Julia is a contributor for Left Voice and has been a revolutionary socialist for over ten years. She served on the South Central Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles and is a member of SEIU Local 721. Julia organizes against police brutality and in defense of LGBTQ, women, and immigrants' rights. When she's not actively fighting the patriarchy, white supremacy and/or capitalism, she enjoys many things: she loves Thundercat, plays ultimate frisbee and is a founder of the team, "Black Lives Hammer."
LAPD Tries to Show Off Expensive Gear — Blows Up City Block
Last week, the LAPD dangerously detonated fireworks in a residential neighborhood. Their actions reflect a history of contempt for the communities they claim to "protect and serve."
Our Struggles Are United: Black Solidarity with Palestine
The Black struggle and Palestinian liberation have a long relationship of solidarity and a common enemy: imperialism.
May the 4th (International) Be With You
Today, May 4th, is Star Wars Appreciation Day. For leftists, Rogue One within the Star Wars canon is a favorite: it shows a political and revolutionary approach to fighting the Empire.
The CIA’s Intersectional Imperialism Video Is a Travesty
In a bizarre “woke” recruitment ad, the CIA uses the language of the movement to try to recruit people of color to their organization, a central pillar of U.S. imperialism.
Democrats Who Support Killer Cops Are Taking Credit for Locking Up Chauvin
The Democratic Party watches police murder people like George Floyd and remains silent, but when we rise up, it takes the credit.
Democrats Deported MF DOOM, Then Added Him to Inaugural Playlist After His Death
MF DOOM was deported to the UK in 2010 and then denied re-entry to the U.S. by the Obama administration. Yet, his music is on the inaugural playlist for Joe Biden.
Obama Isn’t Mad about Slogans, He’s Mad We’re Questioning the Police
Obama said that we should steer clear of “snappy slogans” like "defund the police" because it alienates people. But that’s not what Obama’s statements are really about. Obama wants to co-opt and crush the BLM movement because he supports the police and the capitalist system it protects.
From Black Lives Matter to Revolution
Black Struggle and Revolutionary Socialism
The fight for Black liberation is, and always has been, part and parcel of the struggle against capitalism. Here we present Left Voice militant and editorial board member Julia Wallace’s speech on Black struggle that was delivered at the recent Latin American and United States Conference, called by the organizations of the Left Front in Argentina.
Black August Cinema: 11 Films to Watch This Month
This Black August, Left Voice brings you its recommendations for films that highlight Black excellence, Black struggles, and Black radical traditions. Here are 11 movies that feature Blackness and Black history in all its multi-layered wonder.
Fighting for Black Lives, Fighting Federal Troops – What Portland NAACP Gets Wrong
In a Washington Post Op-Ed, E.D. Mondainé claims that the protests for Black lives are no longer about the Black struggle but have become a “white spectacle.” He is wrong. And his admonishment to leave the streets, is even more wrong. The militant multi-ethnic struggle needs to continue in the streets and workplaces.
Africa Declares Black Lives Matter
The BLM movement has erupted across the world including countries on the African continent. The resistance to racism, colonialism and imperialism in Africa must be linked and struggled with simultaneously to fighting capitalism and police violence worldwide
Free All Political Prisoners — Interview With a Black Panther Elder
Chip Fitzgerald is the longest-held Black Panther political prisoner in U.S. history. Here is an interview with Black Panther elder and former political prisoner, Arthur League, about the fight to free his comrades.
Mega Capitalists Donate for “Black Lives” but Exploit their Black Workers
Disney, Amazon, and other capitalists give donations to the NAACP and other organizations to appear they support "Black lives." Their treatment of their Black workforce shows otherwise.
Birding While Black
I am a birder, which is what "birdwatchers" call ourselves. I am also a Black woman. Recently, birding was added to the list of dangerous activities for Black people.
Workers of the World Unite: Why Socialists Need to Build International Organizations
On May Day Left Voice will be participating in an international May Day rally. 14 countries, six languages, but one message: we won't pay for this crisis. Why is internationalism so important to socialists and why do socialists need an international organization?
Racism Is a Preexisting Condition
From increased violent attacks against Asian people to the disproportionately high COVID-19 fatality rates for Black and Brown people, racism is a preexisting condition. Workers and oppressed people must fight back.
Masking Up in a Racist Country
Black people in the United States face a dilemma. They can wear masks and be harassed — or they can not wear masks and still be harassed on top of the possibility of catching coronavirus. In the end, there’s no protection against racism in America except for organizing and fighting back.
U.S. Prisoners Rise Up Against Deadly Conditions
Incarcerated people and supporters on the outside are staging demonstrations around the country to protest unsanitary conditions and overcrowding that contribute to the spread of COVID-19. They are demanding PPE, cleaning supplies, and the release of vulnerable populations within prisons. It is vital as socialists and those in the labor movement that we support such actions and denounce at every turn the exploitation of imprisoned people.
As Black History Month Concludes, the Struggle Continues
As Black History Month comes to a close Left Voice reflects on some of the articles and media posted. We also thank the writers, guest posts, and artists who contributed to the commemoration of a socialist Black History Month!" Check out our month in review.
Who Killed Malcolm X
A new documentary sheds light on the botched investigation of the shooting of Malcolm X, who the real killers were, and who they were working for.
Black Liberation and the Early Communist Movement
The struggle for Black liberation was an integral part of the US Communist Party’s practice in the years after its foundation. The party’s work was particularly influenced by the Bolshevik Party and Black radicalism in America.
Class, Morality, and Capitalism in ‘Parasite’
"Parasite" is a cross over hit, becoming the first South Korean film ever nominated for an Oscar. Its success is due to the fact that it encapsulates the parasitic relationship between the rich and the working class
Women Worldwide Protest Against Sexual Assault
"A Rapist in Your Way" (Un violador en tu camino) is a feminist outcry against sexual assault and the violence of the state against women protesters. Originating in Chile, where people are rising up against austerity and the repressive Piñera government, this performance piece has been adopted by protesters worldwide.
Fred Hampton Was Assassinated, His Fight for Black Liberation is Still Alive
On December 4, 1969, Chicago police fired about 100 shots into an apartment containing seven sleeping members of the Illinois’ Black Panther Party chapter. Mark Clark and Fred Hampton were killed.
From Standing Rock to Ecuador, Support Indigenous Resistance
Cities across the U.S. are celebrating Indigenous People’s Day on Monday. On what is formally referred to as Columbus Day, indigenous groups and activists have fought to not only expose the history of Columbus but also to honor the indigenous people who were so violently affected by Columbus “discovering” America. Columbus did not “discover” America […]
Hugs for Killer Cops and Bullets for Black People: Why We Can’t Forgive Our Oppressors.
The trial of Amber Guyger, a Dallas police officer who murdered Botham Jean in his apartment, has sparked protest and controversy—especially after photos surfaced of Guyger being shown compassion and forgiveness by the judge, bailiff, and even Jean's brother. What is behind the overwhelming theme of forgiveness to people who murder Black people?
Jay-Z Is Wrong: White Supremacy and Capitalism Cause Police Brutality—Not Absent Fathers
Billionaire Jay-Z has made a stunning claim: that single-parent households are to blame for police murders. Not so long ago, he was making songs against police brutality. But he is a capitalist, and he says whatever will make money.
Black August in LA: Month of Meaning and Resistance
Organizations across the country are holding events throughout the month to commemorate Black August. For Black revolutionaries and communities, the month of August is emblazoned with the struggles, sacrifices, and resistance of Black people in the United States.