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Lights, Tacos, Action: Franklin Lopez on the Future of Radical Film

  • Posted on: 10 November 2018
  • By: thecollective

From It's Going Down

In light of the success of our three part series on electorialism and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), we are now launching a three part series on the anarchist movement in so-called Canada and its relation to other social movements, namely the anti-colonial struggles that has been waged by indigenous folks since colonization.

Calling It Terror: On recent attacks in Southern Ontario

  • Posted on: 22 August 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Calling something terrorism is undeniably powerful, but the word is used in such widely different ways that it often seems to mean little more than, “I condemn this utterly”. Whether it's being used loosely or specifically though, it has the function of setting the acts it describes as outside of reasonable consideration – it's often paired with words like “senseless”, “incomprehensible”, or “unimaginable”.

But terrorism is a strategy that's been used by almost all political tendencies at different times. As a strategy, it's not desperate or insane, the way the specific attacks often appear; terrorism has specific goals and groups using it aren't shy about articulating them. The goal of this text is to look at terrorism as a strategy, as a choice that rational people might make to achieve their goals. This gives us a stronger basis for rejecting it and also gets us beyond the shocked and decontextualized reactions we understandably have to scenes of violence, like the two attacks in Toronto.

Anarchy in a Small Pond: New zine on being an anarchist in smaller places

  • Posted on: 10 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From 613 Anarchy

This new zine published in Kingston, Ontario discusses both the challenges and advantages of being an anarchist in smaller places. The first two pieces are reflections on workshops facilitated by the authors on these questions in North Carolina and Virginia. The third piece is a From Embers interview with Christine from Prince Edward County on rural organizing. The last piece is a report-back on Kingston's 2018 May Day.

On “Hate”, the Hamilton Police, and Mexican Food

  • Posted on: 21 May 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

After a tense week-long standoff between city bureaucrats, local journalists, and police, it seems anarchism has finally been cleared of being a hate crime in the city of Hamilton. On Thursday, Mayor Fred Eisenberger issued a statement indicating that he had been misinformed after equivocating anarchists and the circle-a symbol with white supremacists and the swastika - this coming two months after he referred to a group of anarchists as "terrorists" for their part in a Locke Street anti-gentrification demonstration.Well, it seems this isn't the first time the city's wealthy and their defenders have been a bit confused about the whole hate crime thing. As the drama unfolded over the past week, I couldn't help but be reminded of a little piece of Hamilton history that never really got the press it deserved.

Hamilton orders removal of anarchy symbol, calling it 'hate material'

  • Posted on: 16 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

The City of Hamilton has forced a local anarchist group to remove the circle A anarchy symbol from its headquarters, saying it is "hate material" similar to the swastika.

City officials say they're taking direction from Hamilton police on the issue, but police say that's not the case.

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