[Brecht-press] Please List: Boycotting Israel, Marx in Soho, Immigr Rts,Anarchist Therapy & More

Liz Roberts lizr at brechtforum.org
Mon Oct 30 11:18:50 EST 2006


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11/11   2-DAY WORKSHOP BEGINS  Consensus, Facilitation & Liberation
11/13   Workshop: SOMA Therapy: Nazis Vs. Zapatistas & The Struggle 
Against Cooptation/ 
11/13   Documentary:  SOMA: An Anarchist Therapy
11/16   Organizing for Immigrants' Rights
11/ 20  EXHIBIT OPENING / RECEPTION Fragmented Families: From the 
Shadow's Side
11/21  Holding Israel Accountable:  The Case for Boycott, Divestment, 
Sanctions (BDS)

Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11
8:00 pm

Marx in Soho

Jerry Levy

 "By showing us Marx the man, Zinn poignantly humanizes him. By showing 
us Marx the theorist, Zinn gently educates us. And by bringing Marx into 
today's era, Zinn cleverly and unmistakably argues the relevance of 
Marx's ideas in our time." --Backstage West

Imagine all Karl Marx would have to say after one hundred years of just 
being able to watch...
Howard Zinn's "Marx in Soho" portrays the return of Marx roughly a 
century after his death. Embedded in some secular afterlife where 
intellectuals, artists, and radicals are sent, Marx is given permission 
by the administrative committee to return to Soho London to have his 
say. But through a bureaucratic mix-up, he winds up in SoHo in New York. 
>From there the audience is given a rare glimpse of a Marx seldom talked 
about; Marx the scholar, the immigrant, the family man. Responding to 
the fall of the Soviet Union and the conventional perception that Marx's 
ideas are dead, Zinn resurrects this controversial historical figure, 
embraces democracy and passionately rejects ideological rigidity with 
the phrase "I am not a Marxist." In poignant, funny, and intimate 
narrative, Zinn convinces us not only that Marx is not dead, but that 
his critique of capitalism remains relevant today.

Sliding Scale: $10/$15/$25
Saturday, November 11
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Consensus, Facilitation & Liberation

Facilitators: Autumn Brown, Stuart Rockefeller, Danielle Sered & Others TBA

 The consensus process is much more than a decision-making tool. It is 
an opportunity to participate in a creative process, the outcome of 
which is a synthesis of the raw materials we began with. It is a radical 
method by which we re-socialize ourselves in order to confront and 
reject our own desire for power over others, and the outmoded 
hierarchical forms of group work we are used to participating in. This 
workshop will focus on consensus as a revolutionary and liberating 
practice, exploring its potential as an organizing tool through group 
discussions, storytelling and games. During the first day, we will 
examine past experience with participatory decision-making and group 
work. We will then break down the consensus process into its component 
parts, giving a framework for what is often an abstract experience and 
revealing the flexibility inherent in the decision-making structure. In 
learning a myriad of tools used in consensus group work and in 
elucidating individual roles and responsibilities within the process, we 
will come to a deeper understanding of consensus mechanics. During the 
second day, we will bring our focus to the specific role of facilitation 
in the consensus process. Once again, through shared experience, 
hands-on training, and challenging exercises, we will arrive at a deeper 
understanding of what it means to facilitate the consensus process, what 
the possibilities and pitfalls of this role are, and what tools are 
available to empower the facilitator and create a culture of 
co-facilitation in a group. We will also work on practical skills such 
as Active Listening, Co-facilitation for Large Groups Meetings, Agenda 
Planning, and Conflict & Mediation. The content of the workshop is 
divided into two separate days so that participants can choose to come 
for one day or the other, or both. This workshop is open to anyone who 
desires to learn about consensus, or fine-tune the knowledge she or he 
already has. It is open to anyone who desires to communicate more openly 
and work more creatively with others.

 Autumn Brown was trained in Consensus Method for Decision Making and 
Group Process by the UK-based collective Seeds for Change, and she is 
committed to utilizing, teaching, and integrating consensus in her life 
and work. She has extensive experience facilitating with social justice 
and performance art collectives, and provides frequent consensus and 
facilitation trainings in New York City. She currently works to promote 
preparedness and resiliency as the Community Outreach and Training 
Coordinator for New York Disaster Interfaith Services.Stuart Rockefeller 
is an anthropologist working in Bolivia and Argentina. He first 
discovered the power of consensus decision-making through the NYC Direct 
Action Network. After taking a course at Training for Change in 
Philadelphia, he began conducting consensus and facilitation trainings 
in the New York area. Over the last few years he has done trainings for 
activist groups in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.Danielle Sered's 
current work is in Restorative Justice and prison re- entry. Her 
facilitation, consensus, and conflict resolution training experience 
includes work in prisons, jails, under-resourced schools, community 
organizing, radical collectives, and extensive gang intervention work. 
She is a trained mediator and is committed to approaching conflict as an 
opportunity for transformation and community-building.

