John Carico asks some questions of Mark Lance.
Eleanor is a creative activist, singer and writer. She is the founder and lead singer of the political hard rock band, Rooftop Revolutionaries who have shared the stage with the likes of Tom Morello and Immortal Technique at festivals, Occupy events and rock clubs around the country.
She is also the host and writer of the occupy.com, Free Speech TV syndicated show, Act Out! which focuses on creative and grassroots activism. This weekly show gives updates on activism around the country, focusing on artists and creatives, grassroots actions and how people anywhere can get involved, from tweets to marching in the streets.
In the early hours of August 21, 2013, residents of rebel-held Eastern and Western Ghouta in Syria, woke up to the news that rockets containing a nerve agent had hit their area. As the day wore on, the number of dead continued to rise, reaching into the hundreds. Estimates range anywhere from over 350 to over 800, while a preliminary US report claimed the attack had killed over 1,400 individuals.
A member of a media center in Zamalka described the strikes to Human Rights Watch at the time and the sensation he felt when the gas started affecting his body while he was rescuing people:
Reginald Simms is a worker-owner and bookseller at Red Emma’s, a cooperatively owned and collectively managed bookstore and coffeehouse in Baltimore. As an anti-authoritarian and part time staffer for BRED (Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy), he provides technical assistance and non-extractive loans to traditionally excluded and marginalized communities wanting to start cooperatives or conversions of current businesses within Baltimore and throughout Maryland. He also does organizing through GBAN (Global Black Autonomy Network), a translocal grassroots organization that deals with issues that affect the African Diaspora. A creative genius, avid reader, and succinct writer he spends his time strategizing on and fomenting, the continuous process of revolution. He is currently working on book that details the forms those subjected to the state will take in a post-service economy.
1. What was your initial entry point into radical politics?
The Mis-education of the Negro was a book for me that initially started me on the path of understanding authority. I was further catalyzed by the Occupy movement towards practical action in the real world. As I continued my self education in philosophy, anti-authoritarianism and black politics I made a decision to change how I interacted with the world and reproduce myself and decided to join a cooperative, Red Emma’s. I realized a lot of my time was spent at work so my workplace was the first thing I changed.
The John Carico interview series continues with Jay Wolfson.
Jay Wolfson is the outreach coordinator for the Central New Jersey Socialist Party local. He won the Eugene V Debs service award in 2016. He was a chief organizer for of the New Jersey May Day march in New Brunswick. As our each coordinator he established contacts with other groups of activists and organized with them to increase the impact. He us currently organizing the Socialist Party National Organizing conference at Rutgers, the march for a clean energy revolution with Food and Water Watch, and a September 9th day of Solidarity with prison laborers.
Kris Dingus is a no-coast anarchist organizing mutual aid projects with Any Means Necessary Collective in so-called Kansas City, Missouri. The AMN Collective is a loose group of individuals who join together to help the necessary work along in Kansas City; utilizing direct action and mutual aid to support those most affected by capitalism in our communities and offer education and outreach about anarchist action, history, and theory. Kris finds affinity with terms such as ex-worker, vegan, and has been and continues to be involved in a variety of projects in North-Western Missouri.
Gary Chartier is Distinguished Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of ten books, including Public Practice, Private Law (Cambridge 2016), Anarchy and Legal Order (Cambridge 2013), The Conscience of an Anarchist (Cobden 2011), and Markets Not Capitalism (Minor Compositions-Autonomedia 2011) (co-edited with Charles W. Johnson).
He is an accomplished artist, public speaker, and educator who has shared the stage with several members of HBO’s Def Poetry cast, legendary poet and activist Ishmael Reed, Grammy-nominated artist Minton Sparks, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members The Impressions, etc. Mr. Collier has also given a TED Talk and repeatedly been featured on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel, which prides itself on featuring the best spoken word artists working today. Some of his works have been featured in The Guardian, and published in such publications as The Seven Hills Review, Dirty Chai, Voicemail Poems, Calliope Magazine, and The Origami Poetry Project to name a few, and his 2009 chapbook Ghosts & Echoes has sold hundreds of copies, independently, solely off the strength of readings and live performances.