Street Address: 
1525 Newton St. NE
City: 
Washington
State/Region: 
DC
Date: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Hosted by: Peace House

This event will look at how movements organizing under conditions of severe repression have created and sustained safe spaces for resistance. It will pay particular attention to student movements, such as the 1960-1961 sit-in movement for civil rights, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the university divestment from apartheid South Africa movement and the Chilean student movement during the Pinochet dictatorship. Participants will discuss the kinds of mobilization, multi-issue organizations and coalitions that have most effective in undermining undemocratic and repressive regimes.  They will also look at how threat, repression and police violence have been turned against the states, security forces and university administrators that use them. Finally, the group will look at how successful resistance movements have drawn adherents, encouraged innovation and led to mass mobilization. Professor Schneider will speak from her experience working in the resistance against Pinochet in Chile and with grassroots groups and parents organizing against police violence in Paris and New York, and her three decades of studying social movements comparatively.

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