Category Archives: Our Strategy, Theory, and Vision

Ferguson/October Weekend of Resistance

This video brings together footage from the Weekend of Resistance that took place in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, together with interviews of key leaders from the movement there. Thanks to Judith Roderick for filming all the footage and putting together … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities

An In-Depth Look at the Ferguson Eruption: Organization for Black Struggle Leader Lays It Out

This spring, the New York/New Jersey District of Freedom Road sponsored a forum entitled “Ferguson: The Movement So Far and Lessons for Coming Struggles.” The first speaker was our comrade, Montague Simmons, Chair of the legendary Organization for Black Struggle … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Police & Prisons

keep movin’ directly

blue black we still shoutin’/screamin’/prayin’/swearin’/tauntin’/crackin’/laughin’ beat down/bloody/hearts broke/weepin’/wonderin’/doubtin’ reachin’/teachin’/liberation preachin’ we enslaved today by empire and nightmare dreams but we still matter and see tomorrow comin’ ’cause what we do is resist is work is build somethin’ better what we … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Poetry

Confronting the Matrix and Destroying the Knot of Oppression: “Black Lives Matter” and Building a Counter-hegemonic Movement

Current events bring to mind two stories which might be overlapping allegories about what this country is faced with in regard to the various movements against oppression and exploitation today. Almost six or seven years ago the movement that was flowing and cresting … Continue reading

Posted in Intersecting Oppressions

A Tragic Death Becomes a Xenophobic Assault on Immigrant Rights

On Friday, July 1, 2015 Kate Steinle was taking a casual stroll on Pier on San Francisco’s Pier 14 with her father, when the unthinkable happened, she was struck by a bullet randomly shot by a stranger. She died from … Continue reading

Posted in Immigration, Oppressed Nationalities

Interview: Ajamu Dillahunt, Long-Time Civil Rights Organizer

This interview originally appeared in Scalawag magazine. Jonathan Michels: You are a part of the New Great Migration of African Americans from the North who moved back down to the South following the Civil Rights Movement. Why did you decide … Continue reading

Posted in Movement History, Oppressed Nationalities

Black Lives Matter from the Miserable City of Toledo

While national attention has focused on Black Lives Matter movement hot spots like Ferguson, New York City and Baltimore, all over the country people have seized this historic moment to develop organizations of struggle and resistance. This story by Mike … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Police & Prisons

After Murder and Church Burnings: Organize the South! Black Lives Matter!

On June 17th, Dylann Roof, a 21 year old white man, entered Mother Emanuel AME Church, a pivotal institution in the Black liberation struggle in Charleston, South Carolina. He joined the evening’s prayer meeting. An hour later he took out … Continue reading

Posted in NEC Statements, Oppressed Nationalities

Reflections on Podemos and Izquiera Unida in Spain

In preparation for a trip to Spain, I decided to read up on the left there. I was most anxious to check out Podemos, since both they and Syriza, have made big splashes on the world scene and would seem … Continue reading

Posted in International Solidarity

Islands of Poverty in a Sea of Prosperity

It’s now commonly accepted that a person’s zip code is the best predictor of how healthy a person is and will be. And what determines your zip code? Income, wealth – and the racialized public policies and practices over generations … Continue reading

Posted in Intersecting Oppressions, Oppressed Nationalities