Why Don't the Poor Rise Up?

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Author: Ajamu Nangwaya
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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (August 8, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184935278X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849352789
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches

Why don't the poor rise up? Even mainstream media like the New York Times and The Economist have recently posed this question, uneasily amazed that capitalism hasn't met with greater resistance. In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways. With contributions from Idle No More organizer Alex Wilson, noted Italian autonomist Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Cooperation Jackson organizer Kali Akuno, Cape Town-based anarchists Aragorn Eloff and Anna Selmeczi, and sixteen other scholars and activists from around the world, including a Foreword by Affiong Limene Affiong, Nigerian co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan-Afrikan Women's Solidarity Network, Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? presents a truly global range of perspectives that explore the question of revolution, its objective and subjective prerequisites, and its increasing likelihood in our time.


"Each of these essays is a sharpened weapon for the battles looming large on the horizon." —George Ciccariello-Maher, author of Building the Commune


"Combining the most creative thought from the global North and South, Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? promises to be an indispensable resource for understanding why the new revolutionary movement of the 21st century will emerge from the ranks of the most marginalized by capitalism and colonialism." —Ajamu Baraka, editor of Black Agenda Report


“Capitalism is not the answer to poverty but rather its cause! This collection presents diverse global and radical perspectives on the poor and poverty, while demonstrating concretely how and why the poor do rise up! Importantly, the collection presents strategies for building social movements of the radical Left that are a meaningful alternative to the populist right currently in ascendancy.” —Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins, Catholic theologian, Kingston, Jamaica


About the Author

Ajamu Nangwaya , Ph.D., is an educator at Seneca College. Ajamu has over 25 years of experience in community organizing and advocacy. He is a former VicePresident of CUPE Ontario, held leadership position in CUPE Local 3907, former member in CUPE Local 3902 and served as a VicePresident of CUPE Toronto District Council.

He is currently an organizer with the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence. He is a columnist with Share newspaper. His writings have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Star, CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Huffington Post, Rabble.ca, Pride newspaper, and Briarpatch magazine, the Black Agenda Report, Truthout, NOW Magazine and Pambazuka News.

Michael Truscello , Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in English and General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His academic interests include anarchism, the politics and poetics of infrastructure, petroculture, media studies, and technology studies. In 2013, he coedited a special issue of Anarchist Studies on “anarchism and technology” with Uri Gordon. In 2011, he produced the documentary film Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity . He is the author of The Infrastructure Society (MIT Press, forthcoming).