Power concedes nothing without a demand.
in church basements
on street corners
inside break rooms
beside comrades and agent provocateurs
outside comfort zones
around the dinner table
along the picket line
across the aisle
behind prison doors and iron bars
against the grain
over loud speakers and bullhorns
beneath billy clubs and tear gas canisters
through the fire
in front of an all-white jury
toward freedom and justice
somewhere between being and becoming
that is where movements are made
MEDIA RELEASE: United Nations Special Rapporteur mm into prolonged solitary confinement of Russell “Maroon” Shoats
News comes as state legislators set hearing on solitary confinement in PA prisons
Contact: Russell Shoatz firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa Shoatz
Last week, I was one of 15 people who intentionally sat in the middle of a busy Houston intersection and refused to leave until arrested. We were there in solidarity with Houston janitors currently on strike against poverty wages, most of whom are immigrant workers. But I never expected the strike to affect me so personally. It hit me like a brick in the head, all at once.
You see, my grandparents were immigrants too (of a different variety of course). They fled the Jim Crow South with thousands of other African-Americans last century in search of better jobs, to escape white vigilante terror and to secure greater opportunity for their children. Sitting in that Houston intersection between towers of big oil and finance, I thought about my grandmother Lessie B—-a woman who persevered through racism, domestic abuse and mistreatment at work in order to take care of her family.
After being released from County Jail the day after our arrest several of the women janitors greeted me with open arms and a “gracias”. Their eyes were filled with gratitude and pride—-a gaze I saw in my grandmother’s eyes when I graduated high school with honors.
It’s true what they say…the workers struggle has no borders. You can read more about our act of civil disobedience here.
The economy is supposedly in a recovery phase, which for working and poor people is bad news. These charts don’t tell the whole story, but they are helpful in understanding the depth of the crisis we face.
The Black Freedom struggle has always been as much about economics as it has politics, although the former is often overlooked. This fact is born out by one of the seminal moments in American history—-Black Reconstruction. The video above is a lecture entitled, “The Freed People and the Economics of Land and Labor”.