenging and enlightening not only in how I self-identify, but how the dominant institutions label people. Gender Outlaws is an important contribution to a growing understanding of gender identity and gender justice.

Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws (DVD) – Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James’ film follows activists in England as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest. The film is both inspirational and instructive of the kinds of direct action tactics people can use to challenge capitalism and corporate power. Just Do It demonstrates that there are plenty of people willing to take risks and engage in a type of organizing that is outside of the acceptable means of the State.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kswheeler permalink
    November 13, 2011 7:38 pm

    Jeff, would you be able to explain briefly what you mean by how the Gender Outlaws book challenged you to rethink how you self-identify?

  2. November 13, 2011 8:59 pm

    Kate, it challenged me to think beyond a male/female binary……..that gender identity is not limited to male and female.

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