Violence Against Black Women: Learning from Black Socialist Feminists

Rachel Domond, Roxbury resident Founders of the Combahee River Collective Beverly Smith (second from left), Barbara Smith (second from right) and Demita Frazier (right) organized a protest in 1979 against a string of murders of Black women in Boston. April 1 marked the 40th anniversary of a protest against the “Roxbury Murders” of 1979. A…

Feminism and the Mass Movements: 1960-1990

Donna Goodman The decade of the 1960s saw rebellions and uprisings that lasted until the mid-1970s and resulted in the overthrow of formal segregation, the rise of a formidable antiwar movement, the lasting impact of the women’s liberation movement and the end of many stultifying conservative cultural conventions. The decades of right-wing and neoliberal reaction,…

Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones

Barbara Foley Review of Claudia Jones: Revolutionary Communist by Sarah Harper and Karyn Pomerantz, September 9, 2018 Introduction This article is part of a series that briefly reviews the immense contributions of black revolutionaries fighting racism and capitalism, primarily in the United States during the early to the mid-20th Century. Some people view Marxism and…

Ida B. Wells: Anti-lynching Crusader

By Abayomi Azikiwe The many references by African-American women intellectuals and activists to educational achievement, economic self-reliance, sobriety and religious adherence suggest that Western bourgeois values influenced their thinking and organizational approaches. However, the social conditions created by Reconstruction’s failure must be considered. The profit-driven system of institutional racism and national oppression required super-exploitation of…

The White Women’s March

By Yejide Orunmila President of ANWO (African National Women’s Organization) From “Beyond the Women’s March: White Women’s Reparations to African People” Web Conference hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement. Yejide Orunmila, president of ANWO (African National Women’s Organization) and member of the Uhuru Movement examines the (white) Women’s March on Washington, and explains the political…