WHITE MAROON MANIFESTO 

We are a community where people can unpack their whiteness in a brave, liberated space. We recognize this as an eternal process.  We believe that privilege should be a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege, if not all social injustices.  We remove the shame sometimes associated with privilege from the self. If anywhere, it is to be directed towards the system that dictates the privilege. Due to the atrocities, genocides and oppression caused by white supremacy and white Anglo Saxons, we specifically recognize our role in being the first to strike a blow, putting our white bodies on the frontlines and leveraging our white-bodied privilege in doing so. We engage in the revolution with militancy as we fight to alleviate and eradicate the white supremacy that we have inherited from our ancestors (and share the legacy of our ancestors that have resisted and stood in solidarity), that lives in our families, communities and in our own bodies. We are a community that shows up with love, power, humility, courage, receptivity, solidarity, education and praxis.  

We fight, educate and prefigure, inspired by many freedom fighters who we aspire to resemble: John Brown, Newton Knights, the Weather Underground, Ohio 7, Laura Whitehorn, David Gilbert, Jaan Lamaan, to name only a few. (add more womxn and do more research to create a list and communities/formations...such as the Young Patriots, Emma Goldman etc etc) 

10-point program: 

As white Maroons we follow adhere to the revolutionary leadership of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian Maroons and form a rainbow of resistance against oppression toward liberation. We learn ideologically and ontologically from Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian and white Maroons like Fred Ho, Russell “Maroon-Harun” Shoatz, John Brown and others by putting their teachings into praxis. Our praxis is the practice of taking everyday actions from the teachings of the 5 tenants of the maroon party for liberation, of the principals of the Art of War, Ominous Paratis and others.  
We recognize that whiteness is a construct with an extremely oppressive and real impact in society. We work constantly to challenge and dismantle white supremacy, racism, racialized capitalism and patriarchy, which are intertwined and at the root of many if not all social and environmental injustices. We do this by any and all means necessary in our actions, hearts and minds on a personal, communal and institutional level to create a liberated society.  
We ensure that everyone in society is valued, supported and feels a part of the fabric of community by continually checking in, listening, observing and deconstructing/destroying toxic patterns of “othering” and other internalized forms of white supremacy.  
We move our consciousness more along the lines of an Indigenous one and look at our privilege as an obligation and responsibility. We remember and learn from  the indigenous ways of our ancestors that have been attempted to be wiped out by patriarchy and capitalism yet not destroyed, restoring our (spiritual) connection with mother earth, educating white people in our communities and gathering resources. We utilize our privilege as a weapon by freely sharing connections, skills, resources, time, and influence when and where they are necessary.   
We go back to the source of practices, rituals, as deep as possible and debunk existing myths and misrepresentation of herstory, honoring what really happened and not allowing our herstory and society to be whitewashed and partiarchified. This means the praxis of constant assessment of our cadre and ourselves in relationship with the overarching, power grabbing, patriarchal narratives.  This means learning and teaching the true stories of revolutionary matriarchs such as Queen Nanny of the Maroons and Assata Shakur. This means re-learning the reality of unacknowledged atrocities of colonialism and imperialism, the witch burning times, and how the demonization of earth-centered, matriarchal magic divided countless communities with the force of patriarchal fear. We will re-learn and re-share these stories, reading and talking about and focusing attention on the words of Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou, Robin Wall Kimmerer. And many other Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian Matriarchs who are re-writing herstory. This is our everyday praxis. We understand that our privilege can be a burden, and we are strategic about the spaces we take up. We do not ask any Black, Brown, Indigenous or Asian individual to help us understand our own whiteness. Instead, we utilize white maroons, white cadre and similar groups to develop our growing edges and awareness. We continuously challenge ourselves and our communities to “kill” whiteness and all forms of oppression within and around ourselves through unrelenting self examination and community accountability practices. 
We place our white bodies in front of police, brutality and oppression on every level, physical or otherwise.  
We “kill” mediocrity and liberalism and any form of being reactionary. white maroon work should not be reactionary. We study, study, study and organize, organize, organize. We always remain critical, first and foremost of ourselves. We do not react to be reactionary, we prefigure. We are revolutionaries.  
When we see people weaponizing their whiteness, we fight back in a diversity of ways. We make white people aware of harmful words, behaviour and actions and remove them from spaces if necessary. We use our own education and resources to call in folx whose ignorance is harmful. We call on our white cadre to support us if necessary and we are ready to make moves on the ground, to use our bodies, our physical tools and resources to carry out the manifestation of the safety and well-being of Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian people. We further our education on how to dismantle the indoctrination of white supremacy on all levels of society from education to health to housing to respecting pacha mama. 
We understand that undoing whiteness is a lifelong task and will be carried out over several generations. We commit to further that mission every day. In order to undo whiteness we will call our white family, cadre, and allies in rather than out by sharing resources that we have studied.  We will create and connect resources for unschooling our children and divesting from the systems of ‘education’ that perpetuate whiteness. We will build new revolutionary systems of creative learning, where children are surrounded in an anti-racist curriculum and lifestyle that teaches their true white maroon herstory and our natural and spiritual connection with our fellow rainbow human beings, the lands, arts & culture, wisdom & griots. 
white maroons do soul work with the intention of making our hearts open to the infinite possibilities of how to love. Our praxis is anchored in critical love for ourselves, our comrades, and the revolution. we step up for the people we care for, creating motion to support and protect them. because our love is critical, we never love blindly. There is deep intention behind why we love. We use our love to interrupt, to demand, to bind urgency and patience into one. our love sifts through history, handful by handful, to discover and understand the continuous injuries that white supremacy has caused. We acknowledge that whiteness is used as a weapon of destruction that can only be dismantled with an overwhelmingly powerful love, harnessed through our collective work centered around the oneness of love. our love is liberation. 

