A Past to Legitimate, A Vengeance to Exact: An In-depth Study of Race (Part 1)

Racism is widely recognized as a cornerstone of global capitalism, yet it’s sometimes seen as an accidental byproduct of capital, or alternately, a distinct system altogether. To better understand how race and capital create each other, and reflecting on our post-Black Lives Matter organizing experiences, we are embarking on a study that seeks to understand

Crush the Capital City: A NYC Round Table Discussion

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

Wakanda Con, 2018. Via The Movie Blog

Black on Both Sides: Grappling with BLM in Movies

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.

“And the system that created him”: on Kavanaugh

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

Marx, Democracy and Freedom

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.