Ann Alderman, PhD, professor of French and linguistics and chair of the arts and humanities division, recently published an essay, “La ‘Commune D’Oakland,’” in the no. 68 issue of the French-language bulletin of Les Amies et Amis de la Commune de Paris 1871.
Alderman’s essay discusses the formation and development of Occupy Oakland, which took place in late 2011, and compares the movement’s organization and goals with those of the Paris Commune of 1871, a revolutionary socialist government that ruled Paris from March to late May, 1871. Alderman explains that, while the day-to-day character of Occupy Oakland shared many qualities with the 1871 Paris Commune—such as an emphasis on direct democracy, equal participation for all, and consensus decision making—it was never the aim of Occupy Oakland to assume governance of the city, as the Commune had done in Paris in 1871.
The no. 68 issue of the French-language bulletin of Les Amies et Amis de la Commune de Paris 1871 will soon be available to read at the organization’s website.