Activist envisions strength in numbers; anarchist-author to speak at Lane

Activist envisions strength in numbers; anarchist-author to speak at Lane

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Daniel Roark
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Dixon writes that recent decades have seen an exciting convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader based movements in our part of the world. From this convergence, diverse activists such as anti-poverty organizers, prison abolitionists, occupy activists and migrant justice organizers are developing shared politics and practices. He has interviewed dozens of experienced organizers across the U.S. and Canada.

Originally from Alaska, Dixon currently lives in Ottawa, Canada, on Algonquin Territory, where he is involved in anti-poverty organizing. He travels across the United States and Canada training people to engage in direct non-violent action when protesting. He was instrumental in organizing the 1999 Seattle protest against the World Trade Organization. Dixon then went back to school and received his Ph.D. in 2010, through the History of Consciousness program at the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Dr. Timothy Ingalsbee, a sociologist and social science teacher, knows Dr. Dixon through his book and is a great admirer of the author/activist. Ingalsbee relates how organizations leading radical social change movements can be strengthened by coming together, by converging with other protests since they share the same ideals and beliefs. “Dr. Dixon has spent years travelling across North America to combine ideas and distill common themes and principles motivating their work,” Ingalsbee said.

Dr. Dixon will present a public lecture at Lane, also titled “Another Politics.” Stan Taylor, LCC coordinator for the event, tells how separate social movements have grown up and how the book explains that one large movement creates strength in numbers. According to Taylor, the book allows the reader to feel as if they are a part of today’s radical movements, helping to identify key points of convergence between movements and the possible directions for social justice. The goal is to distill hard-earned lessons for building effective, visionary movements.

The “Another Politics” event will be held on Nov. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the LCC Longhouse, Building 31. More information on Dr. Dixon is available on his blog at www.cdixon.org.