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Warriors Without Weapons: How Learning Moves Trans-locally

Sixty youth from sixteen countries stand in a river in Southeast Brazil slapping their hands on the water, chanting, “HE-áh-na-na-na, HEáh-na-na-na, HE-áh-nah-nah- HE!” In a fraccionamiento (housing subdivision) outside Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, anarchist activists work side-by-side with elderly housewives to build an altar for the Virgin of Guadalupe. In the neighborhood of Shivaji Nagar, India, a group of local children and youth from far-flung Indian provinces belt out songs as they clear rubbish to create space for an earthen bench. University students across Brazil send messages via Twitter to organize the delivery of a hundred square meters of grass to Santa Catarina, a region devastated by flooding. In Toronto, participants in a nationwide youth conference pile on top of one another in a cooperative version of musical chairs.

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