Saturday at noon: Muslim Prisoner Tarek Mehanna: “Translation is not a crime”
I will briefing folks on the case of Tarek Mehanna, a local Muslim prisoner of conscience who is going to start trial October 27th. The trial is wrought with corruption, paradox and injustice, including that one of the prosecutors has been found guilty of coercing witnesses, doctoring evidence and suborning perjury, and yet he is not facing punishment and is allowed to remain prosecuting innocent people. 15 minute talk and discussion, with ample time for questions about the case after. There are a number of ways for people to plug in, including a flash mob Sunday and his pretrial hearing next Thursday, October 13th.
- Kate Bonner-Jackson is a local organizer and member of the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee, a group of supporters that organizes the community around the issues of FBI entrapment, informants, preemptive prosecution, court solidarity, just media representation, and Islamaphobia, among other things.
Saturday 12:30-3 Open Shop Stilt-making
Stilt-making and juggling with Parts and Crafts. Learn some circus tricks and get some training on how to use power tools while you’re at it!
Who: Kids, adults, and anyone else who wants to hang out and build stuff
- Parts and Crafts runs a kid’s hacker space / open workshop inSomerville,MA. We run hands-on creative arts, science, and engineering programs to help people learn and do and make things.
Saturday 1pm – Anarchism, Psychology, and Law
Anarchists traditionally want both autonomy (individuality, independence, personal liberation) and community (cooperation, connection, mutual aid). Underlying their political and philosophical critiques of capitalism and the state are psychological assumptions about power, hierarchy, and similar dynamics. In this discussion we will explore anarchist thinking about human nature and the nature of society, focusing especially on the development and purpose of law.
Saturday 3pm Student Power
For far too long contemporary student activism has been splintered along issue-based lines and caught up in small, isolated battles on each campus, fighting (however valiantly and often successfully) for relatively minor concessions from those who run their universities.
Organizing and campaigning for student power on campus not only crosses issue, race, party, and ideological lines, but it also lays the groundwork for future victories. Student power is a perfect example of prefigurative politics: If we want to create more democratic and liberated people, we need to make our institutions more democratic and libratory.
We’ll be exploring the history and tactics of student power campaigns, models such as radical student unionism, as well as engaging in a group imagining of what a more democratic and liberating university might look like.
This will be a very participatory workshop – nobody has all the answers, especially for a topic this complex and dynamic! Come prepared to share and discuss!
- Patrick St. John is an organizer, graphic designer, filmmaker and writer based in Boston. Patrick has organized at the high school, university, and grad school level, and is currently writing a book on student power. He tweets at @forstudentpower and writes at forstudentpower.org & patrickstjohn.org.
Free School University has moved to the end of the wall, Atlantic Ave – look for the bright, orange soap box … step on up! I’ve got the black cowboy hat and feather. To schedule classes: Eden@Akashic.com