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Rainbow Disaster Collective claims credit for Hurricane Sandy

Anarchist News - Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:19
Today the Rainbow Disaster Collective unleashed Hurricane Sandy in solidarity with true queers everywhere. Outraged at the commodification of 'gayness' and the reduction of our fight to one for marriage equality, we came together to remind ourselves and the world that our queer bonds of love are so strong we can make storms. In fucking each other, we brought the ocean forth in insurrection, pounding into each other as the waves pounded against New York City. Sympathetic meteorologists showed their solidarity with the RDC by assigning the hurricane a gender-neutral name, thus further magnifying hir power. However, we know deep in our hearts that this is not enough. We demand a world where we can all name ourselves. To those who deride the radical ecstasy that brought forth this storm, saying that too much unnecessary damage was caused, we say that we will accept nothing less than total liberation and must shatter all buildings whose foundations are trapped in the heteronormative shackles of society.

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The Shorter History Of A Northwest ELF Cell

Anarchist News - Wed, 10/31/2012 - 19:23
From Tides of Flame

The following history was publish in installments from Dec. 2011 - October 2012

The Earth Liberation Front is a group of multiple cells acting throughout the world with these three objectives:

1.To inflict maximum economic damage on those profiting from the destruction and exploitation of the natural environment
2.To reveal and educate the public about the atrocities committed against the earth and all species that populate it.
3.To take all necessary precautions against harming any animal - human and nonhuman.

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October 26th, 2012 March against repression – Bloomington, IN, US

Anarchist News - Wed, 10/31/2012 - 18:59
This past Friday, a small but wily group of anarchists and other angries took to the streets in a show of solidarity with those facing state repression. The specific call out for the march was to express solidarity with Grand Jury resisters Matt, Maddy, and KteeO, to rally against the criminalizing of the homeless population in Bloomington, and to convey ongoing solidarity with those who still carry charges from the anti-prison noise demo last new years.

Music blared as we took the streets downtown, holding together in tight formation. Pairs and threes sporadically broke away from the group to hand out fliers, wheatpaste posters, put up stickers, confront journalists, or set off small fireworks. We made a quick stop to yell at the jail, and then made our way south, taking all three lanes of College Ave. At this point, undercover cops who had been zigzagging around town on foot tailing the march grabbed two comrades, one of whom was in the process of spray painting “BURN THE PRISONS” on a wall. The two were quickly de-arrested and made getaways, much to the chagrin of the burly undercovers. Unable to put any humans behind bars, they settled for snatching and destroying our sound cart.

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A Plea for Rejectionist Electioneering

Anarchist News - Wed, 10/31/2012 - 17:26
From Unrest Magazine #7

Every four years in American society, critical theorists are offered a veritable human circus of entertainment, as we bear witness to the farce of electioneering.

Every four years, for a month or so, the hum drum apolitical citizen becomes inundated with rhetoric of Country, platforms for change, criticisms of their opponent, and a host of carefully crafted messages designed to invigorate the populace for a short while—just long enough to vote, and then to once again disengage. During these times, not only is the system tasked with self-regulating the choice of candidates presented to the voters, but there is also the issue of the larger system’s maintenance. In this manner, the system must preserve its veil, because as Max Weber (1997, 325) notes, “all systems of authority…attempt to establish and to cultivate the belief in [their] legitimacy.” If the population disengages and begins to call into question the legitimacy of the system, this presents a far greater challenge than any rogue candidate could ever offer.

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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November! Anarchists and Activists take the Army to Court of Appeals! Support is Needed!

Anarchist News - Wed, 10/31/2012 - 03:32
Come show support and solidarity with activists and anarchists spied on by the Army. It is crucial for supporters to pack the courtroom.

When: November 5th, 8:45am (Court starts at 9:00am)
Where: Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse at 1010 Fifth Ave in Seattle, 7th Floor
You need ID to enter the building.

On November 5th, a lawsuit filed in 2009 by antiwar activists against Army spy John Towery will go before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, WA. Towery was outed as an informant after public records requests revealed he had infiltrated antiwar groups and spied on activists and anarchists. Panagacos v Towery is a landmark civil liberties case that comes at a time of increased political repression of Pacific Northwest anarchists. The lawsuit is against the Army, Navy, Air Force and countless law enforcement agencies.

