ENN 191: Art, Politics and Protest: Fall 2017 

Readings for Research Options

 Here are links to some readings and films for the three options for your research topic. You will also draw on “common readings” from the course pack above and from American Protest Literature. 

Many films are available to stream through LaGuardia’s library website or through Kanopy, which you can access from any on-campus location or through your Library account.

If you choose to find your own sources, use the weekly “check ins” response papers to discuss your findings and their relationship to your project.

Your research project will include a global text. Global texts here are marked with stars.  You will also want to think about texts that help with different parts of the paper – some that deal with the issues, some with activist responses, and some with creative/personal elements.

Option 1: Black Lives Matter 


Selection from Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. New York: Haymarket Books, 2016.  Full book available from library or on loan from Professor Tanenbaum

Selection from Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press, 2012. Full book available from library or on loan from Professor Tanenbaum

Sarah Jaffe, “The Militarization of Everything,” from Necessary Trouble, New York: Nation Books, 2016. (Link to scan forthcoming; full book available from library or on loan from Professor Tanenbaum

Primary Document: 

“A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice.” at Movement for Black Lives Website. (Global****)


Ishaan Tharoor, “Black Lives Matter is a Global Cause,” Washington Post, July 12, 2016. (Global****)

Jay Caspian King, “Our Demand is Simple: ’Stop Killing Us,’New York Times, May 4, 2015.

Darnell L. Moore, “The Price of Blackness: From Ferguson to Bed-Stuy,”Truthout, September 2014.

Alex Vitale, “What Does it Mean to Be Anti-Police?” The Nation. December 14, 2014.

Raven Rakia, “The Protester,” Medium, December 4, 2014.

Raven Rakia and Steven Hsieh, “After #Ferguson,” The Nation, October 8, 2014.

Dani McClain, “Can Black Lives Matter Win in the Age of Trump?,” The Nation, September 19, 2017.

Victoria A. Fogg, “The most Powerful Art from the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, Three Years In,” Washington Post, July 13, 2016.  Think also about following links/researching more about particular artists featured in the article who interest you. 

Carolina A. Miranda, “‘It Hasn’t Left Me’”: How Black Lives Matter Used Performance to Create Unforgettable 2016 Moments,” L.A. Times, December 15, 2016. Think also about following links/researching more about particular artists featured in the article who interest you. 


Fruitville Station  (DVD available to watch at LaGuardia Library)

13th  (Available on Netflix)

Whose Streets  (Check for Updates on Availability)


OPTION TWO:  Fight for 15 and the New Worker’s Movements 

Book Excerpts:  

Sarah Jaffe, “Walmart, Walmart, You Can’t Hide, We Can See Your Greedy Side,” from Necessary Trouble, New York: Nation Books, 2016.  (link to pdf coming soon) Full book available from library or on loan from Professor Tanenbaum.

Shiela Bapat, selection from Part of the Family?: Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights. Ig Publishing, 2014. (Link to pdf coming soon). Full book available from library or on loan from Professor Tanenbaum.

Primary Texts: 

Sarah Jaffe, ‘We Triggered Something Epic: The Fight for 15 and Beyond,” Interview with Naqquasia LeGrand, Common Dreams, August 8th, 2016.

Hamilton Noah, Gawker Stories on Working at Wal-Mart. (Part I) (Part II) 

JOMO, “Caring on Stolen Time: A Nursing Home Story,” Dissent, Winter 2013.


Michelle Chen, “We are Winning the Fight for 15,” The Nation, April 6, 2016.

 William Finnegan, “Dignity: Fast Food Workers and a New Form of Labor Activism,” New Yorker, September 15, 2014.

Abigail Savitch-Lew: “How a Group of Migrants Fought for $15 and Worker Power-  and Won” Dissent, December 23, 2015 (*** global) 

Rachel Aviv, “The Cost of Caring,” The New Yorker, April 11, 2016.  (*** global) 

Simon Arthur, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 1215today.

Labor Arts (online gallery).  Think also about following links/researching more about particular artists/art works/events featured in the gallery.


The Hand that Feeds  (Available on Netflix)

Wisconsin Rising  (Available at KanopyStreaming)  You can access Kanopy  at LaGuardia or from home using your LaGuardia email login.



OPTION THREE: Immigrant Rights 



Aviva Chomsky, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, 2014. Available from library.

David Bacon, The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration, 2013. Available from Library. (***global). 

Walter Nicholls, The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate, 2014. Available from library.