Sliding Scale: $15-$35 per day
No One Turned Away

Monday, November 13
6:00 pm

SOMA Therapy: Nazis Vs. Zapatistas & The Struggle Against Cooptation

Plus Screening of Documentary:  SOMA: An Anarchist Therapy

Nick Cooper

6:00 - 7:30 pm: WORKSHOP

Using Soma Therapy exercises and techniques developed by Brazilian 
anarchist Roberto Freire, Nick Cooper will conduct a workshop that 
explores the anti-fascist non-hierarchical currents in history, 
philosophy, and psychology, criticism, and organizing tactics to find 
ways to struggle against oppression in ways that don't create other 
oppressions .Informed by Zapatista principles, Wilhelm Reich's Mass 
Psychology of Fascism, and Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism, 
the workshop compares authoritarian models to those that are consensual, 
communitarian or autonomous and develops a skill set for identifying, 
challenging and defeating the authoritarian tool of cooptation..
Following the workshop we will screen Nick Cooper's documentary, Soma: 
An Anarchist Therapy in which Nick Cooper traveled to Rio de Janeiro, 
Salvador, Bahia, and São Paulo to find the exercises, principles, 
voices, and movement of somatherapy. He interviews 79-year-old Roberto 
Freire who continues to develop soma therapy although he now has 
difficulty walking and is half-blinded from torture by the Brazilian 
military dictatorship.

 Workshop facilitator and filmmaker Nick Cooper became interested in 
horizontal structures for change while working with Indymedia, Food Not 
Bombs and other non-hierarchical groups. He traveled to Brazil to study 
Soma Therapy, and to Chiapas, Mexico to study Zapatismo. He has also 
attended events of the far right to study fascist and pre-fascist 
organizing directly.

 Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
No One Turned Away

Thursday, November 16
7:30 pm

Organizing for Immigrants' Rights

Aarti Sahani & Others TBA. Moderated by Ragini Shah

 In 2006 an unprecedented mobilization of immigrants, immigrants' rights 
activists and other supporters took place in the United States. The 
mobilization was widely reported as a response to House bill 4437 which 
among other things made unlawful presence in the U.S. a felony 
punishable not only with immigration consequences but with time in 
prison. However, many immigrants' rights groups were mobilizing well 
before HR 4437. This panel invites some of those who have been 
organizing in the field of immigrants' rights to speak about the framing 
of the issue for organizing, organizing methodologies and sustaining the 
movement. The panel will also discuss steps activists can take to 
organize in our own communities for greater rights for immigrants 
including how to make linkages to other social justice movements.

 Aarti Sahani is from Families for Freedom. Moderator Ragini Shah 
directs the Immigrant Children Representation Project at Columbia Law 
School. She is also a member of the Emergency Broadcast Artists, a group 
of people seeking to bring issues like immigrants' rights into everyday 
life by using public theater.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
No OneTurned Away
Monday, November 20

Fragmented Families:  From the Shadow's Side

A photo exhibit curated by Javier Machado

 This group show examines the impact of U.S. Cuba policy on Cubans 
living in the U.S. and their families on the island. In 2004, the U.S. 
government issued new travel restrictions that permit Cuban-origin 
residents to visit their own country only once every three years, and 
then for only two weeks. Through documentary and experimental work, 
Cuban and non-Cuban photographers respond to these developments.

 Javier Machado is a Cuban photographer who moved to the U.S. in 2003. 
He has been reworking a series of portraits that he shot in his old 
neighborhood in Havana before leaving. His work was recently exhibited 
at the P.S. 122 Gallery.
Tuesday, November 21
7:30 pm

Holding Israel Accountable:  The Case for Boycott, Divestment Sanctions 

Issa Mikel & Riham Barghouti

 Since 2002, there has been a growing movement for Boycott, Divestment 
and Sanctions as the only principled means to place pressure on Israel 
for its on-going violations of international law and the rights of the 
Palestinian people. In Palestine, the Arab World, Europe and Africa, 
diverse calls have come from unions, churches, solidarity organizations, 
and political parties. The presentation will provide an overview of this 
emerging movement and will attempt to respond to the major arguments 
being presented by those who oppose BDS.

 Issa Mikel is a lawyer and human rights activist living and working in 
New York. He is a member of the NYC Campaign for Boycott, Divestment, 
Sanctions. Riham Barghouti is the former Director of Public Relations at 
Birzeit University in Palestine and is a member of the Palestinian 
Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the NYC 
Campaign for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
No One Turned Away

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