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for a struggle without end -- nous sommes tous les fumigènes

Anarchist News - Wed, 10/31/2012 - 02:53
From Infinite Strike

Revolutionary upheaval comes in waves. Right now, in Montréal, we are long after the zenith of the strike—which was probably in late April and early May—but we are almost certainly no longer at the absolute nadir of struggle either. Compared to other places nearby, the wavelengths here are pretty short, and that’s a good thing. Although many militants have returned to class and normal work-a-day life, and although many have yet to come to terms with the reality of the strike’s end and their legitimate frustration at that fact, many people are still throwing themselves whole-heartedly into various struggles and doing what they can to destroy the newly restored illusion of social peace, interrupt the functioning of the capitalist economy, and create conditions amenable for revolution.

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What's new with Little Black Cart - Fall 2012

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 18:31
From Little Black Cart

The first signs of winter are in the air and morale seems low. This is a perfect time to sit by a fire and read a good book or two. A time to conspire, prepare for future activities, and stay out of the cold. We have some morale boosters and some rich offerings for future conflicts.

This fall/winter promises to be filled with opportunities to meet, celebrate, and talk about the ideas and projects that inspire us. We will be present at both the Boston & Carrboro bookfairs. In addition we are participating in the first annual East Bay Anarchist Bookfair in the distant city of Oakland, CA (we are based in Berkeley, CA).

We are Little Black Cart Books & Distro

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The Russian Anarchist Prince Who Challenged Evolution

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 18:20
From Slate

Are we cooperative or competitive?

Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species sparked major battles. The most famous may have been between science and religion, but there were disputes within science as well. One of the most heated was whether natural selection favored cooperative or competitive behaviors, a battle that still rages today. For almost 100 years, no single person did more to promote the study of the evolution of cooperation than Peter Kropotkin.

Kropotkin traveled the world talking about the evolution of cooperation, which he called “mutual aid,” in both animals and humans. Sometime the travel was voluntary, but often it wasn’t: He was jailed, banned, or expelled from many of the most respectable countries of his day. For he was not only the face of the science of cooperation, he was also the face of the anarchist movement. He came to believe that his politics and science were united by the law of mutual aid: that cooperation was the predominant evolutionary force driving all social life, from microbes to humans.

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Some Inspiratiton: Solidarity with Grand Jury Resisters and Gender Anarky from Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 15:32
In early October, a Federal Grand Jury convened to investigate vandalism in Oregon. Matt Duran and Kteeo Olejnik have both demonstrated heroic courage and refused to testify, choosing to face deprivation and isolation in jail rather than to compromise principle and become collaborators with the fascist regime. This is particularly admirable in this era where scientifically-derived formulas for breaking people, as presented in the C.I.A.'s Kubark Manual, described as “the simple torture situation,” are now incorporated into every domestic jail and prison in this country.

Your tax dollars were used, first, to find the quickest and most effective way to take apart the human mind, and second, to implement that system broadly and nationally in order to deter and then destroy every Matt and Kteeo who refuses to subordinate their own wills and consciences to the almighty State.

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Anarchist Blues

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 07:07
From Jazz @ Tulane - by Shane Lief

Among the noteworthy musicians active in New Orleans in the early 1900s, Antonio Maggio remains a dim historical figure, remembered only for a single pioneering composition, “I Got the Blues,” published in 1908. David Lee Joyner identifies Maggio’s work as an “early example of twelve-bar blues in ragtime” that foreshadows W. C. Handy’s famous “St. Louis Blues.”1 Peter Muir calls it a “milestone in blues history,” as it is the “first known instance in print of the [twelve-bar blues] sequence being associated with the notion of having the blues.”2 Muir also points to “suggestive parallels” between Maggio’s “I Got the Blues” and Handy’s “St. Louis Blues.”3 However, any evidence of a direct borrowing is tenuous at best; as Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff observe, more probably “Handy and Maggio were coincidentally attracted to similarly irrepressible ‘snatches’—Handy’s favorite term—of floating folk melody.”4 In any event, Maggio’s composition had a significant impact on local performing musicians and their audiences, receiving attention as a locally composed “Italian rag.”5 Other than this achievement, however, Maggio seems not to have played a prominent role in the burgeoning jazz scene of New Orleans, though he has been noted in an article that emphasizes the complex ethnic mixture of the city’s population—especially among its musicians—at the turn of the century.6

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Leah-Lynn Plante cooperates

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 07:01
Leah Lynn Plante cooperated with the grand jury. The first time she cooperated was in her first grand jury appearance. She confirmed that she knows Dennison, another grand jury subpoenut. Dennison released a statement noting this was insignificant knowledge, as they had posed together for resister press photos.

