Black Liberation

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The Anatomy of A Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 84
Ortiz, Paul
Article
2000
The first time I traveled to Los Angeles with a comrade of mine in the labor movement, I had one of those sharp educational experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Assata: An Autobiography
Shakur, Assata
Book
1989
On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, lay in the hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed while local, state and federal police attempted to question her about the ...
Black History and the Class Struggle
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
Articles include: "A Life in the Black Panther Party — We Want Freedom — A Review of a Book by Mumia Abu-Jamal," "How the Liberals and Reformists Derailed the Struggle for Integration — For Black Libe...
Black Liberation and the American Dream: Against The Current vol. 109
Clement, Chris
Article
2004
Race has always been the most visible source of division in the United States. Slavery, segregation, and the current ethnic profiling of the “Arab-looking” are just a few of examples of racism in Amer...
Black Liberation and the Fight for a Socialist America
Samuels, Reuben
Article
2010
From slavery to convict labour, from the chain gang to the assembly line, American capitalism has been built upon the lash-scarred backs of black labour. Any organization that claims a revolutionary p...
Black Liberation, Working-Class Unity, and the Popular Front: A Reply to Mel Rothenberg
Goldfield, Michael
Article
1999
MEL ROTHENBERG HAS written a generous review of my book The Color of Politics, (Against the Current 75, July/ August 1998), in which he praises and succinctly summarizes certain of my key arguments. F...
Class-Struggle Road to Black Freedom: Part Two: Marxism vs. the Myth of "White Skin Privilege"
Article
2015
The victory of the socialist revolution in this country will be achieved through the united struggle of black and white workers.
Class-Struggle Road to Black Freedom: Part One: The Roots of Black Oppression
Article
2015
The purpose of this talk is to motivate a Marxist materialist program for the fight for black freedom as opposed to the idealism embodied in both black nationalism and guilty white liberalism, includi...
Cointelpro: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom
Blackstock, Nelson
Book
1976
The first in-depth look at the covert and illegal FBI counterintelligence program - code-name COINTELPRO.
COINTELPRO: Connexipedia Article
Article
A series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the ...
COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States
Churchill, Ward; Wall, Jim Vander
Book
1990
Once-secret COINTELPRO documents (the acronym for Counter Intelligence Programs) tell of the FBI's tactics to discredit any organization that they percieved to be a threat to the status quo. Operatio...
Coming Home to the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Thompson, Wendy
Article
2008
I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my gra...
Confronting the -isms: Against The Current vol. 133
Allen, Chude Pam
Article
2008
I love the name Against the Current and would add that to be active in the Women’s Liberation Movement at the beginning of 1968 was to be “against the current.” And “the current” then was as much the ...
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Defeat of Reconstruction and the Betrayal of Black Freedom Part Two
Wilde, Alan
Article
2014
During Reconstruction, black people fought to assert their American-ness. Throughout the South, it was blacks and their allies who would march, parade and celebrate the Fourth of July, but not out of ...
The Dialectics of Community Control
Aronowitz, Stanley
Article
1970
The movement for community control will fall short often, unless it becomes a broader struggle for popular, democratic control of all public institutions and the economy.
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movements: A Radical Democratic Vision
Ransby, Barbara
Book
2003
An insightful biography on one of the leading organizers of the American civil rights movement.
For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution! Part Two: How the Liberals and Reformists Derailed the Struggle for Integration
Alexander, Don
Article
2004
There is a lot of talk today about multiculturalism, diversity, whiteness and "racialized subjects" and other liberal jargon that essentially attempts to erase the centrality of anti-black racism and ...
For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution! Part One: Contradictions of the Civil Rights Movement: A Marxist Analysis
Coleman, Diana
Article
2012
We describe the black population in the U.S. as an oppressed race-color caste. From their arrival in this country, the Negro people have been an integral part of American class society while at the sa...
