We are excited to host a presentation and discussion about the recently released book entitled A Brilliant Red Thread – Revolutionary Writings of Don Hamerquist.
WHERE IS IT:
The Word is Change Book Store
368 Tompkins Avenue (at Putnam)
WHEN IS IT:
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
7pm to 9pm
WHO SPEAKS AT IT:
Luis Brennan (Editor of the book)
Amelia Cates (Portland organizer)
John Garvey (Hard Crackers Magazine)
Mike Morgan (Hard Crackers Magazine)
Any willing audience members
A BRILLIANT RED THREAD: REVOLUTIONARY WRITINGS FROM DON HAMERQUIST (PUBLISHED BY KERSPLEBEDEB)
Don Hamerquist has been a revolutionary activist since the late 1950s. Over the course of more than sixty years, Don has been a working-class militant, a leader of organizations, an important strategic thinker, a considerate comrade and a prolific political writer.
The collection of essays in this book is the first attempt to collect Don’s writings in a format that would make them available to a larger public readership. To make the collection into a reasonable length and to focus on issues of the greatest current relevance, all of the essays date from 2000. Nonetheless, they bear the imprint of Don’s political origins, as the child of iconoclastic members of the CPUSA, as a member of the Communist Party in his own right and then, most importantly, as a founding member of the Sojourner Truth Organization in 1969.
Don’s writings have not secured widespread readerships because he always had a different focus in mind. He intended his writings to be read by individuals in political collectives, almost always ones that he knew well, that were organizing collective political projects to challenge white supremacy, the rule of capital and the threat of the far-right. To make his writings as valuable as possible for those readers, he played close attention to the ways in which familiar realities were being transformed and wrote carefully and precisely about what he thought needed to be understood.
This new collection creates an opportunity for more people to read and appreciate the revolutionary contributions of Don Hamerquist.