Frontline Praxis was born from a series of posts on the hellsite known as Twitter dot com, where co-host Eden was describing the ideal podcast that they had been looking for – one that actually took a dive into the inner workings of organizing and direct action through a leftist lens.
“I wish I had the spoons, time, and resources to make a podcast. It’d be called Praxis Pod and it’d be interviews with people doing praxis based work in person or online with a focus on showing how people could do it themselves too. I’d interview people helping the houseless, organizing community bail funds, doing mutual aid disaster relief, water protection, antifascist security/counter protests, community self defense, community gardens, deportation resistance, labor union organizing, tenant union organizing, free medical clinics, food distribution, mental health emergency response, skill share workshops, legal aid, radical art and many more. I feel like we need more information about the how of dual power to be easily accessible. I’d ask the people what material conditions contributed to the need and the solution. I’d ask them what supplies were needed, what skills were needed, how many people helped, what prep took place, what they’d do differently, what worked well. It’s the content I really want.”
William responded to those tweets, and from there the concept of Frontline Praxis began to develop until it led us to this point.
Eden is a white non-binary communist. They identify with the polyamory, queer, disabled, and mentally ill communities. Eden does organizing in their local queer community, creating anti-oppression spaces for solidarity and support. Their leftist journey started through intersectional feminist spaces online and was accelerated by the 2016 elections where their work in electoral politics revealed the ways power in the U.S. undermines grassroots mobilization. Learning about the Cuban revolution moved their disillusionment to hope and they’ve committed themselves to learning leftist history and theory ever since.
William is a white cishet male communist with anarchist sympathies. He identifies with mentally ill communities, particularly those struggling with or recovering from addiction and substance abuse. After a life of political apathy, William found himself immersed in the 2016 US Elections as a result of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Politically disillusioned once more by the events and results of that election cycle, William found himself in online spaces where he was introduced to revolutionary leftist thought and literature. Now, as a father and full-time worker, he regrets that he has little time to engage in actual organizing and direct action, but he sees the educational potential of Frontline Praxis as one of the contributions he is able to make to the movement.