Category: Toykit

“You can either talk about it as having a kind of toolbox or also talk about it as having a kind of toy- box. With my kids, most of what they do with toys is turn them into props. They are constantly involved in this massive project of pretending. And the toys that they have are props for their pretending. They don’t play with them the right way – a sword is what you hit a ball with and a bat is what you make music with. I feel that way about [conceptual and theoretical] terms. In the end what’s most important is that the thing is put in play. What’s most important about play is the interaction… If you pick them up you can move into some new thinking and into a new set of relations, a new way of being together, thinking together. In the end, it’s the new way of being together and thinking together that’s important, and not the tool, not the prop. Or, the prop is important only insofar as it allows you to enter; but once you’re there, it’s the relation and the activity that’s really what you want to emphasize.” – Fred Moten

Hedge Schools and Study against Colonialism in Irish History

The first episode of 5 Wednesdays is the story of the hedge school the 18th Century Irish radical education movement. Occupy University has chosen to start this series examining a tradition of hedge school masters, uncertified and in opposition to Church and British State which both kept alive a cultural heritage and laid the foundations for the next century of political and social upheaval.

Patrick Bresnihans engaging and enjoyable talk is education and storytelling combined in the finest Irish tradition. Shot in the theatre at the back of the Ireland Insitute the video also includes nearly all of the informative and engaged discussion after the talk. There are two brief omissions from the ‘as live’ document for technical reasons.


How the Colombian student movement won

From the Preorg! blog, published 21 May 2013. Original at: In 2011 the Colombian government proposed a sweeping marketization program for the Colombian higher education system, including allowing private capital to invest in public universities. Students across the country rose up to fight the proposals. By the end of the year the protests against the reform had forced the government… Read more →


Not Your Academy: Occupation and the Futures of Student Struggles

Originally published in Is This What Democracy Looks Like? Social Text Periscope issue. Read the original here: Not Your Academy: Occupation and the Futures of Student Struggles By Zach Schwartz-WeinStein This essay has been tasked by the editors of this dossier with answering what it would mean should the Occupy movement’s contributions to radical democracy permeate contemporary student struggles. This is… Read more →


The CLASSE Manifesto (2012)

From: Share Our Future – The CLASSE Manifesto (2012) For months now, all over Quebec, the streets have vibrated to the rhythm of hundreds of thousands of marching feet. What started out as a movement underground, still stiff with the winter consensus, gathered new strength in the spring and flowed freely, energizing students, parents, grandparents, children, and people with and… Read more →


Creativity Nets Contract for NYU Grad Workers  (article)

See the original at Labor Notes: Creativity Nets Contract for NYU Grad Workers April 10, 2015 / Daniel Aldana Cohen and Natasha Raheja This week, teaching and research assistants at New York University again became the only graduate workers at a U.S. private university with a union contract. The contract includesmajor gains for all 1,200 members of GSOC-UAW Local… Read more →


Yes Lab What is the Yes Lab? At the moment, the Yes Lab is mainly a series of brainstorms and trainings to help activist groups carry out media-getting creative actions, focused on their own campaign goals. It’s a way for social justice organizations to take advantage of all that we Yes Men have learned-not only about our own ways of doing… Read more →