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Common Struggle

Announcing Common Struggle - Libertarian Communist Federation!

Attention allies in North America and beyond! The organization formerly known as the North Eastern Federation of Anarchist Communists is henceforth:

Common Struggle - Libertarian Communist Federation

Decided upon at our 23rd conference held in Boston, MA this past Labor Day weekend.

We have been considering a change since the departure and organizational growth experienced by our comrades in both Common Cause (Ontario) and Union Communiste Libertaire (Quebec).

Freedom / Libertad #5

Freedom / Libertad #5

We are proud to release issue #5 of Freedom/Libertad, Common Struggle's bilingual periodical. This issue features a brand new design and professional printing from our friends at the worker-run Red Sun Press.

The articles include:
-Vermonters Win Universal Healthcare
-The Fight Against Whole Foods
-Egypt: The Revolution Lives on

Anunciando Libertad #5

Estamos orgullosxs de estrenar la edición #5 de Freedom/Libertad, el boletín bilingüe de Lucha Común en Nueva Inglaterra. Este número ofrece un nuevo diseño y una impresión profesional por nuestrxs amigxs de Red Sun Press, una imprenta autogestionada por lxs trabajadores.

Los artículos incluyen:

-Vermont gana el cuidado de salud universal
-La lucha contra Whole Foods
-Egipto: la revolución vive

Screening of "De Toda la Vida" July 19th - PGH NEFAC

A Free Screening to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Spanish
Revolution, Tuesday, July 19th, 2011,
7pm, at the Union Project,
801 North Negley Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206

This documentary chronicles the life of the anarchist-feminist

Capitalism's Bleeding Gulf: BP’s Deepwater Horizon Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico

By Frank Rizal

With its barriers, islands, peninsulas, marshes and inlets, the Gulf Coast of the United States is known for its rich ecosystem and vast wildlife inhabiting the Gulf Coastal Plain. The region attracts many tourists who sightsee and fish along the marshlands in Louisiana, and enjoy the white sands spending their summers across the Panhandle of Florida and the barrier islands called the Emerald Coast. While experiencing the natural surroundings of the Gulf Coast, tourists can see the historical significance of the cultural heritage of the Creek Indians, French and Spanish influences that coalesced to create a unique southern gulf culture along the five states that make up the southern coast of the U.S. Indeed, tourism is a major factor in the Gulf Coast's economy, along with the fishing and shrimping industries so interconnected with the heritage along the Gulf. Yet, it only takes one disaster to turn this major tourist area that brimmed with natural beauty, vibrant culture, and contributed to a major part of the economy, into a desolate dead sea.

A Review of David Owen's "Green Metropolis"

by Jason Lewis

Possibly the most exciting book on ecology or environmentalism to be published in several years, David Owen's Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability challenges the conventional wisdom of the environmental movement and uses as a model of true sustainability, not Portland, Oregon or rural Vermont, but New York City.

Organizing Around Transit: At the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Class Struggle

by Tom Wetzel

For the older big cities in North America, public transit is critical to their daily functioning. Organizing among workers and riders on public transit has a strategic importance.

Buses, light rail cars and subway trains attract a diverse working class ridership. Workers in small factories, department stores, hospitals, and restaurants are thrown together on the bus. We encounter retirees going to a doctor's appointment, the unemployed, working class students going to classes at a community college, people of all colors and nationalities, immigrants and native-born. Organizing among transit riders allows the organizers to interact with a broad spectrum of the working class population.

A Fishy Future? Interview with a Recirculating Aquaculturist—Red Herring

Tilapia, B. Johnson"I work on what’s called a “recirculating” aquaculture farm. We’re still trying to maximize fish production, but we deal with the waste problem by closing the loop, doing our own water treatment on site and re-using as much of the water as we can. We have very high stocking densities -- let’s say twenty to thirty thousand fish, in tanks the size of swimming pools. Dozens of these tanks can fit together within one warehouse building. The water they swim in is constantly flushed out, filtered or treated in several ways, and pumped back in clean. The solids that are removed in the treatment process are stored and sold for fertilizer. So the water in the tanks “recirculates,” in parallel, and the tanks share a number of supplementary systems that help maintain an optimal growing (“culture”) environment: heating, feed, chemical regulation, and so on. We grow them for about a year, with each fish ending up as about a pound of meat when fileted. The idea is that this basic design can be scaled up to make really huge farms. Ours is a really huge farm."
Red Herring, fish farmer interviewed by Flint Arthur

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