Sunday, October 26, 2014

Revolutionary Community Organizing, the alternative to reformism

In this period, pacifism and non-profit social justice work is put forward as a replacement for revolutionary community organizing. We are told that this approach to put together a mass, but peaceful, protest movement can transform the state and even beat back its worst excesses. This includes the years of fatal police shooting of Black people all in urban areas all over the USA, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands.

Upwards of a thousand people are killed each year, the majority of whom are Black, poc or poor people. We are told that the pacifist and their campaigns can stop police terrorism and can negotiate for more favorable terms of oppression or so-called reforms by the state and without loss of violence of blood can avoid the inevitable uprising by the people.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Black Panther Party, Police Terrorism Today and Building a New Movement

October, 2014, marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California. The original focus of the BPP was on police terrorism and ideas of armed self-defense. This is especially pertinent now when there is mass murder by police of black and other people of color, paramilitary policing, and widespread government spying on the people. We will discuss the ideas of police as fascist agents, the current lack of a militant protest movement against police terrorism, and how do we move forward with radical ideas to combat it.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gender and Black Autonomy

Throughout their history in America, women and girls of African descent have been routinely subjected to racism, patriarchy, sexism and other forms of gender oppression, denied jobs and equal access to health services, among other problems. Join us for a discussion with members of the Black Autonomy Federation Women's Commission about why black women must assert their right to independently organize around and address issues of specific concern to them.