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September 06, 2011

The Hammer – September 2011 – A good collection of short reviews of recent anarchist publications. Neat project! Anti-Racist Action (ARA) Conference – Chicago is hosting the annual Anti-Racist Action conference later this month. It will include workshops, caucuses, and discussions. Animal Liberation Front (A.L.F.) Liberates Elk from Oregon Farm – The Animal Liberation Front raided the Damascus Elk Farm in Clackamas, Oregon and cut down fencing at the site. Environmentalism’s Last Stand: Tar…

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Bartertown Diner Grand Opening Friday

August 18, 2011

Bartertown Diner & Roc's Cakes LogoThe collectively-run Bartertown Diner & Roc’s Cakes will be having a grand opening tomorrow, August 19. The Diner will be offering specials including free vegan cupcakes, free locally made soda, and a cookbook featuring recipes from their first menu. The Grand Rapids IWW sent out the following press release about the event: Who: Bartertown Diner and Roc’s Cakes & the Industrial Workers of the World – Grand Rapids What: Grand Opening of Bartertown When: Friday…

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Grand Rapids Gets Some Recognition from The Hammer

August 09, 2011

The other day while browsing Anarchist News we came across a neat new project called The Hammer. It’s a new effort aimed at providing short reviews of recent anarchist publications including zines, books, magazines, and more. Hopefully, this will be the first of many issues to come. Among the reviews in the first issue of The Hammer was a review of the Grand Rapids anarchist publication, Act/React: Act/React #2, PDF, June 2011 I am pleased as punch to see an anarchist periodical come from my…

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August Political Prisoner Birthdays

August 01, 2011

Anarchist B-Day BrigadeAs a reminder that there are many anarchist and other political prisoners being held in cages across the United States, we’re going to be posting the excellent “Political Prisoners’ Birthday” calendar posters as they are released. The August 2011 poster provides information on five different political prisoners who are currently held in the United States. Please check it out and send the prisoners a card to let them know that their contributions to the movement have not…

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A Good Introduction to Anarchism

July 22, 2011

Emma Goldman AnarchistWe’re always excited to see efforts aimed at exposing new people to anarchism and explaining the concepts to new folks. After all, if we can’t do that, we’re not going to get very far. Recently anarchist writer Uri Gordon (who published a good primer on anarchist theory called Anarchy Alive! a few years back) authored an excellent short introduction to anarchism called “Anarchism: The A Word” for The New Internationalist. It provides a solid introduction looking at the…

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U.S. Court Rules Against Bash Back!

July 18, 2011

Bash Back! Mount Hope Infinity PosterOver two years ago, a radical queer/trans anarchist known as Bash Back! organized an action that disrupted a church service at an anti-gay church outside Lansing, Michigan. The action resulted in a lawsuit from the rightwing Alliance Defense Fund. As part of the ongoing lawsuit, the U.S. District Court recently issued an order prohibiting members of Bash Back! Lansing and any Bash Back! affiliate from engaging in various forms of protest. According to the…

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Act/React #3 Out Now

July 17, 2011

Act/React #3 CoverThe third issue of the Grand Rapids anarchist zine “Act/React” has been published. This issue features: A basic introduction to anarchism titled “Breaking It Down” A piece titled “Against the University” that critiques student activism and the idea that the university is fertile ground for revolutionary work. The discussion is grounded in the author’s experiences at GVSU. A piece on humility, sincerity, and radical possibility Poetry As always, the zine is seeking submissions…

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Jimmy Johns Picket Today

July 11, 2011

Jimmy John's Workers UnionIn response to a local member of the Industrial Workers of the World’s (IWW) Jimmy Johns Workers Union being fired last week for union organizing, the Grand Rapids IWW is organizing a picket to demand that he be reinstated: Join our Picket at Jimmy Johns Today! Who: Union members and supporters What: Informational picket with flyers demanding the re-instatement of our wrongfully terminated member. Why: Matthew Bair was fired Friday July 8th for alleged costumer…

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IWW Union Organizer Fired at Grand Rapids Jimmy Johns

July 09, 2011

IWW Jimmy John's Workers UnionThe Grand Rapids Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has just passed along word that an IWW organizer was fired from a Grand Rapids Jimmy Johns restaurant for union organizing. In response, the IWW is organizing a “phone zap” in support of the fired worker: Fellow Worker Mathew Bair was fired July 8 from a JJ in Grand Rapids for alleged costumer complaints, when the facts are that Bair never was told of any complaints and always received praise and good tips from…

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Good Morning Revolution Interview

July 02, 2011

Good Morning Revolution LogoGood Morning Revolution is the group that organizes the monthly Really, Really Free Markets. While the group started in 2008 as part of an effort to expand their work, it’s activities had ebbed over the past year or so. However, the group is now back in full swing and has undertaken a number of new projects to “encourage social change, mutual aid, and community building.” These projects are the subject of an interview with the group that was aired on Catalyst Radio…

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