We poured our hearts and wisdom into answering questions withwhich earlier revolutionaries must surely have struggled. But, for avariety of reasons, we didn’t have access to the thoughts of thoseprevious freedom fighters. And when we did get access to them, it wastoo late.When STORM decided to disband in December 2002, we also decidedto write a summation of our experience – the good and the bad. Wedidn’t do this to rehash old issues. We didn’t do it to prove anyoneright or wrong. We did it to give other people a chance to learn fromour experience – because no one else should have to reinvent thewheel.Reclaiming Revolution is divided into five sections. The first sectionoffers an overview of the historical period in which STORM operated.The second section details STORM’s history. Next, we summarize thepolitics that defined the organization. The fourth section describesSTORM’s organizational structure. And we end the document byevaluating STORM’s work – our successes, our errors and the lessonswe have drawn from all of this.The primary lesson is this: the fight for liberation must continue, andit must win. We set out to change the world, to fight for and win truefreedom for our people. Eight years later, we have not yet succeeded.And now we have lost the organization that gave us a place from whichto struggle.But we have not lost hope. We all remain committed to being a partof future efforts to build strong organizations that can finally win totalliberation. This document is the first such “future effort.”
Hide nothing from the masses of people. Tell no lies.Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties,mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories.- Amilcar Cabral, African revolutionary leader
WHO WROTE THIS DOCUMENT?
Many of STORM’s former members contributed to the developmentof this document, including almost all of the people who were part of the organization at its dissolution in 2002. Once it was completed,nineteen of STORM’s former members (a majority of our member-ship) expressed strong support for the analysis and conclusions of thisdocument.
is an attempt to pull our various perspectives onour history into a single document. Although our unity is not absolute,the majority of STORM’s former members felt like we could stand bythe conclusions of this document.These people all remain deeply engaged in movement-building work.Many of us are building power in working class communities of color.Others are building left institutions. Still others are finding ways to“serve the people.” But all of us remain explicitly committed to revo-lutionary politics and revolutionary organization.