BLACK LIBERATION AND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY reviewed by Muslim Media Review

Praise for Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity in Muslim Media Review

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Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest’s Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity has received a lot of attention and raise over the past month. Recently, Ayman Fadel of Muslim Media Review wrote a detailed review of the book, adding to the praise the book has already received from activists like Michael Letwin (Jews for Palestinian Right of Return) and Bob Brown (All African People’s Revolutionary Party).

The review is transcribed below and the original can be found here. The book can be purchased by following the link above. Don’t forget: all orders from our online bookstore qualify for free shipping!

Here is the review:

Authors Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest collected in this volume some of the essays they published between 1993 and 2013 analyzing the positions of prominent figures in the movement for black liberation towards Zionism and Palestinian resistance to Zionism. These positions were reflections of their owners’ evolving understandings of the liberation struggles in the United States.

The liberation struggle evolved from the civil rights’ postures of late 1950s and early 1960s Martin Luther King, Jr and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP) to the nationalist (Black Power) positions associated with Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael and even the socialist and revolutionary stances of members of the Black Panther Party like Huey Newton. Correspondingly, Black Americans changed from seeing Zionists as struggling for the rights of a minority (Jews) to seeing Zionists as an extension of white supremacy or global imperialism and capitalism into southwest Asia and northeast Africa.

Nevertheless, many factors have limited the development of the Palestine Solidarity movement in the United States. The most important, in my reading of the author’s claims, is the non-scientific (in the Marxist sense) nature of most resistance to Zionism (and other anti-colonialist struggles in Africa). For example, should Zionism, which placed one ethnic/religious group’s capitalist intermediaries over the means of production in Palestine, simply be replaced by a different ethnic or religious group’s capitalist intermediaries? Likewise, should Black Americans be struggling to allow their bourgeoisie the right to exploit workers or working to end exploitation of workers? Is the boycott, divestment and sanctions tactic falsely assuming that European and North American support for Israel is accidental and not intrinsic to Israel’s position in world capitalist relations?

Another non-scientific aspect of contemporary Palestine Solidarity movements is a failure to study the history of Jews in Europe, the United States and Israel. The authors believe that the Zionist movement’s contradictions are dissolving its support among Jews, and a Palestine Solidarity movement which presented a liberating alternative would be the end of Zionism. It would also avoid antisemitism.

In the United States, the lack of an political movement for liberation independent of the Republican and Democratic Parties, especially in the Age of Obama, has caused Black Americans’ solidarity with Palestinians to be instinctive and romantic yet theoretically ungrounded, expressive without being effective and easily subverted to electoral politics’ insatiable demand for money.

I recommend this book for those who are interested in Marxist analysis of liberation movements and United States history and Palestine Solidarity activists.

Many thanks to Ayman Fadel for his kind words and his support for this project. Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity can be purchased via our online bookstore or in an independent bookstore near you. Thanks for reading!

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Now Available: WORKERS’ SELF-MANAGEMENT IN THE CARIBBEAN by Joseph Edwards

Workers’ Self-Management in the Caribbean: The Writings of Joseph Edwards

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Joseph Edwards (born George Myers, also known as Fundi, the “Caribbean Situationist”) was a Jamaican refrigeration mechanic and labor organizer from West Kingston. In 1969, he led a wildcat strike and workers’ council at Western Meat Packers in Westmoreland, and was a major organizer of the Unemployed Workers Council and Independent Trade Union Advisory Council.

Image (65)Edwards was a profound critic of electoral party politics and trade union hierarchy and was among the most proletarian political theorists of his generation. His articles and pamphlets survey struggles for workers’ organization in banana and sugar cane fields, bauxite mines, clerical offices, and industrial factories. The first published collection of writings by Joseph Edwards, Workers’ Self-Management in the Caribbean transforms how we understand class struggle during the Caribbean New Left generation.

