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Thursday, July 5 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Organize Your Own? White People and the Fight Against Racism

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Heading the call to "organize your own," white activists of the 1960s initiated a number of projects to organize other whites. Student radicals streamed into places like Appalachia and poor neighborhoods in Cleveland, Chicago, and elsewhere. The Southern Student Organizing Committee, the Young Patriot Organization, and other organizations grew out of this “racial division of labor” strategy. Recent formations like Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), The Chicago League of Abolitionist Whites (CLAW) and Redneck Revolt have revived the call to “organize your own.” But, this is a deeply flawed strategy for activists genuinely interested in combatting racism and capitalism. This session will examine the history and politics behind the “organize your own” strategy and make the case for revolutionary, interracial organization.

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Eric Kerl

Eric Kerl is a member of the International Socialist Review editorial board and is the author of White Bred: Anti-Racism and the Boundaries of White Racial Solidarity, forthcoming from Haymarket Books.


Thursday July 5, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Hyde Park A/B