12/11: Reading Group: The Debt Resistors Operations Manual

December 6, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Tuesday December 11th, 5:30-6:45pm
Where: The Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

As individuals, families, and communities, most of us are drowning in debt to Wall Street for the basic things things we need to live, like housing, education, and health care. Even those of us who do not have personal debt are affected by predatory lending. Our essential public services are cut because our cities and towns are held hostage by the same big banks that have been bailed out by our government in recent years.

This manual—written by an anonymous collective of resistors, defaulters, and allies from Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street—aims to provide specific tactics for understanding and fighting against the debt system. You’ll find detailed strategies and resources for dealing with credit card, medical, student, housing and municipal debt, tactics for navigating the pitfalls of personal bankruptcy, and information to help protect yourself from predatory lenders. Recognizing that individually we can only do so much to resist the system of debt, the manual also introduces ideas for those who have made the decision to take collective action.

We will be reading this manual and discussing it on Tuesday 12/11. Read how which ever chapters intetest you and we will over view and dicuss these chapters together.

A pdf of the manual can be downloaded at http://strikedebt.org/.

Occupy Wall Street/Strike Debt: The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual

Video: Teach-In on Popular Assemblies in Athens

November 27, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Thursday Dec 6th, 5:30-6:45pm
Where: Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

Summary: Pavlos Stavropoulos is a long time activist and organizer involved in numerous local, national and international liberatory and anarchist movements. Born and raised in Greece, the current and also abysmal conditions in his country weigh heavily on his heart. In this Occupy teach-in, Pavlos discusses the current conditions of everyday people, as their country struggles with debt, and continued austerity. Of particular interest, Pavlos explores the rise of popular assemblies in Athens, their successes and failures, and possibilities for the future.

11/29: Teach-In: Fascism Amid Economic Collapse

November 27, 2012 in Teach-In

Fascism Amid Economic Collapse: Greece as a model for the rise of the nationalist right wing

When: Thursday November 29, 6:30pm
Where: 27 Social Centre, 2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D

Denver ABC and 27 Social Center present:

Thursday, Nov 29th, join the Denver Anarchist Black Cross and our dear friend Pavlos Stavropoulos as we discuss the rising threat of fascism in this current state of capitalism in crises. As a real live Greek anarchist, Pavlos will share his analysis of the the situation in Greece that has seen a rise in fascist organizing and acceptance (most obviously in the form of Golden Dawn) and how this could potentially relate to our situation here in Denver and the United States.

From Denver to Greece…

11/15: Introductory Theater of the Oppressed Workshop

November 11, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Thursday Novemeber 15th, 5:30-6:45pm
Where: Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

After the release of Paolo Friere’s book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a man named Augusto Boal was inspired to apply the book’s concepts to theater. Over time, his efforts developed into Theater of the Oppressed, a set of popular education tools meant to help people liberate themselves and create radical social change. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience Theater of the Oppressed techniques, and utilize them to examine dynamics of power and privilege.

Dara Burwell has worked as a writer and community organizer dedicated to personal and collective liberation. Her upbringing as a queer woman of mixed racial heritage has always provided her with multifaceted observations on privilege and power. Dara completed her education as an English Major with a minor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was very involved in student activism and student government. After college, Dara worked as a community organizer and advocate within the nonprofit realm for several years. Dara has formally worked as an anti-oppression consultant for five (5) years, and has guided trainings, discussion groups, and other anti-oppression activities for eleven (11) years. She has designed and conducted over 60 workshops for more than 35 organizations, facilitated anti-oppression planning, provided executive coaching, facilitated caucuses/discussion groups, conducted assessments and evaluations, and earned her certificate in mediation. Dara’s work has encompassed both continuing and short-term projects, customized to suit each organization, and is specifically trained in Theater of the Oppressed and Community Counseling techniques.

11/6: Teach-In: True Cost of Coal by the Beehive Collective

October 31, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 5pm
Where: The Deer Pile (Above City O City)

Come See the *Big Picture!* The BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE and Rising Tide North America present the TRUE COST OF COAL!

Don’t miss this high energy, interactive, graphics-based picture-lecture [or workshop]. Free admission- all are welcome!

“…the climate movement needs to have one hell of a comeback.”

