France

Al Jazeera profiles "anarchist-communist bakery" in Paris

  • Posted on: 21 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

This short video by Al Jazeera profiles an "anarchist-communist bakery" in Paris called Conquete du Pain, or The Conquest of Bread. As shown in the video, they are a self-managed establishment which pays everyone working there the same wage and is run by general assembly. They also have a worker training program for poor young people and offer discounted prices to anyone who requests them.

Texts on the recent repression against autonomous media projects in France

  • Posted on: 6 November 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Over the past couple of months, there have been several acts of repression aimed at autonomous media project in the territory controlled by the French state. Below are two translated texts dealing with this.

The first discusses criminal charges brought against an anarchist comrade for texts published on the long-running anarchist website cettesemaine.info. This site recently decided to stop publishing, while making clear that it is not because of the repression they face, but rather with the limits of counter-info projects and dissatisfaction with how much importance the internet is given in the anarchist space. The comrade's trial is this Wednesday, November 8, in Paris.

The second is from Indymedia Nantes about their decision to ignore a legal demand from the French cybercrime division ordering them to remove communiques about attacks and announcing contingency plans in case their site is blocked in the coming days.

The Poetry of Flames: The Arson Trials in France

  • Posted on: 17 October 2017
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.
From the Courtroom to the Streets

This report details the trials following the arson of a police car set on fire in May 2016 during the upheaval against the Loi Travail in France, and all the expressions of solidarity that accompanied them—including a fresh outbreak of arsons against police infrastructure.

Verdict Handed Down as Solidarity Actions Grow for Kara Wild

  • Posted on: 15 October 2017
  • By: thecollective

From It's Going Down

Across the world, actions are happening in solidarity with Kara Wild, an anarchist from the US who was swept up in resistance to French Labor Reform Laws aimed against the young and poor. Along with several others, Kara is accused of taking part in the burning of a police car in the midst of a riot. According to Free Kara Wild:

Notes on the Bure ZAD and the politics of eternity/death

  • Posted on: 16 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

The ZADs of france (Zone à défendre), at Notre-dame-des-landes, Testet, Roybon and the many others elsewhere (click here for ZAD map: le monde 21/12/2015) have emerged originally as moments of contestation against major infrastructure developments, public and private, typically outside of large urbanised spaces. The protests have then, in some cases, been followed by occupations of the contested territories with the aim of literally physically impeding the development projects. It is then bodies against machines, the war machine of the State, with all of its apparatuses of control and repression, and the physical machines that re-make space and life, to serve the movement of capital-commodities.

Anarchists, Intersectionality, Races, Islamophobia, Etc.

  • Posted on: 12 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

A Dialogue on the French and Québecois Contexts

Since the publication of Houria Bouteldja’s book, Les Blancs, les Juifs et nous, in spring 2016 (Paris, La Fabrique [Whites, Jews, and Us, MIT Press/Semiotext(e), 2017]), a controversy surrounding the use of the term “race” has emerged in anarchist circles in France [1]. Those who use such a notion are called “racialist” and likened to racists. This particularly affects the concept of “intersectionality” that comes from the social sciences and has been taken up by activists in order to better articulate our thoughts about different forms of oppression, such as gender, race, and class [2]. Recently, the anarchist group Regard Noir [Black Gaze] (since voluntarily dissolved) published, with the Anarchist Federation, a pamphlet titled Classe, genre, race et anarchisme [Class, Gender, Race and Anarchism], featuring translations of short texts from the The Women’s Caucus of the British Anarchist Federation which help to reflect on the concept – and the phenomenon – of “privileges.” [3]

Two attacks, two perspectives: Enedis trucks and office torched in France

  • Posted on: 7 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

The attacks these reports are referring to both occurred last month in response to the call for a Dangerous June of rebellious acts in solidarity with anarchist prisoners in Italy. Both targeted the energy company Enedis, though for different reasons in addition to solidarity. The first attack, a torching of vans in Grenoble, takes a specific anti-technology stance; the latter offers a friendly critique of the focus on technology by expanding the fight to society and civilization itself.

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