Matt Meyer

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Matt Meyer


Matt Meyer is a long-time leader of the War Resisters League and a founder of the anti-imperialist collective Resistance in Brooklyn (RnB). His solidarity and writing includes co-authorship with Pan-African pacifist Bill Sutherland of Guns and Gandhi in Africa, of which Archbishop Tutu commented: “Sutherland and Meyer have begun to develop a language which looks at the roots of our humanness.” Meyer’s work in education includes a ten-year stint as Multicultural Coordinator for NYC’s Alternative High Schools, and work on the Board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.[1]

Matt Meyer is the partner of Meg Starr.

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In 1981 Matt Meyer was involved with Progressive Student Network.

Study & Struggle

Catalyst Project "Study & Struggle" sessions range from small, intimate, study series, to public panel discussions and presentations. Past sessions have included:

Resistance in Brooklyn: A discussion with Matt Meyer, one of the founding members of Resistance in Brooklyn, a long-standing white revolutionary anti-imperialist group.[2]

For May Day and Beyond

For May Day and Beyond: White People Stepping Up for Immigrant Rights! was a letter circulated in May 2006, among people mostly affiliated with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Open Letter to White Communities

In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?

Signatories included Matt Meyer, War Resisters League. [3]

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Matt Meyer of Peace and Justice Studies Association signed the statement.[4]

Left Forum 2012

Occupy Harper's Ferry! Why Radicals (Including Pacifists) Must Follow John Brown Room W523 Sponsored by: PM Press

Left Forum 2013

Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21 Century America: A Dialogue on the new book “We Have Not Been Moved” Sponsored by: WIN Magazine, PM Press

David Gilbert Forum

Brecht Forum held a book launching March 19, 2012 for David Gilbert's - "Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond" with Lumumba Bandele, Dan Berger, Terry Bisson, Kenyon Farrow, Matt Meyer, Dequi Sadiki, Meg Starr, Challenging Male Supremacy Group & Laura Whitehorn. Moderated by Kazembe Balagun.[5]

However Lumumba Bandele, Dan Berger, Dequi Sadiki, and Meg Starr did not show, but Monifa Bandele, and Azam Oteri did.

Matt Meyer said he'd once been involved with the John Brown Anti-Klan Network. [6]

Old and New Project supporters

Old and New Project supporters, circa 2015, Kali Akuno, Pete Dolack, Ezra Engel-Di Mauro, Daniel Doyle, Mike Frank, David Keil, Sandra Lindberg, Matt Meyer, Lee Miscere, Bryan Olamo, Linda Thompson, Takuma Umoja, Rene Valdez, Gene Warren, Jr..[7] .[8]

“Black Lives Matter; An Evening of Beautiful Struggle; Remembering, Celebrating and Moving Forward”

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Matt Meyer May 31, 2016;

L to R- Matt Meyer, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, Melina Abdullah, Sekou Odinga, Dr. Amilcar Shabazz and his son Hosea Sekou Shabazz, and Dequi Sadiki at “Black Lives Matter; An Evening of Beautiful Struggle; Remembering, Celebrating and Moving Forward” held recently at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

FRSO linked comrades

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Matt Meyer June 4 2016;

With Rachel Gilmer, Naima Moore-Turner, Carmen Perez and Osagyefo Sekou.

Free Oscar Lopez

Matt Meyer of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, in association with the National Boricua Human Rights Network, has issued an international call for actions on Monday, June 20, 2016, demanding Freedom for Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera. That’s the first day of testimony this year being held by the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization in New York. A public demonstration in support of Rivera is planned at UN headquarters. The goal is to have some kind of action (“candlelight vigil, an educational forum, a letter-writing tabling effort, creative street theater, meetings with government officials, or whatever makes most sense given your political context and capacity”) in 35 countries on the same day, one for every year that Rivera has been in prison.[9]

"Black Joy"

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Jay-Marie Hill June 4 2016;

Because having a life that revolves around Black Joy is the only kind of life worth living. — with Matt Meyer, Osagyefo Sekou, Signe Harriday, Leslie Mac and David Ragland.

Opal Tometi at the UN

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Matt Meyer, July 13 2016;

Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi addressing the United Nations at the High Level UN@70 discussion on Human Rights at the Centre of the Global Agenda. She eloquently spoke for reparations, justice, an end to mass incarceration - and a connected analysis which includes struggle against white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, and militarism. — with David Ragland, Signe Harriday, Nesrin Kenar, Meg Starr, Amilcar Shabazz, Johanna Fernandez, Ibrahim Shaw, Opal Tometi, Melina Abdullah, Cris Toffolo, Osagyefo Sekou, Emily Welty, Alicia Garza, Carlito Rovira, Cyril Obi, Mark Norris Lance, Stellan Vinthagen, Dequi Kioni-sadiki, Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and International Peace Research Association - IPRA.

Tragic Times, Five Times Two

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Matt Meyer July 21, 2016: Tragic Times, Five Times Two;

Some thoughts on Policing, Black Lives Matter, and July 21st — with Claude Marks, Lumumba Bandele, Kazi Toure, Basir Mchawi, Judith Mirkinson, Amilcar Shabazz, Spiritchild XspiritMental, Jay-Marie Hill, Kali Akuno, Herman Bell, Monifa Bandele, Signe Harriday, Nate John Buckley, Osagyefo Sekou, Melina Abdullah, Asha Bandele, Jalil Muntaqim, Bob Lederer, Rosa Clemente, Anne Lamb, Paulette D'auteuil, David Ragland, [Leslie Mac], Jared Ball, Rosa Bettina, Susan Rosenberg, Dequi Kioni-sadiki, Sundiata Acoli, Meg Starr, Brittany L. Williams, Robert Seth Hayes and Mutulu Shakur.

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