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north america / mexico / anarchist movement Tuesday October 22, 2013 06:22 byWayne Price
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Democratic Party politicians have denounced right-wing Republicans as "anarchists." Why? Are they "anarchists"? What about rightwingers who call themselves "libertarians"? Are "anarcho-capitalists" really anarchists? Are they consistent with the tradition of "individualist anarchism"?

Historically this is very unusual. Far-rightists have usually been called “conservatives.” (They are rarely called the more accurate term, “reactionaries” -- those who want to go backward.) Those in the center or the left may call them other names, such as “nuts” or “fascists.” (They are mostly not “fascists” in the sense of wanting to overthrow bourgeois democracy and replace it with a rightwing dictatorship — but they shade into such people.) But they were rarely, if ever, called “anarchists.” Why now?

north america / mexico / workplace struggles Thursday August 08, 2013 10:07 byPrairie Struggle Organisation
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After putting much of our efforts in the cross Canada Speaking Tour on Combative Unionism, a debate on Combative unionism took place inside and outside of Prairie Struggle giving way to PSO's first position paper. In this position paper we hope to contribute to the relevant work and theoretical development that has been done or is already underway. We salute our comrades within the revolutionary left that are active in undermining bureaucratic control over working class power.

As anarchists, we at the Prairie Struggle Organization have dedicated much time and effort to agitation within the working class and its labour organizations. Despite our various efforts, wins, losses and relationships created we still find ourselves questioning the most effective method to agitate on the shop floors, within schools and in our communities.

north america / mexico / anarchist movement Friday August 02, 2013 00:54 byklas batalo
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A short history of the rapprochement process between US anarchist groups the last few years:

"The first weekend of February 2013, delegates representing Common Struggle (Boston, Providence, Western Mass., Buffalo, and at large) Four Star Anarchist Organization (Chicago), Miami Autonomy and Solidarity, Rochester Red and Black, Wild Rose Collective (Iowa City), and Workers Solidarity Alliance (Bay Area, St. Louis, Northeast, at large) convened in Rochester, NY for our first delegate convention. Discussion centered around drafting points of unity and a constitution for our proposed new organization, as well as establishing a time line for our continuing regroupment towards this goal."

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américa del norte / méxico / luchas indígenas Sunday December 23, 2012 19:27 byComisión de Solidaridad con Chiapas
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En una acción masiva, disciplinada y simultánea, no vista desde los días del alzamiento insurgente de 1994, decenas de miles de zapatistas ocuparon pacíficamente y en estruendoso silencio cinco ciudades chiapanecas. Horas más tarde, dieron a conocer un breve comunicado.

Decenas de miles de bases de apoyo del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) ocuparon en emblemático silencio las calles de cinco municipios chiapanecos, en la primera manifestación pública que los zapatistas hacen desde el 7 de mayo de 2011, cuando se unieron a la convocatoria del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad. Esta acción simultánea y masiva, la más grande de toda su historia, estuvo precedida por el anuncio de que la organización indígena daríasu palabra, que se conoció unas horas después de la movilización.

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north america / mexico / anarchist movement Tuesday December 11, 2012 18:55 byColin O
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Over 150 years of the anarchist theoretical and organizing tradition have passed, yet anarchist influence in the United States is practically non-existent. In some local contexts, we do see occasional anarchist influence, but in a nationwide context anarchists are practically irrelevant.

There has been a conversation brewing for a few years among some anarchists. This conversation has moved forward specifically in a grouping of organizations that have come together in recent years around the Class Struggle Anarchist Conferences. Since the first Class Struggle Anarchist Conference in New York City in 2008, it’s been increasingly clear that these different organizations have a great deal of agreement and could be strengthened by unification into a nationwide anarchist organization

An article by a member of Rochester Red & Black and Common Struggle making the case for a unitary class struggle anarchist organization in lead up to a conference in February 2013 focused on the potential formation of exactly such a grouping.

