“Killers on the Road: The Untold History of Drive-By America” PANEL (w/ MCM) in NYC, 5/1!

Tomorrow night, at the McNally Jackson Bookstore!

News from Underground:
Killers on the Road: The Untold History of Drive-By America

Start: 05/01/2012 7:00 pm

Ginger Strand (Killer on the Road) and Josh Ozersky (Colonel Sanders and the American Dream) will be here for a panel discussion on “Killers on the Road: The Untold History of Drive-By America.” Miller, a professor at NYU and author of many books on politics and cultural history, hosts News from Underground, a monthly series here at McNally Jackson. In these tense times, there are many topics of extreme importance that the corporate media tends to ignore or misreport; the panel discussions of News from Underground are here to deal honestly with these forbidden issues.


McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince St.
(b/t Mulberry & Lafayette)
New York, New York
May 1st — 7:00 pm

One thought on ““Killers on the Road: The Untold History of Drive-By America” PANEL (w/ MCM) in NYC, 5/1!”

  1. Also today being covered by Fire Dog Lake:


    Live Blog: Occupy Movement’s May Day Actions (#M1GS)
    By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 1, 2012 7:03 am

    (photo: Occupy Chicago)

    It is the day that many participants in the Occupy movement have been waiting for, the moment that many organizers have been hoping would lead to a renewal of energy: May Day.

    Dustin M. Slaughter and I will be live blogging May Day. We will be doing shifts. But, first, before we get to live blogging, here are some quick thoughts:

    May Day has traditionally been known as a day of mass workers’ strikes – otherwise known as the General Strike. But in an economy where, by some estimates, the unemployment rate hovers at close to 13%, and many Americans are precariously underemployed, how will the Occupy movement redefine what a General Strike looks like?



    Dustin M. Slaughter of the David and Goliath Project has been invited to blog at The Dissenter with Kevin Gosztola throughout May Day.



    FDL Movie Night: How to Start a Revolution
    By: Lisa Derrick

    Noble Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp is a kindly, orchid-growing octogenarian who literally wrote the book on non-violent overthrow of dictatorships. Jailed for nine months in 1953 for protesting the Korean War draft, Sharp went on to write The Politics of Nonviolent Action and twelve other books, including the seminal From Dictatorship to Democracy, a 93-page document that lays out 198 steps to toppling dictators. Available for free download in 40 languages, From Dictatorship to Democracy was written in 1993 to aid the Burmese freedom movement.

    How to Start a Revolution delves into Sharp’s influence, from Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Burma, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan through Egypt and Syria. Leaders in Iran and Venezuela see him as a dangerous man, those who wish to change their governments recognize the profound logic in this theories: Dictators stay in place because of the inaction and acceptance of the populace. Withdrawing cooperation with the government, change can occur. Sharp says:

    Psychological weapons, social weapons, economic weapons and political weapons [are] ultimately more powerful against oppression, tyranny and violence.

    Sharp’s colleague, Retired U.S. Army Colonel Robert Helvey, who was sent by sent by the International Republican Institute to teach seminars in nonviolent strategy for a group of Otpor students in Serbia, recounts his experiences training the students in nonviolence, while Sharp’s assistant at the Albert Einstein Institute–based on the first floor of Sharp’s Boston townhouse– Jamila Raqib, explains her reason for being so dedicated to Sharp and his work.

    Director Ruaridh Arrow, our guest tonight, tells of his trip to Egypt’s Tahir Square during the revolution there:

    When I finally reached one of the organisers he initially refused to talk about Sharp on camera. He feared that wider knowledge of a US influence would destabilise the movement but confirmed that the work had been widely distributed in Arabic.

    The key to how to start a revolution is more that just printing signs in English and having symbolic colors and logos, all of which are very useful, but rather to remember:

    Dictators are never as strong as they tell you they are. People are never as weak as they think they are.


    Gene Sharp
    The Albert Einstein Institute


    The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world.

    We are committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action.

    Our goals are to understand the dynamics of nonviolent action in conflicts, to explore its policy potential, and to communicate this through print and other media, translations, conferences, consultations, and workshops.

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