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Sunday, July 5 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Riots and Revolutions: Is violence necessary to change society?

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As protests raged over the past year in Ferguson and Baltimore the burning of the Quick Trip and the uprising in Baltimore raised there was much discussion in the corporate media about a supposed distinction between "good protesters" who were nonviolent and "bad protesters" who were not. Though an utterly divisive distinction it raised questions about the relationship of violence to social change. This talk will explore that relationship and look at the role of violence in changing society from riots to revolutions.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Their Morals and Ours by Leon Trotsky
This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible by Charles E. Cobb Jr.

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brian bean

brian bean is a Chicago-based activist and contributor to Socialist Worker.org and Jacobin magazine.

Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
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