“When I was growing up, I was instinctively an anarchist, an anti-capitalist, an environmentalist, but I didn’t have the language for that yet.”
Maia Ramnath joins the show to dig to root causes and root words; to climb to the crowns of trees and explore the radical sharing and decolonizing solidarity in between.
Maia Ramnath is a writer, historian, teacher, performing artist (aerialist/dancer/choreographer) and activist living in Lenapehoking (New York City). She is an editorial collective member for Institute for Anarchist Studies’s journal Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. She is the author of the books Haj to Utopia and Decolonizing Anarchism, and a contributor to anthologies including NoGods No Masters No Peripheries, The Internationalist Moment, Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics, and Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism,and is currently working on a book about the South Asian Progressive Writers movement and its international politics from anti-fascism to Afro-Asian solidarity. She has served as an instructor at the Institute for Advanced Troublemaking, and taught world history, South Asian history and writing at NYU, Penn State and Fordham University. Maia has organized for many years in various capacities around intersecting manifestations of economic justice, environmental justice, racial justice, gender justice, global justice, anti-colonial liberation, indigenous solidarity,anti-fascism, anti-capitalism, and anti-imperialism. She is still (always) struggling to figure out a more effective and accountable way to be-do-practice-make-share-learn-build-contribute-support-fight.
carla bergman and Eleanor Goldfield interview long term organizers about their watershed moments, what they have learned along the way, and how they maintain their hope on this path; dreaming and building emergent worlds for a present and future that is anchored in justice and freedom for all.