{must determine if you are going caps and grammar/punctuation etc or not, not consistent in writing] 

each point of your platform can have a more concise description/”catch phrase” as the greater portion can go into detail, not many would rely upon so many words. so bullet points are helpful.  

i.e. 9. education 10. soul work, # indigenous praxis etc etc 

No need to read further. 

Previous versions and feedback  

Feedback from council on second draft 

Dear white maroons,  

Much gratitude to those who worked on the manifesto based on the feedback from council. This is our second draft. Please check and add your suggestion for point 10 to finalize it.  

There’s also a specific question if we use white-bodied maroons or white maroons:  

Here is the discussion on it so far from spirit and Lucia.  

Feedback spirit: white bodied (i think you will find that although i respect the desire to include white bodied in your present day context, no one in the past used such language. white has always been white and when it speaks to legacy there was no confusion, i only find confusion in todays generation of searching for more words to call what is, is. white)  

Sharing Lucia: “as a person who doesn't identify as white (i identify as mixed race) and does identify as white bodied, this clarification is important to me personally. 

i'll write my position here, and also want to first say that i fully respect you, spirit, and others who feel the same way, in your perspective and i can agree to not verbalize the distinction of white-bodied in this space if that is the consensus! <3 

my perspective: 

i feel it's best summarized in a quote by Resmaa Manakem on the first page of his book, My Grandmother's Hands. 

"...white supremacy would be better termed white-body supremacy, because every white-skinned body, no matter who inhabits it- and no matter what they think, believe, do or say- automatically benefits from it." 

in my own words, the expanded term invites more people into the community of white Maroons, as well as calling in any and all people with white-skinned bodies as walking perpetuators and benefactors of white supremacy. 

although some people don't identify as white,* anyone having the conversation can acknowledge that they benefit from white supremacy through having white-skinned bodies. 

(* for example, white bodied indigenous, mixed race, and/or raised by a Black or Brown mother with an absent white father for example.) 

again- all respect for other perspectives, and i have no expectation that this language be adapted here just because i am sharing this perspective. i would love to continue this conversation in any form! 

thanks for this space where i can express my truth 🙏❤️”- Lucia 

What are your thoughts on the use of white maroons or white-bodied maroons?  

