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Tuesday, July 22 2014 @ 06:21 AM CDT

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Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge

Practical Anarchy

Last month PM Press published the Debt Resisters' Operations Manual —also known as “the DROM.” But don’t let that menacing-sounding acronym fool you: this is a book written in plain English and filled with tips and tactics for dealing with debt.

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For June 2014 Is Now Available

Prisons

June 11th is the international day of solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie Mason, and all long-term anarchist prisoners. There's still time to organize something in your town. You can find more info on organizing an event and what has happened in previous years here.

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Soldiers NO MORE in the War Against Women

Feminism

There is a war against women, and men and boys are trained everyday to be the soldiers. Misogynist violence isn’t the biological imperative of men. Misogyny, the worldview that engenders, validates, and normalizes violence against women, is beaten into boys and woven into the fabric of “successful masculinity”.

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French cigarette workers hold bosses hostage in threatened Imperial Tobacco factory

Labor

Five executives have been held in a cigarette factory in western France since Wednesday afternoon. The cigarette manufacturer, Seita, announced the closure of the factory last month. Workers want to be paid some or all of their salaries for the days they have been on strike, a common arrangement in France where unions do not have strike funds, according to union representative Pascal Brochard.

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600 Evicted in Calais, Resistance and Occupation

Borders

Today (Wednesday 28th) more than 300 police descended on Calais (Northwest France) to evict three tent camps in the city centre which have existed since last October: the «Syrian camp», which was set up following the occupation of the port, the «Eritrean camp» under the bridge, which was established after the eviction of their squat, also in October, and a smaller camp close to the food distribution. Together these places were home to around 650 people in Calais.

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“Small Town” Anarchists zine

Anarchist Movement

Anarchists nowadays are transient people, usually looking to move to the next cool place: Oakland, Seattle, Montreal, etc. Many of us want to be somewhere where ‘shit’s going down’, or at least where there’s a large pool of fellow weirdos to befriend, date, and develop ideas with. While this is understandable, and we are not trying to lay some kind of moral judgment on people who move to the Bay, there is an obvious effect to this: small towns and cities without active scenes become deserts of anarchist activity.

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Noam Chomsky: Edward Snowden, the World's "Most Wanted Criminal"

The State

In the past several months, we have been provided with instructive lessons on the nature of state power and the forces that drive state policy. And on a closely related matter: the subtle, differentiated concept of transparency.

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How to be a woman in a band for over 15 years and still like it

Culture

There’s an article on Vice/Noisey which has been making the internet rounds lately about being a lady in a band. I have mixed feelings about even mentioning the article, because I don’t want to belittle the author’s experiences and feelings, but it’s definitely important context. Reading it, and some of the reactions and commentary around it, got me thinking about how I might write something similar.

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China waste incinerator protest turns violent

A demonstration against a planned waste incineration plant by thousands of residents near China’s scenic city of Hangzhou turned violent on Saturday, with police vehicles set on fire and injured protesters taken to hospital. Incineration plants have sparked protests in many of China’s wealthiest cities over the past decade, as the amount of waste generated rises.

People walk past a damaged police vehicle lying on a road after residents clashed with police during a protest in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, on May 11 2014. At least 39 people were injured on May 10 during a protest against plans to build a waste incinerator in eastern China, state media reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO©AFP

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Marcos is Gone! Between the light and the shadow.

North AmericaCompañera, compañeroa, compañero: Good evening, afternoon, or morning, whichever it may be in your geography, time, and way of being.Good very early morning. I would like to ask the compañeras, compañeros and compañeroas of the Sixth who came from other places, especially the compañeros from the independent media, for your patience, tolerance, and understanding for what I am about to say, because these will be the final words that I speak in public before I cease to exist. I am speaking to you and to those who listen to and look at us through you.
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Military counter-intelligence unit monitored Elsipogtog anti-fracking protests: documents

Spying on YouThe Canadian military used its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October’s RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick in preparation for the eventuality the situation went “sideways,” according to internal document obtained by APTN National News. Senior officers with Joint Task Force Atlantic, which is headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to assess who was leading the protests locally and the reaction protests planned across the country following the Oct. 17, 2013 raid, according to the documents, including email, released under the Access to Information Act.
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Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea

Climate ChangeAs the Arctic ice melt accelerates due to climate change it could release more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next decade, possibly posing a major threat to marine life, a new scientific report said. The report, titled “Global Warming Releases Microplastic Legacy Frozen in Arctic Sea Ice,” said ice in some remote locations contains at least twice as much plastic as previously reported areas of surface water such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an area of plastic waste estimated to be bigger than the state of Texas.
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Ricardo Flores Magón and the Anarchist Movement in Southern California

Anarchist Movement

"Forward, comrades! Soon you will hear the first shots; soon the shout of rebellion will thunder from the throats of the oppressed...Land and Liberty!" These were the prophetic words of the Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón printed in Regeneración, the bilingual, anarchist newspaper published by the Magón brothers and their comrades, on November 19, 1910-just one day before the Mexican Revolution began to radically transform world history. Decades later, the Zapatistas would shout these words of rebellion as they occupied San Cristóbal de las Casas in early 1994 in defiance of NAFTA and the neoliberal order. Nevertheless, Magón, one of the chief intellectual and political precursors to the Mexican Revolution, made this declaration not in Mexico, but in the United States, where he had been living in exile since 1903 due to his radical activities.

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Squat demolition called off after four nights of rioting in Barcelona

Direct ActionBarcelona city hall has called off plans to demolish and redevelop a squatted building in one of the city’s poorest districts after four nights of violent protests. Authorities said on Friday that they would halt demolition plans and attempt to reach a peaceful solution after widespread outrage at the forced eviction of Can Vies, a public building that has been occupied by leftist groups for 17 years. Confrontations between protesters and police continued on Thursday after crowds gathered to demonstrate in the Sants district for a fourth consecutive night.
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Looking Beyond the Minimum Wage

Labor

Of course we should absolutely raise the minimum wage. We should raise it in our cities, towns, states and federally. We should use any public entity that has the authority to raise the bottom — like for federal, state and local contracts — and we should then demand that private companies follow suit. Morality, decency and basic economics all call for lifting the wages of the lowest paid workers.

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Intersectionality isn’t just a win-win; it’s the only way out

Practical Anarchy

In 2012, the Pachamama Alliance, a U.S.-based organization working in partnership with indigenous Achuar people in Ecuador, published a meme showing two native men discussing a new “scientific discovery”: the fact that our world is deeply interconnected. The joke, of course, is the idea that these scientists could “discover” a concept that is age-old wisdom for indigenous peoples across the world. I was delighted by the two-fold genius of the cartoon, the way it both highlights the importance of understanding the world we live in while pointedly calling out the dangers of cultural and intellectual appropriation.

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The Lakota vow to die rather than let the KXL pipeline pass

Indigenous

The Oglala Lakota and activists of the American Indian Movement have taken a vow that the only way the KXL Pipeline will pass through South Dakota is if they are dead or in prison. This vow was taken back on Feb. 27, Liberation Day, an event to commemorate the infamous 1890 massacre of Native people by U.S. soldiers.

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