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Toward the Next Jewish Rebellion: Facing Anti-Semitism and Assimilation in the Movement

By Yotam Marom, posted on Medium A Brief Note to the Reader: I’ve been writing this piece for a year and a half. I’ve thought a lot about how complicated it is to share something like this in a time of such upheaval – in a country where an unarmed Black person is murdered by … Continue reading

Undoing the Politics of Powerlessness

By Yotam Marom, posted on Medium Walking the Tightrope I’m in a warmly lit apartment on the Lower East Side. It’s a cool night in early October of 2011, the height of Occupy Wall Street. What a fucking whirlwind it’s been. Two months ago I had just moved into my parents’ basement, feeling deflated after … Continue reading

Confessions of a Climate Change Denier

By Yotam Marom Originally published by Waging Nonviolence and OpenDemocracy on July 30, 2013 I suppose it wasn’t really until I was standing on the west side of Hoboken, N.J., in water and oil up to my thigh, that climate change really made sense. And it wasn’t until I was out organizing on New York … Continue reading

A Symphony for Trayvon Martin

By Yotam Marom Originally published by Waging Nonviolence on July 16, 2013 I had been to Atlanta, Ga., before — running trainings with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta as part of the Wildfire Project. But until Saturday, I had never been to Atlanta the day George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin. In … Continue reading

Fighting, Winning, and Telling Our Story

By Yotam Marom Originally published in Stay Solid!: A Radical Handbook for Youth, published by AK Press in May 2013. Edited by Matt Hern and the Purple Thistle Project. We fight because people’s needs really aren’t being met, because there are simple and systemic reasons for that, because it is unacceptable, and because there is … Continue reading

On Kimani Gray, and On Not Walking Away

By Yotam Marom Originally published by Waging Nonviolence on MArch 16, 2013 On Saturday, March 9, New York City police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. After those seven bullets hit him, he lay on the ground and cried out, “Please don’t let me die.” Please don’t let me die. … Continue reading

The Best Response to Disaster: Go on the Offensive

By Yotam Marom Originally published by Waging Nonviolence on December 3, 2012 They say the best defense is a good offense. I Googled the hell out of this phrase but couldn’t find a definitive answer on where it comes from. It’s attributed to everyone from the football coach Vince Lombardi to Machiavelli, Mao, the boxer … Continue reading

Occupy Sandy, From Relief to Resistance

By Yotam Marom Originally Published in Waging Nonviolence on November 13, 2012 Two weeks ago I was in my hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, wading waist deep in a murky combination of floodwater, oil and sewage. More than a week later, after finally getting unstuck from New Jersey (even the deepest Jersey pride has its … Continue reading

Rome Wasn’t Sacked in a Day: On Reform, Revolution, and Winning

By Yotam Marom Originally Published in We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation, a book published by AK Press in September 2012. Reform vs. Revolution The question of whether movements should fight for reform or revolution is not a new one. It pops up in any time period where people think it’s … Continue reading

Global Movements Mean Global Solidarity

By Yotam Marom Originally published in Waging Nonviolence This was written as a follow-up to an earlier piece published in Haaretz.   A couple of weeks ago, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article of mine — some thoughts and suggestions for the Israeli social justice movement from the perspective of someone involved in Occupy Wall … Continue reading