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Police Believe Xeros Aided By Italian Anarchists; New Plots Planned

EuropeMainstream media report on the ongoing urban guerrilla struggles in Europe: Greek police believe seven members of Italian anarchist group Federazione Anarchica Informale (Informal Anarchist Federation, FAI) are collaborating with escaped November 17 member Christodoulos Xeros. The group last December claimed responsibility for lacing Coca Cola and Nestle products with hydrochloric acid, prompting product the drinks to be recalled from the Greek market. Police believe the group is hiding the fugitive Xeros and aiding him in plotting new terror attacks across the country.
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Statement from NYC Local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation regarding Cecily McMillan

SolidarityWe 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.
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What if the LGBTQ movement fought for prison abolition rather than same-sex marriage?

Queer

How did the movement get here? What if lesbians oppose war? What if gay men don’t want to expand the prison system? What if marriage doesn’t address poverty? These are some of the questions raised by the Against Equality collective in its new book Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion published this year by AK Press.

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Jeremy Hammond's May Day Message of Solidarity with NATO 3

SolidarityRebel greetings on this year’s May Day international worker and immigrant rights day, commemorated around the world with street marches, strikes, and sabotage against the system that oppresses and exploits us all. After the May 1, 1886 general strike in Chicago, in which workers fighting for the eight-hour day were shot by police, eight anarchist labor organizers were arrested and sentenced to death for a retaliatory bombing none of them had committed. 128 years later and the rich ruling class still maintain their wealth and power through a monopoly of violence, exemplified by the brutal repression of Occupy Wall Street and targeted prosecutions such as the NATO 3, who recently received lengthy prison sentences for yet another fabricated “bomb” plot.
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New book attacks historical image of California's missions

IndigenousThe Bay Area author of an upcoming book shatters the image of California's historic missions as idyllic sites where Franciscan friars and Indians lived in harmony. Speaking before about 100 people Saturday at the American Indian Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz, Elias Castillo, author of "A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions," said in reality the missions were "death camps."
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Statement from “Law and Disorder” Panelists

Anarchist Movement

On May 10, 2014, we attempted to speak on a panel at Law and Disorder entitled, “Informants: Types, Cases & Warning Signs.” This is a subject with which all three of us are only too-well acquainted. It is a subject of utmost importance to us -- both personally and politically. One of us has a partner spending almost 20 years in prison because of an informant. We believe that sharing our experiences with the movements and struggles we are a part of and that we care about deeply can go a long way towards protecting those movements and the people involved in them.

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IWW Picket Violently Attacked -- Call For Full Boycott Of Sisters' Camelot

Human RightsOn May 4th 2014, members of the Twin Cities IWW and supporters withstood a violent and deliberate attack on a picket of Sisters’ Camelot, whose canvass workers went on strike in March of 2013 and have endured vicious union-busting efforts from the organization ever since. After some twenty minutes of peaceful picketing, Sisters’ Camelot supporters organized an escalating series of attacks and attempts to break the picket line, eventually tackling an IWW member to the ground and beating him until other Wobblies pulled them away.
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Solidarity with the Incarcerated Workers of the Free Alabama Movement

PrisonsWe in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have been approached by a group of hundreds of people currently incarcerated in Alabama who are launching a nonviolent prison strike beginning this Sunday April 20th to demand an end to slave labor, the massive overcrowding and horrifying health and human rights violations found in Alabama Prisons, and the passage of legislation they have drafted.
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Palestine-Israel: International Pressure Forcing Sides Towards Compromise

Middle EastThe mounting pressure of world imperial powers is causing a section of Israel capitalist elite to accept the compromise offered by the Palestinian elite. Another section still want to delay the deal either to enjoy the short term gains or to improve the deal. They think that they can delay the settlement till the November election in the US with out any risk. Mean time the creeping transfer efforts continue mainly in the C areas of the occupied west bank and the suppression of Palestinian popular rebellion.
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Seattle May Day 2014: An Anti-Capitalist Tradition!

Anarchist Movement

For the third year in a row, an explicitly anti-capitalist march was called for in Seattle for May Day. This year, there were two, one beginning on Capitol Hill and the other at the Youth Jail in the Central District. The two both began in the early evening and converged together, weaving from the Hill through Yesler Terrace, a site of ongoing gentrification, on through downtown. The march included hundreds of anti-capitalist demonstrators, some masked up, some carrying anarchist banners, and others chanting or yelling at the police. The overall atmosphere was one of celebration as well as antagonism.

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Then They Came for the Juggalos

Art & Revolution

There’s nothing new about music fans being targeted by law enforcement. From the FBI trying to find hidden sexual messages in “Louie, Louie,” harassment of hippies, to the modern-day “hip-hop” cops that listen in on rap songs — the connection between law enforcement and music is well documented. In today’s world, juggalos are now subject to random stops, frisking, and detainment. If they are arrested, they may have further criminal charges pressed against them via gang enhancements and end up spending more time in prison than they would without the gang label. What is happening to juggalos is not surprising. We live in a period of massive government surveillance and repression.

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How Influential Immigrant Rights Group Used Police to Suppress Other Immigrant Rights Activists on May Day

Left

On May Day, a coalition of immigrant rights groups in Illinois called for a massive mobilization to march from Chicago’s Haymarket Square to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch in downtown. They urged people to join the coalition in highlighting how “hard working families” had been separated through deportations and were struggling to provide basic needs. They planned to use the action to call attention to how President Barack Obama could “stop the suffering” caused by the 2 million deportations his administration has carried out. Grassroots groups and individuals unaffiliated with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) showed up to the march at 3 pm, however, and, according to multiple organizers who participated in the march, this message clashed with ICIRR. Parade marshals with the coalition aggressively policed the message and allegedly pointed out individuals they did not want among them to police.

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Protesters shut down Albuquerque city council meeting

Police StateMonday’s meeting of the City Council ended amid shouts and chaos as at least 40 protesters tried to serve a “people’s arrest warrant” on Police Chief Gorden Eden, who left before anyone touched him. “You are walking away from justice,” protester David Correia shouted from the council podium. Council President Ken Sanchez immediately halted the meeting, and most city employees fled the chambers as protesters swarmed the speaker’s podium and took over the dais where councilors sit.
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New Hampshire court allows 'COPSLIE' license plate

Police StateA New Hampshire man has the right to drive around the New England state with a license plate reading "COPSLIE," the state's top court ruled on Wednesday. The state Supreme Court upheld a challenge to Department of Motor Vehicles' rules, finding they were unconstitutionally broad by allowing officials to deny requests for vanity license plates that "a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste."
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Anarchism in the context of civil war

Anarchist OpinionOn Friday, the 2nd of May, the House of Trade Unions in Odessa caught on fire. Altogether at least 42 people lost their lives during the clashes in the city, most of them in the fire and the others in streetfights. There is an excellent Russian language, eyewitness account of the events available here.
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Thomas Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the Scourge of Inequality

Reviews

Socialism and capitalism seem like natural antagonists, but their rivalry is Oedipal. To many, the relationship appears straightforward. Capitalism, they would argue, created the modern industrial working class, which supplied the socialist movement with its staunchest recruits. This story, variations of which reach back to Karl Marx, has been repeated so often that it seems intuitive. But it gets the lines of paternity backward. Capitalism did not create socialism; socialists invented capitalism.

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South Side ARA Annual Zine #5 (2013-2014)

Anti-Racist Action

Welcome to the newest (Fifth!) edition of the South Side Chicago ARA zine. Every year we put together a collection of our updates on local antifascist work and intelligence, as well as a few relevant articles and updates from other sources.

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