Uses of a Whirlwind Book Events

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current events

Team Colors does not have any current events scheduled.

past events

Uses of a Whirlwind Book Tour


  • June 22-26th – US Social Forum in Detroit, MI
  • Monday, June 28th, 7pm- Boxcar Books in Bloomington, IN.
  • Wednesday, June 30th, 7pm – The Backstory Cafe & Social Center in Chicago, IL — NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE (w. Daniel Tucker of AREA Chicago, and members of the AREA Advisory Group)
  • Friday, July 2nd, 7pm – Rainbow Books in Madison, WI
  • Saturday, July 3rd, 3pm – Mayday Books in Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN



West Coast

Pacific Northwest, Southern, additional Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region events being planned for July & August 2010.  Texas and Arizona events being planned for September and October 2010.

Contact the collective to bring us to your town!

Team Colors Collective at the US Social Forum!

Team Colors  is hosting two workshops at the US Social Forum to take place in Detroit at the end of June 2010.  The descriptions for these are below.  Additionally, Team Colors is co-sponsoring with the Midnight Notes Collective a panel discussion looking at how active research can assist movement building.

New World from Below Book Party – During the US Social Forum!
Celebrate recent radical publishing with AK Press, Autonomedia, Black and Red, Fifth Estate, Institute of Anarchist Studies, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Microcosm Publishing, PM Press, smartMeme Collective, Team Colors Collective, author Jordan Flaherty, artist Seth Tobocman, and many others.  Beer and wine will be served; books will be available for sale; and a short presentation from current radical authors will take place at 8pm.
Friday June 25th, 7-9pm
New World from Below Convergence Center ; Located at the Spirit of Hope Church – 1519 Martin Luther King Dr., Detroit, 48208 – Corner of MLK and Trumbull.

Join in the Whirlwind: A Cooperative Panel on Research and Movement Building

For the past three years the Team Colors Collective has been asking organizers, activists, artists, and theorists — Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind? — as we have sought to understand the current composition and strength of radical movements in the United States. In utilizing the metaphor of a whirlwind to describe the myriad of struggles that are taking place currently and those that have been blowing across the planet over the past decade, Team Colors has conducted an inquiry and examination of movements in the United States. In cooperation with other organizers and activists, we will present during this two-hour workshop, on the importance of research to movement building as we seek a return radical community organizing—toward making a revolution possible!

With Team Colors members, Chris Dixon, Michal Osterweil of the Turbulence Collective, and other friends.

Wed, 06/23/2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cobo Hall: O2-42

To Care is to Struggle: Voices and Strategies on Care, Support and Social Reproduction

“To Care is to Struggle: Voices and Strategies on Care, Support and Social Reproduction” is a two-hour workshop exploring movement building strategies centered on questions of care and support. Team Colors, and friends, will explore the how-to’s of creating initiatives around intimate violence, physical and mental illness / health, different-abilities, childcare and parenthood, gender and trans-gender health issues, burnout. We will include voices that are organizing around care-work; those examining the continued gendered nature of unwaged house and reproductive work; collectives addressing health care, intimate violence, mental health, and other experiences and realities. Here our intent is to interpret “care and support” broadly, focus on creating movements that address these experiences and realities generally and the need for initiatives that organized around these experiences and realities politically and practically.

With Team Colors members, Benjamin Holtzman, Ashanti Alston, Jenna Peters-Golden and Beth Blum of the Philly Stands Up!  Collective, Priscilla Gonzales of Domestic Workers United, and others.

Fri, 06/25/2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cobo Hall: DO-03A

Research for the Revolution: Radical Research Strategies for Movement Building

“Research for the Revolution: Radical Research Strategies for Movement Building” will explore research techniques to strengthen our movements, campaigns and organizations.  The first half of this four-hour workshop will consist of short presentations on different approaches to research; the second half will consist of small group discussions and practical skills development.  While coordinated by the Midnight Notes Collective and Team Colors Collective, numerous other organizations will be participating. Panelists will include radical theorists and scholars, community organizers, academics and public intellectuals, geographers and cartographers, research librarians, and artists. Topics include: co-research, community listening sessions, class composition, radical cartography, interventionist and radical art practices, and the importance of theory. Here the workshop incorporates both strategies as well as nuts-and-bolts skills, and offers various strategies to produce knowledge about and from our movements and the communities of which they are a part of.

With Team Colors and Midnight Notes members, Institute of Anarchist Studies, Radical Reference, Dan Tucker and Robin Hewlett of AREA Chicago, Julie Perini, Chris Carlsson, and others.

Fri, 06/25/2010 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Cobo Hall: D2-10

These workshops are part of the A New World from Below block!