“[Joseph Edwards] was always involved in a practical way with the struggle of the dispossessed and the exploited for a new world. There was never a moment in his life when he was not engaged with some form of organization whether on the sugar plantation, in the factories or in the communities around Westmoreland. There is no figure in Caribbean radical history of the 1960s and 1970s that I respect more.”
— Bukka Rennie, author of The History of the Trinidad & Tobago Working Class in the 20th Century.

“Matthew Quest has made a tremendous contribution to the historiography of Caribbean labour by collecting together Joseph Edwards’s writings, and introducing this neglected but critical fighter for workers’ power to a new generation of anti-capitalists.”
— Christian Høgsbjerg, Department of History, University of York, author of Mariner, Renegade and Castaway: Chris Braithwaite.

“[A] brilliant analysis of the work and impact of Joseph Edwards, one of the respected socialist thinkers of the Caribbean radical tradition. [Matthew] Quest accurately depicts Edwards as embodying the voice of workers’ self-management and championing direct democracy.”
— Jerome Teelucksingh, Department of History, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago.

Workers’ Self-Management in the Caribbean: The Writings of Joseph Edwards represents the resurrection … of a little known but monumentally significant radical thinker from the early post classical colonial period in the Caribbean.”
— Modibo Kadalie, author of Internationalism, Pan-Africanism, and the Struggle of Social Classes.

“The [Caribbean] region is overdue in giving Joseph Edwards the recognition he deserves as its own piercing voice of the libertarian left.”
— Justin P. Holder, Department of History and Philosophy (Undergraduate), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Order your copy of Workers’ Self-Managment in the Caribbean: The Writings of Joseph Edwards today from our ONLINE BOOKSTORE.

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Christian Høgsbjerg — MARINER, RENEGADE, CASTAWAY: CHRIS BRAITHWAITE

Mariner, Renegade, Castaway: Chris Braithwaite — Seamen’s Organizer, Socialist and Militant Pan-Africanist  by Christian Høgsbjerg

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Imported from Redwords Publishing in London, On Our Own Authority! is now distributing Christian Høgsbjerg’s biography of Chris Braithwaite (aka “Chris Jones“), a leading organizer of colonial seamen in inter-war Britain. Having led a global network to implement workers’ sanctions against the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, Braithwaite played a critical role in the Pan-Africanist and wider anti-colonial movement alongside figures such as C.L.R. James and George Padmore. Høgsbjerg’s book recovers Braithwaite’s long overlooked life as a Black radical and political trade unionist, and suggests his determined struggle for working class unity in the face of racism and austerity retains relevance for us today….[Read More]

“Through his scrupulous research of the compelling life and times of Chris Braithwaite, Christian Høgsbjerg has uncovered the vital contribution of a pioneering Black activist and anti-colonial stalwart. Braithwaite’s brave achievement should be on the curriculum of all our schools.”
— CHRIS SEARLE, Race and Class.

“Chris was born in Barbados, in the West Indies [in 1885] and started to go to sea at a very early age. As a seaman he had the opportunity to travel round the world. The world was thus his university, and what an education it provided him! It was always a pleasure to hear Chris, who was of a most gay and youthful temperament, relate his many sailor’s yarns, and, in his more serious moments, to listen to him describing the conditions of the working class in the various lands it was his good fortune to visit.”
— GEORGE PADMORE, New Leader (September, 1944)

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Now Available: ZIONISM IN THE AGE OF THE DICTATORS by Lenni Brenner

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On Our Own Authority! is excited to announce the release of our new updated edition of Lenni Brenner’s Zionism in the Age of the Dictators.

Lenni Brenner has been an anti-war and anti-racist Left activist since the early 1950s. Originally published in 1983, his famous historical study documents the interactions between the Zionist movement and the rise of Fascism in Europe during the first half of the 20th century. The new 2014 edition of Zionism in the Age of the Dictators features a new Afterword by the author.

