One of the most surprising things about teaching Shakespeare to intellectually disabled teenagers is how easy it is. It takes practice and patience, but once you understand what it actually means to teach Shakespeare, you can get those ninth graders arguing about Julius Caesar or A Midsummer Night’s Dream or pretty much any complex text as if it were the most interesting thing … [Read more...] about What Does an Inclusive Study Group Look Like?
The Trump election brought numerous horrifying political developments in the federal government as well as the growth of (organized) fascist violence. However, the growth of the left and workers’ struggles counter those serious developments. The declaration of the “death of the left and the working class” seems to have been premature given the growth of the Democratic … [Read more...] about Rethinking Reforms
Green is Red by xplkqlkcassia Much has been written over the last few years about a dual power approach to communist strategy. I have written extensively about it at The Forge News, and discussed in video format in my YouTube video, Climate Change, Imperialism, and The End of The World. I will not be using this article to give a comprehensive recap on what dual power … [Read more...] about Communism and Climate Change: A Dual Power Approach
I went door-knocking for the first time in the Mott Haven projects in the South Bronx. My college class had visited the dingy basement office of ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), in 2004 the largest community organizing outfit in the country. We were split into pairs, given clipboards, and sent into the hallways to talk with residents about … [Read more...] about New Tools Needed: Community Organizing
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?