The Revolutionary Paper

EVENT: The Revolutionary Paper

There’s a long tradition of revolutionary movements creating their own presses, through which to spread their ideas and organize their movement.

During the French Revolution of 1789-99, Jean-Paul Marat, a famous supporter of the Jacobin Club, founded the paper the L’Ami du Peuple (“The Friend of the People”) to argue in favor of continuing the revolutionary struggle. It quickly became the best-selling paper in Paris.

Lenin and the revolutionaries of Russia published the newspapers Iskra (“The Spark”), Pravda (“The Truth”), and many more to lay the political and organizational foundations for the Russian revolutionary movement. The Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci co-founded the paper L’Ordine Nuovo (“The New Order”) in 1919.

The United States also has its own history of revolutionary newspapers. William Lloyd Garrison’s paper The Liberator, for instance, explicitly called for the abolition of slavery. The former slave Frederick Douglass was a supporter of The Liberator, and he began publishing his own papers, including The North Start, which not only organized for the rights of Blacks, but also the rights of women.

Does the revolutionary newspaper have a place in today’s movements- at a time when many commercial newspapers are struggling to find an audience? Come to this meeting and hear an argument for the continued relevance of the revolutionary paper today.


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Wednesday January 17, 7pm

The Women’s Building

3543 18th Street (Room B)

San Francisco

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Date(s) - 01/17/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Women's Building


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