[URBANTH-L]CFP: Young Political Activists' Perspectives on Social Change

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Fri Feb 9 18:13:37 EST 2007

The following cfp may be of interest to anthropology students.


What comes to mind when you see pictures of Huey P. Newton holding a
shotgun? Or the images of mass marches against the Vietnam War? Or how about
the students taking over Columbia University in '68?

Our generation has grown up in the shadow of the 1960s. The War on Iraq
strongly parallels the situation this country faced as it was bogged down in
Vietnam. The Bush administration continues its attack on a woman's right to
choose, a victory that arose from the Feminist Movement. And many people are
calling the current struggle for immigrants' rights the modern equivalent to
the Civil Rights Movement.

But how does our generation of political activists view the 1960s? What were
its strengths? What were its weaknesses? What did it achieve and what was
left out? Why did the momentum of that time finally die? And what happened
to that generation of activists and revolutionaries? There has yet to be a
collective voice from our generation that has openly attempted to answer
those questions.

Young political activists today face a complicated political climate.
Change is possible, but not easy. What lessons, both good and bad, can we
learn from the social movements of the 1960s to make sure our contemporary
activism does not go in vain?

Our goal is to compile a thorough analysis of this era. That's why we in the
Ink and Paper Collective are calling for young (30 and under) activists,
organizers, and revolutionaries of all stripes to submit letters that are
serious reflections on the 1960s. We want submissions to cover all the
particular parts of that era whether it be the Black Power movement, the
French revolt of May '68, SDS, the fight for ethnic studies in our schools,
the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Feminist movement, the Chicano movement,
the Native American movement or whatever issue you feel most passionate
about. If you have something to say, we want to hear it!

Send your submission (anywhere from 1,000 to 3,500 words), along with a
brief bio (around 75 words) to:

inkandpapercollective at gmail.com

Submissions due:        February 20th, 2007

The Ink and Paper Collective is Sam A., Javier A., and David Z.  We were
founded out of anti-war, labor, and independent media activism in our local
communities.  Some of this activism includes our participation with and
dedication to work done by groups like UCSC Students Against War, the
Student and Worker Coalition for Justice, the Labor Film Collective, and
Colectivo Media Insurgente, as well as many others. 

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