Wed 9.11.13 (WBAI) Emerson and "The Common"

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Tues 9.10.13 | Movement Work

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Working for economic justice has its rewards, but it's far from easy. Veteran organizer Chris Crass has learned a lot about the nuts and bolts -- and ups and downs -- of organizing strategy, movement-building, and antiracist and feminist praxis. Part of his new book focuses on the efforts of Food Not Bombs, which combines the serving of free meals with radical political work.

 

Mon 9.09.13 | Human Trafficking

Flores-González et al., eds., Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy South End Press, 2000

Banteay Srei

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A landmark federal law prohibits human trafficking, but Grace Chang asserts that the US sponsors human trafficking. She also contests both the federal antitrafficking regime's emphasis on sex trafficking as well as claims, sometimes made by feminists, that prostitution is inherently coercive.

Wed 9.04.13 | National Rhetorics, Native Claims

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National memorials and parks bombard visitors with rhetorics of nationhood. But the official stories propagated at such sites leave out critical things, including, asserts Stephen Germic, the claims of American Indians to territory and recognition. Germic examines a range of Native initiatives, both legal and militant, to assert their presence in the face of official processes of erasure.

Wed 9.04.13 (WBAI) The Punitive Turn

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Mon 9.02.13 | Peasantry to Precarity

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An astonishing number of people in China are moving from peasantry to what's called precarity. They're moving from the countryside into cities to take precarious jobs in the urban informal economy. Sarah Swider has lived and worked alongside migrant construction workers; she describes employment arrangements, exploitation, and prospects for Chinese migrant worker solidarity.

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