Some believe that exposing internal abuse is a distraction from the left’s struggle against the predations of the state. That’s because COINTELPRO used everything from violence to rumors in attempts to destroy the Black liberation movement. We make these accusations transparently with ample proof and in alignment with Revolutionary ancestor Safiya Bukhari’s premise (quoting Mao) of “No investigation, no right to speak.” Having closely examined these unprincipled behaviors, violations of communal trust and acts of sexual violence against our comrade, we now invoke our right to speak—not only to further advance necessary healing and accountability processes personally and organizationally, but also in solidarity with the countless individuals and collectives that have been victimized in a similar manner. We see this as part of the commitment to promoting a culture of resistance which stands at the core of our organizing efforts.
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Stay tuned for public event in October 2021 about abuse and sexual assault in radical social movements.