Radical Sunday School: Mapping Anarchism in China, the Netherlands, and Elsewhere

Sunday 11 February 2024, Radical Sunday School: Mapping Anarchism in China, the Netherlands, and Elsewhere. Earlier than our usual time, not at 18:00 but at 15:30.

In this session, a Chinese organizer/artist will invite participants to make a collective mapping of past and ongoing anarchist practices and events in places that are familiar, in order to find threads of cooperation and possibilities. In addition, they will bring self-published books and zines from his community in Southern China to Radical Sunday School. Through collective learning, the community they are from discovered a forgotten anarchist history in 20th century China, including collaborative actions across borders. These self-published books come from their collective writing based on these stories as well as their own practices. To make the session more convivial, they will invite participants to practice “energy waving collective” together, a game of listening to each other’s body that is modified from Tuishou (Pushing Hands), an internal Chinese martial art practice.

The formal education system affects us all. Not only are we forced to attend schools growing up, but academic research shapes our governments, our news, and how we view the world around us. As much as many of us want to believe in the promise of institutional education, the sad fact is that our schools and universities are undemocratic and elitist. They perpetuate inequalities instead of giving people the tools to fight them. This world is fucked.

Here at Radical Sunday School, though, we know that another world is possible. Everyone should be able to direct their own learning, to grow together with their communities, and to live as though they’re already free. There are countless examples of movements already putting these ideas into practice. This collective is trying to follow in their footsteps, organizing to explore new ways of learning based on principles of autonomy, mutual aid, and egalitarianism.

This is not intended to be a course that you would have to follow all the way through. Jump in and out whenever you like. Sessions will be held every Sunday, except for every second Sunday of the month (when Joe’s Garage is having an open assembly)

Radical Sunday School
radicalsundayschool [at] riseup [dot] net