Monday, January 31, 2005

Colours of Resistance

Colours of Resistance

Colours of Resistance (COR) is a grassroots network of people who consciously work to develop anti-racist, multiracial politics in the movement against global capitalism. We are committed to helping build an anti-racist, anti-imperialist, multiracial, feminist, queer and trans liberationist, anti-authoritarian movement against global capitalism. We are committed to integrating an anti-oppression framework and analysis into all of our work.
Colours of Resistance is both a thinktank and an actiontank, linking the issues of global capitalism with their local impacts. For us, this means working locally on issues such as anti-war, police brutality, prison abolition, indigenous solidarity, affordable housing, healthcare and public transportation, environmental justice, racist immigration policies, and many more. Colours of Resistance acts as a network for us to share support, ideas, and strategies with one another across our diverse communities.

Colours of Resistance fights global capitalism with the goal of eradicating all systems of oppression that capitalism feeds and needs. We are dedicated to addressing oppressive power dynamics in our organizing. This means noticing, and changing when necessary, dynamics that may include whose voices are heard, which priorities are chosen, what actions are taken, who does the work, and who gets the credit. As one step towards this, we aim to have our network organizing collective made up of at least 2/3 people of colour and 2/3 women, and we seek to go beyond mere tokenism by recognizing the leadership of women of colour in particular.

We recognize that both organizers of colour and white organizers have roles in our work, and that these roles may be distinct from one another. For example, resisting white supremacy is not the sole responsibility of people of colour - white organizers have a responsibility to confront and challenge racism in white communities while working in solidarity with organizers of colour. Solidarity does not mean being paternalistic white 'saviours' but working alongside, and looking to the leadership of organizers of colour.

Our collective work as a network includes but is not limited to producing a zine, a website and published articles, sharing ideas through local meetings and email discussion lists, and facilitating workshops and events. While we use the internet as a networking tool, we believe that real resistance comes from real communities and are committed to rooting our work in community-based organizing.

Colours of Resistance first emerged in North America as a response to our growing feeling of a gap between what has been labelled as the 'anti-globalization' movement in the 'West' and the day-to-day organizing efforts in communities of colour to resist the impacts of global capitalism. We share a common critique of the lack of power/privilege analysis among predominantly white and middle-class anti-summit protests in the 'West' and are building a network of people who understand anti-oppression work as integral to any progressive movement building.


Rainbow Demon said...

Thank you, Thivai


Michael said...

Thanks Rainbow Demon,

I like your profile description. Just exactly what is a rainbow demon? Just curious?

Rainbow Demon said...

I take the name from an early 1970's song by Brittish band Uriah Heep.
In the lyric, they say:
"Rainbow Demon, pick up your heart and run...
Rainbow Demon, looks for your soul and is gone."

Being gay, I identify with the rainbow.
Being persecuted by the 'religious right', I am a demon to their perceptions...
... and an added plus... I like the song.
I also enjoy your blog very much.
Thank you for being here.

Michael said...

Ah yes, I remember Uriah Heep... thanks for stopping by and I look forward to talking to you more.

Consider me an ally against the "angels"

Thivai ... your fellow demon-in-arms