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Oscillations: From George Floyd to Daunte Wright

It's Goin Down - 3 hours 48 min ago
A critical analysis of the mass rebellions that took place following the police murders of George Floyd and Daunte Wright. By Shemon and Arturo We have tried to develop a new science, politics, way of being and seeing since the George Floyd Uprising. We have tried to leave behind the old ways of the left... Read Full Article
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Satement by the comrades from Free Pmapa Cell (FAI/FRI)

Anarchist News - 13 hours 12 min ago

via Anarquia.Info, English translation by Anarchist News

LA PAMPA, ARGENTINA: STATEMMENT FROM THE COMRADES FROM FREE PAMPA CELL (FAI/FRI)

April 20, 2021

THEY CAN'T STOP US!

«The homeland is the world. The problem is the poor and the
rich; the elderly sleeping on the cement
everywhere (…). The prisons must all be
destroyed; they must all be demolished... There
must not be, not even a single bird in a cage...
It will be us, and no one else: with Direct Action! ».
(Sergio Terenzi -el Urubu-, imprisoned act, May 1996)

«The words of coherence -of our brothers and sisters in arms-
are the only ones that have real weight. The
politicking 'anarchists' do everything to dominate
the new developments in their origins. The new thing that advances: the concretion
of the informal organization » (Alfredo Cospito, Olga Cell)

O. HEAR...

Hear the cry of the call to the multiform revolt. We are like wolves that howl at night: we have Siblings of the struggle rotting in their cages... They invite us into the combat, those from Malos Aires who dare to interrupt their dream-killing normality: insurrectionary hug comrades! Here we are, the rural bandits facing the enemy. It’s difficult for us because, logically, our "anonymity" here hangs by a thread. But we don't stop; there’s no turning back, least of all now, when our anarchic battle is just beginning. They sent the Interpol after us. We are considering next strategies… And they all have to do with taking a step forward. Never with retreat. Anarchy here and now. LET’S MOVE FORWARD!!!. It’s very simple: it’s about our cells committing to action. And if we all do it together and at the same time they will understand our message...The “October 18” coordinator calls for a Day of International Agitation this April 17: we’ll be there with our craft armament...

I. A.C.A.B.

Visceral hatred for the police spreads like an oil stain, far and wide across the globe. And that pleases us. But it’s necessary to remember that they’re just the tip of the iceberg. They are "class traitors"; but it’s also true (although it hurts to admit) that we anarchists don’t trust too much in what, from a Marxian perspective, has come to be called the proletariat. Bakunin was already saying it: our hope can only come from the hopeless (the "lumpen ..."). There is no worse foreman than a former laborer, it is often said, and not without reason. We are not classists in a classical sense; and we have more than enough reasons not to be. Remitting to the lucid analysis of the comrades of the Greek CCF, we find traitors in the workers' struggle, and internal xenophobia among the oppressed; and it’s not all just part of plain “capitalist alienation”, but about something more “turbid” that has to do with the selfishness of masses, and the propensity towards the most brutal fascism, towards which “the people” have given their encouragement and support more than once.

II. BINOMIAL

"Democracy or dictatorship" said the writing on the walls when, the military uprisings of the so-called "carapintadas"[right-wing extremist military], put the government of a certain “Alfonsin"in a checkmate back in the eighties in (S)argentina. This or that: options that anarchs always question... And why this or that, if it is possible to imagine infinite options? Fascism-Antifascism is another example. Or Machismo-Feminism. Or... what an obscene trap. The politicking of "look at the tree, and forget the forest." How many more times do we need to repeat, that we do not want to re-form anything but (rather) destroy everything? Social/antisocial. Organization/anti-organization. Individualists/collectivists. Blah blah blah. We are anarchists and, in the context of our diversity, almost everything fits; getting closer to the much desired Total Liberation is what it’s all about!. The I.A.T. (Informal Anarchist Tendency) was born to settle so many useless discrepancies. Insurrection, here and now, or more submission. Revolution is destruction. We’ll see what comes out of it. But let's do it now.

III. KARCELONA

For those who have spent extensive periods of experience in the so-called «Rosa de foc», the feeling that this city has been turned into an “anarchy theme park” and little else, is more than evident. Bourgeois city, conformist and bloodsucking of a poor and exploited immigration. Even in squats, you can see how there is a sharp division of roles, between "locals" and those who come "from outside." If you’ve been there, there are plenty of explanations... The much vaunted anarchist commando of the Maresme (read: on the shores of the sea of Girona) was nothing more than a disgusting montage, to exonerate the "puppies" of the CUP, from the riots caused by the imprisonment of a rapper -Pablo Hasel- who is a declared enemy of our anarchy (it’s enough to watch - if you can stomach it! - two or three of his video-clips...). Of the “anarchist” Barcelona, nothing remains but anecdotes. They spend their time navel-gazing, longing for their damned Catalan state. And it is pathetic to see how, certain like-minded people, give free rein to this farce.

IV. COLLAPSE

As we augured a few months ago, the beautiful kaos -of the system as a whole- grows day by day everywhere. The response is what you’d expect: armies of repressive special groups, striking blows left and right, with the excuse of stopping an "invisible" virus (sic!). Gone are the debates about the mother of the lamb: the systematic devastation of "natural resources" (of every form of life in the wild that remains ...). Fiction creates reality. And the explicit message, from hundreds of zombie-themed movies, was already foreshadowed it: your neighbor is your enemy. Only the decisions of the politicians and the deployment of the army can help you; so trust them blindly, they are your only salvation. Have you thought of it this way? Let's quickly exit the screening room of our enslaving existential miseries, and destroy the Spectacle. Our best weapon is ACTIVE SOLIDARITY among those who no longer can (nor want) to sleep; nor be passive beings. Don't you smell the smoke from the fire?

