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New Media We Recommend

November 28, 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.

Truths Among Us: Conversations on Building a New Culture, by Derrick Jensen – This is the third collective of interviews conducted by Derrick Jensen put into book form. Like the first two, Truths Among Us is a fabulous collection of interviews that are an eclectic mix of topics with an incredible group of people. In one interview Jensen is talking with Richard Drinnon about the historical and cultural significance of US policy towards Native Americans. Drinnon, the author of Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hate and Empire Building, speaks powerfully about what the US has done to both indigenous people and the land. Drinnon also makes the point that the genocidal policy towards native communities is inextricably tied to the ecocide committed against the land and all the species that inhabit it. In another interview, Jensen talks with Judith Herman who makes the link between the trauma that domestic violence victims experience and the trauma experienced by people during war. Other themes addressed in this book are the cultural impact of media, urban living, capitalism and patriarchy. Every interview is a gem. Highly recommended.

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, edited by Eric A. Stanley & Nat Smith – In this collective of over two dozens essays, readers are challenged to think both about the often oppressive nature of a male/female binary society and the prison industrial complex. People who are challenging gender norms, particularly the Transgender community, communicate in this book that they are not only victimized by the hetero-dominative society, but by the legal system that is identified as the prison industrial complex. taking the groundbreaking analysis that Angela Davis has done around the prison industrial complex, Captive Genders applies a Transgender lens in their analysis that is both enlightening and inspiring. The contributors to this collection demonstrate that to be gender non-conforming is criminal in this society and that reality is amplified when you factor in race, class, immigration status and health issues like HIV/AIDS. Captive Genders is an amazing book and should be required reading not only for those concerned about LGBTQ issues, but those who care about intersectional justice and systemic analysis.

Save the Humans?: Common Preservation in Action, by Jeremy Brecher – Jeremy Brecher is the author of numerous books such as Globalization from Below, Global Visions, In the Name of Democracy and the amazing text Strike!, which is a detailed account of the history of labor strikes in the US. As someone who has admired Brecher’s scholarship over the years it was delightful to read Save the Humans, which is more of a autobiographical work by someone who has not only written about organized resistance, but someone who has been actively involved in that resistance. In many ways this book provides a kind of intellectual boost to how I understood his previous books, because now I have better insight into the person and his own trajectory of change from childhood to now. Along the way the author also provides teachable moments about organizing, tactics and strategies that also make Save the Humans a delightful read.

Somos Una America: Shut Down the School of the Americas (DVD) – This is the most latest documentary on the public opposition to the US Army School of the Americas (SOA), located at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The film provides not only a summary of the organized opposition to the terrorist training camp, it also looks at recent developments. Some of the recent developments have been an increase in soldiers from Mexico and Colombia, because of the ongoing counter-insurgency campaigns in both of those countries. In addition, the film looks at the countries which have discontinued sending troops to the SOA and the organized cross-border efforts between SOA activists from the US with communities fighting militarization throughout the Americas. The DVD also includes several short films, mostly in Spanish, but important resources for anyone interested in human rights.

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  1. November 28, 2011 6:21 am

    A movement is growing based on the book, co-authored by Derrick Jensen, called Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet. Deep Green Resistance has a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet-and win. If you’ve ever been inspired by Derrick’s work, then here’s where the solutions are. The time for action is now. Now this war has two sides…

    98% of the old growth forests are gone. 99% of of the prairies are gone. 80% of the rivers on this planet do not support life anymore. We are out of species, we are out soil, and we are out of time. And what we are being told by most of the environmental movement is that the way to stop all of this is through personal consumer choices. It’s time for a real strategy that truly addresses the scope of our predicament.

    Where is your threshold for resistance? To take only one variable out of hundreds: Ninety percent of the large fish in the oceans are already gone. Is it 91 percent? 92? 93? 94? Would you wait till they had killed off 95 percent? 96? 97? 98? 99? How about 100 percent? Would you fight back then?

    Good people have stayed silent for too long. We’re tired of ineffective, symbolic acts – piecemeal, reactive, and sad. Now our despair and anger can be matched by an even deeper joy, beyond compare, the joy of beginning to fight back, effectively. We are pleased to announce the formation of DGR Action Groups worldwide. Take the first step and join the resistance.

    Learn more about the strategy, find groups that have formed near you, or find out how to start your own group at:

    http://deepgreenresistance.org

  2. dingo permalink
    November 28, 2011 2:49 pm

    Hahaha! Deep Green Reistance spam!

    Not only is it authoritarian rubbish, but they’ve taken to spamming… nice! Buy Jensen’s books, build up the cult of personality, rinse, repeat.

    Here’s a good critique of the whole Deep Green Resistance “movement”:

    http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/14719

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