[VIDEO] Comrades Not Competitors | #BLM #AbolishICE

We are stronger when we come together. But unfortunately, some of us try to fight oppression in ways that push us further apart.

See below for video description.

This video has been age restricted, due to showing several seconds of a police officer murdering someone, so you have to sign in to YouTube to watch it.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=xNQOq3EunfQ

This video is a response to the backlash against a recent Abolish ICE protest, a backlash that came not from the right but from those broadly considered within the left. A popular criticism was that it’s wrong to have a protest about ICE at a time when so many are focused on Black Lives Matter.

There were leftists and Black Lives Matter supporters who voiced strong disagreement with this critique, but it's clearly a divided issue.

This is a troubling sign that many of us lack sufficient understanding of the value of solidarity – not just its ethical value, but its strategic value – and lack knowledge of the historical record of how a powerful mass-movement develops.

Movements for different issues are not in competition. On the contrary, they have the potential to strengthen each other. That’s what I argue in this video and I look at historical case studies of mass-movements in Egypt and France to support my point.

An injury to one is an injury to all. Our fates are connected, our struggles are connected, our oppressions are connected; we’re fighting different battles of the same fight.