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Issue #3 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

Issue #3 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

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a.jpg imageCrisis and Revolt Sep 28 14:51 by Wayne Price 0 comments

Liberals and progressive forces support the Democratic Party in elections, even though humanity is facing a number of interconnected threats and nightmarish catastrophes: economic, ecological/climate, and others. Democratic liberals, while perhaps the "lesser evil" to the Republican reactionaries, have no solutions to the objective dangers which threaten society with great suffering and destruction. The only real alternative is popular mass struggle or defeat--socialist-anarchism or catastrophes.

presxsanarquistaslibertad366.jpg imageDepuis l’Europe : Solidarité avec les prisonnier-e-s anarchistes emprisonnés à Mexico Sep 09 03:19 by Commission international 0 comments

Août 2014

transanarchycover.jpg imageAudio: Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street Aug 22 18:46 by andrew 0 comments

A 30 minute talk by Mark Bray, author of Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street followed by an hour of discussion. Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary.

brown04.jpg imageTerror in Ferguson Aug 20 18:45 by Denver Anarchist Black Cross 0 comments

Saturday August 9th, a racist Ferguson police officer profiled and fatally shot a black teenager, Michael Brown, as he walked to his grandmother’s residence with a friend. He was 18 years old. Multiple witnesses told KMOV that Brown was unarmed and had his hands up in the air when he was cut down. “The officer shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said witness Dorian Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.” The family and the community are calling his death an execution.

feruson1300x168.jpeg imageResistencia y movilizaciones en comunidades negras de EEUU aumentan después del asesinato ... Aug 17 16:10 by Lucía Ángela Bambace 0 comments

El 9 de agosto en Ferguson del estado de Missouri, Michael Brown, un joven negro de 18 años, fue asesinado por la policía a pesar de estar desarmado, y de levantar las manos cuando era detenido. Brown estaba en camino a visitar su abuela con un amigo, la policía los detuvo cuando estos caminaban por la calle. El encuentro intensificó cuando Brown se resistió a ser detenido, e ingresar dentro del auto policial. Como trataban escaparse, la policía disparó a los jóvenes en repetidas ocasiones hasta dar con Brown. Su amigo, Dorian Johnson, dice que la policía continuó disparando aún después de que se dieran vuelta con sus manos levantadas.

mural_fb.jpg imageThe Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Aug 07 09:19 by Scott Campbell 0 comments

Presented by Art Forces, the Estria Foundation and NorCal Friends of Sabeel, the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians as bombs continue to fall on Gaza.

Mortar Volume 2 imageMortar: Volume 2 Jun 26 07:14 by Common Cause 0 comments

The second volume of Mortar, Common Cause's theoretical journal, is now available online. Inside you will find an editorial introduction, along with articles covering anti-organizationalist sentiment within the North American anarchist movement, anarchism and the Welfare State, a contemporary redux of the Bourgeois Influences on Anarchism, anarchist approaches to contending with sexual assault and a critique of anti-oppression politics. We encourage feedback and responses, which can be sent to mortar@riseup.net.

textCall for Radical Resistance at A.L.E.C. conference in Dallas Jun 24 17:24 by Tresnia 0 comments

On July 30th in Dallas, Texas the American Legislative Exchange council will be meeting in Dallas, we'll be there to stand up and fight back!

imagenzapa.gif imageÚltimas palabras de Subcomandante Marcos antes de dejar de existir May 29 20:05 by Subcomandante Marcos 0 comments

La Realidad, Chiapas, 25 de mayo 2014.- Por medios libres, alternativos, autónomos o como se digan. Esta madrugada, como cierre del homenaje al compañero Galeano, más de tres mil bases de apoyo, milicianos e insurgentes zapatistas y alrededor de mil adherentes a La Sexta, escuchamos las “últimas palabras públicas” del Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional. En el templete estaban presentes 6 comandantes y comandantas del Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena, el Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés y el propio Subcomandante Marcos. Exponemos algunos fragmentos de las cinco partes de la carta.

