Team Colors is proud to be co-sponsoring this Dicentra Collective hosted event in Portland, OR with our good friends and colleagues from the Midnight Notes Collective.

Care Crisis, Economic Crisis and the Struggle for a New World

with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis of the Midnight Notes Collective

Tuesday, February 10th 6pm at In Other Words Women’s Books & Resources 8 NE Killingsworth ~

Join the Dicentra Collective for a discussion and presentation on current economic crisis, the current crisis of care and how these are intertwined. The event will begin with substantive presentations from Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis of the Midnight Notes Collective, who for the past four decades have been involved in radical struggles against capital and research into the working class, women and reproductive labor. A discussion will follow the presentations.

Some of the questions to be discussed are: How is the current economic crisis affecting the working poor and other marginalized groups? How does the current crisis and the crisis of care (care giving, care work, the care industry) disproportionately affect women, both at home and in the global south? What does the crisis and the crisis of care mean for the movement against capital and the state. What struggles are taking place during this crisis – as well as before it erupted – that we can “read”, draw from, amplify and connect with toward a new world?

Dicentra Collective is actively seeking co-sponsors for this event and looks forward to a lively, practical and useful discussion. We are honored and excited to bring these two presenters to Portland!

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Speaker Biographies: Silvia Federici is a scholar, teacher and activist with roots in the Italian women’s liberation movement. Federici the co-founder (with George Caffentzis) of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, a member of the Midnight Notes Collective, a radical group that studies global political economy, and author of author of Caliban and the Witch, a groundbreaking study of the role of women’s oppression in the creation of capitalism. Federici is currently focusing inward, examining the role of caretakers within contemporary capitalism. Silvia’s current undertaking focuses on personal stories and individual struggles – exploring what it is means for women to act as caretakers. She discusses the intersection of personal experiences and global structures of power. In this way, Federici is an important and holistic theorist – synthesizing the personal with the political.

George Caffentzis is a member of the Midnight Notes Collective. He has edited with the Collective two books published by Autonomedia: “Midnight Oil: Work, Energy War, 1973-1992” and “Auroras of the Zapatistas: Local and Global Struggles of the Fourth World War.” Midnight Notes Collective:

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Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building.

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Friday, March 13th, 7pm

Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen St. New York, NY

Eric Lichten, professsor of Sociology at Long Island University and author of “Class, Power & Austerity: The New York City Fiscal Crisis” (1986), will discuss class struggles and the development of New York City’s 1970s fiscal crisis. Lichten will address lessons we can learn from the past crises for understanding and organizing today. Discussion follows presentation. Organized by Team Colors Collective: