Vladimir Lenin in 1917 struggled with the same question we do today: Is it possible to work within the capitalist state to further socialist goals? By Alyson Escalante Getting a candidate elected takes resources. The New York chapter of the Democratic Socialist of America mobilized members to register 20,000 new voters, rallied around traditional campaign … Continue reading Against Electoralism, For Dual Power!
On August 20, 2018, the night before a national prisoners' strike was set to begin, students and protesters at the University of North Carolina pulled down a monument to the racist Confederacy. The monument's destruction came just a year after a similar monument was pulled down in Durham, North Carolina by Workers World Party … Continue reading Another Racist Monument Falls
Editor's note: This interview was conducted by Jared Ware, freelance writer and Advocate for the Rights of Incarcerated Peoples. It was provided to The Forge and many other outlets. It was originally released earlier this summer. We are publishing it again today, August 21, 2018, the day the Prisoner's Strike was launched. The Forge … Continue reading National Prisoner’s Strike Begins
The Forge recently corresponded with Cakes of the Knoxville Radical Alliance about the recent protest in Nashville against Corecivic. The views expressed in this interview do not represent any organizations, including Knoxville Radical Alliance or Resist ICE Nashville. Why was there a protest at Corecivic? Corecivic was targeted because private, for-profit prisons are modern day … Continue reading Fighting modern slavery: The Corecivic occupation
By Val Reynoso Latinx/Hispanic are terms of European origin that were then brought to the Americas through imperialist conquests and enforced on non-white populations by colonial means. The denomination Latin was created in Europe in the early 19th Century given the increase of romantic nationalism and racism which prompted Europeans to identify their countries with … Continue reading Where did ‘Latinx’ or ‘Hispanic’ come from?
For those of us who live in the United States and wish to see liberation in our lifetime, our task is one of the most important in human history. Our job - our mission - must be to end the American empire. This of course will not be an easy thing to accomplish. But it … Continue reading Confronting the Reality of Empire
Foundation of Spanish Casta System through Limpieza de Sangre By Val Reynoso Given the lack of information provided on the pan-ethnic group Latinx/Hispanic, many persons in the US do not know much on the subject and have misinformed preconceptions based primarily on ethnic stereotypes and mainstream media portrayals of said group. Being provided with a … Continue reading The Foundation of white supremacy through colonialism
By Val Reynoso In her article “For Many Latinos, Racial Identity Is More Culture Than Color,” Navarro addresses the complexities of Latinx racial and ethnic identities especially in regards to the US census. She explicates how the race classifications offered by the US census are not satisfactory to many Latin American descendants for numerous reasons; … Continue reading Beyond Black and White: Socializing Latinx and Asian Identities
By Val Reynoso After watching one of Lyndon Johnson's speeches, I was reminded of how US politicians will use their platforms for lip service and euphemisms for imperialism in defense of the status quo which majority of citizens have accepted as the truth. Johnson spoke about the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965, which essentially liberalized … Continue reading How LBJ sabotaged the Dominican Republic
By Val Reynoso The U.S. boasts itself on being the land of the free; however, this narrative shifts in regards to U.S. government censorship of non-Western media, particularly through major social media outlets such as Facebook. Contemporary social media giants and politicians have been complicit in the censorship of media coverage that opposes that of … Continue reading How the US government and Facebook suppress non-Western media