TOTW: How do we build trust at a distance?

  • Posted on: 22 May 2017
  • By: SUDS

For better or for worse the Internet has become an essential tool for communicating among anarchists. Traditionally anarchists have relied on face-to-face interactions and local social centres to build trust and solidarity. Yet, our communities are now sparse and spread thin. Aside from the obvious security concerns due to infiltration when we are involved with the “struggle” there is no popular alternative to the ritual of establishing rapport in localized ways.

Religion Used as Recuperative and Pacification Program

  • Posted on: 27 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble

The ongoing recuperation and pacification program targeting rebellious prisoners here at Holman prison by the state and in collusion with outside religious ministries has prompted me to write about the absurdity of religion and the logic of submission it induces.

Most prisoners adopt some form of religious doctrine in the face of this unyielding onslaught against them by the criminal justice system in an attempt to make sense of the situation they find themselves in and in hopes that things will turn out in their favor, and as coping tools. Most have been socialized into religion before coming to prison, beginning as a small child. The pressures of poverty, oppression, and survival forced them to abandon ritualistic religion, but when they find themselves in prison, they revert back to their childhood religious instructions – that god has a purpose in life for them and to put their burdens in god’s hands because no one knows god’s design for the human being.

When Concerns Of Cultural Appropriation Risk Supporting Intellectual Property

  • Posted on: 25 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by William Gillis

The latest entry in panics over social justice comes from my hometown, where some folks have created a list shaming restaurants and foodcarts that were owned by white people but sold “non-European international cuisine.” One of the more annoying restaurants on that list has now closed as a result of hate mail. While the existence of this list (and derivative lists) has generated the sort of furious apoplexia you’d expect in the culture wars, it raises some complex subjects.

Territory, Presence, & Building a Base of Support

  • Posted on: 25 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From and by IGD

It’s going to be a hot summer.

Not only in the sense that it will be one of the hottest on record, but it will also be the first summer under the new Trump regime. The first under Sheriff Clarke’s Department of Homeland Security, the first under Jeff Session’s calls for a revamped drug war, mass incarceration, mass roundups, and deportations, as well as the ongoing economic, health, environmental, and social crisis.

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