United States

Mon
28
Sep

The Rise And Fall Of The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective

Montpelier, Vermont - Established in 2000, in a cooperative household located at the termination of a wooded dirt road in Southern Vermont, the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective (GMAC), for a time, did its part in carrying forth Vermont’s long tradition of radical, leftist politics. Founded in Windham County by Natasha Voline, Johnny Midnight, Xavier Massot, and (myself) David Van Deusen, the collective was birthed with strong Situationist, leftist, and militant inclinations. The original GMAC nucleus lived together (along with comrades Imelda R, Bridget M, and Ted K), and operated as a kind of outlaw community, connected to the broader area counter culture based in and around Brattleboro. Together, they functioned on a cash & barter basis, opening phone and utility accounts under assumed names. They adorned the walls with stolen Salvador Dali works.

Thu
24
Sep

Pope Champions Radical Catholic Rabble-Rouser Dorothy Day

by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Common Dreams

Pope Francis's much-vaunted comments to U.S. Congress on Thursday included a message of praise for "daughter of this land" Dorothy Day, a radical writer and activist who uplifted the dignity of the poor and was repeatedly jailed for protesting wars, racism, and the denial of women's suffrage.

"In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement," the Pope declared. "Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints."

Francis praised Day as one of four commendable "representatives of the American people"—placing her alongside Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Merton for her commitment to "social justice and the rights of persons."

Thu
24
Sep

Dorothy Day Economics

By Chuck Collins
Institute for Policy Studies
September 24, 2015

It was heartening and surprising to hear Pope Francis lift up the legacy of Dorothy Day in his speech before Congress. “Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints,” said Francis before both houses of Congress.

Perhaps this was the most subversive part of his speech — celebrating a little-known figure and thus reviving interest in what Dorothy Day stood for. And if we truly heed the teachings of Dorothy Day, we would radically transform our society and economy.

I first met Dorothy Day in the kitchen of Mary House, the Catholic Worker soup kitchen on New York City’s Bowery district. More important, I worked for decades along side people deeply shaped by Dorothy in the Catholic worker movement.

Sun
20
Sep

Police Abolition

In the wake of the riot in Ferguson, Baltimore and other U.S. cities over police killing black people, more and more people are talking about cutting back police forces, police powers, police budgets and more. People are also talking about a more radical solution: police abolition.

The Black Lives Matter movement has focused on showing that American police are violent, out-of-control thugs. There are no good police. The police are racist and they enforce laws in a racist way against black people. They also enforce a racist, white supremacist capitalist system against poor people of color.

The police cannot be reformed. We can do without the police.

 

Analysis

Fri
18
Sep

Notes on the day-to-day activities of the police state

By Arjun Pandava
Slingshot
Issue #118: Spring 2015

“The police occupy our community as a foreign troop occupies territory.” –Huey P. Newton, 1968, Interview from jail.

Fri
18
Sep

Not Our City Anymore

By Longshanks
Slingshot
Issue #118: Spring 2015

1967: If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

2015: If you’re coming to San Francisco, be sure to bring some dollars for your fare.

Thu
10
Sep

To Change Everything US Tour Dates

This Tuesday, our comrades are embarking on a two-month tour of the US, comprising fifty events in twenty-five states. Where our massive outreach project To Change Everything introduces anarchist ideas, on this tour anarchists from three continents will discuss their experiences acting on these ideas in a variety of struggles, movements, and uprisings.

There are still a couple days open in Southern California in late October. If you want to help us book those dates, or you would like to host future CrimethInc. tours anywhere in the world, please contact us at rollingthunder@crimethinc.com.

Sun
30
Aug

Non-Profits and the Pacification of the Black Lives Matter Movement

by Brendan McQuade
CounterPunch
August 14, 2015

Rebellions aren’t simply repressed. They’re pacified. While repression—the iron hand—is useful to terrorize a population into submission, the issues animating a rebellion must be partially redressed—the velvet glove—to forestall a further reaching revolutionary upsurge. The most effective way to defeat rebellion is to blunt its grievances and overtake its leaders. This is precisely what is happening with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Tue
25
Aug

Roads home, beacons and reflections: Katrina 10 years after

by Scott Crow

Ten years? Ten since the storm, ten since the aftermath, ten since disasters- both ecological and economic - continued to devastate too many regions, too many communities since. Ten years rooted in 500 years of oppression in constant ongoing Recovery from communities ravaged by Power and its effects. But also ten since the crack in history opened and people acted-while no one waited for governments to react.

This week behind the scenes, away from the camera images, and far from public view the feelings for so many have been intense and personal. While the media makes spectacle and tries to scratch the surface of the complexities of stories, the horror and aftermath is still in our bones, our hearts and our living memories.

Mon
24
Aug

Reflections on Anarcha-Feminism in Social Movements

Black Rose Federation
July 28, 2015

This past April the Miami local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra (BRRN) collaborated with two other autonomous South Florida groups, One Struggle and Florida Student Union, to present a discussion on anarcha-feminism at Florida International University.

The event offered reflections from the first international Anarcha-Feminist Conference (AFem) in London which a delegation from BRNN attended in October of 2014. BRRN External Secretary Romina Akemi from Los Angeles spoke on her experience at the conference which sparked a discussion on the current state of anarchism and feminism. This conversation illuminated some real differences between the various conceptions of these ideologies which we can use to drive honest discussions about how we should define anarcha-feminism and how we practice it within our insertion work.

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