The Believer and the Class Struggle

Class struggle is such a universal and constant phenomena that at all times, men act in relation to the necessities of life in relation to their modes of production and in relation to their present and future interests.

After all, hasn’t Religion chosen and taught this form of struggle by setting good against evil, truth against falsehood, justice against injustice, solidarity against selfishness? . . .

Eduardo Mondlane and the Role of Intellectuals

“The intellectual by the virtue of his training, is useful to any society, whether capitalist or socialist, and needed particularly by revolutionary parties/organizations. But to be really effective he must be purged of his reactionary ideas which would do harm to the struggle.” . . .

Apartheid and Patriarchy

The following text was reprinted from “Ideas and Action” Bulletin 126, published in 1978 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It is a very colorful look into a little slice of life under apartheid, touching lightly on how those material conditions interact with patriarchy. Migrant workers are employed in jobs which pay low wages – in public works, railways, mining, refuse collecting, brick yards, docks, steelworks and even grave digging. In 1974, of the men I knew, those who were employed by some city council as cleaners or park hands earned between 30 and 35 rand . . .

Fannie Lou Hamer- “We’re On Our Way”

Fannie Lou Hammer speech before a mass meeting held at the Negro Baptist School in Indianola, Mississippi (September 1964). Thank you very much. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am very glad to be here for the first time in Indianola, Mississippi, to speak in a mass meeting. And you just don’t have a idea what a pleasure this is to me. Because we been working across—for the past two years—and Mr. Charles McLaurin worked very hard trying to get a place here during the time that I was campaigning and he failed to get a place. But it’s good . . .

Equality Through Equal Participation: Eritrean Women

The participation of women in the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) was not only significant but central to the movement’s success. Women made up one-third of the armed struggle and played vital roles, from combat to nursing and mechanics, teaching, driving, and radio and clandestine operations. The EPLF was highly progressive in organizing women at the grassroots level and encouraging them to join the national liberation movement.Despite facing cultural, religious, and patriarchal obstacles, Eritrean women fought for their rights and shattered oppressive barriers through equal participation. Their contributions to the struggle challenged traditional gender roles and redefined the capabilities of . . .

The Life of Winnie Mandela

The following text was reprinted from Black Women in South Africa and the Case of Winnie Mandela, by the Winnie Mandela Solidarity Coalition, c/o BCLSA, box 8791, Boston, MA. 02114. The Winnie Mandela Solidarity Coalition (WMSC) was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in response to the interest generated by a forum on repression in South Africa held by the Third World Women’s Organization. The goals of the WMSC were to build a campaign to free Winnie Mandela and other women political prisoners in South Africa and to educate, organize, and involve individual women and women’s organizations in support of South African . . .