by Ansel Herz
Fuck El Comite.
Fuck another tame immigrants rights march parade, organized by local group El Comite and welcomed by police, while the federal government maintains a for-profit gulag holding immigrants just forty minutes away. Fuck doing the same thing over and over—protesting because you want to end deportations that rip apart families and send fathers, mothers, and children to impoverished, unsafe countries—instead of upping the pressure or focusing attention on the active monument to the injustice of the system in our neighboring city.
ver since I moved to Seattle, I’ve avoided May Day affairs wholesale.
Why? Most news coverage of May Day focuses on wanton violence by anarchists who want smash stuff and fight the police. More thoughtful coverage critiques the black bloc for coopting May Day and overshadowing the efforts of peaceful, well-organized immigration and Black Lives Matter protestors.
So not wanting to tempt fate and potentially face agitated cops, I’ve stayed home, despite my own personal interest in the immigrant rights element.
Review & Response: Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century, By Andrew Cornell, University of California Press, 2016, 300 pages.
No matter how one feels about it, the current state of anarchism has represented something of a mystery: What was once a mass movement based mainly in working class immigrant communities is now an archipelago of subcultural scenes inhabited largely by disaffected young people from the white middle class.
Announcing the third edition of Wreck. We are putting this out with the aims to create an anarchist discourse within so called Vancouver. Anarchist discourse is dominated by those with the loudest voices, from those who have podcasts to others who engage in social media. We want to create our own narratives, specific to our conditions. An anarchist perspective encourages those to speak who have passion, being a man or having a university education is no qualifier for a valued opinion.
On May 1st, Hamilton's anarchists and anti-capitalists gathered in Beasley Park for a march and a block party. Weather was cold and rainy, so the turnout was lower than in previous years, but we had a lot of energy and for whatever reason, the police were a lot more hands-off than they usually were (May Day has tended to be a bit fighty in the past), which is probably just as well
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.
This week in particular is a good example of people attempting to take lessons from around the world (especially Europe) about how anarchists should behave, and, by extension, what makes a good anarchist.
Does that work? How do you and your friends negotiate the differences of culture, police capacity, city structure, etc, that create different visions and expectations and abilities for anarchists in various places?
For the more philosophical among you, what do you think of the implicit (tacit) internationalism of blanket comparisons between scenes in different places?
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.