Ecosocialist Horizons Hour: April 17th, 2013

April 17, 2013

This week’s program continues the discussion of ecosocialism as spiritual practice with an emphasis on cultures of resistance. We will look at cultural production and artistry as spaces in which spiritualities are produced that challenge the triple-headed evil of racism, militarism, and materialism. We will analyze the cultural resources through which ecosocialist ethics can ground itself, with an emphasis on the musical world of jazz and hip-hop, and the dissident theatre of Bread and Puppet.

We are joined over the airwaves by Ryan Williams-Virden. Ryan, from Northeast Minneapolis, is the oldest son of a waitress and a cook and grew up with a high degree of class-consciousness. The heavily immigrant neighborhood of Northeast, combined with the influence of hip hop, provided the framework for his racial understanding. Ryan has dedicated his adult life to teaching, artistry and organizing, while touring the country promoting Red DOTT, a spoken-word CD he released as a member of Poetic Assassins. He also has led and facilitated workshops, discussions and lectures on racial and economic justice. Listen in to help us build a movement to overcome “the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced!”

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