Resisting Counterinsurgency: community reading and discussion group

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October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, Dec 14. 7:00 – 9:00 PM

A bi-weekly reading and discussion group on police militarization and repression, specifically the ways in which military tactics once reserved for foreign war zones are increasingly being deployed against domestic populations. We will read selections from the 2013 book Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency and hear from the authors and members of local organizations. This group is an opportunity for anyone concerned about escalating police violence to connect with other activists and community members, examine the facets of present-day policing paradigms, and develop strategies for resistance.

Oct 5: Introduction and “A Cold Wind Blowing” (w guest Ricardo Levins Morales)
Oct 19: “From Repression to Resistance: Notes on Combating Counterinsurgency” (w Luce Guillen-Givins)
Nov 2: “The Other Side of the COIN: Counterinsurgency and Community Policing” (w guests from Communities United Against Police Brutality)
Nov 16: “The Insurgent Southwest”
Nov 30: “Dismantling Counterinsurgency with Earth First!,” “A Curious Case: Long Island Radicals Confront the Green Scare” (w Kevin Van Meter)

Dec 14: TBD/final forum

Contact Sara Nelson to join:

Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis. Accessible to folks in wheelchairs.

I came across the book Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency by chance and was immediately impressed with the authors’ analysis of the underlying system at work in cases of overt police brutality as well as less-spectacular forms of authoritarian control. I want to discuss the ideas in the book with others–a reading group seemed like the natural way to do this. It is especially exciting that several of the authors are local to the Twin Cities and available to talk to the group in person.