Hampton Institute is creating class consciousness
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The Hampton Institute (HI) is a US-American working-class think tank that was formed in 2013 with the purpose of promoting and shaping class consciousness through radical inquiry. We are named after Fred Hampton, an organic intellectual, working-class revolutionary, and Black Panther Party chairman who was assassinated by the FBI and Chicago Police Department at the age of 21. As an organization, we seek to develop and showcase organic intellectuals from within the working-class masses in order to provide a much needed alternative to the top-down information and analysis we receive from corporate channels. Our goal is to pull academics out of the ivory towers and foment revolutionary theory and action in the streets.

Since our founding in 2013, the HI has operated on a minimally-functional, non-existent budget. The founder, department chairs, and contributors have developed all of HI’s content without any compensation—besides of course the compensation that comes from contributing to HI’s mission of organic intellectualism aimed at raising working-class consciousness. Sadly, pride in our mission doesn’t pay the bills or fund our projects. The lack of financial resources has not weakened our resolve, but it continues to make putting that resolve into practice all the more difficult.

To that end, HI has an aggressive, multi-year plan that would be greatly aided by any one-time or recurring contribution that you can afford. If you’ve appreciated HI’s content in the past or otherwise want to support its mission, please contribute whatever you can afford. If we received $10 per month from everyone reading this, we’d likely be able to fund everything we want to do. A lot of people pay that much for Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime—to say nothing for Cable, and we know we are much more thought-provoking and entertaining.

Your generous support will fund the following projects:

1. An improved website with more user-friendly layout and improved searchability.

2. An ongoing series of educational videos that inform from a radical, anti-capitalist,  working-class perspective.

3. Facilitating the creation of, and serving as the hub for, an international network of working-class communities, regions, and workplaces in united resistance against capitalism/imperialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression. 

4. We believe in compensation for one’s work—writers, editors, etc. are no exception. All of our members are volunteers, and all of our contributors are currently unpaid. We want to change that.

5. Revitalizing our publishing house (HI Press). If working-class consciousness is going to be raised to where it needs to be in our lifetime, our political perspectives will need to be as widely available as possible, both online and, as affordably as possible, in print.

6. Further develop and improve our excellent podcast (“A Different Lens”) hosted by Devon Bowers. Devon does great work already, and we’re excited to see what he can do with some improved recording equipment and editing software.

7. Expand engagement with working-class movements and contribute to consciousness raising beyond the website, podcast, and publishing. We want to become a more active participant in the growth of a working-class public sphere. While HI is somewhat limited as a non-profit, we hope to push up against the legal boundaries (without crossing them, of course. We would never deign to do such a thing.), to participate in and host, among other things: public talks, educational seminars, teach-ins, and book talks. HI contributors will continue to show up in the streets, as they have always done—and we want to see you in the streets, too!

8. More of everything you already love and value from us. More and better content of the kind that you’ve always come to HI for. Our hope is to increase the frequency and quality of new content (from monthly to at least bi-weekly and eventually weekly, if not daily).

9. Providing small grants to fund community projects that aim to build collective, working-class power.

10. Lastly, we want to make it abundantly clear that everything that has been freely available to the public through HI will remain free. We have no plans to put ads on the website, and we have no plans to charge our readers or listeners for anything we produce. To continue to do this—and to do it better—we need your help.

We hate having to ask for anything from fellow workers, but until we achieve a democratic, egalitarian, post-capitalist world, it is basically a necessity. Contributing to the achievement of this society—beyond the sexist, racist, imperialist, capitalist order—is our mission.

The revolution may not be televised, but it will be funded democratically, by the people, or it won’t happen.

All power from the people and to the people.

Our website: www.hamptoninstitution.org
Our press: http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/pub.html
Our podcast (hosted by Devon Bowers): https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hampton-insti...
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHamptonInstitute/
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/HamptonThink
The Hampton Institute (HI) is a US-American working-class think tank that was formed in 2013 with the purpose of promoting and shaping class consciousness through radical inquiry. We are named after Fred Hampton, an organic intellectual, working-class revolutionary, and Black Panther Party chairman who was assassinated by the FBI and Chicago Police Department at the age of 21. As an organization, we seek to develop and showcase organic intellectuals from within the working-class masses in order to provide a much needed alternative to the top-down information and analysis we receive from corporate channels. Our goal is to pull academics out of the ivory towers and foment revolutionary theory and action in the streets.

Since our founding in 2013, the HI has operated on a minimally-functional, non-existent budget. The founder, department chairs, and contributors have developed all of HI’s content without any compensation—besides of course the compensation that comes from contributing to HI’s mission of organic intellectualism aimed at raising working-class consciousness. Sadly, pride in our mission doesn’t pay the bills or fund our projects. The lack of financial resources has not weakened our resolve, but it continues to make putting that resolve into practice all the more difficult.

To that end, HI has an aggressive, multi-year plan that would be greatly aided by any one-time or recurring contribution that you can afford. If you’ve appreciated HI’s content in the past or otherwise want to support its mission, please contribute whatever you can afford. If we received $10 per month from everyone reading this, we’d likely be able to fund everything we want to do. A lot of people pay that much for Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime—to say nothing for Cable, and we know we are much more thought-provoking and entertaining.

Your generous support will fund the following projects:

1. An improved website with more user-friendly layout and improved searchability.

2. An ongoing series of educational videos that inform from a radical, anti-capitalist,  working-class perspective.

3. Facilitating the creation of, and serving as the hub for, an international network of working-class communities, regions, and workplaces in united resistance against capitalism/imperialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression. 

4. We believe in compensation for one’s work—writers, editors, etc. are no exception. All of our members are volunteers, and all of our contributors are currently unpaid. We want to change that.

5. Revitalizing our publishing house (HI Press). If working-class consciousness is going to be raised to where it needs to be in our lifetime, our political perspectives will need to be as widely available as possible, both online and, as affordably as possible, in print.

6. Further develop and improve our excellent podcast (“A Different Lens”) hosted by Devon Bowers. Devon does great work already, and we’re excited to see what he can do with some improved recording equipment and editing software.

7. Expand engagement with working-class movements and contribute to consciousness raising beyond the website, podcast, and publishing. We want to become a more active participant in the growth of a working-class public sphere. While HI is somewhat limited as a non-profit, we hope to push up against the legal boundaries (without crossing them, of course. We would never deign to do such a thing.), to participate in and host, among other things: public talks, educational seminars, teach-ins, and book talks. HI contributors will continue to show up in the streets, as they have always done—and we want to see you in the streets, too!

8. More of everything you already love and value from us. More and better content of the kind that you’ve always come to HI for. Our hope is to increase the frequency and quality of new content (from monthly to at least bi-weekly and eventually weekly, if not daily).

9. Providing small grants to fund community projects that aim to build collective, working-class power.

10. Lastly, we want to make it abundantly clear that everything that has been freely available to the public through HI will remain free. We have no plans to put ads on the website, and we have no plans to charge our readers or listeners for anything we produce. To continue to do this—and to do it better—we need your help.

We hate having to ask for anything from fellow workers, but until we achieve a democratic, egalitarian, post-capitalist world, it is basically a necessity. Contributing to the achievement of this society—beyond the sexist, racist, imperialist, capitalist order—is our mission.

The revolution may not be televised, but it will be funded democratically, by the people, or it won’t happen.

All power from the people and to the people.

Our website: www.hamptoninstitution.org
Our press: http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/pub.html
Our podcast (hosted by Devon Bowers): https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hampton-insti...
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHamptonInstitute/
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/HamptonThink

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