Activism: Making history from below
Karl Marx said that “the emancipation of the working class is the task of the working class.” Marx’s theory of oppression simply argued that the oppressed must free themselves.
As a revolutionary socialist, activism for me in the name for this activity. It means participating in movements for social justice led by and organized by oppressed groups and people, in solidarity with their oppression.
In recent years I have been involved in campus-based political movements like Occupy Purdue and the Purdue Antiracism Coalition; national political organizations like the International Socialist Organization; the United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; support for the Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012; the Campus Antifascist Network.
This page is dedicated to expressions of solidarity that have emerged from some of this work. It is meant as a testament to individuals working collectively to transform social relationships under capitalism into something more human, less estranged, something charged with the capacity to stop exploitation, racism, and oppression in the name of solidarity, justice, love and struggle.
Keywords: Karl Marx, Occupy, International Socialist Organization, United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Chicago Teachers Union, Campus Antifascist Network
“This site takes its impetus, its hope, from those pushing back collectively against all varieties of exploitation and oppression. It is motivated especially by exceptional struggles around the world to which its creator has been a part: anti-capitalist fights for socialism; the struggle for a Free Palestine and BDS; anti-racism; the fight against creeping fascism.”