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TOTW: (il)legibility

7 hours 15 min ago

In the episodes of Anarchy Bang I’ve participated in, the concepts of legibility and illegibility have popped up quite often. The version of these ideas I know of comes from anthropologist (sad face) James C. Scott:

The more I examined these efforts at sedentarization, the more I came to see them as a state’s attempt to make a society legible, to arrange the population in ways that simplified the classic state functions of taxation, conscription, and prevention of rebellion. Having begun to think in these terms, I began to see legibility as a central problem in statecraft. The pre-modern state was, in many crucial respects, particularly blind; it knew precious little about its subjects...It lacked anything like a detailed “map” of its terrain and its people.

The name on everyone’s lips this past week has been Willem Van Spronsen and for good reason, they took a stand, put their body on the line and didn’t come out the other side alive. Yet looking past whether this particular, or generally any, action is good/bad, effective/ineffective, it ends up being supremely legible to radicals and institutions alike in terms of the reason for targeting ICE and the image of radicality the attack leaves behind.

My question(s) to the anon horde is what would less legible efforts look like in the Anarchist space? In what ways can we obfuscate our goals and carry out actions that defy a quotidian image of rebellion? Do you see any actions or projects that take Anarchy beyond reacting to the big bad, and instead move the conversation so far outside the state’s frame of reasonable demands that they successfully avoid the Gorgon’s gaze?

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Successful Expropriation of Arms from Police Station in Guayama, Puerto Rico

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:39

From AMW English along with additional MSM translation of a text via El Nuevo Día at the end via anonymous submission to Anarchist News

Following a series of uprisings that began last weekend in Puerto Rico, police in Guayama woke on Thursday morning to discover that their station had been raided. A total of thirty pistols, eighteen rifles, and approximately 4,000 rounds of ammunition had been successfully expropriated. A message threatening Governor Rosselló was found on a wall in the storage room from which these arms were taken.

Expropriation is an exceptionally risky, and yet vital, aspect of abolishing slavery in all of its forms, as well as righting the wrongs of colonialism and capitalism. Bold actions such as these help to better prepare people for State repression, the viciousness of which has escalated with each passing day of this conflict. The State has already assaulted the people with tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets; it is not unreasonable to presume that, eventually, the bullets will no longer be rubber.

Direct actions such as these also serve as a means through which to return valuable resources to the hands of those who, or those whose land, produced them– resources that will be invaluable not only in ultimately defying the State but also in building an abolitionist society. Puerto Ricans are working towards this goal on multiple fronts, including by having a sort of Agricultural Revolution, whereby there is a massive push to have as much food as possible grown on the island– rather than continuing to rely on roughly 80% of the island’s food supply being imported. Eco-friendly technologies, methods, and ideas– such as wind energy, solar energy, polyculture, and veganism– are being explored and becoming more prevalent across the island.

Surveys after hurricanes in Cuba, Chiapas, Nicaragua, and Honduras have shown that diversified, small-scale farms suffer less damage than bigger farms practicing conventional agriculture. These findings have informed not only how Puerto Rican farmers themselves go about growing food, but also the amount and types of resistance and pressure Puerto Ricans apply to large food corporations that own some of the island’s land and/or its debt, such as Monsanto.

Expropriation has the potential to facilitate the return of stolen land to indigenous populations, and of autonomy to the masses, from the clutches of imperialists; and, perhaps most importantly, the return of dignity to those scores of us who have been forced to go hungry, forced into cages, forced to sleep on the streets, or otherwise forced into painful and undignified circumstances by the twin demons of colonialism and capitalism.

[end article]

48 firearms are stolen from Guayama precinct and a threatening note is left for the governor

[Translated from El Nuevo Día: ]

A total of 48 firearms, including rifles and 4,000 munitions, were stolen early this morning the Office of Shooting Instructors localized in the rear of the Guayama Area Precinct, as confirmed by the police commissioner Henry Escalera.

In addition, those responsible for the theft left a threatening note against Ricardo Roselló, who has been asked to resigned by various sectors for the past few days.

“Ricky renuncia plata o plomo” (Ricky resign silver or lead) was written on the wall by the thieves using red colored aerosol.

“At the moment, the detectives are making a detailed inventory of the materials that were in the storage. Preliminarily, the agents in charge of the investigation indicated that 30 pistols were stolen- 20 Glock brand and 10 Smith & Wesson brand- 18 rifles and 4,000 munitions of different calibers”, explained the commissioner of the police, Henry Escalera.

According to the authorities, the thieves forced the lock of the storage where the weapons were kept. This storage is located in the rear of the precinct in José Torres street.

Facing the incident, the secretary of Public Security, Elmer Román said that “we’ve comunicated this incident to the federal authorities so that they collaborate in the investigation process. We’ll continue investigating until finding the whereabouts of those responsible of this burglary that is an attentat against the security of the Puerto Ricans”.

In effect, Luis Rivera Santana, speaker of the Federal Research Bureau (FBI), indicated that the agency had knowledge of the incident and will collaborate with the local authorities to determine if there was any violation of federal law.

“The FBI received information of an incident in the Guayama precinct that involves firearms. We’ll be coordianting with the ATF and the police to investigate the incident and to determine if there are violations of federal laws.”, assured the speaker to this newspaper.

In the meantime, Escalera added that the weapons and munitions that were stolen were used for training and practice that were carried out at the shooting range.

“We’re not discarding any angles of this investigation, which is commencing. Our commitment is to find the whereabouts of those responsible. Also, there was found in one of the walls of the same warehouse a threatening message against the governor.” stated the commissioner.

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The anarchist reading list: Summer 2019

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:09

From Freedom News UK

Reviews, Jul 20th

Below is a brief run-down of a selection of books recently or soon to be published in the forthcoming months which we feel may be of interest to anarchists. Three main criteria are affordability, accessibility and availability.

AK Press have a bumper selection lined up including:

  • Down with the Law: Anarchist Individualist Writings from Early Twentieth-Century France edited and translated by Mitchell Abidor. Among the authors are Albert Libertad, Emile Armand, André Lorulot, and the young Victor Serge.
  • Insurrection: The Bloody Events of May 1937 in Barcelona by Agustin Guillamon, translated by Paul Sharkey. More than 500 pages aiming to shed light on previously unanswered questions about the conflict, especially on the way that Stalinist and Republican forces conspired through assassination, intrigue and violence, to suppress the uprising.
  • Luigi Galleani: The Most Dangerous Anarchist in America a biography by Antonio Senta.
  • May Picqueray was an activist for her entire life (1898-1983) and this autobiography My Eighty-one Years Of Anarchy: A Memoir is newly translated and published in English for the first time. Her story is closely entangled with those of Sébastien Faure, Nestor Makhno, Emma Goldman, Alexander Berckman, Marius Jacob, and Buenaventura Durruti, among others.
  • MPT Acharya was active in the anarchist movement for many years and this collection We Are Anarchists: Essays on Anarchism, Pacifism, and the Indian Independence Movement 1923-1953, has been brought together by Ole Birk Laursen.

Although an academic title, Bloomsbury Academic’s John Paul Sartre’s Anarchist Philosophy by William L. Remley has a paperback edition that may be worth investing some time in.

A publisher in SW England, Breviary Stuff, have two new titles of interest.

  • They are the UK publisher for Philip Ruff’s most excellent biography The Towering Flame — The Life and Times of the Elusive Latvian Anarchist Peter the Painter. No spoilers but the historical research in this is very well handled.
  • They also have David Worrall’s Radical Culture: Discourse, Resistance and Surveillance 1790-1820 showing that even 200 years ago the British State was spying on political radicals.

Freedom Press have three titles slated for this year.

  • The Press’s summer release is Iain McKay’s collection of essays by 1910s British anarchist firebrand George Barrett, Our Masters Are Helpless.
  • Later in the year they will be releasing Spanish anarchist veteran Tomas Ibanez’s reflections, Anarchism is Movement.
  • And Mark Hayes will be looking at lessons to be learned and the use of State power to curb a neonazi group in The Trouble with National Action.

Pelican Books are publishing, in hardback, but not too expensive, Ruth Kinna’s new book The Government of No One: The Theory and Practice of Anarchism. A substantial tome of 400 pages, this traces the tumultuous history of anarchism, starting with thinkers and activists such as Peter Kropotkin and Emma Goldman before going through key events like the Paris Commune and the Haymarket affair.

PM Press have several titles lined up.

  • Nicolas Walter’s short classic About Anarchism is having a new edition issued, with additional biographical material and an expanded introduction by his daughter Natasha.
  • Those seeking an examination of anarchist involvement in struggles in Cuba will welcome Kirwin Shaffer’s Anarchist Cuba. The anarchists’ efforts included schools, health institutes, vegetarian restaurants, theater and fiction writing groups, and serious preparations for social revolution.
  • As the ongoing ecological disaster continues, John P. Clarke’s Between Earth and Empire is a timely intervention. It argues that an effective response to global crisis requires attention to all major spheres of social determination, including the social institutional structure, the social ideology, the social imaginary, and the social ethos.
  • Making a welcome reappearance is a new edition of Marie Louise Berneri’s Journey Through Utopia — A Critical Assessment of Imagined Worlds in Western Literature which begins with Plato’s Republic and continues through to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
  • Shawn P. Wilbur has brought together a new selection of theoretical articles by Max Nettlau, including some newly translated, New Fields. Some of these first saw the light of day in Freedom and Mother Earth in the early 20th century, others come from French publications.
  • Max Nettlau is probably better-known for his work on the history of anarchism, and a new edition of A Short History of Anarchism is forthcoming.

