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  2. "[T]he revolutionary women’s movement [of India] is growing in the midst of struggle… As women are getting mobilized and organized in larger and larger numbers, a section of them is also moving forward to join the armed struggle as fighters. They are willing to brave the hardships of guerrilla life with its constant movement and constant alertness, take on tasks and duties equal to men, with the aim of changing this exploitative society, for there is no other way to get out of the existing system, however long and arduous the path may be. The movement is creating a new woman, bold and brave, who is willing to sacrifice her life for the social cause — the names of the women who have sacrificed thus loom high in the sky. There was Rathakka (Nirmala), the housewife from Andhra Pradesh, who died at the sentry post while defending her comrades, Emeshwari (Kamala), the Oraon educated girl from Jagdalpur, who died at her post during a raid on a police station, young Raje who died of a snake bite, Swaroopa who died giving a heroic fight in an encounter. This list can go on. But they are fighting so that women can be unshackled and attain equality, so that the poor can get justice and India can become a truly independent country, free from imperialist exploitation."
    — Anuradha Ghandy, The Revolutionary Women’s Movement in India; Scripting the Change p. 226
     
  3. My six graphics in support of the revolutionaries of Nepal, in case you missed one of them. Feel free to download and repost individually, no attribution necessary but link back to kasamaproject.org, or facebook.com/kasamaproject, if you feel so inclined.

     
  4. Nepal’s People’s Volunteers are a spearhead of the revolutionary movement, and represent a concentration of the Maoists’ militant communist spirit. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1b6W06x

     

  5. A great photo set from my comrade Pooja, check it out! Kabir Kala Manch members have frequently been a target of the Indian state for their suspected support of the Maoist-led people’s war.

     
  6. From Comando Creativo

    "We are life and happiness in constant struggle against sadness and death." -Venezuelan revolutionary leader Argimiro Gabaldón

     

  7. In our world, it is rare that defiance overruns despair.

    The spread of revolutionary dreams among the planet’s poorest people is a precious and welcome development. And the poor of Nepal have such dreams. The large revolutionary movement in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, is almost unknown in the U.S. It is invisible in the world’s mainstream news reporting. It is treated as unimportant, marginal and even (most unfair of all) as “terrorist.” We ask you to take a moment to learn about it. We ask you to help spread the word. Millions of people in Nepal have sacrificed for radical change – acting together in waves of uprisings across the last twenty years.

    They have faced armed suppression. They have been betrayed. They have been threatened from abroad (by both India and the U.S.). Their fighters have been murdered, imprisoned and raped. Their leaders have been targeted for neutralization – either by repression or co-optation. In 2006, after winning broad popular support during years of guerrilla warfare, Nepal’s revolutionaries agreed to enter negotiations for a radically new society. The hated and corrupt king of Nepal was overthrown. A constitutional convention was convened to decide how power would be structured. And the people waited for change to come. Now, seven years later, a new quite-heroic wave of revolutionary uprising is about to break out.

    It has a specific date: November 19. The world must know about this. Those of us who hear about it must not be silent.

    Important.

     

  8. No theory of intersectionality proposed by proponents of post-modern and identitarian approaches has done anything more significant than inform us of the obvious fact that oppression intersects and overlaps; they generally fail to explain why and how they overlap, and more importantly they fail to provide a praxis of revolutionary unity.

    "[The] language idealism [of identity politics] becomes nothing but a self-righteous exercise when it refuses to contemplate a praxis of mass pedagogy based on actually changing the material circumstances and instead focuses on anti-oppression training, atomized concepts of privilege, and how to speak correctly.

    "…the theoretical constellation of identity politics often provides the inactive marxist with an excuse to remain inactive.  One must not engage with the masses if they say the wrong words; one must not engage with concrete reality if it cannot be transformed so easily into a safe space.

    We need to ask why the praxis mobilized by identity politics matters only to radicals at the centres of global capitalism.  Why is this set politics seen as petty-bourgeois by revolutionary movements at the global peripheries […]?”

     
  9. YES. Get this out there!

     
  10. Three revolutionary women from the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist. Photo by Natalio Pérez (selucha).

     

  11. chisparoja:

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    A lot has changed on Kasama. We’ve concieved of this new site as a hub upon where new generations of revolutionaries can mutually search for our own uncharted course. That means it features both polemical content for study and struggle representing a range of politics, and it features a networking capacity to allow those conversations to become horizontal and far reaching. We’ve also designed many of the features on this site with a culture of revolutionary organizing in mind, and we hope that this platform can be used for study groups, networking, organizing projects, and more.

    Navigating the new site

    To begin with, the homepage is now known as Kasama Main. It will serve as the central point where key pieces appear for discussion. 

    Under the projects tab, you’ll find each of the media projects of Kasama: Revolution in South AsiaWinter Has its End, and Khukuri Theory. We’re working on adding blogs for local collectives as well. We’ll also be re-pointing the domain names of those sites so that you’ll be able to use them to access those sections of the site (ie. winterends.net to access the new Winter has its End on Kasama).

