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Thursday, July 2 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
On stolen land: Primitive accumulation and the dispossession of Native lands

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The US nation state came into being on the backs of millions of Black bodies stolen into slavery as well as genocidal practices against the Indigenous Peoples of this continent. Lands and resources held in common by Indigenous Peoples were forcefully turned into private property through colonial and then capitalist expansion using slaughter, violence, war and by newly constitutional legal means of States and the Federal Government. As revolutionaries Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg both described, capitalist accumulation by ripping people from the land and the means of sustenance was never a natural process but one based on brute force, coercion and oppression — this is part of the bloody history of the US Nation State.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Europe and the People Without History by Eric R. Wolf
Capital: Vol. 1 A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx

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Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson is Native American Marxist, member of the ISO, and author in the Bay Area. She writes and speaks about Native American resistance and politics, particularly in relation to climate justice. She has been active in movements for LGBTQ Liberation, Palestinian Solidarity, and others against war, racism, and imperialism.

Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Grant Park A