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Introduction to Issue 16

July 23, 2010

Welcome to the summer 2010, issue 16 of 4SM. We have lots of interesting, important and timely information and analysis for you.

We begin by doing something we rarely do, dedicating this issue to an outstanding individual, a courageous sister, Marilyn Buck. Our primary section is on Black August (BA). You’ll find Doc Holiday’s historic words on the meaning and principles of BA. This is followed by Akili Castilin’s essay on “A Generational Perspective” on BA. There are several other insightful articles in this section, as well as Kazi Toure’s run down on the events and significance of August 7, 1970. This August 7 is also the date of the national Running Down The Walls run, and information on that is at the end of this issue. Definitely check it out and join or start a RDTW run in your city or prison.

We have lots of information in “The Struggle Continues” section, on the G8/G20 events in Toronto, Canadian “Prisoners’ Justice Day,” the CMU in Marion and more.

In the “Revolutionary Analysis and Info” section, our central long piece is by Russell Maroon Shoats, entitled, “The Dragon and the Hydra.” This essay adds to the discussion Bill Dunne began in issue 15 with his article on the Tamil struggle in Sri Lanka. The theoretical question raised and discussed was on national liberation struggles and methods of revolutionary organization. 4SM welcomes serious and reasoned revolutionary analysis of these and related issues, especially from political prisoners (PPs) and others, who have hands on experience in these struggles. While 4SM pages are open to PPs and other revolutionaries’ criticisms of national liberation as a strategy and various types of revolutionary and guerrilla organizations, this in no way should be interpreted as 4SM lessening its support for actual revolutionary struggles and professional and fighting organizations. As we clearly state in our general introduction in every issue, “4strugglemag is an independent non-sectarian revolutionary voice. We are unapologetically anti-imperialist and solidly in support of progressive national liberation, especially the struggles of New African/Black, Mexicano/Chicano, Puerto Rican and Native American Nations presently controlled by u.s. imperialism.” There are several other thought provoking articles in this section.

We also have some book reviews, including Marland X’s review of a Black Panther Party study, Will You Die with Me?, which readers will learn from.

4SM is always open to your revolutionary thoughts, criticisms and suggestions, poems and graphics too. We will have more reflection from Bill Dunne on the national liberation question, as well as reports back on the RDTW runs in the next issue. See you all in issue 17, out in November, and like and old saying goes, if you don’t like the news happening (the wars, the government repression, continuing job losses and house evictions), then go out and make some news of your own!

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle!
Jaan Laaman, editor

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