Vince Emanuele—Veteran, Activist, and Organizer (Resistance Radio)

Vince Emanuele—Veteran, Activist, and Organizer (Resistance Radio)

In this episode of resistance radio Derrick Jensen interviews Vince Emanuele about his experiences, values and activism.

Vince Emanuele is a writer, activist, and combat veteran who currently lives in Michigan City, Indiana, where he and Sergio Kochergin run a community-cultural space called P.A.R.C. – Politics Art Roots Culture. In 2006, Vince refused a third deployment to Iraq, left the United States Marines Corps, and joined the antiwar movement, working with antiwar military veterans and activists around the globe, including Iraqi and Afghan refugees.

Since then, he has spent the past 14 years working with a wide range of left wing political movements, including labor campaigns, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, local environmental campaigns, the Standing Rock Occupation, anti-prison campaigns, cultural projects, and the Bernie 2020 campaign.

In this episode, Vince talks about:

1:20 Organizing

  • his inspiration for the anti war campaign
  • how the Covid-19 shows us that no matter how oppressive the system is, people want to return to “normalcy”
  • his involvement in the Bernie 2020 campaign and the need for a revolution beyond that
  • human supremacism in the mainstream environmental movement
  • the imminence of collapse of the natural world and what we can do in this situation

24:25 Magnificent bribe of the authoritarian system

  • how there’s less left of the world for every generation
  • the need for accountability in activism and political organizing
  • need for humility
  • love for all life on Earth
  • distractions from society
  • inevitability of collapse

47:00 How to organize better

  • build  and prepare locally
  • need for a revolutionary aboveground organizing
  • talking about the necessity of radical and militant actions

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