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Northeastern Anarchist #15 available now!

category north america / mexico | anarchist movement | news report author Freitag Mai 06, 2011 01:54author by Flint - NEFACauthor email flint at nefac dot net Report this post to the editors

Most recent issue of NEFAC's magazine

This issue is on Ecology, Industry, Crisis and Alternatives: bell hooks on Intersectionalism, Transit Organizing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City; Indoor Fish Farms, Solar Power, Green Building, "The Vegetarian Myth", Ecological & Economic Crisis, and more...
Cover of Northeastern Anarchist #15
Cover of Northeastern Anarchist #15

The Northeastern Anarchist is the English-language magazine of the Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC), covering class struggle anarchist theory, history, strategy, debate and analysis in an effort to further develop anarchist-communist ideas and practice.

Welcome to issue #15 of Northeastern Anarchist. This issue was edited by NEFAC members in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhodes Island, Massachusetts, with further contributions from our comrades in Ontario, Tennessee, Illinois, and California. This distributed means of editing and production seems to be working well for us so far, and we look forward to future collaboration. We’re starting things off right with an interview with bell hooks!

Amidst the recent economic crisis, our ongoing ecological crisis continues. Forty years after the original Earth Day, our problems seem even more manifold and complex. Held in late 2009, the United Nations Copenhagen Climate Conference has widely been regarded as ending in failure. In 2010, the explosion at British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig has created the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry--devastating the gulf coast and the lives of the people who were already hit hard by hurricane Katrina. The twin powers of global governance and multi-national corporations seem both unwilling and unable to address environmental destruction.

Sometimes, the rhetoric turns towards an eco- Keynesian stimulus of “green” capitalism and “green” jobs. The actuality of those promises are quite different. In this issue we are talking first hand to workers in the “new green economy” about the complications and contradictions of the efforts to reduce negative human impact on the environment within the context of societies dominated by capital markets and state bureaucracy. It’s not all bad news; but we are pessimistic that alternative technologies are enough to improve our situation without mass social movements capable of taking direct action for environmental justice.

We do have hope that humanity can turn things around and we invite further discussion on these issues.

This issue's contents:

FEATURE:

  • "How Do You Practice Intersectionalism? An Interview with bell hooks", Randy (NEFAC, Kentucky)

    TRANSIT:

  • "Organizing Around Transit: At the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Class Struggle", Tom Wetzel (WSA, San Francisco)

  • "Transit and Environmental Justice in the Windy City", Mackel Garrison (Four Star, Chicago)

  • "New York Transit Workers Elect New Leaders: Can they Stop the Bosses' Onslaught?", WEB (NEFAC, NYC)

    FOOD:


  • "A Fishy Future? Interview with a Recirculating Aquaculturist", Red Herring (NEFAC)

  • "An Anti-Civilization Mythology: A Review of Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability", Abbey Volcano (NEFAC, Syracuse)

    ENERGY:

  • "Ontario's Objective to Kick Start the Industry: A Dialog with a Solar Power Worker", Ashanti Cabral (Common Cause, Ontario)

  • "Your Pretty, All-Glass Building Isn't Green: The Truth About LEED and Green Building Design", Harry Tuttle

    CRISIS:

  • "The Ecological Crisis is an Economic Crisis; the Economic Crisis is an Ecological Crisis", Wayne Price (NEFAC, NYC)

  • "Nature of the Period: Background and Perspectives", NEFAC

  • Letter to the Editor: "Response to Federici & Caffentzis", WEB (NEFAC, NYC)

    EXTRAS:

    The following articles do not appear in the print edition, but are available online:
  • "Capitalism's Bleeding Gulf: BP’s Deepwater Horizon Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico", Frank Rizal (WSA, Florida)

  • Review of "Green Metropolis Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability", Jason Lewis (Baltimore)

    POSTER:


  • The print edition includes this beautiful poster of "Cassie the Caulker" from Rebecca Wilson

    Readers might also be interested in:

  • The Ecological Challenge: Three Revolutions are Necessary, Alternative Libertaire, published in North Eastern Anarchist #13, 2008

  • Right To Know Committee: Southwest Philadelphia Workers And Residents Fight Back!, Strike #1

  • Lethal Labor: Meet the Tunnel Rats, Sophie Morgan, Insubordinate #1

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    textCommuniqué of the Mexican Anarchist Black Cross following the declarations of the FD Govt. 00:15 Mi 19 Dez by Mexico ABC 0 comments

    In recent days, following the events of the demonstrations on December 1st for the presidential inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto, during which the police forces, both of the Federal [national] and Federal District [Mexico City] forces, brutally repressed demonstrators - officials of the Federal District government, amongst whom were the head of government of the FD and the capital's attorney, have made statements declaring that those responsible for the clashes are anarchist groups.[Castellano] [Français] [Deutsch]

    pso.jpg imageThe creation of Prairie Struggle Organization, its politics and its goals 18:00 Di 05 Jun by Prairie Struggle Organization 0 comments

