Listen here to the facilitated discussion and workshop hosted by the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair on May 17 2020, 2pm-3pm EST, broadcast and archived by CKUT radio.
Speakers Mikiki, Modibo Kadalie and Alexis Shotwell explore questions such as:
1. What lessons can we draw from historical movements about countering a policing and containment approach to pandemic?
2. What does harm reduction and collective care look like in our current context?
3. Autonomy, self-determination, and community accountability are all central anarchist principles. Given the current context, what do you see as the contradictions between these principles and can they be reconciled?
Mikiki, Modibo Kadalie and Alexis Shotwell
Mikiki is a performance and video artist and queer community health activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Newfoundland, Canada. Their identity as an artist is informed and intrinsically linked to their history of work as a sexual health educator and harm reduction worker. Mikiki’s creative themes often address safer sex negotiations, identity construction, attitudes about drug use, disclosure of sexual identity and health status, community building through skills sharing, testimonial, and storytelling.
Modibo M. Kadalie, PhD, is a noted activist, political theorist, and social ecologist, known to be a long-time critic of the nation-state and the sham that is “representative democracy.” He is the author of Pan-African Social Ecology (OOOA Press, 2019) and Internationalism, Pan-Africanism, and the Struggle of Social Classes (One Quest Press, 2000). Dr. Kadalie has worked for over thirty-five years in higher education and has been active in radical politics for over fifty years. In the late 1960s, he was a member of the central staff of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers of Detroit, Michigan, a founding member of the International African Liberation Support Committee and a North American delegate to the 6th Pan-African Congress. In the 1970s he participated in many labor self-organization movements in Atlanta, Georgia. In the 1980s, he helped with the self-organization of armed defense groups in the Atlanta Housing Projects during the crisis of the child murders. And in the 1990s, he helped to mobilize the Savannah community during the massive Tridium spill in the Savannah River from the upriver Savannah River Nuclear Plant, among many other campaigns. Currently, Dr. Kadalie is the founding convener of the Autonomous Research Institute for Direct Democracy and Social Ecology.
Alexis Shotwell teaches and writes in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin land, where she’s a part of the Punch Up anarchist collective (punchupcollective.org). She is the co-investigator for the AIDS Activist History Project (aidsactivisthistory.ca), and author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times.