education

strong minds, strong communities

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The mission of the CROW education program is to build strong minds capable of defending themselves, each other, and the working and exploited classes in general. We provide the New Member Orientation discussions online in a discussion/presentation format for all prospective members and the general public. Without understanding as much as we can about society, history, science, and psychology, we are doomed to repeat past mistakes.

“To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people.”

― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

New Member Orientation

These eight introductory courses are required of all new members and offered to the public as a means of understanding our organization's structure, philosophy, and aims. We believe in self-determination and full liberation of all peoples from settler-colonial racist capitalist patriarchy.

Prospective members: You can read these, watch the videos, and respond to the discussion questions with an officer OR on your own time! Just e-mail us at crow.cc@crowlouder.org with the topic in the subject line. To schedule a guided session, just ask!

CROW Paper Library

We stock a physical library of leftist literature for use in our communities. We hope to be able to expand this program as our membership increases. A list of currently available literature can be found here, and is updated weekly.

If you can donate books to this list, contact us!

Renting a book is easy! We cover the shipping, but depend on donations and are limited by costs. Just e-mail us with the title of the book you want, and we'll send it or hand-deliver it to you when we can!

Recommended Reading

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts (1844)

The Principles of Communism (1847)
The Communist Manifesto (1848)
Wage-Labor and Capital (1847)
The Civil War in France (1871)

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (1880)

 

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The State and Revolution (1917) (audio)

The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism (1913)

The Right of Nations to Self-Determination (1914)

Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916)

Letter to American Workers (1918)
What is to be Done? (1901) (audio)

W.E.B. DuBois

The Souls of Black Folk (1903) (audio)

John Brown (1909) (audio)

Socialism and [Black People] (1913)

Black Reconstruction in America (1935)

 

Joseph Stalin

Foundations of Leninism (1924) (audio)

Anti-Semitism (1931)

Marxism Versus Liberalism: An Interview with H.G. Wells (1934) (audio)

Dialectical and Historical Materialism (1938)

Origin and Character of the Second World War (1946)

Marxism and Problems of Linguistics (1950)

Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR (1952)

 

Mao Tse-Tung

Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society (1926)

Oppose Book Worship (1930)

Combat Liberalism (1937)

On Contradiction (1937)

Revolutionary Forces of the World Unite, Fight Against Imperialist Aggression! (1948)

Some Experiences in Our Party's History (1956)

 

Che Guevara

Political Sovereignty and Economic Independence (1960)

Speech to the First Latin American Youth Conference (1960)

On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)

Cuba: Historical Exception or Vanguard in the Anti-Colonial Struggle? (1961)

Guerrilla Warfare (1961)

Colonialism is Doomed (1964)
Speech at the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965)

Socialism and Man in Cuba (1965)

Frantz Fanon

Black Skin, White Masks (1952) (audio)

A Dying Colonialism (1959)

The Wretched of the Earth (1961) (audio)

Kwame Nkrumah

Africa Must Unite (1963)

Neo-Colonialism, The Last Stage of Imperialism (1965)

Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare (1968)

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)

Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam (1967)

I Have Been to the Mountaintop (1968)

Fred Hampton
Power Anywhere Where There's People (1969)

It's a Class Struggle G*d-damnit! (1969)

The Assassination of Fred Hampton

Huey P. Newton

Essays by the Minister of Defense

Revolutionary Suicide

The Huey P. Newton Reader

Julius Nyerere

Freedom and Development

Ujamaa: The Basis of African Socialism (1962)

The Arusha Declaration (1967)

Thomas Sankara

Imperialism is the Arsonist Setting Fire to Our Forests (1986)

Cedric J. Robinson

An Anthropology of Marxism

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition

Audre Lorde

 Zami Sister Outsider Undersong (1982)

The Uses of Anger (1981)

Age, Race, Class, and Sex

Rosa Luxemburg

Opportunism and the Art of the Possible (1898)

Reform or Revolution (1900)

bell hooks, Ph.D.

Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000)
Ain't I A Woman?: Black Women and Feminism (1982)
Understanding Patriarchy
Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression

Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics

Feminist Theory From Margin to Center (1984)

Teaching Resistance, excerpt from Killing Rage/Ending Racism

 

Angela Davis, Ph.D.

Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003)
Women, Race, and Class (1981)
The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues [excerpt] (2012)

Angela Davis: An Autobiography (1974)

If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance (1971)

Assata Shakur

Assata, An Autobiography

EZLN

Twelve Women in the Twelfth Year by Subcomandante Marcos (1996)

Letter to Mumia Abu Jamal (1999)

Letter to Leonard Peltier (2000)

The Fourth World War Has Begun by Subcomandante Marcos (1997)

Two Flaws (2004)

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, J.D., LL.M.

Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color (1994)

Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics (1989)

Michael Parenti, Ph.D.

Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism & the Overthrow of Communism (1997)

Patrick Wolfe

Settler-Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native

Against the Intentional Fallacy: Legocentrism and Continuity in the Rhetoric of Indian Dispossession

After the Frontier: Separation and Absorption in US Indian Policy

Glen Sean Coulthard

Red Skin, White Masks

Nick Estes

You Can't Vote Harder: Between American Indian Citizenship and Decolonization

Leann Betasamosake Simpson

As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance 

 Ena͞emaehkiw Keshena

Fascism & Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective

Coalition and Dependency: On the Devaluation of the Capacity to Act

Enrique D. Dussell

Ethics of Liberation in the Age of Globalization and Exclusion

Philosophy of Liberation

George Ciccariello-Maher

Decolonizing Dialectics

Lewis R. Gordon

What Fanon Said: An Introduction to His Life & Thought

Walter D. Mignolo

Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking

On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis, with Catherine E. Walsh

The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization

The Idea of Latin America

Globalization and the Decolonial Option

Other HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Works

Decolonization Is Not A Metaphor by E. Tuck and K. Yang

Settlers by J. Sakai

The Prison Slave As Hegemony's (Silent) Scandal by F.B. Wilderson III

Education from the Marxist Perspective: An Approach Based on Marx and Gramsci by Amarilio Ferreira Jr. & Marisa Bittar

A Mad World: Capitalism and the Rise of Mental Illness by Rod Tweedy

Militancy Transcends Race: A Comparative Analysis of the American Indian Movement, the Black Panther Party, and the Young Lords By Judson L. Jeffries, Omari L. Dyson, and Charles E. Jones / Black Diaspora Review Spring 2010

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

Frantz Fanon and Colonialism: A Psychology of Oppression by Blake T. Hilton University of Central Oklahoma (2011)

 

Frantz Fanon: Existentialist, Dialectician, and Revolutionary by LaRose T. Parris LaGuardia Community College - The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.4, no.7, November (2011)

An Introduction to the 4th World by Kiksuya Khola / The Fifth Column News

A Marxist Perspective on Sustainability by Raju J. Das / The Hampton Institute

Critical Latinx/Mestizx Indigeneity by José Ramón, Kasamang Noémie, and Kiksuya Khola / CROW

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