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The World Struggles to Wake: Nightmares of Capitalism, Pipe Dreams of Democracy

January 26, 2012

Nightmares of Capitalism, Pipe Dreams of Democracy We’re writing to point folks towards an excellent piece published by CrimethInc called “Nightmares of Capitalism, Pipe Dreams of Democracy.” It’s been out since the New Year, but we think it’s very worthwhile reading for anarchists. It looks at various struggles against capitalism over the past two years – Egypt, Wisconsin, the student movement in the U.S., Occupy Wall Street, the plaza occupations in Spain, and the London riots over the summer…

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Send a Birthday Card to Marie Mason!

January 20, 2012

Marie MasonOn January 26th, long-time activist and political prisoner Marie Mason will be turning 50. Please take a few minutes to send her a card or write her a letter. Correspondence goes a long way for those confined to prison. Mason is in prison for two acts of property destruction committed here in Michigan: an arson at an office conducting research on genetically engineered crops and at a logging site. For these acts, Mason was sentenced to just under 22 years in prison. You can send her a…

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Fifth Estate #386 Out Now

January 16, 2012

Fifth Estate #386 - RevolutionThere’s a new issue of the long-running Fifth Estatemagazine out now. The theme of the issue is “Revolution” and it looks to be a pretty good issue. We should have a few copies of this soon, but if you’re interested—please consider a subscription. It’s really important to support anarchist media. FIFTH ESTATE Spring 2012 Vol. 47, #1 (#386) Theme: “Revolution” The Fifth Estate has always proudly displayed the FBI’s description of this publication as “supporting…

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Movie and Letter Writing Night

January 03, 2012

The Bloom Collective is hosting a movie showing and letter writing night on Thursday, January 12. From 6:30pm to 7:00pm there will be soup and letter writing and then at 7 they will be showing If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front. View the If A Tree Falls trailer: For those who want to know more about the Green Scare and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), check out “Green Scared? Preliminary Lessons of the Green Scare” by Crimethinc. It provides a good overview of Operation…

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January Political Prisoners’ Birthday Poster

January 03, 2012

Hey y’all check it; the January political prisoner’s birthday poster is out now. Now that it’s snowing (not that you need a reason like weather to do this), round up a group of folks, make some hot chocolate, and get cozy inside writing letters together. Get it here from Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective

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New Zine: Leftism 101

December 30, 2011

Leftism 101: Cover We’ve published another new zine, “Leftism 101.” From the intro: This pamphlet collects two excellent essays by Lawrence Jarach: “Leftism 101” from Back to Basics: The Problem of the Left put out by the Green Anarchy collective and “Anarchists, Don’t let the Left(overs) Ruin your Appetite” from Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed #48. We feel they are worth reprinting because they offer a substantive critique of “the Left” in terms of its philosophy and its history. We’re…

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West Coast Port Shutdowns

December 14, 2011

Occupy Oakland Blockade As Occupy camps across the country were evicted and the movement becomes somewhat stagnant, the West Coast is once again bringing fresh ideas to the forefront. On Monday, Occupy groups in Portland, Oakland, Seattle, and others coordinated a “West Coast Port Blockade” to “Shut Down Wall Street On The Water Front.” The actions were billed as an attempt to give Occupy a boost of energy and to shift in more strategic directions. Most immediately, the efforts were a success…

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Spreading the Occupations

November 30, 2011

Occupy Everything Banner Over the past week, we’ve been heartened to learn that in some cities components of the “occupy” phenomenon are moving beyond occupying public spaces such as parks and are beginning to tentatively occupy unused and/or abandoned buildings. In the past week, Seattle, Chapel Hill, Washington D.C.,and St. Louis have all seen building occupations. While they have been short-lived, they offer a potential path forward and show how inspiration – in this case the occupation of a…

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Demystifying Anarchism at Occupy Oakland

November 14, 2011

Following up on the general strike in Oakland, there has been some anti-anarchist sentiment expressed among folks in Occupy Oakland. In most cases, it seems that much of the criticism has focused on some anarchists’ use of property destruction, although some people have criticized anarchists as “taking advantage” of the occupation. In response, a group of anarchists (via a Bay Area Anarchist General Assembly) put out a document aimed at clarifying what anarchism is for folks at Occupy Oakland…

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New Zine: Anarchism – What It Is, What It Ain’t

November 14, 2011

Cover: Anarchism: What It Is, What It Ain'tWe’ve published a new zine titled “Anarchism: What It Is, What It Ain’t.” It’s a reprinting of an essay by Lawrence Jarach that provides a short overview of anarchist principles and explains how anarchism differs from the political philosophies of “the left.” From the introduction: This pamphlet is a reprinting of an essay by Lawrence Jarach titled “Instead Of A Meeting: By Someone Too Irritated To Sit Through Another One.” We share the author’s…

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