Anger and Activism: Fire and Fuel

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The BRECHT FORUM 388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

(212) 242-4201,

Co-hosted by the Third Root Education Exchange
Anger and Activism: Fire and Fuel
Panelists: Sumitra Rajkumar, Jay Toole, Penny Arcade, Ethan Nichtern & Gaurav Jashnani. Facilitated by Lisa Garrett of Roadmap Consulting

Does anger at gentrification, healthcare discrimination, police brutality piss you off? Is anger something you work with skillfully, to empower and emblazon your activism? Have you had conflict within your organizational work where powerful feelings were evoked but not held well? Have you sat with your own anger at oppression in the world long enough for it to dissipate? Is your anger held against you or presumed to be illegitimate because of your race or gender?

At the New School's public dialogue between bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry, "Black Female Voices", and at the Brecht Forum's "What Do We Mean When We Say Privilege, Ally & Comrade?" panel, both held in October in New York, pain and anger within our movement and our spiritual work arose as a significant question for our justice and liberation work, inside and out. There is a lot to say, so let's take a minute of pause on February 5 to talk about anger.

This is a panel discussion amongst prominent and experienced organizers and spiritual teachers, to explore the ways in which anger contributes to our movements, and the ways in which it burns us out. The intention is to bring together spiritual practice communities and activist communities to see what we can learn from each other about utilizing anger, taking care of our anger, digging beneath anger, moving through anger, transcending anger.

Sumitra Rajkumar of Social Justice Leadership
Jay Toole formerly of Queers for Economic Justice
Penny Arcade
Ethan Nichtern of the Interdependence Project
Gaurav Jashnani of the Challenging Male Supremacy Project

Facilitated by Lisa Garrett of Roadmap Consulting

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers