When we basebuild around prison abolition, the base we build is not deciding between inside versus outside of prison. It is not always a matter of whether you have been incarcerated or not to be engaged in the work although that context is still valuable when determining your role in it. I am conscious of the privileges I carry when entering this space, but I understand the … [Read more...] about Basebuilding for Prison Abolition with Incarcerated Trans Comrades
The article “Do America’s Socialists Have a Race Problem?” in The New Republic reaffirmed for me why I’ve hitched my wagon to Philly Socialists and the Marxist Center, rather than DSA. It’s not because I share the author’s implied criticisms or think he gave DSA a fair shake. He clearly didn’t! It’s because DSA is having a fierce internal debate in which both sides of the … [Read more...] about DSA’s Left and Right Both Miss the Point: We Need to Build the Left and the Working-Class Together
Illustration by Corey Brickley The emergence of the base-building trend is a very welcome development. It signifies a theoretical and practical advancement for revolutionary praxis in the US, which has been floundering and flailing for decades, unable to keep up with the restructuring of global capitalism or truly face off against its social, political, and military … [Read more...] about Base-Building and Workers’ Self-Inquiry
Malik is an organizer from Silk City Socialists, an independent socialist organization in Paterson, New Jersey. Paterson is the second most densely populated city in the U.S., with a long history of both labor struggle and sharp racial oppression. We spoke with Malik about Silk City’s base buling projects and socialist organizing in the 21st century. Red Compass: What … [Read more...] about On Base-Building: An Interview with Malik from Silk City Socialists
Photo by Stephanie Olechowska. Philadelphia Tenants’ Union members confront wealthy slumlord Ajay Raju of Cross Properties, which is behind the mass eviction of Penn Wynn tenants in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia. The dominant left-wing political forms of our present moment are either amorphous “movements” without formal structures, or nongovernmental … [Read more...] about Base-Building: Activist Networking or Organizing the Unorganized?