    In the last 5 months, some anarchists from Regina have been engaged in the difficult process of creating a revolutionary anarchist organization and debating its political influences. As a result of these meetings and debates, we are proud to finally announce the existence of Prairie Struggle Organization based in Regina. To hopefully start a dialogue with anarchists in the west of Canada and beyond, we feel it important to let you know why anarchist politics in Regina are taking this direction.

    bookfairmagon.jpgmid.jpg imageActions + Conversations + Intersections 2010: Second Annual Los Ángeles Anarchist Bookfair 07:07 Sa 30 Jan by Rockero 1 comments

    Sunday, January 24, 2010

    HOLLYWOOD - For the second consecutive year, Los Angeles anarchists organized a bookfair, which, in addition to facilitating exchanges between vendors and literature-hungry readers, also provided an array of panel discussions, workshops, and most importantly, quality interactions with fellow activists in the liberation movement.

    black_flame_cover.gif imageBlack Flame launch in Mexico 18:16 Mo 23 Nov by Michael Schmidt 3 comments

    Black Flame co-author Michael Schmidt held a mini-launch of the book at a colloquium with professors of journalism and international affairs at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 26. Schmidt was invited to Mexico to train Tec students in covering conflict in transitional societies, especially given the drug war currently ravaging Mexican society. Extracts of his talk, “The Journalist as Activist,” in which he located activist journalism within the Mexican anarchist tradition, follow:

    ucl.jpg imageThe UCL campaign! 11:11 Do 17 Sep by Cause commune 0 comments

    This fall, the Union Communiste Libertaire (UCL) will launch a campaign against the economic crisis. Besides a poster and a 4-page analysis, the organization wants to organize a provincial tour with an Argentine anarchist militant to talk about their experiences during the severe economic crisis that hit there and was the scene of a real popular uprising.

    [Français]

    UCL: a new organisation is born… image‘Ruptures’ – Spring 2009 special edition 01:12 Fr 31 Jul by Ruptures 3 comments

    In May 2009 a new organisation in Canada’s Francophone Quebec, the Libertarian Communist Union (UCL), published a special edition of their ‘Ruptures’ journal on the internet. Here you can read an English translation of the (French in original) editorial:

    textCommon Action General Assembly Report, April 2009 01:45 Do 07 Mai by Andrew 0 comments

    From Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26, members of the anarchist organization Common Action met in Seattle, WA for our fourth general assembly. Members from Seattle, Bremerton, Tacoma and Olympia were in attendance, as well as a guest from Portland. We came together to continue developing our politics together, start work on new Common Action projects - and sing lots of karaoke.

    textCommon Action General Assembly Report 06:13 Do 12 Feb by Andrew 0 comments

    The weekend of January 17-18, members of Common Action, an anarchist organization in the Northwest United States, traveled from across the region to convene in Olympia, WA for our third general assembly. Members representing the cities of Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Portland were in attendance.

    textGood Bye 2008 ! 22:23 Mo 29 Dez by Collectif anarchiste La Nuit 0 comments

    This is the annual retrospective of the Collectif anarchiste La Nuit (Quebec-City UCL local collective). It's a way to answer the question "but what does an anarchist collective eat in winter" and measure the progress made...

    (Republished from the Voix de faits blog: http://voixdefaits.blogspot.com/2008/12/bye-bye-2008-bi....html
    Translation thanks to a collaborative effort between Google and some the UCL-FdCA Anarkismo team...) [Français]

    textAnarchy from A to Z: U for Unity 21:02 Mi 01 Okt by Cause commune 0 comments

    The Quebec collectives of NEFAC are re-organizing themselves. Basically, the Quebec and American sections of the Federation have decided to form two solid but independent organizations. On 22 and 23 November, we will be holding a congress at the Métropole where the manifesto and constitution of a new Quebec-specific anarchist communist organization will be adopted. We will be taking the opportunity to begin a dialogue with comrades who are close to us and see whether it is possible to integrate more militants in this process which will affect all parts of Quebec. Français]

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    imageAre Anarchists Socialists? Feb 18 by Wayne Price 3 comments

    **Many people regard anarchism and socialism as contradictory programs. This is based on the conception of "socialism" as state ownership of the economy. Yet historically, anarchists have regarded this program as "state socialism" or "authoritarian socialism." They have rejected such views in favor of "anarchist-socialism" or "libertarian socialism." This concept of anarchism as a variety of socialism remains important today in opposition to pro-capitalist "libertarianism" and to "democratic socialism"--that is, reformist state socialism.**

    imageSome of My Past Political Mistakes Apr 15 by Wayne Price 2 comments

    In the 1980s I participated in a "dialogue" about anarchism and Marxism. Re-reading my writing now, when I am a revolutionary anarchist, I think that much of what I wrote then was wrong--with one exception. I went over certain key issues, such as the strengths and weaknesses of Marxism, the state, the revolutionary party, election participation, and national liberation--topics which are still important for anarchists and other radicals to consider and debate.

    textThe Yoke of Washington and Wall Street Jan 21 by David Van Deusen 0 comments

    What follows is an excerpt from the new book On Anarchism: Dispatches From The People’s Republic of Vermont. Dispatches contains works written by David Van Deusen, and in some cases with the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective. Jeff Jones of the Weather Underground wrote the forward. This excerpt is from Neither Washington Nor Stowe: A Libertarian Socialist Manifesto. the excerpt is the full table of contents for Dispatches.

