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Bring the Ruckus Tour Hits East Coast! (english)
17 Jul 2003
Modified: 18 Jul 2003
"Fight the Power, Build the Power Tour hits East Coast in July 2003.
"Fight the Power, Build the Power" Tour hits East Coast in July 2003

This July, an East Coast U.S. speaking tour brings together a diverse section of activists addressing the need for radical alternatives to our current political structure. Doing so, they advocate, requires people challenge white supremacy and privilege, and building a national organization to work toward that.

The tour, titled "Fight the Power, Build the Power: A Movement for the 21st Century," will make the following stops across the East Coast:

July 25 :: Boston, Lucy Parsons Center
July 27 :: Amherst, Food for Thought Bookstore
July 28 :: NYC, Hunter College
July 31 :: Philadelphia, A-Space
August 2 :: Washington, D.C., Brian Mackenzie Infoshop
[dates/locations subject to change]

The tour is the result of various collectives working around the "Bring the Ruckus" proposal released in April 2001 by the Phoenix collective. The Ruckus collective (not associated with the "Ruckus Society") formed in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997 to discuss revolutionary politics at a local and national level and to develop a revolutionary praxis. Its main contribution locally has been the creation of Phoenix Copwatch, which has been patrolling the streets since early 1999. In the summer of 2000, Ruckus activists began talking about the need for a national or continental revolutionary organization. This led organizers to embark on a program of study with the goal of creating a proposal for a membership-based national or continental revolutionary federation.

During this time, Ruckus members studied a number of past revolutionary groups, focusing particularly on their politics, program, structure, and strategy. In developing this proposal, Ruckus studied the politics, programs, strategies, and structures of various revolutionary or radical organizations, including the Black Panther Party, Students for a Democratic Society, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and assorted political tendencies. In November 2002, various folks from around the U.S. met to build an organization based on the politics set forth in the "Bring the Ruckus" proposal (available in English and Spanish at www.agatatorindex.org). Some of the politics within the statement are around building a feminist organization and fighting against white supremacy.

"White supremacy is a system that grants those defined as 'white' special privileges in American society, such as preferred access to the best schools, neighborhoods, jobs, and health care; greater advantages in accumulating wealth; a lesser likelihood of imprisonment; and better treatment by the police and the criminal justice system," Ruckus activists state in the proposal. "In exchange for these privileges, whites agree to police the rest of the population through such means as slavery and segregation in the past and through formally 'colorblind' policies and practices today that still serve to maintain white advantage.

"The central task of a new organization should be to break up this unholy alliance between the ruling class and the white working class by attacking the system of white privilege and the subordination of people of color... The glue that has kept the American state together has been white supremacy; melting that glue creates revolutionary possibilities."

Speakers for the tour have united from various points of the United States to tackle various topics related to the development of a revolutionary organization, white supremacy and more. Scheduled speakers include:

-> Traci Harris, Los Angeles Ruckus collective
-> Roy San Fillipo, Los Angeles Ruckus Collective; editor of "A New World in Our Hearts: 8 Years of Writing from the Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation"
-> Heather Ajani, Phoenix Ruckus collective; Phoenix Copwatch; Anarchist People of Color

Those who wish to assist with or attend a tour stop in their areas should contact us or check out our website.
See also:
http://www.agitatorindex.org
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More Power To Ya! (english)
18 Jul 2003
The above article is interesting. Mentioning unfair and unjust support to people of color is totally correct.
I, being a white male, from a poor family. Grew up with many kids of color. I lived in a mixed, poor area. Public schools were equally divided with race. My first girlfriend was Mexican. I have many friends of color.
All my life I've heard foreman, bosses and co-workers use racial words. I loathe all of them.
I hope that change can come out of these meetings. And unity for everyone who attends.
Peace from someone who cares.