Jason Negron-Gonzales

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Jason Negron-Gonzales


Jason Negron-Gonzales... is a California activist.

STORM

Circa 2005 the Catalyst Project held a lecture[1]"Reclaiming Revolution: A study of the history and lessons of STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement), a multi-racial, internationalist, left cadre organization based in the Bay Area from 1994-2001. Speaking on STORM's history were Harmony Goldberg, Maria Poblet, and Jason Negron-Gonzales.

POWER Leaders

From Steve Williams: Over the years hundreds of people who have served on POWER’s staff, membership, leadership bodies, and Board of Directors. They are too many to mention by name, but I do want to extend special appreciations to Alicia Garza, Jaron Browne, Jason Negron-Gonzales, Marisa Franco, Aspen Dominguez, Cindy Wiesner, Ilana Berger, Nora Calderon, Larry Lattimore, Emma Harris, Gloria Esteva, Manuela Esteva, Donaji Lona, Juana Tello, Ernest Stokes, Beatriz Herrera, Karen Gibson, Lorren Dangerfield, Jesse Tello, Regina Douglas, Garth Ferguson, Brian Russell, Patty Snitzler, Thabiti Hayes, Khalil Abdul Samad, Jane Martin.[2]

Sacramento Marxist School

On Oct 20 2005 Jason Negron-Gonzales lectured at the Sacramento Marxist School on Anti-Imperialism from the Grassroots.[3]

Comrades

Joshua Kahn Russell February 14, 2009 ·

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With Payal Parekh, Ben Powless, Shadia Fayne Wood, Harjit Singh Gill, Jason Negron-Gonzales, Becca Rast, Max Uhlenbeck, Sharon Lungo, Aditi Vaidya, Chris Crass, Madeline Gardner, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ananda Lee Tan, Brian Kelly, Andrej Grubacic and Clare Bayard.

Study & Struggle

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

Towards Land, Work, and Power: A study with organizers from POWER People Organized to Win Employment Rights on their new book, Towards Land, Work, & Power, looking at the political economy of the Bay Area and building an anti-imperialist movement based in working class communities of color. Presenters included Jason Negron-Gonzales, Marisa Franco, and Jaron Browne[4]

Klimaforum09

December 2009, Copenhagen was the site of the United Nations’ COP15 Conference on Climate Change, a continuation of the negotiations that brought us the Kyoto Protocol. In "true imperialist form the US played an obstructive role, blocking any chance of reaching a legally-binding agreement to curb carbon emissions and avert climate catastrophe". Expecting as much, environmental activists planned Klimaforum09, a parallel participatory space for the international grassroots movements and leaders from the Global South whose interests were not represented at COP15.

Movement Generation, took a delegation of US-based environmental justice groups, including groups from the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Right to the City, and the Indigenous Environmental Network. MG’s analysis states that “in reality the climate crisis is only one part of the intersecting ecological crises we now face. We also face crises in food, water, toxics, loss of cultural and biological diversity, among others. These are all manifestations of the failure of globalized industrial capitalism to meet basic needs AND to ensure our ability to survive on this planet.” This analysis was echoed by leaders across the global South this past December in Copenhagen, from Hugo Chavez to Evo Morales to Lumuba Di-Aping.

The delegation they organized went with the intention of connecting “U.S. grassroots campaigns to global movements that are also working on the intersections of ecological sustainability and social justice” by collaborating “with organizers from the Global South to address climate change and help break open the view of the U.S. as a monolithic “rich country.”” Kalila Barnett, executive director of ACE, described her experiences with the MG delegation, at Klimaforum, and engaging in actions at the US Embassy as transformative. She told Aiden Graham upon her return that the priority now is to build a US-based movement around climate justice that can challenge our government’s role in impeding progress in these international negotiations.

According to Jason Negron-Gonzales and Mateo Nube of Movement Generation it’s “the Left’s biggest political opportunity in a generation.”[5]

Dump Trump

DUMP TRUMP, DEFEAT RACISM AND MISOGYNY, BUILD THE LEFT was an open letter to the left from 47 grassroots organizers. October 17, 2016.

A lot of us see something really clearly, but few of us—radical and revolutionary organizers—are willing to say it out loud.
So we’re going to say it. Defeating Trump in the presidential election is a top priority for the left. And at a minimum, that means mobilizing voters for Hillary Clinton in swing states even if you vote for another candidate in a safe state. We’ve got to beat Trump and Trumpism while building movements that will fight, resist and disrupt a Clinton administration that will be militaristic and pro-corporate...
As we mentioned at the beginning, defeating Trump is not enough. We need movements strong enough to fight a Clinton administration on several fronts—whether Israel/Palestine, free trade agreements, climate change, a $15 minimum wage, or the prison-industrial complex. And neutralizing the appeal of the far right means we need to both strengthen our movements for racial justice and win over white workers to a progressive class politics as an alternative to Trump’s racist economic nationalism. Finally, we need to build a left that can help anchor a visionary alternative to corporate Democrats. It won’t be easy, but we’ve come this far. Let’s defend what we’ve got in this election, and keep our eye on collective liberation.

Signatories included Jason Negron-Gonzales, labor activist.

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