Here is the is the manifesto:  

WHITE MAROON MANIFESTO 

White Maroons: We are a community where people can unpack their whiteness in a brave,  liberated space. We recognize this as an eternal process.  We believe that privilege should be a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege, if not all social injustices.  We remove the shame sometimes associated with privilege from the self. If anywhere, it is to be directed towards the system that dictates the privilege. Due to the atrocities, genocides and oppression caused by white supremacy and white Anglo Saxons, we specifically recognize our role in being the first to strike a blow, putting our white bodies on the frontlines and leveraging our white-bodied privilege in doing so. We engage in the revolution with militancy as we fight to alleviate and eradicate the white supremacy that we have inherited from our ancestors, that lives in our families, communities and in our own bodies. We are a community that shows up with love, power, humility, courage, receptivity, solidarity, education and praxis.  

We fight, educate and prefigure, inspired by many freedom fighters who we aspire to resemble: John Brown, Newton Knights, the Weather Underground, Ohio 7, Laura Whitehorn, David Gilbert, Jaan Lamaan, to name only a few.  

10-point program: 

As white bodied Maroons we follow the revolutionary leadership of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian Maroons and form a rainbow of resistance against oppression toward liberation. We learn ideologically and ontologically from Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian and white-bodied Maroons like Fred Ho, Russell Maroon Shoatz, John Brown and others by putting their teachings into praxis. Our praxis is the practice of taking everyday actions from the teachings of the 5 tenants of the maroon party for liberation, of the principals of the Art of War and Ominous Paratis and others.  
We recognize that whiteness is a construct  with an extremely oppressive and real impact in society. We work constantly to challenge and dismantle white supremacy, racism, racialized capitalism and patriarchy, which are intertwined and at the root of many if not all social and environmental injustices. We do this by any and all means necessary in our actions, hearts and minds on a personal, communal and institutional level to create a liberated society.  
We ensure that everyone in society is valued, supported and feels a part of the fabric of community by continually checking in, listening, observing and deconstructing/destroying toxic patterns of “othering” and other internalized forms of white-bodied supremacy.  
We move our consciousness more along the lines of an Indigenous one and look at our privilege as an obligation and responsibility. We remember and learn from  the indigenous ways of our ancestors that have been wiped out by patriarchy and capitalism, restoring our (spiritual) connection with mother earth, educating white people in our communities and gathering resources. We utilize our privilege as a weapon by freely sharing connections, skills, resources, time, and influence when and where they are necessary.   
We go back to the source of practices, rituals, as deep as possible and debunk existing myths and misrepresentation of herstory, honoring what really happened and not allowing our herstory and society to be whitewashed and partiarchified. This means the praxis of constant assessment of our cadre and ourselves in relationship with the overarching, power grabbing, patriarchal narratives.  This means learning and teaching the true stories of revolutionary matriarchs such as Queen Nanny of the Maroons and Assata Shakur. This means re-learning the reality of unacknowledged atrocities of colonialism and imperialism, the witch burning times, and how the demonization of earth-centered, matriarchal magic divided countless communities with the force of patriarchal christian (dogmatic?) fear. We will re-learn and re-share these stories, reading and talking about and focusing attention on the words of Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou, Robin Wall Kimmerer.  And many other Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian Matriarchs who are re-writing herstory. This is our everyday praxis. We understand that our privilege can be a burden, and we are strategic about the spaces we take up. We do not ask any Black, Brown, Indigenous or Asian individual to help us understand our own whiteness. Instead, we utilize white bodied maroons, white bodied cadre and similar groups to develop our growing edges and awareness. We learn from and continue the legacy of white-bodied maroons that have come before us. We learn from them both. We continuously challenge ourselves and our communities to kill whiteness and all forms of oppression within and around ourselves through unrelenting self examination and community accountability practices. 
We place our white bodies in front of police, brutality and oppression on every level, physical or otherwise.  
We kill mediocrity and liberalism and any form of being reactionary. White-bodied maroon work should not be reactionary. We study, study, study and organize, organize, organize. We always remain critical, first and foremost of ourselves. We do not react, we prefigure. We are revolutionaries.  
When we see people weaponizing their whiteness, we fight back in a diversity of ways. We make white people aware of harmful words, behaviour and actions and remove them from spaces if necessary. We use our own education and resources to call in folks whose ignorance is harmful. We call on our white bodied cadre to support us if necessary and we are ready to make moves on the ground, to use our bodies, our cars, our physical tools and resources to carry out the manifestation of the safety and well-being of Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian people, as we hear from them that our actions are needed. We further our education on how to dismantle the indoctrination of white supremacy on all levels of society from education to health to housing to respecting pacha mama. 
We understand that undoing whiteness is a lifelong task and will be carried out over several generations. We commit to further that mission every day. In order to undo whiteness we will call our white family, cadre, and allies in rather than out by sharing resources that we have studied.  We will create and connect resources for unschooling our children and divesting from the systems of ‘education’ that perpetuate whiteness. We will build new revolutionary systems of creative learning, where children are surrounded in an anti-racist curriculum and lifestyle that teaches their true white maroon herstory and our natural and spiritual connection with our fellow rainbow human beings, the lands, arts & culture, wisdom & griots, living in harmony with pacha mama.  
Your suggestion?  