Rutgers U P have a paperback reprint of Candace Falk’s biography of Emma Goldman Love, Anarchy and Emma Goldman.

See Sharp Press have a timely volume Venezuelan Anarchism: The History of a Movement by Rodolfo Montes de Oca.

University of Illinois Press have a collection entitled Writing Revolution: Hispanic Anarchism in the United States edited by Christopher J Casteneda and Montse Feu.

And finally, Verso are publishing McKenzie Wark’s Capital is Dead — Is This Something Worse? arguing that the all-pervasive presence of data in our networked society has given rise to a new mode of production, one not ruled over by capitalists and their factories but by those who own and control the flow of information.

Mal Function

This article first appeared in the Summer issue of Freedom Journal

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14th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair: Call for Participation

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 14:53

From It's Going Down

Call to participate in the 14th annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair happening on September 21st-22nd.

Located on unceded Lkwungen Territory, the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair opens a space for anarchist literature, art and praxis. This year’s bookfair places special emphasis on transitioning to new and radical ways of relating to each other and to all beings and environments.

The Bookfair welcomes participants who seek to embody anarchist ideals, subvert the spectacle, and facilitate safe and healthy dialogues in our beautiful neighborhood. This is an invitation to open, radical, inclusive, and anti-oppressive spaces.

We invite your proposals for workshops, tables, readings, films, and presentations to bring us together in temporary affinity while deepening our collective understanding of anarchism(s).

The deadline for proposals is August 25th, 2019. Please include a statement about how your project aligns with the principles of the Bookfair.

Late proposals will be considered but may not be included in the promotional material.


Deadline for Proposals: August 25th, 2019

Victoria Anarchist Bookfair: September 21st and 22nd, 2019

For general inquiries, please email: INFO@VICTORIAANARCHISTBOOKFAIR.CA


The Bookfair unfolds around the booksellers, distributors, independent presses, artisans, and activist groups in the main room of the Fernwood Community Centre. Please be aware that tabling at the Bookfair requires a commitment to both days. There is no fee for tabling, but we will be collecting 10% of sales after expenses in order to help us cover costs.

To request a table, send a brief description of your group and the materials you intend to distribute to: TABLES@VICTORIAANARCHISTBOOKFAIR.CA


The Bookfair Collective envisions the Anarchist Bookfair as a space to undo, in real time, the ongoing colonization of our thoughts & perception, bodies, loving, care, decision-making, and communities. The Bookfair is a space for the production of knowledge through listening to each other respectfully.

Under the over-arching theme of transitioning, we invite proposals for workshops on Indigenous perspectives, practical anarchism, revolutionary theory, policing and state repression, mutual aid, gender, anarchist history, ecologies of freedom, art-making, co-operatives, etc.

Workshops last 50 minutes with a 10-minute break in between. We recommend that presenters plan for at least 20 minutes of discussion.

To propose a workshop or reading, list the title of your workshop, along with a short description (120 words) and bio (25 words).


This information will be reprinted in the program zine if your workshop is accepted.


The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy Collectives are made up of volunteers who poster, run the welcome table, do set-up and take-down, lead kids’ activities, support safer spaces, clean up, etc. Helping out at the Bookfair is a great way to get involved in the community and embody your anarchist ideals. If interested, please read the volunteer descriptions, Bookfair Collective principles and accessibility statements on the Bookfair website and let us know how you’d like to help out!


We look forward to hearing from you!

Lkwungen Territory, Fernwood, Victoria BC

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Anarchy Bang: Introducing Episode 29 - Intentionality

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 05:06

From Anarchy Bang

This week we will be discussing Intentionality. This is both intent toward a cause or action and your agency to act. You may want animals to have the full rights that any other citizen my have (intention) but no actual power to make that happen. Or perhaps you only have the power of uniting other citizens towards your same goals. Of course we don't have such clear language. We have no citizens or power or unity we can rely on or even pretend we are a part of. How does this relate to intentionality? Does anyone care what we believe or how hard we desire the uncompromising freedom of all of humanity. Do intentions even matter in a world gone mad or a world blowing away from human inhabitance?

Join in the conversation!

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Email questions ahead if you like
The real time IRC is a chaotic mess (and pleasure). There are better ways to connect to IRC but it involves some reading
The call in number is (646) 787-8464

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Announcing Fifth Estate #404, Summer 2019

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 21:00

From Fifth Estate

"The Summer Fifth Estate is on its way to subscribers, distributors, and Sustainers. Check the link for the list of articles. There's still time to subscribe (what has kept the magazine alive for 54 years) or renew.

The Fifth Estate does not accept advertising which we see as the voice of capital. What is on P.47, however, looks quite a bit like ads.
The difference is that these are exchange announcements from the film magazine Cineaste, the Earth First! Journal, and the Anarchist Syndicalist Review They will have one for us in their respective magazines.
Subscriptions are critical to all of our survival so we are each urging our readers to subscribe to the other for mutual aid and support."

- above text via Fifth Estate FaceBook page


An Incinerator Closes: The Eco-Apocalypse Continues

Hope Springs Forth from Fire

1492, 1513, 1619, 2019-It’s all connected

We Wait

Berkeley Free Clinic at 50

Fifth Estate Archive on the Web

Science Fiction’s Historic Struggle Over the Future

The Origins of Berkeley’s Ohlone Park

Sing your song

Toward A Surrealist Re-Enchantment of the World

The Dialectic of Enchantment

Fool’s Day

Marie’s Song

Giving Back Wild

Cuba: Independent Self-Activity vs. the State

Sanity & Identity

Evoking Spirit: The Anarchist Art of Robert Henri

The Continuing Colonialism of Climate Change Solutions

From Red Anarchism to Green Anarchy

Curate This

The Failure of Resource Nationalism in Bolivia

A Woman Against the Mega-Machine

Comics, Graphic Novels, & the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919

Interest v. Principal

A Leftist Guide for Seizing the Power of the State

How Pleasure is Revolutionary

Feminism & the Politics of the Commons

Portugal: Germinating Anarchy

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Anarchist place (Steki) of self-organized collectives of anarchist immigrants

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:16

From Act for Freedom! (Athens, Greece)

Today 17 July 19, we the self-organized collective of anarchist immigrants together with other self-organized collectives and individuals in solidarity occupied an abandoned shop at the corner of Tsamadou/Tositsa streets, Exarchia.

Our goals to use this steki as the self-organized collective of anarchist immigrants are:
1- a centre of struggle for anarchist immigrants
2- self-organizing immigrants for common struggle and building relations between the immigrant communities and the movement
3- a collective cafeteria in solidarity with political prisoners
4- education activity

Our opinions on the identity of squat:

A- the squat is not the goal of struggle but is the tool of struggle, which means: the struggle should happen in the street and the squat is a help to organize the social struggles which should happen in the street.

B- the squat should be a social open space, creating open activity for society. For example: open education classes etc…

C- the steki of self-organized anarchist immigrants will not be a housing project. In our opinion: it is not a project to occupy a space for housing. Housing by squatting a place is only a project when the squat is a social political space and is active for struggle in the neighbourhood and other areas.

D- in the squat decisions should be taken in the collective way and the assemblies should be with no authority or hierarchical situation.
In reference to our opinion on squatting, we are struggling to SQUAT THE WORLD.

Since the puppet of the greek regime “NEO DEMOCRATIA” have said: they will clean up Exarchia, so our steki as the first occupation since the existence of the new government is a big political slap in the face for them. With reference to the opinion of our injured comrade: even if you massacre all of us, you can’t destroy resistance and this is not a personal point but is our collective point of view.
self-organized collective of anarchist immigrants 17 July 2019


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The Flight of Fulvia Ferrari

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:56

From The Transmetropolitan Review

The Flight of Fulvia Ferrari from Perenelle Flamel on Vimeo.

Fulvia Ferrari was the daughter of a San Francisco anarchist named Enrico Travaglio, although few ever knew this to be true. After her mother Isabelle disappeared in Russia, Fulvia went searching for her in the 1930s only to end up imprisoned in a German concentration camp. Once the US Army liberated the survivors, Fulvia returned to San Francisco under a false name and tried to reclaim the lost worlds of the anarchist Latin Quarter and insurgent Telegraph Hill. When she’d finally achieved some of these goals, Fulvia decided to meet with her father, although she never called him that, preferring to use his first name: Enrico.

Columbus and Broadway, Latin Quarter/North Beach, San Francisco, 1930

Fulvia was born in 1915 and grew up in a Mendocino County commune just north of San Francisco. She moved to San Francisco in the early 1930s and it was here that she first met her father. After returning from Seattle in the 1920s with his third wife Esther, Enrico settled in the bayside town of Sausalito before moving back to his beloved San Francisco. According to the oral histories compiled by Paul Avrich in his Anarchist Voices, Enrico was “fiercely anti-Bolshevik after the Russian Revolution and broke with some of his friends who became Communists.” While he was still living in Sausalito, Enrico would “meet Eric Morton on the San Francisco Ferry,” although according to his wife Leah, “they never talked about anything important.”

Promotional material for Sausalito Ferry, 1920s

Eric Morton was no ordinary anarchist, and just like Enrico Travaglio, he was also a sailor. When Alexander Berkman was imprisoned for his assassination attempt against Henry Clay Frick, it was Eric Morton who attempted to a dig a tunnel to rescue him. Eric Morton helped Emma Goldman smuggle dynamite and arms into Russia between 1905 and 1907, edited The Blast newspaper with Alexander Berkman, and remained in San Francisco to fight the local Italian fascists during the rise of Mussolini. According to Emma Goldman in her 1931 autobiography, Eric Morton was “a man of intelligence, daring, and will-power.” When he would meet with Enrico Travaglio on the San Francisco Ferry in the 1920s, the Russian Revolution now a decade past, these two men were certainly discussing the future. A few years later, when Enrico had moved back to San Francisco, his secret daughter appeared at the front door, looking for her mother Isabelle.

The 1920s and 1930s were a violent time in the former Latin Quarter of San Francisco, now known as North Beach. As fascists took over the Italian state, their local supporters became more aggressive on the streets, triggering bloody clashes over the next decade. Between 1926 and 1927, the local Catholic Church was hit with four bomb blasts, a campaign that targeted the church for its support of Mussolini. During the fifth attempted blast, two anarchists were shot by police before they could light the bomb and one of them soon died from his wounds.

Aftermath of bomb blast, Richmond District, San Francisco, 1927

In 1927, two Italian anarchists were transporting a bomb through the Richmond District of San Francisco when it suddenly went off. Rather than blow up the Italian Consulate as planned, Angelo Luca lost a leg while his comrade was instantly killed. Despite receiving a permanent wound, Angelo denied any knowledge of the bomb and was never charged with a crime. A decade earlier in 1917, he’d married a painter named Jessey Dorr, one of the first graduates from the all-woman Mill’s College in Oakland. Just before she married an insurrectionary anarcho-communist, Jessey had burnt all of her canvases and swore to never paint again, an event that signaled her shift away from the bohemian world (although a few of her paintings survived). She lived with Angelo in a house in the Mission District at 650 Capp Street and raised their two children, one of whom became an art and sculpture lecturer at UC Berkeley. For the rest of his life, the family of Angelo Luca would remain close friends with Enrico Travaglio.

Jessey Dorr, 1970s, with her painting “Off to the Oyster Beds”

In the middle of classical fascism’s rise, the massive 1934 Waterfront Strike took place in San Francisco, a violent labor conflict that left nine people dead, including Fulvia’s three uncles. While this effort led to a General Strike and the creation of the ILWU union, it also caused a wave of repression against the perceived Communists who’d infiltrated the labor movement. Using modern machine guns and federal soldiers, the bosses subdued the strike just as Hitler was throwing anarchists and communists into concentration camps. In this horrible time period, Fulvia decided to leave San Francisco to find her lost mother, the last surviving member of her family besides Enrico, who she hardly knew.

San Francisco Waterfront, 1934

When she returned in 1947, having lived through Stalin’s USSR and the Nazi’s concentration camps, Fulvia immediately reclaimed her family’s lost waterfront territory. After she was secure in her new San Francisco life, Fulvia met with her father in 1951 and began a relationship that would span the rest of Enrico’s life. While never revealing who she was to Enrico’s wife, Fulvia met with her father on a regular basis, hoping to rebuild the anarchist world he’d lost. In the process, she read Enrico’s elusive history of anarchism in the United States, learned the secrets that led up to her birth, and discovered her father was born in Milano, just like her maternal grandfather Antonio.

Italians listening to Mussolini broadcast, 1930s, Columbus and Broadway

During the late 1940s, the nephew of IWW leader Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and the son of Carlo Tresca moved to San Francisco and began working as a sociology teacher. In 1953, he opened City Lights Bookstore with Lawrence Ferlinghetti before returning to New York a few years later. The bookstore is still there on the corner of Broadway and Columbus, the former gathering spot where fascists had once listened to Mussolini’s radio broadcasts. During the late 1950s, it would become a major center of the beat movement and publish books that mentioned the Wobblies, anarchism, and the gone world of their parents generation. Fulvia Ferrari was often there.

City Lights Books, Broadway and Columbus, 1952

In 1956, during one of their meetings, Enrico asked Fulvia to visit his old hometown and do what she could to help the anarchist movement. Starting that year, Fulvia began a series of trips to Northern Italy that culminated with her involvement in the Torino Fiat Strike and the Piazza Statuo Riots of 1962. It’s this period in Fulvia’s life, between 1956 and 1962, that we’ve documented in our short film The Flight of Fulvia Ferrari. While posing as an art dealer, Fulvia’s trips across the ocean helped divert money into the anarchist movement and breathed new life into the global struggle. With her lover, she also smuggled weapons onto the Cape Verde Islands and Guinea Bissau from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, helping the anti-colonial rebels begin their uprising against the Portuguese. Despite her efforts, Moscow eventually stepped in to replace their operation. This pattern would only repeat itself.

Fulvia returned from Torino in 1963 and remained in San Francisco until the late 1970s, a moment when she was forced to permanently leave her beloved coastline. In 1968, she’d sat in front of the television with Enrico and watched as the Parisian riots of May filled the screen, a spectacle that brought great joy to her old father. With militant struggles breaking out across the planet, Enrico Travaglio died happy in July of 1968. His friend Angelo Luca would pass away four years later in 1972, followed by his wife Jessey in 1977. By then, most of the old-school anarchists had moved south to Los Gatos where they had “picnics from time to time to raise money for the Italian and English anarchist press.” Years after Fulvia vanished from the San Francisco Bay Area, these anarchists continued to reside in Los Gatos, with many of their children still living in the region. The last of these elders who gave their oral histories to Paul Avrich died in 1993. Most of them were born in the 19th century. Today, their final refuge of Los Gatos is the home of Netflix corporate headquarters.

While we were completing this third installment of our series on Fulvia Ferrari, the actress who stood-in for Fulvia passed away from natural causes. Valentina Cortese, born in Milano in 1923, became a movie actress during the fascist dictatorship and starred in her first role in 1940 at the age of seventeen. Her first two films were made at Cinecittà studios, a film-production company established by Benito Mussolini that carried the slogan: Cinema is the most powerful weapon. The studios were bombed in 1943, the same year over one thousand Jews were taken from Rome to Auschwitz. Like many other artists, writers, directors, communists, and anarchists who lived in Italy through these events, Valentina didn’t do very much to fight against the dictatorship during the 1940s, and most spent the rest of their lives trying to redeem themselves. Once the war was over, Cinecittà became a refuge camp for two years before returning to film production. Since then, the studio has tried to forget its origins.

Valentina Cortese, 1948

After the end of WWII, Valentina signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and began filming movies with US directors. Her first role during in this time period was in the 1949 noir-film Thieves Highway, filmed almost entirely in San Francisco. It’s a massively subversive film with the notion of “free-enterprise” heavily critiqued. It depicts a Greek sailor just returned from WWII who’s instantly exploited by the market and turns to a waterfront sex-worker for help. Valentina knew exactly what kind of film she was making and was allowed the freedom to deliver her best performance. The director was Jules Dassin, a former Communist who’d renounced his affiliations with the Party when Stalin made a non-aggression pact with Hitler. Despite his hatred for state communism, Dassin was soon put on the Hollywood Blacklist and completely shut out from the US film industry.

Valentina Cortese, 1949

Unlike him, Valentina Cortese continued to make movies for Hollywood but was never given the full-on star treatment or elevated to the heights of her Anglo-Saxon peers. According to an interview Valentina gave in 2012, “I could have remained in Hollywood for who knows how long, but I never made compromises. Never was in a producer’s bed.” Because of her refusal to sleep with an unnamed director, Valentina’s career was destroyed. She remained independent her whole life, acting in a Brecht play and an Antonioni film, and she died last week in Rome on July 10, 2019. May she rest in peace, and may these images from her films bring you closer to a better world.

Long live Fulvia Ferrari! Long live Valentina Cortese!

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Anarchist Comrade In Canada Released

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:32

From Anarchist Black Cross

Anarchist comrade Cedar Hopperton has been released after spending nearly a month in jail for allegedly violating their parole conditions after giving a speech arguing that police should not be part of the queer community and applauding those at Pride who stood up to the police and fascists.

