Interviews

Drawing Common Ground: An Interview with Lara Bee of the Beehive Design Collective

The Beehive Design Collective uses visual imagery to record and circulate histories of struggle in order to raise awareness about systems of exploitation, build connections between oppressed groups, and inspire new directions for movements. Over the past ten years, the collective’s graphic design…

From UTA Number Twelve

Wall Street is a Way of Organizing Nature: An interview with Jason Moore

Tom Keefer

Jason W. Moore is a world historian and political economist in the Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, and Umea? Studies in Science, Technology, and Environments, at Umea? University in Sweden. H e has published widely on globalization, the history of capitalism, and…

From UTA Number Twelve

Spectrum: Autists and Activism: An Interview with Joe Biel

T.H. Vega

Joe Biel (JoeBiel.net) founded Microcosm Publishing in 1996. His neighbours were unionized, working-class Democrats who helped establish his early interest in leftist politics. However, it was not until his teens when he discovered punk rock, and later with the founding of Microcosm Publishing,…

From UTA Number Nineteen

Relationships of Resistance: An Interview with Yavar Hameed

Lydia Dobson

Yavar Hameed is an Ottawa-based lawyer specializing in immigration detention, citizenship, and security certificates. He is well-known for addressing systemic racism and Islamophobia in many legal cases with people such as Mohamed Harkat (who was under a security certificate) and Abousfian…

From UTA Number Nineteen

From Recognition to Decolonization: An Interview with Glen Coulthard

Karl Gardner and Devin Clancy

Glen Coulthard is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and an associate professor of political science and Indigenous studies at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver. Coulthard’s recent book, Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (2014) is an…

From UTA Number Nineteen

Building Community, Building Resistance: Black Lives Matter-Toronto: An interview with Sandy Hudson

Salmaan Khan

In the past year, Black Lives Matter-Toronto (BLM-TO) has emerged at the forefront of organizing against anti-Black racism in the Toronto Area, adding a new chapter to the history of Black resistance in this city. Started initially by organizing vigils for Black people killed by police in the US…

From UTA Number Eighteen (published Aug 2016)

Unpacking Inclusion and Building Queer(er) Alliances: An interview with OmiSoore H. Dryden & Suzanne Lenon

Robyn Letson & Jasmine

Since its first articulation in 2007, Jasbir Puar’s concept of “homonationalism” has been widely used by queer theorists and activists to understand, resist, and build alternatives to the cooptation of queer existence by neoliberalism. Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and…

From UTA Number Eighteen (published Aug 2016)

Grassroots Theory: 10 Years of Upping the Anti: An interview with Sharmeen Khan

Chris Dixon

Issue One of Upping the Anti (UTA) came out in the spring of 2005. For more than 10 years, the journal has carried on through many shifts in the movement landscape as well as internal organizational changes. What can we learn from the first decade of UTA? To delve into this question, long-time…

From UTA Number Eighteen (published Aug 2016)

Collective Action Behind Bars: A history of jail solidarity and its importance for today's social change movements

Kris Hermes

UTA NOTE: With the Republican and Democratic Conventions just weeks away, Upping the Anti is pleased to pre-release Kris Hermes article on jail solidarity. Feel free to download this article as a pamphlet to distribute here You can also download a screen-friendly version here.

About the author:…

From UTA Number Eighteen (published Aug 2016)

Can’t Even Slow This Down - Ten Years of Feminist Print with Shameless Magazine : Interviews with Nicole Cohen, Melinda Mattos, and Sheila Sampath

Elise Thorburn

Canada has a longstanding history of feminist print publications, many with longevity that rivals their mainstream/corporate counterparts. Toronto-based Broadside ran from 1979-1989, and the Vancouver Status of Women-funded Kinesis published 10 issues a year from 1974-2001. These magazines and…

From UTA Number Seventeen

Indigenous Sovereignty Fuels Pipeline Resistance: An Interview with Freda Huson and Toghestiy of the Unist’ot’en Camp

Amani Khalfan

When Canada’s fossil fuel industry launched an aggressive plan to turn the country into a major energy exporter and triple tar sands production by 2030, few of its supporters could have foreseen the Indigenous-led resistance that has now delayed or blocked almost every proposed mega-pipeline.…

