Today commemorates our deliverance from chattel slavery. I yearn for the complete destruction of our chains.

Freedom is a funny concept. On the one hand, you almost have to compare your current state to where you were before. On the other, you have to look at where you still have left to go. I think you’d agree with me that Black folks are doing much better than we were during colonization and slavery. I’m sure you’ll also agree that our current predicament is far from ideal. However, our mutual agreement may very well end there. I want Black power. I…


Red or blue, the war machine rages on.

In some of the most famous works of fiction, the antagonist is a power-hungry evil tyrant that aims to subjugate the entire world. The nation they rule tramples on millions of people in their march to world domination. Sometimes, as in Avatar the Last Airbender’s Fire Nation, that means an entire planet. Other times, as in Star Wars’ Galactic Empire, that means entire galaxies. When we see this in works of fiction, we immediately know who we are meant to root for — the underdog protagonist and their ragtag group of rebels…


In most uncertain times, bold, direct action is needed both from the government and the citizenry.

“Push Biden Left” folks, this is your time. I’m not saying this to troll anyone; I’m saying it because it’s absolutely vital due to the dire situation the country is in. This is a time of great opportunity but also of great danger. From the coronavirus pandemic to the rise of white supremacist vigilantism (and the state-sanctioned white supremacists masquerading as law enforcement), there’s much to deal with. I don’t believe that Biden is up to the task due to his 47-year political career…


Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let’s discuss the real Dr. King.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but there’s more to Dr. King’s legacy than his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that we were all force-fed every year in elementary school. We’ve been given a ‘Disney princess’ version of the great Reverend, and this is not by accident. MLK comes from a Black radical tradition rooted in love and extreme truth-telling about the violent and oppressive nature of the United States government. As great as he was, he was…


The #FightFor15 is a fight that every worker should support even if you’re making well above $15/hr.

The federal minimum wage hasn’t risen in over a decade. I, like millions of others, entered the workforce during this period. While working my retail and food-service jobs, what stood out to me the most was that my co-workers weren’t just teenagers and college students like me, but people in their thirties and up. Many of my older co-workers had spouses, children, or even an elderly relative that they had to provide for. Every time I got paid, I’d think to myself, “how…


Reflecting on one of the worst years in recent history and the need for a mass movement to better our lives.

There is no going back to ‘normal.’ Even if there was, our normal was woefully inadequate. Half a million people went bankrupt every year from medical bills. Nearly 80% of American workers lived paycheck to paycheck, and an entire generation of people are damned to a lifetime of debt for the crime of pursuing an education. Our normal was absurd as it was, and COVID only exacerbated our already precarious position. …


Ice Cube has caused quite the controversy this week. Though I can't entirely agree with him, I believe he’s trying to address a pressing need.

This sucks. I wish I could get mad at anyone for how they plan to vote, but I just can’t. There’s simply no right answer. There are positives and negatives to every choice that Black folk, and any other American, can make at the ballot box this year. Well, except for one choice, that is. Please, no matter who you are or where you’re reading this from, do not vote for Donald Trump. The man…


Nancy Pelosi refuses to take Trump’s stimulus deal as millions of Americans face evictions and unemployment. This is inexcusable.

I’m at a loss, honestly and truly. The Nancy Pelosi that I’ve come to know, not personally, of course, has never had a problem working with Republicans. In fact, that’s been my main point of criticism towards her. She worked with Republicans in the Bush-era and even worked with Donald Trump on the USMCA, Border Wall, and his “Space Force.” So the moment that Donald Trump came to his senses and decided that passing another stimulus package was the right move…


A non-partisan, independent commission to redraw our voting maps would be great! Unfortunately, that is not what Amendment 1 achieves.

Election season is in full swing, and everyone is buzzing about the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates that just passed. However, for Virginia in particular, the President and Vice President may not be the most impactful decision that voters will make on their ballots this year. In 2021, our state and Federal voting maps must be redrawn. The General Assembly decided to pass SJ 18, a proposed Constitutional amendment that takes map-drawing power away from the state legislature and gives…


Here’s why, regardless of your political ideology, you should support Medicare-for-All.

Healthcare is a human right. That statement sums up my personal support for Medicare-for-All. Healthcare should not be tied to employment or the ability to pay thousands of dollars. The American Healthcare system is beyond broken; it’s morally reprehensible. We condemn people to death or economic ruin for coming down with cancer, commodify their ability to stay alive, and allow health insurance companies to profit off of sick people in their most vulnerable times. This is sickening. We must end it as soon as possible, especially as we endure…

Michael Daniels

25 year old Community Organizer from Hampton, VA. Student of Abolition & Anarcho- Communism.

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