Our Writings Category

Today, we celebrate May Day. We celebrate an international, no, better yet, an intergalactic workers day—so as not to exclude our compañeros on Mars. What is the significance of this famed day, which workers celebrate all over the world, from Mexico to Argentina, from France to South Africa, from Japan to Greece? Read More
Today, we celebrate May Day. We celebrate an international, no, better yet, an intergalactic workers day—so as not to exclude our compañeros on Mars. What is the significance of this famed day, which workers celebrate all over the world, from Mexico to Argentina, from France to South Africa, from Japan to Greece? Read More

Posted On March 3, 2009By El KilomboIn Our Writings

The Emerging Commonism

Glory and recognition both in this society in general and in leftist circles in particular belongs to highly visible activity with highly visible results—be they massive momentary protests or widely published pieces or entry into the inner circle of analysts, activists, and academics huddled inside, and often guarding the doors, of the “progressive” community. Read More

Posted On February 19, 2009By El KilomboIn Our Writings

The Arts of Living in Common

The talk by El Kilombo below was given as part of an event at El Kilombo social center in Durham, NC, titled "Art and Revolution," held on Februrary 19, 2009 with guest speakers Fred Moten and Robin D.G. Kelley. The event was part of El Kilombo's spring 2009 speaker series: "Things Unseen: Building Autonomy in a Time of Crisis."Read More

Posted On December 10, 2008By El KilomboIn Analysis, Our Writings

Organizing Encounters and Generating Events

El Kilombo & Michael Hardt in Conversation LESSONS IN EMPIRE El Kilombo: So much has been said about the concept of Empire since the publication of your book with Toni Negri, how would you summarize the importance of this concept for political action today? Michael Hardt: One of the problems some people seemed to have with the concept of Empire was that is poses a difficulty for organizing. In other words, it seems that the notion that the emerging global order is organized not by a single imperialist state, orRead More
In the contemporary United States, racially-coded systems of producing and ordering subjectivity serve as the primary cultural register of identity, and as a primary conduit of power. This is of course no coincidence; the mechanism of racial identification and performance and the dynamics of power – especially in its institutionally repressive forms – have been inextricably linked here from the first colonial encounters in North America. In one sense, then, the historical narrative of the United States can be told as a series of racial/national constructions, crises, and restructuring, withRead More
In the contemporary United States, racially-coded systems of producing and ordering subjectivity serve as the primary cultural register of identity, and as a primary conduit of power. This is of course no coincidence; the mechanism of racial identification and performance and the dynamics of power – especially in its institutionally repressive forms – have been inextricably linked here from the first colonial encounters in North America. In one sense, then, the historical narrative of the United States can be told as a series of racial/national constructions, crises, and restructuring, withRead More
“It’s not just our duty and our hope in this country, but in the continent and the rest of the world. If in some way Zapatismo has achieved a synchrony of global sympathy, it’s not because we have made certain use of the word, or because of the unquestionable heroism of the indigenous communities, but because from this moment it was proposing an alternative, the seed of something else. And this is what the Other Campaign means to do: name the enemy, capital, and the ally of this enemy, theRead More
We are a collective of migrants, students, and community members, majority people of color, in Durham, North Carolina. We lost some of our people in the immigration raids recently carried out all over the US, here, as everywhere, dividing families, leaving orphans, and intimidating the Latin@ community.Read More

Posted On May 1, 2007By El KilomboIn Our Writings

El Kilombo Mayday Statement (2007)

On this May Day 2007, El Kilombo Intergaláctico once again raises our voice against the global system of exploitation and subordination called capitalism, which many years ago ceased to respect borders, including all of us in its miseryRead More