RAM Philly Statement on ‘What Will Bring About Our Freedom’ Presentation

On August 31st, in so called Illinois, in the tradition of Black August revolutionary learning and growth, RAM members facilitated “What will bring about our freedom,” a discussion/workshop on Black anarchism that we plan to replicate across the country.

Our discussion drew on the work of Zoe Samudzi, William C. Anderson, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, Kuwasi Balagoon and Ashanti Alston in addition to the experiences of many of the black folks taking part in the discussion.

Last night at the @woodenshoebooks, @RAM_Philly and @RevAbolitionNYC held a community discussion about black anarchism. It was a powerful event and we intend to do way more of these in the future! Shout out to comrades from #Harrisburg! #FreeDelbertAfrica #BlackLiberationMatters pic.twitter.com/2ApaziI64d

— RevAbolitionMov (@RevAbolitionist) September 14, 2019

Major discussion points included the need for a anarchist movement that does not center whiteness, how traditions of resistance against the state have been part of the black freedom tradition far before the first anarchist arrived to the United States and the need for black anarchist collectives to emerge.

We are hopeful about the future. We will burn down the American plantation. In the tradition of our ancestors and martyrs, we will continue to fight for our liberation.

Sept 2019