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  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    June 28, 2018 is the second annual International Day of Solidarity with Eric King. June 28th, 2016 was the day that he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    We hope that you will join us in celebrating and showing solidarity for our friend by writing him, sending him books, spreading the word through banner drops or leafleting, or organizing a fundraiser or celebratory event.  Thank you for your continued support!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe 704 South St

    The mass protests that shook France in May 1968 were exciting, dangerous, creative, and influential, changing European politics to this day. Students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, and factories and universities were occupied. Before it was all over, children, homemakers, and the elderly were swept up in the life-changing events that targeted bureaucratic capitalism and the staid Communist Party. The French state was on the ropes and feared civil war or revolution. Decades later, here are the powerful oral testimonies of those young rebels who demanded the impossible.

    Published on the 50th anniversary of those momentous events, May Made Me presents the legacy of the uprising: how those explosive experiences changed both the individual and history.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PMWooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St, Philadelphia
    Meeting to Discuss events and or organizing with the IWW.
  • Mon
    02
    Jul
    2018
    6:30 pmLAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave

    While many are gathering on July 4th to celebrate the “birthday” of a deadly imperial force, Philly ABC ain’t having none of that. We’ll comfortably ignore this bizarre event and instead do something fun. Like an anti-imperialist letter-writing on July 2nd!!!

    We invite you to join us, 6:30pm at LAVA, to show solidarity for anti-imperialist political prisoners! We’ll be writing letters to Jaan Karl Laaman, Tom Manning, and David Gilbert. Additionally we’re making birthday cards for Walter Bond (Animal Liberation), and Michael Foster (Earth Liberation). Good vegan food is provided by North Philly Food Not Bombs. So come on down and start your July with something that’s actually cool!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018
    This year, the TORCH Network is calling on antifascists everywhere to take back July 4th from this legacy of white supremacy and instead fight back against fascism and oppression in celebration and remembrance of Dan and Spit’s life work. We urge you to join us in lifting up their names and making sure that their sacrifice isn’t forgotten. Drop a banner, table at a show, host an anti-fascist reading group, provide outreach and support to oppressed communities, write letters to anti-racist prisoners, burn an American flag, put up anti-fascist posters, organize a solidarity demo, or take action against local fascists in Dan and Spit’s names. The list goes on- get creative, get in the streets, and take action this July 4th! Dan and Spit may be gone, but we will continue to carry on this work without them. They will not be forgotten.
     

    On July 4th, 1998, Dan Shersty and Spit Newborn were gunned down by neo-Nazis on the outskirts of Las Vegas. The pair were founding members of the local Anti-Racist Action Chapter and dedicated their lives to fighting white supremacy. They were lured into the desert and murdered by six known white supremacists- of the six, only three, Ross Hack, Leland Jones, and John “Polar Bear” Butler served prison time.

    July 4th, 2018 marks 20 years since Dan and Spit lost their lives in the fight against white supremacy. In the past, neo-Nazis have celebrated the anniversary of their death. Exactly one year after their murder, racist skinheads in Nevada hosted a white power music festival in celebration of their killing. July 4th is of course also Independence Day, a holiday that glorifies American patriotism and the bloody history of colonization and oppression tied to this country’s founding.
    Please send us communiques detailing your solidarity actions to be compiled into a reportback after July 4th. You can email us at torchantifa(at)riseup(dot)net.
  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    1:00 pm48th and Chester Ave

    Some comrades are throwing a BBQ fundraiser for MOVE prisoners tomorrow!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    8:30 PM - 9:30 PM1101 Vine St

    As a cultural collective of artists, media makers and activists, the Chinatown Art Brigade is collaborating with Asian Americans United and Viet Lead to support their hosting of the national Grassroots Asians Risings Youth Summit in Philadelphia. Chinatown Art Brigade has designed a visual platform that will amplify issues of immigrant rights and the increased threats of ICE deportations and detentions on our immigrant communities on both a local and national level. Working in close partnership with The Illuminator, the project culminates in a large-scale outdoor projection celebrating stories of resistance and resilience in Philadelphia and nationally, putting a human face on immigration and generating a nation-wide response to this urgent issue.
    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018
    15:00 – 17:00Wooden Shoe 704 South St
    Deprogram your mind and the ways you think about interacting with others through this workshop of simple authentic relating games. Learn new ways to express yourself genuinely while fostering an awareness of your uniquely fluid needs and desires. This workshop aims to change our traditional thought patterns of how we're used to behaving in relation to one another and instead cultivate honest and anarchic ways of being. Come with an open mind.
  • Wed
    11
    Jul
    2018
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Book 704 South St

    The Radical Education Department (RED) presents...
    In Philly, like in many other cities, radical groups often work separately. We come together for certain events, or anniversaries like May Day, but beyond these we can tend to stick to our own projects. How can we create more radical support for, and coordination with, each other? How can we build a radical, durable, and broad-based coalition in Philly?

    This summer, the Radical Education Department (RED) is working with other radical groups in the city to coordinate a series of three discussions--building off of our Wooden Shoe discussion this past spring on "Antifascist Education."

    The overall theme for this summer series is "Building a Revolutionary Coalition in Philly." The first talk, at the Wooden Shoe, will be around the theme "Anarchists, communists, socialists: Bridging the divides in Philly." One goal is to discuss ways to create more solidarity between groups in the city, exploring the deep history of radical coalitions--among anarchists, communists, and well beyond--along the way.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018
    6:15 pm City Hall Occupation, East Market side

    An informal talk and discussion on organizing and actions against border and immigration enforcement. Primarily drawn from experiences on occupied Tohono O’odham Land in southern Arizona, this talk will cover projects and mobilizations in the region from roughly 2006 through 2016. There will be some discussion on efforts in other parts of that region and globally as well!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    16
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    This is a challenge to every anarchist, abolitionist, rebel and determined fighter against prison society and white supremacy in Amerikkka: Between Monday, July 16 and Saturday, July 21, we’re calling on you to help unleash a concerted and spectacular array of solidarity actions before the upcoming prison strikes!

    As you likely know, prisoners will strike from August 21st to September 9th. They anticipate guards and administrators to respond with violent reprisals, media distortions, and extended lockdowns. Defending the strikes from the outside is an essential component of its success. Don’t wait; retaliation has already started and as August 21st approaches we expect to see transfers, preemptive lockdowns, and more.

    Outside support efforts, in collaboration with imprisoned rebels, have already begun. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, IWOC, and other organizations are building phone trees, publishing call-outs, and mounting pressure campaigns. Another thing outside supporters can do is promote and set a stage for the strike. From July 16-21, we want to make an opening act that warms up the public consciousness and media landscape. If we’re successful, it will also be a loudspeaker for the prisoners’ call, blaring it past the censors, the mailroom pigs, and the dense walls of isolation and silence that prevent prisoners from knowing what’s cooking in other states or facilities until it’s already served up cold.

    The challenge before us is to do things so spectacular, creative, and unexpected that the mainstream media cannot neglect them. Hashtag: #prisonstrike2018. Use any means necessary to break that media blockade: take the streets, paint the town, disrupt the status quo, hack a site, get things lit, or go ahead and chuck your anarchist purity, resort to wooing celebrity endorsements, buying clever ads, or schmoozing your way into the news.

    Remember, the radical and independent outlets most likely to cover our activities exist mainly online. We need to leverage that coverage to force the big old media (the kind that gets into prisons: TV, radio, print editions of newspapers) to report this news due to fear-of-missing-out.

    The goal: get the phrase “Nationwide Prison Strike: 8/21-9/9” printed or spoken on the largest platform so prisoners can see it and no one outside can ignore it.

    So get out there and surprise us! Overwhelm amerikkka’s hostile media environment and get the word into prisons large and small across the nation.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    20
    Jul
    2018
    7pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    A presentation and discussion in the lead-up to the upcoming national prison strike beginning August 21st, 2018. We'll cover a quick analysis of prisons and policing in the U.S., some history of prisoner resistance during the rise of mass incarceration, and emphasize organizing and rebellion inside over the past decade. We'll also take a closer look at outside actions during the national prison strike in 2016 to try and glean lessons and inspiration to continue supporting those fighting inside while undermining and attacking prisons and policing beyond the prison walls themselves.

    "August 2018 is going to be lit. By that we mean: massive,
    transformative, world-changing."

    For the initial strike call, see:
    http://sfbayview.com/2018/04/south-carolina-freedom-fighters-call-for-national-prisoners-strike-aug-21-sept-9-2018/

    For more info, see:https://fireinside.noblogs.orghttps://incarceratedworkers.orghttps://redistributethepain.wordpress.comhttps://michiganabolition.orghttps://itsgoingdown.orgFor more additional information about the info night or if you have any questions please email delawarevalleyanti-prisonnetwork@protonmail.com

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe 704 South St

    Aaron Leonard is author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists (Zero Books, 2015), and A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union—1962-1974, (Repeater Books, UK, January 2018). His research interests focus on twentieth century US history, particularly the FBI's efforts against organizations deemed threats to US “internal security." He has a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in History from New York University and lives in Southern California.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.

    Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman—an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans—the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.

    This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners—the comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trial—because they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!

    No Pasaran!
    Until All Are Free!

    USE THE HASHTAG: #J25antifa

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe 704 South St

    Many people learn about Indigenous politics only through the most controversial and confrontational news: the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, for instance, or the battle to protect Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, a site sacred to Native peoples. But most Indigenous activism remains unseen in the mainstream—and so, of course, does its significance.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00William Way LGBT Community Center 1315 Spruce St

    ~español abajo~

    Hi everyone!
    We'll be holding a mass meeting this Friday from 6-8PM to discuss our Abolish-ICE movement, where EndPARS is, and other topics to ensure that Philadelphia is safe for all!
    We will be discussing current state, and decide on steps to get to that future vision.

    This will be in the Philadelphia room of William Way Center. 1315 spruce st.
    It is ADA accessible & has gender neutral restroom options.
    Send us a message if you'd like to request childcare

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    Hola a todos!
    Vamos a tener una asamblea este viernes a las 6-8PM para discutir los proyectos de Abolir-ICE, EndPARS, y todas las cosas que podemos hacer para asegurar una Filadelfia seguro para todos!

    Este asamblea va a estar en el cuarto de “Philadelphia”. 1315 Spruce St.
    William Way Center tiene accesibilidad ADA y tiene baños de genero neutral también.
    envía un mensaje si necesitas guardería

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PMPhiladelphia City Hall 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.

    Pam Africa will speak about Mumia Abu-Jamal's next court date, (August 30) and Mike will speak on the upcoming event:
    @MOVE9 40 Year Commemoration which includes Running Down The Walls 2018! (Aug 5)
    SOLIDARITY WITH OUR POLITICAL PRISONERS!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave

    Artists from all around Philly will be coming together to offer prints, embroidery, paintings, pizza and more, all profits to go towards helping immigrating families!

    Join us on Saturday, July 28th at A-Space (Baltimore and 47th) for a sweet little market to benefit The Florence Project.

    https://firrp.org/who/mission/

    The Florence Project is based out of AZ and offers free legal services to families, individuals, unaccompanied minors, those seeking asylum and more. They also offer know your rights training - all are services dearly in demand right now.

    Bring your friends and family, bring one dollar, ten or one hundred! See some beautiful works and contribute to an amazing organization.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018
    6-9PMClark Park 4300 baltimore ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General membership Branch. If it rains it will be a a member's house nearby.
  • Mon
    30
    Jul
    2018
    6:30 PM - 9:30 PMLAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave
    Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans, the call for an International Day of Solidarity with Antifa Prisoners is intended to be a way through which the global anti fascist community demonstrates its solidarity with people who have been kidnapped by the state for anti-fascist actions. This could be demonstrated in many ways through direct actions, fundraisers, or other events done in solidarity with these wonderful bad asses. Join Philly ABC on July 30th at LAVA to write cards to international antifa prisoners ( list found here: https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/global-antifa-prisoner-list/). Refreshments provided by North Philly Food Not Bombs!
  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018
    7pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St
    Join us for a skillshare on essential electronic and behavioral security for activists facing government repression and right-wing backlash.
    Topics covered will range from passwords to anti-doxxing techniques to safe security practices offline! Presented by the Liberation Project

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
    7pm – 8pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    Hebron is a documentary that examines to what extent human rights are realized in a Palestinian community under Israeli occupation. Through provoking footage and interviews, this 40-minute film depicts Palestinian civilians attempting to exert their fundamental human rights, such as education, religion, movement, and dignity.

    Filmmaker Yousef Natsha grew up in Hebron and began documenting the struggles and resistance of his community at the age of 19. Natsha has worked with local and international human rights organizations and with various forms of media - including radio, photography, and film - to tell the story of his community.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018
    10 am sharp (Yoga at 9:30)Fairmount Park

    Hosted by Philly ABC and sponsored by the MOVE organization, Philadelphia’s first Running Down The Walls (RDTW) event is dedicated to the MOVE 9. On August 8th, the MOVE prisoners will have been locked in prison for 40 years. Despite irrefutable evidence of their innocence, and the prosecutorial misconduct used to convict them, the political warfare to keep them imprisoned endures.

    Join us and Move prisoners as we run/walk/bike/skate this 5K together. If you would like to participate in light yoga and warm-up stretches before, please arrive around 9:15am. Bring a mat if you can! Philadelphia RDTW 2018, exists to amplify their voices, show solidarity, strengthen our forces and help Free the Move 9!  If you cannot make it to the event or would like to make an additional contribution, please sponsor a participant either outside prison or inside or one of each. Contact us for more information on sponsoring!

    Proceeds will be split between the Warchest Program and the MOVE 9 Support fund. The ABCF Warchest program sends monthly stipends to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    07
    Aug
    2018
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM801 S 48th Street

    Hear from a panel of movement leaders from the im/migrants, anti-police brutality, and Palestine solidarity movements and join in a discussion on the need to abolish ICE and the police.

    In recent weeks, a powerful movement has risen across the country to fightback against the war on im/migrants and refugees, with the call to abolish ICE gaining greater momentum.

    In Philadelphia, the ongoing occupation at the ICE offices and now City Hall has helped to elevate this demand, along with the longstanding fight to shut down the Berks Detention Center and end PARS - a program of cooperation between the Philly police and ICE.

    The Philadelphia Police work not only with ICE but also with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and send cops to Israel for joint training. Israel - with economic, political, and military support from the U.S. - continues its brutal occupation of Palestine, recently enshrining the apartheid state into law.

    Much like the IDF, the police play a similar role in terrorizing Black and Brown communities here. For many years, the streets have been filled to fight back against police brutality, and call for an end to stop and frisk and to abolish the police.

    How can we link and unite the struggle to abolish ICE and the police? Can we build greater solidarity between our movements for liberation here with international struggles? What's the connection between ICE, the police, and U.S. wars waged against people abroad?

    Join us for the discussion, including:
    * Teresa Gutierrez, national leader of FIRE - Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere\
    * Carmen Guerrero, Shut Down Berks Coalition
    * Reportback from recent delegation to the U.S./Mexico border
    * more TBA

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    10
    Aug
    2018
    9:30 AM - 10:30 PM100 S Broad St

    Canvassers working for Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (GCI), a for-profit nation-wide fundraising organization, have been attempting to unionize for years. GCI is a nominally “progressive” organization that fundraises for the likes of Doctors Without Borders and the Southern Poverty Law Center but has a long track record of union-busting and labor abuse.

    Our Seattle office began organizing in the summer of 2017. We won NLRB recognition in March 2018 and signed a collective bargaining agreement in April. Since going public as a union with the Industrial Workers of the World, we have been fighting back against concerted retaliation from the corporate office. We have faced wage theft, an unspoken hiring freeze, sabotaging workers’ equipment, intimidating new hires, and refusal to hire a permanent manager. There were repeated lockouts in June and July, which were openly admitted as retaliation for protected union action. We responded with large pickets in June and an “unfair labor practice” strike from July 27-29, both featuring solidarity actions in cities across North America.

    Three days after the strike GCI’s unionbusting lawyer informed our union that the company intends to permanently close the Seattle office, effective August 5, in blatant retaliation for our strike. We are confident that we can apply enough pressure to reopen the Seattle office. In the meantime, GCI’s New Orleans office has recently unionized and will be facing the brunt of the company’s union busting for the foreseeable future. We are not going anywhere, though, and the nationwide solidarity campaign will remain underway.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018

    Along with comrades in Charlottesville and around the Southeast, we are calling for a weekend of international solidarity for August 11-12, 2018 to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of those who fought the rise of fascism in Charlottesville last summer. This is an important time to renew the visibility of the struggle for real freedom and equality. The organizers of last summer’s far-right fiasco are attempting to organize “Unite the Right 2” rallies in Charlottesville and/or Washington, DC. While many in the Virginia area prepare to confront them, we invite you to join us in organizing local actions to spread the fight to every corner of the globe

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    16
    Aug
    2018
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave

    The A Space is hosting a free Narcan training. This is a completely safe space and judgement-free event.

    There will be simplified first-aid thought, and thorough I struction for administering Narcan along with aftercare for the survivor.

    You will receive a free dose of Narcan with the training.

    The training is free, but the A Space runs on donations so feel free to give if you are able.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    21
    Aug
    2018

    The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement announces the First Annual Nat Turner Day!

    To commemorate the first day of the prison strike, RAM announces the first Nat Turner Day this August 21st, 2018. It is no coincidence this is the first day of this year’s Nationwide Prison Strike and we couldn’t be more honored to participate in this historic moment.

    On this day in 1831 the Nat Turner Rebellion began. Nat Turner and his band of 70 comrades traveled from plantation to plantation to slay their oppressors and free those they encountered along the way. This act of rebellion is an important precursor for our struggle today. The initiative of these brave people to risk their own well-being to free those held in captivity around them, speaks both to the militancy necessary for community defense and the selflessness of revolutionary struggle.

