A discussion with editors Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Immanuel Ness about their published book, Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain.
About the book: Global capitalism is always a precarious system. Relying on the steady flow of goods across the world, transnational companies such as Walmart and Amazon depend on the work of millions in docks, warehouses and logistics centers to keep goods moving. This is the global supply chain. If the chain is broken, capitalism grinds to a halt. This talk concerns the book of the same name, looking at case studies across the world to uncover a network of resistance by these workers who, despite their importance, face extreme exploitation and economic violence.
Experiencing first hand wildcat strikes, organized blockades and boycotts, the authors have explored a diverse range of organizing and related activities, from South China dockworkers to the transformation of the port of Piraeus in Greece, and from the Southern California logistics sector, to dock and logistical workers in Chile and unions in Turkey.
Join us for an evening of discussion on the potential strength our class has the ability to utilize in facing capital dominance during our period where capital has of necessity created this points that really give us the means of “choking” their power.
Organized by Left CoLab: A Convergent Project of Democracy at Work, Institute for the Radical Imagination, and the Marxist Education Project.
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