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Lessons from Combahee: Black feminism, socialism, and oppression today
April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
In the fight for justice today, it has been vital to understand how gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability condition our economic exploitation and shape our identities. How do different forms of oppression interact to shape our experience of capitalism? What is identity politics’ role in our fight to build socialism? How do we confront racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression in our struggle against capitalism?
Throughout movements, these questions have often been ignored or trivialized. Nevertheless, from the contributions of Black communist women like Claudia Jones and Black feminist organizations like the Combahee River Collective, a rich tradition exists to help socialists tackle these questions in our present.
Join this discussion to learn about the crucial innovations of Black socialist and feminist women and help us apply these lessons in our struggle against capitalism and oppression today.
Speakers: Fathuma Jama and Patricia Meyer.
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, ed.
(DM Spring for e-book)
“Identity Crisis” by Salar Mohandesi in Viewpoint Magazine (March 16, 2017)
An End to the Neglect of the Black Woman! by Claudia Jones
“Race, class and Marxism?” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in SocialistWorker.org (January 4, 2011) (https://socialistworker.org/2011/01/04/race-class-and-marxism)
“About the We”: Drawing from Legacies of Black Feminist Praxis for Workers’ Rights Transformation
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