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United Campaign Workers Challenge the Predatory Tactics of Grassroots Campaigns Inc.

LaborThe United Campaign Workers, a project of the Portland IWW, showed the depth of its campaigns as it organized at Grassroots Campaign Inc., where workers are raising money for "progressive" organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Nature Conservancy. The shocking working conditions were matched by union busting tactics against a workplace that saw 100% IWW membership.
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One Month Until the Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair

Announcements

The fifth Anarchist Book Fair in Carrboro, North Carolina is right around the corner, on the weekend of November 22. In this announcement, we offer a preview of the events, presenters, and participants, along with a bevy of new promotional materials. Don’t miss this opportunity to join anarchists and other brilliant, beautiful, and courageous individuals from around the world in strategizing against tyranny and celebrating our collective power.

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Rent is Theft: Issue 1

Announcements

Rent is Theft is different in that it shrugs off popular yet superficial condemnation of the upper-middle-class, and instead focuses on the fundamental social and economic structures that make gentrification possible, and offers radical solutions for a better world. In the first issue we focus on the argument against rent, the history of Bushwick, Brooklyn, the city policies of police violence, and the world we wish to see. Throughout the publication, we seek to make the case for instigating an indefinite rent strike, expropriating property from the landlords, and advocating for the renters taking control of their homes.

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For October 2014 Is Now Available

Prisons

Here is our super duper late political prisoner birthday poster for October. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. This month's poster honors the life and work of Loukaniko, the Greek riot dog, who died this month following health troubles that some people believe stemmed from their repeated exposure to tear gas.

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Marina Sitrin: Societies in Movement – Preventing Evictions

Housing

The housing and economic crisis of 2008 sparked a direct action housing defense movement that has taken off throughout Europe and the US – with each inspiring the other, sharing tactics and information. Spain is the most well known with the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH), described by participants below, but many other countries also have strong movements, and each, while ‘new’, have roots in prior organizing.

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Ebola: Capitalism's War Against Humanity

Anarchist Opinion

The Ebola catastrophe that threatens to be the next deadly pandemic is entirely unleashed by capitalism and will be a holocaust against the poor. It is a product of environmental destruction, overcrowding, hunger and the absence of public health infrastructure - exacerbated by years of war.

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Madrid’s Margaret Thatcher square vandalised less than 24 hours after being unveiled

Direct ActionA NEWLY formed square named in honour of Margaret Thatcher has been vandalised less than 24 hours after it was unveiled in Madrid. Stickers lambasting The Sun newspaper’s role in the Hillsborough disaster have been plastered across the Plaza de Margaret Thatcher.
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Weekend of Protests in Ferguson - Latest From Ferguson #FergusonOctober

This weekend saw a fresh round of protests in Ferguson and St, Louis, Missouri. Organizers dubbed the protests #FergusonOctober. Protesters have been calling for an end to police brutality and justice for Michael Brown and other victims of police violence.

  • St. Louis City Hall now fully occupied by hundreds of protesters with a list of demands.
  • Cops preventing people from getting in city hall.
*Knocked Down: Cornel West Arrested During Ferguson Protests
*St. Louis Protesters Arrested In Convenience Store Parking Lot
*St Louis protests: Ferguson activists reject religious leaders’ platitudes
*Protesters demonstrate in St. Louis area over police shootings of blacks
*Ferguson Protesters March on Campus Ahead of Day of Disobedience
*Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Cornel West speak up for Ferguson at Hip Hop 4 Justice
*Michael Brown's Mother Leads 'Ferguson October' Protest
*Ferguson Protests Decry Black Teens’ Deaths
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“An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States.” My Interview with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Indigenous

As I type these words, we are two days away from “honoring” Columbus and exactly a month has passed since the cries of “never forget” echoed on the 9/11 anniversary. When it comes to honoring and remembering, however, it’s clearly slipped our minds how -- upon encountering the Arawak people in 1492 -- the venerated Mr. Columbus noted that they “would make fine servants,” adding, “with 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

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Columbus: Buff and Ready for Genocide

Imperialism

According to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the estimated pre-1492 population of what is now called the United States ranges from 5 million to 15 million. By the late 1800s, the number of indigenous people was down to 25,000. Such a holocaust is only possible if the long traditional of dehumanization is utilized as a shield of denial. "There is a profound historical legacy in the United States, going back to people like George Washington, for example, describing Indians as ‘wild beasts of the forest’ and ‘savage as the wolf,’” explains Ward Churchill.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Deceptions Began a Long Time Ago

Imperialism

As I witness folks debate and deflect about the behind-the-scenes realities of ISIS, Occupy Central, etc., it depresses me to realize how little of our own history is known or discussed -- even by those far outside the mainstream. As Michael Parenti once declared: “The enormous gap between what U.S. leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology.”

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Act Two: St. Louis Erupts After Another Police Murder

Race

Just after dusk on Wednesday night in St. Louis, a cop killed 18 year-old Vonderitt “Drew” Myers. This is the third incident of cops killing black men in two months – sadly this is not above average. What is above average, though, is people's response to it. Like Mike Brown, there has been debate about whether he was fighting back, whether he was armed, whether stealing cigars or shooting at police is something you should be killed for. To us, this doesn't matter. We are against the police and all that they do.

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Noam Chomsky: Corporate business models are hurting American universities

Deschooling and Education

That’s part of the business model. It’s the same as hiring temps in industry or what they call “associates” at Walmart, employees that aren’t owed benefits. It’s a part of a corporate business model designed to reduce labor costs and to increase labor servility. When universities become corporatized, as has been happening quite systematically over the last generation as part of the general neoliberal assault on the population, their business model means that what matters is the bottom line.

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Alternative Outlook Radio :: Episode 17

Alternative Media

Featuring: A report from the people’s climate march in NYC, commentary from political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, the corporate media trumpets the state’s fabricated terror threat to warrant air strikes on Syria, student organized walk outs in Jefferson county Colorado sparks a significant call out from work by teachers over school board’s attempted whitewashing of curriculum, and we continue our running segments on voices of the houseless in the United States this week with interviews from three single mothers that are houseless and their personal experiences.

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Crisis and Revolt

Anarchist Opinion

Liberals and progressive forces support the Democratic Party in elections, even though humanity is facing a number of interconnected threats and nightmarish catastrophes: economic, ecological/climate, and others. Democratic liberals, while perhaps the "lesser evil" to the Republican reactionaries, have no solutions to the objective dangers which threaten society with great suffering and destruction. The only real alternative is popular mass struggle or defeat--socialist-anarchism or catastrophes.

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Notes on Ferguson, Extractivism, and Global Revolt

Unfortunately, when talking about Ferguson, few people are really talking about gentrification. And if we can't say gentrification and Ferguson in the same breath, we can't look at the bigger problems. The murder of an unarmed black teenager? How about the racialized murder of civil society by the police state and the ongoing destruction of the world that it is bringing about?

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David Graeber: Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?

Middle East

In 1937, my father volunteered to fight in the International Brigades in defence of the Spanish Republic. A would-be fascist coup had been temporarily halted by a worker’s uprising, spearheaded by anarchists and socialists, and in much of Spain a genuine social revolution ensued, leading to whole cities under directly democratic management, industries under worker control, and the radical empowerment of women.

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