BrownTown shares space with Tanvi Kapatral of Dissenters, a national youth-led anti-militarism grassroots organization. The team talks anti-militarism organizing, narrative-building, and working towards a world where we actually fund live-giving services, not endless wars. Originally recorded March 2, 2020.
Tanvi Kapatral was born and raised in Chicago. She began organizing at 15, as a member of Chicago Desi Youth Rising. She is currently on a break from college and utilizing this gap year to get further involved in Chicago organizing, particularly on issues surrounding the oppression of minorities in India and the rise of Hindu Nationalism. She is a member of Dissenters, a national youth-led anti-war movement that is working to put pressure on college campuses and other institutions to divest from endless wars and reinvest in life and healing. Her other interests include classical South Asian dance and music, and studying the usage of psychedelic therapy on addiction, anxiety, and trauma. She hopes to eventually pursue her PhD in Psychology.
BrownTown shares space with Tanvi Kapatral as the team talks anti-militarism organizing, narrative-building, and working towards a world where we actually fund live-giving services, not endless wars. Tanvi explains Dissenters organizing strategy of mobilizing on college campuses and other institutions while critiquing and resisting the military-industrial complex in all its forms. By finding commonalities between other clubs that also are oppressed from war (i.e. environmental club learning the US military is the world's largest institutional green houses gas emitter), they can broaden their coalition. The gang discusses the importance of narrative-building and storytelling in everything from activism to Hollywood blockbusters. While much of Dissenters' work targets the top five institutional war profiteers, they spend time analyzing the revolving door between government and corporate executives as well as the dialectic of war and US coups that keeps it all going.
War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Now that that's understood, how do we resist, reclaim, restore, and love? Here's their take. Originally recorded March 2, 2020.
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CREDITS: Intro song War (What is it good for) by Edwin Starr. Outro song Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine. Audio engineering by Genta Tamashiro.
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