This is an interesting video of a talk in Toronto by Steve Williams, the co-director of an organization called POWER which is based in working-class communities of colour in San Francisco. Some of what he has to say about organizing in working-class communities made me nod my head enthusiastically, some of it I feel kind of unsure about, but all of it speaks to hard challenges and hard choices that all strands of the left must face in order to emerge from our current irrelevance. And all of it comes from someone intimately involved in one instance of a particular kind of mass-based organization that exists in various U.S. cities and that are doing some of the most effective and interesting radical organizing work in North America right now, so I think it deserves some serious attention.
The talk was organized by the Socialist Project and endorsed by No-one Is Illegal - Toronto, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and the Black Action Defence Committee. This is actually the second part of the event -- it was preceded by a short talk by Sam Gindin, which you can also find here.