Katrina's Legacy Volume 2

The Black Nation and The People of the World Confron the U.S. Imperialist White Settler State and its Genocidal Climate Crimes
by: 
Eric Mann

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An Introduction to Katrina’s Legacy

By Eric Mann

Katrina’s Legacy is a history—based essay on revolutionary strategy at the intersection of the Black, Third World, and Climate Justice revolutions.

Katrina’s Legacy is
an original intervention in the debate about Climate Change and Climate
Justice Strategies. It roots the problem in the Christian,
European/U.S., feudal, capitalist, imperialist economic, social, and
ideological system of genocide and genocidal climate crimes. Mann argues
that while all the systems of feudalism, capitalism, and imperialism
are unique stages of economic development, they are three stages of one
unified system of U.S./European world domination in which the domination
of people and nature took on a uniquely barbaric historical
development. Mann challenges the entire concept of “Western
civilization” and roots his work in the Indigenous, Black, and Third
World rejections of white settler state barbarism. Katrina’s Legacy
upholds the humanity, hope, and strategic centrality of Third World
people and movements—and the right of oppressed nations, including the
Black Nation inside the United States, to the right of
self-determination up to and including the right of secession.

Katrina’s Legacy is
rooted in the struggle of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and many
forces in the world Climate Justice Movement to shape the just-concluded
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) where
LCSC members, including the author, played an active role. Katrina’s
Legacy has an entire chapter, What Are We Going to Do About the United
States, that is hot off the press, written only weeks before the Paris
UNFCCC, that prophetically, exposes the role of President Obama, the
United States, and the Democratic Party in sabotaging any efforts by
world governments to radically reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and in
opposing all efforts by Third World nations to demand climate
reparations for the “loss and damages” caused by the U.S., the European
Union, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. For the reader who has tried
to unravel the Gordian knot of the United Nations or wants some help
navigating that maze, Mann, a veteran of the World Conference Against
Racism, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and now the UNFCCC
walks you through the critical struggle of the world’s people to
challenge the hegemony of the United States in that international
arena. 

Katrina’s Legacy is a
tribute to the Black people of New Orleans for their resiliency,
humanity, and super-human capacities of resistance.  It is a plea to
demand the Effective Right of Return of 100.000 Black Internally
Displaced People to New Orleans—the victims of a U.S. Genocidal Climate
Crime.  Volume II has a long chapter: Hurricane Katrina: An Anatomy of a
Genocidal Climate Crime that explains the mass subjugation, evacuation,
and forced displacement of 100,000 Black residents of New Orleans as a
conscious policy of the U.S. ruling classes.

Katrina’s Legacy builds
on the knowledge and work of Dr. Beverly Wright, Dr. Robert Bullard and
the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Endesha Juakali of
the Survivor’s Village, Jacques Morial, Ashana Bigard, film-maker
William Sabourin, Monique Harden and Advocates for Environmental Human
Rights, People’s Hurricane Relief Fund, Kali Akuno, Jordan Flaherty,
Tracie Washington, and many other sisters and brothers who extended
their hospitality and knowledge to Eric Mann in the process of his
writing.

Katrina’s Legacy is an
effort to integrate Black Revolutionary Thought, urban sociology, an
Afro-centric anti-imperialist interpretation of U.S. history,
revolutionary strategy and tactics, demand development, and
movement-building. The goal is to push the reader, community groups,
unions, Black and Latino organizations, to think through their politics
and then take action to carry them out.

Katrina’s Legacy is
based on the concept of a Black Nation that is rooted in theory and
practice of Denmark Vesey, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Marcus
Garvey, the Comintern Resolutions on the Afro-American National
Question, Harry Haywood, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X,
Queen Mother Moore, the Black Panther Party and many other freedom
fighters who advocated for Black self-determination.

Katrina’s Legacy is
dedicated to the work of the Black organizations on the front lines of
the struggle today, in Ferguson, Chicago, the struggle over Trayvon
Martin, the work of Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter, We Charge
Genocide, Organization of Black Struggle, and the Strategy Center’s
Black Liberation organizing in the Bus Riders Union and Community Rights
Campaigns—and many others.