Despite the fact that they weren’t at Pride, Cedar spent weeks in jail in a clear case of retaliation by the Hamilton police against Cedar for expressing their anarchist convictions. Cedar went on hunger strike after their arrest, and the queer and anarchist communities of Hamilton mobilized in their support.

The Tower, an anarchist social space in Hamilton, posted on Facebook Tuesday that Cedar was free, along with a photo of Cedar holding a “Free Cedar” poster.

“The rumours are true, and this time it’s a good thing — Cedar is free!” The Tower said. “A statement with more details is forthcoming.”

Asaf Rashid, Cedar’s lawyer in the parole board challenge, confirmed that Cedar was released in relation to some credited time around their incarceration. Cedar was initially due to be released at the end of July.

The parole board dismissed the false claim by Hamilton police that Cedar was at Pride.

Cedar’s release is a victory for the anarchist movement in Hamilton and beyond and a defeat for the oppressive Hamilton police force.

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Washington, DC: Report from the Anti-Fascist Mobilization of July 6

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:28

From CrimethInc.

With Reflections on the Past and Future of Anti-Fascist Tactics

On July 6, fascists attempted to hold a “Demand Free Speech”1 rally in Washington, DC. Anarchists and DC Black Lives Matter mobilized in response. Although the massive police presence hampered what anti-fascists could do, the fascist rally was not a success, confirming that anti-fascists have largely succeeded in thwarting the street-level fascist movement that many feared would emerge in the Trump era. The question, now, is how we can employ the tactics we have popularized in the anti-fascist movement—black blocs, de-platforming, and —in other movements and contexts.

Here, we offer a short report from DC on how previous mobilizations in DC have informed the strategies they employ today and an account of the day’s events.

A group of neo-fascists promised to bring out 1000 people to a rally in Washington, DC on July 6, including 100 or more battle-ready Proud Boys. The rally had big names associated with it and local, institutional, and regional support; the organizers included Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys. Because it was sandwiched between Donald Trump’s 4th of July rally and “Christians United For Israel,” a major gathering of the Christian right, DC anti-fascists feared that this event could draw a much larger turnout than recent far-right events had in the area. If a new right-wing coalition emerged that could put numbers back into the streets, that would mean another round of draining confrontations between fascists and anti-fascists.

In the end, the “Demand Free Speech Rally” was disorganized and undermined by infighting. Their event was a bust: it brought out dozens, not a thousand. The Proud Boys, which seemed like the last group standing among the fascist organizations of two years ago, couldn’t muster the 100 attendees they promised. Identity Evropa also made a last-minute push and failed to bring out the numbers they anticipated.

While repugnant characters like Adrienna DiCioccio and Jack Posebiac have huge Twitter followings, that doesn’t translate into an on-the-ground street movement. They are social media grifters who consider a trending hashtag more important than the kind of organizing that can mobilize people. They can use their platforms to create misinformation campaigns that cause police to crack down on anti-fascists, but they lack the relationships, skills, and political savvy to produce mass turnout for their own events.

Of course, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn those skills. We were not born with those skills either. We have to remain vigilant, mobilizing resistance whenever there is a chance that fascists will succeed in their publicity stunts, so they are never positively reinforced for their efforts to recruit.

Over the past two and a half years, organizers in DC have learned harsh lessons about the risks of collective action. DC anarchists were shocked when DC police chose to mass-arrest and then mass-prosecute over 200 people for the courageous actions of January 20, 2017. The preceding 10 years of comparatively restrained police tactics had made DC anarchists complacent. We had conceded ground to liberals when we should have been developing strategies that could prepare us for the moment when that scenario changed.

The now infamous Anti-Capitalist and Anti-fascist Bloc that responded to the inauguration of Donald Trump was isolated from the majority of people on the street in DC that day, leaving it vulnerable to repression. In setting out to deepen our relations with other social movements, local anarchists aim to ensure that we cannot be isolated from our communities.

One role the black bloc can play is to defend those who are vulnerable to police attacks. On July 6, the bloc mobilized when we heard a large number of fascists were close to the park; our goal was to preserve space for people from targeted communities.

Just a year ago, anarchists were asked to stay out of the sites of permitted demonstrations for fear of mass arrests and police violence. Our recent efforts to connect with others have enabled us to make space for anarchist actions in a way that was not possible between 2016 and 2018. Building and deepening relationships takes time, patience, and understanding. We hope that these efforts will equip us to be better prepared for demonstrations in DC in the future, the next time anarchists and anti-fascists mobilize.

When we act, ideally we should be swimming in a sea of people, not alone against the stream of police repression. Different tactics make us stronger and sharing space makes those tactical experiments safer. It’s harder to make a bugaboo out of the black bloc when other people in the streets know who we are and what we are there to do.

Don’t Mute DC

Earlier this year, white gentrifiers demanded that Shaw’s Metro PCS store shut off the music it has been playing for over 20 years. In the 1990s, Metro PCS was rocking Go-Go outside and selling beepers, back when the U Street corridor was known as “Black Broadway.” Formerly known as Chocolate City, DC has been seeing Go-Go events pushed out of the city into Maryland.

Go-Go is a historically Black music that developed in Washington, DC—a homegrown variant of funk, old-school hip-hop, and R&B music, founded by DC legend Chuck Brown. The disappearance of Go-Go from nearly every neighborhood illustrates the displacement of Black people from DC.

A massive community-led response to the pressure on Metro PCS brought thousands out to U Street in the face of policing and gentrification. Later in spring 2019, Metro PCS returned Go-Go music to Chuck Brown Way. While police have been shutting down these shows, communities have been using Go-Go dance parties as a form of resistance to gentrification in DC.

When anarchists, Black Lives Matter activists, and local anti-fascists became aware of the right-wing mobilization, we believed it would be important to hold space for Black, Brown, and Indigenous joy in the face of white supremacy. We set out to help bring together social movements in a way that would secure the safety of DC residents and give the protest a specifically DC atmosphere.

Before the Demonstration

While DC organizers believed that this could be a large mobilization, the material force the Proud Boys promised didn’t show. It was a far cry from the “thousand give or take a few hundred” they predicted to the park service.

Leading up to the mobilization, we intentionally did not discuss their politics. We just branded their event for them, clarifying for everyone that it was part of the same fascist current as previous such demonstrations in DC. A week before the demonstration, public pressure compelled the Spy Museum to publicly denounce the alt-right and cancel their VIP event.

In a last-minute attempt to mobilize supporters and escalate the likelihood of right-wing violence, far-right media began circulating rumors about “antifa acid attacks.” Numerous Proud Boys used this opportunity to announce that they planned to carry loaded guns. On the other hand, these rumors also provided cover for several of the speakers to cancel in the face of public pressure from DC antifascists. Jack Posebiac, Mike Cernovich, and Omar Navarrow all backed out before the rally.

Roger Stone was a no-show. Laura Loomer blamed antifa for the rally ending early. All in all, their rally was logistical failure, with numerous events ending early and lacking attendance.

Tactically Unimpressive, But Politically Successful?

10:30 am, at the beginning of the rally—Black Lives Matter organizers explicitly expressed support for the black bloc. “See the people with masks over their faces, and in all black? Those are our people. They are here to keep us safe because police don’t. We keep each other safe.” As the demonstration got underway, crowds gathered against the backdrop of DC’s homegrown funk while anti-fascist speakers from different communities alternated with bands brought in by anti-fascists of color and Black Lives Matter DC.

Around 11:30 am, as the rally was getting started, groups of right-wing journalists repeatedly attempted to film the demonstration without the consent of organizers or the community at large. Organizers aimed to create an atmosphere characterized by consent and solidarity in which the attendees would actively prevent fascists from attacking community members. At one point, a group of drag queens chased out a group of fascists.

This began a skirmish between fascists and anti-fascists. As this unfolded, some of them continued heckling and attempting to film. Numerous Proud Boys and their supporters repeatedly came over and were chased away by community members, not just participants in the bloc.

For those not in the streets in DC on July 6, the black bloc was hardly the wrecking ball we were on J20. There are no smashed windows to write about, no video clips of Richard Spencer being punched in the face. The most exciting moments of the day were funny rather than inspiring—for example, playing tug of war with police over a newspaper box.

Around 1:30 pm, the bloc took the streets to confront Identity Evropa, who were a block away from their permitted rally.

Other participants in the movement are no longer seeking to police our actions, but the police are still eager to suppress even the most mundane acts of rebellion.

At 5:30 pm, anarchists, Black Lives Matter, and other rally attendees met up again in front of Trump hotel. Despite hundreds of police, several dozen people were able to hold their ground in front of the VIP Bus, delaying its departure by over an hour and a half. The bus, which was supposed to leave by 6:30, left around 8 pm for an undisclosed location in Northern Virginia.

In short, while the day can hardly be said to be a tactical victory, we were able to diminish and contain the threat that the rally posed to our communities. It’s for the best that we didn’t have to physically fight a large group of fascists, in any case.

Towards the Future

Days after the #DemandFreeSpeech rally, the “Mother of All Rallies” organizers cancelled their annual pro-Trump demonstration. They cited censorship on social media, but it’s significant that this occurred days after the flop of the “free speech” demonstration.

