Reflections

In 2010, Another Politics is Possible and LA COiL collaborated to write the pamphlet “So That We May Soar: Horizontalism, Intersectionality, and Prefigurative Politics”.

Shortly after we shared the pamphlet in July 2010 at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan, we watched the Arab Spring inspire the Wisconsin Uprising, which in turn sparked Occupy Wall Street. Less than two years later, #BlackLivesMatter changed the world. Then Brazil, Greece, and Standing Rock. Followed by Brexit, Trump, Charlottesville.

We know this uprising of resistance followed by a racist, populist backlash is not new, nor temporary. This is what the world looks like and will look like under heteropatriarchy, white supremacy and capitalism and other interlocking systems of oppression, what we in COiL call “cemscawship”.

The explosion of leaderful, loving and visionary uprisings, fightback and movements that emerged during 2010-2018 reflect the reality that another politics is possible. And needed. And happening. And that there is much much more to be done.

LA COiL has spent the 10+ years experimenting with putting our politics & principles into practice. Amidst the brilliant comprehensive analysis and political work* coming out these days, it’s intimidating to put our original writing with APP, and our reflections and updates as LA COiL, out there. We want to share our ideas and experiences with other people, even in this imperfect form. We hope this is useful to others as you experiment in your transformational work.

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Reflections
Cemscawship
WTF Happened In The 20th Century?!
A Liberatory Vision
What We Value & Envision
South Africa
1871 Paris Commune
DMSC Sex Workers Union Kolkata, India
The Politics & Principles of LA COiL
A Clear Vision Means We Do Our Work Differently
Making an Intersectional Analysis Central
Anti-Colonialism: A ‘Manly’ Fight?
War an Answer For Violence Against Women?
The Limitations of Intersectionality without Unbreakapartable Struggle #metoo
The Limitations of Intersectionality without Unbreakapartable Struggle DREAMERs
My Struggle is Your Struggle
Pedro Lemebel: A Gay Communist from Chile
Garment Workers Center
2001 Economic Collapse in Argentina
Intersectionality in Action
Combahee River Collective
Students Deserve: LAUSD students lead the fight against a racist and classist school system
Orange County Immigrant Youth United (OCIYU)
The Limitations of Intersectionality without Unbreakapartable Struggle
Horizontalism and a New Kind of Leadership
Ella Baker
Non-Hierarchy in Practice
Non-Hierarchy and Power
Zapatistas
Growing Our Work
The Horizontalist Movement We Build Can Build Power
COiL Reflections on Emergent Strategy