V. RAGEISM

Shortly after the hunger strike began, by our comrades who are kidnapped by the $hile dictatorship, we took to the streets to unleash our pent-up rage; and though it’s true that this time everything did not turn out as we had thought, we managed to cause some damage and -most importantly- they could not stop us. The enforcers came and went, along an avenue somewhere in the Rio Salado basin (ancestral Mapuche territory Puel Pikun Mapu…) but we set fire to a container anyways, before leaving the place. We congratulate the weichafe (warriors) of the Ancestral Mapuche Resistance who are claiming responsibility for various actions, of burning dozens of hectares of transgenic fields; and fuel tanks for airplanes that spray mono-crops in addition to the destruction of silo-bags: "As long as they continue to poison, we will continue attacking," they say. This will go on for a while ... We clarify that we do not agree, 100%, with certain terminologies they use. But, in concrete practices, we blow in the same direction.

VI. ANTI-HOPE

Almost always, hope leads to the communal cemetery. That is the little known origin of the anarchist black flag; taken up by the planetary acronyms (FAI-FRI), which entrench and encourage us, for those of us who have grown tired - a long time ago - of waiting ... In the territory that the Italian state tries to dominate, persecutions and imprisonments of people that share our affinities are the order of the day. This shows that they fear us and that we advance despite all their strategy of Fear. The time to sharpen the senses, and intensify the offensive, is now when they believe that they’ve tied our hands. We are like the grass, that when it’s cut, it’s reborn with more strength and impetus. There is no truce in the Social War against what exists; nor possible retreat because the "future" (if there is one ...) arrives striking the present with repeated forceful blows, a present that lasts as long as ice lasts in summer. We want to point out that: if we are attracted to and reivindicate the aforementioned acronyms, it is because they irritate the enemy a lot, and not because of “fetishism”.

VII. LIBERI (TUTTI !!!)

If we are not all free, no one is or will be. Hence, the non-negotiable urge to demolish all prisons and, at the same time, end the society that supports and needs them. At the moment we write this, THREE WEEKS are about to be completed since the start of the hunger strike (liquid) in Santiasko. The comrades are physically weakening and that worries us… It’s a disgrace that so far we have not seen the reaction that would be minimally desirable in terms of direct actions, not even close. What's going on? How many "libertarian" groups, collectives and federations are counted in the world that are aware of this situation? Do you really think a couple of banners, sending faxes, flyers or support sessions will twist the jailer's arm? We urgently need to remember that of the "fictitious movement" and the real movement; and decide which side we are on. What will happen from here on out depends on that. Arm your group (without further delay or excuses!) and attack. Step by step, blow by blow and kiss by kiss: until their chains melt.

TO THE STREET!
JAILERS TO BURN AT THE STAKE!
FEAR, LET THEM HAVE IT!
LOVE PASSION ACTION INSURRECTION!

FREE PAMPA CELL (FAI/FRI)
IN AFFINITY WITH THE BLACK INTERNATIONAL

Tags: ArgentinabarcelonaFAI-FRICCFinformal and insurrectional anarchist tendencyBlack International
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CLG Needs Your Help - April 22, 2021

Citizens for Legitimate Government - 13 hours 29 min ago

CLG Needs Your Help - April 22, 2021

The U.S. Postal Service is running a 'covert operations program' that monitors Americans' social media posts | 21 April 2021 | The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans' social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News. The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as "inflammatory" postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.

Globalists of World Economic Forum to 'Simulate' World-Disrupting Cyber Attack With 'Cyber Polygon' Event | 20 April 2021 | The annual training exercise is garnering extra interest on the heels of WEF's ominous 2019 'Event 201,' which simulated a pandemic that presaged the actual COVID-19 pandemic mere months later. On July 9, business, government, and supranational organization leaders will team up for an event called Cyber Polygon, to simulate and respond to a damaging cyber threat, "a targeted supply chain attack on a corporate ecosystem in real time." The training exercise will build upon 'Concept 21,' the WEF's branding of global digitalization trends by which they sense an opportunity for more power to try to shape humanity to their liking.

Multiple rockets land near Baghdad International Airport, US-led coalition base, triggering alarms - reports | 22 April 2021 | Multiple rockets reportedly fell near Baghdad International Airport. There have also been reports of air-raid sirens going off inside Camp Victory, which houses US coalition forces. No casualties are being reported. According to local media sources, a total of three rockets went off in the vicinity of the airport. Security forces are now examining the platforms from which the rockets were launched.

House passes DC statehood bill to make district 51st state after heated floor debate | 22 April 2021 | The divided House Thursday passed legislation to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state and to grant its more than 700,000 residents full representation in Congress. The strictly party-line vote in the House was 216 to 208, with all Republicans rejecting the statehood bill, dubbed H.R. 51. The legislation has support from Joe Biden but faces long odds of passing in the 50-50 split Senate. Debate over statehood got particularly heated on the House floor Thursday when New York Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones accused certain Republicans of being against D.C. statehood because the district was not White enough in their minds to qualify for self-rule.

