Ruymán Rodríguez and the Federación Anarquista de Gran Canaria: An Interview

anarchists talking to journalists

From translation by Julius Gavroche

An interview for the spanish newspaper, El Salto diario (05/10/2021) …

The Canarian anarchist activist Ruymán Rodríguez visits the Valencian Community, invited by the Mostra del Llibre Anarquista d’Alacant, to share the work carried out by the Sindicato de Inquilinas and the Federación Anarquista de Gran Canaria.

Videos From The Trash Dimension

Videos From The Trash Dimension

We upload and screen videos and films made without money or directors. If you make something like that, send it our way. There's an anarchist shaped hole in the world of movies, let's fill it. In a gay way.

Episode 1 is up and you don't need permission to screen it. Info shops, your house, under a bridge, we don't care.

We are winning battles for the freedom of Gabriel Pombo

via, Translated by Act for freedom now!

Spain: Elisa di Bernardo – “We are winning battles for the freedom of Gabriel Pombo”

Elisa di Bernardo went to Oviedo yesterday to relate the situation of her companion Gabriel Pombo da Silva. She was invited by the group Higinio Carrocera, in collaboration with the Cambalache community centre, taking advantage of her visit to Pombo in the prison of Mansilla de las Mulas in León. Elisa gave a very complete account of both the legal situation of the anarchist prisoner and his life and struggle during more than 30 years in prison.

Jacinto Lives! Memories from St. Louis

from Kate Sharpley Library

This week we discovered sad news. Jacinto Barrera Bassols, anarchist, historian, and friend, had died in July of Covid-19 at age 65. We spent only a handful of days with this funny, inquisitive, warm-hearted man. He defied all our stereotypes of an academic historian, and left a deep impression on us.

Anarchism: Giving form to autonomy

Lenin Statue from Theo Angelopoulos’ Ulysses Gaze (1995)

from Autonomies

This post was born of an exchange of letters between John Holloway and Michael Hardt that focused on the issue of “anti-capitalist social movements” and their “organisation” and “institutionalisation”. The letters date from 2011, but their subject remains contemporary, as does the much older “exchange” between anarchism and Marxism by which we introduce the letters.

Censorship applied to anarchist Alfredo Cospito

Write an anarchist prisoner today! [But await for further updates in the case of those whose correspondence is being witheld or censored.]

via Act for free!

We inform that just over a week ago comrade Alfredo was subjected to a three-month censorship of correspondence.

Updates will follow.

The address of the comrade:

Alfredo Cospito
C. C. di Terni
strada delle Campore 32
05100 Terni
Italia – Italy

[September 30, 2021].

Sean Swain's Ohio on Immediatism Podcast

In these four episodes of Immediatism podcast are told both Sean's story of why he was imprisoned and some of the events of his court case, appeal, and incarceration, as well as the history of the state of Ohio. Writing this summary is difficult without major spoilers but suffice it to say that Ohio shouldn't be a state at all and certainly, by the chain of legal and illegal events cited by Swain, does not have any legal standing to convict and incarcerate anyone.

Call for Submissions - Burning the Ballot: Feminism Meets Anarchy

from anon.

Call for Papers for Burning the Ballot: Feminism Meets Anarchy
A Special Issue of Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power

Guest Editors: Tammy Kovich & Adam Lewis (Canada)

Anarchism’s engagement with the question of gender is at once ambiguous and contradictory. Historically, the anarchist response to the “woman/sex question” was mixed. During the period of ‘classical anarchism’ (1840-1939), women took on active roles in anarchist movements – they were active in anarchist organizations, publications, and projects across the globe. They took part in uprisings, rebellions, and revolutions, as well as in the work of day-to-day anarchist organizing, propaganda, and more. While many (though not all) rejected the label of feminist, they nonetheless spoke out against sexual subordination and called for the emancipation of women with the overthrow of all forms of social, political, and economic hierarchy. At the same time, many others were at best ambivalent to the idea of sexual equality and at worst outright hostile to it. Frequently credited as the founding father of anarchism, Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) was an outright misogynist who spoke out against the idea that women could (or should) ever be anything other than wives and mothers, and claimed that the only option available to women outside of the family was prostitution

Belarusian Uprising Revisited

from The Final Straw Radio

This week on The Final Straw, we spoke with Vasili and Maria, two Belarusian anarchists living abroad about the aftermath of the 2020 Uprising in their country of birth, lessons learned, the current political prisoners and the Lukashenko regime’s attempts to attack dissidents abroad.

On Sexual Murder and Police Sadism

by Anonymous

The reaction in the UK to the murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old white woman, by Wayne Couzens, an off-duty specialist-firearms cop, has shown the usual mixture of lightning-rod rage and Spectacular media-trance. Anarchists have quickly suggested that people like Couzens are all over the police, that the police as a whole are the problem. Yet the police themselves quickly arrested Couzens and the courts convicted him – virtually unknown in Britain in cases of police murder. The main new information which has been released after the trial is that this was carried out as a bogus arrest. Sarah Everard was breaking lockdown, and submitted to handcuffing, believing she was being arrested – at which point, she lost any chance to fight or flee. The case is horrifying, as people (especially white women) become suddenly aware that police might kidnap them off the street for purposes of rape and murder. Likely the number of people resisting, fleeing or arguing an arrest will increase greatly, just at the time such “offences” are being more severely criminalised.

ToTW: Beyond Left and Right

The Right and The Left are no more nuanced than any of the other identity terms that many anarchists recognize as superficial and massifying. That said, models for groups of people can be helpful, so what are better models to use? Obviously anarchists are familiar with color-coding (red, green, etc). What if that were made more interesting? Shading? Hues? Polka dots? What would your creative and generous model be for how to understand and talk about differences and similarities?


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