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Sunday
Feb 4, 2018
Revolutionary Reading: How Europe Underveloped Africa
Southeast Grind, 1223 SE Powell

Why in the "West" do we talk about Africa as an unknown, unremarkable place? What are we not told about the history of that continent?

Two weeks ago we read the first chapter of Rodney's incredible book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (http://abahlali.org/files/3295358-walter-rodney.pdf). In chapter two, Rodney tells how African nations developed, thrived, and spread before the arrival of European colonialism.

Drinks and snax are available for purchase from the workers of Southeast Grind, and we will be putting together a small communal fund to help folks pay for them if they don't have the money!

Watch this event every other week for more links and questions to consider as we discuss this work!

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Sunday
Jan 21, 2018
Revolutionary Reading: How Europe Underveloped Africa
Southeast Grind, 1223 SE Powell

Why in the "West" do we talk about Africa as an unknown, unremarkable place? What are we not told about the history of that continent?

Two weeks ago we read the first chapter of Rodney's incredible book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (http://abahlali.org/files/3295358-walter-rodney.pdf). In chapter two, Rodney tells how African nations developed, thrived, and spread before the arrival of European colonialism.

Drinks and snax are available for purchase from the workers of Southeast Grind, and we will be putting together a small communal fund to help folks pay for them if they don't have the money!

Watch this event every other week for more links and questions to consider as we discuss this work!

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Sunday
Jan 7, 2018
Revolutionary Reading: How Europe Underveloped Africa
Southeast Grind, 1223 SE Powell

Why in the "West" do we talk about Africa as an unknown, unremarkable place? What are we not told about the history of that continent?

Two weeks ago we read the first chapter of Rodney's incredible book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (http://abahlali.org/files/3295358-walter-rodney.pdf). In chapter two, Rodney tells how African nations developed, thrived, and spread before the arrival of European colonialism.

Drinks and snax are available for purchase from the workers of Southeast Grind, and we will be putting together a small communal fund to help folks pay for them if they don't have the money!

Watch this event every other week for more links and questions to consider as we discuss this work!

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Dec 17
Revolutionary Reading: How Europe Underveloped Africa
Southeast Grind, 1223 SE Powell

Why in the "West" do we talk about Africa as an unknown, unremarkable place? What are we not told about the history of that continent?

Two weeks ago we read the first chapter of Rodney's incredible book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (http://abahlali.org/files/3295358-walter-rodney.pdf). In chapter two, Rodney tells how African nations developed, thrived, and spread before the arrival of European colonialism.

Drinks and snax are available for purchase from the workers of Southeast Grind, and we will be putting together a small communal fund to help folks pay for them if they don't have the money!

Watch this event every other week for more links and questions to consider as we discuss this work!

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Thursday
Aug 14, 0003
Right to the City – a radical municipalist reading group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

We’ve crafted a syllabus designed to analyze how space is shaped, and in turn shapes us. To understand how the city is crafted by the forces of globalization and urban planning; institutionally controlled by the military and the bank. And a syllabus that leaves ample time to discuss where we go from here – The Right to the City, Portland’s very own history of neighborhood organizing, and the theory behind the burgeoning worldwide interest in Municipalism.

We meet at the social justice action center monthly – August 13th, 3-5 is the first meeting.

This month, we are beginning the reading group with the “Right to the City” movement and the theory that backs it. You are likely already familiarized with this framework as it has influenced houseless rights’ organizations and Occupy in 2011. The Right to the City unfolds a critical conversation about the human need to shape space and advances the notion of the Commons as an essential political building block.

The homework is here – with videos, theory, and history: bit.ly/right2theCity

Hopefully you will be available to join the conversation; we look forward to your experience, insights, and company.

Topics for all 6 weeks include: 1. The Right to the City 2. Globalization and Urban Planning 3. Portland HIstory 4. Military Urbanism 5. Libertarian Municipalism, Social Ecology and Democratic Confederalism 6. Municipal Movements Across the world.

Follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/dontwaitdemandutopia/

Email us at DemandUtopia@ProtonMail.Com with any questions about this 6-part curriculum, and access the full syllabus here: Bit.Ly/runripcity

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Thursday
Jun 29
Portland DSA Reading Group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

For this session, we will be reading will be the first two chapters of The 'S' Word: A Short History of an American Tradition ... Socialism by John Nichols.