textStatement from NYC Local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation regarding Cecily McMillan May 11 12:09 by M. Cinelli 0 comments

We stand in solidarity with Cecily McMillan and will in the future. Cecily has been punished in order to make an example out of the Occupy movement. At the same time we must look at the bigger picture. By the end of today, another life, activist or not, will have been snuffed out by state violence. These include attacks against active militants involved in the struggle for liberation of oppressed peoples like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Maroon Shoatz and Leonard Peltier, as well as everyday people of color and undocumented migrants struggling to survive against the racist class divisions perpetuated by capitalism. There have been 239 people killed by the NYPD since Amadou Diallo in 1999, and 107 since Sean Bell in 2010; nearly all of them have been people of color. While we see that Cecily is a political prisoner, we recognize that the black and brown men and women who are systematically beaten on the street and thrown into prisons are political by default. Having historically been the most exploited of the exploited class, their well-being, survival and resistance to the widening gap between classes poses a threat to the capitalist status quo that the state seeks to insure.

Poster imageThe 8th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair: May 17, 2014 May 10 08:15 by NYCABF Collective 0 comments

PRESS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2014

The NYC Anarchist Book Fair, now in its 8th year, to be held Saturday, May 17, 2014; The NYC Anarchist Film & Art Festivals are also scheduled to take place during the Book Fair.

What: The 8th Annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair

When: Book Fair and Art Festival, speakers, panels, skillshares, and workshops take place Saturday, May 17, 2014; Film Festival (In Honor of Brad Will), Sun., May 18 and Time TBA via website

Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

anar.png imageAnarchism and the Philosophy of Pragmatism May 06 06:18 by Wayne Price 1 comments

Anarchism and the philosophy of pragmatism can add to each other. Pragmatism is explained as a philosophy of active experience and experimental naturalism. Pragmatism advocates radical, decentrlized democracy and industrial self-management, which is very close to anarchism. However pragmatists have often opposed reformist perspectives to revolution. The case for revolution is presented.

textNYC May Day ---- Join the Red & Black Contingent Apr 25 05:36 by Syndicalist 0 comments

Our intention with this call is to create a welcoming space where we can engage in an exchange of ideas with the broader public. We call on groups and individuals from all social anarchist and anti-authoritarian tendencies to join us to help plan and build this contingent.

textDays After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies Mar 16 20:08 by Jake Carman 0 comments

Picket lines have returned to Insomnia Cookies, less than two weeks after the company settled with four workers who struck in August of 2013. On Friday March 14, two dozen union members and supporters rallied in front of the Boston location of Insomnia Cookies, demanding the reinstatement with back pay of union organizer and bicycle delivery “driver,” Tasia Edmonds. On March 9 the company suspended Edmonds without pay for a month, alleging insubordination, while the union maintains she was disciplined for her union-building efforts.

1010006_755920017751565_342954070_n.png image“Sharing the pains, indignities and anger” Mar 10 10:06 by Miriam 1 comments

This is an interesting interview with our comrade Miriam (M1 Detroit) on her history of “Industrialization” with her organization at the time the Revolutionary Socialist League. “Industrialization” was the term that the Left used to describe the strategy of getting mainly University and counter-culture youth activists to commit to point-of-production organizing in factories as part of the working-class. It was different than what is today known as “salting” – as “Industrialization” was not usually seen as a short-term stint around a specific campaign, but rather a long-term commitment to building a revolutionary presence in the class.

ceg.jpg imageBilan UCL-Saguenay et de son implication au sein de L'UCL (2008-2014) Mar 06 13:36 by Collectif Emma Goldman 0 comments

