direct action

Why We Need Real Anarchy

From CrimethInc.

Don’t Let Trump’s Minions Gentrify Revolt

Politicians have come together across the aisle to decry the storming of the Capitol on January 6 as “lawless,” “anti-democratic,” and “extremist,” going so far as to misrepresent the result as “anarchy.” But the problem with the invasion of the Capitol was not that it was unlawful, undemocratic, or extremist, per se, but that it was an effort to concentrate oppressive power in the hands of an autocrat—which is precisely the opposite of anarchy. Direct action, militant tactics, and a critique of electoral politics will remain essential to movements against fascism and state violence. We must not let the far right associate them with tyranny, nor permit centrists to muddy the waters.

Five months of direct action disrupt old growth logging

so-called Vancouver Island

Since August 10, 2020, grassroots blockades have continuously defended the headwaters of Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek) – the last unlogged tributary of the San Juan River – from being clearcut by Teal Jones Group and its contractors. This is the longest sustained direct action of its kind in this region since the infamous Bear Mountain treesit in Langford (2007-2008).

Cracks In a Grey Sky, on Immediatism Podcast

This is an anthology of Do or Die: Voices from the Ecological Resistance, which ran in UK. It includes nearly 3 dozen texts on direct action, biodiversity, tribalism, sabotage, and EF!, and runs to 400+ pages in length. Immediatism episodes recorded so far include the introductory essay, A Letter From Scotland, Biodiversity & the British Isles, The New Luddite War, and The Four Tasks, which is the longer and perhaps most relevant part these days of the iconic text Down With the Empire, Up With the Spring!

Bringing the Black Flag to the Philippines

from The Commoner via Bandilang Itim

Bringing the Black Flag to the Philippines — An Interview with Bandilang Itim

Proudly flying the black flag in the archipelago known as the Philippines are our next interviewees: Bandilang Itim. Aiming to be the banner that rallies together anarchists and libertarians in the region, this revolutionary anarchist publishing platform commits itself to producing original, well-informed content on local issues and events, and disseminating the writing and ideas of other anarchists and libertarians from the area and its diaspora.

Fifth Estate Live with Ann Hansen

From Fifth Estate Live

Today we spend the hour with author, organizer, Fifth Estate contributor, and convicted felon, Ann Hansen.

Fifth Estate Live is a weekly hour-long livestreamed broadcast each Tuesday at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific, featuring FE writers and contributors.

Hosted by singer/songwriter and Fifth Estate contributor David Rovics and produced by Fifth Estate editorial collective member Peter Werbe.

Anarchy in the Streets of Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, radical politics seem to have allowed radical leftists to destroy property with impunity. Mr. Feibush says Philadelphia police have dutifully investigated the property crimes against him and his business, but to his knowledge no one has been charged or prosecuted: “The feedback I receive is they can send over [the evidence] they have, but they don’t believe the DA’s office will prosecute.” Mr. Krasner’s office, he says, harbors an “unwillingness to do anything to these groups.” As a result, “they’ve clearly become more and more emboldened over the years.”

Critical Reflections on Solidarity and Recent Rail Disruptions (Ontario, Canada)

Over the past weeks since the call-out for railway disruptions appeared, there have been a half dozen actions targeting train lines in Ontario. These have been diverse, with most involving the use of copper wire to trip the sensor system. One such communique described the added impact of doing multiple, coordinated actions of this kind; another emphasized that this action can safely and easily be done alone; and another reflective one talked through some of the difficulties of preparing and making sure it’s effective, showing the potential for the action to be taken up widely. There was also a surprise demo that blocked the rails, and an incendiary attack on the power supply of a signal station.

These actions have been inspiring and are only a beginning. The raid on Wet’suwet’en territory seems inevitable, and so we would like to echo the calls that have been made to shut down Canada should the RCMP again attack land defenders there. Over the past weeks, anarchists have built up the means to do this by targeting rail lines, so we want to encourage everyone to start scouting and gathering supplies now to be ready to go in the days immediately following a raid. The disruptions that have already happened show that this strategy allows for a diversity of tactics, so there are many ways of answering this call, though the potential small, discrete groups seems particularly promising.

Sabotage, Subvertising and Solidarity in Bristol

Many who were driving home for Christmas (or on their relentless commute for the 9-5) will have been dazzled by the 2 huge LED adverts that light up the motorway (and the night sky beyond) in Bristol.

Bored of the false dreams and fairy lights, we damaged the the billboards by attacking the main mechanisms in the back of the glittery display.

Claim for the attack on a drug dealers’ restaurant

In the afternoon of 14/09 we broke into a restaurant in Exarchia square. Last summer this establishment opened its doors and was destined to become another bastion of drug trafficking in Exarchia.

For us, this action is part of a broader struggle against State plans to install drug trafficking in Exarchia, in order to undermine the antisocial-libertarian character of the area. It should be noted that although the squadrons of the MAT [riot control police] encamp near the square, drug trafficking continues unabated.

How we invaded Cuba

On 26 August 1963 at 1.30 pm, “more than a dozen” anarchists assembled outside the Cuban Embassy building in London, walked though the unlocked front door, and upstairs through the unlocked doors into the Embassy itself. A surprisingly hostile column in the next Peace News said they “marched arrogantly”. Far from it. The invasion was celebrated in Freedom as a demonstration of the movement’s ability to keep secrets, but there were no plans for further action, because everyone expected they would be locked out.

What Are We Going to do About These Concentration Camps?

They’re not coming for me today. I’m a trans woman, so yeah the right wing is working its base into a fervor blaming me for all our social ills and to be certain I’ve gotten a lot worse attention from strangers since Trump came into office. But no one is trying to put me in a camp. I could keep my head down. A short term cost/benefit analysis says that I should.

Fuck that.

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