Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? Organizing the Twenty-first Century Resistance



Foreword: Organising in the 21st Century by Affiong Limene Affiong
Introduction: Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up? by Michael Truscello and Ajamu Nangwaya


1. Idle No More: Grounding the Corrientes of Hemispheric Resistencia by Praba Pilar and Alex Wilson
2. An American Exception: The Counter-Insurrectionary Function of the Color Line by Ben Brucato
3. Until We Win: Black Labor and Liberation in the Disposable Era by Kali Akuno
4. Some Thoughts on White Supremacy and Jesus as Bread and Circuses by Thandisizwe Chimurenga
5. Organizing With Solidarity in Mind: Notes on Social Movement Unionism and Critical Equity Work by Ellie Adekur Carlson
6. Trump, The Alt.Right, and the New State of Exception by Jordy Cummings
7. Not Co-optation nor Charity: Anti-Poverty Organizing in Canada and the US by Lesley Wood
8. Cultivating the Radical Imagination in the North of the Americas by Alex Khasnabish
9. On The Spiritual Exploitation of the Poor by Nathan Jun
10. Society Without Sociability: Late Notes About Margaret Thatcher and Jean Baudrillard by Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi


11. Engendering Revolt in the Anglophone Caribbean: Organizing the Oppressed for Self-emancipation by Ajamu Nangwaya
12. “They’ve Turned The Guns on the People!” Towards Healing: Confronting the Impacts of the Grenadian Revolution by Kimalee Phillip
13. Resource-full Organized Communities Undermine Systems of Domination: How the Poor Rise Up in San Cristobal de las Casas by Erin Araujo
14. In Defense of the Territory of Life: A Look Into the Territory of the Community Police in Guerrero, Mexico by David Gomez Vazquez (Trans. Enrique Avila Lopez)
15. On Fire and the ‘Multiplications’ of the Poor in Mathare, Nairobi by Wangui Kimari
16. Critical Consciousness as an Act of Culture: An Illustration from Sudan by Gussai H. Sheikheldin
17. Powers of the Uncivil: Notes from South Africa by Anna Selmeczi and Aragorn Eloff

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Social Movements & Media Technologies


On April 21 and 22, 2016 the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy hosted the 4th seminar in the Social Movements & Media Technologies series organized by the Centre for Global Media and Democracy (CGMD) at Goldsmiths University of London and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS), Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence. I had the great privilege of being an invited participant for this engaging seminar organized around the theme “The Missing Actor: The Meaning of Political Cultures for Media/Movements Interactions” – check out the list of presenters and abstracts as well as the past and future work of the series.

Outside but Along-Side: Stumbling with Social Movements as Academic Activists

Take a look at a new article by me and Radical Imagination Project co-director Max Haiven about the possibilities, pitfalls, and promises of solidarity research with social movements and academic activism. Published in Social Justice Studies, this article is open-access and part of a great double issue about academic activism.


Tatamagouche Free School 2015


The Radical Imagination Project is facilitating the programming for the 11th annual Tatamagouche Free School. We’re thrilled to be doing this and look forward to the Free School running from August 27-30, 2015. Join us if you’re around the North Shore of Nova Scotia at the end of August! Propose a workshop here.

The Radical Imagination on Against the Grain Radio

Full audio of a feature-length interview I did with C.S. Soong of Against the Grain Radio on KPFA. We talked about capitalism, the myth of the middle class, the radical imagination, and building movements against and beyond the status quo. It was a real pleasure to talk with C.S. and to be a part of such an important, grassroots, social justice program.