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IWW / Black Rose Study Group -- Fight 4 $15

IWW / Black Rose Study Group -- Fight 4 $15
Sun, April 6, 1pm – 3pm

Join us to discuss the Fight for $15, fast food and other service workers' organizing efforts, and the potential role of radicals. Please bring friends and coworkers.

Nationwide Organization of Revolutionary Anarchists in the United States?

Originally posted on the Rochester Red and Black website. Colin is a member of Common Struggle as well as Rochester Red and Black.

By Colin O

Over 150 years of the anarchist theoretical and organizing tradition have passed, yet anarchist influence in the United States is practically non-existent. In some local contexts, we do see occasional anarchist influence, but in a nationwide context anarchists are practically irrelevant.

There has been a conversation brewing for a few years among some anarchists. This conversation has moved forward specifically in a grouping of organizations that have come together in recent years around the Class Struggle Anarchist Conferences. Since the first Class Struggle Anarchist Conference in New York City in 2008, it’s been increasingly clear that these different organizations have a great deal of agreement and could be strengthened by unification into a nationwide anarchist organization.

In anticipation for an upcoming conference of these organizations that intends to found this single, nationwide organization, this article is an effort to bring together the many arguments for why such an organization is desirable. More than that, I hope to show the inspirational possibilities of such an organization in the broader anarchist movement, so that this organization can take off after its founding.

We're Not Voting, We're Fighting!

Originally posted on Ideas and Action -- ideasandaction.info

We’re not voting, we’re fighting!
Anarchists and the 2012 US Elections

By Adam Quinn

It’s always been easy for anarchists to demonstrate the absurdity of the US elections since the two major parties have had very few actual differences. Though each party has been using more heated and divisive rhetoric in recent months, Obama’s continuation of many Bush-era policies indicates our essentially one-party system remains intact.

Spring Events in Boston!

Common Struggle - Boston Spring events

-Monday, April 16: Platypus Forum - Reform, Resistance, or Revolution?
6:30 pm
Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA

Common Struggle member Gayge to speak at a panel hosted by Platypus. Speakers:
Jeff Booth (Socialist Alternative)
Gayge (Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation)
Joe Ramsey (Kasama Project)
Laura Lee Schmidt (Platypus)
J. Phil Thompson (MIT)

This event concerns the forms of anticapitalist politics available today: reform or resistance or revolution or a combination of the three.

Boston: Black Flame Reading Group

Join us for a public reading group - the first Saturday of every month, 6pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston.

Reading Schedule:

Saturday, December 3rd: Chapters 1-2

Saturday, January 7th: Chapters 3-5

Saturday, February 4th: Chapters 6-8

Saturday, March 3rd: Chapters 9-11

Purchase Black Flame online from AK Press or at the Lucy Parsons Center.

OPEN CITY 1 & 2 - Broadsheet of NYC Common Struggle

Here are the first two issues of a new broadsheet by the NYC Local of Common Struggle.

Panels on Anarchism at the Left Forum

The Left Forum (formerly the Socialist Scholars Conference) will be held on March 18, 19, & 20. It will be at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, Manhattan, opposite City Hall Park. It costs to enter, but they have a sliding scale and they say that no one is turned away for being unemployed, etc.


  • The Crisis, the Fightback, and Solidarity, from Anarchist and Marxist Perspectives
  • What's unique about anarchist solidarity?
  • Anarchism and Its Aspirations: Discussing Social Anarchism in the Current Moment

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?

New Book: Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution?

Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution?

by Wayne Price

From the Forward by Andrew Flood (Workers Solidarity Movement--Ireland):

"This collection of essays by Wayne Price…will hopefully play a significant part in helping us build the movement we need…..This volume represents a good foundation to this process. It revisits many of the essential basic questions and lays down a coherent position in regard to them. Wayne's insights are important to us because they are based not just on a theoretical study of revolution but on five decades of practical experience in the North American left and the anarchist movement"

A Flame to Extinguish Capital

Book Review of Black Flame: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism. Oakland, CA: AK Press. By Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt.
by Deric Shannon

At the outset, after reading Black Flame, it's impossible not to reflect on the massive amount of research that such a work must have entailed. The book is a narrative about anarchism and, with interest in anarchism on the rise worldwide, it could not have come at a better time. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, we need new narratives of the anarchist tradition to understand where we've been. Secondly, Black Flame contains critiques of the ways that "radical" circles contemporarily have too often turned away from the radical class politics that have always defined the socialist movement.

Ironically enough, this is both a major strength of the book, but also, in my opinion, one of its weaknesses. As Schmidt and van der Walt state their case early in the book, "'(c)lass struggle' anarchism, sometimes called revolutionary or communist anarchism, is not a type of anarchism; in our view, it is the only anarchism" (19--emphasis theirs). This essentially leads to the authors deciding throughout the beginning of the book who the "real" anarchists are and who gets defined out.

Again, there are strengths and weaknesses with this approach.

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