In the early morning of August 1st, a group of anti-colonial anarchists took out all the windows to the Tucson office of G4S. This action was taken in solidarity with those surviving and struggling in Occupied Palestine and also as a strike against border enforcement on Occupied Tohono O'odham land in southern Arizona. It is also a gesture of solidarity to those planning on blocking Israeli commercial ships from docking in Oakland on August 2nd.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that in general our culture is an extremely morbid one, overly obsessed with death, violence and the macabre. Even in the radical community we often fail to spend enough time celebrating life; we also fall well short of paying sufficient attention to what is needed to promote and sustain both life itself and a good quality of life.
For residents in West Papua, life is often characterized by widespread violence and intimidation from the state. In fact, the total true population of West Papua is thought to be closer to several million, when factoring in undocumented indigenous peoples. Recently, a boycott against the Indonesian presidential election achieved widespread resulted in activists being arrested, and 14 being reportedly tortured by the military before being thrown in prison.
In 1871, Karl Marx wrote that governments use war as a fraud, a ‘humbug, intended to defer the struggle of the classes’. In 1914, that fraud was so effective that not only most workers but also most Marxists supported their respective nation’s rush to war. Ever since then, governments have used war to defer class struggle and prevent revolution. But this strategy cannot last forever.
On September 13th The TORCH antifascist network is holding their first annual conference in Chicago via south side Chicago ARA. This conference has 2 parts; a private portion for those within the TORCH network and a public portion open to all antifascists. The public day is going to be on September 13th and will consist of workshops/speakers followed by an antifascist show. We are inviting any and all antifascists to come out and network, see speakers, see bands, and grab literature.
Pizzeria Anarchia is a Squat in Vienna. Our house. For over 2 years we give our hopes and dreams to the Pizzeria Anarchia. We lived here together, sharing in our troubles and love. We’ve had discussions, workshops, community kitchen, actions and resistance against the unbearable status-quo of present day mainstream society and state. For 2 years now we have lived without a contract; we are still against entering into one. This condition is of course not accepted by Austrian law, hence an attempt to evict us will be made on 28.07.2014.
Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulleshave published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole. The book's co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as "la tragique histoire des Trois d'Angola" (the tragic story of the Angola 3).
The war on the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip continues for the thirteenth day. Demonstrations against Israel war mongering continue both in Israel and around the world. All that Israel wants in this war it initiated is the thwarting of the Palestinian unity government and curbing the peace agreements it might speed up. The danger of the surrender of Hamas to the Palestinian Authority in the heel of its economic crisis resulted from the actions of the new Egyptian government, seriously threatening the project of splitting the Palestinians - Israel invested in it extraordinary efforts. Only a total collapse of Hamas rule in Gaza scares Israel more than it. However, internal reasons within Israel force it to introduce the war intended to stabilize the Hamas rule in Gaza and preventing its surrender to the Palestinian Authority as a war against the Hamas and not as price paid to obstruct Palestinian unity.
Ecotopia Biketour is an eco-mobile and do-it-yourself community that has been practicing aspects of activism, alternative ways of organizing and sustainable living throughout different areas of Europe for over 20 years. The Biketour is for anyone interested in DIY, environmentalism, activism, veganism, community life and learning experientially from cultures, from challenges, and from each other. Ultimately, it is whatever you make of it! You are the Biketour!
The Bad Egg Books Infoshop (aka Eugene Infoshop) is based out of the Boreal, a volunteer-run, all-ages music venue in Eugene, Oregon. The Boreal started in January 2014 and since late May/early June, Bad Egg Books Infoshop has been a work-in-progress. We still have work to do, but we figured at this point it would be great to inform the wider community about this project.
As an anarchist who participated in the larger Occupy phenomenon (in my case, Occupy Grand Rapids) I never really followed much of what was happening with Occupy Wall Street in New York City. When the occupations spread across the country, my inspiration came from elsewhere, cities like Oakland, Seattle, and St. Louis seemed to offer more interesting forms of anarchist involvement. By contrast, what I saw coming out of New York City—such as the “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City”—was generally not that exciting. Its political analysis was overly simplified and anarchist ideas were more or less nonexistent.
Amid delicate negotiations that will determine the flow of a third of all U.S. cargo container traffic for the coming months, dozens of longshore workers at two of the country’s busiest ports were ordered back to work Tuesday after they walked off the job in solidarity with a group of fed-up truck drivers. The workers began a strike on Monday to express solidarity with about 120 truck drivers backed by Teamsters Local 848 who claim they are improperly classified by their employers as contract workers. Unlike direct employees, contract workers are typically paid less, bear higher payroll deductions and receive fewer if any benefits than regular employees.
Truck drivers from companies that haul cargo from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach start a two-day strike to protest alleged labor violations in front of Long Beach Container terminal in Long Beach, California April 28, 2014. On Monday a similar strike began, the fourth of its kind in the past year. Reuters/Kevork Djansezian
On the third Friday of every month radicals and activists protest in front of the Israeli consulate in attempt to bring visibility to the plight of occupied Palestine. Due to Israel's recent genocidal rampage (which has left at least 342 people dead over the past 12 days), there was an increased sense of urgency and relevance to the planned protest.
The post-Occupy stagnation of class struggle within the US context is becoming increasingly typified, in this period of ever deepening crisis, by a rather simplistic dual nature. The more radical milieus that emerged in the midst of Occupy, those that precipitated the emergence of a political non-subject, the refusal to enter into an articulable “political” discourse, the intentional lack of “political” demands, etc. have retreated into a period of convalescence, through which hopefully will emerge more critical self-reflection and evaluation of the post-Occupy landscape. On the other hand, the more traditional leftist elements within Occupy, those that felt the need to frame their struggles in purely positive prefigurations (e.g. direct democracy advocates, certain political reforms, calling for political and economic accountability, a tempering of capital – not its abolition) have ushered in a series of reactionary forays back into a politics which grotesquely repeats old narratives of identity politics and/or single-issue reform.
On May 24, hundreds of members of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York, mostly women of all ages, came together to honor the life and struggle of the murdered Zapatista from La Realidad, “Galeano”. For this event, the prominent Mexican feminist, activist and thinker Sylvia Marcos sent her reflections on Being “Jovena” (a young woman) and Zapatista in La Realidad. The women of El Barrio and the Zapatista women of La Realidad are two examples of how women in struggle all over the world are coming together to inspire and learn from each other, and how, in the process, women are transforming the world.
Direct Action Monterey Network has announced the group will be celebrating Bastille Day and launching the Monterey chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross. On Monday, July 14 a launch party will be held on Del Monte Beach in Monterey, and on Tuesday, July 15 a letter writing party will be held to support political prisoners in California's jail and prison systems.