At this year’s Seattle Anarchist Book Fair, people from Egypt, Oakland, Seattle and LA–some of them having returned from Mexico and Pakistan with fresh ideas to share; others coming with grafted knowledge from growing up in the gentrification/displacement shuffle–spoke on a panel named “Decolonization is not a tendency.”. The conversations came thick with no sugar.
The panel touched on urban Zapatismo, gentrification (this time from someone who has actually experienced gentrification), poetry, the Egyptian uprising, on being a displaced person, and how to check one’s own white privilege. There’s a lot to say on all of these things, and the panel was only the beginning of a conversation raw enough to meet the longstanding vaccum within numerous activist circles–let alone the rest of our communities. So we’ve broken the footage down into two parts. A filmed night of performances by revolutionary hip hop artists will be coming soon. Thanks to Tom Vee for spending so much time rendering and uploading the footage and please forgive BAI’s amateur–at times wobbly–video skills.