    People incarcerated in the United States, suffering some of the worst abuses in the world, are calling for a nationwide prison strike on August 21st. We at the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement stand with these brave individuals and support their demands for better conditions and revolutionary action as they risk their lives and health, not only for themselves but for the millions incarcerated nationwide.

    The risks people inside are taking to regain their humanity and dignity stand as a model for all abolitionists and revolutionaries. Our actions outside must amplify their voices and match their commitment. We call on all abolitionists and revolutionaries in this country, and those abroad, to stand with the prison strikers’ resistance. This is the struggle of our day. From inside the walls to the streets outside, we will abolish slavery, the prisons, and all the institutions that make such a barbaric world possible.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    21
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018

    Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in out nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    21
    Aug
    2018
    7:00 pmJuvenile Justice Services Center 91 N 48th St

    Join us to send solidarity and support to striking workers behind bars. Bring noisemakers, drums, banners, and your friends!

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018
    Thu
    30
    Aug
    2018

    We are coming back with global week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners. Since last year, a lot has changed in our countries, but the general tendency is going in the worse direction with more repressions applied against anarchists not only in Europe but worldwide. With this in mind, we are calling for sixth annual week of solidarity!

    Last year lots of people sent us their reports from different parts of the world and we hope that this year the tradition will grow even bigger. We need to support our comrades! Use this week to spread the information about anarchists behind bars. Don’t have prisoners in your country? No worry, support prisoners from other countries in your region or use those days to raise awareness of repression mechanisms and how anarchist communities can fight against them!

    Build up security culture, support your local anarchist prisoners and fight back.

    Do not hesitate to continue sending your reports to tillallarefree@riseup.net!

    Nobody is free till all are free!

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe 704 South St

    cinéSPEAK and March Against Rape Culture (MARC) present...

    Screening of the film M.F.A. We will use this opportunity to introduce people to the MARC as an organization, generate discussion around dismantling rape culture + raise some funds for MARC ahead of their September march.

    Sliding scale admission.

    cinéSPEAK is a Philadelphia-based organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory + foreign film programming; creating space + centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema.

    cinéSPEAK promotes community togetherness + global understanding by engaging film enthusiasts while cultivating the next generation of discerning moviegoers; encouraging people to demand social justice both on-screen + throughout society.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018
    11:00 amCity Hall Dilworth Plaza 1500 Market Street

    On August 25, "Blue Lives Matter" supporters will meet at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to hold a fascist rally. The page Sports Beer & Politics II -- which is behind this march -- is a racist front-group that supports Nazis, police brutality, and the alt-right. They marched with the Nazis and KKK in Charlottesville.

    So we plan on saying: YOU'RE NOT WELCOME HERE. Dozens of groups will meet at City Hall to demand an end to police brutality, an end to stop-and-frisk, and an end to mass incarceration. We'll tell the fascists at the Liberty Bell we don't want them in our town!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018
    11:00 amCity Hall

    This Saturday, August 25th, fascists and authoritarians are hosting a Blue Lives Matter March in Philadelphia featuring local and state Republican candidates, including Scott Wagner, and various former law enforcement agents. The organizers are not only pro-police, but anti-immigrant, anti-trans, anti-Muslim, and connected with other more explicitly racist elements in the broader authoritarian Right. In response, a broad coalition is assembling at City Hall at 11AM to make a firm rejection of their authoritarian politics and the police altogether.

    This is a call for an anti-authoritarian bloc within that action. Meet at City Hall at 11AM and look for the black flags. Wear all black and cover your face if that feels enticing. Below are some resources on safely using this sort of tactic. Be ready to be mobile! Fuck the police!

    In Solidarity with the (inter)national prison strike,
    against all police, prisons and borders,
    – Anarchists with Conflictual Aspirations Bloc

    Some Helpful Resources:

    How to Form an Affinity Group
    Blocs, Black and Otherwise
    Fashion Tips for the Brave
    Resistance, Rebellion & Repression: Questions to Consider When You’re In the Streets

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    27
    Aug
    2018
    6:30 PM - 9:30 PMLava space 4134 Lancaster Ave

    Philly ABC is doing a Black August Letter writing event on a bit of a different schedule than normal. This letter writing is the last monday of the month instead of the first.

    This month we will be writing letters to Black Liberation Army members Sundiata Acoli and Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

    A New York Black Panther, Sundiata Acoli endured two years of prison awaiting trial for the Panther 21 Conspiracy Case. He and his comrades were eventually acquitted on all the bogus charges. The case was historic and a classic example of police and government attempting to neutralize organizations by incarcerating their leadership. As a result of this political attack and because of the immense pressure and surveillance from the FBI and local police Sundiata, like many other Panther leaders went “underground.” On May 2, 1973, Sundiata Acoli, Assata Shakur and Zayd Shakur were ambushed and attacked by state troopers on the New Jersey Turnpike. Assata was wounded and Zayd was killed. During the gun battle a state trooper was shot and killed in self defense. Sundiata was tried in an environment of mass hysteria and convicted, although there was no credible evidence that he killed the trooper or had been involved in the shooting. He was sentenced to thirty years. Sundiata was ordered released on parole by a state appeals court in New Jersey in September 2014 when the court ruled the parole board had “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” when it previously denied him parole. The State of New Jersey has appealed the decision. More information: sundiataacoli.org

    In 1987 Dr. Mutulu Shakur was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment for his role in the Black Liberation Movement. In March 1982, Dr. Shakur and 10 others were indicted by a federal grand jury under a set of U.S. conspiracy laws called Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) laws. These conspiracy laws were ostensibly developed to aid the government in its prosecution of organized crime figures; however, they have been used with varying degrees of success against revolutionary organizations. Dr. Shakur was charged with conspiracy and participation in the Black Liberation Army, a group that carried out actual and attempted expropriations from several banks. Eight incidents were alleged to have occurred between December 1976 to October 1981. In addition, he was charged with participation in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur, who is now in exile in Cuba. After five years underground, Dr. Shakur was arrested on February 12, 1986. While he was on the street, Dr. Shakur challenged the use of methadone as a tool of recovery for addicts. He believed in natural remedies instead and, based on those beliefs, founded the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America. Many people credit Shakur with saving their lives. Dr. Shakur has worked to free political prisoners and to expose government abuses against political organizers. While in prison, he has struggled to create peace between rival gangs. More information: mutulushakur.com

    we look forward to seeing you there!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018
    Sat
    08
    Sep
    2018

    Call for a week of anti-fascist agitation and propaganda, due to the growth and visibility that far-right groups have achieved in recent times which has reached into spaces in the mainstream media, in neighborhoods and in bourgeois politics.

    Because of the above it is necessary that we make ourselves present everywhere, mainly in the streets, making it clear that the intention is not only to act in an effective manner to fascist provocations, but to act in an offensive manner, permanently promote an anti-authoritarian attitude, to make visible, question and stress the daily reproductions of fascist attitudes such as racism, xenophobia, sexism and homo/transphobia.

    We are present with Heather Heyer, Rodrigo Lanza and those who confront fascism in any of its forms.

    Any info: latinxantifa(at)riseup(dot)net

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018
    6 pm to 8 pm

    The artists in Working Conditions utilize a variety of strategies—performance, video, painting, installation, sculpture, and mixed media—to illuminate the ways in which labor operates on a global and a personal level, and tell the untold story of Asian Americans in the labor movement, as well as the labor of creating a diasporic community.

    Please join us this Friday, September 7th from 6 pm to 8 pm for the opening reception featuring performances by artists Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt and Shizu Homma.

    Working Conditions is on view September 4 - December 15, 2018 in our main gallery Mondays-Fridays, 10am-6pm.

    We hope to see you and anyone else you would like to bring at our event! There are more details at our website on our Facebook event, feel free to share!

    [Submission]

  • Mon
    10
    Sep
    2018
    6:30 pmLAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave

    Our monthly letter-writing event is this coming Monday due to the holiday and local actions in support of the 2018 Nationwide Prison Strike. Philly ABC stands in solidarity with all of those striking to demand humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery. Join us at 6:30pm at LAVA where we will be writing letters to the Vaughn 17, the individuals charged with involvement in the February 2017 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware.

    For more information on the Vaughn 17, check out Live from the Trenches: Letters from the Vaughn 17. Contact information for the Vaughn 17 is found at the end of the pamphlet. We will also be sending birthday greetings to political prisoners with birthdays in September: Brian Vaillancourt (the 5th), Leonard Peltier (the 12th), Abdul Maumin Khabir (the 15th).

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    12
    Sep
    2018
    8:00 pmOld York Road and Hunting Park Ave

    Vigil for Shantee Tucker, the 19th transwoman killed this year in America.
    #ShanteeTucker #SayHerName
    #SayTheirNames
    #HowManyMorewow

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    13
    Sep
    2018
    6pm – 7pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St
    Shawna Potter, lead singer of War On Women, has been a musician for over twenty years—and has been sexually harassed, discriminated against, or made to feel unsafe for just as long. Recently, she’s been training venues of all kinds to be safer spaces for people who experience harassment. This pamphlet is her DIY guide for any music, art, or community space looking to make the world a better place. It’s a detailed and radical call for our communities (not just the survivors) to take power back from harassers and abusers without involving police or other authorities.
  • Wed
    26
    Sep
    2018
    7pm – 9pm704 South St

    A discussion with PM Press authors Ward Churchill (Wielding Words Like Weapons) & Matt Meyer (White Lives Matter Most: And Other “Little” White Lies)

    Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Cherokee) was, until moving to Atlanta in 2012, a member of the leadership council of Colorado AIM. A past national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and UN delegate for the International Indian Treaty Council, he is a life member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and currently a member of the Council of Elders of the original Rainbow Coalition, founded by Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in 1969. Now retired, Churchill was professor of American Indian Studies and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies until 2005, when he became the focus of a major academic freedom case. Among his two dozen books are the award-winning Agents of Repression (1988, 2002), Fantasies of the Master Race (1992, 1998), Struggle for the Land (1993, 2002), and On the Justice of Roosting Chickens (2003), as well as The COINTELPRO Papers (1990, 2002), A Little Matter of Genocide (1997), Acts of Rebellion (2003), and Kill the Indian, Save the Man (2004).

    Matt Meyer is the International Peace Research Association representative at the United Nations, the national co-chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the War Resisters’ International Africa Support Network Coordinator. A noted educator, author, and organizer, Meyer focuses on an extensive range of human rights issues including support for political prisoners; solidarity with Puerto Rico, the Black Liberation movement and all decolonization movements; and bringing an end to patriarchy, militarism, and imperialism.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.
  • Mon
    01
    Oct
    2018
    6:30 pmLAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave

    It’s time for our monthly letter-writing event again, but this time with a twist as the campaign to free the Virgin Island 3 kicks into high gear. Join us at LAVA at 6:30 pm for snacks and drafting letters in support of the Virgin Island 3, who have been locked up for 46 years and have just applied for commutation of their sentences by Governor Mapp.

    Like many aging prisoners, they are experiencing increasing health problems and pose NO RISK to the society they’ve been locked away from for nearly half a century. Because Governor Mapp’s term is ending and he is up for re-election this November, *now* is the time to contact him to urge for commutation of their sentences. This is it; all hands on deck!

     

    How you can help:

    1) Write a letter [ideally mail it the first week of October]

    Please start by writing a letter in support of the VI3’s application to both: Governor Mapp and Lt. Governor Potter. This is also a good time to urge folks you know who care about social justice to get on board with this campaign!

    Suggested letter format:

    Governor Kenneth Mapp
    Government House
    21-22 Kongens Gade
    Charlotte Amalie
    St. Thomas, VI 00802

    Lt. Governor Osbert Potter
    Office of the Lieutenant Governor
    1131 King Street, Suite 101
    Christiansted
    St. Croix, VI 00820

    Re: Warren Ballantine, Meral Smith, and Beaumont Gereau

    Introduce yourself. This could include comments about your job, family or work in the community.

    Explain how you know their cases and/or how you may know them personally.

    Explain why you are concerned (if you are from the VI, explain how this affects your vote and if you are from elsewhere explain how commuting their sentences would positively influence society or your view of the VI).

    Some Issues are:
    1. Length of time in prison
    2. Their deteriorating medical conditions
    3. Aging and getting old
    4. No community threat (example: while they were housed in the St. Croix, they were actually allowed to go out in the community to religious services and to speak to/mentor at-risk youth, sometimes unsupervised, with no issues)

    Implore the Governor to commute their sentences. Explain that you understand that he eluded to this before he was elected and at the beginning of his term.

    Respectfully end your letter.

    2) Fax your letter [ideally the second week of October]:

    Fax the letter you wrote to the Governor’s office at: (340) 693-4374

    and the Lt. Governor’s office at: (340) 774-6953

    If you do not have a fax machine, you can send a free online fax using faxzero.com.

     

    3) Email your letter [ideally the third week of October]:

    https://www.vi.gov/contact.html

     

    4) Call the three officials in charge of reviewing the commutation applications [as much and as often as possible until further notice] to ask if they received your letter/fax/email:

    Governor Mapp’s Office: (340) 774-0001

    Lt. Governor Potter’s Office: (340) 774-2991

    Attorney General Claude Walker: (340) 773-0295

    Legal Counsel E. Henderson: (340) 712-2212

    Leave messages letting them know you support the commutation applications for Warren Ballentine, Beaumont Gereau and Meral Smith.

    A few talking points if desired, but feel free to keep it short and sweet:
    • After 46 years of incarceration, they are of seriously ailing health and are extremely unlikely to re-offend… Warren alone is on 6 different types of medication after a massive heart attack a year ago.
    • It is costing the state a TON of money to continue to house them and pay for medical care.

    Keep up the pressure until further notice! Governor Mapp is up for re-election on Nov 20th. If he does not win re-election, his last day to commute sentences is on January 4th, 2019.

    When you can, drop one or all of the Virgin Island 3 a note telling them about the actions you took on their behalf. You can also read about the campaign in Malik’s own words.

    Warren Ballentine #16-047
    Tallahatchie Correctional Facility
    415 US Highway 49N
    Tutwiler, MS 38963

    Beaumont Gereau #16-001
    Tallahatchie Correctional Facility
    415 US Highway 49N
    Tutwiler, MS 38963

    Meral Smith #16-024
    Tallahatchie Correctional Facility
    415 US Highway 49N
    Tutwiler, MS 38963

    At this event, we will also send birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in October: Skelly Stafford (the 3rd), Jamil Al-Amin (the 4th), Mike Africa & David Gilbert (both on the 6th), Malik Bey (the 8th), Jalil Muntaqim (the 18th), and Eddie Africa (the 31st).

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    09
    Oct
    2018
    4:00 PM – 6:00 PMFederal Court House

    #BreakTheSystem
    #WeDontHaveALifetime

    EMERGENCY RESPONSE RALLY
    Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation
    & D.O.C. Policies
    October 9, 2018 @ 4PM
    @ Federal Courthouse (6th and Market)

    The gross mismanagement of power that lead to Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation extends far beyond the rampant sexism evident in our highest courts, to an entire system of government rooted in racism, inequity, and injustice.

    The Department of Corrections has continued to impose dehumanizing and oppressive policies onto our incarcerated comrades. These policies, and more broadly incarceration and the entire prison industrial system, disproportionately target black and brown people, and continues to uphold a racist system.

    The system was never meant to uplift marginalized people. The system was built to keep the people in power, in power, and the oppressed people, oppressed. The system works the way the prison state wants it to. #WeDontHaveALifetime, which is why we need to #BreakTheSystem.

    Join us TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 4 PM at 6TH AND MARKET (Federal Courthouse) for a celebration of our collective rage, as we take the next steps to tear down the borders, walls, and glass ceilings that destroy us all.
    Twitter for updates: @Liberation_PHL

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe 704 South St

    Join us for an evening of presentation, song, and conversation. Author Mat Callahan will discuss his research and experience about the musical explosion of the sixties and the explosive politics that ignited it. From the Sons of Champlin to the Grateful Dead, from the Black Panthers to the Occupation of Alcatraz, Callahan offers a unique, front row seat at the forces seen and unseen that shaped the era. Then author Aaron Leonard -- drawing on unique material gained from Freedom of Information requests -- will head back to the 1940s-1950s, when artists Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, ‘Sis Cunningham, Josh White and other artists seen as partisans of the Communist Party confronted governmental authorities intent of making them renounce their politics or failing that, drive them from the public sphere. Musical savant Dennis O’Neil — steeped in music of both eras -- will frame the event with some of the best selections of both eras.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    A discussion with Salvatore Engel-Dimauro, Ecosocialist Horizons co-founder and Ghani (Kempis Songster) founder of the Redemption Project
    The practice of or potential for growing food in cities has been getting a lot of attention lately and for many reasons. But the politics behind the reasons (or motivation) is often not told or not thought about. Some of the push for urban food production actually hides socially oppressive or reactionary motives. Yet, the need for community-controlled food production in urban areas has never been greater. And the stakes have never been higher. We will discuss examples of this contradictory but promising situation and talk about what urban food production could contribute towards building ecosocialist futures, including in Philadelphia.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018
    7pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    In 2013, author-activist Nani Ferreira-Mathews traveled on the popular free ten-day "birthright trip to Israel funded by Taglit-Birthright. In her recently released book, Birthright? Travelogue of an American Radical in Israel/Palestine, she covers a day-to-day account that exposes themes of militarism, sexism, and racism on the trip. This book sheds light on the erasure of indigenous cultures and the racism of the state of Israel. It's a must read for those considering going on the trip and for those who work against the occupation.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018
    8 – 9 AMNew Castle County Courthouse, 500 N King St, Wilmington, DE

    A call for solidarity with the Vaughn 17, currently on trial and to mobilize for a rally on the outside of the New Castle County Courthouse. Both called for on Monday, October, 22nd.

    Call for Solidarity With the Vaughn 17 on October 22nd

    On February 1st of 2017 inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in rural Delaware took over their unit in C-building; they held staff, released demands to the media, and made it clear that their motivation was not just a result of confinement but also the election of Trump. At the end of their 18+ hour occupation, one guard, Steven Floyd (known by all to be exceptionally abusive) was dead.

    On October 17th of the same year, the Delaware Department of Justice charged 16 prisoners with Floyd’s murder and two others with riot, kidnapping, and conspiracy. Except for one snitch, all the defendants have plead not guilty and their jury trials will begin on October 22nd, 2018.

    On this date, as the state opens its trial against these comrades, we are calling for solidarity actions and to show the Vaughn 17 that they are not alone or forgotten about, and to show the state that the message of the Vaughn 17 resonates loudly throughout plantation society and across its borders.

    Join us for a Rally at the New Castle County Courthouse from 8 – 9 AM on October 22nd

    In many ways the demands of the Vaughn 17 anticipated the 2018 National Prison Strike, calling for increased wages for their mandatory labor, and the introduction of rehabilitation and education programs. These comrades positioned their struggle inside against the threat posed by Trump’s election, which has now been realized in the increasing detention of immigrants and the rise of fascism on the outside. Since the occupation’s end, they have been subjected to extreme repression and violence, including beatings and the denial of basic necessities, including having their water shut off. Yet in the face of these hardships and the betrayal, 17 of the defendants are standing together, unwavering in their solidarity.

    Solidarity is the most effective weapon we have against the State. When we come together we can keep each other, and the movement, alive and propel the fight to the next stage. If we all push together, their walls will topple!

    Against the carceral state and the American plantation! 

    Freedom and victory to the Vaughn 17!

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018
    4:00 pmWooden Shoe 704 South St
    Cindy Crabb is the author of the long-running feminist autobiographical zine Doris. She is the editor of the book Learning Good Consent, and the zines Masculinities and Filling the Void. Her work has appeared in The Riot Grrrl Collection; Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth; Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism; Maximum Rock and Roll; the Utne Reader and Teen Vogue.
  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018
    2:00 PM – 7:00 PMGilbert's Shoes 1652 Ridge Ave

    It's the scariest time of the year! We decided to celebrate by hosting a fundraiser/party!! Come hang out with us at Gilbert's, check out cool art, zines, patches, music and way more stuff our friends have made and listen to music and poetry readings by some of our favorite people!

    $5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds

    If you're interested in vending or reading your poetry please email us at liberationproject@protonmail.com
    (The spooky part is the decorations, your art doesn't have to be spooky!)

    $10 for BYOT - Bring your own table
    $15 for WPYT - We provide your table

    All proceeds go towards Avalon Cafe - a community orientated coffee shop opening winter 2019 and Liberation Project's emergency fund.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.
  • Mon
    05
    Nov
    2018
    6:30 pmLAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave

    Our November event will feature Black Liberation movement prisoners with California cases. We’ll be sending our love and solidarity to Ruchell “Cinque” Magee and Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald.

    Ruchell “Cinque” Magee is the longest held political prisoner in the U.S., having been locked up since 1963. Politicized in prison, he later participated in the Marin County Courthouse Rebellion, the attempted liberation of political prisoner George Jackson. Ruchell pled guilty to the charge of aggravated kidnapping for his part in the assault. In return for his plea, the Attorney General asked the Court to dismiss the charge of murder (Magee being the shooter of Judge Haley). Magee later attempted unsuccessfully to withdraw his plea, and was sentenced in 1975 to life in prison. He has lost numerous bids for parole. He has also worked tirelessly as a jailhouse lawyer, working on his own case and helping many other prisoners win their freedom.

    Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, born and raised in Compton, California, joined the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party in early 1969 as a teenager who had just been released from the California Youth Authority.  He is currently serving 2 life sentences for the frame up of the murder of a security guard and attempted murder of a CHP officer.

    We’ll also be sending birthday cards to Joshua (Josh) Williams (Nov. 25th). A staple of the Ferguson rebellion, Josh Williams was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his actions in attempting to light fires near a Quick Trip gas station, which others quickly extinguished, during a protest against the killing of Black 18 year old Antonio Martin by police in Berkeley, Missouri on Christmas Eve 2014. Josh, who was 19 at the time of the incident, was charged with first-degree arson, and second-degree burglary for allegedly stealing under $500.  He should be eligible for early release (in 2022) after serving six and a half years of his sentence.  He was transferred in 2017 to Jefferson City Correctional Center.

    As usual, snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    08
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018

    Call for International Day of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism November 8th – 11th.

    Last Friday, a gang of “Proud Boys,” under police protection, staged a violent homophobic assault on anti-racist activists on the streets of NYC’s Upper East Side. This latest attack follows a sharp spike in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and xenophobic violence around the world since the November 9, 2016 election, from Chemnitz to Charlottesville.

    November 9th also marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht – the “November Pogrom” in which German nationalists, under orders from the highest levels of the Nazi regime, murdered, raped, and brutalized thousands of Jews and desecrated over 1,200 synagogues.

    But today, Jews are fighting back, as we always have. And today, in the spirit of centuries of our peoples’ resistance to racism, fascism, and carceral capitalism, we call on Jews everywhere – together with our allies – to join in a global wave of action to #CancelFascism this November 8-11.

    We are Jews of the Diaspora, grandchildren of the Shoah, heirs to the antifascist resistance. Today, we say that a pogrom against any of us is a pogrom against all of us.

    Our blood isn’t cheap: Violence against our communities will not be ignored. Violence against racial, religious, sexual, and gender minorities will not go unchallenged. Nor will the government that sanctions this violence, the church that blesses it, or the ruling class that profits from it.

    On November 8-11, we will sing out and celebrate the survival of our peoples. We will say Kaddish for those who gave their lives in the fight against fascism. We will engage in acts of Kherem and ritually excommunicate those Jews who aid and abet the fascists of our time. And we will march on the institutions, the political parties, and the private businesses that collaborate with their genocidal agenda.

    At the same time, we will show the world that the real threat to our security as Jews isn’t our Muslim neighbors, but “Western Chauvinists,” Christian supremacists, and white nationalists – the would-be pogromists of our day.

    Starting now and continuing through 5779 and beyond, we will (re)build an international network of anti-fascist Jews and our allies. From the streets where we live to the places we work and play, we will organize to defend all of our communities from those who would exterminate us.

    We invite you to join us in the fight: For a world without pogroms. For a future without fascism.

    Action Items

    1. Mark your calendars for 11/8 – 11/11. Call your own people to action on these dates, in solidarity with this call from within the Jewish community, and with the International Day against Fascism and Anti-Semitism,* using the hashtags #AntiFascistFall #CancelFascism #OutliveThem.

    2. Share word of this weekend of action widely. Craft your own call: use or edit our words, images, and resources as you see fit. Come up with the strategy best suited to your ’hood, town, city, and region, and identify local targets for nonviolent direct action.

    3. In unity is our strength. Reach out to other groups already resisting the far right and state terror in your area or start your own. Organize an action together. Forge alliances with other oppressed communities that will endure beyond #AntiFascistFall.

    4. Document your actions and those of the oppressors. Share images, stories, and reportbacks with your social networks using the hashtags #AntiFascistFall, #CancelFascism, and #OutliveThem. Then share them with us at wewilloutlivethem@protonmail.com. Please include only as much identifying information as participants consent to give.

    5. Be safe, be smart, and be dangerous. Consider the needs, capabilities, and vulnerabilities of the people in your crew. Plan lower-risk actions that everyone and their yiddishe mama can participate in. People may or may not choose to plan higher-risk actions. We ask that all who answer this call be prepared to support one another in the event of arrest, detention, or repression.

    * This action is in solidarity with but organized autonomously from the International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, observed in Europe and elsewhere since 2013.

    This November, we remember. This November, we organize. This Kislev, we fight back.

    November 8 – November 11, 2018

    #AntiFascistFall #CancelFascism #OutliveThem

    wewilloutlivethem@protonmail.com | @outlivethem | outlivethem.wordpress.com

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    08
    Nov
    2018
    7pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    On January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Following his inaugural address, as the upper echelons of the American political establishment mingled on the National Mall, several blocks away, a riot was breaking out. A black bloc several hundred strong was wreaking havoc on the streets. The bloc was part of the anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march, one component of a broader day of protests organized under the umbrella #DisruptJ20. Armed with spray paint, crowbars and rocks, this mob smashed windows, clashed with police and redecorated a limo that would eventually be put to the torch. The police repression was swift. Amidst the haze of pepper spray and flashbangs, over two hundred protesters were kettled, and arrested by DC’s Metro Police.

    So began one of the most important political trials in recent history. In an effort to set a chilling precedent for anti-Trump resistance, the US Department of Justice charged over 200 people with eight separate felony charges, threatening them with upwards of 80 years in prison. In her crusade to paint the J20 black bloc as one giant conspiracy to riot, federal Prosecutor Jennifer Kerkhoff filed warrants to seize people’s digital data, and entered into an alliance with discredited far-right media outfits peddling doctored evidence. Faced with this repressive array of state power, J20 defendants responded with unflinching solidarity, setting a new standard for political defense in the age of Trump. This is their story.

    More info at: https://sub.media/c/trouble/

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    9am-1pm1315 Walnut Street

    In the best spirit of anarchism, this seminar will strive to create a space of learning together, drawing from our shared understandings and experiences. It will explore anarchism as an ethical compass, which points simultaneously to an overarching critique of all forms of hierarchy and an expansive social vision of what it could mean to be free people in a free society. It will look at how anarchism can offer a way of thinking —a critical or dialectical theory—to find “cracks in the wall.” And from there, crucially, it will dig into anarchism as a living, breathing, prefigurative politics, utilizing illustrations from messy-beautiful experiments in the here and now that at once gesture toward a liberatory, loving world. At its heart, this seminar will revolve around what it means to aspire toward and practice an “everyday anarchism,” where notions such as self-organization and self-governance, mutual aid and solidarity, autonomy and collectivity, dignity and care, to name a few, become commonsensical second nature as well as the basis for new social relations and social organization.

    Facilitator: Cindy Milstein. Cindy has long engaged in anarchistic organizing, contemporary social movements, and collective spaces, and is author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, coauthor of Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, and editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of LiberalismOver the past couple years, they have focused on doing support for the J20 defendants and others facing state repression, co-organizing the Institute for Advanced Troublemaking’s Anarchist Summer School in Worcester, MA, and getting up to all sorts of “friendly anarchist” mischief as a collective member of Solidarity & Defense, Huron Valley in so-called Michigan. Cindy has also toured extensively this past year with their latest edited anthology, Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief, speaking about the intimate connection between structural losses, grief, and resistance while holding space for similar stories, and is honored, called on, to do death doula and grief care. Cindy blogs at Outside the Circle.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    15
    Nov
    2018
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe 704 South St

    On October 13, 1909, Francisco Ferrer, the notorious Catalan anarchist educator and founder of the Modern School, was executed by firing squad. The Spanish government accused him of masterminding the Tragic Week rebellion, while the transnational movement that emerged in his defense argued that he was simply the founder of the groundbreaking Modern School of Barcelona. Was Ferrer a ferocious revolutionary, an ardently nonviolent pedagogue, or something else entirely?

    Anarchist Education and the Modern School is the first historical reader to gather together Ferrer’s writings on rationalist education, revolutionary violence, and the general strike (most translated into English for the first time) and put them into conversation with the letters, speeches, and articles of his comrades, collaborators, and critics to show that the truth about the founder of the Modern School was far more complex than most of his friends or enemies realized. Francisco Ferrer navigated a tempestuous world of anarchist assassins, radical republican conspirators, anticlerical rioters, and freethinking educators to establish the legendary Escuela Moderna and the Modern School movement that his martyrdom propelled around the globe.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    11:00AM (But get there early)Washington Square Park 6th Street & Walnut Ave

    Far-right groups with ties to Neo-Nazis known as the “Proud Boys” and the “Three Percenters” are planning to attend a rally in Philadelphia on November 17th called “We the People”. They provoke and attack people on the streets who they deem to be unworthy of their far-right, fascist vision of the country. The Proud Boys were present in Charlottesville, terrorize residents in the cities of Portland, New York, and Providence, and have been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    The residents and allies of Philadelphia must stand in opposition to this escalation of the far-right’s push into the city’s culture and politics.

    We are urging people recognize the seriousness and danger of this situation, and come out to oppose them on November 17th at Washington Square in Center City Philadelphia. There is safety in numbers, so to ensure the protection of vulnerable individuals and communities, it is imperative that as many people as possible show up in opposition.

    What to bring: Noise makers, signs, water, warm clothing and comfortable shoes, your friends and neighbors.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018
    Mon
    31
    Dec
    2018

    December has been a month marked with the insurgent memory of anarchic ones who rise up in open antagonism with whatever form of authority.

    December 2018 will be the 10th year since the companion Alexandros Grigoropoulos was taken from the streets, assassinated by police bullets in Exarchia, Greece, in 2008.

    It is also the month during which, 5 years ago, the companion Sebastian Oversluij died, killed by the bullets of a mercenary of capital during a bank expropriation in 2013 in Chile.

    Because the memory of our dead is fuel to stoke the flame of our life in permanent revolt, Black December is again a meeting point of multiform action and reflection on ourselves, our forces as a combative minority, and the current faces of the totalitarian enemy: authority and its world of hierarchies, fascism, patriarchy, speciesism and the many expressions of the desire for supremacy of some over others.

    Once more, Black December remains an invitation to insurgent communication of the wild heat of offensive action against power.

    Iconoclastic memory with our dead.

    Offensive solidarity with the companions facing repression in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Italy, Greece and all the world.

    For a Black December, see to it that anarchy lives!!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    03
    Dec
    2018
    6:30 amLava, 4134 Lancaster Ave

    The December letter-writing event will be a New Year’s card-writing party for all US-held political prisoners. Rather than focusing on a specific set of prisoners, we will send a card to each of the nearly 60 US-held political prisoners sending them season’s greetings. This is a time we set aside annually to send short messages of solidarity to everyone recognized as being held in prison for their political beliefs or actions. This enables us to drop a line each year to prisoners that we have either already featured more in depth at letter-writing events throughout the year or those we will be doing events for in the future. We will also send birthday greetings to those with birthdays in December: Muhammad Burton (the 15th), Connor Stevens (the 17th) and Casey Brezik (the 30th).

    While the circumstances of our comrades’ incarceration and the current political climate leave a lot to be desired, much good has also come out of 2018 including the freedom of Debbie and Mike Africa. Long-term prisoners Herman Bell and Seth Hayes were also release on parole this year to return to their families bringing the US-held political prisoner count to below 60. This event is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to free the remainder, stay strong and stay in the struggle.

    Light refreshments will be provided. Please come join in the festivities!

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    When millions of people took to the streets for the 2017 women’s marches, there was an unmistakable air of uprising, a sense that these marches were launching a movement. But the enduring work that protests do often can’t be seen in the moment. It feels powerful to march, but when and how does marching matter? In this original and richly illustrated account, activist and organizer L. A. Kauffman delves into the history of America’s major demonstrations, beginning with the legendary 1963 March on Washington, to reveal what protests accomplish and how their character has shifted over time.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    10
    Dec
    2018
    7pm – 9pm704 South St

    With author Nazia Kazi

    Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics is a powerful introduction to the scope of Islamophobia in the U.S. Drawing on examples such as the legacy of Barack Obama, the mainstream media’s portrayal of Muslims, and the justifications given for some of America’s most recent military endeavors, author Nazia Kazi highlights the vast impact of Islamophobia, connecting this to a long history of US racism. Kazi shows how American Islamophobia and racism are at once domestic—occurring within the borders of the United States—and global—a matter of foreign policy and global politics. Using Islamophobia as a unique case study, Kazi asks the reader to consider how war and empire-building relate to racism. The book sheds light on the diverse experiences of American Muslims, especially the varying ways they have experienced Islamophobia, and confronts some of the misguided attempts to tackle this Islamophobia

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PMWooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St

    Join us for a book launch and discussion on Silvia Federici's two new books Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women & Re-enchanting the World

    Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women is feminist call to arms providing new ways of understanding the methods in which women resist victimization and offers a reminder that reconstructing the memory of the past is crucial for the struggles of the present.

    Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons centers on women and reproductive work as crucial to both economic survival and the construction of a world free from the hierarchies and divisions of capital.

    Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972 she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective that launched the Wages for Housework campaign internationally. Her previous books include Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation and Revolution at Point Zero. She is a professor emerita at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor. She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years and was also the cofounder of the Committee for Academic Freedom for Africa. Her newest books are Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women and Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, both published by PM Press in 2018.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018
    19:00 – 20:30Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    The only book to risk detailing how this country’s secret grand jury system works from the inside: After serving nine days as an increasingly outraged grand juror in Manhattan, Ernie Larsen was forcibly removed and charged with contempt of court for trying against all odds to impede the routinized exercise of racialized injustice. Taking place in 2014 (just months before the incendiary events in Ferguson Missouri and the rise of Black Lives Matter), this factual exposè remixes the traditions of radical protest fiction and the nonfiction novel.

