UNC Radical Rush 2014: The First Wave of Events

rrFrom Radical Rush Week

UNC Radical Rush 2014 is a week of events (9/2 to 9/9) celebrating the possibilities for liberation and political struggle in the UNC community.

We need to find each other. 


Did you come to UNC hoping to fight oppression? Do you dream that this university would be a space against capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia, and ecocide?  Are you looking for the on-campus resources that will connect you with the struggle against drones, surveillance, empire, deportation, austerity, sweatshops and war?
Did you come to UNC hoping to build worlds that blossom and sustain diversity? Are you hoping to build spaces where people can speak justice, and do just things together? What beautiful thing would you build as you build a community?

Radical Rush is an experiment in connecting communities with one another, and people with communities.


Let’s make the UNC campus a more vibrant space of solidarity, struggle and social justice.

Tuesday, September 2nd

 – “But Do You Feel Empowered?”: Feminist Frameworks In Sex Work Discourse

(7:00pm, FPG Student Union Room 3408 at UNC-Chapel Hill)

“L,” a late-20’s sex worker, writer and anarchist living in the South, gives a critical analysis of sex work from the perspective of  a sex-working anarchist/feminist; this discussion aims to transcend the discourses of whore’bashing moralists, (to whom we are either brainwashed victims or degenerates), and a liberal industry-apologists, (who are reluctant to aim a critical, anti-capitalist lens at the industry). We will discuss feminist notions of empowerment, feminized labor, class, rape culture, political praxis, autonomy, and self-organization, and how these all fit into the context of sex industry work.

For more on the topic check on the zine “Grin and Bare It All

Wednesday, September 3rd

-Counter Cartographies Collective Presentation

(7:00pm, FPG Student Union Room 3408 at UNC-Chapel Hill)

Topics Include: How to map your education-What is UNC?-What are the effects of UNC: investments, debt, gentrification.

Thursday, September 4th

subMedia.tv: A Decade of subversion

(7:00pm, FPG Student Union Room 3408 at UNC-Chapel Hill)

In 2003 subMedia.tv producted its first anarchist film “Join the Resistance: Fall in Love!” inspired b the writings of CrimethInc. 10 years later and subMedia.tv is still bringing anarchy to the screen with its newest offering Street Politics 101 a video report on the militant battles of the 2012 Quebec student Strike.

A Decade of subversion will be a celebration of subMedia.tv’s video sabotage, with picks from the best videos from over the 200 it produced during the past 10 years and a talk by its founder Franklin López. The program will include clips from “It’s the end of the world as we know it and i feel fine”, shorts about shoplifting, mash-ups, short docs and Street Politics 101.

Event by Franklin López, an anarchist filmmaker from occupied Borikén (Puerto Rico.) He has produced hundreds of videos and short films under the subMedia.tv banner, a website he has been curating since 2000. He is most well known for “It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine,” his snarky web news/comedy series followed by thousands. But his work also includes mash-ups, music videos and political documentaries. In 2011 Frank toured around the world with his feature film “END:CIV”, presenting it in over 150 venues in 18 countries. In 2013 he released “Street Politics 101″, a documentary about the street actions that took place during the Quebec student strike of 2012. Frank now resides in Montréal and you may view all his films free of charge at subMedia.tv.

Friday, September 5th 

Ashanti Alston speaks on…”TURTLE ISLAND, THE AFRICAN AND THE U.S. OF AMNESIA:
*RECOVERING SELF-DETERMINATION THROUGH PENILE & PENAL ABOLITION*

(6:00pm, FPG Student Union Room 3411 at UNC-Chapel Hill)

Real abolition has to go through haunting memories of how white supremacy’s beach-head on the back of Turtle Island grew through centuries of the enslavement of Africans, “manifest destiny,” and harnessing the new technologies of “1984” to induct John & Jane Q. Citizen/Activist into today’s “America the Exceptional” patriotism.

Ashanti Omowali Alston is a revolutionary, and former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. He spent more than 14 years in prison as a result of his activism. Former northeast coordinator for the prison abolitionist organization Critical Resistance and board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies. He is currently a steering committee member of the National Jericho Movement to free U.S. Political Prisoners and an *Elder* co-parenting a 4 and 1 year old!

Saturday, September 6th

-Carrboro Really Really Free Market

(2:00pm, Carrboro Town Commons)

Sunday, September 7th

Internationalist Prison Books Packing Day

We constantly need help filling prisoner book requests. The work is very fulfilling: read a letter from a prisoner, find some books in our library and package them for mailing. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time and you can stay for as long as you wish.
(621 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro, NC 27510)

Monday, September 8th

-TBA

Tuesday, September 9th

-The Police State in North Carolina: surveillance and repression against activists in North Carolina

(7:30pm, FPG Student Union Room 3408 at UNC-Chapel Hill)

From Occupy to the anti-war movement to the anti-globalization movement to the civil rights movement, police in North Carolina have spied on activists through undercover officers, surveillance cameras, and Facebook profiles. Journalist Eric Ginsburg will go into detail about the tactics used against activists in North Carolina. There will be a discussion afterwards about the specific kinds of repression UNC uses against troublemakers.

Eric Ginsburg is the associate editor and co-founder of Triad City Beat newspaper in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. The city of Greensboro tried and failed to obtain a temporary restraining order to stop the distribution of an article he wrote in 2013 about police surveillance of activists and anarchists. Eric loves basketball, burritos and beer. He grew up in Massachusetts.