FRONT LINE REPORTS
Nietta Wright holds up a photo of her son, Dominique Ladson, who was shot to death when two masked men burst into his house Nov. 20, 2013. She spoke Monday at a rally against gun violence in North Charleston, SC.
The Black Activist is a journal that aims to link theory to practice, general universal ideas to the diverse terrains of struggle and niches of political culture that makes up our national reality. Towards this end we are starting this section that enables the voices of the grass roots militant activists to join in the theoretical debate by focusing on local struggles. What appears here are the actual voices of our struggle, a biopsy of what is going on and what we think about it. We look forward to serious growth and development in these reports as our struggle advances. For this we need active participation, criticism, and involvement of our local organizations.
The process of rebuilding the Black liberation movement involves the dialectic of line (a national process of developing correct and useful ideas) with practice (active struggle rooted in local areas). The main task is to involve local leadership in this process, a leadership in constant interaction with a local constituency. As we get on the same page (theory) across diverse battle fronts (practice) higher levels of organizational coordination, affiliation, and unity will become evident and imperative.
Already we have agitation slogans uniting the movement as is shown in the reports in this issue. This gives coherence to the many demonstrations and campaigns, especially those focusing on national issues like the “Justice for Trayvon Campaign.” The Black Activist tries to promote this on our Face book page as an agitational tool for mass action. In the journal we target theoretical arguments. We embrace the long agreed upon distinction between agitation (few ideas to many people in mass action) and propaganda (many ideas toward developing leaders with advanced consciousness). Both are needed to rebuild our movement.
In this issue our front line reports connect with our theoretical work. We have five reports on the “No More Trayvon Campaign.” This directly links to the report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement that sums up the patterns of police murder and advances a theory of state repression. MXGM is an affiliated organization in the Black Left Unity Network. Further we have three reports from the African Diaspora. These reports connect with the major article in this issue on the experiences of Afro-Cubans in the historical practice of the Cuban revolution. We welcome commentary on all of this.
Our main reports come from eight areas in all four regions of the country. This is a greatest challenge, to get local summations of our fight back, our actually existing movement.
The crisis of U.S. and global capitalism is intensifying state repression and attacks on democracy. Permanent war is an aspect of the global attacks led by U.S. imperialism. The threat by elements in the U.S. congress to shut down the U.S. government around questions of national healthcare and democratic rights for the working-class and poor shows the fascist direction of the state.
The struggles around basic needs and for democratic rights for the oppressed and working-class, especially for those that are long term and permanently unemployed, constitute a real challenge for the capitalist crisis and its austerity strategy. Fighting as fragmented local struggles, with no national program of demands and coordination that unites and mobilizes the collective power of the Black masses, is a dangerous position for the forces of the Black liberation movement; a movement that the capitalist support for the election of Obama wants to discourage.
Rebuilding the national Black liberation movement is not only critical to the struggle for African American self-determination, it is critical to shaping the revolutionary mood and direction of all of the U.S. struggles for democracy and revolutionary change.