    Until now, no one has ever written a book about how the secret grand jury system works in this country from the inside—from the point of view of a grand juror. The Trial before the Trial is that insider’s expose. Ernest Larsen served nine days on a special narcotics grand jury in Manhattan before being forced off—at the insistence of the district attorney—and accused of contempt of court. Why? Because day after day he kept trying to halt what he saw as the exercise of racialized injustice. This book, at once ironic and angry, written in the form of a nonfiction novel, brings to light what really happens on a grand jury, a factual story that takes place just a few months before the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the rise of Black Lives Matter.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    30
    Dec
    2018
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.
  • Mon
    31
    Dec
    2018

    This is a call for a raucous night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state on one of the noisiest nights of the year. On New Year’s Eve gather your crew, collective, community, organization, or just yourself and come together to raise a racket and remind those on the inside that they are not alone.

    Internationally, noise demonstrations outside of prisons are a way to remember those who are held captive by the state and a way to show solidarity with imprisoned comrades and loved ones. We come together to break the loneliness and isolation.

    We know that prison is beyond reform and must be completely abolished. It is a mechanism of repression used by the state to maintain a social order rooted in white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. To come together outside of the sites of repression is to also stand in defiance of what they represent.

    The logic of the state and capital—of punishment and imprisonment, must be replaced by a rejection of oppression and exploitation. This call is one step in that direction.

    Wherever you are, meet on New Year’s Eve at the prisons, jails, and detention centers, be loud in solidarity with those imprisoned and to push forward the idea of a world free from domination.

    We send this call in solidarity with those defying state repression of large scale dissent: from the Yogyakarta prisoners in Indonesia to those in Russia facing repression as anarchist anti-state organizers, to all of those in the spaces between.

    We want a world without walls and borders.

    We will fight together until everyone is free!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    07
    Jan
    2019
    6:30 pmA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave

    The new year has arrived! As we kick off 2019, let’s not forget about the struggles of our incarcerated comrades– those who did not get to celebrate, but instead faced increased scrutiny from the state and continue to be retaliated against for their political beliefs. Such retaliation often comes in the form of transfers to other prisons, providing correctional officials an opportunity to say ‘oops, we lost your property,’ in addition to an already torturous process of readjustment. In some cases, a transfer is just part of a three-pronged attack. This is where a prisoner has first been brutally beaten by guards, then gets transferred to special prison that will facilitate the next stages of retaliation, long-term isolation and restricted communication.

    On Monday January 7th, 6:30pm at A-Space, join us in sending some extra love and support to Kevin “Rashid” Johnson and Eric King, whom are currently facing the hell described above. We’re going to let them know ‘We got your back!’

    Kevin “Rashid” Johnson is a politicized prisoner, co-founder of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC), and prolific artist. In his own words, “Because I struggle to give a voice and human face to and to publicize abuses suffered by my imprisoned peers, help them challenge their mistreatment and work to educate them on their human rights and true role within Amerika’s overall exploitative, oppressive and racist political-economic system, officials have always aimed to isolate me from them.” On top of 18 years of solitary confinement, Rashid has also been subjected to several retaliatory transfers since 2012, each time meticulously documenting prison abuses so that outside supporters can better hold prison officials accountable for their actions against prisoners. On November 3, 2018 he was transferred yet again to Indiana where he now is. Let’s send him some love and show Pendelton CI how much outside support he has.

    Eric King is a vegan anarchist who was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO. Eric allegedly threw a hammer through a window of the building and then threw two lit bottles inside, though both failed to ignite. He was identified as a suspect by local police because he had previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police graffiti, and is allegedly involved with the Kansas City Fight Back insurrectionist collective. Eric accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement to a federal felony charge that carries a sentence of 10 years in prison. He has since been attacked for his politics, taken from his family, and sent to Leavenworth. He has been in total isolation for months now without any disciplinary charges filed. The BOP wasn’t successful at trying to build a new case against him so they are enacting revenge trying to send him to a Special Management Unit (SMU) one of the most horrible programs in the BOP. Eric and his family can use all the love and support we can offer right now.

    Please note: If you are writing from home, neither Rashid or Eric can receive letters on colored paper or in colored envelopes. We will also be sending birthday greetings to prisoners with birthdays in January: Fran Thompson (the 4th), Jeremy Hammond (the 8th), Abdul Azeez (the 9th), Sundiata Acoli (the 14th), Joe-Joe Bowen (the 15th), and Marius Mason (the 26th).

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    14
    Jan
    2019
    Sun
    20
    Jan
    2019

    OPERATION: WATERED SPROUT is joint call to action by Demand Utopia, The Internationalist Commune of Rojava and Symbiotic Horizon. We are calling on all utopians, anarchists, socialists, social ecologists and communalists to mobilize for a week of action in solidarity with Make Rojava Green Again, #EarthStrike and the communal demands of the Gilets Jaunes of Commercy on the second week of January.

    Our aim is to raise awareness about the inter-linkages between the social and ecological crisis and raise consciousness that a new world is indeed possible. To save the earth, we need to #SaveTheHumans too! The utopian project of Rojava and the ideas of Democratic Confederalism and social ecology show us that even in the roughest of situations a new world can be constructed!

    OUR OBJECTIVES ARE

    Have visible protests, rallies, banner drops in solidarity with Earth Strike global day of action on Tuesday, January 15th. Agitate in our local areas around democratic confederalism and communalism as viable political alternatives and the connection between the social and ecological crisis. Build tangible support for the Make Rojava Green Again campaign. Connect with new people and plug them into ongoing local organizing in your area!

    WAYS TO TAKE ACTION
    Host a reading circle of Make Rojava Green Again
    Hand out leaflets and handbills
    Do a banner drop.
    Table with educational information.
    Billboard redecoration
    Postering
    Street Demonstration
    Video Call Educational Event
    Host a movie night about Rojava
    Hose a fundraiser for Make Rojava Green Again

    FORM A CYPHER
    If you don’t already have a group to take action with join Demand Utopia! A Cypher is our basic organizing unit. All you need is yourself and two friends. After you have joined DU you will be ready to get organizing as an official DU group in your area. By creating a Cypher and joining the Hive we can help you with project ideas, tips and more. We have members all over the world so plugin and see who is around!

    FROM SPROUT to BLOOM
    We are not calling for a huge action to change the world all at once, nor do we expect everyone to take on bold and flashy actions. The intent of this operation is to water sprouts around the world that are just beginning to grow. Forming a local study group on revolutionary social-ecological organizing or reaching out to your neighbors for a potluck and discussion about fighting climate change may not sound as exciting as immediately attacking the system. But it is a necessary first step we have to be doing everywhere if we ever hope to overgrow the catastrophe we are confronted with.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    16
    Jan
    2019
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PMWooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St

    Featuring Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Jazmin Delgado, and more TBA

    Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela is a writer, editor, community college professor, abolitionist, founder of Thread Make Blanket press, and sometimes DJ. Her poetry and prose have been supported by the work of many rad people and projects including: VONA, Lambda Literary, Hedgebrook, The Baffler, American Poetry Review, make/shift, As Us, Acentos Review, HOLD, Solstice, Bedfellows, APIARY, Aster(ix),Philadelphia Printworks, and Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements (Soberscove 2016). Her new album No Otro Lado posits that the United States and Mexico are essentially one country with a border that is used to justify a caste system.

    Jazmín Delgado is an educator, language interpreter, and community organizer based in Philadelphia. They are also a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and are currently completing a dissertation project that examines the mid-nineteenth-century production of racialized discourses about and through Central America in the aftermath of the US-Mexico War and in the midst of mounting abolitionist struggles to end slavery in the US. They are currently teaching at Swarthmore College.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019
    Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Two years ago, anarchists took the streets to open Trump’s presidency with a powerful act of defiance. January 20, 2017 was supposed to represent the dawn of a new authoritarian nationalism; instead, it marked the beginning of a new era of resistance. The actions around the US on J20 helped to catalyze a wave of direct action that prevented Trump from immediately implementing his agenda.

    A year later, in response to the ensuing repression, we called for a nationwide day of solidarity on January 20, 2018 to support those facing charges and expand our capacity in the face of escalating far-right violence. Now, with the J20 charges dropped, we can focus on building capacity for the future. We’d like to see a nationwide week of action around January 20, 2019 to show that attempts to crush us only make us stronger.

    This is a call to expand our movement and connect with everyone else who is being policed, automated, evicted, and displaced to the margins. The Great Recession never ended; despite “our” rulers trumpeting the success of the economy, most of us are working longer hours for less money, as everything from the gig economy to artificial intelligence renders us obsolete. Police, borders, and prisons kill, divide, and confine as hurricanes and wildfires rage outside our windows. Yet all of these crises offer us the opportunity to connect with others to create a better world.

    We are calling for a week of action starting on the weekend of January 20 to promote survival programs, mutual aid initiatives, and other projects that meet the crisis of capitalism head on.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.1700 South Broad St.

    An Injury to One is an Injury to All: A Community Forum on Organizing in Philadelphia

    Join us for a panel, discussion, and community forum on organizing in Philadelphia.  The national rise of fascism takes its fuel from the same sources of many of the problems facing the Philadelphia community.  Come out to hear from organizers active in Philadelphia and to talk about the issues you see!

    Saturday, January 19th
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    1700 South Broad St.
    Hosted by: The IWW General Defense Committee (Philadelphia local) and other community organizations
    Childcare provided!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019
    Mon
    28
    Jan
    2019

    Our call is to all those who dream together with us of another world and are ready to fight for them. We address all revolutionaries, all those who regard themselves as democrats, anti-fascists, feminists, all those who stand up for an ecological future. If we don’t do it, nobody will. By defending the Rojava revolution together, we defend all our hopes. And that’s why, in the spirit of liberation of Kobane, the World Kobane and World Afrin Days, we call for:

    * Let’s organize resistance committees in our neighborhoods and cities to defend the revolution

    * Let’s come together and protest on the streets to send a clear signal of our solidarity with the revolution in Northeast Syria on 27 January. Let us remember together the resistance and liberation of the city of Kobane.

    * Let’s use determined and creative actions of civil disobedience to interrupt the production and export of arms, and the daily life of the political parties responsible for the deals with the Turkish regime on 28 January. Let’s make visible the identities of those who benefit from the war, those who finance and drive it.

    Together we will make 27 and 28 January two days of global resistance against Turkish fascism. Together we will intervene in the numbing routine of war and oppression, expressing our solidarity with various forms of action. Together we will show that this revolution is not alone!

    Let us stand shoulder to shoulder against fascism!

    Long live the international solidarity!

    The revolution in Rojava will be victorious! Fascism will be crushed!

    Internationalist Commune of Rojava

    Democratic Federation of Northeast Syria

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.
  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019

    Do you have a job? Will you have a job in the future? Are you a worker? Do you want higher wages and more benefits? Is your boss micro-managing you, or just an asshole? Do you want to fight injustice at work? Do you want more rights, power and a voice at your work? Learn how to fight back.We are hosting a union organizer training weekend here in Philadelphia on February 2nd-3rd, and you are invited to join us.

    Run by two veteran organizers from Pittsburgh, this is an intensive two day training that includes an introduction to what a union is, what makes the IWW unique, stages of a campaign, the nuts and bolts of how to organize your workplace, labor law in a nutshell, and more. This training will also introduce you to the IWW’s style of unionism (solidarity unionism), a model of organizing that relies on worker-organizers, direct action, fighting for better conditions, and worker solidarity. It is interactive, with role plays and group discussions.

    The training will be from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday the 2nd and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday the 3rd. In order to prepare materials and such, we are asking that people register beforehand. The training is free for IWW members in good standing, and costs an amount based on your income for non-members. If you would like to join the IWW, there will be an opportunity to do that at the training. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    For more information or if you have questions about participating in the training, please email phillyiww@protonmail.com

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019
    Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019

    On February 15, we call for a movement from below. It is time to act courageously—together. We need a bold, positive vision of the future in contrast to Trump’s white supremacist fantasy. We need to create a world in which people can move freely, where families can find refuge from danger, and communities are brave enough to welcome newcomers and create a shared sense of belonging. Where refugees now encounter hostile border guards, where black immigrants face the dual threats of deportation and incarceration, they should find communities coming together to welcome them with food and shelter. Where federal workers and contractors find themselves unable to pay their bills, they should find communities acting in solidarity to meet their immediate needs.

    1. We call for a “Block the Wall” mobilization on February 19 and 20 against the border wall and against the state of emergency. We can march, take over public space, and organize sick-outs in the nation’s capital. We can block every ICE detention center, field office, and ICE contractor around the country with the occupation of the public space around the facilities. Each of these offices are maintained by working class people in support staff, couriers, cleaning crews, tech services, and social workers. We invite all of these workers to call in sick and join the occupations on the sidewalks and streets.
    2. We call for the organization of mutual aid to support the federal workers and subcontractors who remain uncompensated for 34 days of unpaid labor, and to support those who rely on government assistance. We call for cooperation to pool and distribute resources immediately to ease the daily struggles of those most affected. We commit to taking care of one another as the state gambles with the lives of millions.
    3. We call for direct support for migrants and border struggles. There are multiple initiatives already demonstrating hospitality to migrants and physically defying the border that separates the United States from Mexico, from autonomous kitchens in Tijuana to indigenous-led anti-border camps in Texas. We will build the capacity to undermine the border, welcome refugees, and demonstrate that free movement can be beautiful, safe, and beneficial for all—so long as the police and la migra stay out of the way.

    Share your marches, actions, and mutual aid initiatives with the hashtag #BlockTheWall, or tweet updates to @BlockTheWall on twitter or BlockTheWall123 on Instagram

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019
    1pm – 4pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    According to anti-fascist cultural critic Walter Benjamin, people's ideas and actions are often shaped and amplified by images. How, then, should radicals intervene in the image field?

    In this workshop facilitated by AK Thompson (author of Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt), participants will learn to decipher an image's social resonance while devising strategic responses capable of clarifying political aims and activating constituencies. Through an engagement with case studies, theoretical analyses, and practical activities, we will develop an effective image activism repertoire.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.
  • Mon
    25
    Feb
    2019
    6:30 pmA-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue

    This month we are writing letters to Sean Swain, an anarchist prisoner and jailhouse lawyer who has been held by the Ohio DOC since 1991. Before his incarceration, Sean worked as a union organizer and journalist. A home invasion by the relative of a court official led to Sean’s killing that person in self-defense, within his own home. Nevertheless, Sean was convicted of first-degree murder in 1991. Even though the conviction was overturned in 1993, he has still been held ever since. In 2012, Sean was blamed for a disturbance by a group of prisoners calling themselves the “Army of the 12 Monkeys”, and since then, he has been held in “supermax” (aka solitary confinement) basically every day.

    In spite of his circumstances, Sean has been a huge force for helping fellow prisoners with their cases, and fighting for more livable conditions within the prison walls. He wrote the book “Last Act of the Circus Animals”, and also has a semi-weekly segment on “The Final Straw” podcast. Because he dares to push back, Sean faces massive repression by his captors, including repeated harassment and outright assaults. He has had to go on hunger strike many times, just to obtain basic human dignities. In spite of this, Sean has not lost his spirit or his sense of humor, and loves getting mail from comrades on the outside. Drawings, jokes, and solidarity are particularly encouraged (all of his mail is read by the guards, though).

    If you are unable to make it to the event, you can drop Sean a line at:

    Sean Swain #243-205

    Warren Correctional Institute

    P.O. Box 120

    Lebanon, OH 45036

     

    We will also be sending birthday greetings to political prisoners with birthdays in February and March: Veronza Bowers (Feb 4th), Kamau Sadiki (Feb 19th), Oso Blanco (Feb 26th), Ana Belen Montes (Feb 27th), Joy Powell (Mar 5th), Andrew Mickel (Mar 13th), Ruchell Magee (Mar 17th), and Jaan Laaman (Mar 21st).

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
    3:30 pmWooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St

    A discussion on the current state of media, journalism, labor organizing, and more

    Kim Kelly is a freelance writer and labor organizer based in Brooklyn whose writing on labor, radical politics, and culture has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Republic, the Pacific Standard, and many others. She authors a bi-weekly labor column, 'No Class,' for Teen Vogue, and was previously an editor at VICE's music and culture site, Noisey. She is a proud member and elected councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East.

    Jen Kinney is a radio producer and writer whose work focuses on geography, policy and power. Her stories have appeared at WHYY, BBC, PRI's The World, High Country News, Next City, and elsewhere.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM501 S 52nd St

    Join us on Saturday, March 2nd at 1pm at the Philly Student Union office for a workshop on creating caring, safe communities without the police.

    Free lunch by K’s Kitchen and Childcare provided!

    From its beginnings with slave patrols and strikebreakers, policing serves property over people. This workshop will focus on the practical steps to police abolition. We will be naming community needs, pointing out the ways police use them as an excuse to stay in our neighborhoods, sharing our experiences with policing, and working together to think of other options that we already have or could have in the future. This is a Black and Brown centered, queer friendly, no cop zone. Allies are welcome, but should know to respect the space. Together we can build better ways to keep each other safe.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019
    7pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    In the Name of the People is an analysis and reflection on the global populist surge, written from the local forms it takes in the places we inhabit: the United States, Catalonia, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Quebec, Russia, and Ukraine. The upheaval and polarizations caused by populist policies around the world indicates above all the urgency to develop a series of planetary revolutionary interpretations, and to make the necessary connections in order to understand and act in the world.

    The ghost of the People has returned to the world stage, claiming to be the only force capable of correcting or taking charge of the excesses of the time. The relationship between the collapse of certain orders, the multiplication of civil wars, and the incessant appeal to the People is clear: as the liberal mode of governance experiences a global legitimation crisis, different forms of right and left populism gain strength within the fractures of ever expanding ruins.

    Populism has now become familiar as a global phenomenon: from the eruptions of the far right in the West to the populist capture of the movement of the squares—Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain, the Five Star Movement in Italy, or Our Revolution in the United States—to the electoral victories of Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Brexit, all alongside large populist gains in every European country. While disparate in many ways, these dynamics all share an appeal to combat the rule and sensibility of the elites, with the help of a figure that can channel the affective energies of discontent through operations of identification and exclusion.

