From Huffington Post
Left of the Left? Think cruising down an ideological highway, speed past an exit marked Bernie Sanders; press pedal to the metal and you’ll soon find yourself sitting by a billboard proclaiming “Anarchism.”
We believe that the greatest barriers to participating in direct actions are social ones: finding comrades to build affinity groups takes time, patience, and trust (see How to Form an Affinity Group: The Essential Building Block of Anarchist Organization). This recipe assumes that you already have people who you can get mischievous with.
Before we had ever done a night-time direct action, we felt hesitant to begin. We had no one to teach us the basics, and feared making stupid, easily preventable mistakes. For that reason, we want to share several logistical tips that we feel may be helpful in carrying out these actions.
ITS, ISIS claim responsibility for Manchester Arena bombing. No more Ringling Bros.
Horkheimer on the circus and domestication. Ross Ice Shelf at risk, flooding threatens
Global Seed Vault in Arctic. Anti-fa at It's Going Down: pro-union, leftist, inflating the
'global rise of fascism.' Tokyo 2020 Olympics - 'greenest games of all' - stadium built
of wood from rainforest indigenous Penan, destroying their life-way. VICE UK sees pos-
sible anti-tech counterculture emerging as online losing its luster. Action news, one call.
For better or for worse the Internet has become an essential tool for communicating among anarchists. Traditionally anarchists have relied on face-to-face interactions and local social centres to build trust and solidarity. Yet, our communities are now sparse and spread thin. Aside from the obvious security concerns due to infiltration when we are involved with the “struggle” there is no popular alternative to the ritual of establishing rapport in localized ways.
From Eurozine - By David Graeber Aro Velmet
An interview with David Graeber
‘On a deep, cultural level, people actually believe that if you don’t do something that at least mildly frustrates you, then your work is not valuable.’ Anthropologist, activist and bestselling anarchist David Graeber on the police state, bullshit jobs and why people need no telling that capitalism is bad.
Federal agents approach you. Perhaps they just ask a couple offhand questions; perhaps they have a deal to propose. They might tell you they are trying to help you; they might tell you that you are in a lot of trouble and it will just get worse unless you cooperate with them; they might tell you that they need your help to prevent something terrible from happening. But whatever they say, you can’t be sure what their real agenda is or what they’re trying to learn. Whether you’ve already been approached for interrogation or you simply want to be prepared for the possibility, this FAQ answers all the questions you might have. Don’t take our word for it—follow up with other legal scholars for more perspective.
From The Portland Mercury - by Doug Brown
We Spoke with One of the Dozens of People Arrested on May Day
“Portland must be done with punk fascists,” an Oregonian editorial stated a few days after May Day. The paper was talking about a group of anarchists who smashed windows at stores and government buildings in downtown Portland on May 1, and also set fire to items in the streets.