Ce texte a comme premier objectif de dresser un bilan le plus honnête possible, afin que nous puissions collectivement tirer des apprentissages de cette expérience. Ce bilan est issu d’une réflexion collective des membres actifs du collectif Emma Goldman à l’hiver 2014. Il reflète donc, avant tout chose, la réalité telle que vécue par ceux-ci.

drapeaudelucl.jpg imageUltime congrès de l’UCL Mar 02 20:59 by Union Communiste Libertaire 0 comments

Une page est tournée mais l’histoire de l’anarchisme au Québec n’est évidemment pas terminée. Les organisations sont des moyens et non des fins. Les personnes qui ont fait l’UCL continuent de s’impliquer dans plusieurs projets libertaires, dont les éditions Ruptures et le Collectif Emma-Goldman qui poursuit sur sa lancée.

55272marxismandanarchismhalifax720x960.jpg imageThe Platypus Questions on Marxism & Anarchism Feb 24 03:06 by Wayne Price 1 comments

The Platypus Society is having a panel on "Marxism and Anarchism," 3/17, in Chicago. It prepared a list of questions on the topic. These are my responses to the questions, in preparation for the discussion.

imagesqcyei6.jpg imageΖαπατισμός - λατι ... Feb 10 15:48 by Ραούλ Ζιμπέκι 0 comments

Είκοσι χρόνια μετά την εξέγερση του 1994, το πρόταγμα αυτονομίας και οριζοντιότητας των Ζαπατίστας έχει φτάσει να καθορίζει έναν κύκλο αγώνων σε ολόκληρη την ήπειρο.

130225083857autodefensasmexicostorytop.jpg imageDe la Autodefensa a la Insurrección Masiva: A preguntas esenciales, respuestas precisas Feb 09 21:34 by Brenda Aguilar 4 comments

Lo cierto es que trata de una respuesta legitima al sufrimiento de años de violencia en manos del crimen organizado con el auspicio cínico del gobierno. Lo que pase lo decidirán los pueblos.

proletariat.jpeg imageThe state of the union is …unequal Jan 30 08:14 by Mike Harris 1 comments

Direct action and workplace organization rather than legislation will end inequality

chile.jpg imageStruggling to Win - Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile - NYC tour Jan 21 03:53 by Syndicalist 9 comments

Dates: Jan 21 - 25

Chile has a long history of working class struggle in shanty towns, factories, mines, community organizations, and schools. In the 20 years after the US supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende’s government, much of the organizing was done underground. However after the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, there was a new rise of mass popular organization in the country. Anarchists have been a major force in the social movements, strategically organizing to build power. This has manifested in solidarity for the Mapuches, anarchists winning the student union elections at the University of Chile, militant pro-abortion actions, and libertarian labor organizations.

This national tour brings three individuals involved in these struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres. From January to the end of February, the speakers will be traveling throughout the country and we hope that you can spread the word and hear about the important work that is happening in Chile.

hahn03.jpg imageShould Anarchists Raise a Program of Demands? Jan 21 03:19 by Wayne Price 1 comments

This essay is slightly expanded from one which was rejected by a US anarchist magazine for political reasons. It deals with a disagreement among activists: Should we propose that the movement raise a program of demands? I think that anarchists should, but with a more libertarian-democratic version than the liberals and state socialists. The essay is followed by a response to the political points raised by the editors of the anarchist journal.

tourflyer1.jpg image"Struggling to Win: Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile" ( Limited US Tour) Dec 24 10:30 by "Struggling to Win"; Chile Speaking tour 4 comments

Limited U.S. national tour, begining on 10 January and ending 6 March 2014. brings three individuals involved in workplace, student, community and feminist struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres. From January to the end of February, the speakers will be traveling throughout parts of the country discussing the important work that is happening in Chile.

Vikki Law imageSobre las mujeres en el sistema penitenciario en Estados Unidos Dec 04 22:57 by Brenda Aguilar 0 comments

Victoria Law es una fotógrafa, escritora y activista y madre. Involucrada en la lucha anticarcelaria desde 1996 coadyuvando en el éxito de iniciativas como Books Through Bars-New York City (Libros a través de las rejas-NY) un grupo que manda gratuitamente libros a presxs a nivel nacional en los Estados Unidos.

