Tuesday, May 2: LA Kauffman on

This week, after her appearance at a panel at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, my conversation with L.A. Kauffman, Tuesday at noon on KPFK 90.7 FM, taped on site, at the USC campus. L.A. Kauffman is a long-time activist, movement strategist, journalist and, now, author of a terrific history and handbook outlining both a journey and, perhaps, a path.  In a survey — with analysis and case studies — of what she calls “disruptive protest” Kauffman’s contribution to activist literature arrives at perhaps exactly the right moment, a study and a polemic, arguing that direct action has, sometimes immediately and certainly over time, defined much of the resistance and creative struggle of Left liberation movements.  Her book, out from Verso is titled Direct Action:  Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism.  Her previous writing has appeared in The Nation, n + 1 and The Baffler and I was  lucky to catch up with her after her participation in a Festival panel titled “Activists on the Frontline,” one of many excellent panels and talks which seemed to respond, appropriately, to organized and thoughtful strategic thinking about and resistance to Trumpism and the reactionary movement which got him elected.  Thanks for listening, and for supporting listener-supported Pacifica Radio.