When we think about the future—about how to make sure we gain strength and our opposition lays dormant—we need to reflect on the limitations we have experienced in this era and how to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.

In many different mobilizations, we have repeatedly confronted the same issues. When there is a small minority of people who feel comfortable standing up to the police, how do we relate to others who are not prepared to? How do we address the questions of timing and the safety of participants both inside and outside the bloc? When should we push the envelope, and when should we play a supporting role?

If we want to increase our ability to act and build relationships with other revolutionary movements, these are important questions. But we can think bigger about what we do next. How do we push for militant resistance in the face of border militarization, concentration camps, police killing, and state violence? How do we take the focus from individual fascists towards state-sanctioned racial violence.

As we look forward to replicating the success of mass anti-fascism, we can look to use the skills we’ve built in other arenas. The Republican Party’s vision, while not quite as overt as Richard Spencer’s program, still includes systemic ethnic cleansing and concentration camps for children. How can we map the relationships that create these policies? How can we build campaigns that make it unpopular to support racialized policing and mass incarceration? How do we use research, counter-intelligence, social mapping, and street militancy against ICE and prisons? How do we use these skills in mutual aid projects as well?

On one hand, we have to build the ability to sustain and intensify our offensive organizing. On the other hand, we have to support each another through crisis capitalism.

  1. Rather than the kind of state-enforced “freedom of speech” in which armored riot police bludgeon the general population while fascists call for even more violence, anarchists seek real freedom, in which communities can self-organize to defend against the violence of police and fascists alike. 

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Reflections on Anti-Olympics Resistance in Vancouver

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:22

From From Embers, Jul 18, 2019

Reflections on Anti-Olympics Resistance in Vancouver

Jul 18, 2019

A conversation with an anarchist who was around during the height of the 2010 anti-Olympics resistance in Vancouver. We talk about the impact the Olympics has had on the social climate, the surveillance experienced by anarchists and other organizers, and the infamous Heart Attack demo that tore up the city's downtown core.

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Announcement and Call for Submissions! Oak: A Journal Against Civilization

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:18

From It's Going Down

A call to participate in a new anarchist journal, entitled, Oak, from an anti-civilization perspective.

There is no food that means more to me than the acorn, for the acorn fulfills both a promise and a fantasy: that the forest will provide for me.

– Samuel Thayer

Issue 1: Perpetual Apocalypse – Spring 2020

Few things are as breathtaking as a forest of oak and its many expressions. The incredible symphony of falling acorns — a harbinger of bounty and community. For millennia the acorn has provided food for humanity and countless other species. The promise and resilience of the oak stands as a reminder of possibility. It’s likely that for thousands of years fires were set, not just to create areas for game, but to preferentially seed oak trees. It seems fitting that we should show homage to the ubiquitous oak by celebrating it in our title.

Since I can remember there’s been unceasing division within the anarchist and anti-civilization milieus, both at large and in my immediate experience. It seems we’re always knives first, taking aim at the comfortable targets a few degrees away from us. While I’m all for good sparring practice, I believe the connections must remain if we are to survive and thrive.

The possibility of maintaining an intimate and dynamic meshwork of communication is real. In the wake of civilized life, finding someone — anyone — who also chooses to reject the dominant paradigm of perpetual nightmare should be exhilarating. There will always be lines to draw, many of them are already drawn for us by the active overlords and domesticators. But many other lines are blurry at best and, given our context, meaningless at worst. Too many disagreements in the digital age end in snarky division articulated via electronic communication, a pathetic reality not worthy of our once-wild selves.

So here, in Oak, we will attempt to let those divisions fizzle in the ether of the internet. We may still draw lines and gnash teeth in these pages, but it will be in the realm of action — the realm of articulated living — that we will brandish our weapons, both literal and figurative.

The battles ahead are more meaningful than suffixes and prefixes added for personal identification; words will be spoken out loud that make the clattering disagreements coming through keyboards and illuminated screens seem less than petty. The world is literally dying. Some form of it will always exist; the wild, the uncontrollable will always prevail. But until that time when we are dust and bones, I hope we can tie our meshwork of personalities and ideas together, spar as needed, and realize some semblance of a world (perhaps many different worlds) without civilization.


We are looking for all relevant works to the anti-civilization and anarcho-primitivist discourse. All submissions will be reviewed with care and with the intent to publish as many as possible, working directly with authors over any editorial concerns.

Oak will be magazine format, hopefully with available funds for at least a color cover. The exact format will be determined based on the scope and content of submissions, as well as available funds. Oak will operate with the goal of being interesting to the passerby and attractive to the inquisitive. Currently Oak is scheduled as a bi-annual.

In addition to print, each issue will be produced as an audiozine. We are looking forward to curating interviews, readings, music and much more in a multi-episode production of each issue.

Please submit any work by November 30th, 2019 or get in touch by November 15th if you need more time on a longer piece.  Submission guidelines are being developed, until then we ask for endnotes rather than footnotes and consistent document formatting in each submission.

We are looking specifically for pieces that look at some of the following (don’t consider this list exhaustive):

  • Pipeline blockades and diversity of tactics, including perspectives from the front-lines
  • Forest defense updates
  • Resistance dynamics amidst rising state fascism and exponential climate change
  • Subsistence journals, wild experiences, lessons learned from living with and through the land
  • Anti-civilization praxis, challenges and ideas

Some brief words on this issue’s theme of Perpetual Apocalypse: Worlds have been and are being destroyed. In each instance of devastation, from the perspective of life within each area, each multiplicity of connectivity, the apocalypse was and is real. The death of the planetary world as a singular event is not within the capacity of the human experience, thus apocalypse is both perpetual and unending in civilized life — we merely see each apocalypse from a voyeur’s perspective. How much longer do the spectators have before the fire is no longer just illuminated pixels?

The theme is nothing more than possible inspiration, though pieces that are inspired by it are of course appreciated. We are aiming for a vibrant, diverse and engaging magazine of anti-civilization thought, practice and, above all, life.

– Steve Kirk for Oak Journal

All recipients are encouraged to forward this announcement to relevant parties and not the cops. Please reach out with ideas, inspirations, criticisms, etc:

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Anarchy Radio: 07-16-2019

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 20:55

From Anarchy Radio


Gotta get back, get back to the past.

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What's new with LBC - Summer 2019

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:12

From Little Black Cart

Welcome to "What's new with LBC" for the Summer of 2019. This spring we did a dash across the country to little effect except for a lovely evening in Lincoln, Nebraska (and a couple days learning to use a chainsaw). Yay for small college towns in the Midwest with a receptive audience! We are trying to start making some video reviews. We plan on some being done by the end of summer. We have produced a new issue of Black Seed, and hope to have issue 8 out by the end of the year--perhaps it will be organized at the Indigenous Anarchist Conference in August in Flagstaff AZ. We have three new book titles for your edification.

New Titles Insurrection Omnibus

''Insurrection'' was a magazine that attempted to articulate a revolutionary perspective in English that largely existed only in Italian (1982 - 1989). It was the work of Jean Weir (Elephant Editions), Alfredo Bonanno, and a host of anon. In their own words...

Capitalism contains deep contradictions that push it towards processes of adjustment and evolution aimed at avoiding the periodic crises that afflict it; but we cannot cradle ourselves waiting for these crises. When they happen they will be welcomed if they respond to the requirements for accelerating the elements of the insurrectional process. In the meantime, for our part, we are preparing ourselves and the exploited masses for insurrection.

In this sense we consider the time is always ripe for the next insurrection. Better a failed insurrection than a hundred vacillations that cause the failure of a hundred occasions from which it might have been possible for the final revolution to break out. We are therefore against those who say that the recent defeat of the revolutionary movement should make us reflect and conclude that we should be more prudent. We consider that the time for insurrection has come precisely because it is always time to fight, whereas procrastinating is useful only for capital. To prepare for insurrection means to prepare the subjective conditions (personal and material) which consent a specific anarchist minority to create the indispensable circumstances for the development of the insurrectional process. Although insurrection is a mass phenomenon, and would risk aborting immediately if it were not, its beginning is always the result of the action of a decided minority, a handful of brave ones capable of attacking the nerve centres of the partial objective to be reached. We must be very clear on this point. The tasks of the anarchist struggle against power can be extremely varied, but all—in our opinion—must be coherently directed towards preparing the insurrection.

In this insurrectionary spirit we publish this omnibus edition (everything short of some 30-year-old, time-sensitive reportbacks).

For the creation of indispensable circumstances!

For more information - Insurrection Omnibus

The Spectacle of Society

'''Everything is Under Review'''

Popular culture seems to insist that each of us takes positions all the time, pro or con, yes or no, either/or. Most of these are choices between two equally stupid options. Wrap yourself in a flag, believe this or that about sex, drugs, responsibility, and fle sharing, and shut your mind. Take one side or another in difficult questions about living in a complicated world that only increases in its complexity. The constant drum of celebrity gossip, manufactured outrage, and drama that completely obfuscates important things is deafening. We are deaf.

