Another Politics: Talking across Today's Transformative Movements
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Dixon outlines the work of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the lessons they are learning in their efforts to create social transformation. The book explores solutions to the key challenge for today’s activists, organizers, fighters, and dreamers: building a substantive link between the work of “against,” which fights ruling institutions, and the work of “beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives.
Francisco, the Catalyst Project combines these aspects in its workshops and its four-month Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Programs aimed at white activists.32 Outside these sorts of movement-building programs, however, another leadership development is mostly happening in small and fragmented ways. To move beyond isolated practices and programs, we have to be much more systematic in our efforts. This means working to bring skill-building, political education, and empowerment into all of our
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anti-poverty organizing, 35, 47, 135–36, 169 anti-racism: and alternatives to policing and prisons, 148–52; and anti-imperialism, 29; and debates within socialism, 26; and post-Katrina New Orleans, 48, 144–45. See also anti-oppression; anti-racist feminism; Black freedom struggle; Indigenous struggles; migrant justice organizing; prison abolitionism; racism anti-racist feminism, xiii, 34–37; and alternatives to punishment and prisons, 40, 148–52; conceptions of coalition and difference, 36;
is important, however, not to exaggerate the connections or coherence among them. These strands are distinct and, at times, in tension with one another. Indeed, they have different, if overlapping, political vocabularies and approaches. As a result, there are crucial unsettled questions among them that come up again and again in movements: How do we understand the primary systemic forces we seek to transform? Where exactly do healing and individual change fit into organizing efforts to challenge
organizers also learn from being involved, for better and worse, with “calling people on their shit”—confronting individual behavior or organizational dynamics that perpetuate oppressive relations. Through this consciousness-raising work, we struggle with the ways that we are shaped by “what is,” in an effort to manifest new ways of being and relating. We learn, as Oakland activist Harjit Singh Gill put it, “how to be better people.” The second main way that anti-authoritarians work to transform