    textThe Road Not Taken Jul 06 by David Van Deusen/Lady/Black Heart Anarchist Collective 0 comments

    "The Road Not Taken" is a historic proposal that was provided to the Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives (FRAC) from the Black Heart Anarchist Collective-Columbus Ohio in 2001. Previous to now this proposal was treated as an internal FRAC document and has never been made available online or to the public. Ultimately the proposal was not adopted by FRAC. It is being provided now as it shows some of the internal debate and discussions that were taking place in the anarchist movement shortly after The Battle of Seattle. The document also highlights one road that aspects of the anarchist movement viewed as open to it, even if this road was never taken. Now that we are struggling against an increasing fascist tendency in the U.S. and beyond [2017], we as a movement need to explore those crossroads that post-Seattle presented us, and re-evaluate the strategic and tactical directions the movement took then in order for us in the present to build a stronger more effective movement today.

    This proposal was provided to the still forming Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives (Great Lakes Region-Midwest) in December, 2001 by the Black Heart Anarchist Collective (Columbus, Ohio). It was not adopted by the federation. It was also sent to the Northeast Federation of Anarcho Communists. David Van Deusen wrote this document with Lady. The proposal was adopted as a position by the Black Heart Anarchist Collective as a whole, whose members also had input into the content. The Black Heart Anarchist Collective was an offshoot of Anti-Racist Action-Columbus. The collective (which included Van Deusen, Lady, Dustin, Noah, and others) formed for the primary purpose of engaging in discussions with other regional anarchist collectives about forming the Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives. The Black Heart Anarchist Collective were participants in a number of meetings leading up to the creation of the federation. However, prior to the official formation of the federation Van Deusen & Lady moved back to Vermont, the collective disbanded, and was never an official member collective of the federation. Van Deusen (who co-founded The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective) was in Ohio, and a member of Anti-Racist Action, for some time in 2001-2002. The Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives folded in 2005.

    textWho Are the Anarchists and What Is Anarchism? Jun 15 by By Thomas Giovanni 0 comments

    A basic introduction to anarchism you could give to co-workers, neighbors or comrades looking to know more. #TryAnarchism

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    textPress Advisory- N.Y. City Anarchist Bookfair Apr 16, 2016 Jan 04 NYC Anarchist Bookfair Collective 1 comments

    NYC ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR - 10th anniversary
    What: 2016 Annual NYC Anarchist BookFair
    Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, in Manhattan
    When: Book Fair—Sat., April 16, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Art Festival—Fri., April 15, 7 p.m. - 5 a.m.
    Film Festival—Sat., April 16, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.

    imagePrairie Struggle is Dead and the Struggle Continues Jun 03 Regina Collective 1 comments

    As much as this pains those who have participated in the anarchist communist experience between 2011 and 2014 in the Canadian prairies, today, Prairie Struggle announces its official secession and subsequent disbandment. To this day, Prairie Struggle was the only specific platformist organization in the Canadians prairies. Though some may recall the existence of an anarchist communist group in Regina affiliated to the ACF (Anarchist Communist Federation of North America) in the 80s, organized anarchism in the prairies has had many difficulties, some of which the Prairie Struggle Project has failed to overcome. Despite its downfall, Prairie Struggle, for one last time, offers a look into the organization, its failures and its small victories.

    textNew Atlanta Anarchist Blog Nov 13 Heat Index 0 comments

    Announcing the Heat Index blog at www.heatindexatl.info

    textWorkers Solidarity Alliance Holds 2012 Continental Conference Aug 23 Workers Solidarity Alliance 0 comments

    A post-conference report from the Workers Solidarity Alliance's 2012 Gathering in St. Louis MO

    textM1 Mayday Statement Apr 30 First of May Anarchist Alliance 0 comments

    Since May 1, 2006 we have seen a slow opening up of mass struggles on a scale not seen in recent memory, amplified by the silent economic crash in 2008. From the massive day without an immigrant to the historic Arab Spring; the Wisconsin workers uprising to the prisoners strikes in Georgia and California; Occupy Wall Street to the rallies for Justice for Trayvon Martin; General strikes of students in Chile and Quebec and of workers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. People committed to real change cannot help but feel the wind in our sails. People are rising and refusing, struggles are igniting, common ground is revealing itself, we are beginning to feel and take back our power, everywhere.

    Despite the rise of new fighting forces, pain is growing not decreasing. Symbolic changes at the peak of empire—codename Obama—have only served to further entrench the direction of decline, with Democrats bringing the stick when the Republicans aren’t there to make their bad cop look good. Deportations have increased, prisons are overflowing, the local face of a global war given new legitimacy, while organized racist violence dares to seize an ever greater public stage. Cutbacks and the destruction of public safety nets pay for corporate welfare and bankers’ bailouts. Ecological destruction continues apace: tar sands mining, fracking, nuclear power, and the daily grind of a system that cannot long coexist with dignified human life on earth.

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