Global Upheaval: Documents from a World in Revolt

imagesGlobal Uprisings Short Films Night One (2011–12) Directed by Brandon Jourdan and Marianne MaeckelberghMonday, October 5, 2015 7:00 p.m at the IU Cinema

In December 2010, after a Tunisian food cart vendor had his produce confiscated by the police, he set himself on fire in rebellion against repressive state forces. This single fire quickly spread into a conflagration of revolt that eventually became known as the Arab Spring. Only months later, this fire returned to the streets of Greece, while plaza occupations modeled on Cairo’s Tahrir Square were replicated across Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. SThe Greek Revolt (2011) [7 minutes]
The Oakland Commune (2012) [12 minutes]
The Battle of Oakland (2012) [22 minutes]
Madrid on the Brink (2012) [9 minutes]
Barcelona March 29th: General Strike (2012) [8 minutes]
Lisbon Calling (2012) [13 minutes]
Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014) [56 minutes]
Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014) Directed by Matt Peterson, Luhuna Carvalho, Nate LaveyA film about Tunisia and the Arab Spring, insurrection and revolution, about stability and the police, cities and unemployment, about us, about politics, about frustrations, impasses, confusions, about communication, power, youth, the future, about opposition and representation, organization and spontaneity, about suicide, about society and governance, divisions and time, about resonance, participation, survival. An essay/landscape film on the insurrection in Tunisia; with various beginnings-–2010, 1987, 1956, the present; in Ariana, Gafsa, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid, and Tunis; a series of encounters with militants, rebels, fighters, unemployed, students, unionists, council communists, Stalinists, anarchists, et al. How do you organize against nationalism, neoliberalism, and religious fundamentalism; confront the limits of democracy, insurrection, and self-organization; build communism in the immediate wake of state and economic collapse? Director Matt Peterson is scheduled to be present.

Global Uprisings Short Films Night Two

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 7:00 p.m.

After the new Egyptian State violently suppressed the revolutionary movement that brought down the former regime and American police forces evicted Occupy camps across the country, it seemed to many this wave of unprecedented international unrest was an anomaly finally coming to an end. Few expected 2013–14 would give rise to massive, leaderless insurrections across Turkey, Brazil, and Bosnia while reigniting radical social movements across the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.
Egyptian Winter (2013) [10 minutes]
The Taksim Commune (2013) [32 minutes]
Bosnia and Herzegovina in Spring (2014) [15 minutes]
Pieces of Madrid (2014) [18 minutes]
After Gezi: Erdogan and Political Struggle in Turkey (2014) [20 minutes]

from the IU Cinema.

New Reading Group on Homelessness and Urban Struggles


Received and posted:
A few of us are getting together every week to read selections on housing, homelessness, and resistance. We would love to get more people involved, and are hoping to start on the first week of October and read every week for eight weeks (time and place to be determined). The reading list is available here:
All of the reading materials will be made available online, and we will read in advance of the meeting each week.  It will be less than 100 pages a week, covering topics of housing displacement, urban theory, and homeless resistance. Feel free to participate even if you can’t read every week, or if you only have time to skim. We hope these readings can help further an ongoing conversation about the local politics of housing and homelessness here in Bloomington. If you’re interested, send an email to speermint at