If you do not have a copy, it is available at the Multnomah County library or for purchase online (the Kindle edition is inexpensive).

Feel free to bring your own food and drinks!


Portland Democratic Socialists of America - Portland DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the US. We organize together for economic and social justice in Portland and nation-wide.

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Thursday
Aug 24
Portland Democratic Socialists Reading Group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Join us for our reading group! Members and non-members welcome. Feel free to bring food/drink. Please bring a few dollars if you are able to help contribute to the use of the space.

Readings:

Chapter Six: “Abolitionist Alternatives” (p. 105-115) from Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Are_Prisons_Obsolete_Angela_Davis.pdf

“What is Community Justice?” by Jocelyn Simonson

https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/what-is-community-justice/

“The Bad Kind of Unionism” by Shawn Gude

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/the-bad-kind-of-unionism

“In Defense of Police Unions” by Jeff Spross

http://theweek.com/articles/635690/defense-police-unions

Bonus Cuts (short optional readings from DSA and DSA members)

https://medium.com/@DSA_Praxis/abolish-police-and-prisons-fa263c44b3cb

http://www.dsausa.org/justice_for_michael_brown


Portland Democratic Socialists of America - Portland DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the US. We organize together for economic and social justice in Portland and nation-wide.

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Thursday
Sep 21
Portland Democratic Socialists of America Reading Group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Join the Portland DSA reading group! Members and non-members welcome.

We will be reading the entirety of the Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848) by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles, consisting of the preamble and parts one through four. The appendix is purely optional:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/

Please consider bringing a few dollars to donate for use of the space if you are able. Food and drink also welcome.


Portland Democratic Socialists of America
Portland DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the US. We organize together for economic and social justice in Portland and nation-wide.

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Oregon Institute for Creative Research "Readings for Now" Series
Mother Foucault's Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison

Are there writings and records that can help us understand what is happening now?

Join the Oregon Institute for Creative Research for a roundtable discussion on Thursday, September 21. Please read the selections below ahead of time. They can be downloaded from the OICR website, and books in which they appear are available at Mother Foucault's.

Website: https://oicr-e4.org/events/readings-for-now

Selections:

  • Hannah Arendt, “Lying in Politics,” Crises of the Republic, 3–13
  • Vilém Flusser, “Criteria—Crisis—Criticism,” Vilém Flusser: Writings, 42–50
  • Georg Simmel, “Knowledge, Truth, and Falsehood in Human Relations,” The Sociology of Georg Simmel, 307–316
  • Henri Lefebvre, “The Idea of Reality,” Critique of Everyday Life: Foundations for a Sociology of the Everyday, vol. II, 487–500
  • Theodor W. Adorno, “Opinion Delusion Society,” Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords, 105–122

Oregon Institute for Creative Research
Bringing together the long and rigorous tradition of critical theory and the emerging domain of creative research, the Oregon Institute for Creative Research: E4, a 501(c)(3), is a school and research institute devoted to work at the intersection of ethics, aesthetics, ecology, and education.

Mother Foucault's Bookshop is a serious book lover's haven with a curated collection of literature, philosophy, literary criticism, foreign language books and more.

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Sunday
Sep 24
The Disneyification of our Cities: a run rip city reading group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Last month, we discussed Foucaultian concepts of space and particularly in urban centers. This month, we discuss more tangibly how that occurs: Urban Planning – more specifically, the contemporary trend that any municipalist or local activist should have a confident understanding of : New Urbanism. This reading group will uplift and develop how we understand the city as connected to these world systems and the domineering forces of global capital, even down the Biketown "Disneyification" of our streets and greenwashing Eco-CapitalistUtopian vision that developers peddle for our city of Portland.

The Run Rip City is a reading group designed to analyze how space is shaped, and in turn, shapes us. To understand how the city is controlled by the forces of globalization and urban planning; institutionally controlled by the military and the bank. And a syllabus that leaves ample time to discuss where we go from here – The Right to the City, Portland’s very own history of neighborhood organizing, and the theory behind the burgeoning worldwide interest in Municipalism. We meet monthly at the social justice action center, organized under Demand Utopia and supported in part by various Portland Assembly neighborhood action councils.

Reading is here: http://bit.ly/fuckbiketown Full syllabus is here: http://bit.ly/runripcity

Join us afterwards for beers + corn dogs at the nearby Hungry Tiger

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Monday
Sep 25
Radical Reading Group! No Shortcuts. Part III September Edition.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

Join our radical reading group! This is the third meeting of a series, and people new and old to the reading group are welcome to join this rad crew to read and discuss this juicy book.

