The Fire This Time: We Can’t Breathe

Friday, June 19th, 2020

7:00 PM EDT / 6:00 PM CDT / 5:00 PM MDT / 4:00 PM PDT

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Covid-19 has intensified the underlying public health crisis in Black communities and has led to death rates for Black at three times the level for White people. Police enforcement of social distancing regulation intensified the daily oppression Black people deal with from the police. In response the Black masses have launched a nationwide wide rebellion in the streets and in our workplaces, the example of which is being followed by the wider working class.

On Juneteenth, Black activists and other POC allies will get together to discuss the history of Black health under capitalism, the current Covid capitalist crisis and how to Fightback. We will hear a series of report backs and have panelists give their analysis of the past and present as we chart next steps in the fight for Black liberation as socialists.
This call supports #SixNineteen and the weekend of actions organized by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). For those unable to join outside actions, we will be discussing additional ways to be in and sustain the movement.


edna bonhomme: A historian, activist writer, and art worker whose work interrogates the archaeologies of (post)colonial science, embodiment, and surveillance. She lives in Berlin, Germany and has organized with Black Lives Matter Berlin and Frauenstreik in Berlin. Edna will speak about the history of Black public health under US capitalism.

Vanessa Wills: Political philosopher, ethicist, educator, and activist working in Washington, DC. She is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University. Vanessa will speak about Black life under Covid capitalism.
Justin Charles: NYC-DSA & Afrosocialist. An Adjunct faculty member at Parsons School of Design who teaches design history & theory. Justin is also a rank-and-file member of the adjunct faculty union there, UAW-7902.


Daytriàn Mariell: Organizer & the niece of one of the New Orleans Sanitation workers who are on strike for better wages & PPE. Daytrian will give an update on the significance of this struggle and how we can build solidarity.

Jessica Garraway: Lives in the twin cities and is part of a collective which took over a vacant hotel which is now run as a homeless shelter. Jessica will provide an update from the frontlines of the struggle for justice for George Floyd.

Juliana Góes: A Brazilian activist and PhD student in the US. Juliana will give an update on the struggle for Justice for Jaõa Pedro and the parallels with George Floyd.

Alicia Hernández: Co-Chair of the STL DSA chapter and local AFROSOC Caucus in St. Louis, Missouri. She is creator of the STL ICE Rapid Response Line, a response hotline that supports community members concerned about ICE enforcement in their neighborhoods. Alicia will give an update about how Latinx people are building solidarity with the Black struggle.