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The Great Divide: Towards Bridging the Gap Between Anarchist- and Community-Based Organizing

This article is a few years old now but I still find its' message relevant to the tension between anarchist activism and day to day community organizing. Also check out: For Effective Organizing & Activism 2 Organizing

May Day Message of Solidarity with Imprisoned Iranian Workers

THE SCHOLARSʼ MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO IMPRISONED IRANIAN WORKERS
To imprisoned workers of Iran:

Dear friends,

This yearʼs International Workersʼ Day is approaching at a time when you are in prison. We know that among you there are many like Farzad Kamangar who sacrificed his life to defend the human dignity of the humble masses that are forced to sell their labour for meagre wages. And there are many more of you who like Mansour Osanloo, Ebrahim Madadi, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Reza Shahabi and others, have languished in prison with many dark years still ahead simply for defending workersʼ basic human rights.

Others who have gone to prison for organizing workers have continued to be punished by the ruling legal and political regime after their release, being forced out of work and thus deprived of their only source of income, creating unbearable conditions for them and their families. The government, judiciary and intelligence machinery in Iran have proven that any attempt by workers to establish independent labour organizations and defend their livelihood will be met with swift vengeance, a fact that violates both international agreements Iran is a party to and tramples on the governmentʼs own laws.

From Poverty to Prison: The Story of a Stolen Life

An Interview with Cesar Polito, CF 7444
by Jake

Cesar Polito is a prisoner at SCI Greene, in Greene county, Pennsylvania, serving a life sentence for murder. When you meet him, however, it is hard to imagine this man killing anyone. Instead, his eyes hold the pain of a human being whose entire life has been stolen. Cesar's childhood was robbed from him, snatched away by a world of poverty and violence in Colombia. His brief adolescence was lost to the danger, precariousness, and frustration of the immigrant's life in the United States. The entirety of his adulthood, from the time he was eighteen, he has spent in prison. Now at the age of thirty-nine, Cesar shares his story in the hopes of catching the attention of anyone who can help him finally gain a reprise from the countless injustices he has faced since he took his first breath.

Urgent Need for Legal Funds for Sarah- Pittsburgh Pro-Choice Activist

Sarah - a pro-choice activist and feminist is in urgent need of legal funds surrounding politically charged criminal proceedings she'll be facing in the coming months.

Forum on new anarchist book by Wayne Price in NYC

November 23rd, Tuesday at Bluestockings. at 7 pm.
Presentation on new book by Wayne Price, Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution?

How can anarchists with a working class approach also support nonclass struggles (over race, nationality, gender, GLBT orientation, ecological issues, etc.)

How can anarchists build a revolutionary organization without creating a vanguard party?

How can anarchists urge the oppressed to "take power" while
consistently opposing all states?

RALLY! FOR 1199 SPECTRUM STRIKERS

Calling Labor and Community Supporters:

RALLY!
FOR 1199 SPECTRUM STRIKERS

SATURDAY, APRIL 24
11:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON

PARK PLACE HEALTH CENTER
5 Greenwood Street, Hartford
(off Park St. Parking on Amity, Madison, Grace, and nearby streets)

Stop the Raids! Discussion on Immigration Reform in Hartford.

*Please forward widely!*

STOP THE RAIDS! Students of Trinity College present:

Let's Discuss Immigration Reform

Tuesday, April 20th
5:00pm
Terrace Rooms A, B & C
Mather Hall, Trinity College
300 Summit Street
Hartford CT

Nursing Home Workers Begin Second Day of Unfair Labor Practice Strike at Spectrum Homes

Friday, April 16, 2010 -- Nurses, nursing assistants and elder-care support staff at skilled nursing homes operated by Spectrum Healthcare are hitting the picket lines again this morning in four Connecticut towns.

Almost 400 caregivers at the four facilities - Birmingham Health Center in Derby, Hilltop Health Center in Ansonia, Laurel Hill Health Center in Winsted and Park Place in Hartford went on strike over Unfair Labor Practices on the part of their corporate operator, Spectrum. Caregivers at the four striking homes have been working under the terms of their previous contracts, which expired more than a year ago (March 15, 2009).

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead


Recent events have raised many important questions: What does a real and vital movement look like? What is the nature of leadership in struggle? Is there a ‘correct’ way for us to fight against our conditions? Below is a statement from some friends addressing theoretical and practical concerns that have arisen in the last month or so...

Occupation, as a particular tactic, has become such a frequent topic of conversation in recent time only because it has resonated highly with workers and students across the country. People tend to forget that student occupiers’ inspiration came directly from workers in Chicago who occupied their factory in December of 2008 against the theft of their pay. Soon after the New School and NYU occupations, the students and non-students involved were heading regularly up to the Bronx to reciprocate the support of the Stella D’Oro strikers on their picket lines, and offer support for the potential occupation that the workers were considering. Today poor and homeless people are “occupying” empty land, foreclosed homes, and warehoused properties. So much for occupation as the ‘fetishized’ plaything of privileged elites!

Part of the reason for the resurgence of occupation – and land takeovers more generally – are the particular necessities that it addresses. Not merely a means or an end, an occupation or a land takeover becomes a venue for transforming the use of space for self-directed activity, and forging new bonds of material solidarity. It directly addresses the contradictions of a class society in which privatized space lays empty while public common space is closed and policed, and homelessness surges alongside a startling swell in home foreclosures and warehoused condos. By seizing space and holding it hostage from those who would control it, occupation creates a venue for collective action on a greater scale and can also significantly disrupt the normal functioning of institutions. Workers, students, and the homeless effectively put this form of direct action back on the table in the United States, where it has become the most notable feature of recent mass struggle.

(This reply posted on take the city is a response to The Politics of Impatience and references events at Hunter College in New York City on March 4th.)

3rd Annual FADGE Fest in Hartford

http://fadge.wordpress.com/

A Partial List of Upcoming Workshops for F.A.D.G.E. Fest 2010:

Sexual Assault in the Activist Community: A How-To of Accountability- Description to follow…

DIY Speculum Exam Workshop-

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