New Year Insurrections: January Actions, Assemblies and Workshops

  • Posted on: 4 January 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Workers Assemble

Across the country, we’re seeing massive demonstrations of resistance against the threat of Trump’s looming regime in the form of grassroots municipal anarchism: community members and neighbors across Portland have organized for reading groups, anarchist assemblies and the city-wide Portland Assembly throughout the month of January; every district within Seattle is forming a Neighborhood Action Council and anarchists in the city have called for a day of city-wide autonomous direct actions in resistance and protest against Trump’s inauguration and his agenda; chapters of the Democratic Confederalist Union of America have formed in Austin and Dallas TX, Huntsville AL, and in Wisconsin.
Durham is no different. Multiple affinity-groups, organizations and movements are coordinating with each other and building programs, workshops, actions, and assemblies to develop a culture and tool-set for community self-sufficiency and self-defense. Events to plug-in and join the resistance are happening throughout the month:

  • Really Really Free Market ~ 01.07, 2:00PM – While this is happening in Carrboro, there was discussion at the last #DurhamAssembly of getting a Really Really Free Market started in Durham as well, so this would be a wonderful opportunity for those who were interested to see how they work. “A gathering of those in need and those with something to give.” Simply bring anything and everything you’d like to offer free-of-charge to share with members of your community, and take what you need freely from those who join in.
  • Triangle IWW Chapter Meeting ~ 01.07, 4:00PM – There were ~2 dozen people at the last Wobbly open community meeting, and we discussed a range of really critical topics: starting alternative community media, doing grassroots building in communities across the state, forming a Durham General Defense Committee – among others. We’ve found these meetings to be solid spaces of encounter for meeting other revolutionaries whom you may share an affinity with.
  • “Know Your Rights” Workshop ~ 01.11, 6:30PM – In preparation for #J20 and in anticipation of future involvement with the cops as active participants in the resistance, we’re holding a #survivalworkshop with a member of the North Carolina National Lawyers Guild to teach members of the community about their nascent legal rights when dealing with the police, with federal agents, and with the State legal system.
  • Mobilize to D.C. for #J20 ~ 01.20, 10:00AM – #WorkersAssemble has put the call out with various other organizations in Durham for every revolutionary, affinity-group and collective to mobilize for participation in the shut-down of Trump’s inauguration event. #DisruptJ20 is organizing a mass assembly/spokescouncil on 01.08 for folks who can make it to DC – RSVP only. We are not going to create a Fedbook event for this one – if you’re planning to attend the disruption, do not do any organizing over social media. Meet with local comrades and affinity-groups in person, in safe spaces that have been checked for bugs. Do not bring your snitch-phones to logistics meetings like this. Be sure to organize with local street medics and legal observers for the action, and do as much scouting and street-mapping of D.C. as you can before the action. For the action, dress head-to-foot in black with regular street clothes underneath – and mask up.
  • “Organizing Direct Actions” Workshop ~ 01.25, 6:30PM – In order to built a city-wide culture of autonomy and self-reliance, we’re holding another #survivalworkshop this month to teach new members of the resistance how to organize their own direct actions. We’ll take you through the entire process of researching previous historical examples of direct actions, planning the logistics of an action, spreading the word, measuring the success of an action, what forms of organization best suit your needs, etc. Everything you need to know about personal acts of insurrection and how to pull them off.
  • Clothing Sale for Trans* & GNC Closet ~ 01.28, 2:00PM – Another program mentioned at our previous #DurhamAssembly, the LGBTQ Center of Durham is organizing a ‘Fill-A-Bag’ clothing sale to raise funds for their Trans* & GNC Free Closet and Clothing-Share program, where transgender, intersex, agender, gender variant and non-conforming people of all ages are invited to attend, grab free clothes, and hang out at the center.
  • Durham Assembly ~ 02.05, 2:00PM – #WorkersAssemble is hosting our regularly-meeting #DurhamAssembly, to create a city-wide point of encounter for all individual revolutionaries, affinity-groups, collectives, and organizations to meet up with one another, debate community issues, share report-backs on previous direct actions/moments of insurection, plan and propose direct actions with one another, build survival programs together, and federate with each other for larger coordination.

Come out to one of our events or actions and join #TheResistance! #FightBack for Durham built on self-defense and self-reliance!
If you’re organizing an action/workshop/program/assembly in Durham, and you’d like to be added to our list (or you would like to coordinate with us in getting it organized), please email us at with the subject line “New Durham Action.”



Western European colonizers have always believed that they/we are justified in dominating others (browns, blacks, yellows). This belief comes from binary judgement; i.e. 'superior or inferior'. This is an overly simplistic view of relational dynamics that bears little relation to the physical reality of our actual experience.

