[scimc-news] Documentary Screening TONIGHT - Soma: An Anarchist Therapy

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Mon Aug 14 13:44:43 PDT 2006

A Documentary screening - Soma: An Anarchist Therapy

Monday, 8/14/2006,
Watsonville Brown Beret Office
18 W Lake Ave
Watsonville, CA 95076
Suggested donation:  $5 (nobody turned away!)

Presented by the Watsonville Brown Berets and Santa Cruz Independent Media

The film maker, Nick from Houston Indymedia, will be present to do a
question and answer session and facilitate a workshop.

SOMA: an anarchist therapy

With difficulty walking, and half-blinded from torture by the
Brazilian military dictatorship, 79 year-old Roberto Freire continues
to develop somatherapy, completing his life's work. Incorporating the
ideas of Wilhelm Reich, the politics of anarchism, and the culture of
capoeira angola, Soma is used by therapists organized in anarchist
collectives to fight the psychological effects of authoritarianism.
Nick Cooper travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Bahia, and São
Paulo to find the exercises, principles, voices, and movement of

more info and trailer: somadocumentary.com

workshop: Nazis Vs. Zapatistas: The Struggle Against Cooptation

Lao-Tsu, the author of the Tao Te Ching and Subcomandante Marcos, of
the Zapatistas both talk about the power of water -- seemingly weaker,
but ultimately stronger than the more familiar power of swords. To
struggle against oppression in ways that don't create other
oppressions, we will explore the anti-fascist non-hierarchical
currents in history, philosophy, psychology, criticism, and organizing

Working with Indymedia, Food Not Bombs and other non-hierarchical
groups, Nick Cooper became interested in horizontal structures for
change, traveling to Brazil in 2003 and 2005 to study Soma Therapy,
and to Chiapas, Mexico in 2004 to study Zapatismo. Also, wanting to
study fascist and pre-fascist organizing directly, Nick has been
attending conferences, meetings, presentations and fund-raisers of the
far right, including: The Ku Klux Klan, Focus on the Family /
Lovewonout, Republican Party of Texas, Lyndon LaRouche, The Minutemen,
and Tom DeLay. The workshop examines philosophies, structures and
psychology, comparing authoritarian models to those that are
consensual, communitarian or autonomous. Informed by Zapatista
principles, Wilhelm Reich's Mass Psychology of Fascism, and Hannah
Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism, the workshop develops a skill set
for identifying, challenging and defeating the authoritarian tool of

more info: http://www.nickcooper.com/antipowerworkshop.htm


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