“Short, crisp, and carefully documented. Mr Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler’s.”
– Edward Mortimer, The Times (London)

“Brenner reviews the efforts of the Jewish establishment of the war years to play down, even to conceal, reports of the camps in Europe for fear of inciting anti-semitism at home.”
– David Lan, London Review of Books

In 1933 the German Zionist Federation sought Hitler’s patronage: “Zionism hopes to be able to win the collaboration even of a government fundamentally hostile to Jews. . . . Boycott propaganda . . . currently being carried on against Germany . . . is in essence un-Zionist.” Zionism became the only other legal political movement in the Nazi Reich. That same year, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) made the Ha’avara (Transfer) Agreement, undermining the boycott against Nazi Germany. German Jewish emigrants to Palestine had to buy Nazi goods that the WZO sold in the Middle East.

In 1937 the Haganah (later the Israeli army) sent an agent to Berlin. They would provide spy intelligence if the Nazis further eased the monetary regulations for emigrants to Palestine. The Zionist-Revisionist movement (today the ruling Likud Party) set up a detachment at Mussolini’s naval academy. He personally reviewed them in 1936. They wanted him to replace Britain as Zionism’s patron.

In 1941, the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel (later Likudniks) told the Nazis that they wanted a “Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, bound by a treaty with the German Reich,” and offered “to actively take part in the war on Germany’s side.”

“Brenner thoroughly documents collusion between the established Zionist organizations and fascists of all stripes . . . . The ‘scientific’ racism of the 19th century with its ‘white man’s burden’ and Jew-hating, the ‘master race’ anti-communism of the fascists, the Biblical mythologization of a people chosen to colonize—all of this has been cut from the same cloth, the products of imperialism.”
– Hilton Obenzinger, Journal of Palestine Studies.

165771_106412409434333_7798985_nLENNI BRENNER was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. He became an atheist at age 10, and a left political activist at age 15. His involvement with the Black Civil Rights movement began on his first day in the organized left, when he met James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, later the organizer of the “freedom rides” of the early 1960s. He was active in the mid 1950s with Bayard Rustin, later the organizer of Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a dream” March on Washington.

He was arrested 3 times during civil rights sit-ins in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent 39 months in prison when a court revoked his probation for marijuana possession, because of his activities during the 1964 Berkeley Free Speech Movement at the University of California. Immediately on imprisonment, he spent four days in intense discussion with Huey Newton, later the founder of the Black Panther Party, who he encountered in the court holding tank. Subsequently, upon his release in 1968, he worked with Kathy Cleaver and other Panthers.

Brenner was an antiwar activist from the first days of the Vietnam war, speaking frequently at rallies in the Bay Area. In 1963 he organized the Committee for Narcotic Reform in Berkeley. In 1968 he co-founded the National Association for Irish Justice, the American affiliate of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.He worked with Kwame Ture (AKA Stokely Carmichael), the legendary “Black Power” leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in the Committee against Zionism and Racism, from 1985 until Ture’s death in 1998.

“Lenni Brenner cannot be accused of mixing themes or mincing words. A self-styled Trotskyist at odds with practically everything and everybody, his style is as racy as it is pithy and iconoclastic.”
– Nissim Rejwan, Jerusalem Post.

BLPS1Brenner is the author of four books: Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir, Jews in America Today, and The Lesser Evil, a study of the Democratic Party. In 2002 he edited 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis, which contains complete translations of many of the documents quoted in Zionism in the Age of the Dictators and The Iron Wall. In 2004 he edited Jefferson & Madison On Separation of Church and State: Writings on Religion and Secularism. His books have been favorably reviewed in 11 languages by prominent publications, including the London Times, The London Review of Books, Moscow’s Izvestia and the Jerusalem Post.

Brenner has written over 100 articles for many publications, including New York’s Amsterdam News, the Anderson Valley Advertiser, The Atlanta Constitution, CounterPunch, The Jewish Guardian, The Nation, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Middle East International, The Journal of Palestine Studies, The New Statesman of London, Al-Fajr in Jerusalem and Dublin’s United Irishman. In 2013 Lenni Brenner co-authored Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity with Matthew Quest.