–Naomi Klein

This summer North America saw an inspiring amount of grass-roots organizing against fossil fuel extraction. From growing resistance to hydro-fracking for natural gas, to the derailing of the Keystone XL pipeline project, to the continued disruption of mountaintop removal sites in Appalachia, folks are waking up to the threat posed by dirty, dangerous fossil fuel extraction and working to build alternatives. As this movement for climate justice grows in North America, communities are connecting the dots between the climate crisis and the grassroots struggles of people across the world resisting this assault on their land and culture.

At this crucial moment, we would like to invite your community to be part of this dialogue. This fall, the Beehive Design Collective andRising Tide North America will be touring through the Southwest offering an interactive, multi-media presentation that celebrates fossil fuel resistance from around North America. We hope to share the stories we have heard in our travels and learn more about the struggles against energy extraction in this region and weave them into this growing tapestry of resistance!

The Beehive is a wildly motivated all-volunteer, art-activist collective that has gained international attention and participation for its collaboratively produced graphics campaigns. (www.beehivecollective.org).

Video: Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)

October 24, 2012 in Teach-In

Video of a teach-in at Occupy Denver with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Florida-based immigrant rights and labor support group working with mainly Latino/a, Mayan Indian, and Haitian workers (75 min).

The Fight for Fair Food: Tomatoes, Chipotle and the struggle to end farm worker exploitation

Oscar Otzoy from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will discuss his experiences as a tomato picker in Florida and the decades-long struggle of the CIW to end the sub-poverty wages, abusive working conditions and modern-day slavery within the Florida agricultural industry. This struggle eventually led the CIW to start the Campaign for Fair Food and to take on some of the largest fast-food and grocery chains in the country whose no-questions-asked purchasing practices have fueled farmworker exploitation. Today, 10 of the world’s largest retail food corporations have join the Fair Food Program, a one-of-a-kind worker-developed program for monitoring and enforcing farmworkers’ human rights. However, some corporations still refuse to join the Fair Food Program such as Denver’s own Chipotle Mexican Grill which has a reputation as an ethical company.

Oscar Otzoy is from Chimaltenango, Guatemala and is a farmworker and staff member with the Coalition of Immokalee workers (CIW). As a CIW staff member, Oscar helps animate farmworkers and community allies in a struggle to transform the modern agriculture industry. Recently, he and others have been focused on the development and implementation of a worker-to-worker education program in the fields. With an audience of over 30,000 workers, the program aims to raise farmworker consciousness around rights formalized under the CIW’s Fair Food Program. Oscar also assists the Coalition with media and film projects, documenting actions and interviewing farmworkers for the CIW website. He is a regular deejay at FM 107.9, the CIW’s community radio station in Immokalee.

11/8: Taking Back Our Labor, a Teach-in on Labor and the Economy

October 24, 2012 in Teach-In

When: November 8, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Deer Pile above City O City


In the wake of the economic crisis, capital has launched an unprecedented attack on the living standards of the working people.  The Wisconsin protests show the way forward, if we can draw their true lessons with regard to the labor bureaucracy and the Democratic Party —


Video: Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Corporate Influence on Politics

October 21, 2012 in Teach-In

In this teach-in Chad Kautzer discusses not only the direct influence corporations have on elections (money), but also more insidious forms of corporate influence on politics through culture, media, and academia which, he says, “subtly deform our sense of self and political imagination.” The final part of the teach-in is a critique of the proposed boycott of the 2012 elections and a more general discussion of how electoral politics and social movements interact. Produced by Gary Crabtree

11/1: Teach-In: Privatization and Denver’s 3B School Bond

October 20, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Thursday, November 1st at 5:30-6:45pm
The Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

Corporate oligarchs find ways to squeeze profits from everything, including even the public education system. Learn how hedge fund managers are steering clients toward investing in ways to drain the public education system of funds via charter schools and other methods of privatization. Hear more about why Denver’s initiative 3B enriches developers and banksters but funds inequity based on class and race among Denver’s kids.

Andrea Merida member of the Denver Board of Education and am involved with education policy from a local and national level.  I am also a founding member of Parents Across America (parentsacrossamerica.org).

10/29: Teach-In: How Student Power Triumphed in Quebec

October 14, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Monday, October 29th 12-3pm
Where: Auraria Campus – The Tivoli Roger Baum Hall Lounge

How Student Power Triumphed in Quebec: an afternoon with CLASSE leader Maxime Larue

“This is why radical movements are mercilessly mocked. They can win!” -Naomi Klein