As this is the New Year – indeed two weeks into it! – I’d like to introduce you all to my own “Resolutions to Make Revolutions.” There are projects I’m hopefully going to pursue over the course of the upcoming year. If any of you are interested in working with me on some of this, well that’d be awesome…
1) Building New Community Spaces
In the short term, this means reading groups, meet-ups, and lots of inclusive radical discussion. In the long term, of course, I mean “spaces” more literally. That is, I would definitely like to work with you wonderful radicals to establish real radical spaces for community education and organizing. I don’t necessarily mean Infoshops. Whatever you call them, I mean inclusive and inviting spaces that provide radical educational programming, reading, and community and workplace organizing space. Emphasis on the INCLUSIVE.
2) A New KY Social Forum
There was a KY Social Forum in 2008, I think. As our points of unity made clear this summer, we all believe that our nation is increasingly turning toward a reactionary, fascist ideology and form of governance. Recent events seem to corroborate this analysis. Obviously, it’s still necessary to organize against this trend. To me, this means that we 1) need to confront the fascist threat directly at their rallies, marches, etc. and 2) need to organize a more unified left in KY and across the country. As I see it, a KY Social Forum would be a good start in organizing a more unified left and spreading our radical critique(s).
3) May Day Organizing
Another significant step toward developing a more unified and powerful (!) left in our immediate vicinity, in my opinion, is to reinvigorate the tradition of May Day marches. Recently, these marches have become devoted to issues of immigration and citizenship. I think this an important development and one we should celebrate. But I think it’s also important to emphasize the history of the marches in labor organizing and the Haymarket lynchings. I was approached by someone working on organizing a May Day march in Louisville for this year not too long ago. If anyone knows how to get involved, I’d appreciate the information.
The idea is to develop a 2 hour panel on “Financial Crisis, Austerity, and Education” — Joan will recognize it… ;) The panel will visit communities and colleges across the state, speaking with students and community members about how to organize around education. My part being, obviously (?), to recount my own experiences in Berkeley and the occupations and to present my analysis of these events and how they apply to colleges and communities in KY. If you’re interested to help out in any way, I’d love it!!
5) Louisville Copwatch
Probably speaks for itself. Probably doesn’t apply to most of you.
Supposedly, I’ll also be doing “academic work” in this time… :) If you know anyone in Louisville, who’d be interested in such things, please put me in contact.