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The Base, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Boston Review)

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In this piece, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor argues for the importance of protest politics and calls on left and progressive activists to remain independent of the Democratic Party.

“As the great activist and historian Howard Zinn put it, “What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but ‘who is sitting in’—and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.” He didn’t mean that elections are irrelevant, but he emphasized what citizens do to shape their world. The anger about inequality and injustice in the United States, which has been given some voice by the Sanders campaign and most certainly by the Black Lives Matter movement, should not be stifled by the pressure to organize through the Democratic Party. It can’t be done. The movement for equality and justice should continue to organize independently and fight for its agenda regardless of what party sits in office.”

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