Bring the Struggle, Advance the Ruckus

Advance the Struggle recently published an essay entitled Justice For Oscar Grant: A Lost Opportunity? From the essay's introduction:

The murder of Oscar Grant set Oakland on fire, but who put the fire out? The working class people of Oakland, their consciousness set ablaze, found an inadequate set of organizational tools at their disposal to do the work that deep down we all know has to be done – confront the state (government) and its underlying property relations.

The primary organization available to them was a coalition of nonprofits; the secondary organizational tool was a self-labeled revolutionary communist organization. Both played prominent but ultimately problematic leadership roles while Oakland youth lacked cohesive theory and organizational structure through which to effectively challenge their oppressors.

Using the Oscar Grant episode as a case study in the role of political leadership in the Bay Area, we hope to reveal the most glaring shortcomings of the left today. We believe new leadership is necessary, and hope that this document can contribute to its emergence.

Our Oakland members responded with Bring the Struggle, Advance the Ruckus, laid out below:

The major contribution of this pamphlet, we believe, lies in [its] double-sided critique of two elements, two “organizational tools” which on the surface share very little, but whose subtle similarities could be further developed. While CAPE [Coalition Against Police Execution] spent much of its time attempting to restrain the energies of the rebellion and channel these down reformist paths, young RCP [Revolutionary Communist Party] cadres were consistently in the streets inciting further mobilization. AS [Advance the Struggle] is correct, nevertheless, to highlight the underlying compatibility that both sectors shared.

While we appreciate this useful critique, however, we are left hoping for more vision of how to move revolutionary organizing in the Bay forward. This is not a critique, since we ourselves have not publicly offered a systematic strategic vision of the coming months. This document is an effort to begin to make such a contribution, and to begin to move forward together.

Read the full articles on Advance the Struggle and check out Kasama for some further discussion.