This cacophony-induced deafness prevents us hearing the screams of the people of Northern Africa or of Rust-Belt America. It prevents us from taking our own problems seriously, or slowing down from the relentless grind of work, bills, or hearing anything outside the drone of mundanity.

But there are moments when you pause, when you exert your will onto your life for long enough to evaluate the options you are confronted with, and choose none of the above. The first time you see a fork in the road and choose a knife is the moment you realize that you have the power, and ability, to put everything under review. It is your cautious intelligence that frees you from the cacophony of simplification and allows you to begin to question.

When we are not battened down by our shitty jobs or the qualities of our limitations–inability to communicate, lack of resources,

alienation–we can come to our own conclusions. This moment, and the decision to ponder, is precious. Perhaps this is the most precious time we have in our adult lives, when we make real decisions about where ends the world (large and small) and we begin. Where we decide about the things we feel strong enough to say NO to. It is this no that drives the producers of the Anvil.

This project of review essays, at best, uses something real, something labored over and shared with the world, as a way to speak both to that labor and to something else. It could be that a review of the latest pop album addresses the depth and composition of the alienation one feels, or the soaring joy of the ephemeral moment the album demarcates.

For more information - The Spectacle of Society


I want to resist portraying this as a coming-of-age story set in the Greek anarchist space, but it definitely is that. It is also a story of irony and naivete coming up against the cold and boring—and later thrilling and confusing—immersion into “the real world” and what a fantastic and terrifying place it is.

By the beer shop, a couple anarchists sit, dressed in all black, asking, “why did they have to come to our neighborhood?” There is political talk, talk of sex, and too many cigarettes, and of homes, lots of talk of homes. The square is home to some of the people, others came here for jobs that didn’t exist or to escape bombs, and found refuge in the bomb center. Exarchia is a bomb in the middle of Athens. Not only are there plenty of molotovs hurtling through the nights, but the area is gunpowder. Radical ideas, stories, connections, safe houses, and a ‘fuck you’ attitude combine with a complete disillusionment with the government and economic warfare being enacted plainly, a spit in the face, have made Exarchia fertile.

from This is a Piece of the Fiction

For more information - Xoros: Exploring a Time and Place in Greece

A Note About the Site:

In our continuing (if slow) process of making the website better and easier to use, we now have categories by publisher, which makes searching by publisher possible. Search functions are hard! But we're getting there. Enjoy!

Recent LBC Titles & Distro Items
  1. The Fight for Turtle Island The Fight for Turtle Island edited by Aragorn!: Native anarchist conversations and reflections
  2. BASTARD Chronicles 2018 on hyphenated anarchisms The BASTARD Chronicles 2018
  3. The Totality is Incomplete: Our first book of The Anvil Review reprints starring Alex Gorrion!
  4. Enemy Combatant

    Enemy Combatant: unconventional explorations into anti-authoritarian thought and existence, bring to light forgotten and unknown outliers from history, anti-civilization theory, anarchism, individualism, and egoism, like Tsuji Jun, Eliphalet Kimball, and Arnulf Overland. This project promotes active creation of our realities, through humor, anti-political thought and actions, and relearning/remembering the lessons of people who live now and who have gone before us.

    We feel that revolt today means insisting on enjoying life, so here is no belly-aching or belittling moral condemnation. As far as we're concerned the only organizing to do is a refining of our revolts to maximize the time, space, and pleasure we have left here together.

    As we write this a mailing is being delivered to everyone on the EC mailing list explaining the new conditions for production.

    Are you a writer?

    Send manuscript proposals to us at info@lbc

    Become an Intern

    In a program that we're really happy with, LBC hosts a new intern every three months. If you are interested in becoming a close friend with LBC and being exposed to the ideas and personalities around the project and our environs, if you've been wanting time and encouragement to work on or start that awesome anarchist project you've had in mind, feel free to reach out to us at our email address for more information. We are currently looking for interns for the whole of 2020!!!

    Social Networking

    Here is our dumb Twitter feed

    Stupid Facebook

    Politics is the enemy of anarchy, and it knows it.

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¡Punky Mauri Presente!

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 02:13

From The Anarchist Library via Madre Tierra[ES]


The night has already advanced. It is not so cold for all the clothes that obscure our image, but that does not matter, the wind refreshes our rapid advance. We are on time. Everything so far goes well. We are alone, alone as ever and as always. Through the gloomy and battered streets we surround the prison factory. We approach. The next stop is near. In my mind I review the agreed plan …

“A greeting from Libertad” - [1]

After a holiday that anticipated a long weekend for many, the city of Santiago went to sleep in the cold early morning of May 22, 2009. A sector of Avenida Matta remained quiet, away from the lights and bustle of business premises. Only two cyclists advance as diffuse silhouettes for different security cameras.

The advance is interrupted when the silhouettes are separated and one of them gets off the bike to fix something in their backpack. A large flash then cuts the footage.

The noise of a powerful explosion echoes through the streets, confusion awakens the place, launching police alerts.

In the middle of Ventura Lavalle Street, almost on the corner with Artemio Gutiérrez, a body already lifeless is wrapped in a trail of gunpowder, beside a revolver with a single bullet, beyond a black bicycle waiting to continue the trip. Only a few meters away is the Gendarmerie School, where the jailers receive indoctrination and specialization.

The police, the press, firemen and neighbors are taking over the place. After the initial confusion, the first inspections give light of what happened. A man had been killed by the detonation of an explosive device he was carrying, the target of the attack was the jailers’ compound.

Photographers of the press approach the body and record the first images, broadcast without a filter to terrorize, macabre and false details spread by the media as the hours pass.

After cordoning off the area, the criminalist team of Carabineros goes collecting the evidence, photographing and assigning a number to each piece raised. As there was no identification document, they make fingerprint registration to find the identity. They get it in the course of the morning.

The dead man is Mauricio Morales, 27, an anarchist, whose file includes arrests in anarchist demonstrations. By the press his tattoos are described with meticulousness. It is almost noon on May 22, 2009.

The first raids on his blood family begin. The hunt is already unleashed.


“If the press had been able to shed blood through the screen, I would have done it, but even so, that blood would have continued to be a warrior, never subdued and that high pride was what bothered them the most”

Macul with Greece- [2]

The communication companies spared no adjectives to describe the place, inventing rough passages. The exhibition of the body and its wounds reached levels that are only understood within the logic of state terrorism.

At 1:30 p.m., in the mid-day newscasts, they spread the identity of Mauri, with his passport photograph, also indicating that he belonged to a group occupying a squatter house in the center of Santiago.

For months, the police investigations into the series of explosive attacks against symbols of power and banking had focused their sights on squatting, especially in some, where propaganda and anarchic agitation were constant.

Then, almost simultaneously with the delivery of the name of Mauri, two raids occur in downtown Santiago. Carabineros raided a private house, which functioned as a social center and the Investigative Police raided the squat “La Idea,” from where detainees were taken.

News teams televised and covered the raids, while talking about “advances in research.” Among pompous declarations, they affirm that the comrade of Mauri, who fled wounded, would be identified and their capture was described as “imminent.”

The Investigative Police took the detained comrades to one of their barracks; there they tried to interrogate some of them. They were asked about the person accompanying Mauri. They asked for a name that at least they “imagined” that it could be, to which they were denied sharply. They were thus pressured “if they do not cooperate we will show them photographs of how the body was.” For the police, Mauri’s body became a trophy, with which they wanted to hit the whole environment.

There was a media feast with the death of Mauri, inquiring about his life, his family, his behavior in the university and even highlighting that he maintained debts with a commercial house, looking to ridicule him at all costs.

Teams of a television channel were approaching the compañerxs and family that waited for the delivery of the body in the outskirts of the Legal Medical Service; they tried to get an interview with the same old and hackneyed argument “we want to give them the opportunity to defend him, to explain what he did, they are saying very ugly things… ” They kicked and shoved them back.

The same night of May 22 from a news channel appeared a crude interview of two alleged comrades of Mauri, who with their faces covered and with distorted voice would account for the “plan” of the comrade, with an absurd and meaningless script. This is perhaps one of the most pathetic and pitiful passages, which serves as a barometer of hatred inspired by the figure of anyone who attempts, even at the risk of their life, to oppose those that dominate and their order.


“Comrades, we are very clear and aware of what is going to happen now, we know that difficult days and months are coming. But we also know that the pain and sadness of our brother’s departure can not paralyze us. We remember insistently that he died in combat, that the offensive has various forms, that no one is worth more than another. We appeal then, that the beautiful flame of his anarchist heart propagate the irreducible desire to annihilate this reality.

His body today remains a prisoner in the hands of the police and his mercenaries, but the energy of his life remains with us, with the comrades who together with him and in different ways confronted those that want to transform us into slaves.”

“A warrior has died but our fire does not go out” - [3]

The two raided houses were about 15 blocks away, in the middle of both was the Social Center Okupado and Sacco and Vanzetti library, a place where Mauri lived and whose comrades decided to face the possible raid and shake the waters of memory.