    And yet, from the Narodniki to the Black Panthers and Zapatistas, to the emancipatory political movements which expressed themselves as the authentic people—Nuit Debout, the 99%, the indignados—history reminds us of revolutionary populisms.

    How do we distinguish the new from the old? What are their limits and potentials? What is the nature of the affective flows that characterize their relations? How do we address the indeterminacy inherent in mass movements and mobilizations, as well as their confusions, fears, and hesitancies?

    Friends: we pose the question of populism to you because it is the question our time poses to us.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019
    Everywhere!

    What: We are calling for people to organize actions and events in their region. IWOC London will also be organizing a demo, with details to be announced. We encourage groups to not only raise awareness about Kevan but to highlight solitary confinement in their own countries and amplify the voices of those behind bars. It is Kevan’s birthday on the 9th March and we encourage people to also write letters and birthday cards!

    Why: Kevan Thakrar has been fighting for his life for the last 11 years after a wrongful conviction [1]. In 2008 at the aged of 20 Kevan began serving a life sentence, with a minimum term of 35 years, under the highly controversial “joint enterprise” doctrine [2].

    Kevan’s refusal to submit to racist abuse from prison guards has made him a target for reprisals. Notably, in 2010 he suffered a premeditated attack in his cell by HMP Frankland guards. When he fought back he was charged with attempted murder and GBH, and put in solitary confinement, where in one form or another he remains to this day. The charges were sufficiently brazen that a jury cleared him unanimously in a rare victory against the testimony of prison offices.

    Despite his success in court, Kevan has been isolated in Closed Supervision Centres (a ‘prison within a prison’) across the country and currently at HMP Whitemoor. Closed Supervisions Centres are the most extreme form of imprisonment in the UK, modeled on the “supermax” prisons in the United States, and Kevan’s testimony is one of the few sources of information available to those on the outside. They are the ultimate punishment in the British prison system and subject people within them to brutal dehumanisation, degradation and demonisation.

    Kevan Thakrar is a key voice from inside the UK prison today, writing extensively on the conditions endured by people held in the worst prisons in the country. Read his recently published letter that he sent to the Justice Secretary that details the perpetual injustice of his case[3]. You can also read two historical zines published about the CSC written by Kevan distributed by Bristol Anarchist Black Cross [4].

    Kevan continues to suffer both PTSD and further reprisals for shining a light on the abuse suffered by himself and by other incarcerated people, but still refuses to stay silent about the abuses of the prisons system in general and the Closed Supervision System in particular.

    “All I can ever do is drag some of these events into the light. Ignorance can no longer be an excuse for indifference.”
    – Kevan Thakrar

    Support:

    Please send IWOC reports from your actions. Email iwoc@iww.org.uk

    If you would like more information about Kevan or would value support from IWOC to help organise an event/talk/info night please contact us at iwoc@iww.org.uk. We have friends, family and comrades of Kevan who are keen to help share his story, as well as an ex-prisoner who was in the CSC who passionately wants to expose the system.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    14
    Mar
    2019
    6:30 - 8:30 PMGilbert's Shoes, 1652 Ridge St, Philly

    Join German activists from Ende Gelände ("Here and No Further") on their US tour as they share stories and tactics with local groups about successful mass mobilizations for climate justice, including their campaign to stop coal mines and protect and Hambach Forest.

    WHAT: Scaling up the Resistance - Strategies and Stories from the German Climate Justice Movement
    WHERE: Gilbert's Shoes, 1652 Ridge St, Philly
    WHEN: Thursday, March 14th. 6:30 - 8:30 PM
    DONATE: $0-20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    About Ende Gelände: Over the last ten years, a strong and diverse radical climate justice movement has been growing in Germany, founded on principles of frontline struggles, mass mobilization, direct action, and cooperation across organizational and tactical differences.

    The last few years saw the emergence of “Ende Gelände” mass mobilizations for civil disobedience; 6,000 people collectively blocked coal infrastructure last fall. Wearing their emblematic white overalls, demonstrators invaded mining pits, danced in front of the diggers, slept on the railways, and provoked pictures that have raised attention globally by exposing the dirty truth behind the official tale of the German energy transition “Energiewende” and making the connection between climate chaos and capitalism.

    Focusing on tangible examples, the tour aims to advance ideas for mass mobilizations and build bridges between international approaches for climate justice.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019

    #JewishSpring has come early this year. Jewish and allied anti-fascists have been busy: shutting down racist rallies in places like Auschwitz and Stone Mountain, confronting fascistic regimes from Washington to Tel Aviv, Brasilia to Budapest, and building broad-based coalitions with people of all backgrounds at the frontlines of the fight against fascism.

    It’s time to come out, wherever we are, and get organized.

    Call to Join Global Day Against Racism and Fascism

    Our aim: To organize in all the places our peoples live, work, play, pray, and fight.

    To this end, we are calling on Jewish antifascists and allies to join in the International Day of Action against Racism and Fascism on and around March 16, 2019.

    For instance, you might organize a Jewish antifascist formation within a larger demonstration. Or you might hold your own rally, speak-out, public assembly, Shabbat dinner, or other solidarity gathering.

    International Call for Writers, Artists, and Translators

    Our aim: To reach our peoples in all the places they live, in all the languages they speak.

    To this end, we invite comrades around the world, Jewish or non-Jewish, to share their skills, whether as writers, artists, or translators, with the international network.

    For instance, you might be able to translate this call to action into your language(s). Or you might want to write your own. You might be an artist, photographer, or designer with a graphic to contribute. Or you might want to collaborate with comrades on an antifascist Haggadah.

    Call for Contributions to This Site and This Struggle

    Our aim: To connect our peoples across borders, and to build our collective capacity for self-defense, self-organization, and self-determination.

    To this end, we are putting out a call for contributions, big or small, to this site and this struggle.

    For instance, you might send out your own call to action to be circulated by #OutliveThem internationally. You might ask for mutual aid, ranging from digital media to material resources. Or you might teach your comrades, and learn from each other, how to fight fascism and win.

    For a future without fascism: For your freedom and ours!

    #OutliveThem #JewishSpring #16M #OLT
    #NoBorders #NoHumanIsIllegal #NoRacismNoFascism
    #BlackLivesMatter #YehudaBiadga #RefugeesWelcome

    wewilloutlivethem@protonmail.com | @outlivethem | outlivethem.wordpress.com

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019
    3:00 pmSlought 4017 Walnut St

    Slought and the SP2 Social Justice and Arts Integration Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce a special screening of Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense (2014), a film directed by Göran Hugo Olsson. It will be followed by a conversation with scholar and activist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. This event is free and open to the public, however registration is requested. Please plan to arrive early as registering does not guarantee you a seat. Seating is first come, first served.

    Concerning Violence is a bold and fresh visual narrative from Africa based on archive material from Swedish documentaries 1966-1987 covering the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule. This powerful footage is combined with text from Frantz Fanon's landmark book The Wretched of the Earth - written in 1960 and still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the unrest and the reactions against it. The film is narrated by Ms. Lauryn Hill, with a preface by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    01
    Apr
    2019
    Wed
    01
    May
    2019

    The #BlockTheWall Network is calling for April to be a month of solidarity and support for migrant communities. We are also calling for disruptive actions against ICE/Border infrastructure on May 1st.

    Calling all anarchists, abolitionists, and anti-capitalists. Together we can support migrant communities, get resources for people in need, and build the political space for open borders, the abolition of ICE, and border-communities to be liberated from “open-air” prisons.

    For May 1

    Disrupt the operation of detention centers in your community. Adults are imprisoned in over 200 centers across the US. There are also over 100 “shelters” holding children captive, often in residential neighborhoods, and often unlabeled. Find a center near you and fight for its closure, hold solidarity demos outside, hold those who profit from this machine accountable. Together we can show that migrants are welcomed.

    Dismantle the arms of the system in your own community—there are many local resources that Chicanx, immigrant, Latinx and migrant communities have created. Those communities and resource outlets are lead by them and some are autonomous of the state. We ask that you find ways to get invited, allow them to organize within their communities’ capacity, and support in ways that protect their community’s organizing. Here is an article with a zine to help folks outside of migrant support communities to remember to be an accomplice.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019
    8pm – 9pmWooden Shoe 704 South St

    We'll be screening the latest episode of sub.media's Trouble:

    Quiet Storm: Technology and Social Control

    Today humanity stands poised on the threshold of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a wide-reaching social transformation expected to be characterized by advances in the fields of robotics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and 3D-Printing. In this episode of Trouble, subMedia looks at the proliferation of technologies of social control and explores some of the ways people are fighting back.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019
    12pm-2pmCityCoHo 2401 Walnut St

    Much of our work goes beyond the one-on-one bonds across the workplace, the streets, and the city. This training hosted by the IWW is designed to give you the skills necessary to find and build leverage agains bosses, corporations, the police state, and more. Participants are highly encouraged to bring laptops as the training will cover many online public databases.

    Topics covered will include:
    -Forming a research strategy to win
    -Corporation and land records searches
    -Company financials and labor violations
    -Public contracting of prison profiteers
    -Public data on police
    -Social media and network research

    April 6th, 2019
    12pm-2pm
    at CityCoHo
    2401 Walnut St. Philadelphia

    Snacks will be provided!

    Accessibility: 2401 Walnut street’s rear entrance has a ramp entering the building and elevators to the floor where our room is on. Please note that the entrance for CityCoHo is on the northern side of the building adjacent to the parking lot.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Discussion with author Dylan Fitzwater

    Following the Zapatista uprising on New Year’s Day 1994, the EZLN communities of Chiapas began the slow process of creating a system of autonomous government that would bring their call for freedom, justice, and democracy from word to reality. Autonomy Is in Our Hearts analyzes this long and arduous process on its own terms, using the conceptual language of Tsotsil, a Mayan language indigenous to the highland Zapatista communities of Chiapas.

    The words “Freedom,” “Justice,” and “Democracy” emblazoned on the Zapatista flags are only approximations of the aspirations articulated in the six indigenous languages spoken by the Zapatista communities. They are rough translations of concepts such as ichbail ta muk’ or “mutual recognition and respect among equal persons or peoples,” a’mtel or “collective work done for the good of a community” and lekil kuxlejal or “the life that is good for everyone.” Autonomy Is in Our Hearts provides a fresh perspective on the Zapatistas and a deep engagement with the daily realities of Zapatista autonomous government. Simultaneously an exposition of Tsotsil philosophy and a detailed account of Zapatista governance structures, this book is an indispensable commentary on the Zapatista movement of today.

    Dylan Eldredge Fitzwater has encountered the Zapatistas as a human rights observer, a participant in several international gatherings, and as a student at the Zapatista language school in Oventik. He currently lives in Portland, OR, and works at Burgerville, a regional Oregon fast-food chain, where he is an organizer for the Burgerville Workers Union, an affiliate of the Industrial Workers of the World.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    15
    Apr
    2019
    6:00 PM – 11:00 PMUPenn College Hall, 34th & Spruce

    As noxious as Owens and TPUSA are, and as crucial as it is to drive them out of town when they do show up, it is equally important to recognize that they are invited by people who actually live in Philadelphia. UPenn College Republicans are actively attempting to advance anti-trans, islamophobic, xenophobic, misogynist and anti-immigrant politics in Philly. That they are doing so from a university that is and has been aggressively advancing gentrification in west philly is especially noxious.

    We call on all students, staff, employees, and Philly residents to denounce and disrupt both her appearance and the sniveling rich kids who invited her. We cannot stand by and watch as her positions are cast as "free speech," "dialogue," and "conversation" when we know what it really is - an authoritarian project to carry out violence against ourselves and our friends and neighbors.

    There can be NO platform for fascists and racist hatespeech! Come out Monday April 15 to SHUT DOWN fascist speech in Philadelphia, remind Candace of the last time she tried to step foot in our city https://twitter.com/PhillyANTIFA/status/1026468028383457282 https://twitter.com/PhillyANTIFA/status/1026508608836722689, and let our community and neighbors know we have their backs! Bring drums, whistles, trumpets, other noisemakers, and your dance shoes for a party in the street. 6:15PM, College Hall, UPenn, off 34th & Spruce.

    We also call on all those who can to crew up and engage in autonomous actions. Diversity of tactics should and must be respected.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Join the Wooden Shoe for a free screening of Earthlings as a way to start your Earth Day celebrations early. This intense documentary chronicles the destructive and violent oppression humankind inflicts on our fellow animals, detailing the often hidden aspects of speciesism that pervades our society. Covering pet stores, puppy mills, and animal profession, Earthlings includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism, and speciesism to highlight how our oppressive system exploits animals and workers for profit.

    *** Trigger Warning: This film includes graphic images of animal cruelty and slaughter. Violent images may not be suitable for all viewers.****

    Earthlings
    Director: Shaun Monson
    Run Time: 95 minutes

    Vegan snacks will be provided and a discussion will follow.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    22
    Apr
    2019
    3:00 pmA-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue
    Where: A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue
    When: Monday, April 22nd, 6:30-8:30 PM
    Snacks and letter-writing supplies provided!
    Join us on Monday for the next letter-writing for political prisoners, this time for long-term BLM prisoner Josh Williams. On December 24, 2014, in the heat of a protest, Josh who was 19 at the time followed a group who had broken into a QuikTrip convenience store. He decided to use lighter fluid to set a fire to a garbage can outside the store. It was put out before causing damage, but police investigated the incident, and two days later, as he was walking to a Christmas party, cops surrounded and arrested him. He spent nearly a year in jail before his trial. The following December, a judge sentenced him to eight years for arson– a sentence that grossly outweighs his crime.
    Josh apparently gets unfairly treated by guards in the prison because they see his actions in Ferguson as anti-police. He also recently expressed interest in getting more mail. He likes reading Thrillers and the Bible. When he gets out of prison, he’s hoping to open a youth center in Ferguson, to give kids who grew up poor like him a chance to build community. His plans are still vague, but he feels committed to doing something positive with children.
    We will also be sending birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in May: Alvaro Luna Hernandez (the 12th), Kojo Bomani Sababu (the 27th), and Doug Wright (the 31st).
  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019
    7pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books and Records704 South St

    In the nineteenth century anarchists were accused of conspiracy by governments afraid of revolution, but in the current century various “conspiracy theories” suggest that anarchists are controlled by government itself. The Illuminati were a network of intellectuals who argued for self-government and against private property, yet the public is now often told that they were (and are) the very group that controls governments and defends private property around the world. Intervening in such misinformation, Lagalisse works with primary and secondary sources in multiple languages to set straight the history of the Left and illustrate the actual relationship between revolutionism, pantheistic occult philosophy, and the clandestine fraternity.

    Exploring hidden correspondences between anarchism, Renaissance magic, and New Age movements, Lagalisse also advances critical scholarship regarding leftist attachments to secular politics. Inspired by anthropological fieldwork within today’s anarchist movements, her essay challenges anarchist atheism insofar as it poses practical challenges for coalition politics in today’s world.

    Studying anarchism as a historical object, Occult Features of Anarchism also shows how the development of leftist theory and practice within clandestine masculine public spheres continues to inform contemporary anarchist understandings of the “political,” in which men’s oppression by the state becomes the prototype for power in general. Readers behold how gender and religion become privatized in radical counterculture, a historical process intimately linked to the privatization of gender and religion by the modern nation-state.

    Erica Lagalisse is an anthropologist and writer. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is conducting a research project on dynamics surrounding the “conspiracy theory” in social movement spaces.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019
    8:00 PM – 11:59 PMNew Tavern 232 S 45th St

    On March 6, 2019, our neighbor, Kaleb Belay was violently gunned down by a Philadelphia Police Officer in front of his West Philadelphia home. As a result of the the six bullets that riddled his body, Kaleb sustained catastrophic injuries to various portions of his body and vital internal organs.
    This event is to help fundraise for his medical bills over time of his long road to recovery.

    Karaoke and dance tunes provided by Mike Vee.
    Drink specials and community get together brought to you by myself and the New Tavern staff.
    $5-10 suggested donation at door, but no one turned away.

    You can also donate at https://www.gofundme.com/justiceforkaleb

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019

    We are the #StudentStrike2019, a organization of students from the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front network, on May 1st we are calling for a general student strike to protest for a better future for our generation. We are calling for national school walkouts and student organized marches/rallies, for more information on our call to action and to get organized for May 1st, go to Studentstrike.xyz.

    Why strike?

    We live in a country that everyday is growing in its authoritarian, xenophobic and corrupt practices, the presidential administration has waged war on asylum seeking migrant families, for the past year we’ve been watching ICE and CBP cage groups of migrants for weeks on end in horrific conditions because they committed the crime of seeking refuge, and now there are threats of completely closing the border.

    We live in a country where students have to wonder if what was once called their “safe learning environment” will get shot up one day and they become the next national tragedy, we also live in a country where our government doesn’t care enough to go through the necessary steps to prevent these tragedies.

    We live in a country where we value profit over everything, including our own planet, the threat of climate change has been here, we can already see its affects in actions, we’ve known what’s needed to combat it for a long time now, sadly the people with the most power to make big changes won’t do what’s necessary, until it’s profitable.

    We live in a country where most students are incapable of getting what they need from school due to the outdated “one size fits all” education system, this system has been proven to be a failure time and time again, yet it’s the only system the government will fund on a mass scale. Students deserve a differentiated learning system that can prepare the next generation for life after school.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019
    Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Against All Authority and Repression!

    In Turin and Trento, 14 people are accused of forming a subversive association, inciting crime, and possessing, manufacturing and transporting explosives to a public place. Furthermore, the operation “Scripta Manent”, where the public prosecutor’s office demands a total of 204 years in prison for the attacks of the Informal Anarchist Federation and the operation “Panico”, where 3 comrades are accused of having attacked a fascist library with an explosive device, is still running.

