An interview with BC green anarchists on native resistance, building community and undermining civilization.
Fracking, tar sands, sour gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion stations and pipelines; in all cases, it would appear that our native friends up north have been trail blazing persistent resistance to the new wave of resource extraction and distribution. As they seem to typify it, it’s just the new face of colonization, but an old enemy.
I had the pleasure of speaking to non-native green anarchists from British Columbia who have been involved with and supporting these encampments and have been able to give us some more details about the encampments, the challenges that they expose for anarchists and as non-natives, the contexts of decolonization and effective forms of resistance, and, most importantly, the role of community and subsistence.
From It's Going Down
In the past year, the CrimethInc. Collective launched the ‘To Change Everything’ tour following the release of a text by the same name which was translated into multiple languages and published and distributed from Brazil to Korea. Hitting the road with a group of international anarchists who discussed a variety of struggles happening in their home countries, the tour hit large cities and smaller regions. The tour was in many ways a testament to the staying power and popularity of CrimethInc., as events were organized in many smaller areas without established radical groups and spaces. The tour also showed that even in places where you might not expect it, there is a growing interest in revolutionary anarchist ideas. However, the tour also made clear that in many places, there is little for those that are interested in these ideas to plug into. In a report following the tour, CrimethInc. wrote:
From It's Going Down
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, or IWOC, is a committee within the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), that is working to offer support for workers already self-organizing from behind prison walls. As we speak, actions in Texas prisons are ongoing, while riots and resistance continues at Holman Prison in Alabama. This May Day, prisoners with the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) are calling for a strike, anarchist and anti-prison groups are organizing demonstrations in solidarity, and IWOC and other groups are building for national actions on September 9th. Wanting to know more about how a small group has managed to sign up hundreds of prisoners and build for large actions, we caught up with IWOC to learn just how it’s going down.
It’s Going Down: How did IWOC form? What was the inspiration for the group?
“Are people happy with domestication, with leading domesticated lives? I think the answer is, resoundingly, 'no'.” - John Zerzan
From the site 'More Thought': http://moretht.blogspot.com (see this site for a PDF of the interview and a Czech translation of the interview)
This interview took place in December 2015, during the Ekofilm festival in the city of Brno, the Czech Republic, and was transcribed and edited April 2016.
Bristolian hip-hop group, QELD, have been making music together since 2007 and threatening to drop their much-awaited album, Kush Zombies, for years. Finally finished and ready for release, we caught up with them to see what they've been up to and the future has in store for Bristol's radical rappers.