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Nation Faces 'Hand-to-Hand Combat' to Get Reluctant Americans Vaccinated

Citizens for Legitimate Government - 13 hours 49 min ago

Nation Faces 'Hand-to-Hand Combat' to Get Reluctant Americans Vaccinated | 21 April 2021 | Now that Joe Biden has met his goal to have all adults eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, health officials around the country are hitting what appears to be a soft ceiling: More than half the nation's adults have received at least one dose, but it is going to take hard work -- and some creative changes in strategy -- to convince the rest. State health officials, business leaders, policymakers and politicians are struggling to figure out how to tailor their messages, and their tactics, to persuade not only the vaccine hesitant but also the indifferent... White House and state health officials are calling this next phase of the vaccination campaign "the ground game," and are likening it to a get-out-the-vote effort.

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Arizona's Maricopa County Delivers Ballots, Equipment for 2020 Election Audit

Citizens for Legitimate Government - 13 hours 58 min ago

Arizona's Maricopa County Delivers Ballots, Equipment for 2020 Election Audit | 22 April 2021 | Voting equipment and more than 2 million ballots are being delivered to a facility in Arizona's Maricopa County this week in preparation for a 2020 election audit set to start on April 23. Equipment, including 385 tabulators, was delivered and unloaded at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on April 21, while boxes of the ballots began arriving early on April 22. Maricopa County officials arranged for the deliveries, which took several trips and were supported by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office personnel, to comply with subpoenas from the state Senate.

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The U.S. Postal Service is running a 'covert operations program' that monitors Americans' social media posts

Citizens for Legitimate Government - 14 hours 1 min ago

The U.S. Postal Service is running a 'covert operations program' that monitors Americans' social media posts | 21 April 2021 | The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans' social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News. The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as "inflammatory" postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.

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Multiple rockets land near Baghdad International Airport, US-led coalition base, triggering alarms - reports

Citizens for Legitimate Government - 14 hours 3 min ago

Multiple rockets land near Baghdad International Airport, US-led coalition base, triggering alarms - reports | 22 April 2021 | Multiple rockets reportedly fell near Baghdad International Airport. There have also been reports of air-raid sirens going off inside Camp Victory, which houses US coalition forces. No casualties are being reported. According to local media sources, a total of three rockets went off in the vicinity of the airport. Security forces are now examining the platforms from which the rockets were launched.

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Sign at George Floyd Square gives list of special orders for white visitors

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 22:05

Sign at George Floyd Square gives list of special orders for white visitors | 22 April 2021 | The square where George Floyd was killed by ex-Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin now has a sign with special rules for white people. The placard at the entrance of George Floyd Square in Minnesota calls it "a sacred space for community, public grief, and protest," telling visitors to "honor the space as a place to connect and grieve as caring humans." But most of the instructions are listed under five orders "for white people in particular."

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House passes DC statehood bill to make district 51st state after heated floor debate

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 19:21

House passes DC statehood bill to make district 51st state after heated floor debate --Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., accused GOP of being against DC statehood because of race | 22 April 2021 | The divided House Thursday passed legislation to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state and to grant its more than 700,000 residents full representation in Congress. The strictly party-line vote in the House was 216 to 208, with all Republicans rejecting the statehood bill, dubbed H.R. 51. The legislation has support from Joe Biden but faces long odds of passing in the 50-50 split Senate. Debate over statehood got particularly heated on the House floor Thursday when New York Democrat Rep. Mondaire Jones accused certain Republicans of being against D.C. statehood because the district was not White enough in their minds to qualify for self-rule.

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Kronstadt as Revolutionary Utopia: 1921-2021 and Beyond - Our Recap

Anarchist News - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 18:42

https://www.thecommoner.org.uk/kronstadt-as-revolutionary-utopia-1921-20...

Much to our benefit, members of The Commoner were able to help organise, support, and watch a wonderful conference on the Kronstadt Rebellion of red sailors against the Soviet Government. Held on March 20-21, the conference featured film screenings, readings, and panel discussions with historians, activists and journalists. Although the rebellion does not come directly under the anarchist umbrella, it still stands as an important historical moment for anarchists and serves as a rallying point around which to criticise the violent intolerance of the Soviet Union. Some of the conference recordings are embedded in this article, but keep an eye on their YouTube channel for more releases.

On the first day of the conference, Dr Lara Green moderated a historian’s panel consisting of: Konstantin Tarasov, a research fellow at the St. Petersburg Institute of History; Simon Pirani, an honorary professor at the University of Durham; Dmitri Ivanov, a research assistant at the European University at St. Petersburg, and Alexei Gusev, an associate professor of history at the Moscow Lomonosov State University. On this panel we were first introduced to the history of Kronstadt and its forms of self-government, courtesy of Konstantin Tarasov, and on the anarchist involvement in the meeting on Anchor Square which drew 10-15,000 people.

Contributions by Ivanov focused on the anarchist involvement and reporting at Kronstadt, including such figures as Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, and of communist resistance to the Soviet government. The phrase, ‘all power to the Soviet, and not to parties,’ written in newspaper reports shown by Ivanov, especially resonated with the conference's anarchist audience. Simon Pirani and Alexsey Gusev, meanwhile, whilst disagreeing on whether or not we can call Kronstadt part of a ‘third revolution’ in Russia, both explained the links between their struggles and that of working-class groups in Moscow, Petrograd and the countryside. Central to the discussion was the fact that the red sailors were by no means alone, and that in certain areas popular sentiment was turning against the Soviet bureaucracy — most powerfully from those same revolutionaries who helped them overthrow the old order.


