Read to Resist: Weeks 18 & 19

We at C&R and at Pangea World Theater believe that cultural resistance to the profound violence around us (economic, military, racial, sexual etc) is imperative. Context, analysis and critical thinking are key elements to resisting injustice, as is the art that inspires, delights and pushes us towards empathy and the creation of more humane and sustainable models for our communities and environment.

We at C&R and at Pangea World Theater believe that cultural resistance to the profound violence around us (economic, military, racial, sexual etc) is imperative. Context, analysis and critical thinking are key elements to resisting injustice, as is the art that inspires, delights  and pushes us towards empathy and the creation of more humane and sustainable models for our communities and environment. Read to Resist is a curated bi-weekly reading/ viewing/ listening list to give us some of that context and inspiration. So whether you’re sheltering in place or marching in the streets; creating art or teaching;  parenting or healing, we urge you to read up and spread knowledge and solidarity to those around you.  

-C&R

Zadie Smith On Her New Essay Collection, ‘Intimations’ A thoughtful conversation with novelist and essayist Zadie Smith on her latest work, touching on race, Covid, and writing. 

Outbreak at San Quentin A moving radio investigation of how the pandemic raging inside the walls of San Quentin is affecting those incarcerated there and their families. 

Opinion | Look to Local Prosecutors for Police Reform Progressive San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin discusses a possible route to meaningful reform of police departments.

Urban planning as a tool of white supremacy – the other lesson from Minneapolis A look at the lessons Minneapolis can teach about the connections between urban planning and racism.

‘The Sustenance of Loneliness’: An Interview with David Adjmi Writer David Adjmi talks about “loneliness as a source of artistic attunement”

Body Meets World | On the Media On the Media explores how “this wouldn’t be the first time the built world has adapted to the spread of infectious disease.”

Before Portland, Trump’s Shock Troops Went After Border Activists The Intercept reports on how the purported threat of antifa was long used to justify militarized targeting of immigration activists and how it is now being used against protesters in Portland.

Opinion | Colonialism Made the Modern World. Let’s Remake It. This NY Times opinion piece delves into the shadow cast by colonialism on today’s world and what we can do about it.

First the Nat’l Security State Surged Baghdad, now it is Surging Portland and Seattle Historian Juan Cole traces the recent “surge” of federal agents in American cities to previous “surges” of American power in occupied Baghdad.

Homeland Security Was Destined to Become a Secret Police Force An examination of the warning signs that Homeland Security was a secret police force waiting to happen.

Trump has helped the US to see its dark side. It will still be there when he goes | Nesrine Malik A reflection on why Trump is not an anomaly but rather an egregious manifestation of the white supremacism at the heart of the American project. 

Summary executions and widespread repression under Bolivia’s interim government reports rights advocates from Harvard and University Network for Human Rights A report on the brutal aftermath of the US backed coup against democratically elected socialist government of Evo Morales in Bolivia.

Walcott in New York | by Caryl Phillips A look at the formative New York moments of poet and playwright Derek Walcott..

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