Our Politics: What We Believe

We believe it is our duty to fight for our freedom. We come together in struggle as radical Black feminists and organizers, under the shared respect, love and study of Assata Shakur.

We fight for quality public schools and healthcare for all. We fight for a world where women and femmes can live without fear of physical or sexual violence. We fight for economic stability for all Black people. We fight for gender self-determination and all other forms of self-determination. We fight for strong, well-resourced communities that keep people safe and make police and prisons obsolete. We fight to abolish anti-Blackness and all forms of oppression.

Throughout our struggle for liberation, we maintain a radical understanding and approach to intersectionality. We strive to celebrate, explore, stretch, shatter, re-build, re-create, and re-imagine Black girlhood and womanhood. We come together as people who find power, questions, and/or struggle in their identity as a woman and/or the socialization as a woman/girl and want to work through those in an expansive community.

 Overall, we work to escalate, deepen, and sustain the larger Black Lives Matter movement.

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Escalate

We believe in resistance and in the power of civil disobedience. Our campaigns agitate the status quo and directly confront the systems of our oppression. Our demands are not requests, they are an assertion of Black power and an insistence on self-determination. We encourage and support others to do the same.

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Deepen

We believe mass movements are built by organizing local communities. We are based in Washington Park- an historic Black neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.  We organize ourselves and our neighbors against gentrification and police violence, to win material improvements in people's lives,  and to alter the relations of power between community members and institutions of power.

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Sustain

We believe Black liberation requires long-term commitment & strategy. We intentionally develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the spirit of Assata. We prioritize this work to help the current momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement to carry on into the future.

 

Love is contraband in Hell, Cause Love is an acid that eats away bars.

But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply.

The hacksaw has two blades. The shotgun has two barrels.

We are pregnant with freedom.

We are a conspiracy.

-Assata Shakur-