by Dylan J My partner and I are awakened at 7 am on Friday morning by an emergency phone call. A family member is suicidal after a week of suffering paranoid delusions. This is one of a few crises in the last few years. After we make a plan for support, I check my phone.
This article was originally written in 2015 after the initial Black Lives Matter protest movement had died down. It has not been updated to include a discussion of the current wave of protests and riots. However, there are some insights in this piece that have a bearing on this moment and we believe that this
Suddenly, each day feels like a week. Cities and states declare states of emergency, schools and restaurants shut down, the stock market crashes; and this is just the beginning. Every morning we wake up and check the news. The country is trying to “flatten the curve” of the outbreak, but this effort is cut with
We are happy to announce that Unity and Struggle has affiliated with the Marxist Center, a network of revolutionary socialist groups and individuals around the United States! Marxist Center members come from a range of political backgrounds and experiences, but are united by a commitment to revolutionary socialism, non-dogmatic debate, and building fighting organizations in
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.
After many years of spontaneous protest, many of us share an awareness for the need of durable organizations that can involve millions of people in social transformation. A new generation of organizers is looking to “community organizing” models for answers. But can this playbook be remade to serve revolutionary goals?