Demand Nothing, Occupy Everything, a film series

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Demand nothing, Occupy everything: a Primer on Neoliberalism and its
Discontents

“Demand Nothing, Occupy Everything” is a film series examining
neoliberalism, one of the roots of the current economic crisis affecting
universities around the world, and the strategies that social movements
have been using to respond to and push back against neoliberalism. The
series considers the possibilities for political action today, as well as
its limitations. The films in the series range from documentation of
political actions to examinations of political theory and fictional
accounts of important moments of political unrest. The topics range from a
historical view of student actions in the 60′s to an international view
considering actions around the world and a selection of recent videos
spread virally through social networks online.

Each film night will begin with a short talk by Micha Cárdenas or a guest
speaker to situate the film in the context of the current social situation
across the University of California, but also at universities around the
world. Specific focus will be given to personal experiences with these
movements, the effects of neoliberalism on education and to efforts to
reimagine what education could be.

All screenings will take place at the Visual Arts Facility (VAF) Performance Space from 7-9pm.

Tuesday, Jan 12 -

And the War Has Only Just Begun by Tiqqun
Excerpts from La Haine by Kassovitz
Excerpts from If… by Lindsay Anderson
Los Angeles UCLA Student Protest
Student Occupation of New School
UCSC Occupation – Friday Night
ASTRONAUTS SEE UC STRIKE FROM SPACE

Tuesday, Jan 19 -

Excerpts from Un Granito de Arena
The Potentiality of Storming Heaven – on the Greek Student Occupations
Excerpts from Tout Va Bien by JP Gorin and Jean-Luc Godard
UC Berkeley Protests at Wheeler Hall Part 2
UC Berkeley Budget Protest. The Wheeler Frontlines
Occupied Berkeley: The Taking of Wheeler Hall

Tuesday, Feb 2 -

Semiotics of the Kitchen by Martha Rosler
Excerpts from the Fourth World War
Excerpts from The Take
Okupa! by Micha Cárdenas
Can Dialectics Break Bricks? by René Viénet
UCSC Occupation #4 – Kerr Hall – Fri

“Why No Demands?

First, because anything we might win now would be too insignificant. Countless times past student struggles have worked months and years – striking and occupying buildings and mobilizing thousands upon thousands of people – only to win back half of what they had already lost, a half that was again taken away one or two years later… If we set our horizons higher – free education, a maximum salary differential of, for instance, 3 or 5, a university managed by faculty and students and workers – then we must realize, immediately, that nothing short of full-scale insurrection could ever achieve this. And if we were strong enough to bring the existing order tumbling down around us, why would we stop short and settle for the foregoing list?
…This is why we make no demands. Because we want to be in solidarity with all who are oppressed and exploited. We will not say who they are in advance. They will define themselves by rising up and standing with us.”

- Anti-Capital Projects: Questions and Answers
http://anticapitalprojects.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/anti-capital-projects/

Organized by Micha Cárdenas, Ricardo Dominguez and Elle Mehrmand of the b.a.n.g. lab.

Occupy Everything! Today in LA at 2pm, and DAC tomorrow

If you’re in LA this weekend, I’m doing two events that you may want to attend! Today at 2pm I’m helping facilitate a class/workshop/discussion at The Public School about the occupations and strikes against the budget cuts. The class is free and open, join us! Then tomorrow, I’m speaking on the Sex and Sexuality panel at Digital Arts and Culture 2009: After Media about Becoming Dragon, my 365 hour durational performance in Second Life.

If you’re in LA today, check these events out… (so sorry for the short notice!)

http://la.thepublicschool.org/class/1856

The UC strikes and beyond
proposed by sparkle

Part 1
Reading and analysis and strategy discussion. This session took place on 12/05/06.

Part 2 – Occupy Everything! [scheduling]
A continuation of the UC Strikes and Beyond discussion. There seems to be a lot of energy for these discussions, so lets keep them going! We just scratched the surface of a discussion on what we might do collectively, so lets start there next time. Perhaps we should do this twice more and continue the trajectory of half theory discussion and half organizing discussion… Communiques and texts continue to pour out daily as situations unfold, such as the Irvine occupation of the library where the administration changed their policies in response to only an announcement of an occupation: http://studentactivism.net/2009/12/04/uc-irvine-library/ Some of the issues brought up today that we should follow up on: future workshops at tent cities, the public school going on strike, critiques of the occupation strategy and other possible actions, exiting the university, the end of liberal humanism…We still have yet to get very far with a discussion of how to branch out of the UC system.
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class tags: insurrection // occupation // praxis // strike // wildcat