Encapuchadxs (“hooded ones”) from the roof faced the first police cars that arrived at the place, in minutes, the street was cordoned off, while the press staked out the best places.

But as the carrion arrived, comrades were also arriving, from different points, many compas were present, many who did not know Mauri, but were moved by a genuine solidarity impulse and decided to contribute.

At mid afternoon the first clashes with the press are recorded–memorable is the beating of a television crew, which moments after generated the arrest of some compañerxs. With daring, the press was expelled from the place, bringing out complicity, resistance and the offensive.

It was not about defending a house or the comrades who from the roof challenged the power, it was about defending the memory of Mauri, cutting off the stillness of May 22. A comrade had left, a brother, but it was not tears that were going to be given to the press and the police: there was pain, but there was no defeat.

An urgent and collective feeling of defense of the comrade was the spark that lit the fuse; Mauri unwittingly operated as a catalyst for anarchic sedition.

Perhaps the beauty of that long day full of chaotic feelings is in the way of facing the death blow and the police hunt.

Instead of silence, submission and retreat, the response was resistance and offensive, expelling the press from the outskirts of the Sacco and Vanzetti squat, joining several comrades to build barricades and face the police attack.

That is the beauty of confrontation. Just in moments where the powerful and their multiple characters yearned to see defeat expanded, the bold way to face that moment was the best propaganda of anarchy and companionship.

After 10 PM, almost a hundred comrades were meeting in front of the “Sacco,” from one of its windows a speaker played the music that Mauri listened to, the songs he sang when his voice (and laughter) accompanied the night.

Understanding the progress of the police cars, the comrades in the street decided to go out to raise barricades throughout the neighborhood. A combat that lasted for hours began, moving around the sector, looking for the main arteries. It was a night of multiple flares.

There were detainees, fellow combatants and various attempts by the Carabineros to enter the squat, but even when they threw water and gases, they finally did not enter. From the roof they waited anxiously …

In the early morning lights, the barricades still smoked and every wall in the neighborhood remembered Mauri. The seed of black memory was thus sown.


“Today, the State, the police, the economic and intellectual management of this country show their ineptitude by attacking houses, raising crude statements, repeating the images of blatant political persecution–whether democratic or dictatorial does not matter.”

“A greeting of freedom” - [4]

Hundreds of comrades came to the funeral from different corners, many still without declaring complete affinity with the ideas and actions of Mauri, demonstrated with their sole presence respect, solidarity and camaraderie.

Again in moments where the “rational” dictated to take shelter, as far as possible so as not to be hit with the police attack, anarchists gathered to dismiss the physical body of the comrade.

Canvases, hoods and will were accompanied by the coffin that, very much in line with Mauri’s ideas, had an engraving that read “Neither god nor master.” The blood family decided to get out of the cars and walk along the road to the cemetery, advancing together with all the comrades. The aim was to prevent the police cars from cutting off and isolating the coffin at all costs.

After the funeral some barricades were erected in the vicinity of the cemetery, without there being any arrests at the site. The press watched from a distance, being able to obtain some near images only in the outskirts of the house of the blood family.

The echoes of the clashes after the death of Mauri overcame any distance, taking the news to different territories, from where they were expressing solidarity, contributing to the expansion of memory.

The police and journalistic presence around squatting was permanent, intensifying the controls that existed before 22 May. The power, through harassment, sought to provoke the closure of the spaces, because it understood the contribution they meant for the propagation of anti-authoritarian ideas / actions.

Carabineros and the Police of Investigations disputed the protagonism in the case, elaborating different theories, that finally implied the presence of both policemen in the environment of Mauri. Even so, no path led to his companion.

The break between the blood family and Mauri’s comrades that the police could not achieve at first was obtained over the months. Police psychologists were advising the blood family, taking advantage of them, guiding and guiding their pain towards the path that suited the investigation.

So finally, from a family member, the police obtain a statement with a list of people possibly accompanying Mauri, who would also be “guilty” of their decision to attack, their ideas and actions against the authority.

All this would be known only in 2010, when in the framework of the infamous “Bombs Case,” many of their comrades faced accusations from the power.

In a twisted and contrived thesis of the prosecution, there was an illicit terrorist organization, with a criminal plan studied to spread terror through direct actions. In this organization there were supposed leaders and a defined structure, with established roles. And as the icing on the cake, the prosecution argued that to carry out the “criminal plan” those accused raised “facades” of squatting, called in fiscal delirium as centers of power.

Mauri and 14 other compañerxs were organized as part of this illicit terrorist organization. During the endless audiences is where the declaration of part of the blood family comes to light. It was a hard and bitter moment, because beyond all the media and police feast after his death, finally part of his nuclear family not only trampled his life and anarchic values, but also denied his individual strength and collaborated with the eternal enemies of Mauri: the defenders of authority.

At a distance of years, the course of events may seem tragicomic, with its twists and turns of investigation, but the truth is that they managed to dismantle environments, with fear and wear, and also evicted the squat. More than 10 compañerxs from Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested for several months; they extended the trial for more than a year and during the trial they exhibited-once again-photographs of Mauri’s dead body, detailing each wound. It is without a doubt regrettable that this last fact did not find resistance, however minimal.

Finally, the trial ended with the acquittal of all the accused. Thus, for that moment, the attempt to judicialize a wide anarchic environment and to resolve, at least by police, the death of Mauri ended.


“When death unexpectedly surprises us, it’s the people who wonder about the “meaning” of these deaths… The dead cannot answer us; only their lives and actions can give us clues about what motivated our brothers to be as they were…”

Gabriel Pombo da Silva- [5]

A little over three months after his death, his squatting comrades edited a text, compiling a large part of his writings, songs, stories and poems. The intention is to collectively share their reflections and ideas, so that they can spread to other comrades and Mauri will not remain locked in his inner circle.

In the middle of the hunt, in a generous gesture, different compañerxs were contributing with songs, writings, interviews or letters that had left. Mauri was not a treasure that had to be kept for himself, hiding it from the eyes of the rest, nor was he the martyred hero whose figure was rising above others. It was the opposite and he was always claimed as a comrade.

After the journalistic attack, with its multiple defamations, among pompous police statements that tried to describe him, it was important to rescue the comrade. Avoid reinterpretations and make it possible for Mauri himself in the first person through his multiple writings, to be closer to other comrades and environments.

There are compañerxs whose deaths are explained by the life they decided to live. The gesture of editing a book with his writings, is framed precisely in enabling those who were not close to the comrade, to know the transit of his way, the different paths that led him to be who he was, the life decisions that finally bring him closer to death.

Thus Punky Mauri was expanding among comrades, traveling thousands of kilometers, speaking different languages, but with a common black language. Their experiences, values and ideas flew, tearing down the borders of time and geography. There was decision and persistence in which the flame of his life did not go out.

The black memory was acquiring wide and varied ways to spread and infect new comrades. In that transit, every gesture was and is a contribution. Without leaders, we are all called to tirelessly seek to contribute to this propagation, in the way we create most accurately. There is not an official memory, but multiple gestures to continue the way that Anarchy lives.


“Four years? I think it’s an infinity, but it was also nothing when Culmine sent me the news of that May 22, along with a newspaper clipping with his photo. Just a piece of paper, an image already marked by time, destined quickly to decompose? Yes, but also much more!

It is the symbol of an indelible memory, it is a dear and intimate image, one of the truly few that up to now, always remains stuck to the wall of the cell. It is a symbol of a relationship with the warrior Mauri and his warrior tribe, imprinted with fire always quiet and secure in my heart and in my mind. Beyond any border, distance, repression, and death! “

Marco Camenisch- [6]

It is already 10 years since Mauri’s death; it is almost inevitable to do a retrospective, analyze how it happened and face different facts.

To rescue of the beauty of certain moments of confrontation, highlighting the permanent presence of solidarity, agitation and the spread of memory.

There have not been 10 years of quiet or silent memory, it has been a time where collective memory gestures have been raised from different territories, as an idea / action that tends to propagate the life that Mauri was forging, his decision to confront the established, his active negation of any authority, at the same time that inseparably Anarchy and Chaos continue spreading like vital force.

The departure of Mauri became the meeting point between many other comrades. A meeting point to take off to new challenges; there lies the vitality of memory: it is not the static photography of a moment of confrontation; it is the present that we are building, nourished by the experiences of other comrades, as well as our own interests and longings. So we are projecting the way.

After the passage of death and the police hunt, we affirm ourselves in the proud decision not to back down, nourishing the smile with the certainty that power could impose neither silence nor submission. It could not stop the offensive dimension of our black memory, which fights resignation and fear, only functional to authority.

Punky Mauri has been present on the street all this time, because those who remember him are not far from the paths of struggle, a memory does not rise from the path of comfort, but from the very terrain of combat against domination.

There has been no victimization, nor any attempt to whitewash his memory. Mauri is not the innocent who falls into a montage, he was an anarchic being who dared to challenge the imposed. He died as he chose to live. He is not a hero or an idealized martyr, he is just another companion, with defects and virtues, successes and mistakes, whose life decisions were spreading fire in anarchic hearts.