    Those who have decided to oppose any domination in the social conflict must live with the constant uncertainty of sooner or later being held accountable for their own actions by the opponents of freedom and self-determination. The idea and the longing for a society liberated from exploitation and oppression cab then be nipped in the bud.

    This is especially the case for the anarchist movement in Italy. This is being tackled by the state. The affected prisoners are to be buried alive in their cells with draconian sentences. Their accomplices and the solidarity environment unequivocally profess their permanent enmity against the regime with regard to their kidnapping. The understanding of an anarchism that has set itself the goal of fundamentally criticizing, denouncing and attacking society and its morals of alienation and incapacitation also has an international component. Therefore, the responsibility and solidarity for comrades who fall into captivity lies with all those who recognize themselves in the will to subvert and the ideas of freedom. Yes, the lived subversion puts us in danger, but it also gives us the liberating possibility and moments of self-empowerment and self-determination.

    “I claim being anti-authoritarian, individualist, for insurrection and the destruction of this lurid and fetid existent and of the State-Capital! Forever your enemy! For Anarchy!”

    – Gioacchino Somma, defendant in Operation Scripta Manent

    Aggressive Solidarity, For The Revolt!

    For a Hostile May and a Whole Life Full of Subversion!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019
    Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    “I will seek at the risk of my life, the best, the authentic freedom …”
    Mauricio Morales

    Ten years ago, on May 22, 2009, an explosive device transported by anarchist comrade Mauricio Morales accidentally exploded before it could be installed in the Gendarmerie School in Santiago, Chile, making itself felt in black hearts. He made that institution and those who compose it visible as an objective to attack, thus generating a close relationship of solidarity between prisoners and action. But at that time the enemy did not receive a blow, this time the roar did not shake the jailers’ infrastructure; at that time the powerful explosion took Mauri’s life during that early morning.

    Quickly the vultures of the different police, prosecutors, journalists and ministers came to scavenge and feast on the blood and body of Mauri. On this occasion, the death of an anarchist was the excuse to develop new thrusts in hunts against anti-authoritarian environments.

    Since then memory has crossed different paths in different languages, continents, from the street, to words, actions and fire. His memory has remained alive in the multiform action that keeps us united with our dead. It is with these gestures that the machinery of oblivion, silence and repentance has been continuously attacked and sabotaged, preventing the decisions of comrade Mauricio Morales to be consumed in time or in the vortex of over-information.

    It’s been 10 years, it’s true sometimes it seems like an eternity and sometimes it’s just a couple of seconds. Today we return strongly to the gestures that have been made permanent during this time, seeking to imbue new energies and transform them into an excellent reason to sharpen our denials of this world: Memory today as yesterday is attack. We do not seek to collaborate in exacerbating a distant, spectacular and superheroic image of our comrade; As always, Mauri was one of those who rejected this world, a companion, not an icon, who, using his ingenuity and will, decided to take action by the confrontation against this imposed reality. That night it could have been him or another compañerx that decided to arm himself with their denials.

    We raise an anarchic and iconoclastic memory, that far from seeking the continuous reaffirmation or the bitter dispute over the property of memory, is directed offensively against this world.

    We call the various companions scattered throughout the world, the tendency which is always a minority, that seeks the destruction of what makes us slaves, the restless minds that contribute to a memory of action against domination. This May, we are aware of the existence of a double dimension , on the one hand, the pretext for anarchic combat and on the other hand the honest sadness for the loss of a beloved companion. We believe that in a complementary way we can multiply and reproduce the gestures of memory: Activities, publications, murals, actions, fires, combat in the streets. Everything works, because nothing is left aside.

    This call is to take back what has never been left behind, giving life to that continuity of practice in the current scenario, contributing so that our deaths remain dangerous to the ears of the powerful, actions which are impossible to recuperate by the “progressive citizens” that separate us and rejecting any victimizing expression that seeks to impose a distorted image of our comrade.

    These words are a call to action and propaganda, to multiply the gestures against Power, gestures that destroy the door of forgetfulness that is sought to put on Mauri, but it is also an invitation to strengthen our capacities, to multiply the instances of memory, to reproduce the combat and generate a contemporary fight against dominion.

    To 10 years: For the offensive memory and a black May in memory of Mauricio Morales.

    Our black memory will continue to resonate in the ruptures of this precious social peace.

    Nothing has finished, everything continues!
    Memory is attack.

    -2019-

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019
    8:00 amOctavius V. Catto Monument South Penn Square

    The 'End ICE Contracts! Mayday Solidarity Rally' is a show of solidarity with workers all around the world with a specific emphasis on solidarity with the local immigrant community. The march will highlight corporate sponsorships of ICE.

    Meet at the Octavius Catto Statue.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    06
    May
    2019
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PMWooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St

    A discussion around the new Verso/Jacobin book Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State by Samuel Stein

    Capital City takes a deeper dive into how the capitalist real estate market shapes our cities and the role of urban planners in facilitating ever increasing property values. Reading groups are forming around the city so that folks have the opportunity to read the book and ask questions with other Philly folks committed to housing justice. There is a Facebook group that has event pages for the various reading groups that have formed.

    On Monday, May 13th at 6pm, Sam Stein will be visiting Philadelphia to discuss his book and participate in a bigger conversation about what the "real estate state" looks like in Philadelphia and how the various groups addressing the housing crisis's symptoms here can build a shared vision of housing justice. This event will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (2125 Chestnut St.) in the sanctuary (upstairs). This space is wheelchair accessible and there will be food. The event will start at 6:30pm.

    Copies of the Capital are available at the Wooden Shoe for a 20% discount for participants of the various reading groups

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    In 2016, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners issued a white paper calling for our city to be transformed into the "Silicon Valley" of social impact investing. Deceptively branded as "doing well by doing good," this emerging capital market claims to seek “measurable social benefit” in addition to financial returns. In reality, the “pay for success model” further privatizes public services through rigged outcomes-based government contracts, mining poverty for profit.

    Elite universities, think tanks, venture philanthropy, and even the Federal Reserve have developed methods of "innovative finance” that if left unchecked, will position hedge fund managers to reap ongoing profit gambling on the life outcomes of the poor.

    Historically oppressed communities, especially Black and Brown communities, are being profiled through increasingly invasive technologies. Their data will fuel futures markets in human capital. Public education (including pre-k), as well as prison "reform," supportive housing, mental health, and addiction treatment are all targets. If “pay for success” finance is normalized, those accessing public services will become pawns in a game of global finance, one where wagers are structured to enrich investors while draining communities of vital resources.

    Join Alison McDowell, local researcher and blogger at wrenchinthegears.com, for an introduction to the dangers of social impact investing, “smart city” surveillance, interoperable data systems, and the players behind the “moneyball” government agenda.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM1315 Walnut St

    This seminar explores the contention that ritual is essential to resistance in our times, and that the frequent foreclosure of ritual in Protestantism and under capitalist regimes, especially when it is extended to left politics, has cost us more than we can afford in terms of resilience and repotentiation. Ritual has inherently conservatizing formal properties and functions. It operates through established canons and codes, it defines social and gender boundaries, it addresses economic imperatives and it grounds a number of forms of authority and subordination. But it also has the potential to free desire from captation, to increase solidarity, to make hierarchy explicit (and therefore permeable) and to invoke agencies and transformations beyond the sovereignty of the individual self, including those of animals, ancestors and spirits. The ancients called ritual the school of ethics. It is also—or can be—the school of politics and a major resource for social and cultural change.

    Facilitator: Cleo Kearns works in the fields of continental philosophy, anthropology and religion. She is the author of two books T. S. Eliot and Indic Traditions (Cambridge UP, 2008) and The Virgin Mary, Monotheism and Sacrifice (Cambridge UP, 2018). Her current research is on theory of religious sacrifice from Durkheim to Lacan and on contemporary global shamanism. She teaches classes on shamanism, comparative religion, literature and philosophy both online and onsite and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019
    Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    The prison system and every police department are two sides of the same white supremacist coin. The struggle against slavery is paramount, and the destruction of white supremacy and all of its appendages is fundamental. The prison system and the police are the backbone of this system.

    Therefore, we are proud to endorse Jailhouse Lawyers Speak #Fuck12#Burn12Flag, week of action: May 12th – 18th

    Please join us in this week of action!

  • Mon
    13
    May
    2019
    6:00 pmFirst Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (2125 Chestnut St.)

    On Monday, May 13th at 6pm, Sam Stein will be visiting Philadelphia to discuss his book and participate in a bigger conversation about what the "real estate state" looks like in Philadelphia and how the various groups addressing the housing crisis's symptoms here can build a shared vision of housing justice. This event will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (2125 Chestnut St.) in the sanctuary (upstairs). This space is wheelchair accessible and there will be food. The event will start at 6:30pm.

    Copies of the Capital are available at the Wooden Shoe for a 20% discount for participants of the various reading groups

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life shatters the mainstream consensus on politics, personhood, and truth, and offers in its place a bracing analysis of a perilous world and how we might live in it. Beginning with an interrogation of what it means to fight fascism, Natasha Lennard explores the limits of individual rights, the criminalization of political dissent, the myths of radical sex, and why we may choose to leave room in our lives for ghosts. At once politically committed and philosophically capacious, Being Numerous is a revaluation of the idea that “the personal is political,” and goes on to ask the central question of our time—how can we live a non-fascist life?

    Natasha Lennard is a contributing writer for the Intercept, and her work has appeared regularly in the New York Times, Nation, Esquire, Vice, Salon, and New Inquiry, among others. She teaches critical journalism at the New School for Social Research, and co-authored Violence: Humans in Dark Times with Brad Evans.
    Vicky Osterweil is a writer, editor and agitator based out of Philadelphia. She is working on a forthcoming book, "In Defense of Looting".

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books and Records, 704 South St

    “They demolish our houses while we build theirs.” This is how a Palestinian stonemason, in line at a checkpoint outside a Jerusalem suburb, described his life to Andrew Ross. Palestinian “stone men,” utilising some of the best-quality dolomitic limestone deposits in the world and drawing on generations of artisanal knowledge, have built almost every state in the Middle East except their own. Today the business of quarrying, cutting, fabrication, and dressing is Palestine’s largest employer and generator of revenue, supplying the construction industry in Israel, along with other Middle East countries and even more overseas.

    Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Palestine and Israel, Ross’s engrossing, surprising, and gracefully written story of this fascinating ancient trade shows how the stones of Palestine, and Palestinian labour, have been used to build out the state of Israel—in the process, constructing “facts on the ground”—even while the industry is central to Palestinians’ own efforts to erect bulwarks against the Occupation. For decades, the hands that built Israel’s houses, schools, offices, bridges, and even its separation barriers have been Palestinian. Looking at the Palestine–Israel conflict in a new light, this book asks how this record of achievement and labour be recognised.

    Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and a social activist. A contributor to the Nation, Village Voice, New York Times, and Artforum, he is the author of many books, including, most recently, Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City and Nice Work if You Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times. He lives in New York.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    26
    May
    2019
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.
  • Mon
    27
    May
    2019
    3:00 pmA-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue

    Curious to write to prisoners, but not sure how to start or who to write to?

    Join us for our monthly letter-writing event this month for an intro on how to get started and open discussion on political prisoners who might be seeking more mail or penpals. We will also be distributing our newly-printed Philly ABC guide to supporting political prisoners as a take-home reference, and sending birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in June: Matt DeHart (the 10th), Jay Chase (the 11th), and Tom Manning (the 27th).

    We encourage folks who know of prisoners seeking more correspondence to come and spread the word to folks looking to write to people for the first time.

    When: Monday, May 27th; 6:30-8:30pm
    Where: A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue

    Snacks and letter-writing supplies provided!

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019

    June 11th: the international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and long-term anarchist prisoners. In the 15 years this tradition has been observed, June 11th has facilitated support and action inspired by imprisoned anarchists — from noise demonstrations outside of jails to letter-writing nights, from fundraisers to arson. Setting aside this day is one way of remembering anarchists who are serving long prison sentences, generating support for them, and inspiring solidarity actions.

    Because social struggles phase in and out, this day is a way to make sure that our imprisoned comrades are not forgotten. Our lack of memory is partially a result of the techno-alienation of the larger culture we’re fighting against. But it’s also a product of the dynamics of the anarchist space. People become burnt out and the cycle of forgetting continues.

    June 11th is a way of combating that amnesia, of trying to sustain a long-term memory in the anarchist space. Not only does this generate support for anarchists locked in the state’s prisons, it forces us to look back at what came before. Considering what previous generations did can both inspire us with ideas we’ve forgotten, and help us understand how our current practices came to be.

    While those of us on the June 11th organizing crew focus on prisoners with long sentences, and sometimes point out how disproportionately long these sentences are based on the justice system’s own sentencing norms, it is not because we are criticizing the government for being unfair. Rather than lobbying for fair sentencing, we seek the total destruction of all prisons: both as physical cages that kidnap people, and as a logic of social control that includes surveillance technologies, parole, and ankle monitors. While we support those who can finagle the state’s own laws to get comrades released as early as possible, we’re committed to those who are still waiting and those for whom this is not possible. We want to push the boundaries of what that commitment means. Our emphasis on long-term sentences is to make sure our comrades continue to receive support as time moves forward.

    The person who has been the focus of June 11th the longest is Marius Mason. Marius is an anarchist, environmental and animal liberation activist who is currently serving a 22 year prison sentence. He plead guilty to taking part in an arson of a Michigan State University lab conducting GMO research for Monsanto in 1999, as well as twelve other acts of property destruction. Marius was imprisoned in 2009 during the Green Scare, a time when the U.S. federal government was cracking down on earth and animal liberation struggles. He was incarcerated in a high security unit until 2017 when, after constant advocacy by outside supporters, he was moved to general population. Finally, earlier this year Marius was moved from Carswell to Danbury, where he is much closer to many of his friends and family. In 2014, he came out publicly as transgender, using he/him pronouns, and eventually secured access to hormone treatment in 2016. For more information, check out the website his support team maintains.

    June 11th, 2019

    We are calling on anarchists around the world to take initiative in whatever way speaks to one’s own heart. In the past, we have seen solidarity attacks, noise demonstrations, graffiti, letter writing nights, dance parties, fundraisers, and much more.

    In the coming months, we will be posting additional content to build up towards June 11, 2019. As always, we welcome posters, art, fliers, prisoner statements, report-backs, communiques, and anything else. Check out june11.org for more information.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe 704 South Street

    Discussion with AK Press author Ben Dangl

    “Memory as a vision of the future, language as a tool of resistance, oral history as a form of struggle: Dangl gives us a brilliant, in-depth narrative of centuries of resistance grounded in culture. This is a story we should all know and learn from.” —Alessandro Portelli, author of They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History

    After centuries of colonial domination and a twentieth century riddled with dictatorships, indigenous peoples in Bolivia embarked upon a social and political struggle that would change the country forever. As part of that project activists took control of their own history, starting in the 1960s by reaching back to oral traditions and then forward to new forms of print and broadcast media. This book tells the fascinating story of how indigenous Bolivians recovered and popularized histories of past rebellions, political models, and leaders, using them to build movements for rights, land, autonomy, and political power. Drawing from rich archival sources and the author’s lively interviews with indigenous leaders and activist-historians, The Five Hundred Year Rebellion describes how movements tapped into centuries-old veins of oral history and memory to produce manifestos, booklets, and radio programs on histories of resistance, wielding them as tools to expand their struggles and radically transform society.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St
    They Live is a 1988 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by John Carpenter, and based on the 1963 short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson. It follows an unnamed drifter ]played by Roddy Piper, who discovers that the ruling class are aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed, and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media. Explored deeply in Nom Chomsky's "Requiem for the America Dream", this classic film invites reflection upon the assumptions that we unquestioningly follow every day and the ways in which society, culture, and media silently indoctrinate us into an ideology of consumption and control.
  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2019

    The Unist’ot’en are counting on supporters to mobilize in a big way for the next step in our legal battle. From June 11-14, the BC Supreme Court will rule on the interim injunction. It will either be extended to an interlocutory injunction, giving a pass to more RCMP violence,  or dismissed, ending the human rights violations. But regardless of the outcome in the courts, it is not up to colonial government and industry giants to determine our fate. We remain unceded, undefeated, sovereign and victorious.

    On January 8th, you took action! You organized rallies and marches. You made solidarity statements. You wrote your representatives. You put on fundraisers and donated to the Legal Fund. You pledged to stand by the Unist’ot’en.

    Now, we need you to stand up again, on June 15 regardless of the court outcome. The time is NOW to recognize indigenous sovereignty around the world. It is up to the Wet’suwet’en and our supporters to determine What’s Next.

    WAYS TO SUPPORT:

    Take Action where you live on June 15! (See Supporter Toolkit for ideas.)

    Come to the Land: We are in need of long-term Indigneous supporters and allies who can be self-sufficient and spend a significant amount of time on the land

    Fundraise For Legal Support: Please observe our Solidarity Fundraiser Protocols

    Educate: Create a Solidarity Statement  and spread the word through media

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    19
    Jun
    2019

    Revolutionary greetings, Sisters and Brothers!

    It’s that time again and I am sending out this call to action in order to encourage everyone who is passionate about ABOLISHING all forms of SLAVERY and involuntary servitude to get organized and come together in one united action of revolutionary solidarity on June 19, 2019, to protest against enslavement, degradation and dehumanization of Amerikan prisoners and all human beings throughout the world who are subject to any form of SLAVERY or OPPRESSION!

    As many of you know, June 19 is the day when Black people in Texas celebrate the freedom of their ancestors – our ancestors – who were held in slavery for approximately two years after the entire nation acknowledged the emancipation proclamation! But the slave owners in Texas ignored this federal law.

