Potluck / Discussion with the Authors of “Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism”

This Sunday, May 29, The Bloom Collective is hosting a potluck dinner and discussion with Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi, the authors of “Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay.”

According to the organization’s press release, the book “argues that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war,” concluding that “When we challenge the domination of cars, we also challenge capitalism.”

As posted on thebloomcollective.org, “In a Sept. 2010 article for Counterpunch, the authors wrote,  ‘Nearly three-quarters of U.S.households earning less than $15,000 a year own a car, and in an extreme example of auto dependence, tens of thousands of “mobile homeless” live in their vehicles. The poor purchase cars because there is no other option in a society built to serve the needs of the automobile. If you want to work you need a car. If you want to visit your friends you need a car. Car-dominated transport eats up a disproportionate amount of working-class income. At the same time, the automobile is an important means for the wealthy to assert themselves socially. A luxury vehicle lets the whole world know that you have arrived, both literally and metaphorically.’

“Authors Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi are coming to Grand Rapids via Greyhound Bus to present this anti-car road trip story. Born in Uganda in 1980, Bianca Mugyenyi came to Canada as a child, spending parts of her youth in Swaziland, Kenya and England. She is coordinator of Concordia’s Gender Advocacy Centre and was the Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students (Quebec).   A Montréal activist and author, Yves Engler has published three books: The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy; Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical; and (with Anthony Fenton) Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority.”

Everyone is welcome! Join the discussion and bring a dish to pass:

Sunday May 29, 6pm
Steepletown Community Center
671 Davis NW, Grand Rapids, MI

This event is co-sponsored by the Bloom Collective and the Green Party of West Michigan.

For more information on the speakers, please visit the Facebook Event Page or contact Richa at 616-459-5928 or richa@dod.net.

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  1. Charles Hausmann
    Charles Hausmann says:

    Sounds like a waste of time and CO2. This communist crap is what brought East Europe to an ecological disaster.


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