Two renowned radical justice organizers discuss learnings and challenges for successful movement-building in an era of ascendant white supremacy.
Together, Mandy Carter and Matt Meyer are co-editors, with Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, of We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press, 2013), an essential text for organizers committed to the intersections of resisting structural racism and war/imperialism. Matt has also written and edited several other books that appear on the bookshelves at Firestorm, most recently White Lives Matter Most: And Other ‘Little’ White Lies (October 2018, with foreword by Sonia Sanchez) and Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions (2017).
On this N.C. speaking tour, Mandy and Matt seek to engage deeply with intergenerational audiences about strategic organizing and intersectional movement-building in this current sociopolitical moment, drawing on historic lessons from such diverse figures Bayard Rustin, Black & Puerto Rican political prisoners, the Black Manifesto movement for reparations, and much more.
Mandy Carter is a Durham-based Black queer activist who co-founded Southerners on New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition. She works in the Carolinas and nationwide for racial, gender, and LGBTQ justice. Matt Meyer is a white Brooklyn-based writer, educator, and activist who currently serves as chair of the International Peace Research Association, and co-chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s National Council.