Cover design for Zionism in the Age of the Dictators by Allison Specketer.

A note about the cover image:

When Hitler came to power, the German Zionist Federation (ZVfD) believed that its doctrine—that Germany wasn’t the homeland of its Jews—would lead to Nazi support for Zionism. The ZVfD organized a six-month visit to Palestine for SS officer Leopold von Mildenstein. DER ANGRIFF (The Assault), the leading Nazi propaganda organ, ran von Mildenstein’s pro-Zionist report in 1934. To commemorate the Baron’s expedition, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels had a medal struck: on one side the the Zionist star, on the other the Nazi swastika.

100_1249Front of medal inscription translation:
“EIN NAZI FÄHRT NACH PALÄSTINA” (“A Nazi Travels to Palestine”).

Back of medal inscription translation:
“UND ERZÄHLT DAVON IM Angriff” (“And tells about it in Angriff“).

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2014 Black History Month Book List

Our 2014 Black History Month suggested reading list!

This February, rediscover international Black History with these unique books on African-American History, Black Power, Afro-Caribbean Labor History, and Pan-Africanism. Included in the list below are works by such notable activists, revolutionaries, and historians as Ida B. Wells, Eusi Kwayana, Modibo Kadalie, Kimathi Mohammed, Lenni Brenner, and Matthew Quest.

Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity by Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest

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Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity is required reading for all our cadre and supporters. We encourage progressive and revolutionary forces in every corner of the world who genuinely seek truth, justice, and peace to buy and study this book.”
— BOB BROWN, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party.

Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity is a collection of selected essays by Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest that discusses the historical response of African American freedom movements to the colonial settler state of Israel and its role in American Imperialism in the Middle East. Among other topics and controversies, these essays provide independent analysis of Stokely Carmichael, James Forman, the Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, Harold Cruse, the Nation of Islam, Israel’s relationship to Apartheid South Africa, and the recent conflict between Alice Walker and the Anti-Defamation League….[Read More]

Workers’ Self-Management in the Caribbean by Joseph Edwards

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Joseph Edwards (born George Myers, also known as Fundi, the “Caribbean Situationist”) was a Jamaican refrigeration mechanic and labor organizer from West Kingston. Edwards led a wildcat strike and workers’ council at Western Meat Packers in Westmoreland, and was a major organizer of the Unemployed Workers Council and Independent Trade Union Advisory Council.

A profound critic of electoral party politics and trade union hierarchy, Edwards was among the most proletarian theorists of his generation. His pamphlets, written in the 1970s and ’80s, survey attempts to organize workers in banana and sugar cane fields, bauxite mines, clerical offices, and industrial factories. His unique writing is animated by a Rastafarian-influenced philosophy of history and direct democratic politics that emphasize the role of workers’ and village councils in Caribbean class struggle. The first published collection of writings by Joseph Edwards, Workers Self-Management in the Caribbean transforms how we understand class struggle during the Caribbean New Left generation…[Read More]

Mariner, Renegade, Castaway: Chris Braithwaite — Seamen’s Organizer, Socialist and Militant Pan-Africanist  by Christian Høgsbjerg

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From Redwords Publishing in London, On Our Own Authority! is now distributing Christian Høgsbjerg’s biography of Chris Braithwaite, a leading organizer of colonial seamen in inter-war Britain. Braithwaite played a critical role in the Pan-Africanist and wider anti-colonial movement alongside figures such as C.L.R. James and George Padmore. Høgsbjerg’s book recovers Braithwaite’s long overlooked life as a Black radical and political trade unionist, and suggests his determined struggle for working class unity in the face of racism and austerity retains relevance for us today….[Read More]

Internationalism, Pan-Africanism and the Struggle of Social Classes by Modibo Kadalie

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OooA! Publishing now distributing Modibo Kadalie’s Internationalism, Pan-Africanism and the Struggle of Social Classes, published in 2000 by One Quest Press.