    You can also use the “Topics” menu to browse all of the content on the site by topic.

    Open Threads has been added as an open blogging platform. Anyone who registers an account can submit blog posts to this section. We’ll also be promoting the best of the posts from this section to the Kasama Main for discussion.

    Kasama Social is a new social network platform built into the site. It allows users to create a profile, chat with each other in real-time (one on one, or create a chatroom for meetings, study, or just to hang out). It also allows for the creation of groups, which can be used for focused study of specific topics, meetings, etc.

     The old site can also still be found at archive.kasamaproject.org.

    Submitting articles

    You can submit articles either by publishing the article to the Open Threads section, or by using the Contact form located in the site menu.

    Security practices

    We’d like to think that because this platform is hosted by an organization of revolutionaries (rather than a site like Facebook), that people’s profiles and private communications are much more secure here. That might be marginally true.

    But regardless: we should assume that the state has access to all of the communications that take place here. Don’t add a picture of yourself to your profile unless you’ve made a conscious decision to be a public person. And please, use a fake name.

    What else?

    There’s still a lot of bugs in this site. Please let us know when you find them. You can let us know in the comments down below, or send us a message using the Contact form.

    You may notice the old translations tab has disappeared, and so have the reading clusters. That is because both were outdated, and we are developing a much better system for both (including a better way to handle multi-language content, and developing a Spanish version of the site, etc.). In the meantime, you can still find the old versions on the Kasama Archive.

    SO EXCITING

    (Source: chisparoja)

     

  12. Going to Nepal

    A comrade and I are heading to Nepal in three days to report on the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Nepal [Maoist], and we urgently need funds in order to be able to cover the costs of travel and subsistence for the 3-5 weeks that we will be there. We will be communicating the developments of this weeklong congress, and other observations of the revolutionary process, in articles, photographs, and videos through our Winter Has Its End site, and also through the Kasama Project site. I will also try to post periodic updates on this blog and also on the tumblr of our Kasama collectivity in Seattle, Red Spark.

    The CPN(M) is the left split from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal [Maoist] (I know, not very creative in the naming category), which formed after much of that Party’s leadership, including top leaders Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai, took the capitalist road and effectively disarmed the revolutionary forces. The 7th Congress, despite its name, is the first congress of this new communist party in which it will, for the first time, convene its membership to make decisions on strategic orientation for the renewal of the revolution in Nepal.

    I aim to provide on-the-ground news and analysis to convey what a living, complex revolutionary movement looks like, to raise our sense of radical possibilities, and to heighten our confidence in the power of communist ideas. To reference Chairman Mao, we think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well; help us to show the world a glimpse from the top.

    CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION!

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  13. It’s better to stop being than to stop being a revolutionary.

     
  14. A video I just made… Nicaraguan revolutionary folk singer Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy sings about Gaspar Garcia Laviana, a guerrilla priest from Asturias who joined the Sandinistas in fighting the Somoza dictatorship. I embedded the translated lyrics along with some details on lyrical references. Enjoy!

     
     

  15. selucha:

    Hey everyone,

    Also please reblog this and share it among radical and revolutionary minded folks. I would really appreciate it! If we are successful, this festival could be a catalyzing event for the development of a new radical and revolutionary mainstream on the west coast and in the United States more generally. Below you can read the statement on our Kickstarter account, and you can view our website here. I relocated 3 weeks ago from New York to Seattle to help organize this festival and make it a reality. Please consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal; even $5 or $10 makes a huge difference, and your pledge only becomes a donation if we raise $11,000 within 30 days. Thank you in advance for your support! If I can get half of my followers to contribute just $5, that alone will account for a full 10% of our goal. There are also some really awesome incentives for donating, including t-shirts, posters, and photobooks!

    -Natalio

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    The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th.

    In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.  

    The desire is for a new form of popular struggle, and a new content of the way we relate to each other as people and to our planet - our common home. This desire is not for merely balancing the budgets or repairing the social safety nets in just a few countries, but rather making everything for everyone all over the planet. We would like to invite those all over the world with this desire to come together in a celebration of the world we seek to bring into being, and to exchange our ideas about how make that happen.

    The Everything For Everyone Festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. The festival intends to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization between different ideas, for a mutual flourishing of those engaged in different aspects of a common struggle and those who have yet to participate. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living.

    The Occupy movement has opened eyes and created new possibilities. This festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society, and to provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in its diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants.

    To make this happen, we need your help. $11,000 is needed just to cover some of our initial costs, including permits, PA equipment, and travel costs for speakers and performers. As you consider whether or not to back this project, remember that your pledge is not merely to fund a festival; it will directly contribute to creating a new culture, forging new relationships among people, and building a new world in which everything truly is for everyone.

    Your companions on the road to freedom,

    The Everything for Everyone Coordinating Committee

    Initial endorsers: Occupy Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Kali Akuno-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Orchid Collective, Student Anarchist Study Group, Red Spark (Kasama Project), Rising Tide, Advance the Struggle, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, Troy Davis Collective