The Perpetuation of Indigenous Erasure

By Val Reynoso Along with the history of the development of the term, the notion of the Latin race is constructed against indigeneity as well as Blackness, which was reinforced with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo between the US and Mexico. The Mexican-American war of 1846-1848 ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo on February 2nd, 1848 … Continue reading The Perpetuation of Indigenous Erasure

Against Electoralism, For Dual Power!

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!

Another Racist Monument Falls

  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

National Prisoner’s Strike Begins

  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

How anti-communism fueled CIA drug trafficking

By Kimberly Miller Introduction Much attention is paid to both the Central Intelligence Agency’s massive fight against communism during the Cold War era and America’s destructive “War on Drugs” campaign. However, there is less attention acknowledging how these two historical phenomena intricately overlap and ended up paradoxically perpetuating one another. Utilizing lucrative international drug trafficking, … Continue reading How anti-communism fueled CIA drug trafficking

Fighting modern slavery: The Corecivic occupation

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

Where did ‘Latinx’ or ‘Hispanic’ come from?

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?

The Foundation of white supremacy through colonialism

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

Beyond Black and White: Socializing Latinx and Asian Identities

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