From Resistance to Revolution: Lessons from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers

Host/Sponsor: 
Jerome Scott, League of Revolutionaries for a New America
Room: 
1.123
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
Abstract: 
We analyze race, class, gender, and black labor within the current political moment. The whole world is in transition and embodies an irreversible capitalist crisis, and intensifying state violence, white supremacy, xenophobia, patriarchy, ecocide, political polarity, and struggle from below. The 2017 Trump presidency ushers in an intensification of the polarization of wealth and poverty, democracy for billionaire capitalists, and developing fascism for the masses. Forces of protest, resistance, and revolution are rising up. Black workers at the point of production in the 1960s are today at the point of dispossession, state violence, and increasingly death. They are a conscious and powerful force within today’s multiracial, multinational and multigendered class struggle for humanity and the planet. Through video from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW) media and education project and discussion, we share lessons for a new generation of movement actors rooted in decades of political practice and theoretical study of former members of the LRBW in the Revolutionary Union Movement organizations (RUMs) in the Detroit plants for auto and related industries and their communities, from 1968 to 1970. Many remain engaged in social struggle; and their lives and political practice provide a focus on black workers in relation to shifts in capitalist production, the state, and the revolutionary process (www.revolutionaryblackworkers.org). A critical overarching lesson is that it’s easy to be a revolutionary in revolutionary times, but it takes theory to be a revolutionary in ebb times. An essential question is how much power will labor have when labor is in competition with robots? It is imperative that collectively our movement develop a vision and strategy, including theoretical education, to inform our political practice in relation to the revolutionary process in the 21st century.
Panel Track: 
The Resistance: Then. Now. Tomorrow
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
walda
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
katz-fishman
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Howard University
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Walda Katz-Fishman, an activist scholar, popular educator and author, and professor of sociology at Howard University since 1970, was a founding member and former board chair of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide. She served on the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum and is active many social justice movement organizations, including the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. She was co-recipient of the American Sociological Association 2004 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology. She is a contributing author and editor of several popular education toolkits and books, and is author/co-author of numerous chapters and articles on the global capitalist crisis, race, class and gender, and transformative social movements toward socialism.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Jerome
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Scott
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
League of Revolutionaries for a New America
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Jerome Scott, a former auto worker, labor organizer in the auto plants of Detroit in the 1960s-70s, and member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, was the founding director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide. He serves on the board of the General Baker Institute, the National Planning Committee of the United States Social Forum, the leadership team of Move to Amend and May First, and is active in social justice movement organizations, including the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. Jerome facilitates political and popular education in diverse social movement spaces and organizations in the US South and nationally, and has written extensively on race, class, capitalism and the revolutionary process. He was co-recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2004 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Rose
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Brewer
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
University of Minnesota
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Rose M. Brewer, Ph.D. is a long time radical activist scholar. She is the Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and she writes extensively on radical Black feminism, political economy, social movements, and the Black Liberation Movement. Her co-authored, The Color of Wealth received the Gustavus Meyer national book award in 2006, and she is one of the editors of The United States Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement, 2010. As a founding Board member of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide and a founding member of the Black Radical Congress her commitment to revolutionary change deepened. Her involvement in struggles to end racism, national oppression, sexism, imperialism, and economic exploitation in the U.S. and globally took root in Black student activism and local community struggles. The fight for her continues to be about fundamental social transformation. She was a core organizer of the United States Social Forums in 2007, 2010, and the 2015 US polycentric Social Forum.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
walda
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
katzfishmankatz-fishman
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Howard University

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