Leah delayed the grand jury long enough that day that she could not have a contempt hearing before the courthouse closed. She was re-subpoenaed. At her next court date, she declined to answer any questions and was taken into custody. Less than a week after she was incarcerated, Leah requested a way out of prison from her lawyer. Her lawyer returned with a subpoena for October 17, 2012. She entered that grand jury, spoke, and was released from prison that day.

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CAPR suspends support for Leah-Lynn Plante

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 06:14
From Committee Against Political Repression:

The Committee Against Political Repression will be suspending support for Leah-Lynn Plante.

Leah was released from prison on October 17 after appearing before the grand jury investigating anarchists. We do not know what was said at that hearing. In the time since her release, Leah has not offered details regarding the subjects of the hearing, her response, or about her release. CAPR is withdrawing support for Leah until we get information regarding her grand jury hearing.

Meanwhile, Matt Duran and Kteeo Olejnik remain in prison, steadfast in their refusal to aid the government in its persecution of anarchists. CAPR will continue to do everything we can to support them, and we urge everyone who wants a more free, equal, humane society to do the same.

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Support Maddy! Rally @ the Seattle Federal Courthouse Nov. 7th

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 02:14
From Puget Sound Anarchists

Maddy Pfeiffer was served a subpoena in Olympia, WA last week. They will be resisting the grand jury and will not be testifying. Please come out and support them on Wednesday November 7th at 830AM! Their hearing is at 9AM. Please be there BEFORE 9AM so you can be there to support them BEFORE they go into the courthouse.

REMEMBER: It is likely they'll be taken into "custody" after their hearing.

Please bring anything you can to contribute: food, coffee, umbrellas, BANNERS, FLIERS, SIGNS, megaphones, etc.

SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THOSE WHO RESIST THE GRAND JURY.

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14 November 2012: International call to general strike

Anarchist News - Tue, 10/30/2012 - 02:12
We have no magic bullet (or want one). What we know is that something has gone wrong here. When you wake up every morning before sunrise to let life go on a low-paying gigs, bound to rush, schedule and boredom. When you see on TV professionals of lying talk about violence but shut out its origin, because they give more importance to a few broken windows of establishments owned by multinational killers, that the life of hard workers who falls from scaffolds because the employer has decided to speculate with the money that could have been serve to implement safety measures in the work. When you go to the supermarket and remember that prices have gone up in VAT again. When TV advertising gives you empty desires and whispers in your ear that you are nothing by not having the latest model of mobile phone, or larger TV with 3-D ultra-realistic surround sound system. When politicians do not accomplish their campaign promises and you, quietly, saying also “bastards, you should explode”. When you are so sick as we are. Sick to swallow, to silence, to continue to forward as if nothing is happening.

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“Why we’re voting no and you should too”: A statement by the MARS Collective

Anarchist News - Mon, 10/29/2012 - 19:55
From: The Minnehaha Free Space

a project of the MARS (Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space) collective

The way we, the MARS Collective, have chosen to help create the world we want to see is outside electoral politics; we value self-determination, mutual aid, direct action, and autonomous community control. Voting for the specific ways in which our dignity will be taken away—whether by referenda or by politicians whose lives are utterly different than our own—is not a political system we see as legitimate.

Nonetheless, we view the proposed constitutional amendment of Voter ID/Voter Restriction here in MN as crucial to our struggles. Voter suppression, of which photo ID is just the latest tool, is a strategy devised by right-wing groups, especially the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), to strip away the dignity of marginalized communities (particularly people of color, immigrants, the poor, students, and the elderly) and to demoralize us and prevent us from organizing. It’s not that we see the electoral system as working and that this shift would break it, but rather we see this system as already a mechanism of exclusion and domination—such as with the disenfranchisement of undocumented immigrants and of felons in most states—and this amendment would be an expansion of such forms of oppression.