White maroonage is soul work. White maroonage is a praxis anchored in critical love. Hard love. Love that questions. Love that interrupts. Love that demands. A love that binds up urgency and patience together. A love that sifts handful by handful through histories. (something about piercing love undoing whiteness?) A love powerful enough to soften granite. A creative love. A fearless love. An enduring love. Love that liberates.  

white maroonage is soul work with the intention of making our hearts open to the infinite possibilities of how to love. our praxis is anchored in critical love for ourselves, our comrades, and the revolution. we step up for the people we care for, creating motion to support and protect them. because our love is critical, we never love blindly. there is deep intention behind why we love. we use our love to interrupt, to demand, to bind urgency and patience into one. our love sifts through history, handful by handful, to discover and understand the continuous injuries that white supremacy has caused. we acknowledge that whiteness is used as weapon of destruction that can only be dismantled with an overwhelmingly powerful love that is harnessed through our collective work centered around the oneness of love. our love is liberation. 

References/Inspirations:  

“Critical love” as a lens for maroonage inspired by: 

Hard Love (poem excerpt from activist, poet, scholar Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz) 

“When I chose to love you, you will know it. Love that will come fast, it will come hard, and it will run deep. You will not know what hit you. But as it is a steady love, you will have time to unwrap it.”  

https://www.yolandasealeyruiz.com/research-publications (from Yolanda’s extensive work) 

https://youtu.be/9Cl1a4gJl6Y (Watch and listen to Yolanda read her poem Hard Love) 

Also, consider B) David Gilbert’s Love and Struggle 

Also, C) Maya Angelou’s Love Liberates 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj5jODf-_LzAhXxqXIEHaQBBokQyCl6BAgUEAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DcbecKv2xR14&usg=AOvVaw3Y2hp34x1ZYzrM4UFFxpya 

Also, D) "Love is an act of will, both an intention and an action" - bell hooks 

this is “Soul work” - referenced by several today 10/30/2021 

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No need to read further.  

Below: first draft white-bodied maroon manifesto with edits and comments after receiving feedback from council.  

Dear white maroons,  

We got feedback from the maroon party for liberation council, below in red and pink. Based on this feedback let’s work on it together, incorporate the feedback and make our white maroon manifesto as strong as it can be. Please add your edits and suggestions, latest by Thursday 23rd of September. Thank you! 

Please mention your name here in the colour that you will add your edits/ suggestions.  

