The tension between the form of ‘activism’ in which our political activity appears and its increasingly radical content has only been growing over the last few years. The background of a lot of the people involved in June 18th is of being ‘activists’ who ‘campaign’ on an ‘issue’. The political progress that has been made in the activist scene over the last few years has resulted in a situation where many people have moved beyond single issue campaigns against specific companies or developments to a rather ill-defined yet nonetheless promising anti-capitalist perspective. Yet although the content of the campaigning activity has altered, the form of activism has not.
After the success of our last Red and Black Reading Group last November, we’re pleased to announce our next open session will be held on the Sunday 25th of November, from 3 pm at the Pack Horse Pub in Woodhouse. This month’s text is Give Up Activism by Andrew X. We will be reading the version published in Do or Die, including the postscript, which you can read online here or download as a PDF here. Paper copies will be available at the meeting, just make sure you turn up a few minutes early so you have time to read through the text before we start.
The Red and Black Reading Group aims to be a place to explore and discuss revolutionary theory with like minded people in a relaxed setting. We want to develop our ideas through discussion and debate, with an eye to applying them in practice. Anyone interested in taking part in the discussion is welcome – no previous experience or expertise on the subject is required. We only ask that attendees respect of each other’s views and experiences during the discussion, whilst leaving room for debate and disagreement.
We aim to make these discussions as open and accessible as possible, so please get in touch if you have any concerns or need any help from us in order to attend.