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
“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
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.
Sarah Jaffe, ‘We Triggered Something Epic: The Fight for 15 and Beyond,” Interview with Naqquasia LeGrand, Common Dreams, August 8th, 2016.
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.
Mae Ngai, “A Call for Sanctuary,”Dissent, November 22, 2016
Mustafa Bayoumi, “Donald Trump’s Executive Order Means He is Now officially gunning for Muslims“Guardian, January 27, 2017
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.
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)
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.
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.