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Nine Points on Why it is Necessary to Block Everything

Police State

In a city whose life is based on commerce and exchange of goods, to block all commercial channels means to interrupt normality. You might say: “This will cause discomfort.” We answer that we feel much more discomfort in pretending that this is all normal, that cops murder black teenagers and that banks and multinationals are deciding our future. When insecurity about life is turning into fear. When the final limits of social and environmental devastation are about to be reached.

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5 Myths About Immigrants That Everyone Needs to Stop Telling Immediately

Borders

President Obama will announce a series of executive actions Thursday night that will shield millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission from deportation in the coming months. The president's gesture is important both substantively and strategically, as Republicans continue to grapple with their stance on immigration reform. Due to reform's importance to the growing Hispanic voting bloc, the GOP's response will impact the party over future election cycles.

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Whole Foods Concedes To IWW Demands To Increase Wages!

Labor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A fledgling union of workers at the South of Market Whole Foods in San Francisco used workplace actions to compel Whole Foods management to implement a $1.25 per hour wage increase for those employees at the lowest wage tier.

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Obedience is the True Character Flaw

Dissent

If you publicly dissent from and act against prevailing United States orthodoxies and the reigning US power structure, chances are good you will face personal and/or professional defamation and the charge of psychological unreliability and instability. It will be said that there’s something wrong and untrustworthy about you. You will be demonized, dismissed, and demeaned as a marginal, inappropriate, and hyper-alienated oddball, a maladjusted eccentric no one should take seriously.

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Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders

Practical Anarchy

Librarians Without Borders (LWB) originated as a student project dreamed up by Founder and Co-Executive Director (and my lovely internship advisor) Melanie Sellar, who was then attending library school at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Now coming up on its ten year anniversary, the nonprofit is on a mission to “improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions.”

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Ursula Le Guin: she got there first

Art & Revolution

For the past 54 years, one of the most original imaginations ever to grace American letters has lived in a hundred-year-old house built from a kit. “You could order it out of a catalogue,” says its owner, the writer Ursula K. Le Guin, 85, standing on the porch, peering out at a light Portland, Ore., drizzle. “They probably even sold you the lumber, too.”

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The Truth About Anonymous’s Activism

This past August, as the outcry grew over the killing of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the hacktivist collective Anonymous took up the cause. On August 14, an Anonymous member posted a YouTube video calling for a “National Day of Rage” to protest the shooting. A computerized voice warbled over an ominous Carl Orff–ripoff score: “We call upon the citizens of the United States to collectively gather in support for those who are suffering in Ferguson.” News sites heralded the heroic arrival of Anonymous. Initially, few of these reports noted that the exact time, date and locations of Anonymous’s National Day of Rage corresponded with a previously planned protest, the National Moment of Silence, spearheaded by black feminist blogger Feminista Jones. Jones was dismayed by Anonymous’s attempt to co-opt her peaceful demonstration and the media’s eagerness to help.

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From Occupy to Ferguson

Occupy Wall Street

In early 2011, in response to austerity measures, protesters occupied the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. It was a localized struggle, but it gained traction on the popular imagination out of all proportion to its size. This clearly indicated that something big was coming, and some of us even brainstormed about how to prepare for it—but all the same, the nationwide wave of Occupy a few months later caught us flat-footed.

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Students are right to march against the markets. Why can’t education be free?

Deschooling and Education

There is a certain type of joy only felt the first time one makes history, and you can’t really describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it. Yesterday about 10,000 young people from across the country discovered what it’s like.

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Anarchism: Real Politics or Politics of the Act?

Anarchist Opinion

I’ve been an anarchist for more than half of my life. While I am often charged with being an “armchair anarchist,” the truth is that I spent the greater part of my life on the front lines tossing bricks, building autonomous spaces, and experimenting with different anarchist practices. I’ve been arrested, I’ve hiked the country, I’ve grown gardens, I’ve had dinner parties, I’ve worn black masks, I’ve fought with police officers, I’ve disrupted the meetings of members of the power elite, and I’ve participated in conspiracies against the government, and so on. I write this knowing very well that it marks me as a target.

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The Left’s Self-Destructive Obsession with Shame

Mental Health

Unfortunately, in the modern left we don’t combat shame, we worship it. Perhaps the most obvious expression of the Left’s present obsession with shame and shaming can be seen in what has been dubbed “call out culture”. The “call out” is a form of shaming — which intentionally labels an individual as fundamentally bad — and is a deeply toxic tendency in the Left. Flavia Dzodan, writing for Tiger Beatdown, describes this dynamic.

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Clashes end Belgian unions' first major protest against new government

Europe

(Reuters) - Belgian police and a few hundred protesters, including many dockers, clashed in central Brussels on Thursday after a largely peaceful march against reforms and cost-cutting measures of the new centre-right government. Several cars were overturned or set on fire and assorted projectiles thrown at the lines of police, who responded with pepper spray and water cannon. Police finally cleared the area with a charge late in the afternoon.

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Aleksandr Kolchenko: I am not a terrorist. I am a citizen of Ukraine

Europe

Aleksandr Kolchenko from Crimea, one of the Lefortovo prisoners, celebrates his birthday at the end of November. The Crimean anti-fascist and social activist could never probably imagine spending this day in such a place. However, the occupation of Crimea changed his life: on May 16, Sasha, known among friends as “Tundra”, was arrested in Simferopol by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, accused of participation in sabotage and terrorist group of the Right Sector and soon convoyed to Moscow.

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Albert Woodfox's Overturned Conviction Upheld in Unanimous 5th Circuit Ruling

Prisons

We are thrilled and honored to announce that just hours ago, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brady's 2013 ruling overturning Albert's conviction for a third time in a 3-0, unanimous decision (view a PDF of the official court ruling here).

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War, War, War …and the only real solution

Anarchist Opinion

It’s extremely rarely that we anarchists would agree with the Pope but this recent pronouncement is accurate enough: "We are discarding an entire generation to maintain an economic system that can't hold up any more, a system that to survive, must make war, as all great empires have done. But as a third world war can't be waged, they make regional wars...they produce and sell weapons, and with this, the balance sheets of the idolatrous economies, the great world economies that sacrifice man at the feet of the idol of money, are resolved..."

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Farewell Sam Mbah

Africa

We send our condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Sam's. Some of us met Sam when, on very short notice, hastily organized his US tour some years ago. We reflect back on the key and pivotal role Sam and the Awareness League played in Enugu State, Nigeria in the struggle against the then military dictatorship of Abcha.

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South Africa: Election Circus: Zuma not the problem, the whole system is rotten

Africa

2014’s national and provincial election circus saw the ANC retain its big majority. Two opposition parties – DA and EFF – grew; the rest fell sharply. Over 13 million never voted, more than the total who voted for the ANC and far more that voted EFF (1 million) or DA (4 million). Four out of ten youth (18-29 year olds) did not even register.[1]

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