Anarchist News and Updates

September 16, 2011

Here’s this week’s edition of our weekly round-up of anarchist news, zines, and other such stuff.

  • An Anarchist Debate – The Philadelphia chapter of Deep Green Resistance recorded an interesting debate looking at the differences between anarcho-primitivism and anarcho-syndicalism. The debate features Kevin Tucker of Black and Green Press and Alexis Buss of Anarcho-Syndicalist Review. It’s worth a listen and offers a lot to think about in a debate that’s often simply presented as a series of parodies and insults.
  • I Was a “Domestic Terrorist”: Tales From a Post-9/11 America – At the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC), Brad Crowder was arrested for assembling Molotov cocktails. The action was egged on by an informant/provacateur working for the FBI – Brandon Darby – who encouraged him and his friend David McKay to take aggressive actions. In this article, Crowder recounts his experiences being arrested, portrayed as a “domestic terrorist,” and serving two years in prison.
  • Better This World – A documentary on Crowder and McKay recently aired on PBS, you can watch it online.
  • New “Informant Tracking” feature on the Earth First! Newswire – The Earth First! Journal has launched an “informant tracking” section of their website to keep track of informants being used as part of the government’s repression of the animal and environmental activists.
  • December 10 Day of Action for Mumia Abu-Jamal – Anarchists are calling for a “day of action” on December 10 in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. The date will mark Abu-Jamal’s thirtieth year in prison.
  • Build Your Own Solidarity Network – This is an organizing manual put out by the Seattle Solidarity Network that explains how to organize a solidarity network along the lines of the Seattle group. These networks have sprung up recently around the country with the goal of using direct action tactics to support workers and tenants. For example, the group recently won a victory against Chase Bank. It’s an interesting idea and its nice to see folks working to achieve concrete objectives—definitely merits discussion.

Anarchist News and Updates was published on September 16, 2011

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