On October 11, 2016, five climate activists shut down five tar sands oil pipelines located in four states. This shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day. They're willing to go to prison for years to stop climate change. What are we willing to do? This is a question that many in the climate movement are starting to ask.
Diablo Rising Tide has been hosting a series of speakers discussing militancy & escalation in social movements. Dr. Robert Buzzanco is the next edition in the series. Here is a little of what he will be talking about:
Every day, people are fighting back against the Trump Administration, corporations and the forces of hate. From the immigration ban to the Dakota Access Pipeline to the normalization of white supremacy, we are seeing new waves of resistance no longer taking any shit from the authoritarian state. We see militant action appearing more and more frequently challenging these powers that be,and challenging orderly liberal political solutions.
Domestically, forces from the martyrs at Haymarket and the 1877 Great Railroad Strike (the only actual “general strike” in American history) to the march on Blair Mountain and the Flint sit down strikes to the Black Panthers, the American Indian Movement and the anti-nuclear movement of the 1960s and 1970s have shaped American dissent to capital and industry. Globally, people’s movements have ejected U.S. Empire from places like Cuba and Vietnam and led global insurrections against neo-liberalism from Chiapas, Mexico.
Now we can use history as a guide for more radical action and resistance.
Join us for a provocative and exciting discussion with Dr. Robert Buzzanco, Professor of History at the University of Houston, about militant and effective resistance to U.S. Capital and Empire.
Robert Buzzanco is Professor of History at the University of Houston. He is author of Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era and Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life. He teaches courses in War, Globalization and Terrorism, Social Movements, US Foreign Policy, and Twentieth Century History. You can read more of his work at https://afflictthecomfortable.org/
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