Let This Radicalize You! A public forum on community activism

February 05, 2024

let-this-radicalize-you-book-cover.jpeg          LET THIS RADICALIZE YOU!  

                                    MARCH 1, 2024 
                                       10am to 1pm
                        Resource Center for Nonviolence 
                        OPEN AND FREE TO THE PUBLIC

On Friday, March 1, Feminist Studies hosts Kelly Hayes and Mariame Kaba, co-authors of Let This Radicalize You: Organizing and the Revolution of Reciprocal Care, for a public forum on community activism, in conversation with UCSC professors Gina Dent (FMST), Debbie Gould (SOC), and Christine Hong (CRES).

Let This Radicalize You is a practical resource intended to aid and empower activists and organizers as they map their journeys through the work of justice-making. What fuels and sustains activism and organizing when it feels like our worlds are collapsing? Hayes and Kaba, longtime organizers and movement educators, examine some of the political lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the convergence of mass protest and mass formations of mutual aid, and consider what this confluence of power can teach us about a future that will require mass acts of care, rescue and defense, in the face of myriad factors of state violence, international upheaval, and environmental disaster.

The event, open and free to the public, will be at the Santa Cruz Resource Center for Non-Violence, 612 Ocean Street. Student activists and representatives from local non-profit groups are invited to attend, and we look forward to a generative discussion on how to address the vital challenge of organizing in today’s world. Coffee and lunch will be served. REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE. 

The FMST department has purchased several copies of Let This Radicalize You, and FMST undergrad rep Syd Ferris is hosting a feminist Reading Together book circle with weekly group discussions leading up to the event on March 1. Email Syd (seferris@ucsc.edu) for info. 

This event is the first in a series of events the Feminist Studies Department is planning to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. 2024 marks 50 years since Feminist Studies was inaugurated as a field of study at UC Santa Cruz, one of the first such academic programs in the U.S.