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The Million Workers March in Washington DC, October 17, 2004

Two weeks before the American presidential election, there was a labor rally in Washington, DC, the ill-named Million Workers March (MWM). With the possible exception of the organizers, members of Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), few would call the event an unqualified success. The turnout was smaller than hoped for, there were organizational problems (detailed below), and the crowd was dominated by the already politicized. That is, it was really not the massive “workers” march that was billed and hoped for.

by prole cat

Towards More Effective Political Organizations

The debate over whether or not anarchists should organize is a long and rich one. Much has been written on the subject. So it is likely that most anarchists, at least those who have been politically involved for a significant length of time, know where they stand on this topic. At any rate, the value of organization will not be argued here. Rather, this text is addressed to those who are already convinced of the value of anarchist organization, but who may have doubts about what form such organization should take or, more specifically, about what should be the role of those whose personalities incline them to be at the front of most efforts, and who have ideas that they believe to be in advance of the rest of the membership. In other words, what are we to do about "leadership" in our organizations?

by Prole Cat

Making the World Safe for Fascism: Free Speech and the Worship of Civil Liberties

Americans are raised to hold some things sacred. God, motherhood, the flag, and free markets are among the icons our children genuflect before. As leftists we question or reject the sanctity of some or all of these institutions, in varying degrees according to our ideology and inclinations. And yet we have our own herd of sacred cattle at whose cloven feet we worship. Chief among these holy relics is the United States Constitution, most especially it’s first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. In particular the first amendment, that includes the civil right to the exercise of free speech, is held sacrosanct.

In the coming paragraphs I will seek to dethrone this ideological demigod. My argument is not that the principle of free speech has no value, for it does. Nor will I take an unrealistic, anarchist-purist position that we should neglect the protection of these rights in the civil arena, in the court rooms or even the legislatures. Morality dictates that while the state exists, people need protection from the state by whatever means are possible and effective.

Honkie America Redux- The Plight of the Latino Immigrant

Racism in the age of political correctness

It is no longer fashionable to be openly racist in the American middle class. Blatant racist snobbery is still acceptable across the linen table cloths of the rich, and it is all too common in the shops and on the factory floors where the working class performs its labors. But the middle class, we are led to believe, has risen above all that.

What does it mean to be an anarchist communist?

What does it mean to be an anarchist communist?
by prole cat

(The following essay was composed for the inaugural issue of THE DAWN, an anarchist newspaper published out of Oakland, California.)

In setting out to answer the above question, I do not plan to provide a definition. That is to say, I do not plan to explore the theory or history of anarchist communism. I will assume the reader is already familiar with the basic tenets of the anarchist communist tradition (and for those who are not, Peter Kropotkin’s pamphlet Anarchist Communism is a good place to start.)

Rather, I intend to answer the question from the perspective of what being an anarchist communist means personally, how such a political identification affects employment prospects, personal relationships, and activism.

Right To Know Committee: Southwest Philadelphia Workers And Residents Fight Back!

The Right To Know Committee (RTKC) came together in response to the toxic workplace and neighborhood conditions brought on by two factories in Southwest Philly. In June of 1994, a Defense Personnel Supply Center (DPSC) and an oil refinery complex (run by Sunoco Oil) were put under scrutiny by the federal government following the findings of massive pollutant outputs deep under the surface of the surrounding neighborhoods. These two factories have been sitting along the Schuykill river for decades, putting out countless tons of chemical waste into the river, soil, and air.

Update On Vancouver Squeegee Workers

Update on police repression of squeegee workers in Vancouver B.C.This is what Vancouver looks like
Had good holidays? Lots of money in the air... But thinking about giving and receiving gifts, we sometime forget what's happening to others.

Class Struggle In The Green Mountains: Vermont Workers' Center

by Lady, Green Mountain Anarchist Collective (NEFAC-Vermont)

The Vermont Workers' Center (VWC) opened the doors to its first office space in the spring of 1998. The mission of the center reads: "We seek an economically just and democratic Vermont in which all residents have living wages, decent health care, childcare, housing and transportation. We work to build a democratic, diverse movement of working Vermonters that is locally focused and coordinated on a statewide basis. We work with organized labor in moving towards economic justice and in strengthening the right to organize. We are committed to taking action on the full range of issues that concern working people, and to building alliances nationally and internationally." The VWC seeks to build an effective and meaningful labor movement within the particularities of Vermont.

Less Talk, More Squats

Winter is coming...
Now is not the time to ask for housing.
Now is the time to take it.

Assemble at All Saints' Church
Saturday, November 8th
Meal provided

Reply to the Platform (Synthesist)

The synthesist response to Dielo Trouda's 'Organizational Platform of Libertarian Communists'. First published in French (Paris 1927).REPLY TO THE PLATFORM (SYNTHESIST)

by 'Several Russian Anarchists' (Sobol, Schwartz, Steimer, Voline, Lia, Roman, Ervantian, Fleshin)

[first issued in French, Paris 1927]

Reasons for the Weakness of the Anarchist Movement

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