MAKING OUR IDEAL AMERICA:

Conversations on Coalition-Building

The Assembly is dedicated to building community and fostering conversation with each of our works. In addition to recounting the troubled tale of the 1960s student movement, we are excited to embark on an in-depth conversation series focused on tools for coalition-building in today’s world. We invite audiences to join us at JACK, one of New York’s most diverse and inclusive performance spaces, to take a new look at America’s bygone revolutionaries and to listen to the current leaders of our own urgent moment
 
The discussions will run approximately 20 minutes and take place immediately following performances of HOME/SICK. 
Sunday, March 12th

TOWN HALL

Join us at 6:45 on Sunday (immediately following our matinee performance) for a moderated open forum where we'll explore how artists can respond to the new political climate, how our artistic missions are changing, and ways to promote inclusion. No registration necessary--just show up. Bring your ideas, concerns, friends, and fellow artists.

Wednesday, March 15th

DALE HO

Dale Ho is the Director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. His work includes litigation to combat voter suppression and legislative advocacy to open new opportunities for participation for the historically disenfranchised. Dale supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation nationwide, with active cases in over a dozen states throughout the country. He has litigated cases under the federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act, including Shelby County v. Holder (defending the constitutionality of Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court); Ohio NAACP v. Husted (challenging early voting cutbacks in Ohio); Frank v. Walker (challenging Wisconsin's voter ID law); League of Women Voters of NC v. North Carolina (challenging cutbacks to early voting and the elimination of same-day registration in North Carolina).

Thursday, March 16th

BILL AYERS &
BERNARDINE DOHRN

Bill Ayers is an American elementary education theorist and co-founder of the Weather Underground. After participating in the "Days of Rage" protests and "War Council" meeting in FlintMichigan, he spent the next decade underground. participating in the 1971 bombing of the Capitol building and the 1972 bombing of the Pentagon. After coming out of hiding in 1980, Ayers studied early childhood education at Bank Street College of Education. He received his master’s degree in 1984 and is a retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2003, he published Fugitive Days: A Memoir.

Bernadine Dohrn spent three years on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List from 1970 to 1973 for her involvement with the Weather Underground. The first law student organizer for the National Lawyers Guild, Dohrn served as the Inter-organizational Secretary of SDS before leading the Weatherman faction. Dohrn was a principal signatory on the Weather Underground's "Declaration of a State of War" in May 1970 and remained underground until 1980. After turning herself into the authorities, she founded the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC), Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law, where she taught until 2013.

Friday, March 17th
MARK RUDD

Mark Rudd led the legendary occupation of five buildings at Columbia University in 1968, a dramatic act of protest against the university's support for the Vietnam War and its institutional racism. As chairman of the Columbia chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, Rudd went on to become a national symbol of student revolt. In 1969, he co-founded the Weathermen faction of SDS, which helped organize the notorious Days of Rage in Chicago. Rudd went underground in 1970 and eventually surrendered to the authorities in 1977. After serving a brief jail sentence, he moved to New Mexico where he became an instructor of mathematics at Central New Mexico Community College. In 2009, he published Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen.

Saturday, March 18th
MARLA PAINTER

"Organizing for the Long Haul," a 2-hour afternoon workshop with activists Mark Rudd and Marla Painter from 2-4 on Saturday.
(Space is limited for this event. To sign up, please email us here)

Marla Painter is a life-long environmental activist and community and political organizer. Formerly a member of the Foresta Institute for Ocean and Mountain Studies and the Executive Director of the Rural Alliance for Military Accountability (RAMA) from 1990 to 1994, she currently consults on strategic planning and organizational development for non-profits. She is the co-author of "Taking Charge: A Community Action Guide to the Environmental Impact Statement Process."

Sunday, March 19th
 
DYLAN MARRON

Dylan Marron is an IFP Gotham Award & Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer, and video maker. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, an alum of the New York Neo Futurists, and the creator of of "Every Single Word" (Tumblr's "Most Viral Blog" of 2016; Shorty Award Nominee), a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color. He is a writer & correspondent at Seriously.tv, where he created Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People, Shutting Down Bullsh*t, and the Unboxing series.

Wednesday, March 22nd

STEPHEN DUNCOMBE

Stephen Duncombe is Professor of Media and Culture at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications at the Steinhardt School of New York University. He is the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of six books, including Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy; Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture; The Bobbed Haired Bandit: Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York; the Cultural Resistance Reader; White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race; and (Open) Utopia. He is currently co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, a research and training institute that helps activists to think more like artists and artists to think more like activists.

Thursday, March 23rd

AZIZ DEHKAN

Aziz Dehkan is the Executive Director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition.  In 1976, Aziz built a passive-solar house and started one of the first organic farms in New Jersey. His early community activism was as a member of his local planning board, and then serving as a Board member on two nonprofit agencies devoted to helping women recover from domestic abuse and breaking the cycle of poverty. He has worked for many social and environmental organizations including the Humane Society of the United States; the NYC Coalition for the Homeless; STRIVE which promotes effective workforce development opportunities; The Fortune Society, empowering the formerly incarcerated through services and advocacy; Compassion & Choices which is dedicated to comprehensive end-of- life choices and Mother Jones. With his wife, Barbara Moss, he also consults for Solitary Watch which exposes solitary confinement abuses in prisons; United 4 Iran a human rights organization and Peace Action Network. He is also helping organize the Food and Farm Justice hub of the Peoples Climate Movement rally April 29th in Washington DC.

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