So, when brown-skinned arabs in the Middle East 'push back' against a century of European colonizer oppression, Western leaders depict this insurrection in terms of a simple good and evil narrative, well documented by BBC documentary producer Adam Curtis (Hypernormalisation, Bitter Lake, The Trap).

The citizens of the US, Canada, France, Britain, are buying in en masse to this simple ego-stroking narrative' and thus the counter-insurgency follows under the assumption that 'evil must be eliminated'.

The same binary ego-stroking approach is applied in domestic counter-insurgency.

The advantage enjoyed by Western society oppression is that the insiders or domestic insurgents are also bewitched by their binary noun-and-verb language and are thus motivated by the desire to overthrow evil oppressors, rather than orienting to the real problem which is binary good-and-evil thinking [binary logic is inherently subjective and incomplete]..

we have seen the enemy (a binary negative impression) and it is us.

Of course! Those caught up in the binary paradigm should not be judged by anarchists, they are victims of the Western capitalist hegemony, and to make war against them, as the leftists have done in the last century, the bloodiest ever, is no longer an acceptable path. All binary rivalry must end. Anarchists must never forget that their mothers and fathers are capitalist sheep and slaves or Marxist pigs in their narrow belief system, and that their compassionate human qualities overwhelm the moronic herd morality they live by, and that politics is not worth hating family over, unless they are nazis.

So glad you're here to explain that white supremacy is bad. Thanks again.

and thank you for making my point that there is no 'good' or 'bad' but that people are so hung up on using it, that it has become invisible and automatic to them, like the judgement of 'right' or 'wrong', as if such judgement could avoid the subjectivity and incompleteness inherent in such judgements.

Did I? Or are you constantly wall-texting pedantic lectures, mostly regarding issues that don't really require you to split the atom with your analysis?

if an anarchist rebel shoots and kills a member of the occupying colonizer society, this issue will be seen in terms of inquiry into whether he EITHER 'is' OR 'is not' guilty of causing the colonizer's death.

this issue ends up being 'binary' only because of binary assumptions built into this logic such as 'the present depends only on the immediate past';

"Instead of embracing in its entirety the progressive development of a phenomenon, we simply try to connect each moment with the one immediately preceding. We admit that the present state of the world only depends on the immediate past, without being directly influenced, so to speak, by the recollection of a more distant past. Thanks to this postulate, instead of studying directly the whole succession of phenomena, we may confine ourselves to writing down its differential equation; for the laws of Kepler we substitute the law of Newton. -- Poincaré

If we wish to consider the progressive development of this phenomenon, we can take into account that the colonizers were conditioning the common living space so as to opportunize some and disopportunize others creating imbalance and associated relational tensions that built to a limit of tolerance at which point there was a violent release of energy as in the anarchist rebellion. That is the physical reality of our actual experience. We all know about the straw that broke the camel's back because it is the way that the world of our actual experience works.

Just because you prefer to join the herd and buy into the convenient reductions to binary thinking implemented by science which give more meaning to what happens inside an interval bounded by the present and the immediate past, than to the progressive developments over a lifetime or multiple lifetimes of experience, ... does not mean that it doesn't make sense for others to lift off the superficiality of such binarization and come to a very different understanding of the same issues.

if you buy into the formulating of the issues of violent conflict in terms of whether the one venting violence 'is' or 'is not' guilty of shooting an oppressor, then you are lost in an idealized semantic reality that departs radically from the physical reality of our actual experience [we can physically experience tensions that progressively build to the point of exceeding tolerance limits and discharging accrued tensional energy violently].

Clearly, you can opt to join the herd and live inside binarily simplified semantic realities if you like, but why do you insist that your binary way is the only correct way?

Why are there only two choices? Why is it binary and non-binary? Why not a third option? And why call your ideas "non-binary"? This is a false negativism for something based on positive freedom.

How many increments of binaries and non-binaries there are? lol When you take down other people's views and sensibilities as "binaries" and claim to be rejecting binaries with non-binary-based perspectives, that means a binary right there.

Hence, you check-mate yourself with this stupid attempt at hunting binaries.

This made me think of that classic scene...

editors can get a lot of laughs since they have the last word.

"emile's new years resolutions", ... sure.

have you ever thought about how many people come here because they are tired of the abuse of authoritarian controls?

The problem is that you're on your mission to ostensibly save humanity so anything you say you gotta be doughing people.

The stuff you're doing, to be honest, and don't take this personally, this stuff is what a bourgeois liberal prepper would be doing, there wouldn't be a single prole unionist or manual laborer within 50 miles of where you live by the sounds of things.

They're Bookchinites who need to read a lot more

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