“This is serious, definitive, and useful scholarship that requires a rethinking of what happened between the end of the Civil rights Movement and the struggle for Black liberation…Kadalie has closed a critical lacuna between the 1960s and the end of the 20th century. This study requires that we look back, if we are to prevent the future from rushing into the past.” — RICKEY HILL, Professor and Chair , Department of History and Political Science, South Carolina State University…[Read More]

The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics by Eusi Kwayana

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Originally published in 1972, Eusi Kwayana’s The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics offered profound lessons for class struggle in a multiracial society. Many decades later, Kwayana’s work remains urgently relevant.

A product of Guyana, and a classic of Caribbean radical history, The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics examines the struggle of Afro-Guyanese mine workers in what was the soon-to-be nationalized bauxite industry as they faced off against the racism and sexism of the Canadian-owned aluminum firm, ALCAN, the class collaboration of the Guyana Mine Workers Union (GMWU), and the hostility of Forbes Burnham’s government toward their self-organization and self-emancipation…[Read More]

Organization and Spontaneity by Kimathi Mohammed

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“In every country today the masses are still violently opposed to the forces of oppression and exploitation. At certain critical moments in history, the masses have seized the opportunity to register their opposition. And it has been the total refusal of the mass of the mass of populations to be governed by an oppressive system which has made revolution possible.”
— KIMATHI MOHAMMED, Organization & Spontaneity.

Kimathi Mohammed, a Michigan based activist who was a native of Savannah, Georgia deserves to be recognized as among the most original political theorists of the Black Power movement in the United States. Organization & Spontaneity, originally published in 1974, was a response to key contradictions of the late 1960s and early 1970s Black freedom movement, manifested in the Black Panther Party and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. In contrast to many political thinkers of the Civil Rights and Black Power era, Mohammed’s work emphasized the self-organization of ordinary African Americans and their liberating, self-directed activism.

Mohammed placed forward his critique of would-be Black vanguards at a time when most prominent Black Power activists—even the socialist advocates among them—were beginning to embrace electoral politics and systems of patronage which would ultimately suppress any independent Black political power…[Read More]

Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings by Ida B. Wells

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“Ida B. Wells offers a model of radical  intellectual activism that a new generation needs to know about and integrate into their frameworks as they think through current modes of racialization and incarceration and the still inadequate representation of women in so many areas in the United States.”
CAROLE BOYCE DAVIES, author of Left of Karl Marx the Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones

On Our Own Authority! Publishing is excited to announce  Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings, a collection of often neglected anti-lynching pamphlets by Ida B. Wells.

Ida B. Wells was a teacher, journalist, and newspaper editor who led the most dynamic anti-lynching campaign in American History. Wells’s work exposes how the public murder and mutilation of Black bodies by mob justice stood side by side with a degrading culture based on racial stereotypes and strict gender roles that institutionalized fear in everyday life. In doing so, Wells challenged the intersection of white supremacy, patriarchy, and the meaning of “civilization” in the early 20th century…[Read More]

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Author Event: BLACK LIBERATION AND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY

BLPS-event3This Black History Month, join us for a public conversation with activist-historians Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest, authors of the new book, Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity, which discusses the historical response of African American freedom movements to the colonial settler state of Israel and its role in American imperialism in the Middle East.

BLPS1Through nuanced discussions of racism, capitalism, imperialism, and state power, this public conversation will seek to clarify one of the most controversial legacies of the Black Power movement. Among other histories, personalities, and controversies, Brenner and Quest will discuss Stokely Carmichael, James Forman, the Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, Harold Cruse, the Nation of Islam, Israel’s relationship to Apartheid South Africa, and the recent conflict between Alice Walker and the Anti-Defamation League.

