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Paul Kuttner, CulturalOrganizing.org

Mark Read

Mark Read is a filmmaker and professor of Media Studies at NYU, with a focus on video as a tactical tool in community organizing. In other incarnations he has also been a community gardens activist; a Union Square Park defender; a Critical Mass rider and organizer; a coordinator of large spectacles in public spaces such as subway train parties; and a core organizer and propagandist for Reclaim the Streets NYC.

Contributed Modules

Case Study: 99% bat signal

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June 15, 2012

A coalition of labor unions had called for a national day of action on November 17 to push back against austerity and demand infrastructure improvements and jobs. Actions were planned for seventeen bridges in seventeen cities. In New York City, a permit was obtained for a large rally in the   …Continue Reading

Case Study: Streets into gardens

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June 10, 2012

In the spring of 1999, real estate values in New York’s East Village and Lower East Side neighborhoods were skyrocketing, in no small part due to the beautiful network of communitygardens in the area. In a massive giveaway to corporate developers, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced he would auction off 198   …Continue Reading

Principle: Turn the tables

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June 5, 2012

Sometimes the most compelling way to expose an injustice is to flip it around and visit it upon the powerful.

Tactic: Guerrilla projection

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May 16, 2012

To broadcast a message; to frame an action; to rebrand a target; to entertain a crowd.