    This year’s call to action has special significance as the world’s eyes are trained on South Texas, where tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America come to the United States seeking a safe haven. Instead of safety, they have found mistreatment, abuse, racism and slavery. The legislative and criminal justice system in Texas continues to create the foundations for institutionalized racism and bigotry.

    Do you realize that the U.S. Army had to ride into Galveston, Texas, in 1867 and announce that slavery had been abolished! The 11th state of Texas was so hell bent on maintaining their slaves and profiting from slave labor that the U.S. Army had to show force to make Texas eliminate the practice of slavery! It’s still alive!

    Prison slavery is something that is being practiced in every state in the union and was codified by the most powerful legal document in the United States – the U.S. Constitution. We must continue to call for the exception (slavery) clause in the 13th Amendment to be struck down! We must finish this abolitionist work.

    Remember, sisters and brothers, that this is an international campaign which seeks to address the misogynistic practices of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the genocide waged against Palestinian people! The bigots who operate Texas prisons wish to silence my voice. However, I refuse to remain silent!

    On June 19, 2019, stand with us! Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!

    Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78102.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    20
    Jun
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Working-Class Heroes is an organic melding of history, music, and politics that demonstrates with remarkably colorful evidence that workers everywhere will struggle to improve their conditions of life. And among them will be workers who share an insight: in order to better our lot, we must act collectively to change the world. Carefully curated by Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore, this profusely illustrated treasury of song sheets, lyrics, photographs, histories, and biographical sketches explores the notion that our best hope lies in the capacity of ordinary working people to awaken to the need to emancipate ourselves and all of humanity.

    Featuring over a dozen songwriters, from Joe Hill to Aunt Molly Jackson, Working-Class Heroes delivers a lyrical deathblow to the myth that so-called political songs of the twentieth century were all being written by intellectuals and outside agitators in New York. Many, like Ella May Wiggins, were literally murdered by the bosses. Others, like Sarah Ogan Gunning, watched their children starve to death and their husbands die of black lung, only to rise up singing against the system that caused so much misery. Their heroism resulted not from their being different from their fellow workers but from being the same.

    Most of the songs collected here are from the early twentieth century, yet their striking relevance to current affairs invites us to explore the historical conditions that inspired their creation: deep, systemic crisis, advancing fascism, and the threat of world war. In the face of violent terror, these working-class songwriters bravely stood up to fight oppression. Such courage and heroism is immortal, such heroes should be celebrated and their songs can still lift our spirits, if we sing them today.

    Heroes featured in this twenty-song collection: Sarah Ogan Gunning, Ralph Chaplin, Woody Guthrie, Ella May Wiggins, Joe Hill, Paul Robeson, John Handcox, Aunt Molly Jackson, Jim Garland, Alfred Hayes, Joseph Brandon, and several more anonymous proletarian songwriters whose names have been long forgotten, though their words are immortal.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019
    Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019

    287(g) agreements   with ICE allow law enforcement agencies to question people about their immigration status, detain people on immigration charges and carry out the duty of ICE officers. Currently, 80 law enforcement agencies in 21 states have 287(g) agreements with ICE. Every year thousands of people are detained and deported by ICE through the 287(g) program.

    On June 30th, 2019 all 287(g) agreements across the country will expire.

    Law enforcement agencies will have to renew their agreements and sign a new memorandum of understanding with ICE to continue to participate in the program.

    But earlier this month, ICE announced the creation of the Warrant Service Officer program, an extension of the 287(g) program geared towards rural law enforcement agencies and agencies that do not have the resources to fully participate in 287(g). Under this new program, participating agencies can arrest and detain people who have been issued warrants by ICE. The program also exempts cooperating law enforcement agencies from any local or state measures to limit ICE, such as sanctuary city policies. Several Sheriff Departments and other law enforcement agencies have already signed on to the program.

    With a date set for the expiration of all 287(g) agreements, and with ICE trying to expand the program, now is the time to pressure counties and law enforcement agencies to end their partnerships with ICE, and to raise the alarm about the Warrant Service Officer program.

    From June 23-29th The FANG Collective is calling for a Week of Action to #End287g and Shut Down ICE.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    All City: A Novel is a near-future speculative fiction that addresses climate change and gentrification told from the perspective of those most affected by these scourges. An indictment against the commodification of poverty and the looming threat of climate change, All City tells the story a convenience store worker and a genderqueer anarchist who, together, squat in an abandoned luxury building after a superstorm decimates New York City and the wealthy class flees.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2019

    DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST PRIDE DEFENDERS – FREE CEDAR NOW!

    We are calling for a day of autonomous action in support of those who are facing repression for defending themselves and others from far-right violence at Hamilton Pride. This Friday, June 28th we are asking for people far and wide to show their support and solidarity by taking action where they live. Actions could include things like: banner drops, postering, rallies, or any number of other more creative endeavors 😉

    If possible, it would be great if you could share it with us by sending a photo and/or a brief description to thetower@riseup.net. You could also post things yourself on north-shore.info and send us the link.

    Please share widely!

    Background:

    On June 15th, 2019 in Hamilton, Ontario, Pride was attacked by a group of far-right homophobes, christian fundamentalists, neo-nazis, and queer bashers. They arrived with massive homophobic signs and banners, and immediately began to scream insults and slurs. They aggressively harassed individuals, made jokes about rape, and threatened physical violence. Things quickly escalated as the bigots violently confronted people who were holding a fabric barrier in an attempt to block them from disrupting Pride. Initiated by the far-right activists a brawl broke out – queers who refused to allow their presence to go unchallenged were attacked, but fought back. Several friends were injured and required medical attention. After being kicked out of Pride, this same group chased and assaulted queer youth in the neighbourhood, and then went on to attack people at Toronto Pride the following week.

    Since these events, Hamilton Police have focused exclusively on going after the queers who defended themselves and their community. Over the course of the last week, police have been targeting and harassing known queer anarchists in the city. Our dear friend Cedar (who wasn’t even present at the event!) was arrested on Saturday, and sits in jail on hunger strike as you read this. On Monday, another queer was arrested – they were released from the station and are facing two criminal charges. We have confirmation that another arrest is forth-coming, and that even more are a possibility.

    Fuck this and fuck the police for all they do to protect racists, misogynists, and homophobes. Drop all charges against pride defenders, and free Cedar now!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    30
    Jun
    2019
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center)

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    08
    Jul
    2019
    Fri
    12
    Jul
    2019

    July 8th-12th take collective and direct action to protest or shut down branch locations of Bank of America, SunTrust and PNC Bank.

    We are all too aware of the cruelties of the American border regime: locking children in cages or ruining families by kidnapping and deporting parents. While this is a nightmare scenario for millions, it is big business for deportation and migrant-detention profiteers.

    Like other mechanisms of oppression, the border system utilizes infrastructures that can be disrupted. This infrastructure is composed of state agencies, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). But it is also thoroughly integrated with the private sector. Contracts with construction, technology and security corporations are integral to the function of a militarized border. The majority of immigrant detainees are imprisoned in detention centers operated by private prison companies contracting with ICE. The largest of these are Geo Group and CoreCivic.

    Further, the private sector actors fundamental to ICE and CBP operations rely on debt-financing from large financial institutions. Geo Group and CoreCivic which are structured as Real Estate Investment Trusts, are particularly vulnerable to credit loss. This has enabled recent campaigns to yield key victories. In March 2019, JPMorgan Chase committed to halt further financing to the private prison industry following long-term organizing efforts. In the immediate aftermath, Geo Group and CoreCivic stocks plummeted and Geo Group warned its investors that mounting pressure “could have a material adverse effect on our business.” After Chase’s announcement Wells Fargo began partially divesting, while U.S. Bank reduced credit to an “immaterial amount.” Bank of America, SunTrust and PNC Bank continue to bankroll the migrant detention industry and are some of its largest funders. Divestment from these remaining large banks could jeopardize the economic viability of corporations like Geo Group or CoreCivic.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    13
    Jul
    2019
    18:00 – 20:30Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St
    As a group, we will be engaging in a ceremonial procession to convey our own definition of 'the spirit of anarchy', then harnessing that energy to create an artistic expression of the utopia we wish to build. Activities include, but are not limited to: singing together in a noise concerto, and a collaborative drawing project.
  • Mon
    15
    Jul
    2019
    6:30pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Come help us celebrate the launch Prolit Magazine with a reading that showcases some of the very talented local writers featured in the first issue. Plus, find out more about plans for the upcoming Issue 2!

    With readings from:
    -Corey Qureshi
    -Tim Fitts
    -Elizabeth Scanlon
    -Ryan Eckes
    -Amy Saul-Zerby
    -Paul Siegell
    -Brittanie Sterner
    -Emma Brown Sanders
    -Kevin Travers

    Prolit is a literary magazine about money, work, & class. More info at: https://www.prolitmag.com/

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    16
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pmWooden Shoe 704 South St

    Will be screening

    What Color is Blue
    a no-budget movie made by friends in Philly about the impotence that we as queer youth feel while facing a world that doesn't want us to exist.

    Shorts & Video Mashups
    no budget shorts made by sinners and criminals.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    Brazil is a 1985 British-American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Terry Gilliam. This fantasy/satire film centres on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil's satire of bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    Run time 143 min

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2019
    8:00 PM – 11:00 PMWashington Square Park 6th and Walnut Streets Enter at 6th and Walnut Streets

    "On July 13, Willem Van Spronsen was killed by police while apparently taking action to disable the fleet of buses that serve the Northwest Detention Center, a private immigration detainment facility."

    We hope to act to honor Will's memory in solidarity with all those affected by the border regime - from the detention centers to the desert.

    No Borders. No Prisons. No Cops.

    Escalate.

    Statement from Will's friends:
    https://pugetsoundanarchists.org/we-are-the-fire-that-will-melt-ice-rest-in-power-will-van-spronsen-olympia-wa/

    https://crimethinc.com/2019/07/14/on-willem-van-spronsens-action-against-the-northwest-detention-center-in-tacoma-including-the-full-text-of-his-final-statement

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    22
    Jul
    2019
    Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019

    This past October 26th, 2018, the then judge Juan León Montiel of the Mixed District Court of Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, sentenced our compañero Miguel Ángel Peralta to 50 years in prison with a $151,134.90 peso fine. On October 29th of that same year, an appeal was filed against this sentence. The appeal should have been resolved in three months in the Supreme Court of Justice of the State of Oaxaca.

    However, after nine months, on July 8th, 2019, Miguel’s lawyers were finally notified of the resolution. The ruling of the appeal was decided on by Judge Arturo León de la Vega, president of the Third Criminal Chamber of the aforementioned court. In this resolution, our compañero was again denied his freedom. Rather, his legal case will be returned to the court in Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca.

    Judge Arturo León Vega ignored evidence that shows Miguel is not responsible for the crimes of which he is accused (homicide and attempted homicide). Instead, the judge returned the file (02/2015) to the court where Miguel was originally sentenced. The judge made this decision in light of having the legal capacity to free Miguel. These decisions again show that this legal process is filled with irregularities. Neither the court of Oaxaca nor the court of Huautla have impeded these irregularities. Rather, they have continued them, lengthening legal times and failing to deeply analyze the contradictions and inconsistencies of the case.

    Faced with this disparaging and absurd panorama, we worry that the political and economic power of the cacique Zepeda family from Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón continues to have an impact on the legal rulings being made in Miguel’s case. We are particularly concerned with the political influence of local representative of MORENA Elisa Zepeda Lagunas. For over four years that Miguel has been incarcerated, it has been demonstrated on countless occasions that the accusations against him are fabricated. The absurdity is ever clearer with the same courts (tribunal in Oaxaca and court in Huautla) having cast aside the same criminal case, for being inconsistent and contradictory, resulting in freedom of seven other political prisoners from Eloxochitlán.

    We make a call for solidarity, against this ruling and to demand that all of the courts involved do not delay any longer in freeing Miguel. We call for a week of agitation #SkandaloContraelEncierro July 22-28, to repudiate the prison institutions and to show our solidarity with our imprisoned comprades, from your own spaces and according to your own forms.

    Share your #SkandaloContraelEncierro and send it to:

    solidaridadelox@gmail.com

    FB: Miguel Peralta Libre

    Prisoners to the streets or everything will explode!

    Solidarity Group for the Freedom of Miguel Peralta

    [details here]

  • Mon
    22
    Jul
    2019
    6:30 pmA-Space

    Charles Sims “Chuck” Africa and Delbert Orr Africa are two of the longest held political prisoners in the world, having been in prison for over 40 years. They are the last two of the MOVE 9, incarcerated since 1978, after a siege in Mantua by the Philly PD that led to the death of a cop. Despite eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence indicating the cop was likely shot by the police, 9 people, including Chuck and Del, were charged with aggravated murder and sentenced to 30-100 years. Merle and Phil died in prison under suspicious circumstances, and Debbie, Mike, Janet, Janine, and Eddie were paroled. Chuck has been battling cancer inside prison and is the next up for parole in November. Support for his parole can be easily expressed by signing the petition. Del is next up for parole in 2022, although that date is being appealed by his lawyer to make it sooner. While last year’s Running Down the Walls 5K supported MOVE 9 members in prison, this year’s on Sept 7th will provide post-release support.

    History

    MOVE is a group following the teachings of John Africa, which generally centered around the dual principles of black liberation and green anarchism. Almost since its inception, MOVE, and the members which comprise it, have been the target of some of the most brutal policing in the history of Philadelphia. Many of the major police incidents from the 70s and 80s targeted MOVE, including the siege and shootout of 1978, the arrest and imprisonment of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and, perhaps most notoriously, the aerial bombing of MOVE house by the Philadelphia Police in 1985. The MOVE lifestyle, along with their determination to defend it, have brought to the forefront many issues of social and racial inequality, and done so in ways that can’t be whitewashed, painted over, or ignored.

    Chuck grew up in West Philly, joined MOVE in 1973, and is the brother of Debbie Africa, the first of the MOVE 9 to be released on parole last year. Delbert is originally from Chicago, and was a member of the Black Panther Party for several years before joining MOVE in 1970. During the 1978 siege, Del was brutally beaten by police after surrendering, the photos of which have become somewhat iconic images of the greater struggle.

    As always, all the letter-writing supplies and light snacks will be provided. If you can’t join us, you can write to them at:

    Smart Communications/PADOC – Charles Sims Africa #AM4975
    SCI Dallas
    P.O. Box 33028
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733

    Smart Communications/PADOC – Delbert Orr Africa #AM4985
    SCI Dallas
    P.O. Box 33028
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733

    We will also send birthday cards to U.S. political prisoners with birthdays in August: Eric King (the 1st), Bill Dunne (the 2nd), Hanif Bey (the 6th), Dr. Mutulu Shakur (the 7th), Little Feather Giron (the 14th), Russell Maroon Shoatz (the 22nd), Dr. Rafil Dhafir (the 24th), and Ronald Reed (the 30th).

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    25
    Jul
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    Has America always been capitalist? Today, the US sees itself as the heartland of the international capitalist system, its society and politics intertwined deeply with its economic system. This book looks at the history of North America from the founding of the colonies to debunk the myth that America is 'naturally' capitalist.

    From the first white-settler colonies, capitalist economic elements were apparent, but far from dominant, and did not drive the early colonial advance into the West. Society, too, was far from homogeneous - as the role of the state fluctuated. Racial identities took time to imprint, and slavery, whilst at the heart of American imperialism, took both capitalist and less-capitalist forms. Additionally, gender categories and relations were highly complex, as standards of ‘manhood’ and ‘womanhood’ shifted over time to accommodate capitalism, and as there were always some people challenging this binary.

    By looking at this fascinating and complex picture, James Parisot weaves a groundbreaking historical materialist perspective on the history of American expansion.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center)

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    29
    Jul
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    The surrogacy industry is worth over 1 billion dollars a year, and many of its surrogates work in terrible conditions, while many gestate babies for no pay at all. Should it be illegal to pay someone to gestate a baby for you?

    Full Surrogacy Now brings a fresh and unique perspective to the debate. Rather than making surrogacy illegal or allowing it to continue as is, Sophie Lewis argues we should be looking to radically transform it. Surrogates should be put front and centre, and their rights towards the babies they gestate should be expanded to acknowledge that surrogates are more than mere vessels. In doing so, we break down our assumptions that children necessarily belong to those whose genetics they share.

    This might sound like a radical proposal, but expanding our idea of who children belong to would be a good thing. Taking collective responsibility for children, rather than only caring for the ones we share DNA with, would radically transform notions of kinship. Adopting this expanded concept of surrogacy helps us see that it always, as the saying goes, takes a village to raise a child.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    31
    Jul
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe 704 South St

    On October 13, 1909, Francisco Ferrer, the notorious Catalan anarchist educator and founder of the Modern School, was executed by firing squad. The Spanish government accused him of masterminding the Tragic Week rebellion, while the transnational movement that emerged in his defense argued that he was simply the founder of the groundbreaking Modern School of Barcelona. Was Ferrer a ferocious revolutionary, an ardently nonviolent pedagogue, or something else entirely?

    Anarchist Education and the Modern School is the first historical reader to gather together Ferrer’s writings on rationalist education, revolutionary violence, and the general strike (most translated into English for the first time) and put them into conversation with the letters, speeches, and articles of his comrades, collaborators, and critics to show that the truth about the founder of the Modern School was far more complex than most of his friends or enemies realized. Francisco Ferrer navigated a tempestuous world of anarchist assassins, radical republican conspirators, anticlerical rioters, and freethinking educators to establish the legendary Escuela Moderna and the Modern School movement that his martyrdom propelled around the globe.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    01
    Aug
    2019
    Sat
    31
    Aug
    2019

    We invite for the month of August all the individuals and collectives that feel close to the fate of our comrade Santiago Maldonado, who was disappeared and murdered by the Argentine State.

