Facing the situation of political breakdown, economic and social crisis the country, which witnessed an intense and accelerated dispossession of land, territory and natural resources, address the growing precariousness of employment and the rights of workers, the growing exclusion of education systems, to marginalization and the dominant culture that teaches to want economic wealth at all costs to the electoral context and the emergency situation caused by the political-strategic player of the covenant with the criminal capital-that does not solutions to the unprecedented violence that plagues our country and the crisis of the left, we consider necessary to make visible and strengthen the organized peoples and social activists, alternatives exist to bottom, with very different ways of politics: from the people themselves, not bad government, not transnational corporations, without criminal capital, respecting and articulándonos in building decent livelihoods in Autonomy and Freedom.
The impossible is a closed universe. Nevertheless, we possess the key to it and, as we’ve suspected for millennia, its door opens on a field of infinite possibilities. More than ever, this field belongs to us, to explore and cultivate. The key is neither magic nor symbolic. The ancient Greeks called it “poetry,” from the verb poiein, to construct, to fashion, to create.
Today, Thursday May 3, 2012, the Portland Police Bureau arrested 25-year-old Byran Michael Wiedeman on seventy-two counts of criminal mischief related to an investigation into multiple bank and ATM vandalisms in Portland. Officers served a search warrant today at 6104 North Mississippi Avenue, where Wiedeman and 4 others were squatting. Wiedeman was arrested while 4 others at the residence were detained and released at the scene.
American anarchists haven't experienced this much positive public attention since the euphoria and aftermath of N30 in Seattle. We also haven't been this embattled since then; once again it's open season on anarchists of all stripes, and from all directions, including attacks coming from other oppositional figures. These are among the more insidious obstacles to a world without cops ordering us around, bosses exploiting our labor, and bureaucrats managing our struggles.
This week's show features a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Noys, editor of a new book entitled "Communisation and its Discontents". Communisation theory evolved out of post-68 ultra-left communism and today is being explored and promoted by authors and activists and in journals like Riff-Raff, Theorie Communiste, End Notes, Sic and Tiqqun.
The anti-capitalist march is leaving from the end-location of the permitted Mayday mach happening earlier that day: the MLK Center in Old Fourth Ward. The anti-cap march will be heading back downtown, into the financial and shopping district. The march will take place around 1:15pm.
Since the 29th of March, three people have been in preventive detention. One of these, Javi, was arrested in the morning as he participated in an informative picket in the Clot neighborhood, while Isma and Dani were arrested in a picket in Zona Universitària.
The Portland Action Lab's Feb 29th march to “Shut Down the Corporations!” (F29) was picked up by over 70 cities, making waves across the country. Here in Portland, roughly 1,000 people responded and showed up in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, to march through downtown streets for over three hours in the cold rain. F29 reinforced that the best lessons of the last three months, our unapologetic defiance of established institutions - the courts, political parties, the police, and even trade unions and nonprofits - has been our greatest strength. This defiance has rallied thousands to our side in a manner that the past fifteen years of protests, marches, and symbolic actions have largely failed to do.
I have recently been to a couple of assemblies related to the things that we are trying to do through Reclaim the Fields on these islands and thought it may be useful to offer a little feedback about the main themes of the gatherings and what routes to action emerged. The assemblies were the Reclaim the Fields European assembly in Turin, Italy (29th feb - 4th march) and the Lets Liberate Diversity conference hosted by the Scottish Crofting Federation (9 - 11th march). I hope you find these few notes useful, please get in touch if you want to open a deeper conversation on these topics.