Anti-fascism in the USA: Bill Mullen and James Tracy
Tuesday August 24, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us as welcome Bill Mullen, co-editor of The U.S. Anti-fascism Reader, and James Tracy, co-author of No Fascist USA!, for a talk about the history of anti-fascism in the United States and its lessons for activists on movement frontline today.
*This event will be streamed via YouTube Live. Register for free for a link to view to be sent to you the day of the event.*
Bill V. Mullen is Professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is the author of James Baldwin: Living in Fire (forthcoming, Pluto Press); UnAmerican: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution and Afro-Orientalism. He is co-editor, with Ashley Dawson, of Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities. His articles have appeared in Social Text, African-American Review and American Quarterly. He is a member of the organizing collective of USACBI (U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and a founding member of the Campus Antifascist Network.
James Tracy is an author, organizer, and an Instructor of Labor and Community Studies at City College of San Francisco. He is the co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times and the author of Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes From San Francisco's Housing Wars.
About The U.S. Anti-fascism Reader:
Since the birth of fascism in the 1920s, well before the global renaissance of “white nationalism, ” the United States has been home to its own distinct fascist movements, some of which decisively influenced the course of US history. Yet long before Antifa became a household word in the United States, they were met, time and again, by an equally deep antifascist current. Many on the left are unaware that the United States has a rich antifascist tradition, because it has rarely been discussed as such, nor has it been accessible in one place. The U.S. Anti-fascism Reader reconstructs the history of US antifascism the twenty-first century, showing how generations of writers, organisers, and fighters spoke to each other over time.
About No Fascist USA!:
In June 1977, a group of white anti-racist activists received an alarming letter from an inmate at a New York state prison calling for help to fight the Ku Klux Klan's efforts to recruit prison staff and influence the people incarcerated. Their response was to form the first chapter of what would eventually become a powerful, nationwide grassroots network, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, dedicated to countering the rise of the KKK and other far-right white nationalist groups.
No Fascist USA! tells the story of that network, whose efforts throughout the 1980s––which included exposing white supremacists in public office, confronting neo-Nazis in street protests, supporting movements for self-determination, and engagement with the underground punk scene––laid the groundwork for many anti-racist efforts to emerge since. Featuring original research, interviews with former members, and a trove of graphic materials, their story offers battle-tested lessons for those on the frontlines of social justice work today.
Club de Lectura #6: La hija unica
Thursday September 30, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
El Club de Lectura se centra en literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Cada dos meses, leeremos ficción de distintos países hispanoparlantes del continente. La charla será en español también. ¡Los esperamos!
de esta pareja, mientras reflexiona sobre el amor y su lógica a veces incomprensible, pero también sobre las estrategias que los seres humanos inventamos para superar la frustración. Laura nos cuenta igualmente la historia de su vecina Doris, madre soltera de un niño encantador con problemas de comportamiento.
Escrita con una sencillez solo aparente, La hija única es una novela profunda y llena de sabiduría sobre la maternidad, sobre su negación o su asunción; sobre las dudas, incertidumbres e incluso sentimientos de culpa que la envuelven; sobre las alegrías y las angustias que la acompañan. Es también una novela sobre tres mujeres –Laura, Alina, Doris– y los vínculos –de amistad, de amor– que establecen entre ellas. Una novela sobre las formas diversas que puede tomar la familia en el mundo actual.