Crisis, Control & Resistance

SOCIAL STRUGGLES AGAINST PRISONS, SURVEILLANCE & REPRESSION

Please join us
TUESDAY JANUARY 31st for
Speakers + Music + LAUNCH of 2 BOOKS....
- political prisoner David Gilbert's memoirs "Love and Struggle"
and "Whose Streets: The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest"

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Panel Discussion: 5:30 - 6:30
BROWSE the radical book fair & info tables: 6:30-7:00

Video/Images, HiP HOP / WORD SLAM &
MUSIC --> 7pm @ Grassroots Cafe
(same building, 12666 72nd Avenue
[ mapped here: fb event pg ])


Featuring ...

Homes Not Jails! Community Organizer AIYANAS ORMOND
with info on the expansion of Surrey Remand (and many other prisons) through "P3s" (public-private partnerships)
The Mass Incarceration Agenda in Canada: The View from Vancouver

Toronto-based rapper TESTAMENT
of Test Their Logik on his 'Action Raps Louder' Tour...
Sharing words, music & images from his experiences,
just returned from Athens, Greece & Tahrir Square, Cairo
[ http://www.testtheirlogik.com/ ]

AND

East Van hacker/info activist JOE BOWSER
On how the Canadian government has developed its
apparatus of surveillance and refined its methods of
control and repression; Presenting a summary of his
intriguing findings based on Access to Information
requests & extensive research following the 2010
G20 meetings in Toronto
[ http://paroxysms.ca/ | MediaCoop - G20 Papers ]

On-line surveillance backgrounder: report from BC Civil Liberties Association: MOVING TOWARD A SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY: PROPOSALS TO EXPAND “LAWFUL ACCESS” IN CANADA: http://www.bccla.org/pressreleases/11Surveillance.html ]

// this event is hosted by the Critical Criminology
Working Group @ Kwantlen U.; look for our new
journal, coming soon @ http://radicalcriminology.org/

Speakers introduced by JEFF SHANTZ,
Kwantlen Criminology [http://jeffshantz.ca/]
Author of "Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests: Obstacles and Opportunities"
IN the newly released book:

WHOSE STREETS?
The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest
--> Between the Lines Books - 'WHOSE STREETS?'

edited by Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth
foreword by Naomi Klein

In June 2010 activists opposing the G20 meeting held in Toronto were greeted with arbitrary state violence on a scale never before seen in Canada. Whose Streets? is a combination of testimonials from the front lines and analyses of the broader context, an account that both reflects critically on what occurred in Toronto and looks ahead to further building our capacity for resistance.

Featuring reflections from activists who helped organize the mobilizations, demonstrators and passersby who were arbitrarily arrested and detained, and scholars committed to the theory and practice of confronting neoliberal capitalism, the collection balances critical perspective with on-the-street intensity. It offers vital insight for activists on how local organizing and global activism can come together.

We are pleased to present this event as
BOOK LAUNCH
for the newly released memoirs of
political prisoner David Gilbert:

Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond

New from PM Press; Paperback; Author: David Gilbert;
foreword by Boots Riley (from The Coup)

A nice Jewish boy from suburban Boston—hell, an Eagle Scout!—David Gilbert arrived at Columbia University just in time for the explosive Sixties. From the early anti-Vietnam War protests to the founding of SDS, from the Columbia Strike to the tragedy of the Townhouse, Gilbert was on the scene: as organizer, theoretician, and above all, activist. He was among the first militants who went underground to build the clandestine resistance to war and racism known as “Weatherman.” And he was among the last to emerge, in captivity, after the disaster of the 1981 Brinks robbery, an attempted expropriation that resulted in four deaths and long prison terms. In this extraordinary memoir, written from the maximum-security prison where he has lived for almost thirty years, David Gilbert tells the intensely personal story of his own Long March from liberal to radical to revolutionary.

Today a beloved and admired mentor to a new generation of activists, he assesses with rare humor, with an understanding stripped of illusions, and with uncommon candor the errors and advances, terrors and triumphs of the Sixties and beyond. It’s a battle that was far from won, but is still not lost: the struggle to build a new world, and the love that drives that effort. A cautionary tale and a how-to as well, Love and Struggle is a book as candid, as uncompromising, and as humane as its author.

Praise
“David’s is a unique and necessary voice forged in the growing American gulag, the underbelly of the 'land of the free,' offering a focused and unassailable critique as well as a vision of a world that could be but is not yet—a place of peace and love, joy and justice.” —Bill Ayers, author of Fugitive Days and Teaching Toward Freedom

“Like many of his contemporaries, David Gilbert gambled his life on a vision of a more just and generous world. His particular bet cost him the last three decades in prison, and whether or not you agree with his youthful decision, you can be the beneficiary of his years of deep thought, reflection, and analysis on the reality we all share. If there is any benefit to prison, what some refer to as ‘the involuntary monastery,’ it may well look like this book. I urge you to read it.” —Peter Coyote, actor, author of Sleeping Where I Fall

"This book should stimulate learning from our political prisoners, but more importantly it challenges us to work to free them, and in doing so take the best of our history forward." —Susan Rosenberg, author of An American Radical

About the Author
One of America’s most celebrated political prisoners since his appearance in the Academy Award nominated film, The Weather Underground, David Gilbert is also the author of No Surrender, a book of essays on politics and history. For more about David, see his profile page on the Kersplebedeb website.

About Boots Riley (introduction)
A popular leader in the progressive struggle for radical change through culture, Boots Riley is best known as the leader of The Coup, the seminal hip-hop group from Oakland, CA. Billboard Magazine declared the group "the best hip-hop act of the past decade." Riley recently teamed with Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) to form the revolutionary new group, Street Sweeper Social Club.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM KERSPLEBEDEB ....
Defying the Tomb: Selected Prison Writings and Art of Kevin "Rashid" Johnson
"Your mission (should you decide to accept it) is to buy multiple copies of this book, read it carefully, and then get it into the hands of as many prisoners as possible. I am aware of no prisoner-written book more important than this one, at least not since George Jackson's Blood In My Eye. Revolutionaries and those considering the path of progress will find Kevin Rashid Johnson s Defying The Tomb an important contribution to their political development." --Ed Mead, former political prisoner, George Jackson Brigade

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