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Advancing Black Liberation Through Economic Justice

by Benjamin Woods

Black America has always revered education as a stairway to progress, but the data show that “education has not created social mobility for Black people, and it has done little to close the Black-white wage gap.” Black millennials put far less trust in the U.S. electoral system, but are open to the kind of “clear, bold and intersectional policy demands” put forward in the Vision for Black Lives policy platform.

Class Struggle and National Liberation in the Movement for Black Lives

by Benjamin Woods

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) must recognize the dynamic relationship between race and class in Black America – contradictions that “can only be resolved through explicit, conscious class struggle” within the community. What’s needed is a socialist, mass-based Black Workers Party “that replaces the neoliberalism of the Black Bourgeoisie with the hegemony of the Black working class.” 

Six Lessons #BlackLivesMatter Can Learn From Amilcar Cabral

by Benjamin Woods

The emergent Black Lives Matter mobilization is nearing the juncture where it will grow into a true mass movement for liberation, or take some other fork in the road. BlackLivesMatter# should study the practice and writings of Amilcar Cabral, the great African revolutionary. “Cabral understood the new national culture would primarily be built through a process of protracted struggle and have what he called a “mass character.”

The Pan-African Cultural Revolution

by Benjamin Woods

“Our common oppression is not what makes us African, it is our movement for freedom that give us consciousness of our identity.” Black people’s political and cultural revolutions go hand in hand. It’s cultural component “is a class struggle in the realm of ideas and culture wherein our current leaders must transform or be replaced.”

South Africa’s Unfinished Revolution

A Review by Benjamin Woods

Nelson Mandela’s rise South Africa’s presidency did not constitute a revolution, but simply a transition to nominal Black electoral political power. A new party promises to make good on the promises of the Freedom Charter, through socialism. “Even the red uniform of the EFF with matching berets is a nod to historic and contemporary revolutions such as in Venezuela.”

South Africa’s Unfinished Revolution, A Review by Benjamim Woods

A Review by Benjamin Woods
Nelson Mandela’s rise South Africa’s presidency did not constitute a revolution, but simply a transition to nominal Black electoral political power. A new party promises to make good on the promises of the Freedom Charter, through socialism. “Even the red uniform of the EFF with matching berets is a nod to historic and contemporary revolutions such as in Venezuela.”

Who and What is “The Left”?

by Benjamin Woods

The “Left” resurgence in the U.S. is less than it’s cracked up to be. Not so long ago, luminaries like Bill de Blasio and Elizabeth Warren would have been, at best, referred to as liberals.” If you’re not pushing for redistribution of land and wealth and nationalization of the “commanding heights” of the economy, you’re not the real Left.

Human Rights, Neo-liberalism and Mass Incarceration

by Benjamin Woods

If African Americans are – finally – prepared to fight their way out of the current crisis, they “must develop a set of tactics, strategies, and objectives to improve their deteriorating condition, particularly in the arena of mass incarceration.” A “human rights” strategy would serve us well.

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