This evening CPE had originally planned to screen Dawn of the Dead. We have, however, decided to postpone the screening given the intense violence of this weekend. As odd as it may sound, we think this classic horror movie is a salient as ever in its depiction of the violence and monstrosity that emerges in times of acute social and economic crisis. Despite, and perhaps more accurately, because of this salience, we feel the film’s depiction of this violence is just a bit much in this moment.
We share outrage and repulsion about the white supremacist and fascist violence that took place this past weekend
in Charlottesville, VA. We send condolences to the friends and family of Heather Heyer. We send warmth and strength to the activists and community members injured in Saturday’s egregious attacks, and we send a message of solidarity to the people of Charlottesville and their allies standing strong against white supremacy and fascism.
If you had planned to join us for the screening this evening, we encourage you instead to join our comrades from Movement for Black Lives who are hosting a national call “Confront Hate from Charlottesville to the Whitehouse,” at 6pm PT tonight. Register here: http://bit.ly/charcalldefend While this is just one of many solidarity events happening, whatever you choose to do, we hope that you choose to get connected. We also hope that connection will be a generative container—yes, for rage, anger, and grief, but also for clarity. The president of the United States is clear about where he stands. The fascists and white supremacists who make up his institutional allies and his grassroots base are clear about where they stand. In this moment, during Black August, the words of the great George Jackson resound:
Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will die or live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love of Revolution. Pass on the torch. Join us, give your life for the people.
CPE will do our best to stay connected in the coming days and weeks, to support anti-fascist organizing, to contribute to developing durable strategies toward moving against these forces, and to be grounded in a history that reminds us that as enduring as white supremacist violence is, so has been unrelenting resistance to it.
We hope you will join us this Thursday for our discussion about resistance to US militarism and occupation—topics deeply connected to the authoritarianism of the current administration (https://www.facebook.com/events/325627811212942).
here are some resources that we hope you find helpful:
An essay by Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor from Jacobin: https://jacobinmag.com/2017/08/charlottesville-racist-march-heather-heyer
“San Domingo,” an essay from CLR James’ A History of Pan-African Revolt on the Haitian revolution (which started on this day in 1791), and the importance of Black resistance to white supremacist violence: http://www.politicaleducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/San-Domingo.pdf
Chart from Political Research Associates on Unite the Right: http://www.politicalresearch.org/2017/08/10/a-guide-to-whos-coming-to-the-largest-white-nationalist-rally-in-a-decade/#sthash.rH7KOaIB.dpbs