The auditorium of the Durham Public Library could hardly contain the electric energy and revolutionary fervor of those who gathered for the “Hard Times Are Fighting Times: Building a Southern Movement for Revolution and Socialism” conference here on March 29. The conference was a testament to the momentous changes taking place in the working-class movement in the U.S. and drew more than 100 activists from across the South and other parts of the country, representing many struggles.
Participants came from throughout North Carolina, as well as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, and elsewhere. Several revolutionary student organizations sent delegations to the conference, including the Socialist Student Union in Rock Hill, S.C.; the Revolutionary Students Union in Blacksburg, Va.; and the Appalachian State University Marxist Student Union in Boone, N.C. At least four other socialist organizations attended. There was strong participation from youth and people of color, including African American, Latino/a, Arab and Asian. Several curious passersby at the library were drawn in and stayed throughout the day.
Taurean Brown, a local Durham activist, told Workers World, “I think the conference was a powerful moment where people from all walks of life came together. People gained powerful knowledge from a socialist perspective to address the constant ills of white supremacist, imperialist, capitalist patriarchy.”
It was a tremendous gathering of both regional and national significance that helped to rally a number of forces around a revolutionary, struggle-oriented, pro-socialist pole of resistance and unity in this period of capitalism at a dead end.
"No Borders, No Nations, Stop Deportation!" by Melanie Cervantes
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Melanie Cervantes, 11 x17, 2-color screenprint, chipboard, Printed in San Leandro, 2013
'My paternal grandparents and my uncle were deported, in the 1930s, under the “Mexican Repatriation Act” along with around 2 million other people living in the U.S. It didn't matter that my uncle was a citizen (Along with another 1.2 million others). Most people I talk to have never heard of this policy signed by conservative Republican President Herbert Hoover. I believe the trauma this caused to my family still has not been resolved. They are scars run deep.
'If only history didn't repeat itself. Operation Wetback 1954 and today…
'I wonder, in the future, will people remember Obama's deportation record? 1100 families are torn apart EVERY day. What impact are these racist policies having on the little ones whose families are being separated? And, what traumas will be passed on to the generations who haven't been born?'
"People are perfectly happy to see women as sex objects, but the actual biologic of our bodies is apparently gross and unmentionable."
- Our Bodies, Ourselves.