By Chris Dixon, Angela Y. Davis
Dixon outlines the paintings of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the teachings they're studying of their efforts to create social transformation. The publication explores options to the foremost problem for today’s activists, organizers, opponents, and dreamers: development a substantial hyperlink among the paintings of against,” which fights ruling associations, and the paintings of beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives.
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The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) played a key role in honing and popularizing this anti-imperialist orientation and its organizational 30 / Politics prescriptions. Launched in 1966 in Oakland, California, the BPP combined confrontational challenges with state authorities, organizing in African American communities, and the development of needs-based counterinstitutions. As their popularity grew, BPP chapters sprang up all over the United States. 19 Ashanti Alston, who was active in the BPP and then in the underground Black Liberation Army, described this dimension in his experiences: It [the BPP] gave me, and a whole lot of us, a way to start transforming our lives into what we envisioned a revolutionary life would be—one in combat against this system, and at the same time, [one focused on] creating the kind of new society that we wanted.
By this, I mean a way of approaching political work that is about moving beyond insular activist spaces, connecting with popular struggles, and building broad-based movements capable of engaging ordinary people. ” This framework, as I explain in chapter 5, is based on organizing in the world as it is while cultivating strategies toward the world that we want. I explore how anti-authoritarians are beginning to relate to reform struggles—fights to win improvements within the existing system. ” I also investigate anti-authoritarian efforts to construct the infrastructure of a new society, particularly through counterinstitutions.
13 This kind of historical orientation guides my approach. Following this approach, my research for this book involved two main sources. The first was written work, including zines, flyers, pamphlets, magazines, online discussions, journals, websites, correspondence, notes from meetings and events, and books. The second source for my research was interviews. I traveled to six different parts of the United States and Canada and conducted forty-seven in-depth interviews with a broad range of activists and organizers.
Another politics : talking across today's transformative movements by Chris Dixon, Angela Y. Davis