Sisters, Brothers, Comrades and Allies,
On Saturday, May 25th, 2013, the Hampton Institute was launched with hopes of contributing to the broad movement for social and economic justice by creating a platform for working-class folks to comment, analyze and theorize on important (and sometimes complex) matters.
Our founding members, realizing the need for a rebirth (or birth, depending on how you look at it) of working-class-rooted analysis, came together with a humble goal of fitting in to a movement that has been courageously prodded along by grizzled stalwarts of activism, a host of alternative media hubs, and a newly-emerging resistance stemming from Occupy Wall Street.
Fueled by a network of supporters, contributors, readers and allies, we have been able to reach over two million people in more than two-dozen countries since our inception. Our "A Different Lens" podcast has allowed us to conduct and broadcast audio interviews, and our publishing wing (Hampton Institute Press) has successfully released four print titles: "Egypt's Past and Potential: Nationalism, Neoliberalism, and Revolution," "The 2015 Hampton Reader," "Elements of Resistance: Violence, Nonviolence, and the State," and "The 2016 Hampton Reader."
We have been honored to establish relationships with numerous organizations, activists, media outlets, and blogs. And we were honored to submit a report to the United Nations, upon request, in 2016.
As we enter our fourth year, we look to not only maintain a safe space for working-class analysis, but to try and bridge this analysis with working-class consciousness and direct action. However, we can't do this alone. We need you. In order for the Hampton Institute to serve its purpose, we need working-class folk to use it, to take ownership of its platform, and to construct this bridge collectively.
Whether you are unemployed, working part-time, working full-time, juggling multiple jobs, relying on temporary and seasonal work, making minimum wage, or earning a salary, you are likely in the same boat as most others. If you are a person of color, a woman, an immigrant, or a member of the LGBTQ community, your struggle is compounded even more by the strains of class division. We need to hear from you.
If you find yourself questioning things during your daily grind, wondering why you can't make ends meet despite working more and more, doubting talking heads on the news and politicians on the stump, and feeling like you have been set up for failure, you are not alone. In fact, you are a part of the large majority - the working class. And you HAVE been set up for failure. But in what ways? How? Why? And what can be done about it? These are questions we need to ask and answer together. And these answers need possible solutions. These are *working-class problems* that need *working-class solutions* developed and carried out by working-class people, collectively.
Time and time again, wealthy politicians (whether claiming a 'D' or 'R') and so-called "community leaders" come and go, only to fatten their own pockets and leave us wondering why nothing changes. It's time we come together, become bold enough to contemplate deeper issues that we've been told are none of our business, and develop our own solutions. In doing so, we urge you to connect with others. Start conversations. Explore alternative news sources and history books. Delve into some classic texts and theory. Use our platform. Submit something to be published. Contact a chairperson. Start a conversation. Reach out for solidarity. Propose a project or direct action initiative. Take ownership of your own think tank - the people's think tank. We're waiting with open arms.
If you support our mission but do not have time to actively participate, monetary donations are needed to help maintain our web presence, broaden our audience, create new initiatives and projects, and supplement publishing costs, among other things. Truly, anything helps. Click on the button below to donate via Paypal, or send a check to:
The Hampton Institute, PO Box 4058, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Unfortunately, the Hampton Institute does not have official tax-exempt 501(c) nonprofit status at this time, so your donation is not tax deductible.
We greatly appreciate your continued support.