Read the new issue of Reclamations here.
From the Editors’ Introduction:
In the past several months we have seen the rise of a kind of international call and response sounded by students, workers, and faculty in response to waves of austerity measures enacted in the wake of a global financial crisis triggered in 2007. Public universities from the Philippines, the UK, Italy, Puerto Rico, France and across the US face an onslaught of austerity measures that threatens the very existence and future of public education. The transnational nature of this movement has become apparent, with a flood of images, videos, and news reports indicating the global scale of the emergent movement for public education: of crowds scaling the Leaning Tower of Pisa or entering the Roman Coliseum with road flares, lolling over rail overpasses, occupying Tory headquarters, walking out, hand-in-hand, fist to fist, onto the streets of Quezon City. Videos record widening social unrest and ubiquitous police violence; masked students smashing and spray-painting a police wagon, a group of young women linking arms in an attempt to stop them. Cameras capture the different obstacles these movements face; an officer drawing his gun on student protesters in a parking garage in San Francisco, bobbies looking on as students scale security fences, or Garda beating students bloody while charging through crowds of protesters on mounted horses. We are told that the de-funding of public education is as mystically inevitable as the global financial crisis itself, unstoppable, unlocatable—without authors, agents, or enforcers. We are told to open our eyes, but when we look where they’ve invited us to look, to the national and international context, we see other students, workers, and a few faculty in revolt.
In this issue of R e c l a m a t i o n s we’ve brought together an assortment of articles and interviews—theoretical analyses and historical reflections in defense of public education, in-depth interviews and essays that address the challenges of both militancy and movement building, as well as a range of critiques of ongoing prosecutions of student protesters.
Rei Terada, Two Hundred Years of University “Reform” and How to Dream It
Laney Student Unity and Power, Grove Street Panthers
Puck Lo and Ianna Hawkins Owen, Creating Outside Agitators
Silvia Federici, Political Work with Women and as Womenin the Present Conditions (Interview by Maya Gonzalez and Caitlin Manning)
Judith Butler, On the Rights of Protest
Anonymous, On Administrative Conduct: Procedural Violationsand the Rule of the Arbitrary
Dead Futures, Resurgent Futures
Peter Osborne, Privatization as Anti-Politics (Interview by Amanda Armstrong)
Bob Meister, An Open Letter to President Yudof on this Year’s Tuition Increase
ACLU of Northern California, Regarding Recent First Amendment Violations on the UC Berkeley Campus: An Open Letter to Chief of Police Mitchell J. Celaya III, UC Berkeley Police Department
ACLU of Northern California, Flawed Disciplinary Process for November 2009 Student Protesters: An Open Letter to UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau