Racism is widely recognized as a cornerstone of global capitalism; yet the Left still lacks well-developed Marxist theories that can grapple with racism and capitalism as processes that recreate one another on a fundamental level. In recognizing this theoretical gap, and reflecting on our post-Black Lives Matter organizing experiences, we are embarking on a study
On April 18, 2019, organizers to the left of the nonprofits, unions and politicians came together to discuss Sam Stein’s new book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (2019: Verso Press). This was the culmination of a city-wide study group that took place in five locations across four boroughs. The audio of this
Five years since the movement for black lives kicked off, all of us are reflecting on our collective history and arriving at partial conclusions. Some of these conclusions take the form of film, hip hop, poetry, literature, murals and visual art. We believe popular culture is a reflection of the material conditions around (and within) us––a form of theory making and a method for understanding our world. 2018 gave us several films that echoed BLM, by making explicit its contradictions and tendencies. At the risk of oversimplifying, we can divide the best of these films into two categories: liberal and revolutionary. Each mirrors a material tendency that emerged within BLM.
For the past year and a half, our group has held in person and online discussions to hammer out the principles that unite us. Now our Principles of Unity are finally online! Check them out, and please send us critiques and feedback. They’re a living document, and so will be updated as our experience and
Kavanaugh’s appointment is serious blow to women, femmes, and the entire working class. It will have repercussions for years to come in many realms: executive power, LGBT rights, environmental protections, affirmative action, and especially abortion rights. The hearings, deeply triggering and devoid of the bipartisan consensus that used to prevail in the 1990s, express the
The following is an interview with New River Workers Power based in Christiansburg, VA. NRWP has helped to organize a strike of Target workers in the New River Valley area with the demand to terminate an abusive supervisor and for recognition from the company. They have already won their first demand. The interview was conducted
By now, folks have seen plenty of news coverage of the disaster unfolding in Texas as a result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. By all accounts this flooding is worse than anything that Houston has ever seen. Some neighborhoods are entirely under water. Hospitals in the Medical Center are being evacuated. There are air and
This is the last in our series of posts about the Trump regime. Part one can be found here, and part two is here. We have argued that Trump’s election represents a deepening impasse in neoliberalism, and that this impasse results from a systemic crisis in capitalism. As capital works to counteract falling profit rates
Members of Unity and Struggle are often asked what sets us apart from socialists and statist Marxists on the one hand, and Anarchists on the other. We have wrestled with many labels, debating whether to call ourselves “anti-state communists,” “libertarian Marxists,” simply, “communists,” or something else entirely. Ultimately, we have left this to individual members to decide.