“A Sea of Red”: In the Midst of a Worker Rebellion

  • Posted on: 21 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

via IT'S GOING DOWN

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we caught up with one of the people involved in the Occupied Southwest Distro, which is an insurrectionary and anti-colonial anarchist literature distribution project in the so-called Phoenix, Arizona area (Akimel O’odham Territory). While our previous audio report brought us voices of two teachers who were involved in the strikes, this episode discusses the view from the street, and that of radicals on the outside attempting to support it and intervene in small and tangible ways.

We start our discussion by talking about the evolution of events on the ground, from the situation facing workers in the education industry and the conditions lived by students in local schools, to the building up of anger that led to the massive strike. We then discuss the strikes, demonstrations, and rallies themselves. We touch on far-Right attempts to intimidate teachers, the drive for recuperation by the union leaders, and attempts by anarchists to make connections within the massive struggle either by way of conversations, distributing literature, to showing solidarity at demonstrations.

We feel that this conversation is a timely one, as across the US, mass wildcat strikes are no longer an abstract idea, but a tangible weapon being used by tens of thousands of workers. But in each and every teacher strike and protest that has taken place moreover, the question remains if teachers will be able to keep the strike and struggle within their own hands, or will they bow to union bureaucrats in bed with the Democratic Party who push for people to clam down and return to work.

While the strikes have spread, so too has a new normal of union bureaucrats attempting to recuperate, strangle, and direct them. Anarchists and autonomists must work to find forces within these struggles to work with and support. Pushing to provide them with both material aid but also the confidence to build up autonomous bases of power and solidarity which can then take control – not only of strikes, but ultimately our very lives.

More Info: Occupied Southwest Distro and Audio Report: Arizona Teachers Bring the Heat

Comments

Can I be a Sea of Black, too?

Along with orange and blue. Down with those old ossified assprole colors.

Let's sentimentalized the noble red man, whose way of life is obviously gone for good; it will let us off the hook for being completely irrelevant to anything that takes place outside of our trite fantasy projections in the contemporary world.

Using " Red " to describe NA indigenous folk is a retarded remnant of colonialist arrogance and is also descriptive of the sanguine butchery the leftists have performed on the freedoms of individuals. It is color best used to describe raging foolish tantrums.,.

Using the term "retarded" is offensive - but typical of the middle-class trash who seem to populate this site!

The expression " middle-class trash " is a derogatory yet meaningless slur because it assumes the existence of an abstract population of enemies and is frequently used by leftist stooges on this site to destroy the reputation of bona-fide anarchists.,.

Okay, then show me any external origin for the "Red" categorization elsewhere than racist 18th-century Euro coloniaism. i'd like to wish you good luck on that.

Indigenous people are not "red"-skinned. Some, in the Midwest, had a reddish brown skin, but what does it say about the Inuit, the Beothuk (very pale-skinned, enough to be considered "Whites"), the West Coast tribes, or even Southwestern peoples? The color game was just a bunch of gross generalizations developed under the slave trade system of Europe, then further articulated by White supremacists like Malthus and Gobineau.

PS: aside for the anti-colonial stuff, the rest of this looks like its on target and a fine thing...

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