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September 19

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

Report from the Philadelphia chapter of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement on recent 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.

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.

If you are interested in bringing this workshop to your community, please contact us at [email protected]

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Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is a political movement dedicated to freeing people from bondage and building resistance in the United States. We situate our political movement in the context of the abolitionist struggle against slavery and continue in the tradition, from Nat Turner to the Black Liberation Movement. We believe the Civil War was never resolved and the system of slavery transitioned into the prison industrial complex. Our struggle today must begin from this starting point. Lastly, as revolutionary anarchists, the abolitionist struggle must be extended to the state and capitalism, the perpetrators of oppression. The revolutionary movement in the US today is at a cross roads, as fascist movements are expanding, and the state becomes increasingly authoritarian. The Rojava Revolution, in northern Syria, provides us with a model for revolution today with its foundation in communal and council based political organization and militant defense.

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