For true liberation, Black Lives Matter is not enough
Williams, Douglas
Article
2015
A movement that held true to a goal of liberation would challenge the fundamental assumptions of social, economic, and political organization under capitalism.
The Free Speech Movement and the Negro Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Article
1965
It is, of course, true that it was contact with the Negro people that inspired the Berkeley revolt. It is, however, also true that the Berkeley revolt, followed by the teach-ins, in turn, changed the ...
If This is Treason, I am Guilty
Boesak, Allan A.
Book
1989
Allan Boesak has been in the forefront of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and has been increasingly recognized as a political as well as a religious leader. This collection of addresses...
James, C.L.R. - Writings - Index
James, C.L.R.
Article
Writings of C.L.R. James (1901-1989).
Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement (Part Two): Police Terror and Black Oppression
Coleman, Diana
Article
2015
Formal, legal inequality in the South was susceptible to reform. But getting rid of the economic and social reality that is black oppression in America -- from de facto segregation and poverty to poli...
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson
Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson
Book
1987
Robinson recounts the origins and sustaining force of the famous boycott led by Montgomery's African American women.
Montreal revolutionaries, Canadian security and race: An interview with author David Austin
Christoff,Stefan
Article
2013
Recently, Montreal writer David Austin published Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, a groundbreaking work that details the significant breadth and scope of Black Powe...
No Outside Saviors!: Against The Current vol. 136
Feeley, Dianne; Finkel, David
Article
2008
Against The Current spoke with Gwendolyn M. Patton as part of our retrospective on the events of 1968 and the surrounding years.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 20, 2016: Connexions Enters Its Fifth Decade
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
This issue of Connexions Other Voices falls on the 40th anniversary of the publication of the very first Connexions newsletter, which was published in February 1976. That first issue carried the title...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which s...
Reverend Wright and Black Liberation Theology: Against The Current vol. 134
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
The groundswell of broad support for Barack Obama (both among Blacks and whites) is a phenomenon that deserves a serious analysis and understanding. It cannot be down played by passing it through the ...
Revolution and the Color Line
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2017
A review of the biography 'W.E.B. DuBois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line', by Bill Mullen, detailing the life of the influential author and organizer.
Revolution of Conscience: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Philosophy of Nonviolence
Moses, Greg
Book
1998
Moses explores key ideas about Martin Luther King Jr. and his philosophy in relation to the American civil rights movement, racial equality and nonviolence.
The Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in the USA
James, C.L.R.
Article
1948
The impetus of the Negro movement toward the revolutionary forces, which we have traced in the past, is stronger today than ever before.
Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays by Dave Dellinger
Dellinger, Dave
Book
1970
Dellinger says that "those of us who oppose the violence of the status quo and reject the violence of armed revolt and class hatred bear a heavy responsibility to struggle existentially to provdew non...
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
SDS
Sale, Kirkpatrick
Book
1973
The rise and development of the Students for a Democratic Society, the organization that became the major expression of the American left in the 1960s -- its passage from student protest to institutio...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
SNCC: Same Lesson, 50 Years On: Power Yields Nothing Without Demand
Sigal, Clancy
Article
2010
The SNCC lesson is that power yields nothing without demand and the guts to back it up.
The Socialism of the Black Panthers: A new documentary on the Black Panther Party overlooks the group's socialist core.
Greene, Robert
Article
2016
An analysis on the documentary on the Black Panther Party, "Up From Liberalism".
Still Got the News: Against The Current vol. 84
Esch, Betsy
Article
2000
As a student activist at the University of Michigan in the middle and late 1980s, I was part of a coalition of activists who planned and carried out a democratic takeover of our school's newspaper, Th...
Waiting 'til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America
Joseph, Peniel E
Book
Examines the Black Panther movement: its grass root political origins, its complicated history with the civil rights movement and the societal factors that fueled it. In separate sections Peniel docum...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Against the Current
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...

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Against the Current
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.