The following articles are selected from our back-catalog of Propter Nos, (vol. 1 to 3)
We are re-sharing all of these articles, poems, and artwork because it was precisely a “moment” just like this, relatively speaking, from which we found inspiration to create an accessible, easily circulated journal of Black Studies and revolutionary abolitionist analysis.
True Leap Press is a radical publishing collective currently based in Chicago. We support the intellectual struggle and advocate for the building of mass-based projects for antiracist, anticapitalist, and antipatriarchal political education. Our collective encourages any-and-all forms of revolt and insurrection against global anti-blackness, white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy. We also aim to facilitate the growth of an abolitionist political consciousness that is deliberately antipatriotic and against all oppressive forms of nationalism.
Our primary project right now is an autonomous Black Studies journal entitled PROPTER NOS. It offers a platform for Black and revolutionary abolitionist theoretical and cultural work—such as poetry, short essays, experimental writing, artwork—and at times serves as a source of commentary and analysis from imprisoned activists and grassroots organizations. It was ultimately the long Hot Summer of revolt against policing in 2016 (especially the uprising in Milwaukee) that catalyzed the desire driving this ongoing project. We hope that people will be receptive and engage in their downtime. There is a range of different entry points into anti-policing action, PIC abolition, decolonization and Black liberation movements.
The goal of our first issue of PN, entitled “Reflections on the ‘Movement Moment'” (Fall 2016) was…
to produce a space for commentary and reflection on the last half-decade of an emergent Black protest movement. Forgoing a paternalistic posture or the assumption that a “pure” form of political consciousness is attainable, our publishing collective sees the role of this publication as merely a tool among many other tools. With this publication we only wish to 1.) problematize the discourse that frames and informs the popular movement’s terms of engagement, 2.) generate modes of analysis that demystify the circulation and consumption of images of racial and sexual violence in the media, 3.) revise and revisit the three-pronged cultural project of the Black arts, aesthetics, and studies movements, 4.) provide an outlet in which information from counterintelligence operations for the Black movement against the racist capitalist state can be recorded, accumulated, and disseminated.
While our vision of the project has departed and exceeded from this original mission statement in issues 2 and 3, we remain strongly committed to the stated principles of this publication. Volume 2, entitled “Insurgency/Exhaustion” began with its distribution to prisoners all around the country. Our crew wanted to compile a collection of essays, poetry, artwork, and prose that meditates on the interrelated phenomena of insurgency and exhaustion:
We use the term “insurgency” to describe an approach to political struggle that is comprised of individuals, groups, units, and cells working together through decentralized networks, on multiple scales, and across different institutional sites to abolish a society structured in dominance. Some contributors use the term with a more specific meaning, referring to a form of counter-warfare in which clandestine and “above-ground” formations combine their political resources with the principled use of a diversity of tactics to achieve revolutionary strategic objectives. Yet while insurgency is a key thematic framing this issue, many contributors explore exhaustion as an inherent aspect of growing, nurturing, and sustaining opposition to the dominant culture—its state and military, its laws and mode of production, its moral and aesthetic values. What exactly are the long-term consequences of our most cherished approaches to organizing, education, and cultural praxis? …. In a moment when the World has become ever-so politicized, enraged, and emboldened, what would it mean if we made room to consider the effects of exhaustion in the processes of building anti-systemic insurgency? What direction would our struggles take if we troubled the insistence on an ever-approaching future plentitude?
The collective at True Leap Press would like to send all of our solidarity and love to everyone revolting in the streets. We are gonna end this public letter now, but stand in solidarity with those liberationists, insurrectionists, and revolutionists in the streets of NYC and around the world tonight! We stand in solidarity most especially tonight with the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement! We stand in solidarity with most especially with Decolonize This Place! We stand in solidarity with every abolitionist group that wants to Free The Land and Burn Down The American Plantation. We want to say smash the fascist state and abolish white supremacy. Tear down this anti-Black world.
Join us in the dance with social death.
Selected Writings on The New Black Protest Movement, from Propter Nos
2016 – 2020
* denotes currently incarcerated contributor
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poem by Ashley M. Jones
interview with Professor Dylan Rodriguez
by True Leap Publishing Collective
poem by Jonah Mixon-Webster
poem by F. Delali Kumavie
essay by John Gillespie
essay by Tyrone S. Palmer
interview with JoNina Abron-Ervin & Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
essay by John Dennis Gillespie
poem by mayfield brooks
performance piece by chukwumaa
essay by Casey Goonan
by True Leap Publishing Collective
Thomas Young*, Yumil Perez*, and Stevie Wilson*
poem by Isaac Ginsberg Miller
poem by Jon Jon Moore
essay by Katherine McKittrick & Alexander G. Weheliye
essay by Tiffany Lethabo King
essay by Marquis Bey
essay by Mlondi Zondi
poem by Mandisa Haaroff
essay by Nicholas Eppert
interview with Rachel Herzing
an interview with the Chicago Anarchist Black Cross
essay by Casey Goonan
essays and artwork by Heriberto Sharky Garcia*
essay by Jasson Perez
republished analysis from the Stop the Injunctions Coalition
Woods Ervin, Sagnicthe Salazar, and Jay Donahue (Critical Resistance-Oakland)
essay by Dylan Rodríguez