Dear comrades and supporters:
As a comrade once put it, "There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.”
This has been one of those weeks for Red Wedge, and these have been some of those weeks for the American Left.
Given all that has transpired, come to light, and in some cases, resurfaced, over the past forty-eight hours, it has become clear to us, the remaining members of the Red Wedge Editorial Collective (EC), that what we have before us are not simply questions of what happens next to the collective or the project, but rather, questions of serious political consequence that we, like the rest of the Left, can no longer put off for a more convenient time.
This realization thus complicated our plans to release the comprehensive and reassuring statement we were hoping to release to our community and so we have come to the conclusion that attempting to do so now would be premature, insufficient, and perhaps even a disservice to the work that lies ahead for us as individuals, as members of Red Wedge, and as members of the general Left. We don't know “what happens next” or “what is to be done,” and we owe it to ourselves, and the project of socialist liberation from below, to admit that.
For all of these reasons, we are no longer focused on preserving Red Wedge in its current formation (minus the former EC members who have recently resigned), and have voted to suspend Red Wedge for the time being and put to use what’s left of our emotional and political energy to seeking guidance from the vibrant and courageous communities we are part of and to contributing to the important work they are doing to figure out how to rebuild the Left on a better foundation this time around. This decision does not mean that our work and contributions have been for naught, it simply means that we recognize the need for us to participate in work that has broader implications for all of us at this particular time. We look forward to working even more closely with the folks of Red Bloom, Leftovers, the queer socialists of color groups that have emerged from the ruins of the ISO (an organization many of us were once part of), and others who have similarly recognized the importance of grappling with these questions now rather than later.
The work we’ve done over the past six and a half years has been good work, but we’ve realized that more than salvaging this project–a project we’ve given so much of our energy to building– we want to be a part of the work that moves us, the Left, beyond merely talking about justice and restorative justice in the abstract; we want to join those who are committed to doing the serious, thankless and messy work of figuring out how all of this works in practice.
It's been a long time coming and we know we can't do this work from the sidelines or apart from the rest of the broken and shattered Left so we have voted to suspend Red Wedge until we can feel certain that whatever we build, we build with the right tools and on a solid foundation. The individual members of the EC will continue to contribute in the best ways we each individually know how to, and perhaps, in the not-so-distant future, we will be in a position to launch another project that can pick up where Red Wedge left off.
To make good on our commitments to our dedicated contributors and readers, we will be posting some of the material that we were in the midst of editing and curating for issue seven (as well as articles already in the pipeline from issue six) as a final digital issue to be released in the coming weeks. Before the end of the month, we will also be suspending the Red Wedge Patreon and will do our best to make sure our patrons receive any outstanding materials. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this regard.
We want to encourage people to reach out to us with their thoughts, ideas, and questions and we will do our best to respond to all inquiries, suggestions, etc. in a timely and thoughtful manner, though we ask that you please be patient with us as we work through this ourselves.
Thank you all for your incredible support over the last 6.5 years. We look forward to working with you in the weeks, months and years to come to finally build the Left we need and deserve.
Jessica Allee, Crystal Stella Becerril, Jordy Cummings, Joe Sabatini, Omnia Sol, Adam Turl