Mark Engler and Paul Engler, “The Massive Immigrant-Rights Protests of 2006 are Still Changing Politics,” LA Times, March 4, 2016.

Constance Grady Interview with Junot Diaz “Junot Diaz on Political Art and The Immigrant as Sauron,” Vox, October 2, 2016. Consider following links to other sources on aspects of the interview that interest you.

Stokely Baksh, “4 Artists Who are Reshaping America’s Immigration Debate,” Colorlines, September 20,2011. Think also about following links/researching more about particular artists featured in the article who interest you.

Primary Texts: 

Sarah Jaffe, Interview with Murad Awawdeh, The Baffler, May 11, 2017.

 Sarah Jaffe, Interview with Gloribell Mota, “We will use our non-cooperation,” The Baffler, May 1, 2017.

Sarah Jaffe, “Treat Us Like Humans: Emergency Protests Erupt Against DACA Repeal,”  Truthout, September 6th, 2017.


abUSed: The Postville Raid (Available at KanopyStreaming)

Sin Pais (Available at KanopyStreaming)(***global) 



Experiential Work 

As we discussed the first week, this class is an Urban Studies Class dedicated to experiential learning, to expanding our discussion beyond the four walls of the classroom. We will begin this work together with our field trips; I invite you to continue by attending some of the many events available on campus and throughout the city that will discuss ideas relevant to our class.

By attending one of these events and writing a short response, you can make up an absence or missing short response. Your short response should be at least 300 words. Discuss your experience at the event and how it relates to our course readings and themes. If you want to use it in your research paper, that’s great, but it’s not required.


Some Upcoming Events: 

  • The Path Home: The Hope and Heartache of Immigration Reform in 1986 and Today. Storytelling event at LaGuardia on history of immigration and relevance to today’s immigrant struggles. Little theater, Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6-8 PM. 
–   Inspiring Radical Creativity:  A Keynote Address by Young Adult novelist and Latinx, Marvel comic book writer, Gabby Rivera. Event at LaGuardia sponsored by the LGBTQIA Safe Zone Hub, the Women’s Center, and CREAR Futuros!  “On this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics.” Refreshments will be served. FREE book giveaways.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:00pm-4:00pm, Room E-242
Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement. Play by INTAR Latino Theater Company, 500 W 52nd St. Performances through October 7th.  Description of play: José and Joe are neighbors, but have never found the time to get to know one another. When José asks Joe for help, the two men become friends and finally get to know the man on the other side of the creek. But as their bond grows so does their business, and the sacrifices they once made for profit come back to bite them in the culo. What turns amigos into enemigos? What turns nations into rivals? What turns Men into Clowns?
– Unwind Through Latinx Art.   Presented by Women’s Center and CREAR Futuros who are hosting , NYC based artist, Tanya Torres at LaGuardia. She will guide participants through a relaxing art project of their own.  All art materials provided. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:00pm-6:00pm  Room E-501
Democracy & Dialogue Event:  Beyond 100 Days Join the Women’s Center and the Democracy and Dialogue Committee at LaGuardia who are hosting an interactive discussion about the political climate beyond the 100 days of the Trump Presidential Administration.  Refreshments will be served.
Monday, October 16, 2017, 2:00pm-4:30pm, Room E-500
Democracy & Dialogue Event:  Rwanda Session. Discussion of immigration policies and refugees from war torn countries. Refreshments will be served.
PART ONE: Monday, November 6, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Room E-500
PART TWO:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Room E-500
Urban Studies Conference: “Cities Rising: Fighting for Our Rights in the Age of Trump,” 
Panels by journalists, activists and professors on struggles for immigrant, LGBTQI rights and work against police violence.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Little Theater, panels at 10:30, 11:45 and 1PM.
Heather Booth: Changing the World:  A film by Lilly Rivlin 
In observance of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial, join the Women’s Center as we screen this riveting documentary by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly RIvlin, which is “an inspiring look at how social change happens.”  Refreshments will be served. 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Room E-242


Events you can always attend and write about:

  •  Meetings of Political Organizations, Community Groups addressing issues related to course themes.
  • Political Demonstrations addressing issues related to course themes.
  • Museum exhibits addressing issues related to course themes.
  • Theater events addressing issues related to course themes.
  • Discussions at bookstores/libraries/lectures at colleges addressing issues related to course themes.

If you’re unsure about whether an event qualifies or how to write about it, please see me.