Kevin from Team Colors joined the hosts of the Which Side: A Vegan Anarchist Podcast to discuss his chapter in the AK Press collection Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, autonomist Marxism, and the state of radical publishing. Take a listen here.
During a time of ecological crisis, unprecedented inequality and exploitation, the endless imposition of waged and unwaged work, and untold violence against people of color, immigrants, unhoused, women and gender non-conforming peoples, white revolutionaries in the United States have decided to direct their struggles inward. Kevin from Team Colors shares some of his thoughts about moving on and onward.
Read the essay published by the Institute of Anarchist Studies / Perspectives on Anarchist Theory here.
Craig Hughes, Stevie Peace, and Kevin Van Meter from Team Colors will be hosting a panel at the 2015 Fighting Inequality conference to take place in at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from May 28th to the 31st 2015. Fighting Inequality is the joint conference of the Working-Class Studies Association and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. And we are quite pleased to be joining an amazing group of scholars and activists. Join us if you can.
Work, Crisis, Apocalypse?!: The Power and Promise of Autonomist Marxism in the US
Sunday, May 31, 2015
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Session 12)
Visit the Team Colors YouTube Channel to take a listen to the forum!
On Monday, 25 August 2015 at Portland Community College area organizations demanding higher wages, agitating to raise the minimum wage, fighting wage-theft, building worker power, campaigning against stolen security deposits and slumlords, gathered for a forum on the realities and struggles of the working class and poor peoples of the region. Following forty years of stagnating wages, rising rents, precarious employment and an unprecedented economic crisis, $15 Now PDX, High $5 PDX, Portland Solidarity Network, and Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project are necessary initiatives for developing a movement seeking solutions to these crises and problems. Short talks on the conditions and composition of the working class and poor peoples of the Portland region are followed by a panel of organizers speaking to the endeavors of each initiative.
In late March a terrible blaze engulfed the building attached to, and just behind, the AK warehouse. Sadly two young people lost their lives in that building and then the fire spread to the warehouse where AK has operated for many, many years.
AK needs your support — and funds — to operate, to rebuild, and to continue publishing some of the best radical and anarchist material out there.
For more information and to donate please visit Fire Relief for AK Press & Friends at GoFundMe.
Call for papers
Work, Crisis, Apocalypse?!: The Power and Promise of Autonomist Marxism in the US
2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois
- Stevie Larson, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- Kevin Van Meter, Department of Geography, Environment & Society, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The 2008 economic crisis coupled with decades of vicious capital restructuring and state revanchism has generated an explosion of discourses around inequality in the US, as vividly seen in Occupy of 2011 and the 2014 wave of minimum wage struggles and fast food worker strikes. Observers might suggest that the accumulated losses and setbacks for the poor and working-class point to a slow-burning catastrophe, one that severely weakened unions and nonprofit organizations will find difficult to address. However, there exists another tradition – a collective conversation of theorists and movements called “Autonomist Marxism” – that sees in the current crisis not the seeds of apocalypse, but the demand to carefully parse the composition of the working-class vis-à-vis state and capital forces. This approach attends to the everyday revolts and self-organization of the working-class in the midst of crisis, and particularly how this activity strives to change the terrain of class war beyond the limits of traditional Left and official working-class institutions.
The Autonomist Marxist tradition in the US has not been well documented beyond Harry Cleaver’s “Introduction” to Reading Capital Politically, often because the major figures associated with Autonomist Marxism are seen as stand-alone theorists, particularly Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt. The work of less recognized Autonomist Marxists – such as Cleaver, historians Peter Linebaugh, Marcus Rediker, and E.P. Thompson, feminist scholar Silvia Federici, philosopher George Caffentzis, and Trinidadian Marxist C.L.R. James – deserves greater attention. A similar lacuna has emerged as Autonomist Marxism encounters the field of geography, with issues of Antipode and ACME being produced on these themes in the past few years. While this work served as a necessary introduction of these concepts to an American geography audience, these two special releases generally do not address the American Autonomist Marxist current. For this panel, we seek presenters that demonstrate the many uses of the Autonomist Marxism tradition within the North American context and/or draw on the North American Autonomist Marxist current. We hope that the panel will generate a more robust set of encounters between geography, critical theory, Autonomist Marxism, and radical social movements in addressing the most pressing issues of the working class today.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Independent workers’ movements and Autonomist Marxism
- Capitalist crisis from an Autonomist Marxist perspective
- Historical and contemporary dynamics of unwaged work for capitalism
- The commons and history from below
- Expanding notions and theorizations of what constitutes the working class
- Class composition and cycles of struggle
- Working class self-activity
- Marxist conceptualizations of the refusal of work
- Constituent power and organizing of the multitudes
- Cognitive, affective, and immaterial work
- Inquiry and militant/co-research in North America
Craig Hughes of Team Colors has recently interviewed David Wagner, a foremost scholar on issues of poverty, homelessness, and social welfare policy and author of the classic Checkerboard Square, the more recent Confronting Homelessness and many other works. Read the interview at Z Magazine here.
