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Firebrand Issue 3 - Spring/Summer 2005

category north america / mexico | workplace struggles | link to pdf author Tuesday May 10, 2005 20:25author by Firebrand - NAF Report this post to the editors

A voice for Portlands rank and file workers

Issue 3 of the rank and file paper produced by the Northern Anarchist Federationj

Firebrand front cover
Firebrand front cover

Firebrand

A voice for Portlands rank and file workers

Firebrand Issue 3

Spring/Summer 2005

In This Issue


Firebrand is a newspaper for rank and file workers in Portland. It's aims are building the power of rank and file workers and fighting the bureaucrats, bosses, and politicians who are our enemies.

To view the paper online, go to www.nafederation.org or download the PDF version from http://www.nafederation.org/issuethree.pdf

To submit an article for the next issue of the Firebrand, send an email to Firebrand@nafederation.org

Firebrand is a publication of the Firebrand Collective, a member collective of the Northwest Anarchist Federation.

author by James Rpublication date Tue May 10, 2005 23:34Report this post to the editors

What sort of sistribution do ye do of this?

author by Jered - Firebrand/NAFpublication date Thu May 12, 2005 07:01author email Jered at nafederation dot orgReport this post to the editors

We mostly distribute the paper at pickets, demos, union halls, coffee shops, and are now developing a distrubtion system of getting bundles of the paper to rank and file militants to distro at their worksites, we are also starting a disto plan of handing out the paper at union construction projects (two firebrand members are union carpenters). We dont really distro the paper outside of portland, because of its local focus and the fact that NAF now has a regional agitational newspaper. If you would like to have us send you a few copies, just email us at firebrand@nafederation.org
In Struggle and Solidarity,
Jered
Firebrand/NAF
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The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes

[Chile] EL FTEM promueve una serie de “jornadas de debate sindical”

Ukraine: Interview with a Donetsk anarchist

The present confrontation between the Zionist settler colonialist project in Palestine and the indigenous working people

Prisões e mais criminalização marcam o final da Copa do Mundo no Brasil

An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to Marxism and Anarchism” by Alan Woods (2011)

هەڵوێستی سەربەخۆی جەماوەر لە نێوان داعش و &

Contra a Copa e a Repressão: Somente a Luta e Organização!

Nota Pública de soldariedade e denúncia

Üzüntümüz Öfkemizin Tohumudur

Uruguay, ante la represión y el abuso policial

To vote or not to vote: Should it be a question?

Mayday: Building A New Workers Movement

Anarchist and international solidarity against Russian State repression

Argentina: Atentado y Amenazas contra militantes sociales de la FOB en Rosario, Santa Fe

Réponses anarchistes à la crise écologique

50 оттенков коричневого

A verdadeira face da violência!

The Battle for Burgos

Face à l’antisémitisme, pour l’autodéfense

Reflexiones en torno a los libertarios en Chile y la participación electoral

Mandela, the ANC and the 1994 Breakthrough: Anarchist / syndicalist reflections

Melissa Sepúlveda "Uno de los desafíos más importantes es mostrarnos como una alternativa real"

On Sectarianism

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