Maggots and Men (2009) Discussion with the Filmmakers (Sunday March 21st, 2021)

Not wishing to consign its discussions to history, the conference also hosted panellists who spoke about Kronstadt resonances in the present. The second panel focused on disinformation, counter-revolution, and the uprisings in Syria. Hosted by Shon Meckfessel, the panel consisted of: Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian American activist who has worked in the Palestine solidarity movement. Lara al-Kateb, a Syrian gender studies researchers and member of the Alliance of MENA Socialists; Omar Sabbour, a freelance Egyptian writer and analyst, and Javier Sethness, a primary care provider and member of the Workers Solidarity Alliance. Ramah Kudaimi painted a wonderful picture of spontaneous action arising out of the Syrian revolution and the Arab Spring, with anarchists and non anarchists alike promoting local coordination councils in Syria. Ramah also spoke about the disinformation spread by the Syrian regime to slander the rebels and cut transnational solidarity. Lara el Kateb gave an informative lecture on the spreading of conspiracy theories across social media, and the campist “US bad” form of anti-imperialism which helps Syria and Russia do away with human rights. She took western leftists to task for insinuating that dissenters to the Syrian regime were western puppets, thereby denying them full agency in their actions.

Omar Sabbour continued with these themes, polemically taking down the “anti-imperialist” who cannot see the imperialist ties between the US, Syria and Russia. Choosing, instead, to support the enemy of their enemies. The US, after all, have routinely supported the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad when it has been politically expedient for them to do so. Javier Sethness tied this all back into radical history, speaking about the badjacketing of anarchists by Karl Marx and others figures. It is easy to see the connection with the Kronstadt sailors, who were subject to Soviet disinformation that they were “white” non-revolutionaries, and to counter-revolutionary efforts during their massacre at the hands of the Red Army. Ramah Kudaimi made some especially strong points when calling for solidarity across borders, more focus on Syrian rebel groups, and for leftists to stop falling for state propaganda when they could be listening to the real activists on the ground. Lara al-Kateb and Omour Sabbour also make their opinions of media groups like RT and Greyzone clear, for pulling Western leftists into the grip of Syria and Russia.


"Disinformation and Counter-Revolution, 1921-2021"

The day finished off with a video presentation by the Russian historian and journalist Jaroslav Leontiev, translated for the audience by Elijah Baron, and a film screening of The Russian Revolution in Colour.

On March 21, the conference started with a panel titled ‘The After-Lives of Kronstadt’. Hosted by Laurence Davis, a professor at University College Cork, the panel included: Dr Danny Evans, a historian at Liverpool Hope University and co-host of the radical podcast ABC with Danny and Jim; Mike Harris, a founder of the Anarchist Communist Federation of North America (ACF) and the Workers Solidarity Alliance; George Katsiaficas, an activist, author and previous research affiliate at Harvard, and Dmitri Buchenkow, a Russian political migrant, author and academic, translated for the audience by Irina Sissekina. Laurence Davis opened the panel with a speech on the philosophy of Walter Benjamin, how we might, as Benjamin says, reignite the fragment of the past, the reconquering of socialised territory and product by the Soviet State, and where anarchists could improve their theory in respect to other oppressions such as race and gender. Mike Harris provided a spirited commentary on the socialisation of housing by spontaneous housing committees, with anarchists like Maksimov contributing to a belief in the possibilities of power from below.

Danny Evans gave an informative presentation on the Spanish Civil War and the May Days of 1937, laying out the parallels between the Kronstadt sailors’ feeling that communism had been betrayed, and the anarchists of Spain who felt betrayed by Stalinist betrayals and slander. George Katsiaficas spoke of the continuing trend of centralised parties co opting and then eliminating the spontaneity of popular movements, pointing to historical examples such as the Makhnovists or the Hungarian Revolution. Dmitry Buchenkow, meanwhile, gave a thought-provoking presentation of the differences between ‘political’ and ‘social’ power, with anarchists ignoring the latter to their own downfall. The anarchists of the CNT-FAI who stepped into government, and the many anarchist groups who have splintered into obscurity were two examples given by Buchenkow to illustrate this issue. Overall, the panel took the events at Kronstadt, which we might imagine as ‘fragments of the past’, and reignited them to critique modern movements and anarchist organisations. As argued by Mike Harris, these discussions should feed into a ‘struggle for freedom’ which we should pursue in the spirit of the sailors.

Following on from that was a film screening of Maggots and Men, and a Q&A with the director Cary Cronenwett, the director of photography Illona Berger, and artist, educator and cultural organiser Zeph Fishlyn. The next and final panel, hosted by Javier Sethness, focused on the ‘social crises of 2021’ and featured: Lynne Thorndycraft, the only surviving member of the anarchist bookstore Left Bank Books, founded in 1973; Tom Wetzel, a writer for Ideas & Action and ZNet, and Bill Weinberg, an award-winning 30-year journalist on, amongst other topics, human rights and indigenous peoples. The panel was opened by Lynne Thorndycraft, who spoke about the pamphlet she wrote in 1975 on Kronstadt, the sailor’s demands for the ideals of 1917 to be properly realised, and the dual existence of two Leninisms: one which spurred the Kronstadters on and another which justified their suppressions. She also raised concerns about new radicals learning their socialism from an authoritarian tradition, and coming to fetishise revolutionary activities for their own sake, defending negative movements for “actually doing something.”

Tom Wetzel followed on from Lynne by discusses the workers congresses which came to fruition in Soviet petrograd (and elsewhere), their focus on the decentralised socialisation of housing and business, and how modern movements may replicate their efforts to meet the needs of our desperate, covid ridden times. Finally, Bill Weinberg echoed the words of Ramah Kudaimi, Lara al-Kateb, and Omar Sabbour, giving a talk on Syria and the inability of some leftists to tell the difference between genuine revolution and the actions of imperialist powers. In response to questions Weinberg also criticised some anarchists for reading a great deal about Bookchin and Rojava, but not being aware of Syrian comrades.