From UTA Number Seventeen

Dispatches from the O-platz Eviction

Kieran Aarons and Lulu

The following interviews were conducted on April 18 and 19, 2014, ten days after the eviction of the squatted refugee encampment at Oranienplatz (O-platz) in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.
The camp was set up in 2012 by a group of asylum seekers, mostly travelling from Lampedusa, Italy. O-platz…

From UTA Number 16

The Charter of Quebec Values, Intersectionality & Being a Black Feminist in Montreal : An Interview with Délice Igicari Mugabo

Roshan A. Jahangeer

Délice Igicari Mugabo (@UwokwaMugabo) is a Black feminist activist based in Montreal, Québec and member of C-Uni-T,1 which helped to organize “Create Dangerously,”the 2013 Congress of Black Writers and Artists at McGill University. Her research interests focus on Black girls’ identity…

From UTA Number 16

Anti-Pipeline Organizing Across Turtle Island: Interviews with Sa?kihitowin Awa?sis, Brian Tokar & Kat Stevens

Toban Black

To expand at the pace expected by its investors, the tar sands industry requires a set of pipelines that can transport raw bitumen (a form of asphalt that often is referred to as “tar sands”) to refining and upgrading facilities miles away from its origin in Alberta. This means constructing,…

From UTA Number Fifteen

Toward a Critical Trans Politics: An Interview with Dean Spade

Rob Nichols

Toward a Critical Trans Politics
An interview with Dean Spade
Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of colour who are…

From UTA Number Fourteen

Palestine Solidarity and the New Internationalism: An Interview with Jesse Rosenfeld

Faraz Vahid Shahidi

Jesse Rosenfeld is a freelance journalist who has written extensively on Israel/Palestine. He has published articles with The Nation, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera English, The Irish Times, Ha’aretz, and Foreignpolicy.com. More recently, he was on assignment reporting on the…

From UTA Number Thirteen

Revolutionary Ambition in an Age of Austerity: An Interview with Neil Smith

David Hugill

Neil Smith teaches anthropology and geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is a past director of its Center for Place, Culture and Politics. He is best known for his work on gentrification and for his interest in refining a Marxist theory of “uneven…

From UTA Number Thirteen

Lessons from CUPW on Delivering the Goods: An Interview with Mikhail Bjorge

Lorenzo Fiorto

Mikhail Bjorge is a letter carrier and shop steward for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in Edmonton, Alberta. He serves on the CUPW Edmonton Organising Committee and is the CUPW representative on the Alberta Federation of Labour’s political action committee. Lorenzo Fiorito…

From UTA Number Thirteen

Their Eyes Were ?Watching Cops: An interview with Joaquin Cienfuegos

Sharmeen Khan

Joaquin Cienfuegos is a member of Copwatch LA, the Piece Cooperative, and the Native Youth Movement. He has been organizing in Los Angeles since the age of 17. He was interviewed by Sharmeen Khan in August 2011.

Tell me about the trajectory of your activism and political consciousness. How has it…

From UTA Number Thirteen

Points of Resistance and Departure: An interview with James C. Scott

Benjamin Holtzman and Craig Hughes

James C. Scott is among the foremost experts on the struggles of subaltern people in Southeast Asia and throughout the world. He is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology as well as the Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. Scott’s books…

From UTA Number Eleven

Normalization and its Discontents: An Interview with Ladelle McWhorter

Shelley Tremain

Ladelle McWhorter is the author of Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization(Indiana, 1999), Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy(Indiana, 2009), and numerous articles in feminist, queer, and race theory. With Gail Stenstad, she edited Heidegger…

From UTA Number Eleven

The Politics of Starving: An Interview with Raj Patel

Chandra Kumar

Raj Patel is a writer, activist and academic. He is the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System(2008)and The Value of Nothing(2009), co-author with Eric Holt-Gimenez and Annie Shattuck of Food Rebellions!(2010), and co-editor, with Peter Rossett and Michael…

From UTA Number Eleven

Climate Justice, Climate Debt, and Anti-Capitalism: An Interview with Patrick Bond

Chandra Kumar

Patrick
Bond is a political economist and activist living in Durban, South Africa,
where he teaches political economy and eco-social policy at the University of
KwaZulu-Natal UKZN. Before the African National
Patrick Bond is a political economist and activist living in Durban, South Africa, where…

