But pacifism is not the only dimension that this would apply to, anarchists in general have this zealous notion of the purity of the political. They are dismissive of anybody who defines themselves as being part of a national liberation movement, without examining that movement in any coherent way. When someone sits down and talks with them about it, well then their objections evaporate. But they won’t abandon the purity of whatever the particular posture is that they’re occupying long enough to become effective.
Authorities in the United Kingdom want Google, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to help them track down terrorists and their sympathizers. The Islamic State publishes many of its beheading videos to social media, and officials are seeking to use the group’s penchant for propaganda against it, according to The Independent.
Anarchists are some of the most interesting people out there—we wreak havoc in the streets, we innovate new social phenomena like Occupy and Twitter, and we participate in some downright bizarre subcultures. So, it should be no surprise that anarchists, and our projects, continually make the news.
We are following a breaking situation here in Kansas City where 10 agents with Homeland Security arrested (and later released) a local printmaker for allegedly being involved in trademark infringement of the Kansas City Royals logo. They also seized panties from a local custom underwear boutique. The printmaker also made t-shirts for Ferguson protesters. Homeland Security has also been going after other people allegedly infringing on the Royals logo.
Erik Lindquist, via Facebook: "Homeland security sent out 10 officers to fuck with me today for printing a hand drawn KC (apparently if the K touches the C you're screwed). That's right a federal agency created to protect us from terrorism is protecting a god damned corporation instead. Fuck the MLB, Royals can go to hell."
This text was written as an answer to our foreign friends' questions about situation in the Eastern Ukraine and Russian anarchists' attitude towards that. We hope it will be of use to everybody interested in these matters. The situation is complex and controversial and you should understand that the text below does not (and can't) reflect the opinion of all Russian anti-fascists and anti-capitalists. We discussed this within our group, but even here we have a couple of contradicting points of view.
In September 2014 a new school board was elected in Jefferson County, Colorado, which had a very reactionary take on education. The school board officials wanted to do away with anything that made the United States look “bad,” including any reference to slavery and protest movements. These subjects were eliminated or at least deemphasized. In its place the students were to learn “patriotic history,” learning the values of “free enterprise” and respect for law and order. The move to change the history curriculum has been backed by many outside groups including Americans For Prosperity, which is controlled by the Koch Brothers.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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.”
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.