Reception 6:00; Panel 6:30-8:30 pm
Direct action—from sit-ins, occupations, and blockades to tree-spiking, theft of government documents, and Internet hacktivism—has played a crucial but changing role in U.S. political movements from the mid-20th century to today. STPEC is proud to host a panel discussion with four activists and organizers from the Pioneer Valley who have participated in direct action to resist war, torture, racism, police violence, home foreclosures, and nuclear power. Their experiences shed light on the different philosophies that have guided direct action over time and on the different risks and stakes for activists based on race, gender, sexuality, age, and class.
Presented by the Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) at UMass Amherst as part of the Social Science Matters Series on Resistance, organized by the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences