Webinar Part One: Narratives and Strategies for Resisting Divide & Conquer Tactics

In Part One of our Webinar Series, we break down Divide & Conquer tactics and outline resistance strategies, utilizing storytelling as a way of better understanding how these tactics can impact our communities. Below are readings, recording, and resources.


Prior to viewing the first webinar, we recommend downloading our Recommended Reading packet

The recommended readings are also available online:

1. No Plans to Abandon Our Freedom Dreams is Linda Burnham’s searing piece on refusing to make concessions to racism, heterosexism, xenophobia, Christian supremacy, or misogyny while building resistance to the attacks on all workers. A shorter version of this article is available here.

2. The Combahee River Collective Statement is the foundational thinking on intersectional movement building was gifted to us by the Black Feminist Combahee River Collective in this statement written in 1977.



Click here to access the recording of the first webinar, and while you're at it, utilize our Reflection Guide.

Download our useful handout that breaks down Divide and Conquer.

Here is the slide deck presentation that goes along with the webinar.

Many thanks to our guests, Coya White Hat-Artichoker and Toussaint Losier along with our very own Lydia Pelot-Hobbs for sharing stories of resistance with us! 



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After viewing the first webinar, we recommend the following articles:

1. How Racism Explains America's Class Divide by Tim Wise

2. Hetero-patriarchy and the the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Re-thinking Women of Color Organizing by Andrea Smith

3. V'ahavta, a prayer/poem by Aurora Levins Morales



If you'd like to suggest additional articles, books, videos, and more, please contact us at info[at]aorta.coop!

Bacon's Rebellion:

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn: Includes a section on Bacon's Rebellion, which Toussaint Losier talks about during the webinar.

Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance:

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Includes more about the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance, which Coya White Hat-Artichoker discusses during the webinar.

How to Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective by Kelly Hayes

How to support Standing Rock and confront what it means to live on stolen land, by Berkley Carnine and Liza Minno Bloom

Prison Abolition:

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

Organizing the Prisons in the 1960s and 1970s, a three-part roundtable discussion with Dan Berger, Alan Eladio Gómez, Garrett Felber, Toussaint Losier, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Tony Platt, and Heather Ann Thompson. Editor: Jessie Kindig.  

Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion by Judah Schept