Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 30 for September 22. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week.
Editorial: Criticism vs Compliments
TOTW – Socialization
A101 question: Anarchy, what is it good for?
On the 19th of February, Taras Bogay, an anarchist and eco-activist from Lviv, Ukraine, was assaulted by a group of 20-30 drunk neo-nazis from the rightwing organisations Right Sector and the neo-nazi militia named the Azov battallion. They attacked Taras after he tried to protect a group of foreigners that the nazi group was harassing with racial slurs and threats.
From It's Going Down
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, or IWOC, is a committee within the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), that is working to offer support for workers already self-organizing from behind prison walls. As we speak, actions in Texas prisons are ongoing, while riots and resistance continues at Holman Prison in Alabama. This May Day, prisoners with the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) are calling for a strike, anarchist and anti-prison groups are organizing demonstrations in solidarity, and IWOC and other groups are building for national actions on September 9th. Wanting to know more about how a small group has managed to sign up hundreds of prisoners and build for large actions, we caught up with IWOC to learn just how it’s going down.
It’s Going Down: How did IWOC form? What was the inspiration for the group?
From Fire to the Prisons
Help Print 10,000 Copies of Fire to the Prisons and Give Them out For Free!
In February 2015, we returned to publishing Fire to the Prisons. After a three year hiatus, we came back to this project with full force. Over a year later, we are happy to report that almost all of the 10,000 printed copies have been distributed across North America and abroad. Thanks to the support, donations, and contributions of comrades across the world, we were able to create a very loud voice.
The Auditorio Che Guevarra is a special place in Mexico City. Seventeen years ago, students organizing a strike to keep university education free took an auditorium as a base from which to organize. The space was evicted and physically destroyed months later by police in an effort to destroy their movement, but re-occupied and rebuilt months later by a coalition of collectives, including theater, dance, and a vegan kitchen.
They have survived countless violent attacks from the state, university administration, rightwing thugs, and even authoritarian Marxist-Leninists. In the most recent eviction, paramilitary forces used batons, gas, and tasers to drive the occupiers from the Auditorium, as reprisal for hosting an international anarchist convergence that featured Alfredo Bonanno, Constantino Cavalleri, Gustavo Rodríguez. and Wolfi Landstreicher as speakers.
Athens, Greece - As thousands of refugees and migrants continued to be turned away at borders, a steady flow of new faces poured into the Notara solidarity centre in the Exarcheia neighbourhood of Athens.
Amazon, a transfemale from Gender Anarky in prison in California, began a hunger strike the morning of October 7, 2015 for transfer to a women's prison. Amazon is legally a female. In January 2015, Amazon's birth certificate was amended by the Office of Vital Records in Sacramento to record her sex as "female." Under a new law signed by the governor, transexuals no longer need full sex-reassignment surgery to amend their vital records, but instead a doctor's declaration of transition to reflect their current gender. Amazon accomplished this. She then applied for a transfer to a women's prison. The prison required Amazon to present her new birth certificate. However, prison rules prohibit inmates from possessing birth certificates and Amazon asked the prison to verify the document with the Office of Vital Records. The prison refused to do so. Amazon then attempted to file a grievance over the issue, but she was again required to produce her birth certificate to pursue a grievance.