February Book Discussion: Zapatista Spring

The Practical Anarchy book discussion got off to an amazing start in 2012 as nearly a dozen people came together to engage in an interesting, lively, and thoughtful discussion of Wobblies and Zapatistas. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Please join us for our next meeting on February 26th when we’ll be discussing Ramor Ryan’s latest: Zapatista Spring: Anatomy of a Rebel Water Project and the Lessons of International Solidarity.

What: Reading and discussion of Zapatista Spring, by Ramor Ryan

When: February 26, 2:30pm

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

In Zapatista Spring, Ramor Ryan tells the story of eight volunteers who converge to help campesinos build a water system in Chiapas—a strategy to bolster the Zapatista insurgency by helping locals to assert their autonomy. These outsiders come to question the movement they’ve traveled so far to support—and each other—when forced into a world so unlike the poetic communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos—a world of endemic rural poverty, parochialism, and shifting loyalties to the movement.

“This book is a much-needed counterforce—sympathetic but relentless—to the formulaic proclamations of armchair Zapatistas everywhere. Weaving between story and theory, cynicism and mutual aid, development and despair, Ryan offers an insider’s view of the heart of shades at the core of the Zapatista solidarity movement.”—Richard J.F. Day, author of Gramsci is Dead

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

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