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HangOut on Strategy for Liberation
December 1, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Please join us for our next national LeftRoots HangOut, with special guests M Adams and Biju Mathew on left strategies for liberation! Together we will discuss what we mean by ‘transformational strategy’, why it is crucial and how we can move forward together to build a movement that wins!
December 1st, 2015 * 4:00pm PT / 6pm CT/ 7:00pm ET
Millions of people in the US are involved in some kind of struggle against an aspect of the system. But do they have a strategy to transform the whole thing? Do any of us have a strategy for liberation?
We march against racist police murders and gentrification. We fight for a living wage for workers and equality for women and LGBT people as well as for the very survival of the planet.
We work hard, past the point of burnout, grinding for each reform.
We cheer as people take to the streets, for days, sometimes weeks in uprisings that shake people awake and shake the government’s stability, at least momentarily.
But what will it take to transform the whole society? How can each step we take move us toward that goal? How can we use our strengths to attack the other side’s weaknesses? What sections of society can be brought together to uproot oppression and capitalism?
These are the questions revolutionaries ask in order to develop strategy. While we don’t yet have the answers, we believe it is worthwhile to take the time to answer them.
Our HangOut will feature the following speakers:
- M Adams is a Black Queer Wimmin, dad, political theorist, movement scientist and community organizer. She is the co-executive director of Freedom Inc. and co-founder of Young Gifted and Black Coalition in Madison, WI.
- Biju Matthew is Secretary of the National Taxi Workers Alliance and is active in developing transnational strategy to combat the religious right.
In preparation for this HangOut: we are reading several short contemporary essays on strategy and a portion of Path to Power, the document which laid out the strategy for overthrowing apartheid in South Africa. These short pieces will help us understand what type of analysis and clarity is needed in order to develop transformative strategy for the left in the United States. We see transformative strategy as a framework that describes how, on shifting terrain and against an opposing force(s), a set of aligned forces can achieve the power and influence necessary to achieve a defined objective which is currently unattainable given the existing balance of power.
You will receive the readings after you register.
We hope you can join us!
The LeftRoots National Strategy Commission