[act-ma] 9/4 Next Friday: Kali Akuno, Jeff Corntassel, Silvia Federici, & Xochitl Leyva Solano in Conversation (Live)

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a movements of movements conversation



<https://www.facebook.com/events/891754114646806/>MOVEMENTS OF MOVEMENTS
WEBSITE <HTTP://movementsofmovements.net>*

*Perspectives from Turtle Island/Abya Yala in a Global Context*

Conversations with and between Kali Akuno, Jeff Corntassel, Silvia
Federici, and Xochitl Leyva Solano

Facilitated by Matt Meyer and Magdalene Moonsamy

Our speakers will focus on "next steps" in a broad, suggestive, but not
necessarily programmatic way. This conversation builds on our speakers'
real, organic, and organizational ties to movements in motion, not speaking
for, but out of those movements, acknowledging that, especially at this
time in history, more and other spaces for frank organizational and
strategic thinking across and between movements are necessary.
Akuno *is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and a leading
initiator of the People’s Strike movement. A life-long organizer and
revolutionary, Kali has also served as the Director of Special Projects and
External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba
of Jackson, MS; as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network; as the
Executive Director of the Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund based in New
Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina; and as a co-founder of the School of
Social Justice and Community Development in Oakland, CA. He is co-author of
Jackson Rising: The Struggle Economic for Democracy and Black
Self-Determination in Jackson, MS (Daraja and PM Press).

*Jeff Corntassel *(Cherokee Nation) is currently Associate Professor,
Indigenous Studies, and Acting Director, Centre for Indigenous Research and
Community-Led Engagement at the University of Victoria in British Columbia
in Canada. His research and teaching interests include sustainable
self-determination and Indigenous political mobilization/Indigenous
nationhood movements. His research has been published in Alternatives,
American Indian Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Human Rights,
Decolonization, Human Rights Quarterly, Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, and
Social Science Journal. His first book, entitled Forced Federalism :
Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood (2008, University of
Oklahoma Press), examined how Indigenous nations in the US have mobilised
politically as they encounter new threats to their governance from state
policymakers. His next book is a co-edited volume (with Professor Tom Holm)
entitled The Power of Peoplehood : Regenerating Indigenous Nations, which
brings together native scholars from Canada and US to discuss contemporary
strategies for revitalising Indigenous communities.

*Silvia Federici *is a feminist activist, writer, and teacher. In 1972, she
was a cofounder of the International Feminist Collective—the organization
which launched the global Wages for Housework campaign. Active in the
anti-neoliberal globalization movement since the 1990s, Silvia helped
co-found the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, dedicated to
supporting African student and teacher struggles against structural
adjustment. Also active in work opposing the death penalty, Silvia served
as professor of international studies, women’s studies and political
philosophy at New York’ Hofstra University. She is the author of numerous
notable books, including Caliban and the Witch (Autonomedia, 2004);
Revolution at Point Zero (Common Notions/PM Press, 2012); Reenchanting the
World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons (Kairos/PM Press, 2018);
and Patriarchy of the Wage (PM Press, 2020).

*Xochitl Leyva-Solano *is a researcher and activist, member of alternative
and anti-systemic networks as well as those promoting decolonizing and
depatriarchalizing research. Her theoretical work is the outcome of her
experience accompanying Indigenous women and young people since 1985.
Currently, she lives and works in the North of Chiapas where she
co-coordinates a grassroots collective effort called ‘Agroecovisual
Autonomies for a Dignified Life’. This initiative is organized with
Maya-Tseltal authorities and communities as part of their struggle for
autonomy and self-determination. She is also a researcher and professor at
the Center for Higher Research of Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Chiapas,
México. She has worked since 1987 in Chiapas. She has done fieldwork in
London, Berlin, and Barcelona as much in Yucatán, Michoacán and Chiapas (in
Among her books are Poder y Desarrollo Regional (‘Power and Regional
Development’) published in Mexico in 1993; Lancandonia al filo del agua
(‘Lacandonia at the edge of the water’), co-authored with Gabriel Ascencio
in 1996; Encuentros Antropológicos : Power, Identity and Mobility In
Mexican Society, edited with Valentina Napolitano and published in London
in 1998; and in 2008, Gobernar en la diversidad : experiencias indígenas
desde América Latina (‘Governing in Diversity : Indigenous experiences from
Latin America’), co-edited with Araceli Burguete and Shannon Speed in
Mexico and Human Rights in the Mayan Region, co-edited with Shannon Speed
and Pedro Pitarch and published by Duke University Press.

*Co-moderators *:
*Matt Meyer *is a New York-based writer-educator-organizer, Secretary
General of the International Peace Research Association. He is co-author of
the acclaimed Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan African Insights on
Nonviolence, Armed Struggle, and Liberation; serves as co-convener of the
War Resisters International Africa Working Group; and is co-chair of the
International Fellowship of Reconciliation Financial Advisory Committee.

*Magdalene Moonsamy *is chief attorney and founder of the Women's Justice
Foundation, and a former South African Member of Parliament. A leader of
the African National Congress Youth League and the Economic Freedom
Fighters, Moonsamy is a strong supporter of contemporary decolonization
movements, with substantial experience working with the freedom movements
of Western Sahara, Ambazonia, and Palestine. She was recently appointed
Deputy Chairperson of the African Union’s Africa Peer Mediation Review

The event runs from 12 noon through 2:00 p.m. (US/Canada Eastern Daylight
Time (UTC-4). The start time corresponds to: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific); 11:00
a.m. (Central/Mexico City/Lima);  6:00 p.m. (South African Standard Time);
9:30 p.m. (Indian Standard Time).

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