Ben Mabie

is managing editor at Viewpoint.

Policing the Crisis, Policing the Planet: an Interview with Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp

Policing the Crisis, Policing the Planet: an Interview with Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp

Since Occu­py, many have puz­zled over the ten­den­cy of social move­ments, regard­less of their orig­i­nal griev­ances, to revolve around an antag­o­nism with cops and cages. In chart­ing how a range of rul­ing class strate­gies – from urban rede­vel­op­ment and the dis­ci­plin­ing of migrant labor, to impe­ri­al­ist counter-insur­gency – piv­ot on polic­ing, this book helps explain why.

Strategy After Ferguson

Strategy After Ferguson

The eleven groups fea­tured in our move­ment inquiry con­sti­tute part of what may be an emerg­ing rad­i­cal pole in the strug­gle for black lib­er­a­tion. Even in their ana­lyt­i­cal diver­gence and orga­ni­za­tion­al het­ero­gene­ity, they yield the out­lines of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary uni­ty, opposed to sep­a­ratism, whose ambi­tions exceed that of the mis­lead­er­ship both new and old. 

Insurgent Practice and the Black Panther Party: an Interview with Joshua Bloom

Insurgent Practice and the Black Panther Party: an Interview with Joshua Bloom

The Black Pan­ther Par­ty was able to sus­tain dis­rup­tion because the char­ac­ter of the prac­tices that they had devel­oped, that cul­tur­al tech­nol­o­gy of armed self-defense cou­pled with this anti-impe­ri­al­ism. It meant that the more author­i­ties repressed them, the more they were able to gath­er broad allies, who oth­er­wise wouldn’t have sup­port­ed the par­ty in the first place, but also had their own rea­sons to real­ly feel threat­ened by the sta­tus quo.

Dear Comrades

Dear Comrades

Part work­ers’ cen­ter and part domes­tic vio­lence resource cen­ter, the Mujeres Unidas y Acti­vas space in East Oak­land is demon­strat­ing what it means to build a Lati­na immi­grant women’s’ orga­ni­za­tion • It’s clear to those of us pay­ing atten­tion that gen­tri­fi­ca­tion is hit­ting the Bay Area par­tic­u­larly hard • The idea of pro­vid­ing imme­di­ate ser­vices to those locked up in jails and pris­ons is some­times seen as a com­pelling and essen­tial way to reach peo­ple inside • As a Guatemalan third-world left fem­i­nist with Marx­ist ten­den­cies, I orga­nize know­ing the ene­my • Sin Bar­ras is a prison abo­li­tion group based in San­ta Cruz, Cal­i­for­nia.

Dear Comrades

Dear Comrades

At any major demon­stra­tion in Oak­land, you will see police from all cor­ners of the East Bay • I do cler­i­cal work at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Sus­sex • When I was attend­ing Cypress Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, I worked at Labor Ready, a con­struc­tion temp agency, so that I could pay for school • We are still find­ing lessons from the last cycle of California’s stu­dent strug­gle • I’ve been orga­niz­ing with the Cal­i­for­nia Stu­dent Union (CASU) project since its incep­tion as a work­ing group cre­at­ed dur­ing the first South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edu­ca­tion Orga­niz­ing Coali­tion con­fer­ence • Lin­naeus is a city of lines straight and sin­gle.