Charlene Carruthers is a political strategist, writer and leading community organizer in today’s movement for Black liberation. She is the founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, available in English and Spanish languages. She has led grassroots and digital strategy campaigns for national organizations including the Center for Community Change, the Women's Media Center, ColorOfChange.org and National People's Action, as well as being a member of a historic delegation of young activists in Palestine in 2015 to build solidarity between Black and Palestinian liberation movements. Her work has been covered in several publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Reader, The Nation, Ebony and Essence Magazines. She has appeared on CNN, Democracy Now!, BBC and MSNBC. Charlene has also written for theRoot.com, CRISIS Magazine, Teen Vogue, Truthout, Colorlines and the Boston Review. She is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans by The Root 100, one of Ebony Magazine's "Woke 100," an Emerging Power Player in Chicago Magazine and is the 2017 recipient of the YWCA's Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award.
Councillor Matthew Brown is Leader of Preston City Council in the north of England, where he has been widely credited as the driving force behind the ‘Preston model’, an economic strategy at the city and county level that presents a comprehensive, interlinked approach to community wealth building as a practical and transformative alternative to austerity and disinvestment. First elected to represent the Tulketh ward in 2002, Councillor Matthew Brown subsequently took on portfolios that included community engagement and inclusion, social justice and policy initiatives, leading to his election in 2018 as Council Leader, and to a position as an advisor to the Labour Party’s Community Wealth Building Unit. Matthew also works as Senior Fellow for the promotion of Community Wealth Building in the U.K. with The Democracy Collaborative.”
We welcome back podcast comrade and friend Dr. Keir Milburn. In this episode, we focus on the effect that this current pandemic will have on politics in the long term and in forging radical new forms of inter-generational cooperation and solidarity. The revolution is not only possible, it is for all ages!
Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and professor at The New School in New York City. His book Uber-Worked and Underpaid. How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy introduces the concept of "platform cooperativism" as a way of joining the worker co-op model with the digital economy. His edited volumes include Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory, and Ours to Hack and to Own: Platform Cooperativism. A New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet (listed by Wired Magazine as one of the Top Tech Books of 2017). He is the founding director of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium and the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School. Scholz frequently presents on the future of work to media scholars, lawyers, activists, computational designers, union leaders, and policymakers worldwide. His articles and ideas have appeared in The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Le Monde, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. To learn more, visit http://platform.coop or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Knowledge is a not-for-profit worker cooperative building digital tools for grassroots activists. Their aim is to empower people to directly resist all forms of oppression, form more resilient and autonomous communities, and organise themselves at ever larger scales. Alex Worrad-Andrews is a member and software engineer.
Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London. His most recent publications include the translation of Maurizio Lazzarato's Experimental Politics and the book Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism and Twenty-First-Century Socialism (Polity 2020). Right now he is a Visiting Professor in the Humanities at at the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University, Rhode Island, until May.
He writes regularly for the British press (including the Guardian, the New Statesman, open Democracy and Red Pepper).
This episode is being recorded in honour of Neulisa (Alexa) Luciano Ruiz – we burn a candle in her memory and keep her struggle for all our freedom alive.
Dr. Claudia Sofía Garriga-López is an Assistant Professor of Queer and Trans Latinx Studies in the Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies of California State University, Chico. An interdisciplinary scholar-activist, with a PhD in American Studies from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis of New York University, she is the author of “Transfeminist Crossroads: Reimagining the Ecuadorian State” published in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (2016), and is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation Gender for All. Dr. Garriga-López conducted long term participatory research with trans, feminist, and queer activists and artist groups in Quito, Ecuador, and has deep roots in community health and advocacy organizations in New York City. Her scholarship and visual art have been featured in a number of publications, including the Global Encyclopaedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History, and Latinas: Struggles and Protest in 21 Century USA, as well as the Social Science Research Council’s Items blog. Dr. Garriga-López is also one of the co-editors for the “Trans Studies en las Américas” issue of TSQ (2019). Her scholarly work is grounded in a critical engagement with activism, public policy, and public health, as well as trans, feminist, and queer performance art and cultural production in Latin America, the Caribbean, and within people of color communities in the United States.
La Dra. Claudia Sofía Garriga-López es Profesora Asistente de Estudios Queer y Trans Latinx en el Departamento de Estudios Multiculturales y de Género de la Universidad Estatal de California, Chico. Una académica-activista interdisciplinaria, con un doctorado en Estudios Americanos del Departamento de Análisis Social y Cultural de la Universidad de Nueva York, es la autora de "Transfeminist Crossroads: Reimagining the Ecuadoran State" publicado en TSQ: Transgender Estudios Trimestral (2016), y actualmente está preparando un manuscrito de libro basado en su disertación Gender for All. La Dra. Garriga-López llevó a cabo investigaciones participativas a largo plazo con activistas y grupos de artistas trans, feministas y queer en Quito, Ecuador, y tiene profundas raíces en organizaciones de salud y defensa comunitarias en la ciudad de Nueva York. Su beca y arte visual han aparecido en una serie de publicaciones, incluyendo la Enciclopedia Global de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Transgénero y Queer (LGBTQ) Historia, y Latinas: Luchas y Protestas en 21 Century USA, así como la Ciencia Social Artículos del Consejo de Investigación. La Dra Garriga-López es también uno de los coeditores de la edición "Trans Studies en las Américas" de TSQ (2019). Su trabajo académico se basa en un compromiso crítico con el activismo, las políticas públicas y la salud pública, así como el arte trans, feminista y queer y la producción cultural en América Latina, el Caribe y dentro de comunidades de personas de color en Estados Unidos.
George Ciccariello-Maher (chick-a-rello marr) is an organizer and writer based in Philadelphia. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Decolonizing Humanities Project at the College of William and Mary, having taught previously at Drexel University, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. He is the author of three books -- We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution; Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela; and Decolonizing Dialectics. He is currently writing two books, which will be published next year: The Cunning of Decolonization and A World Without Police.
Andy is disabled activist defending the rights of disabled people and campaigning for a more inclusive and accessible society.
Andy is a member of the National Steering Committee of DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts). In his day job he manages a disability rights organisation in central London.
These roles enable Andy to use his experiences dealing with the everyday impact of austerity policies to inform campaign work focused on addressing the structural barriers which enable these measures to take place.
Andy has been heavily involved in a number of high profile campaigns in the UK, including the Save The ILF Campaign (including the Save the ILF Protest camp opposite the Houses of Parliament), the anti-Atos campaign (including the ‘Atos Games’ – a week of action during the Atos-sponsored London Olympics & Paralympics) and others.
And has been involved in organising with campaign groups such as UK Uncut, Occupy and Reclaim The Power. Andy has worked with a wide vareiety of Trade Union groups, NGO’S and community led campaigns.
Keir Milburn is a longtime activist on the radical left as well as a lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation at the University of Leicester. His latest book, Generation Left, published by Polity, explains why young people are moving to the left while older people are tending towards the right. He tweets from @KeirMilburn and is one of the hosts of the #ACFM podcast on Novara Media
In our first episode I interview Dr. Jamie Woodcock - an activist scholar who is helping to reimagine emancipation and reconnect struggles for emancipation in radical new ways ranging from gig workers to video game developers and beyond