About

Aric McBay is an organizer, a farmer, and author of seven books. He writes and speaks about effective social movements, and has organized campaigns around climate justice, prisoner justice, Indigenous solidarity, pipelines, unionization, and other causes.

He lives and farms near Kingston, Ontario, on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.

For talks, interviews, or workshops, email: talks at aric mcbay dot org



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2 weeks ago

Aric McBay
Victory Studies! My next book is about movements that won. I’m finishing the manuscript now, and I’d like to invite to you join me to discuss some exciting movements and what we can learn from them.The dates and topics will be as follows:Weds Feb 28 @ 7pm (Virtual) - The Green BansWeds Mar 13 @ 7pm (Virtual) - Parcel C, Boston ChinatownWeds Mar 20 @ 7pm - Richmond Dump (Kingston, in person)We’ll start with a brief recap of each movement’s history and impact. Then Aric will facilitate a group discussion about why they won and how we can apply those lessons and inspirations to our own work.If you register, I’ll send you short passages about the featured movement to read before the discussion — this is a unique opportunity for you to engage with and help shape a book in progress.Please sign up in advance so that you can get the reading and so that we know how many people to expect: forms.gle/tAmXtymsPpMuLtq6ASpace will be limited at some events. This series is presented in conjunction with Just Recovery Kingston.---The Green Bans (1971-1974) - In the 1970s, Australian unions and neighbourhood groups work together to fight gentrification and the destruction of urban green space. And they use a powerful new tactic—the green ban—to stop billions of dollars of construction.Parcel C, Boston Chinatown (1993-1994) - In the 1990s, Boston’s Chinatown had the highest density of any neighbourhood in the city, and the smallest amount of green space per person. When an institution tried to seize the last undeveloped lot of a new parking garage, organizers fought back against environmental racism with a powerful coalition and an alternate vision of a new community center.Richmond Dump (1988-present) - A small group of anti-dump organizers in Ontario defeat the largest garbage company in the world, thanks to persistence, diverse skills, and an alliance between settlers and Indigenous peoples. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Aric McBay
I'll be in NYC this Sunday, speaking with Black Dawn series editor Sanina Clark about my new novel Inversion from AK Press. 7pm at The Word Is Change: Books, Used & New! ... See MoreSee Less
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