vigilante violence within the context of transformative justice

to which extents are vigilante violence allowed and mandated and disallowed within contexts of transformative justice? ziggy farrow walker. hey all! it been a while. i just got off the phone with my sister actually. when we were younger, she and my twin and i used to fight and fight and fight. til we were all screaming and crying- and bleeding sometimes. we agreed never to speak to each other again almost every week on the yard after school. all very carceral. when we got a little older and stopped fighting, we recognized our earlier contention as trauma bonding and . . .

The Material Reality of The Black Vote

As we watch former Vice President Joe Biden be crowned “the comeback kid”, attributing his unbelievable election sweep to the elusive “Black vote”, we have to question who and what that is referring to. South Carolina became an unexpected turn of events for a primary election that seemed to be favoring Senator Bernie Sanders (despite the mess of the Iowa Caucus). The “Clyburn Effect”, named for Congressman Jim Clyburn’s seamless ability to change the outcome for Biden from dead last to prominent candidate, has once again forced mainstream media and voters to remember the “Black vote”. We must, however, be . . .

A Maoist Analysis of the 2020 Election

Many people were disappointed by the results of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary contests in the United States. For our foreign comrades, essentially, the United States Presidential Election system works like this: held every four years, the two major Parties (Democrats and Republicans) hold preliminary elections, called either primaries or caucuses before the general contest in November to determine who will be their Party’s nominee. This nominee is chosen by individuals called delegates, who vote at a Party convention. The delegates are chosen through the primaries and are pledged to a specific candidate. There are also unpledged delegates, called superdelegates, who are party . . .

Are Reparations Worth Selling Out Black Women?

Ajowa Ifateyo: Speaking UPFRONT  Originally published November 1984   Ajowa Ifateyo worked from 1972 to 1980 as editor of The Burning Spear, the newspaper of the African People’s Socialist Party. In 1980, the party split, as she describes in the interview.  In 1983, Ifateyo was one of a group of women who founded UPFRONT, a national Black women’s quarterly newspaper published out of Washington, D.C. She currently works on its staff.  Off Our Backs staffer, Carol Anne Douglas; (who is white) interviewed Ajowa Ifateyo. The interview discusses part of her experience in the APSP and her ideas on Black women’s . . .

Reclaiming Black Saint Louis Part II: Mill Creek Valley: Urban Renewal or Prole Removal?

New Afrikan people live in the midst of a war for our cities. The colonizer bourgeoisie wants us gone so that they can build coffeehouses and million-dollar condos over our corpses. So it’s no wonder that we reach for our pistols whenever we hear talk of “Urban Renewal”. On our end, this term translates to “population removal”. Mill Creek Valley was a thriving New Afrikan community, nearly two centuries old in the mid-1950s. Saint Louis was home to thriving ethnic neighborhoods at a point in our history. We had the Irish in Kerry Patch, Germans in Baden, and New Afrikans . . .

Black is Crime: Notes on Blaqillegalism

“As long as I’m alive I’ma live illegal, and once I get on I’ma put on all my people” -Prodigy “The fugitive nature of Blackness, the inherent outlawing of our bodies by the state and our positionality as being already outside of the law, gives rise to a Black illegalism where extralegal activities to further our survival are foregrounded.” – Anarkata: A Statement What a crime it is to be Black. To have the police be called on you for sitting in a restaurant, for grilling at a cookout, selling water, going to the pool, taking a nap, standing on . . .

Reenvisioning Harm Reduction As Reparations

Last year marked the 400th anniversary of the commencement of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in North America.  As politicians and others began announcing their plans to run for President, reparations once again became a prominent mainstream talking point. Subsequently, a historic hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in Washington DC, on the question of reparations, coincided with Juneteenth.  The intent of the hearing was not to determine reparations but, instead, determine if the H.R. 40 bill, a bill to convene a commission to study, document, quantify and make recommendations for reparations, should move forward. For over a century, despite . . .

Final Declaration of the World Conference Against Imperialism – Caracas, Venezuela

The following statements were produced at the World Conference Against Imperialism held in Caracas, Venezuela from January 22- 24, 2020 The delegations of the Political Parties and Social Movements, gathered in the city of Caracas, capital of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the occasion of the “World Meeting against Imperialism”, after the deliberations we have reached the following conclusions:  The future of humanity is in grave danger. Peace on the planet is seriously threatened as a result of the military aggression policy of the US and its allies, as well as the deadly arms race that brings only dividends to large corporations in the military . . .