Insurrectionary Uprisings

Foreword by: Joyce Ajlouny

Edited by: Wende Marshall, Matt Meyer

Insurrectionary Uprisings is a compendium of essays that explore what it will take to win a world based on love and justice. From historical writing, including Thoreau, Gandhi and Arendt, to essays that address the multiple crises we face in the 21st century, the volume brings together authors and thinkers from around the globe. With an emphasis on the quotidian violence of racial monopoly capitalism and Western imperialism, Insurrectionary Uprisings insists that the possibility of revolutionary nonviolence rests, in part, on decolonization and decoloniality and a thorough analysis of the deep and violent roots of racial capitalism, settler colonialism and heteropatriarchy. Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony at the 1964 Democratic Convention underscores the inherent violence that saturates life in the U.S., while Cabral’s “Message to the People of Portugal” challenges the working class of imperial Portugal to recognize their kinship and to form alliances with the people of Guinea-Bissau. The very different strands of activist thinkers who comprise the book centre it on the experience of the global majority. These essays analyze structures of power and violence in the context of half a millennium of bloody Euro-American expansion and imperial rule. While history and empirical evidence have often shown that violence can have short-term efficacy in struggles for liberation, it is not a viable route to a society of solidarity, reciprocity, and cooperation. Violence is the preeminent tool of the master class. The ‘master’s tools,’ Audre Lorde warned, would ‘never dismantle the master’s house.’ Although they might, she argued, ‘temporarily allow us to beat him at his own game,’ they would not lead us to the deep global transformation we must achieve to honor the sanctity of all life on earth.

These prophetic words define the theme of Insurrectionary Uprisings. In choosing the contents of this volume, we asked ourselves how to best embody the concept of Sankofa, an Akan, Twi, and Fante concept that to move forward one must retrieve wisdom and lessons from the past. We feel that we cannot create a world based on solidarity, collectivity, justice, and liberation without remembering the ethical and material basis of the social worlds that were destroyed by the expansion of Euro/America and the white supremacist, capitalist heteropatriarchy whose inevitable implosion threatens the entire globe.

This is a collection of both historical and new writings on the nexus of strategic unarmed resistance, radical ideologies, and the long struggles to build movements for justice and liberation. Beginning with the work of Gandhi, Arendt and Thoreau, the volume grounds the theories which undergird nonviolent resistance to capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy.

The volume includes two sections exploring nonviolence in the long Black freedom struggle in the United States. From Ella Baker to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer, from Vincent Harding and Grace Lee Boggs to Colin Kaepernick, the two sections on the Black liberation movement highlight the theory of nonviolence in direct and indirect ways and foreground the relevance of these historic texts for the present moment of political uprisings.

Black strategies for survival and power are analyzed in terms of the ongoing US economic and epidemiological crises as well as the global climate crisis and ecological collapse. A section on revolutionary nonviolence in Africa presents a previously unpublished piece on the role of armed struggle by Frantz Fanon, as well as essays by Amilcar Cabral, Barbara Deming, Graca Machel, Kenneth Kaunda, and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. This section contextualizes the continent’s anti-colonial struggles with practical thinking about military and unarmed tactics which those movements faced over the course of a half century.

The section on nonviolence and feminist struggle highlights the work of Grace Paley, Audre Lorde, and Arundhati Roy, along with a little-read piece by Johnnie Tilmon, a leader of the 1960s welfare rights movement. The section on resistance against empire tilts toward Latin American scholars/activists with essays by Maria Lugones, Anibla Quijano and Berta Caceres. This section includes pieces that draw from current debates about the role of state power in building towards radical change and the push to build holistic perspectives on what liberation means for all peoples. The final section on social change in the 21st Century reflects on specific aspects of organizing which are facing campaigns and movements of today and tomorrow. Our goal is to provide challenges and insights for building effectively against all forms of oppression.

Though primarily compiling key texts not often seen or contextualized together, the book also provides new strategic commentaries from leaders including Ela Gandhi, Ruby Sales, ecofeminist Ynestra King, Africa World Press’ Kassahun Checole, and Palestinian Quaker Joyce Ajlouney, Hakim Williams, and Mireille Fanon Mèndes-France. With a mix of past and current commentaries, from both academic and activist points of view, we uncover fault lines that have prevented mass, global movements from solidifying over the last fifty years. Through this narrative, the book ends with visions of how best to use all that we know to bring about deeply rooted transformations in ways that will lift up and not traumatize people as they move toward liberation.

