Call for February Submissions: Race & Police

by Admin on January 3, 2015


from Ferguson & “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”


There is a wave of anger and outpouring of protest over the racial police killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. As strategists, how do we help these disparate instances coordinate into a national force? What is the next step the movement needs to take to attain the justice it desires?

Would a united socialist intervention in the movement be possible?  What would it look like?  How would it happen?  What would it call for?



As critics of the capitalist state’s top-down bureaucratic structure, what do we do about professional police forces?

Is there a more humane, democratic way to run public security? Does this have to wait until after socialism is achieved, or can we begin establishing elements of it now? What would it look like in socialism? Should popular community security be self-initiated, like the Huey Newton club in Dallas, Texas or the autodefensas in Mexico? Should it be a reform we demand of the state? Are there any technological innovations which would help us accomplish this? Are things like filming the police and demanding body cameras fruitful or pointless?



The organized socialist Left is often predominantly white. The traditional Left solution to this problem is to take strong stances on anti-racist issues, show up at demonstrations, and heavily police the language and ideas of members. However, this often does little to actually build the relationships on which organization is based. Mike Ely of Kasama Project referred to this sort of activity as temporary “forays” as opposed to merging with the people.

Often Black activists hover in the periphery of socialist organizations, and take part in the activist movement work, but do not join. Why is this? Do Black people need their own organizations? If so, how do we relate to them? Or is there something we could do better? Is there something about our structure, atmosphere, or politics that is an obstacle to low-income people of color?

Some movements, however, seem to be succeeding in bridging the racial gap in a more permanent, sustained way — solidarity networks, the $15 movement, certain unions, for example. What are some other successes, and why are these successes successful?

We look forward to your contributions.

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Saturn Concentric January 4, 2015 at 12:56 am

WOW, wordpress is censoring the grafitti on the Ferguson image


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