The joint struggle picked a new momentum. On Sunday 11-11-12 the general commanding the center of the west bank declared the Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, and Quaddum locations of joint Friday demos as closed military regions for our activists on Fridays. On Wednesday we expressed our defiance by joining the initiative of the general comity of the local grass root comities. The war on Gaza flared Wednesday afternoon and the anarchists against the wall activists joined the demos in the various locations in Israel.
Direct actions Wednesday organized by the higher comity of the grass root comities involved with the joint struggle. About 20 Israelis of the anarchists against the wall, dozens of internationals and Palestinians from the various villages in blocking main roads built for the settler colonialist. In about half a dozen locations blocking for about half an hour was achieved. State force used tear gas in one location. Angry settler tried in vain to confront the blockers. Two were de-arrested. Non was taken.
We are a group of anarchist fiction writers assembling an anthology of stories to be published in early 2013. The format will be either a short book or a hand-bound zine, dependent on how many submissions we receive and our collective energy to raise money for printing costs. We are striving to distribute the anthology for free or for postage. Because of limited space, we can’t publish everything sent to us - we will review all material respectfully.
We’ve chosen a few broad themes to help along our writing in the group for this anthology: Relationships, Isolation & Pirates. Feel free to interpret these however you wish. We wish to share stories in the anthology that speak to anarchist values, whether explicit or not.
Three men who admitted taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio were sentenced Tuesday to prison terms ranging from eight years to more than 11 years. All three apologized in court.
The alleged ringleader, Douglas Wright, 26, of Indianapolis, received the toughest sentence, 11 1/2 years. He apologized to his family and the community, saying he was an addict and needed help for substance abuse, not just prison.
Brandon Baxter, 20, was given nearly 10 years in prison, and Connor Stevens, also 20, the least involved of the trio, was sentenced to more than eight years by U.S. District Judge David Dowd.
After leaving prison, all will be on supervised release for the rest of their lives.
The judge had ruled last week that the men should be sentenced as terrorists, making them subject to harsher prison terms.
In this period of state-sponsored austerity and suppression of resistance there is a great need for criminologists to speak out and act against state violence, state-corporate crime, and the growth of surveillance regimes and the prison-industrial complex. Criminologists also have a role to play in advancing alternatives to current regimes of regulation and punishment. In light of current social struggles against neo-liberal capitalism, and as an effort to contribute positively to those struggles, the Critical Criminology Working Group at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver has initiated the journal Radical Criminology. We hope you will enjoy our first issue and find it to be a useful resource.
The present period represents an era of state capitalist offensives against the working classes and oppressed globally. It is played out in specific local maneuvers but is global in character. The main thrusts are austerity policies mean to break the infrastructures and resources on which the working classes and oppressed rely and to weaken possibilities for resistance and make people desperate and despairing. Conditions of austerity are effected through social and economic policies that limit the rights of workers on the labor market and at work and which remove alternatives to waged labor (such as welfare or low cost education).
1. Your assessment of the Occupy movement was very positive. What is the overall perception you have of this movement today? What is left of Occupy?
There is not much left of the Occupy movement as such — almost all the encampments were destroyed in November or December 2011 and virtually no new ones have emerged. On the other hand, the movement was in no way “defeated.” With few exceptions, the people arrested were quickly released and totally exonerated. The elimination of the encampments simply had the effect of forcing the participants onto other, more diverse terrains of struggle. Countless people all over the country continue to meet regularly, to network with each other and to carry out all sorts of actions — picketing banks, disrupting corporate board meetings, blocking home foreclosures, protesting environmental policies (Monsanto, Tar Sands Pipeline, fracking, etc.), in addition to more specifically “occupy” type actions such as attempting to take over and reopen schools and libraries that have been closed and abandoned, or “Homes Not Jails” attempted takeovers of vacant housing to provide dwellings for homeless people. One of the most interesting and well planned of these latter types of actions, “Occupy the Farm,” took place just a few blocks from my home last April, when ecological activists took over a large plot of vacant urban land and turned it into a community garden, planting more than ten thousand seedlings in the space of a few days. The gardener-occupiers were driven out after three weeks, but the agitation continues and has resulted in a temporary victory against a planned commercial development.
A sound system blasted anti-police/anti-state music at the prison's ominous facade while prisoners pressed their bodies to the frosted windows and flicked their cell lights on and off. Outside, people screamed and pounded on pots and pans.
Some pigs were on the roof ogling us and taking photos and some other pigs stood between the demo and the prison. Generally the pig presence was lower than this author expected.
Though it is difficult to ascertain the effects of a noise demo from the outside, we do know that today we temporarily broke the through isolation of caged life. We hope that our presence added fuel to the anger festering inside that prison. And even if they couldn't hear us themselves, word will surely get to Matt and Kteeo.
Prisons are one of the most disgusting ideas that rich, powerful people have thought up, and the choices that have been made by those that are staying silent, as well as those refusing to apologize or beg for mercy in the face of state repression, are god damn fucking inspiring.
So much love to Matt, KteeO, Maddy, and all the silent ones, as well as Mandy, Alex, Kelly, George and all you astoundingly beautiful Southern Ontario rebels.
-A pissed off small town anarchist.
Once we numbered around 25, we made our way toward the 16th Street Mall, carrying black flags, bucket drums, pots, pans and a boombike blaring hip hop. On the way, and through the night, statements of grand jury resisters and other words of support were shared via megaphone to the spectators downtown this Friday night. Noise was made, mall scenery was banged on, and nearly a thousand leaflets were passed out to fellow snitch-haters both outside and inside of businesses, in outright defiance of the Downtown Denver Partnership's no flyering without a permit ordinance.
It is a Western concept that has been very effectively ‘globalized’.
It’s earliest beginnings can be traced to Parmenides who said, essentially; “There are only two choices, EITHER ‘is’ OR ‘is not’ and once we have established ‘what is’, there is no point in further discussing ‘what is not’.” Parmenides added that while we mere mortals can never make up are mind and are always going with the fuzzy logic of both ‘is’ and ‘is not’ at the same time, the Gods would never have it that way. Parmenides was referring to the worldview of those like his contemporary Heraclitus, that saw opposites as being conjugate aspects of the same thing;
"We step into and we do not step into the same rivers. We are and we are not."
-Cell of July 21st
Its easy to attack it really is!
We first learned of and became interested in this book, published in February 1977 under the title Lettere agli eretici: Epistolario con i dirigenti della nuova sinistra italiana (“Letters to the Heretics: Correspondence with the Leaders of the New Italian Left”), because we had read somewhere that it was written by the former situationist Gianfranco Sanguinetti. But this information turned out to be false. Though Sanguinetti is friends with its real author (who was active in Italy’s para-situationist milieu in the early 1970s), and though the book itself is strongly influenced by Sanguinetti’s Truthful Report on the Last Chances to Save Capitalism in Italy (1975), it was actually written by Pier Franco Ghisleni.
Like the Truthful Report, which was first published under the pseudonym of “Censor,” Ghisleni’s book was originally presented as the work of Enrico Berlinguer, then the Secretary General of the Italian Communist Party (ICP). Following a tradition originally established by Paul of Taurus in his letters to the Corinthians, these eight letters were addressed to eight different people (or organizations) that were “heretics” with respect to the dogmas of the ICP: Marco Panella, a member of the Radical Party; Goffredo Fofi, a Left-wing film critic; Adele Faccio, a radical feminist; Angelo Pezzana, a homosexual-rights activist; an unnamed member of a group that engaged in armed struggle (possible Renato Curcio, founder of the Red Brigades); Andrea Valcarenghi, an advocate for the use and legalization of drugs; Antonio Negri, a founder of the Workers’ Autonomy group; and the Metropolitan Indians, an environmentally-conscious and amorphous protest group.
Revolutionary Banner Hang in Downtown Tempe Against the Anarchist Witch Hunt In Support of Matt and Kteeo
It is not clear whether this defiant action is connected with the previous banner launch which propelled all Downtown Tempe militant organizations to new levels of media virality on Christopher Columbus Day. The Farmer Avenue and Wilson street action groups are currently discussing any possible counter revolutionary response from the Downtown Tempe Soviet already on the verge of rebellion after the last successful propaganda situation.
Long Live Matt and Kteeo
Defeat the northwest grand jury
Free all prisoners
Down With the Tempe Soviet
An open letter to anarchists (and others) in Melbourne (and other places) who feel under attention from the state; or, “Please Don’t Talk To The Cops”
First of all: you have our solidarity. We know that feeling surveilled and monitored can be a very real trauma, and we know that those feelings don’t just disappear though the ‘correct’ political analysis or through macho bravado.