For example 

spirit  

Beth 

Rosa 

Lucia  

Paul 

WHITE MAROON MANIFESTO 

White Maroons: We are a community where people can unpack their whiteness in a brave,  liberated space (liberated space, brave space? no space is safe, however we do intend to make spaces as safe as possible by liberating them ;). We recognize this as an eternal process.  We are moving from the idea of privilege being a shameful thing towards privilege being a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege.We believe that privilege should be a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege, if not all social injustices.  We remove the shame sometimes associated with privilege from the self. If anywhere, it is to be directed towards the system that dictates the privilege. Due to the atrocities, genocides and oppression caused by white supremacy and white Anglo Saxons, we specifically recognize our role in being the first to strike a blow, putting our white bodies on the frontlines and leveraging our white-bodied privilege in doing so. We engage in the revolution with militancy as we fight to alleviate and eradicate the white supremacy that we have inherited from our ancestors, that lives in our families, communities and in our own bodies. We are a community that shows up with love, power, humility, courage, receptivity, solidarity, education and praxis. (maybe something that is more forceful and bold in your commitments, we believe that due to the atrocities, genocides, oppression etc caused by white supremacy and white Anglo Saxons we must be the first ones to strike a blow and be on the frontlines in alleviating that oppression inflicted by our ancestors, communities and even family members...if that's what you in fact believe of course...i would like to see more militancy and revolutionary articulation. i would even in the very onset identify those you'd like to resemble or resemble. your inspirations. john brown, newton knights, weather underground, ohio 7 etc etc) Agree to naming out the freedom fighters that inspire us!  Adding “Laura Whitehorn and Yaan Lamaan”  specifically :) 

We fight, educate and prefigure, inspired by many freedom fighters who we aspire to resemble: John Brown, Newton Knights, the Weather Underground, Ohio 7, Laura Whitehorn and Yaan Lamaan, to name only a few.  

Yes, echoing the need for bold words. I’m down w how spirit said it “we believe that due to the atrocities, genocides, oppression etc caused by white supremacy and white Anglo Saxons we must be the first ones to strike a blow and be on the frontlines in alleviating that oppression inflicted by our ancestors, communities and even family members.” 

10-point program: 

