On February 27th 2022, Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism voted to close our doors and dissolve our organization.

Red Braid was founded two years ago, but our roots go back a decade to the formation of the Social Housing Alliance in the Downtown Eastside. In 2015, when the group shifted its basis of unity from pro-social housing to anti-displacement, Alliance Against Displacement was born. Through the course of struggle, AAD deepened its political vision and practice, leading to the formation of Red Braid as an instrument for building Indigenous and working class power in early 2020. We are proud of the ways we have been able to transform conditions of everyday life through struggle, alongside more fighters and comrades than we can count.

We have come to the difficult decision to dissolve because we believe Red Braid no longer serves its purpose as an instrument for subaltern community struggle. If a revolutionary organization is not useful to its members and social base, then it needs to be replaced.

These are difficult times for revolutionaries. The revolutionary left is weak, leaving it vulnerable to state repression and co-optation. For revolutionary projects to survive under these conditions, they must be carefully steered and fiercely defended. Failures, which are inevitable in the course of the struggles of the oppressed, are amplified.

In 2021, Red Braid faced a series of organizing challenges and internal crises that left our membership depleted and disorganized. We stopped functioning as an organization and were unable to regroup. Our decision to formally dissolve Red Braid recognizes this already-existing reality.

By deciding to dissolve we are giving up our collective voice, which means we are not in the position to offer an analysis of the causes of our dissolution here. The task falls to former members to reflect on the lessons of the Red Braid experiment, our moments of triumph as well as the mistakes and shortcomings that led to our dissolution, in the service of future efforts to build revolutionary organizations.

Our decision to dissolve is not a decision to stop organizing or a repudiation of Red Braid’s defining strategic orientation toward building subaltern power. Members in Surrey, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, and the DTES have plans to continue organizing together within ongoing community struggles, while others are in search of new political homes. We make this retreat with eyes still fixed on the horizons of struggle and possibility that ushered Red Braid into being in the first place, and with the faith that new organizational forms will rise from the ashes of this project.

For more on Red Braid’s history, politics, and organizing practices, see A Separate Star: Our Politics and Strategy for Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Colonial, and Anti-Capitalist Struggle, forthcoming from ARP Books.