"The Municipalist Moment" with Yvonne Yen Liu

Next System Speaker Series

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM EDT
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Yvonne Yen Liu, co-founder and research director of the Solidarity Research Center, joins us online via Zoom Tuesday, April 12th for Mason's 2022 Next System Speaker Series.

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Yvonne Yen Liu is co-founder of the Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that develops solidarity economies for using data science, story-based strategy, and action research, working at the intersection of racial justice and solidarity economies.

The Solidarity Research Center is engaged with a number of projects, including the Asian American Solidarity Economies, Research Justice Collective, the Solidarity Economy Study Group, and Solidarity Los Angeles. Yen Liu joins us to discuss a new project, The Municipalism Learning Series

In 1992, four white police officers were acquitted in the beating of a Black man named Rodney King. The incident touched a nerve in the Los Angeles, lighting a powder keg of long-held disappointment of Black and Latinx communities in city institutions purporting to serve the people. In the years that followed, autonomous organizations emerged at the frontlines of racial capitalism, from tenant unions and solidarity networks to resistance movements led by the unhoused.

Thirty years later, over a hundred socialists have been elected to the city’s neighborhood councils, vowing to defund the police and expand social housing. For Yen Liu, therefore, this is "The Municipalist Moment." The movement to gain democratic control of cities and towns is ascendant from Los Angeles to Barcelona to Jackson, Mississippi. People are crafting municipalist platforms, reclaiming the right to the city, and self-organizing as rebel cities.

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Hosted by Arlington Fellows at Mason.

Sponsored by Next System Studies at Mason, Center for Social Science Research, Sociology and Anthropology, Movement Engaged Research Hub.

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