Including essays by: Joyce Ajlouny, Kali Akuno, Hannah Arendt, Ella Baker, Sally Bermanzohn, Steve Bloom, Grace Lee Boggs, Rose Brewer, Amilcar Cabral, Berta Cáceres, Aimee Carillo Rowe, Kassahun Checole, James Cone, Cooperation Jackson, Dorothy Day, Dave Dellinger, Barbara Deming, Nick Estes, Frantz Fanon, Mireille Fanon Mendès-France, Leslie Feinberg, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Ela Ghandi, Saki Hall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Vincent Harding, John Holloway, Kenneth Kaunda, Ynestra King, Martin Luther King Jr., Lolita Lebron, Audre Lorde, Maria Lugones, Graça Machel, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Wende Marshall, Matt Meyer, Mark Muhannad Ayyash, Mel Paisley, Aislinn Pulley, Pyarelal, Aníbal Quijano, Milan Rai, Beth E. Richie, Arundhati Roy, Ruby Sales, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Starhawk, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Bill Sutherland, Henry David Thoreau, Johnnie Tillmon, Haunani-Kay Trask, Nazan Üstündağ, Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, Robert Franklin Williams, Women’s Pentagon Action

AUTHOR

Wende Marshall

Wende Marshall has been an activist in southern African liberation support work and anti-apartheid organizing, was a tenant organizer in Harlem NYC, a volunteer and board member of the first needle exchange program in Philadelphia, an ethnographer of the decolonization movement in Hawaii, a living wage activist, and a leader/organizer with Stadium Stompers, a North Philadelphia-based campaign of community residents, students and workers who fought to stop Temple University’s proposed football stadium. As an adjunct at Temple, Marshall was a leader in the effort to unionize adjuncts, served as Chair of the Adjunct Constituency Council and Member of the Executive Committee. Currently, she is on the National Organizing Committee of Peoples Strike.


AUTHOR

Matt Meyer

Matt Meyer, a native New York City-based educator, activist, and author, is the War Resisters International Africa Support Network Coordinator, and a United Nations/ECOSOC representative of the International Peace Research Association. The founding chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and former Chair of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED), Meyer has long worked to bring together academics and activists for lasting social change. A former public draft registration resister and chair of the War Resisters League, he continues to serve as co-convener of the War Resisters International Africa Working Group. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in commenting on Meyer’s first book (co-authored with Pan-African pacifist Bill Sutherland), wrote that “Sutherland and Meyer have looked beyond the short-term strategies and tactics which too often divide progressive people . . . They have begun to develop a language which looks at the roots of our humanness.”


AUTHOR

Joyce Ajlouny

Joyce Ajlouny has served as the General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee (the 1947 Nobel Peace laureate), since September of 2017. A Quaker leader who is committed to help bring peace and justice to oppressed and vulnerable communities globally, Joyce is a Palestinian American who started her career working in international development in Palestine, focusing on minority and refugee rights, gender equality, economic development, and humanitarian support. She served as the country director for Palestine and Israel with Oxfam-Great Britain, chaired the Association of International Development Agencies, and worked as a program manager at various United Nations agencies. Prior to joining AFSC, Joyce served as the director of the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine for 13 years, where she led a diverse staff to transform the school academically, physically and financially.


Reviews

Finally, Gandhi and Fanon come together in strategic dialogue! … new connections from their militant daughters, granddaughters and new generations of resisters and scholars .–Stellan Vinthagen, Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and ivil Resistance

This is a book you will want to keep readily accessible as we all struggle through these most challenging of times, this is a book you will want to share with others. –Leslie Cagan, former national coordinator, United for Peace and Justice; former co-chair, Pacifica Radio

This book should awaken everyone to the call for action in the struggle to birth a just new world. It is either we act now in solidarity or we descend deeper into the pit of barbarism. — Nnimmo Bassey, Right Livelihood laureate, 2010

An amazing collection of thinkers from around the world. — Binalakshmi Nepram, founder, Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice, and Peace; Board member, 1910 Nobel Peace laureate International Peace Bureau

I’ve often said that actions which grow out of love have the most power … This powerful book brings together both classic and new works which will help empower future generations in building for peace and decolonization. –Oscar Lopez Rivera, Puerto Rican former political prisoner, named “the Mandela of the Americas” by progressive Latin American heads of state


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Insurrectionary Uprisings is a compendium of essays that explore what it will take to win a world based on love and justice. From historical writing, including Thoreau, Gandhi and Arendt, to essays that address the multiple crises we face in the 21st century, the volume brings together authors and thinkers from around the globe. With an emphasis on the quotidian violence of racial monopoly capitalism and Western imperialism, Insurrectionary Uprisings insists that the possibility of revolutionary nonviolence rests, in part, on decolonization and decoloniality and a thorough analysis of the deep and violent roots of racial capitalism, settler colonialism and heteropatriarchy. Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony at the 1964 Democratic Convention underscores the inherent violence that saturates life in the U.S., while Cabral’s “Message to the People of Portugal” challenges the working class of imperial Portugal to recognize their kinship and to form alliances with the people of Guinea-Bissau. The very different strands of activist thinkers who comprise the book centre it on the experience of the global majority. These essays analyze structures of power and violence in the context of half a millennium of bloody Euro-American expansion and imperial rule. While history and empirical evidence have often shown that violence can have short-term efficacy in struggles for liberation, it is not a viable route to a society of solidarity, reciprocity, and cooperation. Violence is the preeminent tool of the master class. The ‘master’s tools,’ Audre Lorde warned, would ‘never dismantle the master’s house.’ Although they might, she argued, ‘temporarily allow us to beat him at his own game,’ they would not lead us to the deep global transformation we must achieve to honor the sanctity of all life on earth.