In these years there have been various repressive moves, many comrades have been imprisoned, some have managed to get out of the cages, others have received long sentences. Some compañerxs have gone, they have tired, others are coming and in their happy rage they bring new energy.

Many of those who today actively remember Mauri have known him after his death, feeling close and comradely through what he was forging in life. There has been a generational transfer of memory, like a black fiber that connects us and our brother. On the street today he continues laughing in other laughs, with total vitality. His ideas are still tools with which to resist and attack what they try to submit to us.

Ten years after his death, Mauri remains among us, impregnated with new accomplices. He is still present in the fight, generating the contempt of the police and the press, we see it in its crude exposure and discredit campaigns.

Years go by, but our dead in war are still with us.

Good Trip Mauri

Nothing has finished, everything continues

"Something always remains. They say that ideas are indelible. Here and there and everywhere. Not just you, not just us, all of you. All and forever. We still have a way ahead." [7]

[1] Communiqué written by three action groups on May 23, 2009, greeting companion Mauricio Morales.

[2] Excerpted from the book “Macul con Grecia. Fire in the hands against the Authority.”

[3] Communiqué written by the Social Center Okupado Sacco and Vanzetti on May 22, 2009.

[4] Communiqué written by three action groups on May 23, 2009, greeting companion Mauricio Morales.

[5] Text published in 2013.

[6] Text published in 2013.

[7] Writings of comrades Yanis Skuludis, Sokratis Tzifkas (Avlona Minors Prison), Mpampis Tsilianidis, Dimitris Dimtsiadis (Koridallos Prison). May 22, 2011. Tags: Mauricio Moraleschile
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Italy: Operation “Panico” Call for international active solidarity, supporting prisoners and legal expenses

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:58


On the 01/01/2017, an explosive device placed in front of a fascist bookshop in Florence (Italy), explodes causing serious injuries to a cop, who loose a hand and an eye.

It's been 2 years that 3 of our anarchist comrades are locked away in jail, following the so called Operation Panico, with no proof other than the dna one.

Another bunch of comrades are accused of criminal association related to some direct actions happened during year 2016, while 2 squats in Florence are evicted (Villa Panico and Riottosa).

On the 22/07/2019 we are expecting the 1st grade of the sentence.

This wants to be a call for international active solidarity, supporting prisoners and legal expanses, always besides our comrades in jail!

Solidarity is a weapon!

Freedom for Paska, Ghespe and Giova!

Youssra Ramadan

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Pittsburgh, PA: Noise Demonstrations Fight Corporation Behind Mountain Valley Pipeline

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:54

From It's Going Down

The following action report details noise demonstrations outside the home of a former CEO connected to the building of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and at a shareholder meeting.

In the early morning hours of July 10th, a protest was held outside the home of the now former EQT Corporation CEO Robert McNally in the town of Wexford, PA. EQT Corporation is the largest fracking company in the United States and is responsible for the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline that communities in the Mid-Atlantic region have been resisting since it was announced.

At the action, McNally hid in his two million dollar home while the protesters banged on drums, blared cars horns, and shouted chants and obscenities at him. Police didn’t arrive until a half hour later to tell the protestors they were being “too loud for this hour of the night.”

About 8 officers arrived on the scene and also attracted the attention of a local news team that covered the protest. No arrests were made although the protesters did have fun taunting the police who were basically powerless to do anything since no real criminal activity had taken place (at least not by the protestors).

Later in the morning a second noise demo was held along with a banner drop in downtown Pittsburgh to protest the annual shareholder meeting of EQT. Members of EQT’s board and other shareholders were forced to go around the demo while protestors chanted “1-2-3, Fuck EQT” as they banged on buckets and scrap metal to make as much of a disturbance as possible. After the meeting it was announced that McNally would be removed as CEO due to a successful proxy fight by shareholders who wanted to gain control of the company. Rest assured we will be at their homes soon enough

Report from: Unity Division, a Pittsburgh-based anarchist collective dedicated to street theater and direct action to promote systemic change.

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Florence, Italy: Last hearings of the trial for the “Panico” operation

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:50

The hearings from 15 to 18 July, 2019, are confirmed, but due to the absence of one of the judges the sentence (scheduled for July 22nd) could slip, by a maximum of one week, apparently.
For Giova, Paska and Ghespe under house arrest, was asked the transport by their own means for the hearings, therefore without an escort. For Paska has also been asked to temporarily move house arrest to a house near Florence.

As regards presences in the courtroom, Paska should therefore be present at all hearings. Giova and Ghespe will certainly not come to the hearing on the 15th, but for the following ones they still haven’t decided.
We remember that the hearings will be:
15 July – Deposition of the digos [“political police”] on the last part of the environmental interceptions.
16 July – Public prosecutor indictment and civil parties.
17 and 18 July – Defensive harangues.
22 (?) July – Reading of the device (sentence).
All will start at 9.00 am, in room 28 (basement) at the courthouse in Novoli (Florence).
Note: During the course of the month of June 2019 the three imprisoned anarchists, Paska, Giovanni and Salvatore (Ghespe), were transferred from the prisons of Viterbo and Sollicciano (Florence) to house arrest.

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Anarchist Prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo to be Released

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:42

Luis Fernando Sotelo, anarchist political prisoner in Mexico City, is set to be released on July 12th after 4 years and eight months in prison.

Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano was arrested alongside Sergio Pérez Landero on November 5, 2014, near University City in Mexico City, following the Third Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa. During the demonstration, a Metrobús station and a Metrobús (a rapid transit bus service) were burned.

The following day, Sergio was released for lack of evidence, while 20-year-old student Luis Fernando was charged with several major crimes and sent to South Prison (Reclusorio Sur) in Mexico City where for a time he was held in solitary confinement.

Luis Fernando was involved in various political projects, including the Ollin Meztli Collective, the ik’ otik Cooperative, the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity, and is an adherent to the Zapatista’s Sixth Declaration.

In 2016, Sotelo and several other prisoners participated in a hunger strike in solidarity with the prison strike underway in the United States against prison slavery and in support of the revolts against the killing of African-Americans by police.
Statement by Campaign for the Freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo:

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the National Indigenous Congress, Indigenous Governing Council

To the National and International Sixth

To the Left Independent Popular Organization Francisco Villa

To the Compañerxs in Solidarity

To Our Families

Since November 5th, 2014, for more than four years, we have received solidarity from you all, to accompany the struggle for the freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano. The possibility of having Luis in the streets with us is possible thanks to the effort of the legal-political struggle that we have carried out against state repression.

Since November 5th when Luis was arbitrarily detained, even as the repression beat us again and again, Los Otros Abogadoz and Luis, you all, us, we never gave up. Each time we resisted, with a legal appeal, a protest and/ or the closing of the courthouse. In consequence, his sentence was reduced from long-term confinement that sought to rob him of his entire life, to his upcoming release.

To all of those who were there during these four years and eight months with your expressions of solidarity; the mobilizations, publications, economic donations, letters, music, food, forums that you all organized, coffee, honey, fanzines, psychological support, medical support, opening spaces to us in your community assemblies, “encanto del condón,” from the other side of the Atlantic, with your documentaries, engravings, hunger strikes, paintings, serigraphy, hand crafts, organic products, dance…to you all we thank you infinitely. With what you put together to accompany and sustain this struggle, we learned from your solidarity in practice and not only in words.

To those who were not there but who took the stage, who took the microphone, who waved the flag “our prisoners”, who spoke the name of Luis…to you all we say, thank you because we learned who are and who aren’t our compañerxs.

Today, after all of this, we inform you all that our compañero Luis Fernando Sotelo will be released.


The struggle for freedom does not end with the freedom of Luis. There exists many more imprisoned compañerxs and we are clear that we can only build another world when we are all free!



Campaign for the Freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo


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BASTARD Series kicks off in Oakland this Saturday!

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:34

For nearly two decades, members of the Berkeley Anarchist Study Group have been organizing the annual BASTARD Conference — a day-long gathering of autodidacts, vagabonds, and pseudo intellectuals discussing anarchy and related shenanigans. This year, we’re trying something a little different... Introducing the BASTARD Series!

This will be a once-monthly series of presentations and conversations featuring members of the Study Group and some of our favorite minds from “the milieu” bringing you that raw shit you know and love.

Kicking things off for this first month is our good friend (and yours) Rydra Wrong! You already know this guy from Free Radical Radio and surf spots far & wide. His presentation, titled “Boundlessness: On playing out the game without a reason”, darts between thinkers as disparate as Max Stirner, Michel Serres, and Milan Kundera while exploring what it means to engage in self-creation and a relational ontology from Rydra’s unique nihilist-inflected perspective. Whether you’re a philosophy nerd, a lifestyle anarchist, or a crustified oogle, this evening will have you kissing the void and loving it...

Join us for the first of many upcoming evenings of conviviality and conversation amongst Bay Area anarchists!

Saturday, July 20, 7-9pm
@ The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St in downtown Oakland
Free and open to all, though donations to benefit the venue and future presenters are appreciated

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