"Kronstadt 1921 and the Social Crises of 1921" Panel

The conference then came to a close with some words from its co-sponsors, including us.

Here are some words from some co-editors and writers at The Commoner:

Samuel — For a UK visitor these were two very packed evenings, and would have been tiring had it not been for the informative and entertaining panellists and visitors who brought new life to the history of Kronstadt. We at The Commoner are mostly interested in the promotion of new anarchist ideas, and so it was excellent to be involved in and witness a conference that, whilst grappling with a historical subject, dragged it into the context of the 21st century. Ultimately, the sailors at Kronstadt suffered from issues held in common with many revolutionaries: betrayal, disinformation, and counter-revolution being some of them. Comparisons with Syria were both welcoming and enlightening, and we will certainly be looking into legendary Omar Aziz, who helped build self-governing communes in Syria. Questions that criticized anarchist practise, such as those on ‘social power’ raised by Buchenkow, were also very welcome for the challenges they brought to the discussion.

Søren — I was compelled by a general sentiment expressed by a few of the speakers at this excellent conference: that Kronstadt was both a turning point and a clarifying moment that harkened the failure of a socialist revolution. This idea has been around for some time; many contemporaneous and modern anarchists have highlighted the disillusioning and radicalising effect of seeing the Kronstadt rebels crushed under the boots of the Bolsheviks. I was moved by one particular talk from Dr Evans where he laid out parallels between Kronstadt and the May Days of 1937 in Catalonia. His talk also called to my mind the Paris Commune, which itself was brought down by republicans (and royalists) working with the State in the national interest. Perhaps there is something to consider in these historical echoes. The death rattle of the State, a wounded snake flailing as it struggles to stay alive, is a recurring threat throughout history. Moments like Kronstadt draw a line in the sand around the new society. Drawn to encompass authoritarian rule, they invariably end in failure. Whatever future anarchists hope to build for ourselves, we must learn the signs of such Achilles heel moments and head them off well before the fall becomes inevitable.

davel - Laurence Davis’ point about Kronstadt sitting in contemporary imagination as fragments of the past which need reconstructing, activating and redeeming was very interesting. It framed the Russian Revolution in a similar manner to Alain Badiou’s writing on the event, where after an event, such as a revolution which ruptures and upturns the social order, a militant must show fidelity not to an organisation or state, but to the truths that the event has articulated. In this sense, we can move beyond a simple moralistic condemnation of the Bolsheviks and understand their actions as militants turning away from the truth(s) of the Russian Revolution that Kronstadt showed us, in part because their political situation remained solely within the State, both as an apparatus of control and what Badiou conceptualises it as, a metastructure which dominates the political situation and often the revolutionary imaginary. For Badiou, in order to effectively show fidelity to the emancipatory truths that the revolution spoke of, and which Kronstadt reaffirmed, we must move beyond not only the State but the party form. And even if, as Badiou cautions us, the State cannot be smashed, the ruptures that political events can foster, challenge and unsettle the limits it places on us and present us with new windows for redemption in a Benjaminian sense. And in doing so, just like the Sailors at Kronstadt, we can present ourselves within politics in forms of organisation which allows us the fullest dignity, even for a moment.

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Train up a Child

Farm Wars - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 17:54
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Anathema: Volume 7 Issue 3

Anarchist News - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 11:26

https://anathema.noblogs.org/post/2021/04/21/volume-7-issue-3/

Volume 7 Issue 3

Volume 7 Issue 3 (PDF for reading 8.5 x 11)

Volume 7 Issue 3 (PDF for printing 11 x 17)

In this issue:

  • Advances In State Repression
  • What Went Down
  • Local Repression Updates
  • Housing Struggle Questions
  • Dark Clothes Attract Heat
  • More Than A Three-Way Fight
  • Philthadelphia
  • To Attack Is Among My Instincts
  • 325 Communique
  • Crow Song
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From Danilo, accused of setting fire to police van in Barcelona

Anarchist News - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 11:24

https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/55382

Indymedia Nantes



In February, the imprisonment of the rapper Pablo Hasél and the riots in Linares, in Andalousia, following the beating of a man and his daughter by plainclothes cops sparked a brief moment of revolt in the Iberian territory, especially in Catalonia. The reasons go beyond freedom of expression: hatred of the police, refusal of the curfew, the economic and social situation, etc. Saturday 27th February a riot broke out in the centre of Barcelona: banks and shops were trashed, ATMs burnt, clashes and barricades against the cops, and slight burning of a police van. At the repressive level, many were wounded, there were about one hundred arrests, and a dozen people were imprisoned, among whom eight comrades arrested on February 27 and March 1st for the burning of the van. For more info: presxs27febrer.noblogs.org

 27/03/2021
Hi everyone!
I’m Danilo, one of those arrested after the demo of 27th February. As many already know, I am writing from Brians 1 (Martorell). It is one month today since we were arrested and I wanted to publish something earlier but I had to get a better idea of what was going to happen, both for myself and for the others, also get news from outside, etc.
That said, I want to start by thanking the very many gestures of solidarity we have received, many people have implicated themselves in that, giving a lot, be it materially with letters, money, postcards, clothes, etc. or practically with demos, initiatives and other. Each of these contributions helps us a lot to keep up our morale and feel supported which is very important here, really thank you!

