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Author Aric McBay on Building Movements to Win

Author Aric McBay

In one of the province’s largest acts of civil disobedience, hundreds blocked a roadway as part of the Save the Prison Farms campaign in Kingston, on Aug. 8, 2010. Aric McBay was one of them.

He also co-ordinated the vital Community on Watch Station there. He is featured in the related documentary Til the Cows Come Home, produced by County resident and past municipal councillor, Lenny Epstein.

Now, nine years to the day from the Prison Farm blockade, on Thursday, August 8th, 2019, Aric McBay will be at the Picton Town Hall.

The seasoned activist, organizer, author, and farmer will speak on “Building Movements and Fighting to Win”, the subject of his latest book, Full Spectrum Resistance, published by Seven Stories Press.

“In a time when human rights and our living planet are under attack, only powerful social movements and resistance movements can fight back and ensure a future of social and environmental justice,” says McBay.

“The talk by Aric will inspire us,” says the evening’s organizer Christine Renaud, “and make us more effective, help us fight and win struggles not only for the planet, but for justice and equality.”

Renaud notes his two-volume book leads readers through key lessons of movements through history and around the world.

“Full of stirring case studies and practical checklists, it showcases the hard won lessons that movements for justice and freedom have learned.

Volume one provides practical terms of how movements organize and succeed and explores how they approach political struggle, recruit members, and structure themselves to get things done and be safe.

Volume two lays out how movements develop critical capacities and how they plan and carry out successful actions and campaigns. These will be the basis for his presentation.”

McBay will be at the Picton Town Hall on August 8, at 7pm. The event is free of charge and everyone is invited to arrive earlier at 5:30 p.m. for a free community meal hosted by Food Not Bombs. Books will be available for sale.


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