June 2005 marks the five-year anniversary of the imprisonment of our friend and comrade: Oregon environmental political prisoner, Jeff "Free" Luers. Jeff was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at a car dealership in Eugene, Oregon, and on attempted arson charges. Jeff set fire to SUVs to call attention to climate change and to protest oil wars and environmental destruction. Jeff was motivated by compassion and a desire to protect life, not to harm it, despite what some might think of his tactics. Prior to his arrest, Jeff was a popular community activist in Eugene. He was well-known to law enforcement because of his involvement with national forest protection (starting an occupation of a controversial old-growth timber sale in 1998), anti-police brutality activism (documenting rampant police abuse in Eugene), free food programs in a local park and his teaching of self-defense to women. Since his imprisonment, Jeff has continued to be extremely active in prison and fight oppression with his words and inspiration.
May 1st is a day of special significance for the labour movement. While it has been hijacked in the past by the Stalinist bureaucracy in the Soviet Union and elsewhere, the labour movement festival of May Day is a day of world-wide solidarity. A time to remember past struggles and demonstrate our hope for a better future. A day to remember that an injury to one is an injury to all.
Mayday marks a celebration of resistance for the anarchist movement - in particular of the lives of our comrades murdered in Chicago in November 1887. This Mayday anarchist communists from Europe, Africa, Australia, North American and South American are pleased to mark the decades of anarchist struggle by announcing a new international anarchist communist news and discussion site. Anarkismo.net uses the esperanto translation of anarchism to indicate that we want this site to become truly global and multilingual. Anarkismo.net publishes articles from the anarchist communist movement and other sources and facilitates serious discussion of the news and ideas they contain. Through this Anarkismo.net hopes to aid the spread of ideas and share experiences through the anarchist movement - wherever it is to be found.
Bored by the prospect of another May Day â€œcelebrationâ€? that threatens to be neither enjoyable nor interesting, a few radicals in Portland, Oregon have decided to shake things up as they can. Rather than using this coming May Day as a means to â€œspeak truth to powerâ€?â€”those at the reigns of power are our enemies, and we do not address ourselves to themâ€”we have decided to speak instead with those struggling each day against the conditions imposed by our society, those who, like us, feel the need for revolt.
By Adam Luck April 16, 2005
<table><tr><td>A REMOTE farm in the Lanarkshire countryside was transformed last weekend into a city of well laid-out army tents and marquees resembling a military encampment.
The military aspect was no accident. This was a â€œwar summitâ€?, where about 300 anarchists â€” some dressed in urban guerrilla garb in freezing temperatures â€” had gathered to draw up plans to paralyse Scotland during the G8 meeting at Gleneagles in July.</td><td><img src="files/festival_dissent.gif"></td></tr></table>
Apr. 24, 2005
(AP) -- A small group of self-styled anarchists went on a rampage in downtown Athens early Sunday, throwing gasoline bombs that damaged five parked cars, authorities said. No arrests or injuries were reported.
Police said the incident in the central Athens Exarhia suburb began a little after midnight.
Anarchist arson gangs frequently target cars and property at random, as well
Student Resistance in Chile
April 28, 2005
Over the past week, Chilean high school and university students have escalated their ongoing struggle against government plans to privatize university education. A rise in the price of university student bus passes only added fuel to the fire.
Mass student demonstrations in various Chilean cities have frequently developed into street battles against riot police. Armored police water cannons are deployed by the authorities as common practice.
May 7, 2005
University of California, Santa Cruz
As we enter the 21st century, the political landscape has shifted dramatically. Since the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the open-ended War on Terror, the dominant ideologies, categories, antagonists, analyses of power and the modes in which it is exercised have changed. Accordingly, the theories and praxes of resistance are changing as well.
The Personal Demons of the Republic and the Industrial Workers of the World announce:
WHAT: MAY DAY 2005 Picnic, Puppet Play, and Singalong
WHEN: Sunday May 1, noon to four
WHERE: The Rock Garden in Zilker Park
CELEBRATE the traditional day of international labor SOLIDARITY and RECLAIM
the CULTURE of the working class with a radical rite of spring:
- Songs and stories from the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), drawing
<table><tr><td>The late 1990s was a depressing time for anarchists in North America. Long time activists were leaving a declining movement en masse, while projects were disbanding or taking a hiatus. Anarchists of the 1990s had struggled hard to develop a working praxis, while simultaneously trying to predict what "the next big thing" would be in terms of social struggle. Some talked of ecology, while others built up infoshops and other counter-institutions.</td><td><img src="files/pictures/nefac.jpg"></td></tr></table>