Anarchist News

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21
Mar

Chicago: TRUMPISHATE

by Black Rose Anarchist Federation

On Friday, March 11th, thousands of Chicagoans descended on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Pavilion to protest the rally of Donald Trump, including UIC students, different political organizations, affinity groups and autonomous individuals.

Our affinity group was composed of two WOC, four self-identifying sex-workers, and others, the majority of whom identify as queer folx, anarchists, marx/fems, progressive/radicals, all under the common goal of representing an Anti-fascist politic.

To be clear, no one was promoting Bernie Sanders, or any other presidential candidate within our affinity group.

Sun
13
Mar

Announcing the 2016 IAS Grantees

From IAS

2016 Grantees, Fundraising Appeal, Call for Submissions for our Next Perspectives on Anarchist Theory and more!

Congratulations 2016 Grantees

2016 Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) Writing Grant Awards

We would like to congratulate our four recipients of IAS writing grant awards for 2016. We choose these four out of sixty-two applications. They are: Henna Rasanen, writing Weltuntergang: A Queer Post-Apocalyptic Graphic Novel; Jeremey Louzao, writing "The Friendly Neighborhood Anarchist: Embracing the Groundwork that Makes Revolutions Possible;" Mona Luxion, writing “#Printemps2015: Lessons from Québec's Stunted Anarchist Anti-austerity Mobilization;” and Toshio Meronek, writing "They Won’t Quit: LAGAI Queer Insurrection." Congrats! Our next deadline to apply for an IAS grant is January 15th, 2017. Go to our website (anarchiststudies.org) and click on Grants.

Sat
12
Mar

FBI instructs high schools to report students who may be "anarchist extremists"

Under new guidelines, the FBI is instructing high schools across the country to report students who criticize government policies and “western corruption” as potential future terrorists, warning that “anarchist extremists” are in the same category as ISIS and young people who are poor, immigrants or travel to “suspicious” countries are more likely to commit horrific violence.

Based on the widely unpopular British “anti-terror” mass surveillance program, the FBI’s "Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools" guidelines, released in January, are almost certainly designed to single out and target Muslim-American communities. However, in its caution to avoid the appearance of discrimination, the agency identifies risk factors that are so broad and vague that virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance, especially if she is socio-economically marginalized or politically outspoken.

Sun
21
Feb

Seattle: Black Coffee, anarchist co-op that left Capitol Hill, calls it quits

Eighteen months after announcing it was leaving “Capital Hell” and looking for a new Seattle home, anarchist cooperative Black Coffee says it has given up the search:

in the past year since we closed doors, we’ve met almost every week, looked at dozens of spaces and almost signed several leases. on multiple occasions we were within days of signing a lease, only to have things fall through. sometimes, it seemed like our reputation had preceded us. finally at the end of the summer our most promising space looked like it was going become a reality, only to fall apart at the last moment. doing what we wanted with the space would have gotten us kicked out and sued, not doing what we wanted would have meant abandoning the reasons we started black coffee to begin with. after six months of negotiation, even though we had secured financing and created a strong plan for the project, we had to walk away.

Sat
20
Feb

Vi Subversa, 1935-2016, Anarchist Punk Musician, Singer for the Poison Girls

Infoshop News
February 20, 2016

Vi Subversa, former lead singer with the anarcho-punk band, The Poison Girls, has passed away at age 80. Subversa was associated with the British anarcho-punk scene. Subversa was one of the earliest punk musicians to feature feminism in their music.

Frances Sokolov (20 June 1935 – 19 February 2016), better known by her stage name Vi Subversa, was the singer and guitarist of British anarcho-punk band Poison Girls.

Subversa was born of East European Jewish parents. She spent two years in Israel in the late 1950s working in a ceramic pottery in Beersheba under Nehemia Azaz, before returning to the United Kingdom. She had two children, Pete Fender (born Daniel Sansom, 1964) and Gem Stone (born Gemma Sansom, 1967), who both became members of the punk bands Fatal Microbes and Rubella Ballet.

Sat
06
Feb

Anarchist organising in Northampton

by Libcom.org
February 6, 2016

A new anarchist group is being set up in Northampton at a launch meeting this coming Wednesday 10th February 2016

The initiative started by a small group of longstanding anarchists in the town along with some local grass roots activists and independent socialist’s is now set to become a network for all interested in member led non-hierarchical organising, direct action, solidarity and mutual assistance.

Northampton town has a long radical tradition going back to its liberation during the English civil war from the Royalist’s by the Levellers, the Free Thought Society and Charles Bradlaugh to it being a billeting post during the Jarrow Hunger March.

Sat
06
Feb

Spain: Two Anarchists Charged With Terrorism For Puppet Show

Infoshop News
February 6, 2016

Thu
21
Jan

Mexico: On Anarchist Internationalism

As other comrades put it well: we anarchists are internationalists until we have destroyed the nations. Even if the first step is to not recognise nor accept them, their destruction is part of the project of destruction of the State.

Anarchy has always stood on an internationalist position. We are well aware that we should take our local context into account, but internationalism is an inseparable characteristic of the thought which tries to annihilate any sort of State and authority, opposes all form of progress and forges a life attitude in revolt against the whole existent.

Wed
13
Jan

Workplace Conflicts, Protest and Resistance: Actions of the lWA in 2015 (Part One)

A look at some of the actions of the lWA Sections and Friends in 2015. Fighting through direct action has, in many cases, forced bosses big and small to pay up what they owe, to admit they illegally fired someone and pay them compensation, to make improvements in working conditions and give them raises. Without union bosses and leaders, for all categories of workers.

lnternational Solidarity Campaigns

2015 started off with calls for an international solidarity campaign against Orange, Citibank and Amazon, Manpower and Adecco.

Sat
09
Jan

Against Rape Culture! Against the State! Anarchist Responses to Sexual violence: A conversation

By Joey
Slingshot
Fall 2015
Berkeley, Calif.

Currently a social worker for folks living with HIV, I’ve worked around sexual health for five years. In August, I interviewed my friend Tuck who lives in Eugene, OR and works in sexual assault survivor support and advocacy. Her work includes on-call crisis response advocacy, e.g., for someone who has experienced a recent sexual assault and chooses to either come in and disclose, or goes to the hospital to get a kit done, or wants to make a police report, or wants accompaniment to any of those. She also accompanies clients to court, staffs a crisis line, and trains volunteer advocates and crisis line workers.

J: What’s the current system like for responding to sexual violence?

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