Team Colors & Midnight Notes at The City From Below Conference: 27-29 March 2009 in Baltimore, MD!

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Workshop:  Urban Self-Reproducing Movements and Everyday Life

 

We are becoming increasingly aware to what extent this economic
crisis is meant to also become a crisis of the working class itself.
This crisis will be first and foremost experienced at the level of
social reproduction, in our ability to reproduce our lives. Will
increased hierarchies further individuate us and fragment our power?
Will we develop ways of living in common that refuse this capitalist
crisis? Does organizing refusal help us determine where we go from
here, how we might find an ?exit? to capitalist command? How do
?self-reproducing movements? relate to organizing revolution in this
context? Whatever the scenario, one thing seems clear: it will
either be the capitalists reconstituting everyday life or it will be us.

In the turbulent moments to come, the structures of everyday life may
continue to crumble and in many ways it seems that the dominos are
already falling: relations are breaking down; there is a generalized
collapse of the wage; and issues of housing, work, and reproduction
are intensifying.

It is with this urgency that we ask about forms of support and
collectively produced forms of reproduction that exist in our
movements. By focusing on collective reproduction we aim to raise
questions about the current conditions affecting people’s power to
reproduce their lives in ways that resist market discipline. How can
our movements refuse the coda of entrenching working people in their
own series of crises?

We develop the theoretical frame of ‘self-reproducing movements’ in
order to identify the myriad ways our organizing exposes and develops
the (re)production of life that is not productive for capitalism,
that is not an expansion of capitalist accumulation. In order to
situate these concerns in the context of everyday life, we will
investigate the composition and history of recent struggles to ask
what lessons can be drawn from current organizing. By inquiring
about the ramifications of these movements and the kinds of political
solidarity and power they have generated, we also raise tensions
between how things could be by drawing on historical experiences of
previous movements. Thus, the panel aims to raise a discussion of our
internal movement relations and the ability to grow and utilize
political organization and power.

 

Start: 03/29/2009 – 14:00

End: 03/29/2009 – 15:00

Participants: 

Craig Hughes (Team Colors)

Malav Kanuga

Silvia Federici

Location: 

2640: Clark Room

 

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