February 1st marks the three year anniversary of the Vaughn 17 prison uprising in Smyrna, Delaware.. Now, three years later and the trials for the Vaughn 17 are over, with only 2 convictions, the remaining defendants exonerated, and two now home! One comrade has departed our world (Rest in Power Kelly Gibbs). But the work is not over until EVERY ONE is free.
To bring attention to these comrades and their plight we are writing to the remaining captives. Come join us!
For this weeks reading, we are continuing on the theme of housing and gentrification, looking at two texts:
1. Anarchism and the City by Chris Ealham, Chapter 5.1: The Struggle to Survive
Co-edited by Japanese Red Army (Red Army Faction of Japan Revolutionary Communist League) and PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine)
In 1971, Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi, both having ties to the Japanese Red Army, stopped in Palestine on their way home from the Cannes festival. There they caught up with notorious JRA ex-pats Fusako Shigenobu and Mieko Toyama in training camps to create a newsreel-style agit-prop film based off of the “landscape theory” (fûkeiron) that Adachi and Wakamatsu had developed.
The theory, most evident at work in A.K.A. Serial Killer (1969), aimed to move the emphasis of film from situations to landscapes as expression of political and economical power relations.
In 1974 Adachi left Japan and committed himself to the Palestinian Revolution and linked up with the Japan Red Army. His activities thereafter were not revealed until he was arrested and imprisoned in 1997 in Lebanon. In 2001 Adachi was extradited to Japan, and after two years of imprisonment, he was released and subsequently published Cinema/Revolution [Eiga/Kakumei], an auto-biographical account of his life.
Leila Khaled, one of the most notable revolutionaries of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) writes her memoirs and touches upon her political theories in her autobiography, “My People Shall Live.”
She is most well known for the hijacking of a TWA plane in 1968 in order to bring recognition to the suffering of her people, the Palestinians. Influenced heavily by leftist political theory and guerrilla revolutionaries like Che Guevara, Khaled sets down a stunning, and remarkable defense for her actions.
Underlying the entire work is the brutal truth about how the Palestinians were butchered, slaughtered, and dispossessed by Zionist settlers. Her logic asks the reader to consider how her hijacking can be a crime when her country was hijacked from her when she was a child?
We will be reading pps., 48-83, but also you can read as much or as little as you can!