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Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 17:53:00 -0400
Subject: Tidbits: July 23, 2003
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Tidbits: July 23, 2003


Alliance of Radical Academic/Intellectual Organizations
October 4, 2003, in New York City

The Alliance of Radical Academic/Intellectual
Organizations invites all collectives, caucuses, and
organizations--i.e., all groups working in, around, in
spite of institutions of higher education--and whose
members are in agreement with the principles in the
draft Statement of Purpose (see at end)--to participate
in a founding meeting of the organization on October 4,
2003, in New York City, at a location to be announced.
Final decisions regarding the statement of purpose,
name, and activities of the organization will be based
on discussions at the founding meeting itself,
including whether the organization is to be a loose
alliance to communicate and coordinate activities or an
organization that will initiate projects and actions on
its own.


+ To create an organizational structure to facilitate
the coordination and communication among member
organizations for action around the following themes:

* The Empire * The fiscal crisis * Repression of civil

+ To discuss and propose strategies for the following:

* Action in the academic arena * Support of research
bodies and think tanks to present new alternatives for
public debate, with an impact on policy and public


* Opening Remarks * Group Presentations/Reports and
Discussions of Themes and Strategies * Breakout into
possible Task Force groups for proposals * Proposals
and decisions: statement of purpose, organizational
structure, and actions


* Delegates chosen by academic collectives, caucuses,
and organizations in and around higher education to
represent their group formally, including groups
publishing radical scholarly academic journals, radical
caucuses organizing and already within unions, radical
caucuses within academic disciplinary and professional
organizations, and other sites where political/
intellectual work takes place. * Individuals from such
groups interested in bringing proposals back to their
organizations * Individuals interested in organizing
such groups in their academic/intellectual areas


We are radical scholars and intellectuals. Many of us
are activist-scholars and activist-intellectuals who
work in non-academic settings. Some of us are veterans
of the sixties, and some of us are younger; all of us
are active participants in today's new movements. In
2002-2003, we came together in the streets, the teach-
ins, the academic associations and elsewhere in
opposition to the "war on terrorism" and to the war-
related fiscal crisis in higher education and across
the economy; we oppose the governmental lies that
brought the U.S. into the war, and we oppose U.S.
imperialism and the emerging U.S. empire. We are deeply
concerned about growing repression and, in particular,
its impact on critical thought and expression.


An initial meeting of the Alliance, called by the
Radical Caucus of the Modern Language Association, was
held on April 19, 2003, at the City University of New
York Graduate Center. A steering committee of
volunteers was charged with the task of preparing a
draft Statement of Purpose and of organizing a Founding
Meeting for fall, 2003. The Steering Committee members
participating in these tasks include the following:

Betsy Bowman, Radical Philosophy Association Barbara
Foley, Radical Caucus of the Modern Language
Association Patricia Keeton, Radical Caucus of the
Modern Language Association Jesse Lemisch, Historians
Against the War Yusuf Nuruddin, Brecht Forum, Research
Group on Socialism and Democracy Andor Skotnes, Radical
History Review and Historians Against the War

More than 25 people affiliated with radical academic
and intellectual organizations attended the initial
April 19 meeting, including members of the following

* Radical Caucus of the Modern Language Association *
Radical Philosophy Association * Radical History Review
* Historians Against the War * New Political Science *
Brecht Forum * Research Group on Socialism and
Democracy * Latin American Studies Association * North
American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) collective
and journal * Professional Staff Congress union of CUNY
* Union of Radical Political Economics * Working Class
special interest group, Conference on College
Composition and Communication * Caucus on Class of the
Society for Cinema and Media Studies


To obtain more information or to register for the
meeting, please email the following:


The Alliance of Radical Academic/Intellectual
Organizations is a network of educational collectives
and caucuses --brought together by the conjuncture of
the "war on terrorism"; the degradation of the economy
exacerbated by, but not totally attributable to, the
war; growing repression; and privatization and de-
funding of higher education. The goals of the Alliance
are to support the work of individual caucuses and
organizations through the establishment of a national
and possibly international organization and, through
this, to facilitate and coordinate activities on a
larger regional, national, and international basis in
response to these developments. The types of scholarly
and intellectual groupings in the Alliance are diverse,
including radical caucuses in academic disciplinary and
professional organizations; organizations publishing
radical scholarly academic journals; radical caucuses
of faculty, professionals, and graduate students both
organizing and already within unions. The Alliance
invites such organizations--as well as those who would
like to organize new groups--to join this network.
While member groups are diverse in type, all affirm the
following two principles:

First, members of the Alliance--as members of scholarly
and intellectual groups organized around radical
principles--recognize that social and economic
inequalities are built into the structure of capitalist
society. We also believe that inequalities of power
come in many other forms: racism, sexism,
ethnocentrism, xenophobia, bigotry, and discrimination
based on age, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual
orientation, creed, and native language. Alliance
members oppose all these forms of oppression and

Second, members of the Alliance commit themselves to
the principle of activism, with priority to activism
within the educational sector because this is where
Alliance members are concentrated. We are all
activists, and we affirm the dignity and value of
intellectual work. We seek to build a better society,
free of the bigotries and inequalities mentioned above,
in which the passion for knowledge will flourish. We
believe that activism, as well as teaching, research
and writing have an important role to play in bringing
about a just and humane society. We want to establish
institutional and societal conditions that will
encourage analytic and critical thought as well as
foster the full development of human potential and
creativity. To these ends we seek to build and be part
of a re-born left.   ***** ===


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