Political Independence
for the Poor

“In these tumultuous times, how can the poor and dispossessed figure out what’s really going on? To not only avoid being used by the powers that be, but to use the contradictions within our current economic and social reality to build their unity, organization, and political independence as a class.”
*Special thank you to Jessica Morrison for the featured artwork for this issue.
Lenny Brody
Lenny Brody looks at history and lays out the key economic polarization of our day.
Dan Jones

Dan Jones on what the slogan “political independence” means for the poor and what it will take to make it real.

Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko
Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko discusses the pitfalls and possibilities of electoral politics for revolutionaries committed to fundamental change.
Chris Caruso and Sheilah Garland-Olaniran

Excerpts from a conversation between Chris Caruso and Sheilah Garland-Olaniran on the two-party system today and its growing polarizations.

Kevin Kang
Kevin Kang examines the current unstable position of the middle statra in the U.S. and its strategic significance.
Charon Hribar
A conversation with Charon Hribar on the role of leadership development in building political independence through the experience of the Poverty Initiative.
Rev. Tonny Algood
An interview with Rev. Tonny Algood on fusion organizing in the South.
University of the Poor History & Political Strategy Team
The UPoor’s History & Political Strategy Team digs into key lessons from the movement to end slavery.
Luis Rodriguez
In 2014, organizer and writer Luis Rodriguez ran for Governor of California. This is his story.

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