To sum up, for anyone who doesn’t know, we are accused of attempted homicide, attack on authority, public disorder, continued offence of degradation and belonging to a criminal group. Recently the comrade accused of having set fire to the urbana [Barcelona city cops’ van] has been released on bail. Which is great in and of itself, and we also think that perhaps this is a signal that the case is starting to fall apart.
However, it is always very complicated to predict anything, given the absurd pathetic media circus, in addition to the seriousness of certain charges, which is why I personally prefer to get used to the idea that it’s going to take a relatively long time to get out of here. It’s not that I don’t like the idea, I just prefer to have good surprises rather than disappointments, not start worrying about time, etc., so far that has worked for me, and I can say that in spite of everything I am calm!

About our arrest, I must admit I hallucinated that we weren’t badly beaten up, it’s something I anticipated when we were handcuffed in the street, I thought it was ordinary protocol in these situations (I still think so), or maybe it is the exception that confirms the norm. In truth I am perplexed, and finally I reached the non-conclusion that perhaps the fact that the media had been talking for days about “disproportionate interventions” as they called them, the mossos [Catalan cops], or that they wanted to avoid new “martyrs” who could give strength to the demonstrations … I really have no idea, but all the better for us! Insults and threats, we got. “We’ll see you in the street in Mataró when you’re outside, pig, let’s see if you stone us!” A schmit told me at the Mataró comico, before they take us handcuffed, Luca, Albo, Hernan and me, to the very shabby theatre they did to search Nabat, a squat where some of us lived, with the anti-riots posing in front of journalists in the middle of the road, before bringing us back to the cell, pff !  As well as Sara’s release, something else very positive, and that I wasn’t expecting, is that we are all here at Brians 1, in three different modules. Those of us in the same module see each other every day outside in the yard (6 hours a day, 4 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon) while we write to each other from one module to another and the letters “only” take some three days to arrive, in addition to being able to have communications, internal visits, etc. This is all very good, we support each other and that really helps. Module 4, where Albo, Luca and I are, is the quietest, as they say, “the schoolyard”, “respect module” for civil servants. Most of them are here for stup (trafficking), theft and bullshit, then there are some that in other modules would not last a day (sexual offences) and a lot of snitches, that’s why this module is so quiet, some prisoners are more guards than the guards, even more than in other modules, at the slightest thing you are sent to the special and afterwards to a conflictual module. In the end, luckily we also meet some good people, things could be much worse. Something else, before finishing, I want to express my utter contempt for the disinformation media of the regime, once again they are at the top in their efforts to manipulate public opinion with their lies, sensationalism and bullshit, supporting the repression, servile scavengers who take advantage of the ill-being of others, is that a job? Always offering a medium on which the repressive apparatuses can then build their retaliation.
Each time they are threatened, they try to sell the same story: behind the diffuse social malaise and the revolts there is only a group of conspirators, in order to be able to apply exemplary punishment, two for the price of one: on the one hand they strike those who disturb with their struggles and demands and on the other they try to frighten those who think of going out in the streets to protest. They claim to be surprised when a crowd of young people explode in rage, identifying those responsible (cops, journalists, banks, multinationals, large businesses) for increasingly precarious and miserable living conditions and for more and more suffocating social control systems. They pretend to be victims, like the worst executioners do, wolves in sheep’s clothing! I wanted to make it clear to those supporting us that this is what I think, I think it matters. Fuck the repressive apparatuses and their states! I will not give up my ideas for fear they will be criminalized.
Anyway, sorry if it’s too long, but there was a lot to say about this month and I didn’t want to do it in a boring telegram or communique style.
A huge hug to everyone! Hope I can get back to you soon! And once again, thank you for everything!
Much strength and solidarity also for the others repressed in prisons all over the world!
Freedom for all!
Down the prison walls
And long live anarchy!
Danilo
To write :

Danilo Infantino
C.P. Brians 1, Módulo 4
Apartado de correos 1000
08760 MARTORELL (Barcelona)
ESPAGNE

Up until now our letters have only been opened in our presence, without being read.
Translated by Act for freedom now!

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Mutual Exchange Radio: Dispatches from Russia (C4SS Around the World)

Anarchist News - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 11:14

https://c4ss.org/content/54715

In this special edition of Mutual Exchange Radio, Alex McHugh interviews Ilya, a Russian social anarchist and anti-fascist. Ilya has written for C4SS a couple of times as well as translating some English articles into Russian. In this interview, part of our “Around the World” mini-series with C4SS contributors across the world, we dig into the current muted nature of Russian political activism, the Russian far-right and the dangers they pose, and antifascist hardcore and anarcho-chanson music.

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How an anarchist commune for queer people grew a haven in conservative rural Colorado

Anarchist News - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 11:12

via The Denver Post

CUSTER COUNTY — Two sets of headlights headed straight for the geodesic dome house that serves as the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch’s headquarters.

Outside in the deep dark of Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley, the people who live at the ranch prepared to defend their home.

For weeks, they had received threats online and warnings from others in the area that the rhetoric against the leftist, anarchist alpaca ranch commune for queer people had intensified. The day before, March 4, someone aggressively tailed the ranchers’ truck down the washboard county dirt road as they drove home. The ranchers thought the headlights could be those people coming to harm them. They grabbed their guns.

Then the headlights swerved away. It was the neighbors coming home down their dirt drive, which follows the alpaca ranch’s fence line for a bit.

The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch stood down, relieved.

“I think that moment proved that this is home,” said Penny Logue, one of the ranch’s founders. “We were ready to defend it.”

J Stanley gets close to young ...
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

J Stanley gets close to young alpacas inside the barn at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch outside Westcliffe on April 13, 2021. The crew at the ranch are always armed.

