Index of Titles Filed Under 'Political Organizations'

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PublisherThe Funambulist2015
This conversation with two members of a relatively new whistleblowing platform—we called them Sarah and Cleo to preserve their anonymity—intends to present the latter. It allows people working on development projects in London to leak information that can be used by local inhabitant associations to organize in time their defense against their planned eviction. We discuss the platform both theoretically—the conceptual approach to disobedience will be presented in the next conversation with Elena Loizidou—and practically, through the perspective of (often young) architects working in development projects, and the ones of local associations through the workshops organized by Concrete Action. Information ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2019
Léopold Lambert met with Indigenous Lakota activists Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcella Gilbert during their passage in France to present Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle’s film Warrior Women that portrays their struggle over two generation — Madonna is Marcella’s mother. In this conversation, we talked about four episodes of Indigenous resistance in Turtle Island (North America): the occupations of Alcatraz (1969), Mount Rushmore (1971), Wounded Knee (1973) and Standing Rock (2016), all of which were experienced by Madonna. Madonna Thunder Hawk is an Oohenumpa Lakota. Born and raised across the Oceti Sakowin homelands, she first became active in the late 1960s ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2019
Following our recent debate “Politics of Spatial Segregation” that shed light on racist Danish housing policies and the notion of structural discrimination co-hosted with CAMP – Center for Arts on Migration Politics in Copenhagen on 22 March, Margarida Waco from The Funambulist met with the two co-founders of the association Almen Modstand (Common Resistance), Fatma Tounsi and Marie Northroup, for a conversation about current legislation and the founding pillars of the association. The starting point of the conversation was a new strategy to rid Denmark of a parallel society by 2030 presented by the Danish Government in March 2018. To counteract ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2014
This conversation with Alondra Nelson focuses on the socio-historical descriptions of her book Body and Soul (University of Minnesota, 2011) that unfolds the work of the Black Panthers (late 1960s – 1970s) to resist against the highly discriminatory mechanisms of the politics of health in the United States. Following the structure of the book, we discuss the discrimination against the African American community, both in its negligence (inappropriate healthcare response to disease, prohibitive cost of care) and in its active medicalization of marginalized bodies (scientific research on convicts and women, experimental brain surgery). Against this systemic oppression, the Black Panther Party created its ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2016
As the series “Design & Racism” continues, it would be an omissive mistake not to address some of the numerous historical movements undertaken against structural racism. This is why, in this conversation, Donna Murch gives us an historical outline of the African American uprisings from Watts in Los Angeles in 1965 to Ferguson, MO in 2014 after the murder of Michael Brown by a police officer. We also discuss about the progressive militarization of the police accomplished in the historical context of the so-called “war on drugs” that had drastic consequences on the violent suppression of the Black Lives Matter movement ...
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PublisherBureau2020
JUNE 2020 LOCAL POLITICS Chris Marte and Art Against Displacement (Jamie Chan, Elyse Derosia, Gabrielle Giattino, Vanessa Thill) 56 min. 50 sec. Originally aired on Montez Press Radio, June 26 2020.
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Welcome to the Militant Research Handbook! It’s designed to help you answer the question: what is militant research? Let’s begin by saying that it’s the place where academia and activism meet in the search for new ways of acting that lead to new ways of thinking. Native American activist Andrea Smith quotes her mentor Judy Vaughn to this effect: “You don’t think your way into a different way of acting; you act your way into a different way of thinking.”
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PublisherMeson Press2019
Digital media technologies re-pose the question of organization—and thus of power and domination, control and surveillance, disruption and emancipation. This book interrogates organization as effect and condition of media. How can we understand the recursive relationship between media and organization? How can we think, explore, critique—and perhaps alter—the organizational bodies and scripts that shape contemporary life?
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PublisherThe Funambulist2014
Alysabeth Alexander and I recorded this conversation a few hours before the Service Employees International Union (in which she has important responsibilities) filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco, Google and Apple for deliberately ignoring the environmental impact that the tech industry buses (aka “Google buses”) have on the Californian city in their daily use. The environmental aspect of the buses is the one that has been chosen for the lawsuit, yet the main political consequence of their very function is the rampant gentrification that accompany their routes. In this conversation, Alysabeth describes the various actions that the ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2016
In this discussion, Sinthujan Varatharajah presents both his work as an organizer with the organization Flüchtlinge Willkommen (Refugees Welcome) in Berlin, as well as his research as a doctoral student about refugee camps in Germany. Beyond the description of the camps’ architecture, we discuss how the logic of humanitarianism in relation to the demagogic politics of European governments forms legally, spatially, and narratively these extraterritorial spaces of exclusion. Sinthujan Varatharajah is a doctoral student in Political Geography at University College London. His analysis the spatial politics of asylum and refugee resistance to encampment in Germany. He holds a MSc. from the ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2015
This conversation with Iva Marčetić is one of two recorded in Zagreb at the end of the Western Balkans series. Throughout this discussion, we talk about Iva’s engagement as a political activist in relation to her architectural training. Her main involvement is done through the Zagreb-based organization “The Right to the City,” that she describes through various struggles against the rampant privatization of the city. We conclude the conversation by evoking her participation to the anti-fascist movement, and its architectural implications. Iva Marčetić holds a Master degree in architecture from Architectural school, University of Zagreb. She has been a part of ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2016
This conversation recorded under the tracks of the metro in Northern Paris, where a few hundreds of migrant and refugee persons have been living in the past few months, despite several “evacuations” by the French police. I talk with Timothy Perkins who is part of the movement Chapelle Debout (unrelated to Nuit Debout) organized in solidarity to the residents of this fragile encampment (formerly situated near “La Chapelle” metro station, now near the “Stalingrad” one). He explains to us the different moments of solidarity and heavy policing that are engaged in this particular site of the French capital. Timothy Perkins studied ...

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