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How We Stay Free: Notes on a Black Uprising

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The national protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, made clear what many already knew to be true: policing--in all its iterations--must be abolished. The nationwide uprisings saw the burning of the third precinct in Minneapolis, the creation of autonomous zones in Seattle, and the toppling of statues and memorials to white supremacists, colonizers, and confederates. How We Stay Free chronicles the protests in the city of Philadelphia and the Black organizers that led, sustained, and nurtured the movement for abolition.

In the midst of a global pandemic, Philadelphians took to the streets establishing mutual aid campaigns, jail support networks, bail funds, and housing encampments for their community, removing the statue of Frank Rizzo, the former mayor and face of racist policing, called for the release of all political prisoners including Mumia Abu-Jamal, and protested, marched, and agitated in all corners of the city. From Philadelphia, which dating back at least to W.E.B. DuBois has served as a vista to understand Black life in the US, How We Stay Free collects and presents reflections and testimonies, prose and poetry from those on the frontlines to take stock of where the movement started, where it stands, and where we go from here.

How We Stay Free is both a celebration of the organizing that sustained the uprising and a powerful call-to-action--demanding all of us to take to the streets, organize our communities, and revolt for the creation of new, better, and freer worlds.


ISBN-13: 9781942173502

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Common Notions

Publication Date: 02-08-2022

Pages: 0

Product Dimensions: 8.50h x 5.40w x 0.60d

Rogers, Christopher R.: - Christopher R. Rogers serves as the Program Director for the Paul Robeson House & Museum, an internationally recognized museum that uplifts the legacy of Paul Robeson, including his political commitment to struggle. Chris has strong national relationships within education justice organizing including serving on the steering committee of National Black Lives Matter At School which is releasing a 2020 edited collection.Muhammed, Fajr: - Fajr Muhammad is a writer and editor. Her work has been awarded fellowships with the Tin House Writers' Workshop, Rhode Island Writers' Colony and the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University.House, Paul Robeson: - The WPCA/Paul Robeson House & Museum is an internationally recognized museum that preserves the legacy of Paul Robeson