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north america / mexico / crime prison and punishment / non-anarchist press Wednesday January 13, 2016 22:20 byLesley J. Wood
After the killing of Michael Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in the late summer of 2014, protests erupted, and the Black Lives Matter spread across North America to protest police violence, too often systematically directed at poor and racialized communities. The massive police presence at these protests, with weapons and armoured vehicles that looked and felt like major military deployments, made it clear to all that something fundamental had taken place in policing practices and strategies. The intensification and extension of the coercive and security branches of the state was well-known since the declaration of the ‘war on terror’ in 2001, and the subsequent leaks of official documents by Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and others. The hardening of the state in its day-to-day operations at the most local levels could now be seen everywhere by all, in an increasing confrontation with the democratic rights of assembly and protest.

Lesley Wood's recent book, Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing (2014), locates these developments in a longer term perspective in relation to the spread of neoliberalism. Analyzing police agencies, strategies and practices from the mid-1990s to the present, she identifies a range of the structural and political forces that have led to the militarization of policing, particularly in North America, but also in trends that extend to Europe. This involves detailing a new matrix in the relations between the security, national police and defence apparatuses of the state with local police forces and the defence and security industries. Professional police associations and their various conferences and conventions have become important nodes for the spread of ‘best-practice policing’, in the form of kettling, barricading, infiltration and pre-emptive arrests, usage of new anti-protest weaponry, security screening, local intelligence-gathering capacities and the like. But also as sites where the case is made for an increase in police budgets, more capital intensification of policing and thus for accumulation by the ‘coercive’ industries (which define modern urbanism as much as the so-called ‘creative’ sector).

In a period of sharpening inequality, permanent neoliberal austerity, and hard right forces gaining ground, the logic for a further militarization of policing, securitizing of cities, and curtailing and limiting protests. In her book, Wood seeks not only to map these developments in North America through time, but also to expose the contradictions in the new forms of policing in capitalist states, and begin to pose how social and anti-capitalist movements will have to respond to ‘demilitarize our relations’.

Lesley Wood teaches sociology at York University, Toronto and Greg Albo teaches political science at York University. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / press release Monday January 04, 2016 05:42 byEdward Saroyan   text 1 comment (last - friday february 26, 2016 21:10)
NYC ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR - 10th anniversary
What: 2016 Annual NYC Anarchist BookFair
Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, in Manhattan
When: Book Fair—Sat., April 16, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Art Festival—Fri., April 15, 7 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Film Festival—Sat., April 16, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. read full story / add a comment
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américa del norte / méxico / community struggles / comunicado de prensa Saturday January 02, 2016 08:02 byComandancia General del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nac   image 1 image
En todos los rincones del mundo que dolía antes y duele ahora, hubo y hay gente digna y rebelde que resistió, que resiste contra la muerte que impone el de arriba. read full story / add a comment
Jamar Clark - murdered by Minneapolis Police
north america / mexico / community struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 22, 2015 11:16 bydb   image 2 images
The horrific execution of an unarmed, handcuffed, on the ground black man in front of dozens of witnesses has led to an outburst of struggle whose fire is not spent and whose meaning is still being defined. In this article, I will argue that what is at stake in this struggle is the future of North Minneapolis, which, in miniature, is a question of the future of our cities and of working class people across the country. read full story / add a comment
Murray Bookchin in 1989
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / debate Thursday December 03, 2015 13:40 byWayne Price   text 3 comments (last - saturday march 04, 2017 00:34)   image 1 image
Murray Bookchin was an influential and prolific writer and thinker on anarchism. Recently his work has been in the news. While he made significant contributions, he made a major error in rejecting the working class as important for an anarchist revolution. This article reviews why he believed this and why, on the contrary, the working class must be a major force for a successful anarchist revolution. read full story / add a comment
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nord america / messico / storia dell'anarchismo / opinione / analisi Friday November 20, 2015 02:04 byAlternativa Libertaria/FdCA   image 1 image
La vita di Joe Hill non è separabile da quella del suo sindacato, dall'IWW read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Thursday November 19, 2015 03:48 byWayne Price   image 1 image
In the US, right-wing politicians have attacked all immigrants, Latinos, and Arabs and Muslims, by whipping up nativist and racist hysteria. They promote "research" blaming immigrants for a lack of jobs. Liberals want "comprehensive" immigration policies which will also increase repression. read full story / add a comment
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nord america / messico / repressione / prigionieri / opinione / analisi Sunday November 01, 2015 16:21 byNúcleo Comunista Libertario   image 1 image
In territorio messicano, il governo di Peña Nieto si è reso responsabile di numerosi massacri contro quei cuori insorti che resistono all'oblio, alla morte ed all'impunità. Un esempio di questi massacri è la scomparsa, più di un anno fa, di 43 studenti della Scuola Normale Atyotzinapa all'interno di uno straziante processo di messa a tacere del pensiero critico, di persecuzione dei progetti educativi indipendenti e di contenimento della protesta sociale. Utilizzando i trafficanti di droga, il "para-Stato" messicano ha fisicamente ucciso decine di giovani speranze che cercavano di trasformare questo sistema marcio a partire dalla loro vita quotidiana e dal loro lavoro come insegnanti in formazione. [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
Our starting point in both our perspective and in our current work is the importance of organizing for the social self-defense of the working-class and oppressed communities.
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Thursday October 29, 2015 05:19 byFirst of May Anarchist Alliance   image 1 image
The following points represent a brief statement of priorities, an outline of some of the perspectives our organization has decided on to help guide our thinking and actions in the coming period. We do not want to overstate where our organization is at in our analysis and organizing, nor are these points a substitute for the hard discussions our organization still must have. These points developed out of reviews and discussions of the nature of the current period, the continuing wave of social protest domestically and abroad, and how we as a small and specific group of anarchist revolutionaries can participate in and help build those movements for dignity, justice and freedom.
by First of May Anarchist Alliance, Autumn 2015 read full story / add a comment
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américa del norte / méxico / represión / presos / opinión / análisis Monday October 26, 2015 00:36 byNúcleo Comunista Libertario   image 1 image
En las tierras mexicanas, para no irse muy lejos, el gobierno de Peña Nieto ha venido cometiendo innumerables masacres en contra de los corazones insurrectos que se resisten al olvido, la muerte y la impunidad. Ejemplo de ello fue la desaparición, hace más de un año, de 43 estudiantes de la escuela normal de Atyotzinapa en un proceso atroz de silenciamiento del pensamiento crítico, de persecución a proyectos educativos autónomos y de contención de la protesta social. Con ayuda de los narcos, el “paraestado” mexicano asesinó físicamente a decenas de jóvenes esperanza que intentaban transformar este sistema podrido desde su cotidianidad y desde su labor como docentes en formación. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / review Sunday October 25, 2015 04:23 byWayne Price
Commentary on a recent draft document on the strategy and vision of the Democratic Socialists of America, from the viewpoint of revolutionary libertarian socialism (anarchism). read full story / add a comment
amérique du nord / mexique / luttes en milieu de travail / nouvelles Saturday October 24, 2015 08:06 byCollectif Emma Goldman
Le Pic-Bois est un bulletin d’information libertaire régional publié au Saguenay depuis 2010. Diffusé par le Collectif anarchiste Emma Goldman et ses ami-e-s, le Pic-Bois met de l’avant la construction d’alternatives sociales et d’un pouvoir populaire pour changer la société ici et maintenant. Oiseau tapageur et rebelle, le Pic-Bois vous informe et sensibilise pour rompre avec l’ordre établi.