As white bodied Maroons we follow the revolutionary leadership of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian Maroons. White maroon work should not be reactionary. (only white, amerikkka and united snakes of amerikka shall be lowercased : P) 
We recognize that whiteness is a construct  with an extremely (has an?)oppressive and real impact in society. We work constantly to challenge and dismantle racism, racialized capitalism and all forms of oppression. We do this by any and all means necessary in our actions, hearts and minds on a personal, communal and institutional level to create a liberated society.  
We ensure that everyone in society is valued, supported and feels a part of the fabric of community by continually checking in, listening, observing and deconstructing/destroying toxic patterns of “othering” and other internalized forms of white-bodied supremacy. (how?) 
We move our consciousness more along the lines of an  Indigenous one and look at our privilege as an obligation and responsibility. We utilize our privilege as a weapon by freely sharing connections, skills, resources, time, and influence when and where they are necessary.  We place our white bodies in front of police, brutality and oppression on every level, physical or otherwise.   (how?) 
We understand that our privilege can be a burden, and we are strategic about the spaces we take up. We do not ask any Black, Brown, Indigenous or Asian individual (“Black Brown Indigenous Asian”,we like to spell things out to be clear. never overstood nor identify as a person of color, the term is personally offensive and sickens me to know someone called us that, yet i never accepted it...too illusive and diluted in other words we don't use that in the hood) to help us understand our own whiteness. Instead, we utilize white maroons, white cadre and similar groups to develop our growing edges and awareness. We learn from and continue the legacy of white bodied (i think you will find that although i respect the desire to include white bodied in your present day context, no one in the past used such language. white has always been white and when it speaks to legacy there was no confusion, i only find confusion in todays generation of searching for more words to call what is, is. white) maroons that have come before us. We learn from them both ideologically and ontologically, white maroons and also Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian Maroons like Fred Ho and Russell Maroon Shoatz, by putting their teachings into praxis. Our praxis is the practice of taking everyday actions from the teachings of the 5 tenants, of the principals of the Art of War and Ominous Paratis and others.(whom do you speak of and what is your praxis?) We continuously challenge ourselves and our communities to kill whiteness and all forms of oppression within and around ourselves (how?) through unrelenting self examination and community accountability practices. 
We go back to the source of practices, rituals, as deep as possible and debunk (debunk? spelling) existing myths and misrepresentation of herstory, honoring what really happened and not allowing our herstory and society to be whitewashed and partiarchified. This means the praxis of constant assessment of our cadre and ourselves in relationship with the overarching, power grabbing, patriarchal narratives.  This means learning and teaching the true stories of revolutionary matriarchs like Queen Nanny of the Maroons and Assata Shakur and __(many others!). This means re-learning the reality of the witch burning times, and how the demonization of earth-centered, matriarchal magic divided countless communities with the force of patriarchal christian fear. We will re-learn and re-share these stories, reading and talking about and focusing attention on the words of Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou, Robin Wall Kimmerer. And many other Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian Matriarchs who are re-writing herstory. This is our everyday praxis.   (examples i love examples. it's like cowbell, i need more cowbell :P 
We understand that our privilege can be a burden, so we are strategic about the spaces we take up. We do not ask any POC to help us understand our own whiteness but utilize white maroons and similar groups to lean on our white cadre.  
When we see people weaponizing their whiteness, we fight back in a diversity of ways. We use our own education and resources to call in folks whose ignorance is harmful. We will call on our white bodied cadre to support us if necessary and we are ready to make moves on the ground, to use our bodies, our cars, our physical tools and resources to carry out the manifestation of the safety and well-being of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, as we hear from them that our actions are needed.  (how? do you practice slap a white supremacist day or? and again caps on Black Brown and Indigenous please thank you) 
We understand that undoing whiteness is a lifelong task and will be carried out over several generations. We commit to further that mission every day. in order to undo whiteness we will call our white family, cadre, and allies in rather than out by sharing resources that we have studied.  We will create and connect resources for unschooling our children and divesting from the systems of ‘education’ that perpetuate whiteness. We will build new revolutionary systems of creative learning, where children are surrounded in an anti-racist curriculum and lifestyle that teached their true white maroon herstory.  (how?) oh i like this one. will you teach, unteach your children, will you create schools where they learn their true white maroon herstory?  

ending here as email states repeat. this is spirit...in red for the fire this time and the next. great beginning,  looking forward to the sequels. may the maroon forces be with you. i don't see anything in here about patriarchy. more cowbells on that too please. proud of yous. maroon on.  

“We believe that privilege should be a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege.” To me sounds more straightforward, than “We are moving from the idea of privilege being a shameful thing towards privilege being a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege.” I personally don’t like the line “We are moving from the idea of privilege being a shameful thing” because I can speak on my behalf as a “mixed race” person, I don’t feel shame for being part white or even sometimes being white passing in a space…shame is a personal thing, and it is no one’s fault for being white. Shame according to Vocabulary.com “is a painful feeling that's a mix of regret, self-hate, and dishonor.” maybe saying: we remove the shame from the self and towards the system— “that dictates the privilege” (I like how well put this part is)  

I would add the adjective “revolutionary” in the points maybe and clarify that white maroon work should not be reactionary.  

More of the 5 tenants should be included in the points, why is the undoing of whiteness apart of the solution to most social injustices/ apart of dismantling white supremacy, capitalism, climate change, and patriarchy? 

Great first draft! :) -beth (pink)  

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No need to read further, content below is from previous sessions.  

Brainstorm 1 - 24th & 31st of July 2021 

We ensure that everyone in society is valued, feels a part of the fabric and is supported.  

As white bodied Maroons we follow the leadership of black, brown, indigenous Maroons.  

