Our Histories, Our Future

This issue of the University of the Poor Journal fuses two key elements of our approach to social change: “concrete analysis of concrete conditions” and the study of history. Both of these elements help us to assess our situation and the problems faced by the class of the dispossessed today. As we do, we reflect on our process in uniting leaders to lay the foundation for a network of revolutionaries committed to building a movement to end poverty.

Thank you to Rachel I. for the images in this issue.

Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko

The U.S. is cutting up to 24 million people off of Medicaid resulting in state violence at a mass scale across the country. This deepening healthcare crisis is giving rise to strategic organizing across lines of division to unite the working class.

University of the Poor History and Political Strategy Group

It is critical to recognize that all movements – revolutionary and reform alike – occur in stages.

Bruce E. Parry

Homelessness is exploding across the country and that trend is not going away. It is a political issue, which means that those fighting poverty and homelessness have to be in the electoral arena as well as on the streets.

Lenny Brody

Revolutionaries and activists in the United States often look to the 1930s for lessons about class struggle, methods of organizing, and the fight for political power. What were the actual “victories” won, and what were the “defeats” suffered during this period? It is important to not simply see the 30s as the “glory days” of fighting the “good fight.” 

The Editorial Committee

The Campaign’s Congress was an important step in building a movement to eliminate poverty and restructure economic and political power in the U.S. 

Lenny Brody

Marshall “Eddie” Conway, a former leader of the Baltimore Black Panther Party passed away on February 13, 2023 at the age of 76. Eddie leaves us with a wealth of knowledge and experience that can assist us in the battles ahead.

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