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I compiled a google drive of anti-racism/whiteness readings for my writing course students

cause the best way to teach people to read and think critically is to confront their own shit

A lot of it is from the book We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America by PM Press

drive.google.com/open?id=1jSSj

like, are your activities tryna radicalize the never ending cabal of clueless white people?

cause if so i don't need to be there.....

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i will also say

i love to read

but in no universe am i joining a radical bookclub where it vacillates between the handmaid's tale and deleterious shit like "me and white supremacy" workbooks

why would i read that mess when i got the Black radical tradition, anarchist feminism, Marxist queer-feminism, and literally anything else at my disposal?

if you don't have an framework established

secure communications and info sharing

vetting folks to be apart of your core group and affinity groups

finding host spaces that aren't gonna snitch on you to the cops that your anarchist, solar punk unicorn book group was meeting at X time on Y day talking about ๐Ÿ’ฃ

folks aint gonna trust you, on or offline

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another example: i dropped out of the local Black and Pink group once I realized their shit wasn't encrypted and they were doing everything on google suite

which is just asking for trouble down the line....

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i've had supposed "left organizers" message me on FB trying to plan direct actions

the same ones that routinely post "fuck the police" and all the right slogans

like, how do you not know FB is the opps by now is beyond me

but i now know not to trust how you move

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similarly, I'll say as someone whose life is impacted by the carceral state

not enough left organizers understand what state repression actually means for how you organize

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nobody is going to let you host your "anti-racist bookclub" at their local cafe if it means they might be priced out in the next fiscal year

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gentrification is incompatible with left organizing

not only in terms of ideological differences but the practical, necessary steps of building bridges with community members to find space and hold events

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Last year I went to an event for Critical Resistance's re-release of their newspaper

It was held at a cafe in Pilsen that was a staple to the local Latinx community

a couple of months later that same cafe announced they were closing after 30 years. The owners moved out of the country

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*sees a post about moving left organizing from online to offline*

hmm, i can think of *at least* two major, interlocking reasons why online organizing has become primary

1. state repression
2. gentrification

prisons, politics 

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prisons, politics 

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prisons, politics 

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prisons, politics 

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prisons, politics 

Just found a directory of bail funds in the so-called US!

communityjusticeexchange.org/n

Jail is a fucking traumatizing and inhumane experience that no one should have to be exposed to. Donating to a bail fund can help reduce the number of people who are. A good cause to put your money toward, if you're looking for one

A lot of economists were already predicting a big recession/crisis in 2020-2021so it wouldn't be at all surprising if this corona+oil thing was what set it off.

What would be frustrating is how easy it would be for capitalists to spin this as a 'foreign' crash caused by China/Russia/Saudi,
Instead of something home-brewed by the stock market and given that last nudge by current events.

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