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Sunday, July 29 • 11:00am - 12:50pm
Symbiosis: a Dual Power Network for Radical Municipalists

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This session will discuss Symbiosis' work to create a confederation of radical, directly democratic local assemblies and projects in North America. We will provide a brief and accessible overview of this project's theoretical underpinnings, proposing a transition from hierarchy to direct democracy at scale through the creation of dual-power institutions. The discussion will center real-world examples and applications to sites of lived struggle in our communities, from community land trusts to cooperatively-owned renewable energy infrastructure. Through facilitated conversation with attendees, we will crystallize the next steps to building a confederated network and a free and ecological society from the ground up in the here and now.

Presenters:
  • Eleanor Finley, she/her, @eleanorfinley16 
  • Kelly Roache, she/they, @kelly_c_roache
  • Katie Horvath, she/her, @katesville7 
  • John Michel Colón, he/him, @JMColony
  • Mason Herson-Hord, he/him, @mason_h2

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Speakers
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John Michael Colón

Symbiosis
John Michael Colón is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. His interests include avant-garde art and literature, intellectual history, heterodox economics, sociology, and publishing. He has done reporting for USA Today and the Asbury Park Press, and produced news and cultural programming... Read More →
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Eleanor Finley

Symbiosis
Eleanor Finley is a writer, speaker, activist, and radical municipalist. She is a member of the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) and Steering Committee of Symbiosis. She has written about radical democracy in diverse contexts including the Kurdish freedom movement, the United States... Read More →
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Mason Herson-Hord

Symbiosis
Mason Herson-Hord is an organizer for Motor City Freedom Riders, building power with bus riders to fight for better public transportation in Metro Detroit. His main political and academic focuses are decolonization, radical feminism, and bioregionalism. He holds a bachelor's degree... Read More →
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Katie Horvath

Symbiosis
Katie Horvath is a community organizer and writer who left institution-based organizing to work on building dual power with Symbiosis and creating the next system in Detroit. Her work has included leading a university divestment campaign, building local power in Detroit to win issues... Read More →
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Kelly Roache

Symbiosis
Kelly Roache is a community organizer with the NY Energy Democracy Alliance and Solstice, building locally-owned shared solar energy infrastructure and the movement to advance it statewide. She is a former diplomat turned municipalist, Steering Committee member of Fearless Cities... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
4th Floor Flex Space 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

Attendees (6)