Dear JennVicious, are anarchist lazy, or just the ones I know? I know that anarchism has a long history of people doing hella (Emma Goldman, Sasha Berkman, Howard Zinn, and a half dozen others come to mind). If anarchists were not so myopically focused on their fucked up romances, disfunctional co-op houses, shitty jobs, and vegan lifestyles, we'd already be in the midst of the rev. I know capitalism is hard and that the rev begins with our personal relationships, but WTF? -- Still Waiting - Anonymous
Dear Still Waiting,
Sorry it took me so long to respond. I was busy taking care of myself after having some drama where one of my housemates convinced my partner to eat meat behind my back. No, I’m just kidding about that.
Obviously, I don’t think anarchists are actually lazy (being an incredibly busy anarchist myself.) I do, however, think that anarchists are just people, and people have their flaws. And, anarchists in this country are people socialized into a lot of ridiculous expectations and meaningless work-ethics based on monetary rewards and social prestige. Sometimes when you take those things away from someone, there is a period of readjustment, of finding a new reason to be motivated to do things.
“Activism Now Terrorism?” — TV Interview with Abby Martin
Huge thanks to Abby Martin for having me on her show this week to talk about grand juries targeting anarchists and animal rights activists. We also looked at how this fits into the broader political climate and legislation like the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Martin has been following these issues closely, and I think it made for a good discussion. Hope you like it too. Video after Read More
Hello Friends and Comrades,
Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for November. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. We’re still experimenting with the format a little, so this month is also a double sided 11×17 that can also be used as a poster to promote your local letter writing night.
The NC Latin King’s trial is underway. The best news source we’ve found so far on the Latin Kings’ trial is on the YES! Weekly Blog. So far they have been updating it daily. The ALKQN support page has been updating weekly with analysis of the trial as well. Also, writing letters of encouragement would be super helpful right now. You can find their mailing addresses here.
Some new developments have happened with the North West Grand Jury Resisters. Including one more new subpena. Green is the New Red has posted all of the updates on their blog. Also, Kteeo has sent a very sweet and heart warming public letter to all her supporters.
A man emerged from the large pile of rubble. An entire 3-story building had collapsed on top of him. Surely, he was lucky to be alive, and walked away with hardly a scratch on him. His interaction with firefighters at the scene was telling. Aside from the single firefighter who gave a hand to help him out from beneath the rubble, they seemed entirely disinterested in the man’s health and well-being.
Or perhaps, it was that they were simply incredibly perplexed, stunned as to what they had just witnessed. The man was inside an evacuated home when it collapsed on him, the entire neighborhood had been ordered to evacuate. There are no reports of this man receiving any medical attention, only of him being taken straight to a police vehicle, and immediately arrested under suspicion of looting.
Is there no alternative? Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist realism, criticises neo-anarchism and outlines his perspectives
Capitalist realism, to sum it up briefly, can be seen as both a belief and an attitude. It is a belief that capitalism is the only viable political/economic system, and a simple restatement of the old Thatcherite maxim, “There is no alternative”.
People like Paul Mason have been saying that since 2011 there has been an upsurge in global militancy, including a number of uprisings, and this represents the end of capitalist realism. But that is clearly not the case. It is true that the major crisis of capitalism from 2008 led to a situation where capital has never been weaker ideologically in my lifetime, and as a result there is widespread disaffection, but the question is why nevertheless capitalist realism still exists.
Whatever caused it, it is now clear that authority doesn’t play. This rebellion is not a game. And now it is time to ask yourselves if you are all in or if its time to retreat to a more suitable place to reexamine your purpose. Because those in authority are indeed quite clear that you are just as willing as they are to ‘use’ human beings to gain territory, regardless of what happens to that human being.
Good work kiddies, you have become your parents.
On October 25, 2012 a fifth subpoena was served to Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer to appear before the federal grand jury on November 7, 2012.
On October 25th, the day before my 23rd birthday, two FBI agents wearing ill-fitting khakis and too much gel in their hair, served me a subpoena for 9am on November 7th. I knew my fate right away: 18 months in SeaTac Federal Detention Center. Matt, Kteeo and Leah have all been imprisoned for their refusal and I will be the next. Despite the urgings of lawyers, agents and judges, I only have one option: non-cooperation. Any other option is unthinkable.
I am being asked to testify before a Grand Jury on November 7th and will likely be detained on that date for refusing to cooperate. The vultures of the state will try to imprison my comrades and me until we give in. We will never give in.
The following introductory essay, as well as the two poems that follow it, has been drawn from “The Insurrectionary Turn,” a portfolio of new political poetry curated by Joshua Clover, which appears in the November print of The American Reader.
The Insurrectionary Turn
by Joshua Clover
A nineteenth-century British, twentieth-century West Indian, or a twenty-first-century Chilean poet would be confounded to hear that recent U.S. poetry has been wearing its politics on its sleeve overmuch. And yet that very allegation pervades American culture. Sometimes it arrives as a more-or-less sophisticated case for the autonomy of art: for preserving an undistricted space of imagination that is thereby one of political possibility. Sometimes it is little more than bourgeois ressentiment, an attempt to turn the truth of the era’s political closure into a desirable aesthetic. You would think that the last three or four decades of American poetry were mired in a dull political didacticism against which we needed to be defended. In truth, said poetry (of the published and sanctioned kind) has pursued almost anything else, with historic zeal. Every poet claims a politics; political content, not so much.
Aims and definitions
The purpose of this paper is to outline a class struggle anarchist analysis of Privilege Theory. Many of us feel “privilege” is a useful term for discussing oppressions that go beyond economic class. It can help us to understand how these oppressions affect our social relations and the intersections of our struggles within the economic working class. It is written by members of the women’s caucus of the Anarchist Federation. It does not represent all our views and is part of an ongoing discussion within the federation.
Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective: An Epic Tale Past the Point of No-Return
When I began reading Black Flags and Windmills (PM Press 2011), by scott crow, my imagination was sparked by the power of scott crow’s commitment to radical organizing. There is a sense of no return that pervades this deep and intense work. In passionate and effusive prose, crow describes the nature of Hurricane Katrina’s impact as well as organizing efforts to support communities of color and poor people in the Algiers neighborhood. But crow lends an equal amount of time to exploring the logistical aspects of organizing, and how they relate to an unshakable faith in anarchism. For the fascinating and courageous insight into strong, though radical in its self-critique, anarchist praxis, Black Flags and Windmills has become a classic in the genre of non-fiction, and an important tool for folks today working in the context of rising cats-tastrophy (hint, hint, Hurricane Sandy…).
Superstorm Sandy and New York City’s Dark Recovery, or, Things to be Seized during the Coming Insurrection
Superstorm Sandy and New York City's Dark Recovery,
Things to be Seized during the Coming Insurrection
1. NYU's Power Plant
New York University, the city's third largest landowner, is currently running on its own separate power grid. On the night of the blackout, nearly all of its properties dotting Manhattan's Greenwich Village were lit up and they remain so tonight, even though many are empty—save perhaps the tortured souls of all the slaves who were lynched across the street in Washington Square Park and whose bones are literally the foundation of NYU's vast enterprise.
It's the hip hop they tried to censor.
Sherman is releasing his second long-awaited solo album this month in 2012.
Sherman's first album "SILENCE IS DEFEAT" was released in 2007. Since then he has performed locally and over seas and been involved in a variety of projects. He performs live with a bass guitar adding a new dynamic to live hip hop especially from a solo-artist perspective.
While the radio is flooded with mostly bubblegum repetition from the same handful of artists over and over , Sherman's new album offers a fresh sound of what hip hop still has to offer. A raw, uncompromising, street-dynamic, hard hitting and heavy bass grooving sound with lyrics that bring a resurgence of revolutionary thought.
S 200th St & 26th Ave S, Seatac, WA
Sunday, November 18, 3:30pm
On Sunday, November 18, at 3:30pm there will be a noise demonstration in front of the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in solidarity with imprisoned Grand Jury resisters Matt Duran and Katherine "Kteeo" Olejnik.
Bring banners, loud noise-makers, flyers, and whatever else could be useful. Please send this announcement to listserves and invite your friends.
Matt and Kteeo have been locked away inside the Detention Center since September 13 and September 27, respectively, for refusing to cooperate with a secret federal Grand Jury investigation targeting anarchists in the Pacific Northwest.
OTTAWA - It's not a trick — and for would-be masked rioters, it's no treat, either.
While tens of thousands of children are putting the final touches on Halloween costumes and masks, the House of Commons has approved a bill banning people from hiding their faces during riots.
The private member's legislation, Bill C-309, is the brainchild of Alberta Conservative backbencher Blake Richards.
Richards says it's a response to last year's Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver, when often-masked vandals rampaged through the streets after their team's Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins.
The bill provides a penalty of up to 10 years in prison for anyone convicted of covering their face during a riot or other unlawful assembly.
A Word from the Director -
Short film includes original interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Russell Means, Sharon Smith and others. It was created to support a multi-part, non-profit documentary series on anarchism, to be released for free online. Due to its short length, we could only scratch the surface of the subject matter.
If you would like to help this project come to fruition, please visit our crowd-funding page at -
We have done quite well so far but have a ways to go. There are ten days left in the fundraiser. Thank you.
Call for manuscripts - Essays in Anarchism and Religion
A book to be edited by Alexandre Christoyannopoulos and Matthew Adams and submitted to an open access academic publisher
Call for Contributors
Anarchism and religion have long had an uneasy relationship. On the one hand, many anarchists insist that religion is fundamentally incompatible with anarchism, recalling that anarchism calls for ‘no gods, no masters’, pointing to the many cases of collaboration between religious and political elites in oppressing and deluding the masses, arguing that religious belief is superstitious, and so on. On the other hand, some religious/spiritual anarchists insist that their religious/spiritual tradition cannot but lead to a rejection of the state, care for the downtrodden, and quest for a more just society – despite, indeed sometimes because of, the acceptance of a god as ‘master.’
An accountability process for hurricane Sandy's fucked up manarchist shit will be held at the next Twin Cities Anarchist Bookfair.
4 MORE YEARZ
4 MORE BEERZ
NO MOAR TEERZ
This is the month when there are going to be big changes for @news. There will be a karmic voting system put into place (soon). There will be a new theme put into place (I am deciding between 3 options now). There will likely be a change in how worker interacts with the site. There will be two contests!
1. A Strategy for Workers Liberation
Capitalism is at its heart an oppressive and exploitative economic system. The core is the class structure, in which the majority are dispossessed of the means of production of goods and services, and must submit to bureaucratic production regimes. These regimes control our labor so as to pump out wealth privately accumulated by the plutocrats at the top of the heap (and paying high salaries to the bureaucratic class of managers and high-end professionals), and backed up by the coercive force of the state. Working people are thus an oppressed class, although it is also internally quite heterogeneous and various sub-groups are oppressed in various diverse ways.
The working class can’t be free and can’t ultimately ensure well-being for itself unless it can take over the control of the process of production (which includes transportation and distribution and production of services), and the land and all the means of production, becoming masters of production, in control of our own work of and technological development. To do this means dismantling the institutional power of the bureaucratic/managerial and capitalist classes, so that we are not subordinate to any dominating class. As Ralph Chaplin put it in “Solidarity Forever”: