Join us for a non-hierarchical, inclusive reading and discussion of Rosa Luxemburg’s seminal work, Reform and Revolution. Together, we will explore the divisive yet pertinent issue of reform vis-a-vis revolution through this classic and inspirational text but without dogma, party agendas, infighting, and “theory-flexing”.. instead, we will place the unifying principles of love and anti-fascism at front and center. The reading group will meet as part of Pro Arts @ the commons, Brown Bag series of lunch-time events, targeting passersby and government workers at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA. The reading group will meet on monthly basis (on Thursdays) during the months of July, August, and September. No previous familiarity with the text and/or revolutionary history is necessary; anyone with an open political consciousness is welcome to participate.

More about the Reading Group: Love & Antifascism, a reading group dedicated to discussing Rosa Luxemburg’s “Reform or Revolution?” is curated and facilitated by Scott Ortega-Nanos. A multi-collaborative project, involving Pro Arts Gallery & Commons, Wolfman Books, Project Kalahati, Oakland Summer School, and 99% Invisible, Love & Antifascism provides facilitation and reading materials to the public for free. This illustrates, in praxis, the collective power of mutual aid: Pro Arts, Wolfman Books, and 99% invisible provide the space to host the reading groups, Oakland Summer School provides organizational, logistic, and promotional support, and Project Kalahati prints and distributes free zines of the text to the participants. In order to create a safe and open space for discussion, the reading group requires no at-home or preliminary reading; instead, participants take turns reading the text out loud during sessions, and the group takes breaks to discuss and unpack significant sections of the text. 

Notes on The Party, Reform, Revolution and the Myth of Spontaneity in Rosa Luxemburg

This project, Love & Antifascism, part of Pro Arts @ the commons program of Pro Arts, is made possible in part with funds by The National Endowment of the Arts, The Clorox Company Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and The Fleishhacker Foundation. Pro Arts @ the commons program is carried out in partnership with the City of Oakland Public Art Program.