Black Revolutionaries reading group in Amsterdam, Netherlands

A group in Amsterdam will be starting a reading group centered around the Volume 2 reader on Black Revolutionaries in the US.  The first meeting is on November 11th.

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Release of reader (vol. 2) on Black Revolutionaries in the United States

Communist Research Cluster announces the release of the latest volume of our Communist Interventions reader series: Black Revolutionaries in the United States. Featuring a wide range of revolutionary thought and theoretical debates from the early 20th century to the late 1970s, Black Revolutionaries in the United States offers a foundation for thinking through capitalism and race today. 

A PDF (and other formats) of the full reader is available for download on the Readers page.

This document differs from previous ones we have released in that we plan to give this volume a major overhaul and regard this version as provisional.  We have versioned the release as 0.1 to indicate its interim status; a version 1.0 will follow at some point in the future.  Some more discussion of this plan and process can be found in the reader introduction.

Table of contents:

1. Slavery And Capitalism
2. Socialism, Communism and the Negro Question
3. The Black Belt
4. Domestic Work
5. Independent Struggles
6. Nationalism, Internal Colonialism and the Black Bourgeoisie
7. Automation and the Outsiders
8. Black Power
9. Frantz Fanon
10. Black Panther Party
11. White-Skin Privilege
12. The League of Revolutionary Black Workers
13. Black Feminism
14. Reinvention and Critique of the Black Nation Thesis
15. The Nation Thesis Spreads

Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all. Communism—the effort to give all men what they need and to ask of each the best they can contribute—this is the only way of human life… In the end communism will triumph. I want to help bring that day. 

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Reading Group starting in Brooklyn

The Base in Brooklyn is hosting a reading group centered around the Communist Interventions, Volume I reader:

In this group, we will work through the revolutionary theory of the twentieth century, focusing on the history of European socialism and communism (in future groups, we may look at anarchism, feminism, anti-colonialism and anti-racism, and so on). We will use a reader, which has been designed for this reading group by the Communist Research Cluster. Readings are 50-60 pages per session, split between primary sources and chapters from a history book.

“Revolutionary Theory : A Reading Group” starting in Oakland, California

The Bay Area Public School in Oakland, California is running a reading group that will work through the Communist Interventions, Volume I reader.  From the reading group’s Facebook page:

In this group, we will work through the history of revolutionary theory in the twentieth century, focusing on the history of European socialism and communism (in future groups, we may look at anarchism, feminism, anti-colonialism and anti-racism, and so on). We will use a reader, which has been designed for this reading group by the Communist Research Cluster. Readings are 50-60 pages per session, split between primary sources and chapters from a history book. This group will hopefully allow us to think more deeply about some of the big questions of social change—how it happens, and towards what end—which have been raised by recent struggles here and globally. A simultaneous reading group will take place in NYC, using the same material. This group offers participants a chance to read texts with members of the Endnotes collective.

The first meeting will be on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 7:00pm at 2141 Broadway, Oakland CA.