Kevin from Team Colors will be participating in an event titled Work and related problems: A forum on low-wages, wage-theft, housing injustice, and the movement seeking solutions on Monday, August 25th, 6-8pm at Portland Community College Cascade Campus.
Speakers: Angela MacWhinnie (former-We Are Oregon, LiUNA! 483), Kevin Van Meter (University of Minnesota, Team Colors); community and housing justice organizer Kari Koch will MC the event.
Join Portland area organizations demanding higher wages, agitating to raise the minimum wage, fighting wage-theft, building worker power, campaigning against stolen security deposits and slumlords, for a forum on the realities and struggles of the working class and poor peoples of the region. Following forty years of stagnating wages, rising rents, precarious employment and an unprecedented economic crisis, $15 Now PDX, High $5 PDX, Portland Solidarity Network, and Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project are necessary initiatives for developing a movement seeking solutions to these crises and problems. Short talks on the conditions and composition of the working class and poor peoples of the Portland region will be followed by a panel of organizers speaking to the endeavors of each initiative. Discussion and opportunities to support and directly participate in this organizing will conclude the event.
- Childcare and English-to-Spanish translation will be available / Interpretación al español estará disponible.
- Event is free / no one turned away for lack of funds; donations to cover costs of childcare and translation are requested.
- The Event will be held at PCC Cascade Terrell Hall, Room 112 (1 Block North of N. Killingsworth St. & 1 Block East of N. Albina Ave)
- Our friends at Eberhardt Press designed and printed our publicity materials and the event will be video recorded for those who cannot attend.
Facebook event invite here.
Stevie Peace and Kevin Van Meter of the Team Colors collective are thrilled to be included in the new, second edition of scott crow‘s PM Press book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective. The chapter, included in the appendices, is a short interview with scott about the writing process and becoming an author. The interview is titled “Black Flags and Radical Relief Efforts in New Orleans: An Interview with scott crow” and all those who haven’t already picked up the first edition are strongly encouraged to do so here.
scott’s narrative begins during his childhood in rural Texas, carries the reader through his work in animal rights, political prison, anarchist, and related movements and climaxes in the “disaster within a disaster” that was New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Within this disaster, crow and the Common Ground collective, responded with “solidarity not charity” and organized a set of community programs based in the “survival pending revolution” tradition of the Black Panthers. The very best of our current movements are reflected in this book, and the Common Ground experience, and much can still be learned of this recent history for our contemporary period!
Team Colors Collective member Stevie “Peace” Larson will be speaking as part of a panel at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies help in Minneapolis from 11-14 June 2014. The theme of this years conference is Disability (and) Sustainability and Stevie’s panel will take place on Friday, June 13th from 5:00-6:30pm.
Here are the details:
Panel: Performing Resistance Outside of Capitalism: Interrogating Soviet, Post-Soviet, and Global Leftist Ableisms
- Cassandra Hartblay, Dual Regimes of Productivity?: Tracing Ableisms and Resistances in Soviet and Post Soviet Welfare States
- Stevie Larson, The (mis)fire next time: Work, anti-work, and acts of dysproduction in the New Left
- Anastasia Kayiatos, The Silence of Race in Post-Stalin Russia: Can the Socialist Subaltern Speak?
- Discussant: David T Mitchell
- Moderator: Louise Hickman