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Oh Occupy… at least Oakland is getting it right

November 10, 2011

Like many anarchists across the U.S., we’ve been both intrigued and skeptical of the “occupy” movement that has spread across the U.S. The “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City”—the only political statement to come out of the Wall Street occupation—is full of liberal talk about building accountable governments and peacefully assembling. At the same time, there are exciting parts such as the spread of protests into unlikely places (even Grand Rapids) that are at least tentatively asking…

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Political Prisoners’ Birthdays in November & December

November 10, 2011

Political Prisoners Birthday Calendar - November/December 2011The November/December Political Prisoners’ Birthday Calendar put out by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out. As always, it’s a great way to get started writing to prisoners. Send some cards by yourself or get together with friends and make a day/night of it! Also, this month the collective reports that anarchist prisoner Sean Swain – now in prison for twenty consecutive years – is eligible for parole.

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New Zine: What Is Security Culture? A Guide To Staying Safe

October 07, 2011

Zine: What Is Security Culture? We’re excited to announce that we have published our first zine! It’s on security culture and provides a wealth of practical tips on organizing in a safer way to minimize the risk of government repression. We strongly encourage everyone to read the guide, share it with their friends, and incorporate the principles within. Recent instances of repression aimed at anarchists nationally in the Green Scare, the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests in 2008, and…

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Indigenous Forms of Consensus: the Potawatomi and the Ottawa

October 07, 2011

When you ask most anarchists, how they make decisions, they will reply by explaining that they use some variation of consensus decision-making. Its use in anarchist circles dates back to the Spanish anarchist movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Spanish Civil War in the 1930s was perhaps the high point of the movement, with anarchists organizing hundreds of collectives and affinity groups and running large portions of the economy using anarchist principles and methods…

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Political Prisoners’ Birthdays in October

October 02, 2011

Political Prisoner Birthdays in OctoberThe October Political Prisoners’ Birthday calendar distributed by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. Please take time this month to send a birthday card to these prisoners to let them know that they aren’t forgotten—nor are their contributions to the struggle. You can send the cards by yourself—or better yet—invite your friends over for a card writing night. You might also consider printing off copies of the calendar and distributing them…

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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty in ELF Arson

September 29, 2011

A Detroit-area man plead guilty at U.S. District Court here in Grand Rapids to his role in a 1999 arson at Michigan State University (MSU). The arson—claimed by the Earth Liberation Front—was an attack on genetic engineering research. Jesse William Waters plead guilty to misprision of felony for concealing the crime and failing to report it to authorities. According to media reports, Waters disposed of clothing used by the arsonists. Waters faces up to three years in prison. Previously, Marie…

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Fifth Estate #385 – Fall 2011: Anarchist Fiction

September 25, 2011

Cover: Fifth Estate #385 -- Anarchist FictionIn a 1905 letter from prison, Alexander Berkman wrote: “None of us are ready for anarchy, though many are for anarchism.” In this letter, Berkman defined anarchism as a philosophy, and anarchy as a social state, the end goal of anarchism. The Fifth Estate’s new issue explores visions of anarchism and anarchy through fiction. From fictional struggles of anarchists in the past and present, to stories of an anarchist future, we explore the many facets of…

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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…

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September Political Prisoner Birthdays

September 12, 2011

Political Prisoner Birthdays in SeptemberThe Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective has released their monthly political prisoner birthday poster for September. This month’s birthdays include indigenous struggle prisoner Leonard Peltier and earth liberation prisoner Steve Murphy. As always, birthday cards are an easy way to send a note to a prisoner and to let them know that they haven’t been forgotten. Feel free to send notes on your own – or even better – get your friends together for a card…

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IWW Film Night: Capitalism is the Crisis – 9/15

September 08, 2011

The Grand Rapids Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is showing the movie *Capitalism Is The Crisis*on September 15. The movie will be start at 7:00pm at the IATSE union hall, 931 Bridge St NW. The description of the movie: The 2008 “financial crisis” in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history. Instead, the rich forced working people across…

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