Adnan Ahmed is an activist who lives in the Twin Cities.
The Minneapolis Teachers’ Strike Is a Struggle for Black Lives
The Minneapolis teachers’ strike is the largest strike in the U.S. right now — and it’s an anti-racist class struggle.
Adnan AhmedMarch 11, 2022
Massive Turnout on Day One of Minneapolis Teachers’ Strike
Over a thousand people including teachers, students and community members showed up to show solidarity on the first day of Minneapolis teachers’ strike. All workers must join them in this fight for racial justice, women’s rights and against defunding public education.
Adnan AhmedMarch 9, 2022
Teachers Set to Strike on International Women’s Day in the Birthplace of the George Floyd Uprising
Twin Cities teachers are planning to strike on International Women’s Day in the birthplace of the George Floyd uprising. This historic strike highlights the role of the labor movement in Black struggle and feminist struggle.
Adnan AhmedMarch 7, 2022
Twin Cities Educators Discuss Black Struggle and Workplace Militancy
In the context of a possible teachers strike in the Twin Cities, we spoke with three Minnesota educators about the intersection of Black struggle and workplace mobilization.
Adnan AhmedFebruary 21, 2022
Texas Cops Who Brutalized Protesters in 2020 Finally Brought Up on Charges
Almost two years later, 19 Police officers are being brought up on charges of misconduct and aggravated assault against peaceful protesters in 2020. This is far too little, too late.
Adnan AhmedFebruary 18, 2022
Amir Locke: Murdered by Minneapolis Cops Within Nine Seconds, on a No-Knock Warrant
Amir Locke’s murder by Minneapolis cops, even after recent guilty verdicts for killer cops, shows that the racist institution of policing cannot be reformed. It must be dismantled.
Adnan AhmedFebruary 5, 2022
Breyer Resignation: A Black Woman on the Supreme Court Won’t Change Capitalist Oppression
The prospective nomination of a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court will undoubtedly be a historic moment. But we cannot forget that individual “progressive justices,” even from oppressed communities, will ultimately serve to uphold racist, anti-worker, and anti-democratic laws.
Adnan AhmedJanuary 29, 2022
The Problem of Wanting Biden to “Succeed”
While Joe Biden has dismal approval ratings, many Democrats are still wishing for him to “succeed.” But success for bourgeois capitalist politicians like Biden always comes at the expense of the working class.
Adnan AhmedJanuary 20, 2022
Ending the Pandemic Is Not an “Individual Responsibility”
The Biden administration’s “individual responsibility” directive to “get vaccinated and boosted” is failing. The focus on vaccination only, rather than systemic solutions, is a ruling-class tactic to deflect blame away from bourgeois politicians and the capitalist system that continually places profit over lives.
Adnan AhmedDecember 28, 2021
Bosses Don’t Keep Us Safe — We Need Workers’ Safety Committees
During the deadly tornadoes last weekend, workers were not allowed to leave. Incredibly, this is completely legal. Laws and safety protocols protect businesses, not workers. We need workers’ committees to manage safety on the job.
Adnan AhmedDecember 17, 2021
Six Dead After Amazon Warehouse Proceeded With Business As Usual Amidst Tornado Threat
Six Amazon workers are dead after a warehouse collapsed when a devastating string of tornadoes ripped through six states. Amazon bosses at the warehouse knew of the threat and made no adjustments to standard procedure to keep workers safe.
Adnan AhmedDecember 12, 2021
Kim Potter Murdered Daunte Wright: We Must Mobilize for A Guilty Verdict and Against the Racist System
This week marks the beginning of former cop Kim Potter’s trial for murdering Daunte Wright. The verdicts in the Chauvin, Rittenhouse, and Arbery trials show how difficult it is to get any semblance of justice in a racist system that values private property over human lives.
Adnan AhmedDecember 1, 2021
Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Convicted Despite the Legal System, Not Because of It
Ahmaud Arbery’s killers were found guilty by a jury today. A few days ago a jury also let murderer Kyle Rittenhouse walk free. This system is not for us and never will be. The working class and the oppressed must unite to fight against the capitalist system that is built on racism.