Katrina’s Legacy
models the author’s theory of counter-hegemonic consciousness raising
and transformative organizing.  Its cover is an effort to model that
theory. It uses revolutionary language and concepts so the reader can
judge a book by its cover—Black Nation, U.S. Imperialism, White Settler
State, Genocide, Genocidal Climate Crimes.  This is in the pedagogical
traditions of Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X and the author’s own body
of work to challenge the system’s reactionary rules of thought that
suppress the revolutionary imagination. The goal is to provoke,
persuade, and challenge the reader to envision a revolutionary
possibility in our lifetime and to take action to make it happen.

Katrina’s Legacy is 2 books each written in real time with the urgency of Now.

Katrina’s Legacy Volume 1 began in the first weeks after Katrina. It was originally called Letter to the Movement in Support of a Black Reconstruction in New Orleans. By August 2015 it was published in book form—Katrina’s Legacy: White Racism and Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Katrina’s
Legacy Volume II – The Black Nation and the People of the World
Confront the U.S. Empire and Its Genocidal Climate Crimes has just been
published by Frontlines Press.

The most enduring books are written in real time to impact real events and real history. The New edition of Katrina’s Legacy
includes Volume I fully reprinted with it original cover. It remains
relevant, prescient and captures the immediacy of the events and
feelings on the ground in the first year of Katrina.  The demand for the
Effective Right of Return was raised in 2005 and is still on the table
today.

Katrina’s Legacy is a short course in a
Black Revolutionary View of U.S. History. This is most developed in
Volume I in the chapter History Can Guide Us.

The author’s interpretation of U.S. history is rooted in the work of W.E.B. Du Bois and his epic Black Reconstruction in America.
Mann continues Dr. DuBois’ work in interpreting U.S. society as a
series of Black led revolutions and anti-Black counterrevolutions. In
Volume II he integrates Gerald Horn’s discussion of the U.S. Revolution
as in fact The Counterrevolution of 1776. He then
popularizes Du Bois view of The First Reconstruction (1865-1877) and the
Second Counter-revolution (Jim Crow—1877 to 1954).

Mann argues
that the Second Revolutionary Reconstruction that overturned Jim Crow
was what he calls The Twenty Six Years of the Sixties (1954-1980) which
he traces from the Murder of Emmet Till, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Brown
Versus Board of Education, Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations and
the defeat of the French by the Vietnamese at the Battle of Dien Bien
Phu (1954) to the victory of the Vietnamese in 1975 until the rise of
Ronald Regan in 1980. He traces the Third Counter-revolution that
overthrew the great victories of the 26 Years of the Sixties is from
1980, with the rise of Ronald Reagan, to the present.

Mann
argues that a Third Revolutionary Reconstruction is not yet fully
developed but the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, the rise of
the Black struggle in the streets of U.S. cities, and the growing
climate justice movement internationally can be part of a frontal
assault on the Third Counter-revolution—an historical model that can
guide our organizing today.

Katrina’s Legacy is
rooted in the author’s theory of Counter-hegemonic demand development
in which specific demands on the system force the question of the system
itself. These are winnable structural demands with historically
possible outcomes that carry ideological content and valence in their
very statement, can help mobilize a revolutionary mass movement rooted
in Black, Latino, and international Third World movements and peoples,
and if won, can expand the ideological and political power of a
revolutionary opposition movement.

 Katrina’s Legacy focuses on 4 key demands as part of a larger, Fight for the Soul of the Cities revolutionary program

U.S. and President Obama to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 50% of 1990 Levels by 2025

U.S. 
and President Obama Contribute $10 Billion a year into the U.N. Green
Climate Fund and additional funds for climate reparations

U.S.
and President Obama to Immediately and Effectively Grant the Right of
Return Back to New Orleans for 100,000 Black Internally Displaced People
Since Hurricane Katrina

U.S.
and President Obama to End the Department of Defense 1033 Program that
gives military grade weapons including tanks to city and state police
forces to suppress  protests over racism, poverty, and climate
catastrophe.

Katrina’s Legacy: Volumes I and II, along with Eric Mann’s Seven Components of Transformative Organizing Theory and Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer
is a helpful introduction to revolutionary history, strategy, tactics,
and organizing. It can offer direction to high school, college, and
graduate school courses as well as political education classes for
organizers in Black, Latino, social justice, environmental and climate
justice organizations.    

The Strategy Center. Frontlines Press,
and the author hope that high school, university faculty and organizers
would consider course adoptions and bulk orders. We would be happy to
help you make that happen.

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