Los Angeles Rising Study Group

The purpose of the Los Angeles Rising Study Group is to discuss theory and apply it to our practice, here in Los Angeles.


We wrapped up a nine-session study group — starting on April 20, 2023 and ending on August 10 — reading and discussing Jackson Rising Redux. You can see slideshows and notes from our sessions below.


We will start a new nine-session series to understand the theory of intercommunalism by Huey P. Newton on Sunday, November 5th 2023. We will meet biweekly (skipping holidays) from 4:00 to 5:30 PM PT until March 17th 2024. Our meetings will mostly take place by Zoom with some in person events.


Please sign up using the form below, if you are interested in joining us. You can also view the schedule of our sessions.



Each meeting will begin with introductions (15 minutes), followed by a brief presentation on the reading (20 minutes), and then a facilitated discussion using sociocratic rounds (50 minutes). We will end with 5 minutes of announcements.

We welcome anyone to participate, especially if you want to build and fight for a liberated city of Los Angeles. Please try to commit to attending all nine sessions. We will provide you with a copy of the readings by email.

Last, we know that everyone is busy, life during late stage capitalism doesn’t always allow us the luxury of reading 30 pages in two weeks. We encourage you to join us even if you haven’t done the readings. That’s why we will review the readings at the start of each meeting. The purpose of this study group is to grapple with the ideas and translate them into action for Los Angeles.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
November 5, 2023
November 19, 2023
December 17, 2023
January 7, 2024
January 21, 2024
February 4, 2024
February 18, 2024
March 3, 2024
March 17, 2024
Intercommunalism and Dialectical Materialism
Dialectics and the Reality of the Black Panther Party
Contradictions Among the People
Knowledge and Practice
Reactionary Suicide / Revolutionary Suicide
Nature and Utopia
Technology versus Land / Mind-Body Dualism
Critical Responses
"Newton Presents His Philosophy," City on a Hill Press (1978); Rene Descartes, "First Meditation" (1641)
Newton and Erikson, In Search of Common Ground (1971), 1-43; Newton, "Speech Delivered at Boston College" (1970); Immanuel Kant, "Introduction to Critique of Pure Reason"
Newton & Erikson, In Search of Common Ground, 44-91
Newton, "Black Capitalism Re-Analyzed Pt 1" (June 5, 1971), Mao Zedong, "Two Different Types of Contradictions" (1957)
Newton, "Statement" (May 1, 1971); Mao Zedong, "On Practice" (1937); Newton, "A Manifesto," Revolutionary Suicide (1973)
Newton, Chapters 5-9, Revolutionary Suicide
Newton, "Dialectics of Nature" (1974); Newton, "General Famine" (1974); Newton, "Utopia: Universal Life Energy" (1974); Newton, Chapter 32, Revolutionary Suicide
Newton, "The Technology Question" (1972); Newton, "Oakland: An All American Example" (1974); Newton, "Intercommunalism" (1974)
Selections from Robyn Spencer's Revolution has Come, Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin's Anarchism and the Black Revolution, and John Narayan

We are deeply grateful to Delio Vasquez for sharing with us syllabi and readings he assigned for courses on the philosophy of Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party. He will be joining our study group for one of our sessions. We highly recommend an introduction Delio wrote for a speech by Newton on intercommunalism published in Viewpoint Magazine.

Los Angeles for All

1920 Hillhurst Avenue #V920
Los Angeles, California 90027
United States of America

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(323) 539-7654

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