This event will also coincide with the highly-anticipated re-release of Lenni Brenner’s Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, the famous and controversial book that documents Zionist collusion with Fascism and Nazism in World War II-era Europe.

Both Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity and Zionism in the Age of the Dictators will be available for purchase at each event. A book signing will follow. These events are FREE and open to the public!

BOOK MINI-TOUR SCHEDULE:

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7:00 PM New Vision Church: 4232 Old Cypress Mill Rd. Brunswick, GA 31520. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Wednesday2/19/14 – Augusta, GA
7:00 PM – Augusta Library/Headquarters & Talking Book Center. 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901. Room B on the 1st floor.  Visit the Facebook event page.

Friday2/21/14 – Atlanta, GA
7:00 PM – Little Five Points Community Center.
1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
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This event is sponsored by Black Agenda Report, On Our Own Authority!, and the Georgia Green Party.

Lenni Brenner has been an anti-war and anti-racist activist since the 1950s. As a journalist and historian, he is the author of over one-hundred articles for many publications, including New York’s Amsterdam News, the Anderson Valley Advertiser, The Atlanta Constitution, CounterPunch, The Jewish Guardian, The Nation, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Middle East International, The Journal of Palestine Studies, The New Statesman of London, Al-Fajr in Jerusalem, and Dublin’s United Irishman. Brenner is also the author of several books, including Zionism int he Age of the Dictators, The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir, and The Lesser Evil, a history of the Democratic Party. He is also the editor of 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis.

Matthew Quest was co-editor of the Palestine Solidarity Review from 2002 to 2005 and has taught American History, World History, Caribbean History and Africana Studies most recently at Georgia State University.

“An informative, incisive, and essential historical analysis of the African American freedom movement’s solidarity with Palestine.”
Michael Letwin, co-founder of Labor for Palestine and Jews for Palestinian Right of Return.

Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity is required reading for all our cadre and supporters. We encourage progressive and revolutionary forces in every corner of the world who genuinely seek truth, justice, and peace to buy and study this book.”
Bob Brown, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party.

“Brenner thoroughly documents collusion between the established Zionist organizations and fascists of all stripes . . . . The ‘scientific’ racism of the 19th century with its ‘white man’s burden’ and Jew-hating, the ‘master race’ anti-communism of the fascists, the Biblical mythologization of a people chosen to colonize—all of this has been cut from the same cloth, the products of imperialism.”
— Hilton Obenzinger, Journal of Palestine Studies.

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Praise for THE LABOR MOVEMENT IN JAPAN

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Japan’s labor movement in the early twentieth century was one of the most vibrant and tumultuous periods in global social history. In their struggles for freedom, workers organized strikes, initiated riots, and planned imperial assassinations. While all of this was taking place, small groups of radical socialists and anarchists struggled to survive under extreme state suppression, mass arrests, and political executions.

In the years that followed, the task of documenting these workers’ and revolutionaries’ experiences fell to Sen Katayama, a founding figure in the Asian and Asian-American radical traditions.

“The life and career of Sen Katayama represented an incredible odyssey. Pioneer social worker, labor organizer, and leader in Japan’s radical political movement . . . Katayama wrote his important book, The Labor Movement in Japan, while in the U.S. in 1918. Unfortunately this study  has been out of print for many years. We now have Robert Sabatino and Andrew Zonneveld to thank for making it available once more. Students of left-wing politics in Japan will find it a major source on the early twentieth century labor struggle.” — F.G. Notehelfer, author of Kōtoku Shusui: Portrait of a Japanese Radical.

Originally published in 1918, Sen Katayama’s The Labor Movement in Japan endures as a classic first-hand documentation of Japan’s dynamic labor struggles and radical political movements in the early 20th century. This updated edition features two additional writings by the author and a new introductory essay that further illuminates the experiences and activities of Japanese working people in action, as well as the lives of other radical actors who helped shape this movement into one of the twentieth century’s most fascinating moments of class conflict and revolutionary confrontation.

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