Adnan AhmedNovember 24, 2021
“We run this society and we can shut it down”: Reflections on the Rittenhouse Trial
The Rittenhouse verdict is an indictment of the racist capitalist system. We can neither rely on the capitalist Democratic party to help us, nor can we afford to get stuck in a vicious cycle of mutual aid efforts that is entrenched in a constant state of responding to capitalist crises. To rid ourselves of this racist capitalist system, we must come together and shut it down.
Adnan AhmedNovember 21, 2021
We Are the Only Ones Who Will Liberate Us
With every victory won as a result of Black struggle, the ruling class has left no stone unturned to curtail social progress. Empty promises of incremental change or a seat at the oppressor’s table will not liberate us. To be truly free, we must overthrow the racist-capitalist system that profits off our lives.
Adnan AhmedNovember 18, 2021
Private Cops in Uptown Minneapolis — Another Tool to Maintain the Racist-Capitalist System
Citizen’s arrest laws—a relic of colonial times—exist in all 50 states and were created to help catch slaves when Black people were considered property. Recently, private cops hired by the Seven Points Uptown shopping mall arrested activists in Uptown, Minneapolis. Laws and legality in bourgeois society function to maintain the racist-capitalist status quo. We must kick all cops, private or not, out of our communities and unions.
Adnan AhmedJuly 22, 2021
A Woke Mural and Black Dolls: How Target Hides Its Racism
Target used empty antiracist gestures in reopening its East Lake Street store in Minneapolis, which was damaged during the George Floyd uprising. But featuring a woke mural and selling Black dolls will not hide its role in violent racist policing.
Adnan AhmedJuly 8, 2021
All Cops. Not Just Derek Chauvin
The ruling class presented Derek Chauvin as a “bad apple.” Meanwhile, in the one year since he murdered George Floyd, cops in the United States have killed over a thousand people. It's not just Derek Chauvin. It’s all cops.
Adnan AhmedJune 26, 2021
Protesters Still Face Charges from the George Floyd Uprising
People are still facing charges from arrests since the George Floyd Uprising. Left Voice spoke to two activists still facing charges from the I-94 mass arrest in Minneapolis on Nov 4, 2020 in Minneapolis. We demand that all charges be dropped.
Adnan AhmedJune 22, 2021
Murder of Winston Smith and Future of George Floyd Square – State Violence Continues in Minneapolis
The murder of Winston Smith and the attempted reopening of George Floyd Square show that the state has no interest in stopping its violence.
Adnan AhmedJune 10, 2021
Palestine Solidarity and Workplace Retaliation
The international working class solidarity movement with Palestine is facing a predictable backlash from the imperialist-friendly corporate sector. We must organize against this systemic retaliation and fight for a free Palestine.
Adnan AhmedMay 29, 2021
Operation Safety Net: Safety for the Ruling Class, Trauma for the Masses
In a city with more than 3,000 National Guard soldiers, protesters defy the militarization and protest racism, police brutality, and the increasing presence of repressive forces.
Adnan AhmedApril 20, 2021
Minneapolis Suburb Defies Curfew after Police Murder Daunte Wright
Demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota defied the 7 p.m. curfew yesterday to protest the police murder of Daunte Wright.
Adnan AhmedApril 13, 2021
“Yes 4 Minneapolis”: Reforming an Uprising, but Not the Police
Minneapolis voters now may have a few different police-reform options to consider in the upcoming city elections in November. Despite promises to dismantle the Police Department, the proposals on the table will do nothing to stop police violence.
Adnan AhmedApril 5, 2021
The Fine Print of “Representation Matters”
We tend to celebrate diversity and representation in a racist-capitalist system as a sign of progress. We often fail, however, to examine how it is frequently weaponized to maintain the status-quo and oppress the very people it is supposed to uplift.
Adnan AhmedNovember 22, 2020