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400+1 was founded in June 2018. In August of the same year, 400+1’s founders embarked on The Beyond Tour, a five-city tour of Black, radical organizations in America. 400+1 visited The #LetUsBreathe Collective, North Philly Peace Park, and ALENA Museum. The federation never made it to Atlanta, its final stop, making the decision to stage a hunger strike in response to the violence, deprivation, and isolation the Black movement workers it encountered throughout TBT were experiencing as neo-liberalism consumed and appropriated the last drops of momentum from #BLM.
After the conclusion of The Beyond Tour, 400+1 focused on demonstrating and popularizing its own principles through praxis. These efforts included cultivating a community farm in the city in which it was founded, founding and operating a full-time community school for Black children, spearheading the boycott of a state-funded institution that openly discriminated against Black children, organizing Black survivors of sexual harm against the carceral system, partnering with Pawa254 and Artrika to host Sudan’s Freedom Declaration, deep canvassing in response to anti-abortion ordinances, and establishing a bail fund for Black people held hostage by the state.
400+1’s early experiences led the federation’s leadership to commit, more deeply, to hierarchical vanguardism and destabilization. This shift was informed by the study of uprisings led by enslaved Africans during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Haitian Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the Basque Movement, the Sudanese Uprisings of 2019, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. To ascertain the relevance of the federation’s movement theory to the current political climate, 400+1 engaged in a formal interrogation of its own experiences from its inception until January 2020, facilitated disruption containers (destabilization experiments), and conducted a destabilization study during the 2020 uprisings. Finally, the federation staged a small-scale destabilization at a local grocery store in August 2020 and another in February 2021 when, during a deadly winter storm that limited access to life-sustaining infrastructure, it seized a local park and made available resources for which nearby Black residents usually relied on the state.
400+1 is a framework for Black liberation. The ideas that comprise the framework are that cohesion in impetus and ideology are foundational tenets of successful revolutions, that vanguardism, destabilization, and marronage are viable solutions to the incapacity of the Black masses, and that formal reparative and solidary relationships encompass the range of multi-racial collaboration that should be involved in Black liberatory struggle.
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Capitalism Ruins Everything Around Me
C.R.E.A.M. was founded in 2021 with the vision for the organization is alternative economy as the vehicle for BIPOC solidarity. The history of revolutionary struggle teaches us that any effort we make to establish a permanent alliance, based on principle or parallel struggle, will be in vain. As a 19th century British Prime Minister once said, it is only our interests that are eternal and perpetual.
The Ally Ship
The Ally Ship was founded in October 2018 as a reparations project meant to resource 400+1’s vanguardism, destabilization, and development of alternatives to white supremacy. 400+1’s L3 intentional living communities. White folx are tasked with organizing themselves to redistribute ill gotten resources to the Black revolutionaries of 400+1.