This is a response to the IGD podcast, “Beyond Bash the Fash.” I want to state clearly that I encourage people to listen to the podcast and I not only enjoyed the discussion which I felt was done in good faith, but took away a lot from it. The discussion itself is an important one, and having critical reflections about our activity is needed. Despite certain things in the discussion that were said that I disagreed with, overall I thought that those talking were generally respectful of people putting themselves on the front lines and risking life and limb to confront the far-Right, and that their points of critique should be viewed as part of an ongoing conversation, not a line in the sand
From It's Going Down
There’s no question that antifascism has taken up a lot of space on both IGD and within the wider anarchist movement. Talk about antifascists has also spilled into the mainstream, with many journalists treating it, along with the tactics like the black bloc, as a new phenomenon that has arisen in the past few months in reaction to Trump.
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It’s going to be a hot summer.
Not only in the sense that it will be one of the hottest on record, but it will also be the first summer under the new Trump regime. The first under Sheriff Clarke’s Department of Homeland Security, the first under Jeff Session’s calls for a revamped drug war, mass incarceration, mass roundups, and deportations, as well as the ongoing economic, health, environmental, and social crisis.
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Since our inception, we’ve boosted much needed fund raisers for anarchist, antifascist, and political prisoners as well as dropped exclusive interviews with those on the front lines of rebellion in so-called North America
From It's Going Down
We’re several months into the Trump regime and we can now begin to make some relative critiques and analyses about our activity and how things have gone down. How have our predictions about Trump played out? Where has our analysis fallen flat? How have managers and bureaucrats from within the Left attempted to push revolt back into politics, and have we let them? But moreover, how have anarchist and anti-authoritarian rebels been successful in acting within the current situation? How have we not been? What do both our victories and our shortcomings tell us about what it would mean to go beyond the capacity and ability that we have now?
From It's Going Down
This is a special IGDCAST with Sofi, an anarchist compañera from Mexico City who is deeply involved in a variety of solidarity and organizing efforts with anarchist prisoners in Mexico. The audio interview is in Spanish, while below is an English transcription, along with two song MP3s you can download separately. If you want to see more in depth reporting on what is happening in Mexico, be sure to support our Mexico trip fundraiser.
In the past few days various media outlets have published articles concerning “violent groups” in the Mexican territory.
These articles are a result of the Attorney General of Mexico (PGR) publicly revealing the names of groups that threaten social stability; these groups are anarchists, communists, radical ecology groups, eco-extremists, or groups of other political alignments.
The history of communes in North America is usually presented as largely the rise and fall of the “back to the land” movement that took place in the very late 60s and early 1970s, when members of the counter-culture and those involved in revolutionary politics formed a wide variety of communes in rural areas in the United States. While these examples are certainly part of the history of communes, what is often not discussed is the deep connection such land projects had with resistance struggles in urban centers and nearby towns. Within the history of anarchism, throughout the 1900s, many anarchists often formed communes that operated on a similar model. Offering both a cheap and accessible place to live, a place to get away, and as a way for resistance movements to become connected to the living land and have a place to work on projects.
Put the wig on!,” screams a Sole fan in Sacramento, referencing the getup worn by the performer in a video directed by SubMedia.Tv, entitled, “I Think I’m Emma Goldman.” The crowd represents an interesting mix of local hip-hop fans, old Sole devotees, and newer fans, already familiar with the front and center anarchist politics. Wanting to know more about how this cultural intervention was going, I caught up with Sole, the underground hip-hop artist who is touring with DJ Pain 1 (famed DJ and producer who has worked with everyone from Young Jeezy to Ludacris) on their #Def2Amerikka tour. Hitting venues across the West Coast and Midwest, the pair was promoting their new seminal album, Death Drive.