Workers! Washington DC. March 16, 2013 three activist from Greek Antifa, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) along with co-sponsors Positive Force, Chesapeake Earth First!, Anarchist Alliance DC Network (AADC) joined together and took the streets of Washington DC to show our support for the Greek working class. The group's first stop was the Greek embassy, where we delivered a letter with our demands. We then marched to the German embassy, followed by a stop at the headquarters of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Everyone knows the world is a mess. There’s starvation and ecocide, racism and sexism. The rich get richer and the poor get dead, all while species go extinct and carbon warms up the air. It’s not surprising that so much of our fiction is as bleak as our future threatens to be.
The revolutionary union the Industrial Workers of the World marked its 100th anniversary in 2005. To mark this event a conference was held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, hosted by the editors (Fred Lee and Jon Bekken) of this useful selection of talks from it. As well as an introduction, this book has ten chapters on a wide range of subjects on something often not much discussed in radical circles, political economy.
Scholars are enchanted by the notion of this anarchic region in Asia. But how real is it? The region of Zomia had not been mapped for very long when people started quarreling over it. Political scientists, historians, geographers, anthropologists, and especially Southeast Asianists. Even a few anarchists weighed in.
The good news is that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is doing its part to make the connections. The bad news is that some—even on the Left—refuse to recognize or appreciate this process. For example, while I consider William Blum a friend and a mentor of sorts, I wasn’t surprised to read that he’s “been reluctant to jump with both feet on the Occupy bandwagon.”
In 1649 at St. George’s Hill in England, as recounted in the revolutionary anthem “The World Turned Upside Down,” a band of landless peasants who called themselves the Diggers tore down enclosures, built themselves cottages, and began spading up land to grow food. Their goal was to set an example for the people of England, to throw off their chains and reclaim their ancient birthright. They were eventually driven off by the local Lord of the Manor, but they survive in memory as heroes in the bloody five thousand year war between those who claim to own the Earth and those who live and work in it.
The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegal imprisoned for 36 years!
The undersigned members of Occupy Vancouver would like to condemn and express our outrage at the actions of an individual who has been representing himself as an official voice of our movement, all the while committing persistent acts of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment are forms of active violence that should not be tolerated within our movement. As stated in our basis of unity: “We are also committed to safeguarding our collective well-being – including safety from interpersonal violence.”
Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police. The occupations were a "brilliant" idea, he says, but now it's time to "move on to the next stage" in tactics. He suggests political organizing in the neighborhoods.
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