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Rowdy Night March – Tonight, 11:55pm, Dupont Circle November 15, 2008

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G20 Going Away Party!

After the People’s Forum, the G20 closes up their lame-duck summit of dying ideas, but do we stop the party? Hell no! Help us wish the G20 a fond adieu, but don’t mistake this for a teary goodbye.

Assemble in Dupont Circle at 11:55pm Saturday with pots and pans, musical instruments, anything that makes noise, colorful clothing, and walking shoes because we plan on taking our party to where they live, where they sleep, where they work, where they party, and anywhere we feel like it–Just to let them know we care.

Don’t come expecting some somber, all-in-black affair, but come ready for anything. 😉

Those sly foxes! November 15, 2008

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Early this morning, we received this short communique and a photo from anarchists protesting the G20. We have no information beyond this. Autonomous action FTW:

This morning, at approximately 5:13 am, a group of hooligans and self-proclaimed anarchists made their displeasure for the G20 known, with two frickin’ sweet banner drops in the federally-occupied territory of Washington, DC.
These hoodlums knew that the G20 was preparing to spread propoganda about the benevolence and success of their antiquated system, so they took it upon themselves to drop some real knowlege on the people. LITERALLY.

See you at the summit,
self-proclaimed anarchists

G20 Banner Drop

G20 Banner Drop

Solidarity Statement from G20 Resistance in Australia November 13, 2008

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Pretty inspiring stuff. Late last night, we received a solidarity statement from the Mutiny anarchist collective, based in Sydney ,Australia. Among other amazing work they do, Mutiny has helped coordinate support for individuals still jailed after demonstrations against the G20 in Melbourne.

Mutiny is an anarchist collective from Sydney, Australia. Some information about us is available here: http://www.jura.org.au/mutiny

We’re writing to send solidarity to people involved in global protests against the G20 meeting in Washington DC and around the world on November 15. In a very small way, we also want to help open up spaces of communication between those struggling against capitalism all over the world.

A number of people from our collective were involved in direct actions and protests against the G20 in Melbourne, Australia in 2006. There was a savage response by the police and the state to these: approximately 30 people were arrested, with charges of riot across the board. One person is currently serving a 28 month sentence in prison, and there has been ongoing solidarity work to support those targeted. Our collective was also specifically singled out by the corporate media as being ‘bad protestors’ responsible for ‘violence’.

Here are some links about experiences and reflections from resisting the G20 to check out if you’re interested:

For discussion of the protest-

http://arushandapush.blogsome.com/

http://www.wombles.org.uk/article200611548.php

For information about arrestee solidarity-

http://www.afterg20.org/

For pictures-

http://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/agp/free/g20/melbourne/index.html

Best wishes & good luck,

Mutiny

It’s empowering to know that we’re part of a truly global movement and we wish our Australian friends all the best and hope for justice for those taken from us by police.

Come join us this weekend and rock out like this woman here, blowing bubbles against capitalism at the G20 protests in 2006, Melbourne, Australia. We are global, we are everywhere, we are winning!

Bubbles Against Capitalism

Horizontalism: Argentina’s Recuperated Factories November 11, 2008

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One of the models that inform our belief that another world without capitalism is possible is the Horizontalist movement in Latin America, specifically the recuperated factory movement in Argentina.

The Argentinian government’s unquestioned devotion to the flimsy system of global capitalism caused massive collapse of their entire economic infrastructure in the early part of this decade. Factory workers, sick of the unemployment caused by the flight of corporate capital, pried open the doors to their factories, and started the dusty machines once again, finding their own clients to sell to, and managing manufacturing without bosses.

Read more about Latin American Horizontalism here.
The author of the above article wrote “Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina,” a book available for sale at AK Press’ website

In addition, a book written by the Lavaca Collective documents the struggle inside recuperated factories, including interviews with workers. This is also available from AK Press.

For a peek at the organizing going on around the recuperated factories in Argentina, Naomi Klein and her husband Avi Lewis documented the phenomenon in a beautiful 2004 documentary film called The Take:


Watch the film instantly:

Order the film from its website

Getting Free: Creating an Association of Democratic Autonomous Neighborhoods November 10, 2008

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From the Introduction to the book:

“The main purpose of this book is to try to persuade revolutionaries to shift the sites of the anticapitalist struggle and to select new battlefields. I identify three strategic sites for fighting — neighborhoods, workplaces, and households — that I believe will not only enable us to defeat capitalists but also to build a new society in the process. The advantage of this shift is that it offers an offensive strategy, not merely a defensive one. That is, it is not merely about resisting what they are doing to us, but rather about defending what we are doing to them through our new social creations. It means that we would begin to take the initiative to build the life we want, and then fight to defend this life from attacks by the ruling class.

