Convergence / Vol. 2 No. 4

Convergence 6: Movement and Resistance

“Movement and Resistance” provides the theme of the fall issue of the A-Line. Where in the world has there not been movement over the last year from Beirut to Hong Kong, from Seattle and Portland to Kenosha and Minneapolis for one reason or another? What they all appear to have in common against the incredible backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic is widespread dissatisfaction with the state and its oppressive apparatuses that stymie populations in their expression of civic will. In the United States, for example, ongoing police brutality remains so menacingly at the forefront of domestic disorder that, as an instance of state power, it has undoubtedly provoked a crisis of authority. The national response to George Floyd’s murder on the streets of Minneapolis has set off more than a season of protest.

“Movement and Resistance,” in its breadth and depth of possibility, opens an interrogation into protest as a radical, transformative practice that looks back to the 1960s, the late Congressman John Lewis’s “good trouble,” and well ahead to an undefined, uncertain future. But what kind of future do we want in saying “no” to what is? In dismantling the status quo, what will we install in its place? What is “abolition democracy,” and what is its relationship to an emancipatory practice? What is the role of capital in the current crisis from the microbic disorder that haunts us, to the varied manifestations of the seemingly intractable disease of racism and hatred on display in the near aftermath of one most crucial elections in modern US history?

In Praise of Sedition
Christopher Winks

Notes to Self and Other Poems
Gale Jackson

from Where Here Were We
Charles Bernstein and Norman Fischer

from A History of the Bitch (AHOTB)
Tonya M. Foster

68 Seats and More: Black Women and the Myth of American Democracy
Erica R. Edwards and Sherie M. Randolph

Method and the Horizon: On Christian Parenti’s Dirigiste Radical Hamilton
Jeremy Matthew Glick

The Danger of Cheer’s Resolve
Jim Merod

Climate Catastrophes
Charles Frederick

High Tide of Activism
Harvey Young