Subsistence is Resistance: Maroons and Their Legacy

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This practical webinar, facilitated by Mel Figueroa, is an introduction to the little-understood but incredibly important legacy of self-liberated communities throughout the Americas since 1492.

Known in colonial parlance as "fugitive slave" communities, maroons were often regarded as dangerous spaces of crime and rebellion; relatively isolated communities in inaccessible mountains and swamps created by Africans in the New World who ran away from colonial enslavement. This common moniker does not do justice to the rich, diverse, ecologically complex, and economically networked character of these communities, and to the effectiveness and importance of these communities to wider national liberation and abolition struggles. The self-liberated Africans who created these communities often joined with indigenous peoples evading the contemporaneous genocides of the era, and even with landless Europeans who sought a better life than indenture and penury within the developing capitalist economy.

Join us to explore this fascinating and inspiring history of a resistance movement that has endured since the dawn of colonialism and capitalism itself, and discuss the lessons we, as communities in resistance, can draw from its legacy today as we face the consequences of climate change and an increasingly authoritarian capitalism in decline.

This webinar is taught by Mel Figueroa. Please write to Mel with any questions you may have.

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April 12th, 2019 7:30 PM through  9:30 PM
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Household income $100,000 and up $ 45.00
Household income $60,000-$99,999 $ 37.00
Household income $30,000-$59,999 $ 30.00
Household income $15,000-$29,999 $ 20.00
Household income $0-$14,999 $ 15.00
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