Update: Turbulence Events at the US Social Forum

Picture 31Turbulence will be at the United States Social Forum in Detroit from June 22-26, 2010. We’ll be there with hundreds of copies of the magazine. If you can help us hand out copies, or would like to get a bundle to take home with you, get in touch! As ever, our email address is editors@turbulence.org.uk

We are also going to be involved with at least three events at the Forum, the details of which are as follows:

Event 1: Join in the Whirlwind: A Cooperative Panel on Research and Movement Building

For the past three years the Team Colors Collective has been asking organizers, activists, artists, and theorists — Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind? — as we have sought to understand the current composition and strength of radical movements in the United States. In utilizing the metaphor of a whirlwind to describe the myriad of struggles that are taking place currently and those that have been blowing across the planet over the past decade, Team Colors has conducted an inquiry and examination of movements in the United States. In cooperation with other organizers and activists, we will present during this two-hour workshop, on the importance of research to movement building as we seek a return radical community organizing—toward making a revolution possible!

With Team Colors members, Chris Dixon, Michal Osterweil (from Turbulence), and other friends.

Wednesday 23 June, 2010, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Cobo Hall: O2-42

Event 2: Collaborative Investigation (Co-Razonando) in Times of Crisis: Bridging North and South, Activism and Academia

This workshop is part of a collaborative effort between activist-researchers and researching-activists in the Americas to develop new concepts and practices adequate to the multiple, intersecting crises that characterize our times. We recognize that the inadequacy of old concepts and theories of social change contributes to crisis. While most in the mainstream look to policy experts, scientists and academics for solutions to the ecological, food, energy, economic, and political crises of our day, we believe that social movements are producing the most creative responses. Building on our different experiences within movements as well as international projects of militant or collaborative investigation, we will discuss the importance of spaces and projects to cultivate new conceptual and practical frameworks for pursuing activist work. The panel will combine the diverse experience and approaches of our presenters with collaborative media projects including Turbulence: Ideas for Movement (a critical transnational magazine) and community gardening projects in rural and urban areas (North and South). Following brief presentations the workshop will use small group work to explore other potential sites for collaborative investigation.

Thursday 24 June 2010, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: WSU Manoogian, 906 Warren

Event 3: New World from Below Book Party – During the US Social Forum!

Celebrate recent radical publishing with AK Press, Autonomedia, Institute of Anarchist Studies, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Microcosm Publishing, Team Colors Collective, PM Press and others.

Beer and wine will be served; books will be available for sale; and a short presentation from current radical authors will take place at 8pm, including:

  • Benjamin Holtzman, editor of, SICK: A Collaborative Zine on Physical Illness (Microcosm Publishing, 2010)
  • Cindy Milstein, author of, Anarchism and Its Aspirations (AK Press, 2010)
  • Josh MacPhee, editor of, Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (PM Press, 2009)
  • Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, authors of, Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas (Microcosm Publishing, 2010)
  • Team Colors Collective, editors of, and contributors to Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States (AK Press, 2010)

Friday 25th June , 7.00pm-9.00pm

Location: New World from Below Convergence Center, Spirit of Hope Church, 1519 Martin Luther King Dr., Detroit, 48208 (Corner of MLK and Trumbull, www.spiritofhopedetroit.org

UPDATE: We will be tweeting from the USSF via http://twitter.com/turbulence_mag You can follow us there, as well as keeping track of other tweets from the Social Forum posted with the hashtag #USSF in the widget below.

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