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Think Tank 2017 - Education for Struggle: State Violence, Then and Now - Research Guide

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Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean to “educate for struggle”?  How does this connect to the pursuit of social justice?
  • What is state violence? How might we broaden the concept to include structural and symbolic violence, as well as militant state repression? 
  • What are the long-term ramifications of a nation built on a “genocidal foundation,” as Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz argues?
  • How is the history of racism in the United States related to capitalism and state violence?
  • How is the extreme militarism we see in multiple areas of our society (policing, immigration policies, incarceration and detention, foreign policies, etc.) impacting our communities?
  • How do we maintain strength, vitality and joy while living in a divided society wrestling with horrific tragedies and daily indignities?
  • How do we begin the process of decolonizing Cleveland and centering Indigenous communities in that effort?
  • How are immigration detention, mass incarceration, the Dakota pipeline, the lead crises in Cleveland and the water crises in Flint, police brutality, redlining, and the displacement and containment of indigenous populations related, and how are they indicative of state violence?

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