Marina Sitrin is a Visiting Scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center.
She holds a PhD in Global Sociology and JD in International Women's Human Rights. She is the author of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina (AK Press) Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina (Zed Books), the co-author of They Can't Represent US: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy (Verso Books).
Her work focuses on social movements and justice, specifically looking at new forms of social organization, such as autogestión, horizontalidad, prefigurative politics and new affective social relationships.
"Taxation without repsentation" is a familiar rallying call of protest in the United States. But according to Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini, co-authors of They Can't Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy, protest movements in the U.S. and around the world are going beyond representation, and rejecting it in favor of self-organizing and horizontal organizing.
Last week, Venezuela-based news channel TeleSUR launched its English language website, bringing the left-leaning perspectives of Latin America to new audiences and offering a corrective to the English news media.
The site, which largely represents the views of state backers Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela, has already published incisive reporting on Israeli offensive in Gaza. Tariq Ali, Verso author and New Left Review editor, has long been involved with TeleSUR and will host The World Today, an interview show to be broadcast four times a week.
Yesterday Detroit's emergency manager returned control of the municipal water department to elected city officials, signalling a victory for activists and a hopeful sign that the city will end its aggressive program of water shutoffs. Marina Sitrin, co-author of They Can't Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy recently spoke out against the Detroit water crisis in an Truthout op-ed, drawing parallels between the Detroit government's creation of a water crisis and the Israeli government's decision to cut off water to Gaza.