•   29th November 2021
  •   1 hr 13 mins

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Our guest in this episode is Jess Spear. Jess is an eco-socialist and socialist feminist activist based in Dublin. She is National Organiser of RISE, a revolutionary Marxist network of People Before Profit (PBP). She is the editor of the eco-socialist quarterly magazine, Rupture, and co-authored the pamphlet What is eco-socialism?. She was a research scientist at the US Geological Survey and Burke Museum of Natural History before moving to Dublin in 2017.

We discuss how Jess came to political activism in the US, and particularly, as a climate scientist, to environmental activism; her experience campaigning with Socialist Alternative (then part of the Committee for a Workers’ International) in Seattle, and as an electoral candidate there in 2014; moving to Ireland, the foundation of RISE, and decision to join PBP; and the development and aims of Rupture as a broad eco-socialist magazine and means to explore contemporary Marxist and socialist ideas and strategies.

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  • Chris

    Great work

    By: Chris | 13th December 2021, 12:13pm

    Just wanted to say, really enjoy the podcast, what you're doing here and the archive is really really valuable work and please keep it up. iirc you asked at the intro to an episode once for episode suggestions, I'd be really interested to hear someone from the Irish Anti-War Movement talk, especially w/r/t the organisation of protests against the Iraq War in 2003. Thanks again!

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