We have no interest in singling out anyone or any group for condemnation. However, these recent events, and the conversations around them, have emphasised to us the importance of creating a strong collective culture in which we refuse to speak with ASIO or the cops: not matter how innocent the circumstances might seem. Even when we’re under pressure – and we’re always under pressure – we need to be able to deal with debates and conflicts without creating unnecessary divisions between ourselves.
It’s precisely because things don’t seem to have gone too badly on this occasion when people chose to speak with ASIO that it’s important to raise a critique of ever talking to them and to point out the dangers of becoming complacent around this. It seems necessary to re-iterate why ‘don’t talk’ should be a general political principle.
A few years back I spent some time in the San Franscisco Bay area and had the privilege of hanging out at the Long Haul infoshop located in Berkeley, California. The infoshop hosted discussions about various radical topics and had a large library and meeting space where meals were occasionally served. Zines, books, and novel t-shirts were sold there to help make ends meet. And, of course, the Slingshot newspaper was published there along with the Slingshot organizer (which is distributed broadly at many other infoshops and independent bookstores). And, I'm sure, many of the things I've described still take place there.
However, it should be noted that the tone, tenor, and direction of the space (and particularly its publication) has undoubtedly fluctuated somewhat over the years. This is to be expected of such a public institution (as the prominent issues of the day change and those involved with the space come and go – bringing and taking various qualities or points of focus). And, when the space was raided in 2008, that undoubtedly shook things up. Since that incident... I imagine a certain hard-core has probably stayed away from the infoshop while undercover operatives have possibly filled the void or, at the very least, continued their presence. In any case, a tamer crowd has probably comprised more of the community since the raid.
With those things in mind, I'd like to make at clear that it is not my intention here to outright condemn the Long Haul. It may still be serving as very valuable resource within the broader anarchist milieu. But I must express my general disappointment with the latest issue of Slingshot (issue #111, Autumn 2012). And, with that disappointment, I must wonder who is hanging out at the Long Haul and what the community surrounding the space is like these days.
Ann Hansen is a former member of Direct Action, an underground anarchist group active in the 1980s, who presently lives as a writer, farmer and public speaker in the Kingston area. On August 3, 2012, Ann was arrested and had her parole suspended for ‘unauthorized associations and political activity’ in the context of growing anti-prison organizing in Kingston, Canada’s prison capital. Ann, with the advice of her lawyer, chose to not publicize her arrest until after her parole hearing. On October 30, the Parole Board canceled her parole suspension and released her on stricter conditions. This is her first public statement regarding her arrest and imprisonment.
Below: a simple narrative
Was it real, or was it an oneiric fantasy?
Normally we can measure our reality to the dreams by comparing the vividness. But after now, such lines are blurred. Irrelevant. If, or when, dreams become as vivid as reality, or reality streaks and films at the borders… you begin at first to question whether you are awake, and then after so long you just don’t care anymore. Where does lucidity end, and will begin? When does will turn into instinct? When can the luxury in life erode to survival, and then what is it when survival is better sustenance than what now were the trappings of a life hardly had? What does the quality of the bed determine the colors of a dream?
Fear is the mind killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
-Frank Herbert, Dune
As part of the days of solidarity with grand jury resisters in the US, on the morning of Friday 16th November we hung a banner on the Merri Parade train overpass which read "SOLIDARITY WITH GRAND JURY RESISTERS IN THE USA, ACAB". In addition to that and in reference to this article (http://anarchistnews.org/content/asio-hassling-australian-anarchists-lea...) we wrote "DON'T TALK TO ASIO" on the front of the Melbourne Anarchist Club, and a huge "SHH! DON'T TALK TO COPS" on the Merri Creek bike path.
November 19 also marks 6 months that the NATO 5 have been held at Cook County Jail on trumped up terrorism charges. Three of them have a hearing that morning, which some supporters will attend after the rally.
**PLEASE EXPECT CAMERAS AND DRESS ACCORDINGLY**
Athens, the Revolutionary Struggle trial: Statement of anarchist Jean Weir to the terror court of Korydallos 10/09/2012
Jean Weir is a insurrectional anarchist from the UK who was invited by the members of RS to speak at their trial, which of course they chose to make into a 'trial' of the state and the capitalist system. Jean's publishing/distribution project Elephant Editions has a website here: http://www.elephanteditions.net/
INTERNATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY SOLIDARITY & INSURRECTIONAL GUERILLA STRUGGLE
SOLIDARITY WITH THE MEMBERS AN CO-ACCUSED OF THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE CASE
HONOR FOREVER TO FALLEN FIGHTER LAMBROS FOUNDAS