On Friday, May 3, 1968, several hundred radical students stared down a contingent of fascists outside the Sorbonne, in Paris. The day before, the neo-fascist group Occident torched the offices of a leftist student organization, leaving behind their call sign, the Celtic Cross. In response, radical students called for a demonstration against “fascism and terror,” steeling themselves for a fight.
From Plain Words - Anarchist Counter-Information in Bloomington, Indiana
Traditional systems of authority are dead or dying. It matters increasingly less whether one identifies with their job, loves their country, kneels before God, or worries about tarnishing the family name. In the past, anarchists have fought to the death against these institutions, believing that if people rose up and destroyed them, humanity would be free. While these relics are decaying, it is due to many different forces, rebellion not being primary. As a result, daily life is still bound to alienation, livelihood tied to the whims of the precarious market, and obedience maintained by the threat of the justice system or the normality of habit, or both. Humanity is still submissive, but our rulers are faceless abstractions: invisible flows of capital, imagination-killing technologies, the justice system, etc. These systems have their agents in our midst: police, prison guards, CEOs, judges; but they no longer solicit respect, they just do their jobs to keep the system running, and they are interchangeable in our minds. So we are followers without leaders, waiting to be led.
From Anews Podcast
This is the second episode of the podcast for Anarchist News dot org. This is a topical news project emphasizing one of the strengths of Anarchist News, a single source to see (and hear!) what is happening in the anarchist space.
This episode covers content from March 4th to March 11th. This is the March 12th episode.
Why White Activists Should Stop Wearing Masks at Protests
From Medium - By Nico Quintana, transgender latinx activist and law student
Since the inauguration of President Trump, more and more progressive, white activists are wearing masks at protests and engaging in black bloc tactics, which has left me asking, why? I want to know why so many white progressives are not showing their faces at protests and why they think black bloc tactics are appropriate to support the current political movements.
From Chronicle - by Kevin Fagan and Michael Bodley
As Kathy Lipscomb watched TV newscasts of “black bloc” anarchists smashing windows at a UC Berkeley protest, the former organizer of Occupy demonstrations was obsessed by two thoughts.
The first, she said, was: “Oh no, not again.” The second: “We can’t let them help ruin things this time.”
For a Fierce Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist Bloc at the Inauguration
Wear all black | January 20th, 10 AM | Logan Circle, DC
We are calling for a mobile bloc opposing capitalism and fascism at the inauguration. Meet at Logan Circle at 10 am. Organize with your friends _. Come prepared to defend each other and everyone else who is standing up to the Trump regime.
The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality has recently called for a march and rally at 5pm at Westlake on October 22nd. This has been a tradition around the country since 1996, and differs year very little from year to year. The Coalition itself is a splinter of the Revolutionary Communist Party(RCP) and maintains both authoritarian and statist ideas in terms of it's campaigns. In the past Anarchists in cities throughout the US have held their own separate marches or tried to have a presence inside these marches on October 22nd to counter the dominant RCP narrative.
I was sucker punched by a black-clothed white boy poseur in the Oakland march.
An open letter to the black bloc poseur who sucker-punched me at the anti-police march on Telegraph Avenue Tuesday, December 9, 2014.