From UTA Number Ten

Building Unlikely Alliances: An Interview with Andrea Smith

Sharmeen Khan, David Hugill, and Tyler McCreary

Andrea Smith is cofounder of the national organizations INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and The Boarding School Healing Project. She is author of a number of books, including and Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances. She also co-edited the…

From UTA Number Ten

Think Before You Act: An Interview with Sherene Razack

Sharmeen Khan and Natalie Kouri-Towe

Sherene Razack is a professor in the department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of race and gender issues in the law. Her most recent research investigates the deaths of Aboriginal people held in police…

From UTA Number Nine

Resisting Easy Answers: An Interview with Eli Clare

Kelly Fritsch

An Interview with Eli Clare

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare is a Vermont-based poet and essayist with a penchant for rabble-rousing. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first US Queerness…

From UTA Number Nine

From the Perspective of Resistance: An Interview with Michael Hardt

Gary Kinsman

Michael Hardt is the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophyand an editor of a new edition of Thomas Jefferson’sThe Declaration of Independence. With Antonio Negri, he is co-author of Empire, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, and Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of…

From UTA Number Five

The Tradition of Resistance : An Interview with Gord Hill

Tom Keefer

An Interview with Gord Hill

Gord H ill is an activist from the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation in British Columbia. A long time organizer for indigenous sovereignty, he organizes with the Native Youth Movement ( NYM) based in Vancouver and runs Warrior Publications. He is currently involved in the…

From UTA Number Five

The Fight for Feminism: An Interview with Sunera Thobani

by Sharmeen Khan

Sunera Thobani is an assistant professor at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on race and gender relations, and migration, citizenship, and nation-building. She was the first woman of colour to serve as President of the National…

From UTA Number Five

Building to Building, Hood to Hood: An Interview with Chris Harris

Tom Keefer

Chris Harris is a longtime organizer in the black community in Toronto who has worked with the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC) for the past seven years. In this interview he talks about the history and work of BADC, and in particular, the group’s attempt to intervene in local gangs through…

From UTA Number Seven

Sex Work and the State: An Interview with Kara Gillies

Emily van der Meulen

Kara Gillies is a sex worker and activist who has been advocating for sex workers’ rights and well-being for the past two decades. She co-founded both the Canadian Guild for Erotic Labour and the former Toronto Migrant Sex Workers Advocacy Group. Gillies hosted a sex worker rights radio show on

From UTA Number Seven

Just Enviromentalism?: An Interview with Clayton Thomas-Müller

Sharmeen Khan

Clayton Thomas-Müller is an activist from the community of Pukatawagan, also known as the Mathais Colomb Cree nation, located above the 56th parallel on the Churchill River in northen Manitoba. He is currently the tar sands campaign organizer for the US-based organization Indigenous Environmental…

From UTA Number Seven

Movements Where People Can Grow: An Interview with Helen Hudson

Chris Dixon

Helen Hudson is a queer Black anti-authoritarian organizer living in Montreal. For over a decade she has been actively involved in immigration, prisoner justice, queer, trans and feminist struggles, and student organizing. She spent four years working as the coordinator of QPIRG Concordia, an…

From UTA Number Eight

AIDS Activism and the Politics of Emotion: An Interview with Deborah Gould

Gary Kinsman

Deborah Gould is an activist, researcher and professor in Women’s Studies and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS, University of Chicago Press, 2009. Her main intellectual interests are political emotion and…

From UTA Number Eight

Contours of Crisis: Interviews with David McNally, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch

Aidan Conway

The current global crisis is likely to be the most serious seen since the 1930s. The immediate origins of the turmoil in “sub-prime” mortgage lending to the working poor in the United States, notably women and people of colour, are telling. They encapsulate key contradictions of contemporary…

From UTA Number Eight

Remembering May ’68: An Interview with George Katsiaficas

AK Thompson

George Katsiaficas has been active in social movements since 1969. A target of the FBI’s COINTELPRO program, he was classified “Priority 1 ADEX” – meaning that, in the event of a national emergency, he was to be immediately arrested. For 11 years, he worked in Ocean Beach, California as…

From UTA Number Six

The Opposite of Truth is Forgetting: An Interview with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Chris Dixon