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The Anarchist Odyssey of Sasha and Emma

Anarchist News - Mon, 10/29/2012 - 19:01
From Harvard Press

Paul Avrich, a leading historian of anarchism, collected stories about Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman for decades. When he died in 2006, he left his unfinished manuscript on the pair in the hands of his daughter, Karen Avrich. Below, she describes Berkman and Goldman, and the story she and her father tell in Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman.

Q: Your father, Paul Avrich, wrote extensively on the history of the anarchist movement in both Russia and the U.S. How and when did he first become fascinated with the story of Sasha Berkman and Emma Goldman?

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Anarchism, Social Emancipation and Privilege Theory: A critique

Anarchist News - Sun, 10/28/2012 - 00:47
From Gonzo Times - By Jehu Eaves

TRIGGER WARNING: If you think your opinion is the only possible legitimate opinion on the subject of Privilege, you probably should stop reading this post now.

I grew up in a family that had a color line. One of my brother’s is relatively darker than the rest of us, and another of my brother’s is somewhat lighter than the average. Being typical children who can always find ways to taunt and humiliate our peers, we often called my fairer brother “honkie” — although, when my parents were in earshot, we called him “hink” — he still has that nickname today.

On the other hand, my grandmother, who was as fair as Hilary Clinton, and looked a lot like her, once called my brother and sister and myself “you little niggers”, when we pissed her off. I have a family member who has been challenged or otherwise assumed to be white in social situations that were awkward to say the least — for instance, in a room full of black women, who were discussing issues of relevance to black women, and once, when picking out a black doll for her daughter, when she was redirected to a white version of the same doll by a “well meaning” (read, “racist”) white woman.

Privilege theory is a crock

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We have less then two months...

Anarchist News - Sat, 10/27/2012 - 21:35
Many years ago the Mayans invented an ingenious time/calender system. This master calender had many precisely accurate cycles and one master cycle. The master cycle ends when all cycles end, to begin again. The end of the master cycle is enormously rare. We live in amazing, historical time not just for humans, but for the entire earth, solar system and universe. The end of this master cycle is on December 21, 2012... Which is in less the two months... The Mayans did not believe the world would end in 2012, they believed in the emergence of a different type of civilization on earth. I believe this new society will be one of harmony and Anarchy!

HOW WILL THIS COME ABOUT?

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The Sea

Anarchist News - Sat, 10/27/2012 - 19:19
By John Zerzan

Last remaining lair of unparalleled wildness. Too big to fail?

The whole world is being objectified, but Melville reminds us of all that remains. “There you stand, lost in the infinite series of the sea.”i What could be more tangible, more of a contrast with being lost in the digital world, where we feel we can never properly come to grips with anything.

Oceans are about time more than space, “as if there were a correlation between going deep and going back.”ii The Deep is solemn; linking, in some way, all that has come before. Last things and first things. “Heaven,” by comparison, is thin and faintly unserious.

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Predictable and Otherwise Part I

Anarchist News - Sat, 10/27/2012 - 19:15
From Molly Mew

For many years I have held a rather heretical (in the usual lefty point of view) opinion. I personally believe that we are living in a post capitalist society that is better described as "managerial" rather than "capitalist". This is, of course, a moot point, and I recognize that no society is purely dependent on only one mode of production and exchange. The inclusion of exchange is important to differentiate my point of view from merely another 'historical materialist' point of view, one that is solely focused on prouction and neglects to one degree or another the world of consumption.

I'll leave the justification of this opinion for another time.What is important here is just like an idealized "capitalist" society has its periodic crises somehow connected to "overproduction" so does managerial society has its own cycles.of crisis. The business cycle, of course, never followed the rule book laid out by Marx in Capital  . When Marx wrote his magnum opus in the most free trade society  in the world at the time of its maximum free trade existence ie its closest approach to an ideal "capitalism" it was at least seeminly possible that history would follow the schemata that Marx laid out.

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