A crew of us are heading out to tour around BC and Alberta this summer to present an anarchist perspective on confronting industrial mega projects in the regions that we live and to network with others interested in this struggle. We want to push the dialogue beyond the political limits that the Left offers us with its specialized activist approach.
For June 11th, 2015, we emphasized transition in the struggle and in
the lives of the prisoners we support. This year we’re focusing on a
different kind of transition: the restructuring of the prison system and
thus doubling down on opposition to Maximum Security, isolation, and
Communications Management Units. High-security facilities are not new:
for example, Communications Management Units isolated Daniel McGowan and
Andy Stepanian for years. But now we are at a new juncture: there is
both a fresh focus on the part of the authorities reorganizing prisons
to maximize repression against long-term and combative prisoners, while
simultaneously cutting costs. In response there has been a wave of
resistance and revolt--in the streets and in the prisons. As this wave
spreads organically, we feel impelled to contribute in support of our
imprisoned friends and comrades.
From Lundi Matin
"Little by little, the 'question of violence' appears for what it is: a diversion."
Since the events of April 9th and the wild week that followed, the Nuit Debout (Rise Up At Night) assembly put the question of violence at the center of debate. While citizens persist in their rigorous pacifism, stances in favor of the "diversity of tactics" are multiplying. The National Student Coordination itself has explicitly refused dissociation between rioters and demonstrators.
From The New York Times
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — It was past dark on a February afternoon in 1894 when a keeper at Greenwich Park, just outside London, heard the bang. Rushing toward the spot, he made out the figure of a young man on bent knees, with his abdomen gashed open and his bowels spilling out. The police identified the victim as a Frenchman named Martial Bourdin, with ties to a well-known anarchist club. Clearly, they concluded, he’d been on his way to bomb the Greenwich Observatory. It was a highly symbolic target: the Prime Meridian, the longitudinal center of the world.
From It's Going Down
May Day is an anarchist holiday against capitalism. Following demonstrations in the wake of strikers being killed by the police in Chicago in 1886, which left scores of workers killed as well as several police, the state rounded up several anarchist organizers and militants, Samuel Fielden, Albert Parsons, Louis Lingg, George Engel, Adolf Fischer, Oscar Neebe, Michael Schwab, and August Spies, and sentenced them to death despite any evidence connecting them to the violence. In the wake of the execution of the “HayMarket Martyrs, ” militant working-class formations began to mark May Day as a holiday to remember the slain anarchists as well as to honor their fight for a world free of capitalism. Meanwhile, many others were radicalized by the events in Chicago and became anarchists in the process of supporting those executed by the State. Others such as Lucy Parsons, a former slave who was married to a former Confederate soldier, Albert Parsons, who was executed, went on to play a huge role in the anarchist and wider labor movement. By honoring May Day, and moreover, by connecting it to struggles happening now, we build a link to the past; to others who fought and died to make these ideas a living, breathing reality.
From It's Going Down
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, or IWOC, is a committee within the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), that is working to offer support for workers already self-organizing from behind prison walls. As we speak, actions in Texas prisons are ongoing, while riots and resistance continues at Holman Prison in Alabama. This May Day, prisoners with the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) are calling for a strike, anarchist and anti-prison groups are organizing demonstrations in solidarity, and IWOC and other groups are building for national actions on September 9th. Wanting to know more about how a small group has managed to sign up hundreds of prisoners and build for large actions, we caught up with IWOC to learn just how it’s going down.
It’s Going Down: How did IWOC form? What was the inspiration for the group?
From Fire to the Prisons
Help Print 10,000 Copies of Fire to the Prisons and Give Them out For Free!
In February 2015, we returned to publishing Fire to the Prisons. After a three year hiatus, we came back to this project with full force. Over a year later, we are happy to report that almost all of the 10,000 printed copies have been distributed across North America and abroad. Thanks to the support, donations, and contributions of comrades across the world, we were able to create a very loud voice.
Last Sunday night (April 24th) one person was arrested in The Hague (Netherlands) on suspicion of pasting The Anarchist Wallpaper. He is being charged with instigation against authority, inciting violence and pasting of a poster. On Thursday the person who got arrested will be brought in front of the examining judge, who will decide whether to release him or transfer him to preventive detention.