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a lifelong social justice activist and a leading historian of indigenous struggles in the Americas. She is professor emeritus of Ethnic Studies at California State University and works in a variety of political capacities. The daughter of a landless farmer and a half-Indian…

From UTA Number Six

It’s Bigger than Hip Hop: An Interview with Mutulu Olugbala (M1) of Dead Prez

Tom Keefer and Chris Harris

The duo of stic.man (Clayton Gavin) and M-1 (Mutulu Olugbala) produce music grounded in a revolutionary analysis and focused on movement building. As historians, educators, and organizers, Dead Prez’s music, performances, and commitment to the struggle demonstrate their ongoing political…

From UTA Number Six

Trans Politics and Anti-Capitalism: An Interview with Dan Irving

Gary Kinsman

Dan Irving is a trans activist and teacher. In 2005, he completed his PhD thesis in Political Science at York University on Trans Activism and Alliances with Labour, Feminist and Gay and Lesbian Organizations. In his work, Irving combines a fierce dedication to trans struggles with a commitment to…

From UTA Number Four

Against and Beyond the State: An Interview with John Holloway

Marina Sitrin

In February of 2007, John Holloway and Marina Sitrin discussed the new social movements in Latin America, power, the state, and prefigurative politics. This is a continuation of a discussion that began in 2004, also on the topics of power, prefigurative politics and Latin America…

From UTA Number Four

Living My Life: A Tale of Blood, Sweat, and Anarchy: Interview with Robin Isaacs

Dale Altrows

Robin Isaacs is a long-time queer anarchist who has lived in Toronto for the past 30 years. Over the course of a lifetime of political activity, Isaacs has been involved in a variety of activist projects including the anarchist publication Kick It Over, the 1988 “Survival Gathering” in Toronto,…

From UTA Number Four

Latin America, State Power, and the Challenge to Global Capital: An Interview with William Robinson

Honor Brabazon and Peter Brogan

William I. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches and writes on global capitalism, Latin America, social change, and democracy. His recent publications include Promoting Polyarchy (1996), Transnational Conflicts:…

From UTA Number Three

The Anti-Imperialism of Our Times: An Interview with Aijaz Ahmad

Tom Keefer

Aijaz Ahmad is one of the Indian sub-continent’s leading Marxist intellectuals. He has written extensively on questions of imperialism, culture, and colonialism. Ahmad currently teaches at the Centre of Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, in New Delhi and is the author of a…

From UTA Number Three

The Strike of the General Assembly: An Interview with Nicolas Phebus

Aidan Conway

In this interview Nicolas Phebus reflects on the Québec student movement and its most recent mobilization in the Spring of 2005 against cuts to education funding by the ruling Liberal Party under Jean Charest. The Liberals’ attempt to convert more than 100 million dollars in grants and bursaries…

From UTA Number Two

Revolution as a New Beginning: An Interview With Grace Lee Boggs

Adrian Harewood and Tom Keefer

Part 2 of 2

For over 60 years Grace Lee Boggs has been thinking about and working towards making social change. Along with her late husband, the African-American writer and activist Jimmy Boggs (1919-1993), she has been centrally involved in numerous grassroots organizations including the…

From UTA Number Two

Singing In Dark Times: the Politics of Race and Class: An Interview With Himani Bannerji

Erin Gray, Tom Keefer, and John Viola

Himani Bannerji is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University where she teaches in the areas of anti-racist feminism, Marxist cultural theories, gender, colonialism, and imperialism. Her recent publications include Inventing Subjects: Studies in Hegemony, Patriarchy and…

From UTA Number Two

Indigenism, Anarchism, and the State: An Interview with Ward Churchill

Tom Keefer and Jerome Klassen

Ward Churchill is one of the most outspoken activists and scholars in North America and a leading commentator on indigenous issues. Churchill’s many books include Marxism and Native Americans; Fantasies of the Master Race; Struggle for the Land; The COINTELPRO Papers; Genocide, Ecocide, and…

From UTA Number One

Revolution as a New Beginning: an Interview with Grace Lee Boggs

Adrian Harewood and Tom Keefer

part 1 of 2

For over 60 years Grace Lee Boggs has been thinking about and working towards making social change. Along with her late husband, the African-American writer and activist Jimmy Boggs (1919-1993), she has been centrally involved in numerous grassroots organizations including the…

From UTA Number One