Lumpen #130 - Summer 2017: The Municipalism

Public Media Institute

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Lumpen Magazine is a news and culture magazine featuring the work of emerging and established artists and writers. It features editorials, interviews, and reviews focused on current events and emerging cultural trends. Published monthly until 1998, it is now quarterly.
Trump isn't the problem, the problem is us. Trump is a clear manifestation of how rotten we have let the political system become. Trump didn’t disenfranchise millions of voters. Trump didn’t deregulate all of our industries. Trump didn’t invent corporate welfare. Trump didn’t allow the media to become a monopoly while abdicating it’s role as the fourth estate. But he is doubling down on these efforts and making things worse, everywhere. He is the result of the Right Wing led privatization of public services thats been happening over the last 4 or so years. The Community of The Future looking for answers and strategies on how we can battle the insanity of this age. One of these answers came to focus while researching a movement most of us know nothing about. It’s called Municipalismo. Or Municipalism. This movement of movements has sprung up after decades of work done by progressive activists and people looking for alternatives to Top Down governing and the effects of globalization. This movement went Super Local. And their strategy is to take over city governments one at a time. And they did it. And its working. And we think something like Municipalism can work here.Perhaps good old fashioned feet on the ground organizing will lead to the progressive Now which will defeat the oligarchic forces crushing this world. With Contributions by: Alan W. Moore, Brian Mier, Christina Sanchez Juarez, Jerry Boyle, Jim Newberry, Robby Herbst, Barcelona En Comú, Betty Marin, Heather M. O'Brien, John Duda, John McKim, Keefer Dunn, and Marianela D'Aprile and Comics by: Andy Burkholder,Ben Marcus, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Jessica Campbell, Johnny Sampson, Kriss Stress, Danielle Chenette, Nate Beaty, Rylan Thompson, Sarah Leitten
Dimensions: 9.75 x 11.75"
Materials: Newsprint


Public Media Institute

PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community based, art & culture organization located in the neighborhood of Bridgeport. Their mission is to create, incubate and sustain innovative cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media. PMI has published several periodicals including Proximity Magazine, the international arts and culture journal, as well as Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun Journal. Their main exhibition facility is the experimental cultural center, Co-Prosperity: a 5,000 + sq ft visual arts and performance space that is also home to Lumpen Radio WPLN/105.5 FM. The Buddy store is the newest arm of the PMI non-profit.