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(en) US, [nycanarchists] "Fight the Power, Build the Power"* Tour , July 28

From moose <moose000@earthlink.net>
Date Mon, 21 Jul 2003 09:34:51 +0200 (CEST)

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This July, an East Coast U.S. speaking tour brings together a diverse
section of activists addressing the need for radical alternatives to our
current political structure. Doing so, they advocate, requires people
challenge white supremacy and privilege, and building a national
organization to work toward that.

The tour, titled "Fight the Power, Build the Power: A Movement for the 21st
Century," will make the following stops across the East Coast:
July 25 :: Boston, Lucy Parsons Center
July 27 :: Amherst, Food for Thought Bookstore
July 28 :: NYC, Hunter College Student Resource Center, Thomas Hunter Hall
July 31 :: Philadelphia, A-Space
August 2 :: Washington, D.C., Brian Mackenzie Infoshop

[dates/locations subject to change]

The tour is the result of various collectives working around the "Bring the
Ruckus" proposal released in April 2001 by the Phoenix collective. The
Ruckus collective (not associated with the "Ruckus Society") formed in
Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997 to discuss revolutionary politics at a local and
national level and to develop a revolutionary praxis. Its main contribution
locally has been the creation of Phoenix Copwatch, which has been patrolling
the streets since early 1999. In the summer of 2000, Ruckus activists began
talking about the need for a national or continental revolutionary
organization. This led organizers to embark on a program of study with the
goal of creating a proposal for a membership-based national or continental
revolutionary federation.

During this time, Ruckus members studied a number of past revolutionary
groups, focusing particularly on their politics, program, structure, and
strategy. In developing this proposal, Ruckus studied the politics,
programs, strategies, and structures of various revolutionary or radical
organizations, including the Black Panther Party, Students for a Democratic
Society, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and assorted
political tendencies. In November 2002, various folks from around the U.S.
met to build an organization based on the politics set forth in the "Bring
the Ruckus" proposal (available in English and Spanish at
www.agatatorindex.org). Some of the politics within the statement are around
building a feminist organization and fighting against white supremacy.

"White supremacy is a system that grants those defined as 'white' special
privileges in American society, such as preferred access to the best
schools, neighborhoods, jobs, and health care; greater advantages in
accumulating wealth; a lesser likelihood of imprisonment; and better
treatment by the police and the criminal justice system," Ruckus activists
state in the proposal. "In exchange for these privileges, whites agree to
police the rest of the population through such means as slavery and
segregation in the past and through formally 'colorblind' policies and
practices today that still serve to maintain white advantage.

"The central task of a new organization should be to break up this unholy
alliance between the ruling class and the white working class by attacking
the system of white privilege and the subordination of people of color...
The glue that has kept the American state together has been white supremacy;
melting that glue creates revolutionary possibilities."

Speakers for the tour have united from various points of the United States
to tackle various topics related to the development of a revolutionary
organization, white supremacy and more. Scheduled speakers include:

-> Traci Harris, Los Angeles Ruckus collective
-> Roy San Fillipo, Los Angeles Ruckus Collective; editor of "A New World in
Our Hearts: 8 Years of Writing from the Love and Rage Revolutionary
Anarchist Federation"
-> Heather Ajani, Phoenix Ruckus collective; Phoenix Copwatch; Anarchist
People of Color

Those who wish to assist with or attend a tour stop in their areas should
contact ruckus@agitatorindex.org or check out our website at

* [Ed. Note: part of the antiauthoritarian pro organizational
revolutionaries initiative - Bring the Ruckus]

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