Category Archives: Culture

Button Up! #5 – Black Lives Matter

Mighty timely! This slogan has come to the fore in the burgeoning mass movement triggered when the people of Ferguson, MO erupted in outraged protest at the police murder of Michael Brown. In the early days of the movement, in … Continue reading

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Official Slogans for Comrade Valentine’s Day 2015

Militant Toilers And Tillers Everywhere: Unite world-wide under the magnificent blood-red banner of revolutionary sex/love unfurled by Comrade Valentine! Uphold in word and practice the Comrade Valentine’s Day slogan spontaneously raised by the broad proletarian masses in North America: Dare … Continue reading

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The Courthouse Raid at Tierra Amarilla: Remembering Reies Lopez Tijerina

We note with sadness the passing of Reies Lopez Tijerina, one of the great leaders of the Chicano movement. We are republishing the following article—originally published in Forward Motion Magazine #59—which discusses the Alianza Federal de Mercedes that he founded, and … Continue reading

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Button Up! #4 – King As Icon

In MLK’s lifetime, this button would have been unthinkable. The NAACP worked with King, of course, but its leaders tended to regard his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as jumped-up country preachers trying to supplant the NAACP’s longstanding leadership of … Continue reading

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Button Up! #3 – One for MLK

Here’s a little pinbacked chunk of history for you on Martin Luther King Day. I don’t know who made it, but the message is clear. Early in what was perhaps the most volatile presidential election year since 1860, all the … Continue reading

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Button Up #2: Eric Garner

This is my go-to button when I leave the apartment these days. The July 17 murder of Eric Garner, choked to death by Staten Island cops, was captured on video by a friend of his. When his murderer, Officer Daniel … Continue reading

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Button Up! I Do, And Maybe You Should Too

Introducing a new feature here at for 2015: Button Up. We were going to call it Button of the Day, but “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.” This is the last thing I check on my way out of my … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatter: graphics for the struggle

Erk, an artistic agitator and good friend of Freedom Road, has stepped up at this heavy time to provide some graphics suitable for use on posters, banners, leaflets, buttons, blogs, Facebook pages and more.These graphics feature the slogan that has … Continue reading

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In honor of Jamala Rogers

Jamala Rogers is a lifelong activist and fighter for Black liberation. Among other roles, she is a founder and leader of the Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis and she has been at the front of the movement for justice … Continue reading

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Hip Hop and Ferguson

Resistance is deeply embedded in Hip Hop’s DNA. Hip Hop culture was born in the midst of the Black Liberation Movement, at a time of popular uprising, when people were doing their utmost to be free. No matter how much the … Continue reading

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