We will be discussing Chapters 6 & 7 of No Shortcuts by Jane F. McAlevey. Connect with comrades old and new over a low-key discussion of this great book! THERE WILL BE SNACKS!

If you need access to this book, shoot Amy or Lizz an email and we'll send you scanned pdfs. This link should also (we think) work for an e-copy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx6L0spUnk1sQUZJVTZXSHVMWkk/view?usp=sharing

Great interview with the author here: https://kpfa.org/episode/against-the-grain-march-21-2017/

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Tuesday
Oct 3
Oregon Institute for Creative Research's Readings for Now — Theodor Adorno
Yale Union

Join us for a close reading and discussion of Adorno’s “Opinion Delusion Society.”

The Kitchen, Yale Union
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Read the essay at oicr-e4.org. Dessert served.

“But the risk of exposure in a radioactively contaminated world has grown so great that the anxiety is belatedly honored by the same faculty of reason that eschews its psychotic character. The objective world is approaching the image persecution mania renders of it. The concept of persecution mania and pathological opinion as a whole are not spared the same tendency. Anyone who nowadays hopes to comprehend the pathogenic element of reality with the traditional categories of human understanding falls into the same irrationality he imagines himself to be protected from by his loyal adherence to healthy common sense.”

—Theodor W. Adorno, “Opinion Delusion Society,” Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords

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Thursday
Oct 5
Portland Democratic Socialists of America Reading Group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Join the Portland DSA reading group! Members and non-members welcome. Please consider bringing a dollar or two to donate for use of the space. Food and drink also welcome. Due to short notice we're keeping the reading list shorter this time:

On Everyday Resistance: An Interview with Kevin Van Meter https://www.viewpointmag.com/2017/09/14/everyday-resistance-interview-kevin-van-meter/

An International Perspective on Jonathan Smucker’s Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals http://berkeleyjournal.org/2017/05/an-international-perspective-on-jonathan-smuckers-hegemony-how-to-a-roadmap-for-radicals/

Beyond Resistance https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/trump-gop-democrats-protests-marches-social-movement

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Monday
Oct 16
Jacobin PDX Reading Group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

We meet every third Monday of each month at the Social Justice Action Center (SJAC). The SJAC is at 400 SE 12th (corner of Oak St, one block north of Stark), formerly the Red & Black Cafe. Please bring a dollar or two with you to donate to the center for letting us use the space.

This month, discussion will be about the Russian Revolution that installed the Bolshevik Party in October, because this October is the 100 year anniversary. The articles everyone should make sure to read are:

Hungry Tiger, a good bar that has food with vegan options, is a block and a half north. After we close up the SJAC space, we can move to Hungry Tiger for more informal conversation.

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Thursday
Nov 30
The Nature of Money & Debt - Portland DSA Reading Group
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

Join the Portland DSA reading group! Members and non-members welcome. Please consider bringing a dollar or two to donate for use of the space if you are able. Food and drink welcome!

This week, we will be discussing the nature of money and debt. Readings:

https://www.marxist.com/what-is-money-part-one.htm

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/08/what-is-debt-–-an-interview-with-economic-anthropologist-david-graeber.html

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Sunday
Dec 3
Revolutionary Reading: How Europe Underveloped Africa
Southeast Grind, 1223 SE Powell

Why in the "West" do we talk about Africa as an unknown, unremarkable place? What are we not told about the history of that continent?

Two weeks ago we read the first chapter of Rodney's incredible book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (http://abahlali.org/files/3295358-walter-rodney.pdf). In chapter two, Rodney tells how African nations developed, thrived, and spread before the arrival of European colonialism.

Drinks and snax are available for purchase from the workers of Southeast Grind, and we will be putting together a small communal fund to help folks pay for them if they don't have the money!

Watch this event every other week for more links and questions to consider as we discuss this work!

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Thursday
Dec 14
Portland DSA Reading Group: Socialist Feminism
Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th

The next DSA Reading Group will be December 14, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Social Justice Action Center. All are welcome! Please consider bringing a few dollars to donate for use of the space. Food and drink welcome!

Special thanks to Mateja Ivanovic, co-chair of the Socialist Feminist Branch of Portland DSA, for selecting the following readings:

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