Supporting Black Leadership for the Whole

Written by Julie Quiroz

August 21, 2014

Movement building demands leadership for the whole: leadership grounded in the strength of most impacted communities and able to lead the whole of society. Powerful movements need groups like The Organization for Black Struggle, a local organization in St. Louis with three decades of roots in the community.

The Organization For Black Struggle was founded in 1980 by activists, students, union organizers and other community members “in order to fill a vacuum left by the assaults on the Black Power Movement.” The vision of OBS is to “contribute to the creation of a society free of all forms of exploitation and oppression” and its vision is to “build a movement that fights for political empowerment, economic justice and the cultural dignity of the African-American community, especially the Black working class.”

OBS bases its work on the Black Freedom Agenda ratified by the Black Radical Congress in 1999: a comprehensive agenda that includes fighting for “the human rights of Black people and all people”, “a clean and healthy environment”, the abolition of “police brutality, unwarranted incarceration and the death penalty”, and the recognition of “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as full and equal members of society, and of our communities.”

OBS currently operates with no full time stuff.   Donations to help strengthen OBS may be made at Color of Change.

Feature photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Julie Quiroz

Julie Quiroz lives in Michigan and leads New Moon Collaborations, a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center.

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