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On the Role of Black Bloc: A Critical Look

  • Posted on: 18 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From May First Anarchist Alliance - by K., M1 Detroit Collective member

When we, as anarchists or anti-fascists, go out into the streets, questions should arise: What are we doing here? What are our goals? What is the most appropriate or powerful way to achieve those goals? Our tactical choices should always be in service of our goals — they should never be goals in themselves. I fear that in the anti-fascist movement, the tactic of black bloc has become fetishized and that this fetishization has impeded the growth of our movement and struggle. That isn’t at all to say that black bloc doesn’t have a role, but it seems to be imperative that we reflect on our goals as a movement and constantly assess whether or not our tactical choices are moving us toward those goals or not. Does holding onto black bloc as an identity help or hurt us as a movement?

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Black Block clashes fascist groups and Trump supporters in Berkeley, California

  • Posted on: 17 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

BLACK BLOCK V.S. FASCISTS AND TRUMP SUPPORTERS IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA!

On Saturday, April 15th, a black bloc made up of young antifascists, anarchists, and communists fought against members of neo-nazi organizations and Donald Trump president’s supporters in Berkeley, California.

Report from the Berkeley Potluck Against Fascism

  • Posted on: 16 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Enticed by the prospect of free food and some entertainment, some anarchists went to downtown Berkeley yesterday to attend the Potluck Against Fascism. The event, called in response to a "Patriots Day" rally being held by Richard Black, promised a “day of community solidarity”, including live music, a potluck, and a Passover ceremony among other things which would “take away their platform” and “declare Berkeley a Fascist-Free Zone”. Unfortunately, we were to be disappointed on all counts.

Back in Black

  • Posted on: 21 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

On Friday, May 3, 1968, several hundred radical students stared down a contingent of fascists outside the Sorbonne, in Paris. The day before, the neo-fascist group Occident torched the offices of a leftist student organization, leaving behind their call sign, the Celtic Cross. In response, radical students called for a demonstration against “fascism and terror,” steeling themselves for a fight.

Floodgates: The Urge to Obey, A Flight from Initiative, and Identity Politics

  • Posted on: 15 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Plain Words - Anarchist Counter-Information in Bloomington, Indiana

Traditional systems of authority are dead or dying. It matters increasingly less whether one identifies with their job, loves their country, kneels before God, or worries about tarnishing the family name. In the past, anarchists have fought to the death against these institutions, believing that if people rose up and destroyed them, humanity would be free. While these relics are decaying, it is due to many different forces, rebellion not being primary. As a result, daily life is still bound to alienation, livelihood tied to the whims of the precarious market, and obedience maintained by the threat of the justice system or the normality of habit, or both. Humanity is still submissive, but our rulers are faceless abstractions: invisible flows of capital, imagination-killing technologies, the justice system, etc. These systems have their agents in our midst: police, prison guards, CEOs, judges; but they no longer solicit respect, they just do their jobs to keep the system running, and they are interchangeable in our minds. So we are followers without leaders, waiting to be led.

Anews episode 2 - 3/13/2017

  • Posted on: 12 March 2017
  • By: aragorn

From Anews Podcast

This is the second episode of the podcast for Anarchist News dot org. This is a topical news project emphasizing one of the strengths of Anarchist News, a single source to see (and hear!) what is happening in the anarchist space.

This episode covers content from March 4th to March 11th. This is the March 12th episode.

Is Black Bloc a Racist Tactic in the Trump Era:

  • Posted on: 26 February 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Why White Activists Should Stop Wearing Masks at Protests

From Medium - By Nico Quintana, transgender latinx activist and law student

Since the inauguration of President Trump, more and more progressive, white activists are wearing masks at protests and engaging in black bloc tactics, which has left me asking, why? I want to know why so many white progressives are not showing their faces at protests and why they think black bloc tactics are appropriate to support the current political movements.

Anarchists who helped kill Occupy worry anti-Trump activists

  • Posted on: 7 February 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Chronicle - by Kevin Fagan and Michael Bodley

As Kathy Lipscomb watched TV newscasts of “black bloc” anarchists smashing windows at a UC Berkeley protest, the former organizer of Occupy demonstrations was obsessed by two thoughts.

The first, she said, was: “Oh no, not again.” The second: “We can’t let them help ruin things this time.”

Who Are These Protesters In Black And Why Are They Smashing Things?

  • Posted on: 22 January 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From DCist - BY NATHAN TEMPEY

Police have arrested more than 90 people so far today in D.C., many of them masked, black-clad hooligans who videos show swarming the streets carrying anarchist flags and smashing bank and Starbucks windows. They also may be responsible for setting a limousine on fire.

For a Fierce Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist Bloc at the Inauguration

  • Posted on: 4 January 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

BECOMING UNGOVERNABLE
For a Fierce Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist Bloc at the Inauguration
Wear all black | January 20th, 10 AM | Logan Circle, DC

We are calling for a mobile bloc opposing capitalism and fascism at the inauguration. Meet at Logan Circle at 10 am. Organize with your friends _. Come prepared to defend each other and everyone else who is standing up to the Trump regime.

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