Ben Morea: Behind Black Mask

  • Posted on: 27 July 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

The chances are that you have never heard of Ben Morea. There’s a good reason for that. He didn’t want you to. I first discovered Morea and Black Mask (later Up Against the Wall Motherfucker) by chance while studying for my dissertation. The subject of my work was how the language of the 60s counterculture (be it spoken, visual, musical or poetic) contrasted with and directly opposed that of the dominant technocratic culture.

The deadliest terror attack in SF history happened 100 years ago today

  • Posted on: 22 July 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From SF Gate - By Katie Dowd

The bombing of Market Street is almost unknown today but led to one of America's darkest miscarriages of justice.

July 22, 1916 was hot.

As members of the Grand Army of the Republic assembled at the Ferry Building, awaiting the start of San Francisco's lavish Preparedness Day parade, one elderly veteran fainted. Just as an ambulance reached the fallen man, a explosion shook Market Street.

Which Side Podcast – Alice Carnes & John Zerzan

  • Posted on: 19 July 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Which Side PodcastEpisode 193: We talk with Alice Carnes & John Zerzan; Anarchists, primitivist philosophers and authors. We discuss Anti-Civilization, Activism, Green Anarchism, Primitivism, Nihilism, Post-Modernism and Much More. #fsd

Listen here: whichsidepodcast.com/john-zerzan-alice-carnes

Topic of the Week: Friends

  • Posted on: 18 July 2016
  • By: thecollective

Anarchists and their friends often use the words community, solidarity, and affinity to express their relationships with one another. Our personal relationships with each other among anarchists and friends is one area of our lives where we have a great ability to create and share the most beautiful ideas together.

Anarchy and Art: Exploring the Art and Political Views of Camille Pissarro

  • Posted on: 12 July 2016
  • By: thecollective

Camille Pissarro’s artwork is best known for the influence it had on Impressionism. He is lesser known for his anarchist beliefs, which permeated his artwork. Nevertheless, Pissarro’s artwork did not overtly call for a violent revolution as one might expect. His paintings featured bright colors, detailed figures, and pleasant settings. Without understanding Pissarro’s background and belief system, it is likely that one will not understand what he hoped to convey through his pieces.

Live in the moment: the Situationists & Pokemon Go

  • Posted on: 12 July 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Overland - by Jeff Sparrow

Over the last few days, the streets have filled with Situationists, as Pokemon Go sends its legions of players out on prolonged dérives.
OK, the comparison’s slightly ridiculous. Yet consider Situationist pioneer Guy Debord’s description of the dérive, the psychogeographic technique his coterie was trialling in Paris in the fifties:

Topic of the Week: Attacks and Organization

  • Posted on: 11 July 2016
  • By: thecollective

The past few weeks have had a few more headliners than usual when it comes to death by bullet. While police and soldiers are killing people consistently throughout the year, the other recent attacks happen less often. What is consistent for these other shootings is that despite differences in personal motivation, there really haven't been any organizations to claim them. They have been so-called lone wolves, taking action towards whatever targets they decide.


Anarchists Aiming to Stop ‘Bushwick II’ Development in Its Tracks

  • Posted on: 5 July 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Bedford + Bowery

It was difficult to ignore the fluttering signs at last week’s Bushwick Community Plan meeting. Sure, they were black-and-white, only about as big as two sheets of computer paper and just as flimsy, but there were tons of them. As City Council members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal touted their community-driven alternative to developer-led change, almost everyone sitting in front of them seemed to be holding a flyer reading: “EVICT THE RICH.” The rallying cry may have been more Mao Tse-tung than #BushwickBerners, but the Brooklyn Solidarity Network (BSN) couldn’t have been more serious.

Topic of the Week: Snitches, Moles, Informants, oh my!

  • Posted on: 5 July 2016
  • By: thecollective

Decades ago, I was part of organizing against Operation Rescue. At a couple of meetings some people showed up who seemed off. No one asked them to leave, although we all agreed afterwards that they were suspicious. When we called the contact info they'd left, it was wrong numbers all the way down. The first time this happened we all agreed that we would call them out if it happened again. It happened at least twice more, to similar silence from those of us who felt uncomfortable.