Team Colors March Events (NYC & PDX) and Whirlwinds Announcement!


We are writing to you today to invite you to attend two upcoming Team Colors events – one at Bluestockings in New York City on March 18th and another at the Red & Black Café in Portland, Oregon on the 25th – the details of which follow.

Additionally, the collective is pleased to announce the final list of contributors to our forthcoming AK Press collection Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, & Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States that will be released at the US Social Forum in June 2010.

Look forward to seeing many of you in New York, Portland or on our book tour this summer!

Team Colors Collective

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New York – Thursday, March 18th at 7PM

Engaging Contemporary Movement

Bluestockings Bookstore – 172 Allen Street, NYC

On Thursday, MARCH 18th at 7PM please join Team Colors as they reflect on organizing in the context of current capitalist and movement crises, and discuss the uses of militant research and inquiry into radical movements in the U.S. They will explore the intention, method and content of their new pamphlet “Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible” and their forthcoming AK Press collection “Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States.”

Team Colors is a national militant research collective. Their approach has developed from involvement in community organizing projects, resistance activities and radical research efforts for more than a decade. Their forthcoming pamphlet “Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible” will be available for sale at the event.

Coming to New York for the Left Forum or based in the New York area? Have something to contribute to this discussion or share about your radical community organizing project? Contact Team Colors to participate in a short go around following the presentation and before open discussion.

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Portland, OR – Thursday, March 25th at 7PM

A Exploration of Contemporary Autonomist Politics

Red & Black Café – 400 SE 12th avenue (at Oak)

An evening with Autonomedia, Minor Compositions and the Team Colors Collective.

Join us for an evening with two autonomist authors and organizers from Portland and London in exploring contemporary politics, the continued imposition of work, current struggles in the University and elsewhere, militant and co-research, and in celebrating the release of their recent books. In the U.S. and across the planet struggles against enclosures, the dismantling of the University, for public and community space, against “the endless imposition of work”, and against a form of life that is increasingly precarious – are currently taking place. By “reading” these and neighboring struggles we seek to create a world in which many worlds fit. A discussion on these issues and other topics will follow short talks.

“This is Forever” is a discussion series based in Bluestockings Books (NYC) and currently expanding to other cities around the United States.

Event presenters:
Stevphen Shukaitis | Autonomedia / Minor Compositions. Shukaitis is the author of the recently book Imaginal Machines: Autonomy and Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life (Minor Compositions, 2009), an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.

Kevin Van Meter | Team Colors Collective. As member of the militant research collective, Van Meter has been involved in editing the collectives forthcoming collection Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States (AK Press, 2010), co-authoring Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible (Pamphlet, 2010), and has participated in radical community organizing initiatives for more then a decade.

Copies of Imaginal Machines and Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible will be available at the event.

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Uses of a Whirlwind:
Movement, Movements, & Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States
Edited by the Team Colors Collective; Published by AK Press
June 2010 | $19.95 | 978-1-84935-016-7

will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind?

This was asked of organizers, activists, artists, & theorists to begin to understand the current composition & strength of radical movements in the United States. Using the metaphor of a whirlwind to describe the myriad of struggles taking place currently & those blowing across the planet this past decade, Team Colors conducted an inquiry and examination of movements in the United States – resulting in a set of case studies, movement strategies, theoretical analyses, & interviews. These winds seek a return to radical community organizing – toward making a revolution possible.

Contributors include Malav Kanuga | Bluestockings Books & Activism Center, Direct Action to Stop the War, Roadblock Earth First!, Starbucks Workers Union – IWW, Marina Karides | United States Social Forum, Student / Farmworker Alliance, City Life/ Vida Urbana | Picture the Homeless | Take Back the Land | United Workers, Harmony Goldberg | Domestic Workers United & Right to the City Alliance, Basav Sen, John Peck| Family Farm Defenders, Brian Tokar, Benjamin Shepard, Julie Perini, Dorothy Kidd, Daniel Tucker | AREA Chicago, Maribel Casas-Cortes & Sebastian Cobarrubias, Brian Marks, Michael Hardt & El Kilombo Intergalactico, George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, Peter Linebaugh, & Chris Carlsson. Interviews with Robin D.G. Kelley, Ashanti Omowali Alston, & Grace Lee Boggs. Artwork: Kristine Virsis | Justseeds Artists Cooperative. Foreword: Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press. Preface: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Andrej Grubacic.