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  • Coming Fall 2014: Eusi Kwayana, THE BAUXITE STRIKE AND THE OLD POLITICS [Revised 2nd Edition]

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    “Every man is his own leader and we are leaderless” — this was the organizational principle voiced by the Afro-Guyanese bauxite mine workers in the democratic councils and mass assemblies that characterized the bauxite strike of April 1970.

    Originally published in 1972, Eusi Kwayana’s The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics examines the struggle for workers’ control in what was Guyana’s soon-to-be-nationalized bauxite industry. Kwayana’s account of these events underscores the workers’ conviction that “nationalization without workers’ control and workers’ self-management is a fraud.”

    This revised second edition includes an introduction by Matthew Quest and an appendix of rare documents published by ASCRIA (African Society for Cultural Relations with Independent Africa). Over thirty leaflets, pamphlets, essays, editorials, and newspaper articles have been reprinted in this volume, documenting the struggle for workers’ self-emancipation in Guyana from the bauxite strike of 1970 to the sugar workers’ rebellion of 1974.

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    Praise for Eusi Kwayana...

    “Eusi Kwayana’s, The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics is a classic document of the Caribbean. … Very nicely re-introduced by Matthew Quest, the work makes clear the strong claims these movements made regarding the self-organizing capabilities of workers. Further, it sheds great light on the roots of the post-colonial crisis of governance in the region, which has only gotten worse since the time during which Kwayana wrote this penetrating text. A must read for all who are thinking about the rebuilding of a global Left movement.”
    — Paget Henry, Sociology and Africana Studies, Brown University.

    “The republication of Eusi Kwayana’s Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics … could not be more welcome forty years after its first introduction and impact. In a state of affairs in Guyana today where the ‘old politics’ is very much alive, Kwayana’s [work] … is as relevant as ever.”
    — Nigel Westmaas, Africana Studies Department, Hamilton College.

    “The new edition of Eusi Kwayana’s The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics … is a well-written account of struggles against injustice, oppression, and corruption in Guyana’s post-independence era.”
    — Jerome Teelucksingh, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago.

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  • Praise for Ida B. Wells, LYNCH LAW IN GEORGIA & OTHER WRITINGS

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    Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings is a collection of often neglected anti-lynching pamphlets by Ida B. Wells, the most dynamic anti-lynching activist in American History. Edited and introduced by  Matthew Quest, this important collection of Ida B. Wells’s 1899-1920 anti-lynching pamphlets reflects a transition toward viewing lynchings as attacks on the potential of insurgent Black workers who defended and organized themselves for emancipation.

    Read the reviews below to see what scholars are saying about Ida B. Wells's Lynch Law In Georgia & Other Writings...

    “Ida B. Wells offers a model of radical intellectual activism that a new generation needs to know about.…Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings brings forward again the work of a Black woman activist who provided leadership for a number of allied struggles for women’s rights and Black human rights.”
    — Carole Boyce Davies, author of Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones.

    “This powerfully written and politically unapologetic introduction by Matthew Quest transforms our understanding of Ida B. Wells’s crusade against lynching and passion for justice. Quest appreciates Wells as one of the most radical black activist-intellectuals of her day, who understood white supremacy, racial terror, and empire as foundational to American civilization and that the struggle for the full freedom of African Americans and democracy required in no uncertain terms transformative social change. What an important lesson for us today.”
    — Erik S. McDuffie, author of Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism.

     

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  • Praise for BLACK LIBERATION AND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY

    Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity is a collection of selected essays by Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest that discusses the historical response of African American freedom movements to the colonial settler state of Israel and its role in American imperialism in the Middle East. Through nuanced discussions of racism, capitalism, imperialism, and state power, their work helps to clarify one of the most controversial legacies of the Black Power movement.

    Check out what scholars and activists are saying about Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity...

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    “An informative, incisive, and essential historical analysis of the African American freedom movement’s solidarity with Palestine.”
    Michael Letwin, co-founder of Labor for Palestine and Jews for Palestinian Right of Return.

    “Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity is required reading for all our cadre and supporters. We encourage progressive and revolutionary forces in every corner of the world who genuinely seek truth, justice, and peace to buy and study this book.”
    Bob Brown, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party.

    “At every stage, the authors…unearth hitherto unknown information…which affirm[s]…that the moment revolutionary and progressive leadership [of] the ‘Black radical tradition’ embraces the capitalist state in any form…the struggle on behalf of Humanity is compromised.…This is a must read.”
    Bukka Rennie, author of The History of the Working-Class in Trinidad & Tobago in the 20th Century.

    “An important if not essential addition to the history of the African American liberation movement as seen through a penetrating and comprehending political lens.”
    Michael Rectenwald, New York University.

    Lenni Brenner is the author of Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir, The Lesser Evil, a history of the Democratic Party, and editor of 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis.

    Matthew Quest was co-editor of the Palestine Solidarity Review from 2002 to 2005 and has taught American History, World History, Caribbean History and Africana Studies most recently at Georgia State University.

    Follow the link above to order your copy of Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity.

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