STRATEGY & SOUL
We are excited to invite you to support Strategy and Soul— One of the building blocks in the work of the Labor/Community Strategy Center.
We are part of a movement to rebuild, reconstruct, and re-volutionize South L.A. and U.S. cities in the face of U.S. capitalism’s decline—reflected in corporate and police brutality and ecological devastation. We have built a new Movement Institution—Strategy and Soul—a complex of 3 contiguous storefronts at the corner of King and Crenshaw—an historic landmark in South L.A. and the Black Community.
The first space is The Strategy and Soul Theater—with state-of-the art Digital Cinema Package that can show first-run films with THX and Dolby Sound. We want to highlight “Political Films for Movement Organizers”—The Battle of Algiers, Chinatown, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Fruitvale Station, Norma Rae, Black Power Mixtape, Beasts of the Southern Wild, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and Bus Riders Union. We will also provide a large performance space for poets, actors and community theater groups and a Strategy and Soul Art Gallery.
Next door is the Strategy and Soul Bookstore and Organizers Library. We will focus on our own list of The 100 Most Important Books for Movement Building and Revolutionary Change—The Wretched of the Earth, Open Veins of Latin America, Hands on the Freedom Plow: Women in SNCC, Goodnight Moon, The Sixth Extinction, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, and The Seven Components of Transformative Organizing Theory. We will also support the work of Eso Won Books, the great Black bookstore in Leimert Park.
Next door, on the corner site of a former beauty salon, is the Strategy and Soul Transformative Organizing Center. There, students from Augustus Hawkins and Roosevelt High School, community colleges, bus riders, and Black and Latino working people can build Agit/Props for marches and rallies and rehearse for our Drum and Chant Corps. It will be a community storefront and the site of our Fight for the Soul of the Cities monthly membership meetings.
We hope you would consider supporting our work through a financial contribution.
“‘Cause you can’t make history without a strategy and you can’t win without some soul.”
Eric Mann, Co-director
Channing Martinez, Co-director
Barbara Lott-Holland, Associate director
Akunna Uka, Director of Volunteer Programs