We Go Where They Go Virtual LaunchTuesday Apr 11 2023 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Online via Zoom / Streaming via YouTube
Join us for the virtual launch of We Go Where They Go: The Story of Anti-Racist Action (University of Regina Press) featuring a conversation with two of its authors, Kristin Schwartz and Michael Staudenmaier, speaking with activists and community organizers Omar Kinnarath and Thomas Jay Bruyere Kakikoni Pewanikimaw.
Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.
Based on extensive interviews with dozens of ARA participants, We Go Where They Go tells ARA’s story from within, giving voice to those who risked their safety in their own defense and in solidarity with others. Here is the story of an organic yet highly organized movement, exploring both its triumphs and failures, and offering valuable lessons for today’s generation of activists and rabble-rousers. We Go Where They Go is a page-turning history of grassroots anti-racism. More than just inspiration, it's a roadmap.
Join authors and past ARA members to discuss the storied history of anti-fascism and the ARA, where we go from here, and how cultural scenes can become powerful forces for change.
Kristin Schwartz grew up with the Toronto chapter of ARA from 1992 until 2003. She has produced several audio documentaries including Women: The Oppressed Majority, The Latin American Revolution, and The Ravaging of Africa.
Michael Staudenmaier is a veteran of many anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, and anarchist projects, including work with ARA Chicago in the 1990s and 2000s. He is the author of Truth & Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969–1986.
Omar Kinnarath is an anti-racist activist and a Community Organizer who lives in Winnipeg. Amongst other efforts, he has founded Fascist Free Treaty 1 and Mutual Aid Society Winnipeg, which to date has 14,000+ members and has become a vital resource for the citizens of Winnipeg. Voted “Favourite Local Activists” in the Uniter Magazine’s 2022 poll.
Thomas Jay Bruyere Kakikoni Pewanikimaw, also known as Little Whirlwinds in the Snow, is a Cree-Ojibwa from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He resides on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and the Skwxwú7mesh. His maternal lineage can be traced back to the Néhinaw people of Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), while his paternal side belongs to the Anishinaabe community of the Couchiching First Nation. He is a former organizer and co-founder of United Against Racism (UAR), a chapter of Anti-Racist Action, and currently works with the Canadian Anti-Racist Research Society (CAERS) to combat systemic racism in Canada. He believes in the power of education and advocacy to effect meaningful change and is dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.
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What does it mean to risk all for your beliefs? How do you fight an enemy in your midst? We Go Where They Go recounts the thrilling story of a massive forgotten youth movement that set the stage for today's anti-fascist organizing in North America. When skinheads and punks in the late 1980s found their communities invaded by white supremacists and neo-nazis, they fought back. Influenced by anarchism, feminism, Black liberation, and Indigenous sovereignty, they created Anti-Racist Action. At ARA's height in the 1990s, thousands of dedicated activists in hundreds of chapters joined the fights--political and sometimes physical--against nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, anti-abortion fundamentalists, and racist police. Before media pundits, cynical politicians, and your uncle discovered "antifa," Anti-Racist Action was bringing it to the streets.
Based on extensive interviews with dozens of ARA participants, We Go Where They Go tells ARA's story from within, giving voice to those who risked their safety in their own defense and in solidarity with others. In reproducing the posters, zines, propaganda and photos of the movement itself, this essential work of radical history illustrates how cultural scenes can become powerful forces for change. Here at last is the story of an organic yet highly organized movement, exploring both its triumphs and failures, and offering valuable lessons for today's generation of activists and rabble-rousers. We Go Where They Go is a page-turning history of grassroots anti-racism. More than just inspiration, it's a roadmap.