For about a year, the Tenacious Unicorn ranchers have called home a 40-acre plot of hardscrabble land about 20 minutes south of Westcliffe, the seat of rural Custer County, population 4,700. About nine people live on the ranch at any given time, though that number changes as people come and go from the property.

Logue and her business partner, Bonnie Nelson, created the ranch as a place where queer people can live and work safely and without fear. Along with the human occupants, the property is home to about 180 alpaca, a few dozen ducks and chickens, a herd of gigantic Great Pyrenees dogs, a flock of sheep, a few goats and a handful of cats.

“The birth of the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch was really in response to watching the trans community get hammered under the Trump administration,” Logue said. “We wanted to make somewhere where queer people could thrive — not just escape, but actually do something. We wanted to build community.”

The ranchers love the valley and Westcliffe. The community has been welcoming and incredibly helpful, they said. But after stories about the ranch appeared in High Country News and on Denver’s 9NEWS, they have received online threats and faced increased in-person harassment, they said. In one 48-hour period in early March, they were followed in their truck and caught armed people trespassing on their property twice.

The harassment prompted increased security measures, like cameras, lights and the ongoing installation of 1.5 miles of 6-foot fence around the entire property. But it hasn’t changed the group’s mind about settling in the conservative ranching valley. When they felt threatened, their neighbors offered help.

“We’re a haven for a vulnerable group of people, so it’s doubly important that it’s safe,” Logue said. “It’s not a normal occurrence for queer people to just have exclusively queer space.”

Penny Logue, founder and owner, bottle ...
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Penny Logue, founder and owner of the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch, bottle feeds hungry lambs under the light of a heating lamp on April 13, 2021. The ranch, located outside Westcliffe, raises Alpaca, sheep, goats, lambs, ducks, and chickens. Penny Logue founded the ranch about 13 months ago.

Sixteen-hour days

Logue and Nelson chose the valley as their home because it was affordable and would support their dream of a working farm.

They moved in March 2020 from a ranch they were leasing in Larimer County after falling in love with the dome house property. Every day they watch from their home as the sun and clouds play on the jagged Sangre de Cristo mountain range, in all of its moods. At night, the sky is so dark they can see the stars’ colors.

The group shares food, a bank account and chores. Ranching is hard work, said Logue, who grew up on a Colorado farm. Animals must be fed, poop scooped, fences mended. Sixteen-hour days are normal. There are many sleepless nights, like when the ranch’s lambs were born in the middle of a cold snap.

Shearing the herd once a year yields nearly 2,000 pounds of wool, which they turn into yarn to sell. They also pick up work from other ranches or communities, like digging fences or cleaning out barns. Nelson worked for a bit as a driver for an Amish man. They also raise money online.


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Bullet proof vests, and other armament lays on the couch inside the main house on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe on April 13, 2021.

In their downtime, the ranch residents cook and eat together in the dome house, filled with food, manuals on alpaca health and bulletproof vests adorned with patches showing a rifle on the trans pride flag.

The walls in the main room are bedecked with several large rifles, a 5-foot sword and pride flags representing some of the identities of the people who live there: non-binary, lesbian, agender and asexual. There’s also a red-and-black flag stating, “Sometimes antisocial, always antifascist.” New people arriving at the ranch cry with relief sometimes when they see the flags hanging, Nelson said. It can be tedious living in a world where people see you as “other.”

“We all want to get away from everything because there is so much pressure and stress brought up by just existing,” Nelson said.

The ranch can especially be a safe place for transgender people who are transitioning and who may not want to be in the public eye during the process. Logue said she worked during part of her transition and was met with stares and many questions.

“Having worked retail from beginning to mid of my transition, I can tell you that the world is not kind,” Logue said. “It is unpleasant to be in the public eye during your transition. Offering a place to do that privately is really important. And who doesn’t want to be surrounded by alpaca all the time?”


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A lone alpaca stands on a hill in a field at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch outside Westcliffe on April 13, 2021.

“An old-school conservative Christian county”

On top of the stress of raising herds of animals, the ranchers have navigated a tension between the ranch and some of the valley’s residents that began after a Fourth of July parade in Westcliffe.

In town that morning running errands, the ranchers saw people carrying Confederate flags and banners with the logo of the Three Percenters — one of the prominent anti-government militia movements in Colorado that is classified by the Anti-Defamation League as far-right, antigovernmental extremism.

The ranchers later posted on social media denouncing the flags, which made people angry. Then, in the High Country News article published in January, Logue called the event a “fascist parade.”

Penny Logue for a portrait while ...
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Penny Logue stands with her AR-15 near the barn on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch outside Westcliffe on April 13, 2021. She also carries an FN Pistol around her leg.

The Sangre De Cristo Sentinel — a weekly conservative publication in Westcliffe — republished the magazine story but included lengthy editor’s notes at the beginning and end. The notes, written by publisher George Gramlich, called the ranchers a “hypocritical bunch of hate-filled xenophobes” and said the article was “very, very disturbing.”

In an interview Wednesday, Gramlich walked back some of the language in the note and said the article was generally well done and that the Tenacious Unicorn ranchers are good people. When asked which part of the story he found disturbing, Gramlich pointed to the quote calling the Fourth of July parade fascist. That sentence felt like an attack on the community as a whole, he said.

“There could have been a Three Percenter flag there, but basically people can bring their own flags,” Gramlich said. “We’re not excluding anybody.”

Some in the community agreed with Gramlich’s rebuke of the comment, letters to the editor and social media comments show. Others disagreed.

