Consciousness & Revolution

Published on February 9, 2014 by

Charles Shaw at the Open Mind Conference 2013. Charles Shaw is the award-winning American journalist, editor and author of the critically-acclaimed memoir ‘Exile Nation: Drugs, prisons, Politics and Spirituality’ (2012) and the director of the documentary films ‘The Exile project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & the American Criminal Justice System’ (2011), ‘The Plastic People’ (2013) and ‘Visurreality’ (2013). Charles serves as editor for the openDemocracy Drug and Criminal Justice Policy Forum and the Dictionary of Ethical Politics, both collaborative projects of Resurgence, openDemocracy and the Tedworth Charitable Trust.

“All revolutions begin as revolutions of consciousness.” Charles Shaw’s presentation focuses on the representative forces arrayed against all emergent consciousness movements throughout time, with a special emphasis on the Civil Rights & Black Power movements, the War on Drugs and the Police State and the methods by which spiritual communities can wage non-violent, constructive resistance

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