Desde el 2000, empezó a concentrarse en las necesidades que la lucha de las mujeres en prisiones requería, coeditando libros como Tenacious: Art and Writings in Prison (Tenaz: Arte y escritura en las prisiones) y facilitando que la escritura de mujeres encarceladas pueda ser leída fuera de las rejas, entre otros proyectos editoriales del mismo tipo. También publicó un libro titulado Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (Resistencia tras las rejas: las luchas de las mujeres encarceladas, PM Press, 2009) y ganó el Premio PASS el 2009 (Prevention for a Safer Society, Prevención para una sociedad más Segura) otorgadio por el Consejo Nacional del Crimen y la Delincuencia.

En 1995 se involucró con ABC No Rio, un colectivo que administra un centro cultura en la parte sur del lado Este de Manhattan. Organizó, también, un grupo de fotógrafos activistas dentro de este mismo espacio, y desde entonces mantiene y coordina diferentes proyectos comunitarios destinados a jóvenes (exhibiciones, clases, etc).

En el 2003 colaboró con China Martens y crearon "Don't Leave Your Friends Behind," (No dejes a tu amigxs atrás), un taller que abordó las necesidades específicas de padres, madres y niñxs en los movimientos sociales radicales. Esta es una pequeña introducción de Victoria, que seguramente al resumir no hace justicia a la importante labor a la que ha estado dedicada. Regeneración Radio tuvo la oportunidad de entablar una pequeña charla que reproducimos a continuación.

jfk.jpg imageJFK Anniversary: "It Would Impress Kim Il-Sung" Nov 28 18:42 by Daniel Falcone 0 comments

This was not an interview per se on the occasion of the 50th anniversary, but rather some comments from the past relevant to it.

evictionfreezone.jpg imageCosa significa radicare il diritto alla casa nella lotta di classe Nov 28 13:38 by S.B. 0 comments

Quando si prende in considerazione la creazione di una "Zona No Sfratto", ricordiamoci che si tratta solo di uno strumento simbolico in un percorso basato sulla lotta di classe. [English]

evictionfreezone.jpg imageWhat's in a Name: Grounding Housing Justice in Class Struggle Nov 22 00:14 by S.B. 0 comments

When considering creating an "Eviction Free Zone," you have to remember that it is only a rhetorical tool in the advance of a class-based agenda. [Italiano]

voting.jpg imageNo Vote Counts: Avoiding the Trappings of Democratic Socialism Nov 21 23:52 by S.B. 0 comments

As we engage in larger social movements, it can be easy to lose sight of our endgame and essentially function as a type of "social democrat." Here are some key reasons and methods for avoiding this, as well as countering the progressive election logic during voting season.

huelga2p.jpg imagePower to the People, Not Politicians! Nov 05 01:33 by Minnesota Local Collective 0 comments

Campaigns teach by more than what is in their written programs. Even if the campaign was more explicitly radical, functionally it is teaching people that social change comes about through electing better politicians. The campaign has all the features of a mainstream election effort – adoration of a single personality, exaggeration of his “leadership”, meaningless pledges to “get results for you”. This is an elitist approach that reinforces the passivity of people by making someone else the “leader” who gets things done, instead of arguing for all of us to take control over our own lives. The activists and community members who have dived into the Ty Moore campaign are not prioritizing organizing one-on-ones to plan direct actions at work, at school, or in their neighborhoods, or discussing and debating how to replace the racist police with community militias or how narrow gender-roles stifle our humanity or how to build rank & file power against the union bureaucracy. They are rallying around “our guy” and training people to fundraise and to get out the vote. This is the main lesson that participants in the campaign are gaining: How to participate in this unjust system.

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