These prophetic words define the theme of Insurrectionary Uprisings. In choosing the contents of this volume, we asked ourselves how to best embody the concept of Sankofa, an Akan, Twi, and Fante concept that to move forward one must retrieve wisdom and lessons from the past. We feel that we cannot create a world based on solidarity, collectivity, justice, and liberation without remembering the ethical and material basis of the social worlds that were destroyed by the expansion of Euro/America and the white supremacist, capitalist heteropatriarchy whose inevitable implosion threatens the entire globe.

This is a collection of both historical and new writings on the nexus of strategic unarmed resistance, radical ideologies, and the long struggles to build movements for justice and liberation. Beginning with the work of Gandhi, Arendt and Thoreau, the volume grounds the theories which undergird nonviolent resistance to capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy.

The volume includes two sections exploring nonviolence in the long Black freedom struggle in the United States. From Ella Baker to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer, from Vincent Harding and Grace Lee Boggs to Colin Kaepernick, the two sections on the Black liberation movement highlight the theory of nonviolence in direct and indirect ways and foreground the relevance of these historic texts for the present moment of political uprisings.

Black strategies for survival and power are analyzed in terms of the ongoing US economic and epidemiological crises as well as the global climate crisis and ecological collapse. A section on revolutionary nonviolence in Africa presents a previously unpublished piece on the role of armed struggle by Frantz Fanon, as well as essays by Amilcar Cabral, Barbara Deming, Graca Machel, Kenneth Kaunda, and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. This section contextualizes the continent’s anti-colonial struggles with practical thinking about military and unarmed tactics which those movements faced over the course of a half century.

The section on nonviolence and feminist struggle highlights the work of Grace Paley, Audre Lorde, and Arundhati Roy, along with a little-read piece by Johnnie Tilmon, a leader of the 1960s welfare rights movement. The section on resistance against empire tilts toward Latin American scholars/activists with essays by Maria Lugones, Anibla Quijano and Berta Caceres. This section includes pieces that draw from current debates about the role of state power in building towards radical change and the push to build holistic perspectives on what liberation means for all peoples. The final section on social change in the 21st Century reflects on specific aspects of organizing which are facing campaigns and movements of today and tomorrow. Our goal is to provide challenges and insights for building effectively against all forms of oppression.

Though primarily compiling key texts not often seen or contextualized together, the book also provides new strategic commentaries from leaders including Ela Gandhi, Ruby Sales, ecofeminist Ynestra King, Africa World Press’ Kassahun Checole, and Palestinian Quaker Joyce Ajlouney, Hakim Williams, and Mireille Fanon Mèndes-France. With a mix of past and current commentaries, from both academic and activist points of view, we uncover fault lines that have prevented mass, global movements from solidifying over the last fifty years. Through this narrative, the book ends with visions of how best to use all that we know to bring about deeply rooted transformations in ways that will lift up and not traumatize people as they move toward liberation.

Including essays by: Joyce Ajlouny, Kali Akuno, Hannah Arendt, Ella Baker, Sally Bermanzohn, Steve Bloom, Grace Lee Boggs, Rose Brewer, Amilcar Cabral, Berta Cáceres, Aimee Carillo Rowe, Kassahun Checole, James Cone, Cooperation Jackson, Dorothy Day, Dave Dellinger, Barbara Deming, Nick Estes, Frantz Fanon, Mireille Fanon Mendès-France, Leslie Feinberg, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Ela Ghandi, Saki Hall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Vincent Harding, John Holloway, Kenneth Kaunda, Ynestra King, Martin Luther King Jr., Lolita Lebron, Audre Lorde, Maria Lugones, Graça Machel, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Wende Marshall, Matt Meyer, Mark Muhannad Ayyash, Mel Paisley, Aislinn Pulley, Pyarelal, Aníbal Quijano, Milan Rai, Beth E. Richie, Arundhati Roy, Ruby Sales, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Starhawk, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Bill Sutherland, Henry David Thoreau, Johnnie Tillmon, Haunani-Kay Trask, Nazan Üstündağ, Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, Robert Franklin Williams, Women’s Pentagon Action

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490 Pages
9in * 6in * 1.06in
1.54lb

Published:

April 03, 2022

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Daraja Press

ISBN:

9781988832999

Book Subjects:

POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights

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