Tag Archive: organizing

The Issue is Democracy and Not So Much Property Destruction

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By Chuck Morse (February 8, 2017) – After months of planning, thousands of migrants tear down fences around an empty hill side and build a new neighborhood. We often see “land invasions” like this in places like Mexico City, Lima, Sao Paulo, etc. – A random dude smashes a window during a demo. We often see this in Oakland. Both…
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Radicals: Don’t Ignore the General Strike!

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By Alex Riccio (February 6, 2017)   The rise of Trump and the alt-right has exposed fascism’s ability to creep into spaces of political and social power within the United States. “The ‘fascist creep,’” writes Alexander Reid Ross in his new book on the topic, “refers to the porous borders between fascism and the radical right, through which fascism is…
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From Social Movement to Revolutionary Movement: Why We Need Both

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By Hyung Kyu Nam (February 3, 2017   We should see ourselves in a long arc of change globally as we face a crisis with imperialism, capitalism, ecocide and both political and social oppression that are all interconnected: Zapatista, Seattle WTO, Tunisia, Egypt, Wisconsin, Spain, Greece, Occupy, BLM, Idle No More, Umbrella Movement. Ultimately, these crises require radical change.  …
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Notes to Activists on Demonstrations in These Mass Movement Times

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By Chris Crass (January 31, 2017) There are demonstrations taking place all over the country today and remember 10 people demonstrating in a rural community, small town or the suburbs, where I grew up, can have a powerful impact, like the hundreds and thousands in cities. When we act as movement, like Black Lives Matter, like Standing Rock, like the…
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The Grassroots Have the Real Power: Tips on How to Go Forward from Here

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By David DeHart (January 25, 2017) It’s hard to say for sure what to do in times like these… but here are some thoughts on what I hope to do going forward. I hope these tidbits will help inspire ideas of your own! Take every opportunity you can to contribute to resistance against the oppression and destruction that we are…
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The US needs an Arab Spring Style Movement to Defeat Trump

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By Arun Gupta (January 24, 2017) Last weekend saw the two poles of American protest. One side was the inspiring and historic Women’s Marches. But it was non-confrontational and the Democrats are working furiously to co-opt it and shunt it into electoral politics. If that happens, it will be a disaster like the “Wisconsin Uprising,” and the entrenchment of Scott…
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How Do We Approach People Not Like Ourselves?

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  By Mark Rudd (November 18, 2016) I went to the demonstration today. By my estimate there were about 1,000 people there. About half the crowd were older people, but the other half were young. Lots of Native Americans. Great spirit, “Save the Water, Save the Land!” During the close, I noticed a young woman wearing a bandana. This is…
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There is No Hierarchy of Freedom and Liberty: Another Gift from Audre Lorde

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By Christian Matheis (November 14, 2016)     In the 19th and 20th century, when the U.S. was formally, legally segregated under Jim Crow laws, regressives cried “freedom! liberty!” in order to paint a false moral picture of their ill-gotten, mean-spirited grip on political and economic power. When activists responded with efforts to desegregate, those who opposed civil rights often…
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Organizing Takes Place in the Interstices

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By Alexander Reid Ross (November 10, 2016) ““For some of us there was no one particular place, and we grabbed whatever we could from wherever we found space, comfort, quiet, a smile, non-judgment.” – Audre Lorde Remembering today that the great burden of organizing takes place in the interstices, away from the obtuse and brutal burlesque that passes for radicalism…
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Trump and the Habits of White Utopia (or How Mexican Philosophers Help Get me Through Election Day)

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  By Joseph Orosco (November 10, 2016)   In the late 1980s, Mexican anthropologist Guillermo Bonfil Batalla published his book Mexico Profundo, or Deep Mexico. In it, he argued that the lives and experiences of ordinary Mexicans living in rural areas and poor urban neighborhoods in Mexico continue to be rooted in Mesoamerican civilizations. Their understandings of work, community obligation,…
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