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The Power of Protest

Nalleli Cobo & Friedemann Karig im Gespräch

Los Angeles

Zwei Vorträge und ein Gespräch mit dem Thomas Fellow & Autor Friedemann Karig und der populären Umweltaktivistin Nalleli Cobo: Während seines Fellowships im Thomas Mann House untersucht der Journalist, Autor und Moderator Friedemann Karig unterschiedliche Protestkulturen in den USA und Deutschland: Machen sie die Demokratien von heute angreifbar - oder widerstandsfähiger?

 

*Diese Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt*

With the rise of rightwing populism in Western democracies, the question of efficient and sustainable forms of protest is more relevant than ever. What kind of instruments, methods and structures are useful for which specific struggle? In an attempt to bring protest theory and practice in conversation and to bring about to new ideas and synergies, our fellow Friedemann Karig and environmental activist Nalleli Cobo will talk about protest cultures not as a sudden emotional outburst, but as a cool-headed political strategy. What are differences between the U.S. and Germany when it comes to protest movements and how they influence political discourse via civil disobedience? What are the important protest groups in the years to come? What can we learn from successful protests in Germany and the U.S. over the past years and what makes a protest actually successful?

After two short presentations from a German and an U.S. perspective, Friedemann will engage in a conversation with Nalleli Cobo, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

During his fellowship, Friedemann Karig will examine protest cultures in the United States. Taking as his starting point Henry David Thoreau’s term "civil disobedience," he will look at the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter, among other movements.

The event will take place at the Thomas Mann House on February 15.

By Invitation Only.
 
Nalleli Cobo led a grassroots campaign to permanently shut down a toxic oil well in her community. Cobo, 22, grew up in South Los Angeles and started engaging in activism at age 9. In March 2020, her organizing culminated in the definitive closure of the AllenCo drilling site across the street from her childhood home. She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19. After three surgeries and medical treatment, she was declared cancer-free. Her story and leadership also inspired the enactment of SB 1137, which bans all new oil wells within 3200 feet of communities in California. She won the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize and was named on the 2022 Time 100 Next list.

Friedemann Karig is a journalist, author, and moderator from Berlin. He studied media science, politics, and economics and has written for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Spiegel Online, and Deutschlandfunk, among others. During his fellowship, Friedemann Karig will examine protest cultures in the United States. Taking as his starting point Henry David Thoreau’s term "civil disobedience," he will look at the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter, among other movements.

Datum
15.02.2024
Zeit
ab 19:00 Uhr