Eduardo and Andy started "What's Left?" back in May of 2018 as a project for putting out a different political narrative than we saw on the scene. Eduardo was mostly interested in educating himself and possibly educating others on the meaning behind the political issues of the day. Andy wanted to explore his Marxist politics and get back to their radical/revolutionary roots and maybe find other radicals who felt the same way. We both felt the Left had an unhealthy environment for discussing and exploring politics and hoped to model a different way of relating and engaging over differences.
Kenny joined us back near the end of 2019. Kenny was getting more political in relation to events in Nicaragua, Guatemala and his own journey here in the United States. Since then, we have not looked back! Recently, January 2022, Jessica Holmes joined us after subbing in for Eduardo who was gone from "What's Left?" for several months during a trip to Mexico.
Mexican Permaculturist Eduardo Sánchez Abarca is an active tito (uncle) and organiser. With roots in the 2003 anti-war movement, Occupy movement, San Francisco political campaigns, and progressive activism, Eduardo is an ex-Jehovah's Witness escapee and recovering political liberal alcoholic. His work and (r)evolution is seen through the lens of anarchism and desire to work alongside working-class comrades. As a former foster guardian and public school educator, Eduardo continues to be inspired by the struggles of familias and children. He has been a longtime family advocate and champion of public education. Inspired by Black working mothers in Oakland who've occupied their brick-and-mortar schools, he believes parents, students and educators should overtake their schools from the State. A vagabond and at times What's Left? international correspondent, Eduardo has lived abroad and travelled to over 30 countries. In keeping with international solidarity, Eduardo has oftentimes joined protests, such as the longest 2019 strikes in France, aiding sex worker organising efforts in Colombia, or supporting immigrant refugees crossing Latin America or Northern Africa. To cope with the assaults of Capitalism and State tyranny, he is grounded in Vipassana meditation and Yoga. Eduardo finds refuge in literature and his garden oasis. Co-parent to his 7 year old nephew, you can most likely find him on his bike or in the back of the 14-MUNI bus handing out books to children glued to their parent's phones in the Mission District of San Francisco. A secret writer, Eduardo aspires to publish his long anticipated book one day.
You can follow or message him on Instagram as @doneduardoabarca.
I have been teaching science (Chemistry & Physics) at Mission High School in San Francisco for over 20 years. My science background where i got my PhD in biophysics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I got burned out on research and decided to become a school teacher.
I have considered myself a Marxist and a socialist for about the last 2 decades. I first came into contact with revolutionary politics around the US war on Serbia and joined the International Socialist Organization around that time. 10 years later I left out of sense that they were a reformist organization and the leadership maneuvered to isolate its critics.
Since then, I have been active in my teachers union and trying to figure out where Marxism fits into (if it does) to understanding the world today with the aim of changing it.
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