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Strengthening Our Politics, Commitment and Growth: BRRN 4th National Convention

  • Posted on: 19 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation
A Report on the Black Rose/Rosa Negra 4th National Convention
By Romina, Lisette and Ollie

On a Saturday afternoon in Rochester, NY, fifty members of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation gathered outside The Flying Squirrel Community Space to take a group photo. Members from 14 locals, as well as many at-large members, travelled from across the country to participate in their organization’s fourth convention. As the group walked back inside, one member was quoted saying that, “the convention so far was one of the best conversations we’ve had in the federation on strategy, the current moment and our next steps.”

A Podcast Introduction: The Ideas and History of Anarchism

  • Posted on: 9 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

Looking for a detailed and to the point introduction to anarchism and it’s ideas? Say no more.

Sitting down with the Revolutionary Left Radio podcast, historian and author Mark Bray gives an overview of the origins, history and ideas of anarchism. Topics discussed are: Bakunin and Marx, the first international, the Spanish Civil War, Stalinism, listener questions, the anarchist view of the State, Occupy Wall Street, Antifa, and more. Bray is also a member of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation. Click the graphic below to listen.

Who Are the Anarchists and What is Anarchism?

  • Posted on: 8 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation By Thomas Giovanni

In the wake of the use of militant street tactics at the Trump inauguration protests, the controversial shut down of two prominent right-wing speakers the University in California, Berkeley, and a variety of high profile actions against the far right, anarchists have received increased media attention and sparked widespread debate, particularly around anti-fascist struggles. But many people are still confused about anarchism, associating it with indiscriminate violence, chaos, and disorder. This distorted image runs counter to more than a century of anarchist activity in and outside the United States. So if not chaos or disorder, what does anarchism stand for? What do anarchists believe in?

Crossword Puzzle #1: Platformist Anarchism

  • Posted on: 29 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

For the next 50 weeks, each week we will publish one of the crossword puzzles found in "Worker's Book of 50 Sectarian Crosswords," a crossword puzzle book about this site. Here is the first one: Platformist Anarchism

Download the PDF here: https://anarchistnews.org/crossword/crossword1.pdf

Red November, Black November – An Anarchist Response to the Election

  • Posted on: 14 November 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

Donald Trump has been elected the forty-fifth President of the United States. As revolutionaries we are committed to a world that has no place for the likes of Trump or Hillary Clinton. We know that Clinton would have continued making a world for the ruling class and would likely have done nothing of substance for common people. However, it’s impossible to deny that Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence represent a virulent force of racism, misogyny, and authoritarianism that must be absolutely resisted. They recall the memories of the dictators of history, particularly the German and Italian Fascists, having been propelled to victory by an insurgent racist turnout at voting booths around the country.

Building a revolutionary anarchism

  • Posted on: 3 August 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation by Colin O’Malley

This article speaks on the failures of the anarchist movement to grow, despite numerous social movements, and how models of anarchist political organization point the way forward to overcome these pitfalls. This piece originally appeared in Perspectives on Anarchist Theory No. 27 (2014) published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

ZACF Reply to the Misrepresentation of the ZACF by American Journalists and on the Schmidt Affair

  • Posted on: 19 February 2016
  • By: rocinante

From Anarkismo

The following is the official statement of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) of South Africa on the controversy that erupted around Michael Schmidt, a South African activist, several months ago. It follows a careful collective discussion process and research and comes several weeks after the last installment in a series of articles claiming to be an expose of Schmidt. As we are also committed to a number of ongoing workshops, activities and publications, our time was limited. It has two main aims: to outline our position on the claims made for, and against, Schmidt, and to respond to a number of false statements that have been made about the ZACF in the course of the developing Schmidt affair.

Listen, Platformist!: Fragments of a Twenty-First Century Manifesto

  • Posted on: 18 August 2015
  • By: rocinante

From The Hampton Institute by Shane Burley

"Our future is unwritten."

These old libertarian socialist maxims have become so cliché that they can be an indicative street sign indicating for you to take a detour around whatever post-left jargon that comes next, but we can try to delve a little deeper. Many people dove into the Occupy Movement with the kind of fervor that can only happen when your politics are validated in an incredibly clear and material way. The financial crisis of 2008, and the subsequent housing crisis in 2010, was felt so personally amongst an entire range of people that the waves of deregulated capitalism are splashing hard enough to stop us from finding our heads above water. We were treated to a second collapse when our response, the diversified and shockingly quick faces of Occupy, also crumbled in a pretty predictable fashion. A movement built on anarchist principles and vision fell apart for lack of cohesive structure, as well as a media betrayal and enough liberal guilt to go around. In the shadow of that fallen statue many are looking forward to create an anarchist structure with a little more staying power, which means looking backwards and trying to find a series of patterns that illustrate what success can look like.