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June Political Prisoner Birthday Poster

June 01, 2013

June 2013 Political Prisoners Birthday PosterThe June 2013 political prisoners birthday poster from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. As always, please take some time to send a card to a prisoner to wish them a happy birthday and to let them know they aren’t forgotten. Here’s some news passed along with the poster: 2) Mutulu Shakur had a stroke at the end of February and is having trouble obtaining the follow-up medical care that he needs. Please call the warden at Victorville…

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Tar Sands Conference Disrupted in Sarnia

May 30, 2013

Sarnia ProtestOver the weekend, indigenous activists and others disrupted a pro-Tar Sands conference in Sarnia, Ontario (just across the border from Port Huron, Michigan) as part of ongoing actions against the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline designed to transport oil from the Tar Sands east across Ontario: The impacts of industrial development in the area now known as Chemical Valley are deep. The relationship between the 63 petrochemical industries and the occupied lands they are on is not a…

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Deep Green Resistance: A Book Review

May 19, 2013

Deep Green Resistance Book CoverBy RUHE Since this review of the book Deep Green Resistance was written, some things have changed: Deep Green Resistance has affirmed their transphobia as their official policy, Earth First! has distanced themselves from DGR, and Aric McBay has left Deep Green Resistance. However, even as DGR seems to crumble due to its anti-trans views, there has still been relatively little discussion of the other problematic aspects of DGR. Over the summer of 2011, Deep Green…

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New Anarchist Podcast: The Ex-Worker

May 11, 2013

The Ex Worker PodcastRecently, Crimethinc announced a new project, The Ex-Worker. The Ex-Worker is a bi-weekly podcast that features news and discussion of interest to anarchists. The first episode was released to coincide with May Day and has an interesting feature on the origins of May Day, specifically looking at Haymarket and the anarchist milieu in Chicago in the 1880s. The discussion isn’t confined just to history, but it also looks at the conflict over the how Haymarket is remembered…

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster – May 2013

May 04, 2013

Political Prisoner Birthdays in MayThe Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective political prisoner birthday poster for May is out. Please take the time to send a birthday note to any or all of the prisoners on the poster. Also, prisoner Jason Sutherlin recently released a letter that shows just how important birthday wishes and other communication with prisoners is: “As a community and as individuals you never stop amazing me. The support and solidarity I have felt from all of you is nothing less…

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What Ought to be the Anarchist Attitude Towards the Machine

May 04, 2013

MAN! Masthead The following essay, “What Ought to be the Anarchist Attitude Towards the Machine,” is an old piece by the anarchist Marcus Graham. It appeared in the newspaper MAN!, which Graham edited in the 1930s. We came across this essay while doing research into the history of the anarchy in the United States, in part with an eye towards anarchist perspectives critical of technology. Our goal in posting it here isn’t to establish an anti-technology anarchist orthodoxy or to say that all its…

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May Day: History, Hype and Dignified Revolt

May 01, 2013

Total Freedom This text is reprinted from a May Day flyer. For more on the history of May Day, see the zine “Hurrah for Anarchy!” and for what happened last year, see the post “May Day 2012.” On May 1, 1886 tens of thousands of workers across the country went on a three day general strike in support of the 8 hour work day. On May 3rd workers in Chicago attempted to confront strikebreakers that were entering a plant where workers had been locked out since February and supported the call for a…

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On Occupying in a Midwest College Town

April 10, 2013

Occupy MidwestWhile Occupy’s time has passed both nationally and locally, a new analysis published on the Michigan-based “Third Coast Conspiracy” is worth reading for its recounting of lessons learned from Occupy organizing on one of the large college campuses in Michigan. It doesn’t limit itself to the particular failings of the Occupy, but raises much larger questions about the limits of struggles centered around “democracy” and universities. In particular, the analysis looks at the format of…

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster for April

April 10, 2013

Political Prisoners' Birthdays in AprilThe monthly political prisoner birthday poster for April from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. Please take a minute to write to prisoners to let them know that they aren’t forgotten. Recently political prisoner Marie Mason wrote about how encouraging it is to receive birthday cards: “Greetings Family and Comrades, Well-wishers, fellow activists, anarchists (and non-be/quantifiable), I want to say thank you for all of the amazing and sweet…

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We Need To Talk About Facebook

April 03, 2013

No FacebookThe following article, “We need to talk about Facebook,” by the German radical tech collective Nadir has been circulating on the Internet for a few months. We strongly urge folks to read it and consider the issues that they are raised (substitute “anarchist” for “the left” and it still works). Over the past few years, we’ve seen anarchist/radical/etc groups in Grand Rapids and beyond embracing Facebook and using it to create “their” online presences. As it goes with technology, none…

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