[act-ma] 6/23 - Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle
boston at workers.org
Wed Jun 13 09:43:36 PDT 2007
Marxism, Reparations and
*the Black Freedom Struggle*
*Sat. June 23 - 4:00pm*
*284 Amory St.*, Jamaica Plain, MA
*Donation -- Refreshments -- Childcare*
*Meet the editor Monica Moorehead*
*Learn more about this important book on Reparations*
**New World**** View Forum book on African American history and
resistance.** **Essays cover the meaning of the ongoing Katrina
catastrophe; and** **building Black-Brown unity and solidarity against
//These essays, from a variety of folks working on a number of Black
struggles, testify to// //the central truth that Black History is the
epic saga of resistance, rebellion and revolt. These// //struggles show
us all that true freedom is still an objective to be attained, rather
than a reality.// //What, pray tell, did Katrina show us?// **--- Mumia
Abu-Jamal, author, We Want Freedom:** **A Life in the Black Panther
Party; political prisoner**
//Other races or people have received reparations for crimes committed
against them,// //such as Japanese people and Jewish people. Slavery and
the trans-Atlantic slave trade were// //crimes against humanity.
Reparations for African Americans are long overdue. The issue of//
//reparations has always led me to think more and more about my right to
'forty acres and a// //mule.' When people in the Black community read
this book they will be motivated to fight// //back.// **--- Robert
Traynham, USWA Local 8751, Boston School** **Bus Drivers; former Black
Panther Party member**
//This powerfully---and passionately---written book reveals how
descendants of those who// //got rich from enslaving African peoples
grow ever wealthier today with that capital in their// //vaults. Within
these pages is fl esh-and-blood understanding that the demand for
reparations---// //justice, delayed and denied---is a component of a
dynamic struggle for national liberation// //that has raged since mass
kidnap pings of millions of people from Africa, the holocaust of// //the
Middle Passage and enslavement. No justice? No peace!// **--- Leslie
Feinberg, award-winning author, Stone Butch Blues,** **Transgender
Warriors, Trans Liberation, & Drag King Dreams; activist**
*Why reparations are essential to class struggle*
By Greg Butterfield
Reactionaries of all political stripes have ridiculed the idea of
reparations for African Americans, just as they ridicule the struggle
for socialism. So it's fitting that these two great historical movements
for social justice should meet in the pages of a new book, "Marxism,
Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle," published by World View Forum.
The book---which includes speeches, eyewitness accounts, news reports
and historical analysis from the pages of Workers World
newspaper---seeks to elevate the call for reparations by showing its
centrality to the class struggle and self-determination in the United
States and around the globe.
A diverse group of writers demolish the ruling-class myth that white
workers are the ones being asked to pay for the crimes of slavery. A
victory for African-American reparations against Big Business and the
U.S. government, they argue, would elevate the whole multi-national
working class and strike a blow against the bosses' downward pressure on
wages and benefits.
In the words of a Workers World Party statement reprinted here, "Every
worker can understand that unpaid labor is theft---whether slave or
**An historic demand**
Reparations for the descendants of African slaves is a demand that has
been raised over and over, in many forms, since the U.S. government
abandoned its pledge of "40 acres and a mule" after the Civil War.
Disdain, violence and silence have all failed to bury this historic
demand because the lords of U.S. capital continue to grow fabulously
wealthy off institutionalized racism, while Black people pay the price
of criminalization, police brutality, discrimination and unequal pay.
The modern reparations movement emerged at the 2001 United Nations
Conference on Racism and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa,
where African-American forces took up the call. Next came class-action
lawsuits against Fleet Boston Financial, Aetna, CSX and other corporate
beneficiaries of the slave trade. The December 12th Movement, National
Black United Front, N'COBRA and other groups initiated the Millions for
Reparations Movement rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 17, 2002.
Monica Moorehead, the new book's editor, writes: "The U.S. government
has a despicable history of downplaying or outright dismissing the issue
of reparations. To grant compensation to millions of descendants of
African slaves would expose the institutionalized racism that African
Americans and other people of color still suffer today."
**Reparations in context**
Moorehead has assembled a unique volume that places the reparations
movement in a broad global, historical and theoretical context. Articles
put today's efforts in the context of the historic struggle for Black
liberation, from Reconstruction and Jim Crow through the Civil Rights
Movement, Million Worker March Movement and beyond.
Originally published as a pamphlet in 2002, this greatly-expanded and
updated book encompasses recent political developments, from the war in
Iraq and the genocidal aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the
explosion of the immigrant rights movement in 2006.
It breaks the illusion of isolation created by the corporate media and
political establishment, showing how reparations is a demand with
widespread appeal for oppressed peoples and nations around the world as
redress for centuries of colonialism, imperialist exploitation and war
crimes, from Jamaica to Iraq, Zimbabwe to the Black Belt South.
An overview of section titles give a sense of the book's scope: "Black
liberation and the working-class struggle"; "The material basis for
reparations in the U.S."; "Brief overview of racist oppression and
heroic resistance"; "What Hurricane Katrina exposed to the world";
"Africa: A battleground against colonialism and for sovereignty";
"Justice for the Caribbean"; "A salute to women revolutionaries"; "Why
fight-back is inevitable"; and "Black labor and class solidarity." This
book is a must read in libraries, class rooms and for those activists
mobilizing in the streets.
Given pride of place in the book is the need to build solidarity between
workers, with a special focus on unity between African Americans,
including those in communities devastated by Katrina and Rita, and
immigrant workers, who are under fierce attack but fighting back for
In his article "Black and Brown Unity," Saladin Muhammad of the Black
Workers League writes: "Building the convergence of these movements
demands respect for their independence and diversity. A strategic
alliance ... must be concretized and built around real struggles that
enable both to see the power in unity to make radical changes in the
interests of democracy and revolutionary transformation. ... This is why
it is so important to focus this alliance today on the struggles for
Reconstruction in the Gulf Coast and the struggle for immigrant rights."
Other contributors include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pat Chin, Sam Marcy, Larry
Holmes, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Clarence Thomas and Chris Silvera, Tony Van
Der Meer, John Parker, Teresa Gutierrez, LeiLani Dowell and many more.
The book features a stunning cover graphic by Sahu Barron and is
illustrated with photos and graphics throughout.
//Available at www.leftbooks.com
Workers World Party
boston at workers.org <mailto:boston at workers.org>
<mailto:boston at workers.org>*National Office
wwp at workers.org
Subscribe to print edition http://www.workers.org/orders/subscribe.php
Subscribe to email edition wwnews-subscribe at workersworld.net
To contact Workers World news service by email: WWnews at workers.org
<mailto:WWnews at workers.org>
Support independent news, donate now
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Size: 178854 bytes
Desc: not available
More information about the Act-MA