Read to Resist: Weeks 19 & 20

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.

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

The Racist Foundation of Nuclear Architecture An examination of how white supremacy is also at the heart of the United States’ destructive nuclear policies.

Ulrich Beck Is the World’s Most Important Pandemic Intellectual Ulrich Beck was a prophet of uncertainty—and the most important intellectual for the pandemic and its aftermath.

Scorched Earth | Felipe De La Hoz Anti-immigration hardliners of the Trump regime pursue a policy of wanton destruction

Fleeing by Kara Jackson A poem from Chicago poet Kara Jackson on Poets.org

Is America ‘even capable of treating the masses of Black people with decency and dignity’? Dr. Cornel West tackles the inability of the U.S. to humanize its black citizens

Socialism 101: A reading list A great reading list on socialism curated by Chicago’s legendary publishing house, Haymarket Books 

The Two Faces of Kamala Harris A look at how Kamala Harris has matched every one of her progressive achievements with conservative ones.

Representative Barbara Lee: ‘The Public Is With Us’ In an interview with The Nation, representative Barbara Lee talks about cutting the defense budget, what Covid-19 has revealed about systemic racism.

James Baldwin’s Blueprint For the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement A look at how Jimmy Baldwin paved the way for the future of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, while embodying the Black imagination.

Good Conflict  The world is consumed by violent fights and hostile disagreements. Writer and queer activist Sarah Schulman sees a way out of them.

Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ Is an ‘Instant American Classic’ About Our Abiding Sin A look at the new book from the best-selling author of The Warmth of Other Suns.

Opinion | It’s a Tough Time for the Left. But I’m More Optimistic Than Ever. A look at the visions for change coming from progressive movements. 

The Hidden Faces of Apartheid | Bongani Kona A new book lifts the veil on apartheid South Africa’s clandestine state terror apparatus.

Behind ‘the Disappeared’ of Chicago’s Homan Square An investigation into the infamous yet shadowy torture programs run by Chicago Police.

The History of Consumption and The Cannibalistic Nature of Whiteness A look at the many ways in which white people have ‘consumed’ the ‘other’.

Intercepted: How Covid-19 Exposed America’s Dysfunctional Democracy A fascinating conversation with a military specialist and author Pankaj Mishra about the dangers to already delicate democracies during Covid. 

The Future of Nonviolent Resistance A fascinating examination at the power and perils of nonviolent resistance in a moment of global upheaval and uncertainty. 

Extrajudicial Executions from the United States to Palestine Scholar and lawyer Noura Erakat discusses the extrajudicial execution of her cousin by Israeli occupation forces and how such occurrences are all too common in the US and Palestine. 

All Power to the Looters | Rampant A piece in defense of looting

Kurt Andersen Asks: What Is the Future of America?

Anand Giridharadas reviews Kut Anderson’s The Unmaking of America: A Recent History

The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats A chilling poem by Yeats that reads as if it was written for today.

A Pickle-Shaped Void A forum in Jewish Currents discussing Jewish identity and other themes that come up in Seth Rogan’s new film.

Racial Capital from Pan-Africanism and Coloniality to Epistemic Rupture Scholar Jesse Benjamin tackles racial capitalism and pan Africanism. 

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