Dates:
December 5, 2009 at 12:00pm
December 12, 2009 at 2:00pm

Location:
The Public School, 951 Chung King Road

Teacher:
Marc Herbst, Cara Baldwin, Micha Cardenas, Ken Ehrlich

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also, this sounds awesome and i’ll be attending this:

Artist Curated Projects presents
THREE WOMEN

Performances by
DAWN KASPER      TAISHA PAGGETT      NANCY POPP

DECEMBER 12th, 4-8 pm
@ the home of Eric Kim
2200 BRIER AVENUE, SILVER LAKE CA 90039

Join the Grade Strike to Drop the Charges

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/ucgradestrike/

Please sign the petition if you are willing to participate in a grade strike and pass the word on! In the comment section where it says “I support this petition.” please add your school and title (lecturer, professor, TA, etc)

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We are furious and so, so deeply upset seeing the videos of police brutality from UC Berkeley and UCLA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1PuiY4Go8Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOI5l2_RghQ

and as if it weren’t enough, now many students are facing felony charges:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183824131771&ref=nf

We are willing to pledge to withhold grades until the charges against students are dropped. If you are too, please sign this petition!

With the current passage of the 32% fee increase on UC students statewide, major cuts to student enrollment, and the ongoing series of
devastating cuts and reductions to campus workers, staff and faculty. We hope that you will sign this petition and pledge to withhold grades to express our anger against the current state of public higher education in California.

We stand in solidarity with students, workers, staff and faculty organizing against the cuts at the CSU and CCC systems, and for us all to unite together in the fight to defend public higher education in California.

By signing this petition, we refuse to be complicit in tuition increases, layoffs, furloughs, the selling off of public education and the criminalization of student dissent!

WHEN YOU SIGN: Please specify YOUR UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION with your name, affiliation (undergraduate student, graduate student, worker, staff, faculty), department, and campus

Thank You!

in solidarity,
The Undersigned

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Also, check out the latest Q&A post from Anti-Capital Projects, the authors of The Necrosocial:

http://anticapitalprojects.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/anti-capital-projects/

Why No Demands?

First, because anything we might win now would be too insignificant. Countless times past student struggles have worked months and years – striking and occupying buildings and mobilizing thousands upon thousands of people – only to win back half of what they had already lost, a half that was again taken away one or two years later. But in any case, we are as yet far too small to win anything on a scale remotely close to the mildest of demands – a reduction or freeze of student fees, an end to the layoffs and furloughs. Even these demands would mean only a return to the status quo of last year or the year before – inadequate by any but the most cowardly measure. If we set our horizons higher – free education, a maximum salary differential of, for instance, 3 or 5, a university managed by faculty and students and workers – then we must realize, immediately, that nothing short of full-scale insurrection could ever achieve this. And if we were strong enough to bring the existing order tumbling down around us, why would we stop short and settle for the foregoing list?

A more radical proposal: Demand Nothing, Occupy Everything

Who’s down to join in something more interesting in the next 3 days?

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http://theimaginarycommittee.wordpress.com/

A call to those who can hear it:

We call for a wave of occupations and blockades to bring the university to a halt. The proposed fee hikes of 32 percent, to be ratified November 17-19, are only the latest indication that the California university system is bankrupt. We cannot allow it to continue through the end of the term.

University students and workers in California must organize immediately to occupy, blockade and strike on all campuses November 17-19.

Read the call>>

Nov 2nd – $0 Tuition – VAF Performance Space @ UCSD

$0 Tuition – Reimagining the University of California
Panel discussion and open forum on the UC Budget Cuts

7-9pm, Monday Nov 2nd
Visual Arts Facility, Performance Space

Featuring:
Denise Ferreira da Silva, Ethic Studies
Fred Lonidier, Visual Arts
and more TBA

The current University of California budget crisis provides an important opportunity for critical analysis and creative rethinking of our educational systems. How has an institution founded on the idea of $0 tuition and public access to education for all become a privatized source of profit for corporations and bureaucrats alike? Is the university still a possible place of transformation and liberation? Or is the university a dead space that must be left behind? From the university occupations around the world to the powerful coalition between UC students, staff and faculty that began with a walkout and continues to grow in force, the university is once again emerging as a site of struggle, revealing the cracks in the rhetoric of “economic crisis”. Join us for a discussion on these issues and more.

The event will include the new release of Temporary Services new publication on the national economic crisis.

Moderated by Micha Cárdenas

Organized by Elle Mehrmand, Micha Cárdenas and Ricardo Dominguez of the b.a.n.g. lab.

If you are interested in presenting, please post a comment here (or just show up for the discussion period)!