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Introduction, Statement of Principles, Upcoming Events

November 20, 2010

So … Who Are We?

We’re a group of USC students who are dissatisfied with the status quo and who find existing campus publications to be lacking perspectives and quality content (a number of us are former writers for the Daily Trojan). We want this zine to be the voice of radicals at USC. When we say radical, we mean thinking outside the status quo, outside of mainstream political parties, looking at the roots and not the merely symptoms of problems.

Have you ever had the urge to write an article about something that you found offensive? Or needed to tell others about some great new organization or idea? We’re always looking for more students to contribute articles and art pieces. To submit an article or come to a meeting, please contact us at You can find all current and past zine content online at


Statement of Principles

I. The Undercurrent is an outlet for non-mainstream views on politics and culture expressed through reasoned argument or in a creative manner. We define mainstream as standard partisan political views. We seek to provide alternative interpretations of world events and to bring attention to those stories that are under-reported.

II. We oppose all forms of oppression, domination, and alienation. We strive to promote social justice, human rights, and direct democracy in the USC community and anywhere else we can effect change.

III. Anyone can submit content. To be seriously considered for publication, all submissions must provide evidence, be consistent with The Undercurrent’s principles, and go through a group editing process. Nonfiction submissions should provide evidence and sources.

IV. We function as a non-hierarchical, non-commercial, democratically run cooperative. The Undercurrent is freely distributed and relies on donations for publication materials.


Important Upcoming Events

The Right to Education: Obstacles to Academic Freedom in Occupied Palestine

Richard Falk, Professor of International Law at Princeton, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine.

Randa Siniora, Independent Commission on Human Rights, Ramallah, Palestine

-Co-Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and USC’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.

-Nov. 17th, Wednesday at 7:00 in Leavey Library Auditorium (in the basement).


PELA presents: Housing Is a Human Right

S’Bu Zikode, a community scholar, is the chairperson and founding member of Abahlali baseMjondolo (shack dwellers) Movement from South Africa.

-Hosted by Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles (PELA) and LA Housing Collective.

-Nov. 18th, Thursday at 3:30 in RGL 103.


Paradises Built in Hell: Natural Disasters and Social Possibilities

-Drawing from her new book A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit talks about (un)natural disasters and the radical social possibilities that arise.

-The real story of disasters like Katrina, despite popular media images of criminality and looting, are about spontaneous mutual aid, self-organization, and altruism.

-Nov. 30th, Tuesday at 4:00 in Doheny room 240.


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