The Movement for Black Lives “Takeover” Issue

When In These Times reports on social movements, we strive to keep journalistic distance, believing that a progressive political movement needs its own independent media to inform and orient itself. But for one special issue, we’re making an exception. For the July issue, we invited a social movement to take over” editorial control.

As the guest editorial collective, made up of organizers with the Movement for Black Lives, put it: 

We know our story has been told for us rather than by us, and it’s time to change that.”

In the issue

Black Women’s Radical Legacy

In this roundtable, professors Keisha N. Blain, Premilla Nadasen, and Robyn C. Spencer offer snapshots of chapters of Black struggle that provide inspiration and grounding for the work of the 21st-century Black freedom movement.

Lessons from Minneapolis

The fight to abolish a police department in Minneapolis, one year after the murder of George Floyd.

By Miski Noor and Kandace Montgomery

To Us, From the Future

Envisioning our path to a liberated world.

By Barbara Ransby


Beyond Mass Mobilization

By M Adams

Voter Suppression Is White Supremacy. It Must Be Stopped

By Kayla Reed

The GOP’s War on Protest

By Amara Enyia and Jamecia Gray

Deeply Rooted

By Naimah Thomas

Room To Breathe

By Bettina Johnson

An Electric Slide to the Left

By Mya Hunter and Nia Wilson

All of the stories from this special issue will be made available online, for free, within the coming weeks.