What way forward for the climate struggle? reclaiming land & relation with Isa Fremeaux & Jay Jordan

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Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
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Dr. Max Haiven
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Join us for the launch of Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan's new book WE ARE 'NATURE' DEFENDING ITSELF: ENTANGLING ART, ACTIVISM & AUTONOMOUS ZONES, now out from the VAGABONDS series of Pluto Press.
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November 25 - 1 PM Eastern (10am Pacific, 7pm Central Europe)

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In early November, so-called leaders from around the world will gather in Glasgow . . . to do precious little to prevent the worldwide calamity of climate chaos. They will no doubt claim their hands are tied by the invisible handcuffs of the market, which insists that the wealth of the privileged must come before the needs of the earth.

In the streets outside the convention, you will find Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan of the Laboratory for the Insurrectionary Imagination: veteran social movement coordinators, educators and strategists and co-authors of the newly published **We Are ‘Nature’ Defending Itself: Entangling Art, Activism and Autonomous Zones.**

In that book they detail their exodus from capitalist complicity through the struggle for the ZAD: a fierce autonomous zone in Western France that, for forty years, has been a beacon for the radical imagination.

One part revolutionary memoire, one part manual of subversive art, one part love letter to the land itself, We Are ‘Nature’ Defending Itself shows us that there is an alternative to hopelessness when we overcome our fear and build real solidarity with one another and with the earth of which we are part.

Hosted by RiVAL: The ReImagining Value Action Lab (http://reimaginingvalue.ca) and Lakehead University's Social Justice Studies program Symposium.
Facilitated by Tina Munroe and Dr. Max Haiven of RiVAL: The ReImagining Value Action Lab.
Part of Lakehead University's Year of Climate Action (https://www.lakeheadu.ca/yoca)

We Are ‘Nature’ Defending Itself: Entangling Art, Activism and Autonomous Zones
By Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan

Published as part of the VAGABONDS series by Pluto Press, in cooperation with the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest

In 2008, as the storms of the financial crash started to blow, Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan deserted the metropolis and their academic jobs, embarking on a journey across Europe in search for postcapitalist utopias. They wanted their art activism to no longer be uprooted.

They arrived at a place French politicians had declared “lost to the republic”, known by those who inhabited it as la ZAD (the ‘zone to defend’): a messy but extraordinary canvas of commoning, illegally occupying 4,000 acres of wetlands where an international airport was planned.

In 2018, the 40-year struggle snatched an incredible victory, defeating the infrastructure project through a powerful cocktail that merged creation and resistance.

More information: http://vagabonds.xyz/wandi