In listing all the strategies that have failed, I merely mean to argue that these forms of resistance, although they have accomplished a lot, haven’t gotten us very far toward our ultimate goal of destroying capitalism. Some of them — like the leninist vanguard party, social democracy, dropping out, and guerrilla warfare — should be abandoned completely. The others should be subordinated to the main task of building free associations in neighborhoods, workplaces, and households. Strategies like strikes, civil disobedience, or insurrections are not wrong in themselves, but they are not enough, and by themselves cannot defeat capitalists. To win we must add another whole dimension.”

Click here to read the book in its entirety online, or to order it.

Alternatives to Capitalism: Parecon -vs- Anarchist Communism November 10, 2008

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from the link:

“We are constantly being told that the only economy that works is the capitalist market economy. However, events over the last few weeks have shown this to be a lie. Capitalism is a crazy way in which to run a society. But are there any alternatives? And if so, what are they and how would they work?
In this debate (originally hosted on Znet), two leading thinkers outline other economic systems. Michael Albert and Wayne Price put forward their respective positions and reply to each other in a series of 10 short articles.

Wayne Price, a member of the North American anarchist organization NEFAC and a regular contributor to Anarkismo, argues the case for Anarchist Communism, while Michael Albert, co-author of Parecon and founder of Znet, speaks on behalf of Participatory Economics. Each article is then commented upon by the other author, who then each have an opportunity to respond before making a final conclusion.”

To Remember Spain: A Revolution Against Capitalism and the State November 9, 2008

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George Orwell fought in the Spanish Revolution with the POUM (the Workers’ Party of Marxist Unity), and wrote about the social revolution unfolding around him in his book, Homage to Catalonia:

“This was in late December 1936, less than seven months ago as I write, and yet it is a period that has already receded into enormous distance. Later events have obliterated it much more completely than they have obliterated 1935, or 1905, for that matter. I had come to Spain with some notion of writing newspaper articles, but I had joined the militia almost immediately, because at that time and in that atmosphere it seemed the only conceivable thing to do.

The Anarchists were still in virtual control of Catalonia and the revolution was still in full swing. To anyone who had been there since the beginning it probably seemed even in December or January that the revolutionary period was ending; but when one came straight from England the aspect of Barcelona was something startling and overwhelming. It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flags and with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; every wall was scrawled with the hammer and sickle and with the initials of the revolutionary parties; […]

Every shop and cafe had an inscription saying that it had been collectivized; even the bootblacks had been collectivized and their boxes painted red and black. Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal. Servile and even ceremonial forms of speech had temporarily disappeared. Nobody said ‘Senor’ or ‘Don’ or even ‘Ústed’; everyone called everyone else ‘Comrade’ or ‘Thou’, and said ‘Salud!’ instead of ‘Buenos días’. Tipping had been forbidden by law since the time of Primo de Rivera; almost my first experience was receiving a lecture from a hotel manager for trying to tip a lift-boy. There were no private motor-cars, they had all been commandeered, and the trams and taxis and much of the other transport were painted red and black. The revolutionary posters were everywhere, flaming from the walls in clean reds and blues that made the few remaining advertisements look like daubs of mud. Down the Ramblas, the wide central artery of the town where crowds of people streamed constantly to and fro, the loud-speakers were bellowing revolutionary songs all day and far into the night.

And it was the aspect of the crowds that was the queerest thing of all. In outward appearance it was a town in which the wealthy classes had practically ceased to exist. Except for a small number of women and foreigners there were no ‘well-dressed’ people at all. Practically everyone wore rough working-class clothes, or blue overalls or some variant of militia uniform. All this was queer and moving. There was much in this that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for.”

You can read the book, in its entirety, at this website

Social Ecologist Murray Bookchin wrote this essay about this social revolution on the occaision of the 50th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution.

If you use torrents, check out this six-part BBC documentary on the simultaneous Spanish Revolution and Civil War, available on The Pirate Bay