Seems like nowadays everyone who wants to change the world – or even just stop it hurtling towards apocalyptic disaster – is drawn to the question of how to make their organising more “inclusive”. Looking here at the works of Selma James, written in the course of more than 60 years of grassroots organising, it is clear that she has always focused on how to overcome divides of sex, race, and class, and also nation.
For her, the “work . . . hard work” of “confronting the power relations among ourselves and with others as they surface in the course of our campaigning, spelling out the varied, pernicious and subtle forms they take, and working out ways to organise against them. . . is not separate or apart from organizing but central to it.”
Filled with home truths, global perspectives, historical news, clear directions, and personal challenges, it also treats you to wit of a kind you see only when the absolute absurdity of capital’s logic meets someone who accepts not even one little one of its premises.
Don’t cheat yourself – get hold of it!