“The article does not imply that the community as a whole is not good,” one Westcliffe resident commented on Facebook.

The Sentinel has also re-printed several transphobic cartoons and commentary pieces from websites like The Daily Signal and The Federalist.

“This is an old-school conservative Christian county. Folks here have never seen any folks like them before they moved in,” said Gramlich, who has lived in the valley for nine years.

The Tenacious Unicorn ranchers said the publication stirs up transphobic sentiment in the area, though they mostly try to ignore the articles. The backlash they’ve faced has also drawn people to their aid, they said.

Stephen Holmes, owner of Peregrine Coffee in Westcliffe, said much of the angry rhetoric toward the ranchers has come from “a small radical minority” that feels like they have more power in town than they do. Holmes and the Tenacious Unicorn ranchers have grown a friendship over the past year.

“I’m a Christian, I’m a minister, and I’m a Bible teacher,” Holmes said. “People might think that would provide a big gap between me and people like Penny and Bonnie, but there has not been that gap.”

“I think people should try to get to know them,” he said. “They’ve been extremely kind to me.”


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Bonnie Nelson brings gasoline over the fence to fill the generator at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch on April 13, 2021.

Last month, when the ranchers found the trespassers and were facing increased online threats, they asked for help. People from across the country came to the farm to provide guard services. For all of March, the ranchers and volunteer armed security guarded the property 24/7. The ranchers often wore heavy vests with bulletproof plates as they went about their chores and tried to leave the property as little as possible.

On Wednesday, Logue and Nelson still wore their handguns as they worked around the property, even though the tension had started to ease.

“Doing what we do, people are going to hate us,” Nelson said. “If you’re doing things right, the right people are going to hate you.”


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Penny Logue brings out a bag of feed for dozens of alpaca at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch outside Westcliffe on April 13, 2021.

Nationwide expansion

The vast majority of the community, however, have welcomed the ranchers, Nelson and Logue said. They’ve joined in with other alpaca farmers in the area to pool their fibers and have them processed in bulk to create hats and socks.


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Logue and Nelson hope to expand the ranch so that more trans and queer people can live with them. The dome house already is filled with people.

“We can’t literally house every trans person in this country,” Nelson said. “They won’t all fit in this valley.”

The long-term goal is to help other queer groups start similar communes across the nation. Logue and Nelson envision helping other groups with downpayments, co-signing loans, teaching others how to raise alpacas and donating starter herds.

“I would love it if you could stay at a Tenacious Unicorn from California to New York and never have to stay in a cis hotel,” Logue said.

The group plans to soon fly three flags on the property: one representing the transgender community, one red-and-black flag representing anti-fascism and one pirate flag. They’re not interested in trying to hide who they are.

“We’re not leaving,” Nelson said. “We’re building our foundation stronger.”

J Stanley holds up her AR-15 ...
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

J Stanley holds up her AR-15 inside the main house on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch outside Westcliffe on April 13, 2021. Behind her hang a variety of flags which include, from left to right, the non-binary pride flag, the lesbian flag, the agender flag and the asexual flag.

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This Week in Fascism #105: “America First” GOP Caucus Promotes Whites Only Politics, NSM Floops in Phoenix, “Lifetime Member” of Oath Keepers Turns Snitch

It's Goin Down - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 10:17
Welcome fellow antifascists! What a week! We’ve got some major news stories, from House GOP members pushing white nationalist talking points though an “American First” caucus as Tucker Carlson doubles down on the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory. Meanwhile, a neo-Nazi rally goes up in smoke in Phoenix, cops are caught giving money to Kyle Rittenhouse... Read Full Article
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71 fully vaccinated people in St. Louis County have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials say

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 05:51

71 fully vaccinated people in St. Louis County have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials say | 21 April 2021 | St. Louis County health officials are reminding the public that these COVID-19 vaccines aren't 100% effective and that some people are contracting the virus after being fully vaccinated. Officials say they've discovered 71 people who have contracted COVID-19 even though they were fully vaccinated... Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated there were 5,814 reports of breakthrough infections.

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Unvaccinated Women Report Miscarriages After Interactions With Vaccinated People

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 03:49

Unvaccinated Women Report Miscarriages After Interactions With Vaccinated People | 16 April 2021 | Unintentional effects of the Covid-19 vaccines should be expected as the vaccines are still on trial until 2023, but many of these adverse effects have startled the unvaccinated. The reports began with an unvaccinated Instagram user sharing with her followers that after years of regular cycles she missed her menstrual cycle two months in a row. Shortly after she shared her experience, the woman began noticing mainstream news articles drawing a connection between menstrual issues and the covid vaccine. After hypothesizing that women's negative reaction to the experimental mRNA vaccines - even if they're unvaccinated - may be due to shedding, many other women started sharing their testimonies. The account went from 9,000 followers to 30,000 in less than 24 hours as she started sharing the testimonies.

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Caliber: Beta Academy Forms First Charter School Union in Richmond, CA

It's Goin Down - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 03:06
Press release from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) around the formation of a union at the Caliber: Beta Academy in Richmond, CA The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is excited to announce that workers of Caliber: Beta Academy have recently organized with majority support as the Caliber Workers Union (CWU) under the... Read Full Article
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Rebel Steps: Forming Defense Committees

It's Goin Down - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 02:49
Rebel Steps returns with a new episode on how to set up defense committees in the face of repression. If someone is facing charges of any kind, supporters might form a defense committee, basically a small group of people dedicated to supporting that individual through their trial and, if they serve time, once they are... Read Full Article
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