Ce cinquième numéro est entièrement consacré à la question du travail. Il a pour but de susciter des réflexions critiques et des débats à propos de cet élément majeur (et accapareur) de nos vies en système capitaliste. Si vous souhaitez faire la distribution du journal sur votre campus, dans votre voisinage ou dans votre lieu de travail, sentez vous bien sûr libre de faire des photocopies à partir du fichier que l'on joint ici. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Sunday September 27, 2015 06:37 byDavid Van Deusen
For a decade the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective did its part... This is its story... read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / imperialism / war / policy statement Wednesday September 09, 2015 16:58 byBlack Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa   image 1 image
As revolutionaries in North America we would like to outline the foundations of our political perspective as well as how we as an organization have agreed to relate the recent events and the struggle underway in Rojava in the Middle East. [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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américa del norte / méxico / imperialismo / guerra / policy statement Wednesday September 09, 2015 16:51 byBlack Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa   image 1 image
Como revolucionarios en Norteamérica quisiéramos resumir los fundamentos de nuestra perspectiva política. Como organización hemos acordado relacionarnos con los eventos recientes y el progreso de la lucha en Rojava en el Oriente Medio. [English] read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / history / other libertarian press Thursday July 30, 2015 01:55 bybob mcglynn
This is by an author who summerized the " 60's civil war in the U.S." in a few short paragraphs.
I add in a long intro slamming the media etc. for reducing the 60's to ONLY the civil rights movement (leaving out the more radical/revolutionary currants like the Black Panthers), and the peace movement (leaving out the equally massive important- to way generalize a complicated mixed scene- anti-war/anti-imperialist movement.
I mention anarchistic tides such as the all over the map student movement that burned down buildings to fight en loco parentis- in the place of parents- fight for personal freedom and to be treated like adults- the effect of which, though modified, can be scene on today's campus's. I mention the hippies/freaks who were everywhere and anarchist if not conciously than in effect.
I go into womens/gay etc movements. The incredible revolution in creative music called "the soundtrack for the revolution" that was picked up in the underground of the Soviet Bloc whose lyrics could'nt be understood but meant "freedom". I mention BIG TIME that guys could be incredibly liberated to grow their hair long...
I give alot of play to the formation of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War which was the only group of vets in U.S. history to oppose a war still in effect that had plenty of effect as U'll see... much more...
Then finally i quote the text mentioned at the beginning by another author. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / debate Thursday July 23, 2015 19:45 byWayne Price   text 15 comments (last - tuesday august 18, 2015 04:32)
A response to Crimethinc's statement, "Why We Don't Make Demands." Wayne argues that revolutionary anarchists should propose to movements which they are part of to raise militant, radical, demands. Done in dialogue with the people, it moves the struggle forward and challenges the state and the capitalist class. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / economy / non-anarchist press Monday June 15, 2015 18:33 byStephanie Basile
Change Group workers endured an intense union busting campaign to win their election 17-2. They are now about to engage in a contract fight with the company. read full story / add a comment
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américa del norte / méxico / community struggles / news report Monday June 08, 2015 19:14 bySolidaridad   image 1 image
En el sur del país se produjeron quema de urnas y tomas de edificios estatales. La población protesta en contra de la corrupción en las que se han visto involucrados gran parte de los políticos mexicanos. La represión no se ha hecho esperar y mantiene a numerosos municipios militarizados. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / anarchist movement / link to pdf Sunday June 07, 2015 17:44 byLinchpin   image 1 image
Thanks for picking up the third volume of Mortar, Common Cause’s journal of revolutionary anarchist theory. In our two previous journals, the article topics that we chose to explore and expound upon were, more often than not, grounded in our own direct experiences, such as organizing in our neighbourhoods against gentrification, navigating the dynamics of Left/activist spaces, and confronting sexual violence. read full story / add a comment
Employees at the Zarfati Garage in Mishur Adumim vote to strike on July 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Ma’an workers union)

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