Video: Tactics that Work: From Zapatismo to Occupy

July 22, 2012 in Teach-In, Video

Thomas Nail, DU Philosophy Department, gave this teach-in on Thursday, July 19th.

Many of the strategies deployed by the Occupy movement have their origins in the alter-globalization movement and one of its main organizing groups, Peoples’ Global Action, which arose from the first and largest global neo-liberal gatherings: the Intercontinental Encuentros organized by the Zapatistas in 1994 and 1996.

This teach-in explores the history of successful function of four tactics popularized by the Occupy Movement but that have their roots in Zapatism and before: 1) horizontal and leaderless networking, 2) consensus decision-making, 3) inclusive multi-fronted struggle, and 4) the collective use of masks.

Thomas Nail, DU Philosopy Department, is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo. As an activist, Thomas has worked with Cascadia Forest Defense – a direct action campaign based in Eugene, Oregon, and with No One is Illegal, Toronto – a radical migrant justice organization in Canada.