Tuesday, 4 July 2017

BLACK & BROWN RADICAL DEFICITS & CHALLENGES POST GRENFELL MASSACRE

The #Grenfell state massacre of up to around 500 people and the state oppression after it is the biggest direct attack on Black & Brown and migrant people in this country: ever. There are certain watershed moments in history where a moment/incident defines a totally new era, that was June 14/15 of the Grenfell state massacre and the aftermath. Why haven't the most radical sections of the Black and Brown left and radical circles along with their most reliable white comrades and organisations united for justice?

The condition and capacity of the Black/Brown radical left is tiny, but put together they are many scores and even hundreds of people. Many of them don't talk to each other or worse, many don't work together but despite these divisions no one has even tried to bring together a federation of solidarity to directly assist justice for the martyrs and survivors and community of Grenfell.

It's a collective shame on us including myself that we have continued with the divisive situation. Why haven't all the most radical active migrant organisations been brought together and agreed that despite our differences, and even if we don't especially want to work with each other directly that there are some things that are just incomparably much bigger than our petty nonsense, and that we should agree on a basic minimum program for Grenfell that would include something like:

1, we all go to our respective areas and estates and organise one public meeting every 6 weeks on the specifics of Grenfell keeping all the struggle and campaign issues alive and educate and mobilise our communities, that

2, we report all this on a centralised social media platform, that

3, we demand the arrest and imprisonment of RBKC senior staff, Tory housing ministers, head of KTMO etc,

4, that we mobilise twice a year a national rally to show force and to mobilise our communities and

5, that we agree that people should organise strategic direct actions.

These are just some ideas and I am sure some of them need tweaking and changing and there might be other good ideas that I haven't stated and if you have some ideas please put them in the thread. If anything, it looks and feels that actually considerable sections and factions of the radical Black and Brown left have demobilised and gone quiet comparatively to the proportion of the state crime at Grenfell. This is not to take away the very hard work, the love and dedication and commitment that activists and neighbours have shown, they are inspiring and their defiance in asserting their and our martyr's humanity has been deeply moving. At the same time and aside from that, some of us who are long distance and long term committed activists against the British state have to be brutally honest about where we are what the challenges are if we are serious in developing our capacity in our liberation struggle.

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