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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?

Wed
30
Dec

MOCAD's 'Fifth Estate' 50th anniversary exhibition closes Sunday

By Lee DeVito
December 29, 2015

Long before Metro Times, the Fifth Estate was serving up opposing viewpoints to Detroit's mainstream media. Today, the countercultural magazine is still going strong, having celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 15.

The occasion was marked with a retrospective at MOCAD's Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead, which closes Sunday. Titled You Can't Print That! 50 Years of the Fifth Estate, the exhibition takes a look at the magazine's founding and history, its impact on the local media, notable alumni, and more.

The exhibition has a closing reception from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided — as well as free back issues of the Fifth Estate, while supplies last. There is also an opportunity to purchase the new 50th Anniversary Winter 2016 issue, the 40th anniversary issue, T-shirts, photography by Leni Sinclair, and posters by Gary Grimshaw.

Tue
29
Dec

Report: To Change Everything U.S. Tour

by b. traven
Dec 28th, 2015
CrimethInc

Last month, we concluded the To Change Everything US tour, bringing together anarchists from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to compare notes on the uprisings and social movements of the past decade. In the course of 65 days, we presented 59 events in 57 towns, speaking with well over 2000 people altogether. To hear an audio recording from one of the presentations, tune in to episode 44 of the Ex-Worker Podcast.

Sat
19
Dec

No Justice, No Peace: A Year of Struggle

by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective - TAAC

Tokologo #5/6 - Editorial

Welcome to the first double issue of Tokologo, combining issues 5 and 6. This marks our third year of publishing by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective and its study circles.

2015 has been a turbulent year. On the one side, the horrors of attacks on immigrants and foreigners continue. In April, attacks broke out, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal, spurred directly by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's inflammatory statements. One of the big failures of the 1994 transition was that much of the old Bantustan/ homeland apparatus remained in place, with the continuing power of chiefs and kings. Again, in October, this time spurred by rumours and the taxi associations, there were riots in the Eastern Cape.

Sat
19
Dec

America's Best Allies Against ISIS Are Inspired By A Bronx-Born Anarchist

Akbar Shahid Ahmed
12/18/2015
Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post

ISTANBUL -- Last fall, Islamic State fighters launched a coordinated, large-scale assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani on Syria's northern border with Turkey. Fresh from victories that granted them an aura of invincibility, the extremists were about to remove the single irritant on a wide swath of the border they otherwise controlled.

The world watched in resignation. The lone superpower said it would not help. U.S. officials grimly predicted the city would fall. Yet the small band of Kurds held on for days, then weeks. The U.S.-led coalition against the self-described Islamic State began to help, first with a smattering of airstrikes then with daily assaults. And by January, in a stunning turnabout that has been called a contemporary Stalingrad, the Kurds won.

Sat
12
Dec

The Danish Anarchists Who Inspired SantaCon Could Not Have Imagined Its Bro-Hell Future

by Natalie Zarrelli
December 9, 2015
Atlas Obscura

A sea of red and white coats rancorously swarm down thousands of streets. Hundreds of people, dressed as Santa Claus, scream and sing as they drink heavily, form impromptu dance parties, and crowd public transportation.

Sat
12
Dec

The Anarchist Spirit

Marina Sitrin
Dissent
Fall 2015

There is not much of a global anarchist movement today. At the same time, since the 1990s, many popular movements around the world have been animated by something that I would call an anarchist spirit—a way of organizing and relating that opposes hierarchy and embraces direct democracy. This is a spirit that we should applaud and help to flourish. Although they may not define themselves as ideologically anarchist or even always be aware of the connection, these new movements nonetheless have much in common with ideas developed by historical anarchists like Emma Goldman, Murray Bookchin, and the libertarian left in Spain during the 1930s.

Fri
04
Dec

Inside Greece's resurgent anarchist movement

Tommy Trenchard
Al Jazeera
03 Dec 2015

On a warm evening in August this year, in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Kesariani, in the Greek capital, Athens, several hundred young people gathered in front of a stage as a band fine-tuned their instruments. At first glance, there was little unusual about the scene, but this was not an ordinary concert.

Above the drinks stand, where 20-somethings wearing black waited for their beers, the flag of the anarchist movement swung between two pine trees. Behind the stage, a banner urged the audience, in bold letters, to take up arms against the state.

"When confronted by tyranny," it read, "people choose between chains and guns."

The atmosphere hovered somewhere between festive and threatening.

"Don't take photographs of anyone's faces," warned one bystander. "They do not like the press."

Thu
03
Dec

Remembering Murray Bookchin

by David Rosen
CounterPunch
December 2, 2015

Thumbing through the Sunday, November 29th New York Times Magazine, there was a surprisingly revealing article by Wes Enzinnanov, “A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS’ Backyard.” The article discusses the efforts by Kurdish rebel faction to created a revolutionary society in what the author calls, “a sliver of land in the far north of Syria: Rojava, or ‘land where the sun sets.’’’

The article is important because it provides an invaluable snapshot of an alternative popular movement that has gained some small amount of land and power amidst the Syrian crisis. It is opposed to Bashar al-Assad, including the Russians and Iranians, as well as the Islamic State. Because it is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), it is on the U.S. terrorist list but, due to the exigencies of war, it appears to be unofficially supported by the U.S./NATO-backed Syrian opposition.

Thu
03
Dec

Greece: Antifa motorcade patrol by anarchists in the streets of Athens

Special to Infoshop News
December 3, 2015

On Saturday 14 November 2015, anarchists and communists from Antifascist – Anti-authoritarian Social Center “Distomo” and “Red Line” Collective, organized a motorbike patrol in Athens City Center, as part of direct actions taking place for the 1st year since the opening of Antifa Social Center “Distomo” inside an area of Athens, that until recently predominantly supported the neonazi “Golden Dawn” party in Greece.

The antifa social center in Agios Panteleimonas, Athens is called “Distomo” after the massacre of 10 June 1944 in the greek village where the Waffen-SS, for over two hours, went door to door and massacred Greek civilians, as part of a ‘retaliation measure’ for a partisan attack upon the unit. A total of 214 men, women and children were massacred in Distomo.

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