We recognize that whiteness is a construct and its oppressive presence and place in society. We work constantly to challenge and dismantle racism, racialized capitalism and all forms of oppression. By all and any means necessary in our minds, hearts and actions on a personal, communal, institutional, societal level to create a liberated society.  

We are a community where people can unpack their whiteness in a brave space, in a space where they are witnessing people doing the same thing and supporting each other. Recognizing this is an eternal process.  Moving from the idea of privilege being a shameful thing to privilege being a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege. Moving through shame and exposing the underbelly of that in a community that shows up with love, power, courage, solidarity, education and praxis.  

We move our consciousness more along the lines of an indigenous one and look at our privilege as less of a right and more of an obligation and responsibility. Instead of asserting our rights we look to our obligations. We utilize our privilege as a weapon.  

We understand that undoing whiteness is a lifelong task and should be carried out over various generations. We commit to further that mission every day.  

We learn from and continue the legacy of white bodied maroons that have come before us, we learn from them both ideologically and ontologically and let it infuse our praxis 

we continuously challenge ourselves and our communities to kill whiteness and all forms of oppression within and around ourselves 

We go back to the source of practices, rituals, as deep as possible and debuck existing myths and misrepresentation of herstory, honoring what really happened and not allowing our herstory and society to be whitewashed.  

Jen: We recognize racialize capitalism is a Global hegemony put in place to implement and justify the land theft and genocide of the indigenous global majority. It is the religious script of colonialism, neocolonialism and neoliberalism fueled by the greed J. Sakai describes as “land hunger”( maybe not the verbiage we want to use but it’s awesome phrase I can’t use without giving it’s due credit to Sakai) We recognize Monetary and material reparations within a capitalist system  is not enough to return to the natural order of the world and socialism is a necessary yet transitory instrument of revolution. 

kb: we understand that our privilege can be a burden, so we are strategic about the spaces we take up. we do not ask any poc to help us understand our own whiteness but utilize whitemaroons and similar groups to lean on our white cadre.  

when we see people weaponizing their whiteness, we fight back. we are never passive and always consider the safety and well-being of black, brown, and indigenous people.  

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Brad’s suggestion for organizing the above into a 10-point program: 

WHITE MAROON MANIFESTO 

White Maroons: We are a community where people can unpack their whiteness in a brave, safe space. We recognize this as an eternal process.  We are moving from the idea of privilege being a shameful thing towards privilege being a tool to undermine the structure that is dictating the privilege. We are a community that shows up with love, power, courage, solidarity, education and praxis.  

10-point program: 

As white bodied Maroons we follow the leadership of black, brown, indigenous Maroons.  
We recognize that whiteness is a construct and its oppressive presence and place in society. We work constantly to challenge and dismantle racism, racialized capitalism and all forms of oppression. By all and any means necessary in our minds, hearts and actions on a personal, communal, institutional, societal level to create a liberated society.  
We ensure that everyone in society is valued, feels a part of the fabric and is supported.  
We move our consciousness more along the lines of an indigenous one and look at our privilege as an obligation and responsibility. We utilize our privilege as a weapon.  
We understand that our privilege can be a burden, so we are strategic about the spaces we take up. we do not ask any poc to help us understand our own whiteness but utilize white maroons and similar groups to lean on our white cadre.  
We learn from and continue the legacy of white bodied maroons that have come before us. We learn from them both ideologically and ontologically and let it infuse our praxis. We continuously challenge ourselves and our communities to kill whiteness and all forms of oppression within and around ourselves 
We go back to the source of practices, rituals, as deep as possible and debuck existing myths and misrepresentation of herstory, honoring what really happened and not allowing our herstory and society to be whitewashed.  
We understand that our privilege can be a burden, so we are strategic about the spaces we take up. We do not ask any POC to help us understand our own whiteness but utilize white maroons and similar groups to lean on our white cadre.  
When we see people weaponizing their whiteness, we fight back. we are never passive and always consider the safety and well-being of black, brown, and indigenous people.  
We understand that undoing whiteness is a lifelong task and will be carried out over several generations. We commit to further that mission every day.