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New Critique of Leninism: “Smashing the Orderly Party”

October 01, 2012

Smashing the Orderly PartySadly, no matter how stuck they are in the 20th century, Leninists never seem to go away. Even in good old Grand Rapids, we still see these folks on occasion. Recently, some anarchists in Atlanta published a good essay titled “Smashing the Orderly Party: An Anarchists’ Critique of Leninism” that presents a strong critique of Leninism. A really nice thing about it is that it doesn’t just focus on history—which can quickly tend to become a debate over who knows more about…

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September Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster

September 04, 2012

September Political Prisoner Birthday PosterThe September political prisoners birthday poster from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. Please take the time to send some (or all) of the prisoners on the poster a birthday greeting. On a related noted, someone recently posted a copy of the Earth Warriors Are OK! zine published out of the Twin Cities. The zine—while a few years old—provides good information on the Midwest Green Scare, Grand Juries, and other forms of repression. It…

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Final Issue of Act/React Released

August 11, 2012

ACT/REACT #7 CoverThe final issue of the Grand Rapids’ anarchist zine Act/React has been released. Act/React #7 is by far the strongest issue of them all. The theme of the zine was “community” and there are several pieces that take up the theme in interesting ways. These include: A report from a recent noise parade in solidarity with anarchist prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid A discussion of safe and sober spaces An evaluation of the anarchist community in Grand Rapids A piece arguing for…

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One of Many Possible Ways to Respond to Fracking in Michigan

August 01, 2012

Since May there has been a lot of talk of fracking in Michigan. Public lands are being leased, gas companies are salivating, and the usual responses are taking place. Some environmental groups are seeking a “seat at the table” (saying they want to regulate fracking – maybe with “less” toxic chemicals) while other groups are organizing ballot initiatives and petition drives (with the usual lack of success). Recently, a group affiliated with Earth First! used direct action to actually shut down a…

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August Political Prisoner Birthday Poster

July 30, 2012

August Political Prisoner Birthdays PosterThe August political prisoners birthday poster from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. As always, please send a birthday note wishing the prisoners well. Additionally, this month folks should support a prisoner strike in North Carolina. Also, there were a series of coordinated FBI raids in late July in the Pacific Northwest targeting anarchists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. Several individuals were given subpoenas to appear before a…

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Archipelago Issue 0 Available Online

July 25, 2012

Archipelago Issue 0About a month ago we received a few copies of the new Midwest anarchist zine Archipelago. We were very impressed by it and have enjoyed reading about what else is happening in the Midwest. Archipelago contains articles about Occupy St. Louis, May Day in Bloomington, June 11, a diary of recent actions, and the excellent piece “Please Don’t Move to the Bay.” Now you can read the zine online and we strongly encourage you all to do so. The deadline for the next issue is August…

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Support Jesse Waters – A Non-Cooperating ELF Arrestee

July 24, 2012

Last fall, we reported that Jesse Waters—a man from the Detroit area—was sentenced here in Grand Rapids for his role in an Earth Liberation Front (ELF) activities in the early 2000s (the same activities that got Marie Mason over 20 years in prison). In the most recent issue of Fifth Estate there is an article (“Snitch Gets Reduced Term: Another Prison Sentence in Marie Mason Case”, Spring 2012) about the case by Waters National Lwayers Guild (NLG) lawyer. We’re happy to report that Waters took a…

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Support the Cleveland 5!

July 22, 2012

Back in May of this year, five anarchists associated with Occupy Cleveland were arrested on charges claiming that they were planning to blow up a bridge. The announcement of the charges seemed planned to coincide with the May Day General Strike protests happening across the country and as more information came out about the charges it became clear that everything about it was coordinated by the government. The government paid an informant—who (surprise, surprise) has a questionable past of…

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New Book About Indiana Prison Struggle

July 18, 2012

Down: Prison Resistance in IndianaSome anarchists out of Indiana have published a new book titled Down: Reflections on Prison Resistance in Indiana. It talks about the history of prison struggle in the state, prisoner solidarity, and the ways in which we can collectively work together to abolish prison. You can get the 95 page book by emailing indianaprisonersolidarity@gmail.com. Priority is given to prisoners (especially in this first small print run) but they will get you a copy. You can also…

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July Political Prisoners Birthday Poster

July 13, 2012

July Political Prisoners PosterWe’re a little late — blame all that global warming induced heat — but the July political prisoners birthday poster from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. As always, please take the time to write these prisoners a note and/or make a card to let them know that folks are thinking of them. The value in doing this cannot be underestimated.

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