    From the 1st of August, let’s see our anger, our proposals for the conflict, and our unwavering resolve. Nothing has ended for us, we are sparks that can go on and off, but we will always be here.

    Let’s unleash our beautiful creativities, actions, meetings, assemblies, marches, whatever we choose. That’s what our freedom is all about, that’s what it’s about remembering our fallen brothers and sisters.

    Let anarchy overflow from the confines and margins of this disgusting society.

    Neither martyrs nor heroes!
    Active memory with our dead!
    Long live anarchy!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    14
    Aug
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe 704 South St
    Discussion about the recent uprising in Puerto Rico with Philadelphia's poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera
  • Fri
    23
    Aug
    2019
    Fri
    30
    Aug
    2019

    We are approaching the 7th International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners. For 6 years we’ve been calling you to show your solidarity with our comrades all around the world. Trials in Italy, France, Germany, Russia are bringing more and more anarchists into the mouth of the prison system.

    It is our duty, of those who stay outside of the prisons, to help our comrades serve their sentences knowing that they are not left alone in their struggle. You might not know those people. You might not speak their language and most probably will never meet them. But through your actions you show that they are welcomed in this world. Welcomed more than the prison guards and judges. More than presidents and kings. So let your solidarity pour through the walls of prisons and fight till everybody is free!

    We are eager to hear your stories of actions and events. So send them to tillallarefree@riseup.net. At the end of the week we will make a summary of those events.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PMA-Space (community center)

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    27
    Aug
    2019
    6:30 pmAspace

    Our next letter writing will be in support of anarchist, poet, vegan prisoner Eric King - charged in a 2014 firebombing of a government office. Come out and send him some ❤️ 8/27/19 6:30 PM Aspace

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    28
    Aug
    2019
    7pm – 8:30pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    Trouble 21 looks at anti-colonial struggles in Turtle Island and Palestine.

    From the genocidal aftermath of Columbus’ accidental “discovery” of the New World, to the ever-deeper encroachments of Israeli settlements into the West Bank — five hundred years of European colonialism has cast a long shadow over this world. Colonization, in its supreme arrogance, carved up the globe according to the imperial logic of accumulation, imposing artificial borders on foreign lands and seeking to subjugate restive native populations through religious indoctrination and force of arms. But despite their military superiority, ideological warfare and constant recourse to savage brutality, colonial regimes have consistently failed to crush the will of colonized people to fight back. And the reason for this is simple. Occupation breeds resistance.

    Anarchists, especially those of us who have never experienced the sharp edge of colonization, have much to learn from those waging this resistance. We also have a principled imperative to align ourselves with those facing acute forms of state violence and dispossession. To this end, this episode of Trouble draws on two examples of contemporary anti-colonial struggle – those waged by the Palestinians and the Mohawks of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy against their respective oppressors, the Israeli and Canadian settler-colonial states, in hopes of drawing out lessons and increasing our capacity for producing meaningful solidarity.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    07
    Sep
    2019
    11 am sharp (Yoga warm-up at 10:30) FDR Park

    Philadelphia Anarchist Black Cross presents our second annual Running Down The Walls (RDTW)! This year’s event is dedicated to Never Give Up! – a project to free the remaining incarcerated members of the MOVE 9, and sustain their long-term post-release support. Following the release of his parents, Mike Africa Jr. founded Never Give Up to alleviate the financial strain of rebuilding life after decades of imprisonment. When his uncle Chuck Africa beat colon cancer, the project actively aligned with the broader, ongoing fight against cancer.

    The Move organization has never given up. Not after their house was flooded, gassed, and riddled with bullets. Not after the police deployed explosives and let them burn alive. Not after the PADOC murdered Phil and Merle Africa.

    After 40 years in prison and never giving up on their beliefs or each other, Debbie was released on parole on June 16th 2018, soon after followed by Mike Africa Sr. on October 23rd. Janet and Janine were released on May 25th, 2019 and then Eddie on June 21st. Chuck comes up for parole this November, and Delbert currently awaits the outcome of an appeal to secure his next hearing date.

    As we are among their supporters, we too never give up! Philadelphia RDTW 2019 is dedicated to amplifying their voices, lifting them up in their struggles, and maintaining material post-release support. Join us for another revolutionary 5K run/walk/bike/skate and day of solidarity. If you would like to participate in light yoga and warm-up stretches before, please arrive around 10:15am. Bring a mat if you can! If you cannot make it to the event or would like to make an additional contribution, please sponsor a participant either outside prison or inside or one of each. Contact us for more information on sponsoring!

    Proceeds will be split between the Warchest Program and the Never Give Up project. The ABCF Warchest program sends monthly stipends to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    11
    Sep
    2019
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space Anarchist Community Center

    In honor of Chilean singer Victor Jara and the 3,000+ people who lost their lives under General Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime, we are screening “ReMastered: Massacre at Chile Stadium” at A-Space at 7pm on Wednesday, September 11th. The documentary compellingly examines the grisly death of Chilean folk singer-turned-martyr Victor Jara at Chile Stadium days after Pinochet’s military coup on September 11, 1973.

    The screening will be followed by a discussion.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2019

    On September 13th 2019, we are asking citizens of this nation to take a stand with us, highlight the National Prison Strike Demands. How can you help? Hold a forum, do a noise demo, go to your local jail or prison to let these prisoncrats and politicians know the National Prison Strike Demands are still a part of your focus.

    Thank you to all that hear our call to action. Let’s continue to make the politicians hear the voices in these concrete tombs.

    Can’t stop, won’t stop! Forward forever, backwards never!

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St
    A discussion focusing on Black anarchism highlighting the work of Kuwasi Balagoon and Russell Maroon Shoatz. What does Black anarchism mean in the 21st century? Why is it important? Where does Black anarchism fit into our current movement work today? What is the connection between abolitionist politics and the politics of Black anarchy? How does the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement fall into this?
  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    Fri
    27
    Sep
    2019

    Call to participate and intervene within the upcoming climate strike actions happening across the world from the week of September 20th – 27th.

    On the 20th of September, around the world, thousands of people are coming together under the banner of Earth Strike to hold a general strike for the climate. Many unions and workers from various industries have also pledged to join the strike. 1,006 Amazon employees have said that they plan on walking out in support of the strike.1

    Anarchists, autonomists and anti-authoritarians are also joining in the strike bringing revolutionary, anti-capitalist and inter-sectional perspectives. This past week the Anarchist Federation in the UK endorsed Earth Strike and is organizing around it.2

    The Green Anti-Capitalist Front will also have a presence at climate strikes across the UK. The UK based group is doing radical organizing around climate action challenging the green capitalist agenda of many organizations trying to lead the resistance.

    The international demands of the Earth Strike are as follows:

    • An immediate start on global co-operation to reverse the damage done to the Earth’s climate, through unambiguous and binding agreements, by both world leaders and corporate entities, following IPCC projections of halving carbon net emissions by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.
    • International, unambiguous and binding commitments to halt the destruction of rainforests and other wildlife habitats.
    • International, unambiguous and binding agreements designed to hold corporations accountable for the greenhouse gases they produce.

    We believe that anti-authoritarian radicals in the so-called united states should participate in the strike. This is an opportunity to bring an anti-capitalist perspective to thousands of people seeking system change. As the reformist demands of the movement fail to yield results, many people who have only recently joined the movement may be seeking revolutionary paths forward. In this moment ruled by existential dread, fear, increasing nihilism and despair, it is important to find paths forward and empower one another through direct action and mutual aid. We must find ways to process and move through the stages of grief [denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance] and towards a culture of resilient, enduring action capable of withstanding the many losses and sorrows we will collectively experience until liberation of the earth and all inhabitants is achieved.

    The global youth are inheriting these crises, and are collectively realizing the shit hand they’ve been dealt — born into a largely alienated and dying world with uncertain futures. Because of this many youth and students have largely been at the front of recent climate campaigns. For example, Fridays for a Future youth strikes have mobilized thousands of people and brought awareness and urgency of these issues to the forefront. There is so much power and revolutionary potential in this generation of youth. Youth are a marginalized group in almost every modern society — pushed into the background of political movements and processes. The climate strike is an opportunity to connect with youth who are well aware of the seriousness of the crisis we are living in. Old institutions offer them tired solutions, and capitalists, and NGOs will try to co-opt their struggles. As anarchists, anti-authoritarians and autonomists we must come together with youth; only through inter-generational struggle can we actualize our revolutionary potentials and find a path forward.

    Points of Intervention:

    ⦁ Attend the Climate Strike
    ⦁ Bring zines and radical literature
    ⦁ Engage in discussion with other strikers
    ⦁ Bring anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian banners and banner making material
    ⦁ Offer strikers information about upcoming events and ways to engage in anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist movements
    ⦁ Connect strikers to existing environmental struggles
    ⦁ Offer existing radical spaces and resources for youth to organize themselves
    ⦁ Work towards organizing a radical climate convergence in your community

    FIND CLIMATE STRIKE NEAR YOU

    Links
    1 https://www.ecowatch.com/global-climate-strike-amazon-employees-2640285733.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1
    2 http://afed.org.uk/anarchist-federation-back-earth-strike/?fbclid=IwAR0Bkz7DdOSc869UEY9Q0phZxo635mU9bLNusGO87ik3WOsygcnt1I_JjRA
    3 https://greenanticapitalist.org/

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    15:30 – 17:30Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St
    After the Global Climate Strike action at Philadelphia city hall come share your experiences around climate anxiety
  • Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PMA-Space (community center)

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Sep
    2019
    3:00 pmA-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.

    We are at it once again sending some love to punitively locked up for their political beliefs and facing additional repression while inside for the same reason.

    When: Monday, September 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
    Where: A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.

    Bring only yourself or friends and comrades. All letter-writing supplies and snacks are provided.

    Jeremy Hammond is an anarchist computer hacker serving 10 years for leaking the personal information of 860,000 customers of private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) through the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. This information revealed that Stratfor spies on activists, among others, at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government.

    Almost to the end of his sentence at a federal prison, in August 2019, Jeremy was summoned to appear before a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia and transferred to a Virginia jail where he now faces up to an additional 18 months for contempt by refusing to testify. It is believed to be the same grand jury that is currently imprisoning Chelsea Manning for bravely refusing to testify. Like grand jury resisters before him, Jeremy firmly believes that grand juries are repressive tools of the government, used to investigate and intimidate activist communities and are abused by prosecutors to gain access to intelligence to which they are not entitled. The U.S. government’s blatant abuse of the grand jury process in this case continues to be a clear pattern of targeting, isolating and punishing outspoken truth-tellers and activists.

    Jeremy has no intention of cooperating with this, or any other, grand jury he may be called in front of. Simply by calling him in front of this grand jury, the government has already added a minimum of nine months to his sentence by removing him from a program he was participating in at the federal prison he was serving his sentence at. His prison release date was projected to come around mid-December 2019, but because of his removal from the program and the summons to the grand jury his time incarcerated could be extended by over two years.

    See bit.ly/5easyactions for all the information you need about writing to Jeremy including rules of what is acceptable to send through the mail.

    We will also send birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in October: Skelly Stafford (the 2nd), Jamil Al-Amin (the 3rd), David Gilbert (the 5th), Malik Bey (the 8th), Jalil Muntaqim (the 17th), and Ed Poindexter (the 31st).

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019
    4:00 PM – 6:00 PMFrank L Rizzo Statue Outside City Hall

    We call out the PPD for their 378 racist comments in their online group. (Only 15 were fired, and some are now being reinstated)
    We call out the FOP, and the arbitration process that gives dirty killer cops their jobs back, while costing the taxpayers $5 mil.
    We call out PPDs' Christine Coulter for her deceit about her racist t-shirt.
    We call out Mayor Kenny who lied about ending Stop and Frisk.
    We call out the millions lavishly spent on the PPD budget while our schools starve.
    We call out Maureen Faulkner and the FOP for spreading deceptions about the Mumia Abu-Jamal case for 37 years.
    We call out the heartless corruption of the IN-Justice system on behalf of the (mainly) Black and Brown families and wrongly incarcerated people who suffer.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    16
    Oct
    2019
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    The fascinating true story of a German Jew who risked his life among Nazi soldiers

    ‘Highly readable and admirably informed, a beautiful portrait’ – Enzo Traverso, author of The End of Jewish Modernity

    Europe, 1943: the continent is on a knife edge. The Soviets are destroying the Germans at Stalingrad. The tide is finally beginning to turn against Hitler. Enter Martin Monath, whose short life needs little embellishment. His identity shrouded in mystery, the events of his life read like a detective novel.

    Escaping from Berlin, he arrives in Paris in 1943 and befriends a number of occupying German soldiers – young men who barely remember anything before fascism. In clandestine meetings, the group begin to question the ideals that they’ve been brought up with. With a borrowed printing press, Monath and his comrades in the résistance secretly distribute their own propaganda in an effort to turn German soldiers against their commanders and be part of a revolution to overthrow Nazi rule.

    Drawing on letters and forgotten documents, this is an extraordinary tale of immense bravery, espionage and betrayal.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Discussion with author William Matson and Floyd Clown Sr, the Crazy Horse Family Elder

    The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.

    This book is a compelling addition to the body of works about Crazy Horse and the complicated and often conflicting events of that time period in American History.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    25
    Oct
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019

    Beginning the weekend of 25 October, around the one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life pogrom in the USA, the actions will continue through the weekend of 9 November, marking one month since the attempted pogrom in Halle as well as 81 years since Kristallnacht.

    We see today, as we have seen before, organized violence – sanctioned by the state, blessed by the church, funded and defended by the ruling class – directed against ethnoracial, religious, sexual, and gender minorities. But today we are fighting back, as we always have. And together we say that an attack on any of us is an attack on all of us.

    This call is therefore also a call to solidarity with peoples everywhere struggling for life and for freedom: from Brazil to Burma, Catalunya to Chile, China to Ecuador to Egypt, Germany to Greece to Iraq, Kashmir to Kurdistan, Lebanon to Palestine, Poland to Russia, Sudan to United States and beyond.

    Action Items

    1. Mark your calendars for 25 October – 9 November. Call your own people to action on these dates in solidarity with the Outlive Them International. The Weeks of Action will begin with an anti-fascist Shabbat (called by some of our people in Pittsburgh), and continue through to the International Day of Action on 9 Nov.
    2. Share word of this weekend of action widely. Craft your own call: use or edit our words, images, and resources as you see fit. Come up with the strategies, targets, and tactics best suited to your own community.
    3. In unity is our strength. Reach out to other groups already resisting the murderous far right in your area or start your own. Organize an action together. Forge connections with other oppressed communities that will endure beyond the International Weeks of Action.
    4. Document your actions and those of the oppressors. Share images, stories, and reports with your social networks using the hashtag #OutliveThem. Then share them with us at wewilloutlivethem@protonmail.com. Please include only as much identifying information as participants consent to give.
    5. Be safe, be smart, and be dangerous. Consider people’s needs, capabilities, and vulnerabilities. Plan lower-risk actions that different people can participate in. People may or may not choose to plan higher-risk actions. We ask that all who answer this call be prepared to support each other in case of arrest, detention, or repression.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    28
    Oct
    2019
    3:00 pmA-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue

    When: Monday, October 28th; 6:30-8:30 pm

    Where: A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue

    Join us as we mail our 2019 Running Down the Walls reportback to US held political prisoners. Mailing prisoners news about events a few times a year keeps them in the loop with outside organizing. If you have been wanting to become a penpal of a political prisoner and would like a suggestion of who to write or want to chat about other ideas to free political prisoners we welcome you to do some at this event!

    As always, we encourage anyone who already has a correspondence with a prisoner to attend our monthly events as an opportunity to share snacks with other prison abolitionists while you keep up with your regular correspondence. This month, we will be sending birthday cards to the US-held political prisoner with a birthday in November: Josh Williams (the 25th).

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    31
    Oct
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    For decades, it has been easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

    In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up.

    The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.

    Stolen is a history of finance-led growth and a guide as to how we might escape it. We’ve sat back as financial capitalism has stolen our economies, our environment and even the future itself. Now, we have an opportunity to change course. What happens next is up to us.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019

    On the morning of November 19, 2015, Kevin, 18 years old, in complicity with the night, rode his bicycle to the perimeter of the Gendarmerie School of San Bernardo, armed with a bomb, a lighter and a blade. After the detonation, the police bastard who came after his steps after a long investigation, captures him a few meters from the place, and simultaneously the comrade Joaquín García is kidnapped at his home, both being held captive in the disgusting High Security Jail(CAS), specifically in the section of maximum security (MAS).

    Both are accused of the explosive attack on the 12th San Miguel police station on October 29, a bomb composed of a 6 kilogram extinguisher filled with more than 3 kilos of black powder, about 100 4-inch nails and 50 1-inch nails inside to work as shrapnel, a 1-liter bottle of sulfuric acid and two 1-liter bottle with gasoline, all this activated by a remote control, consisting of a cell phone connected to a 2.5 volt light bulb modified as a detonator , claimed by the “ Gerasimos Tsakalos Deflagrant Cell – International Conspiracy for Vengeance ”, Kevin is also accused of the explosive attack against the Gendarmerie School and an explosive attack on the Chilectra electricity company, on October 16, claimed by the ”Karrkarri Cell”, these last two attacks linked only to Kevin.

    After 7 months in captivity, Kevin request to be transferred to the jail/slaughterhouse Santiago 1. On June 15, 2018, the inquisitor trial towards the comrades begins, declaring them guilty on August 15, to Joaquin for carrying a gun and ammunition, those he carried at the time will be captured while He was a fugitive for break a measure of total house arrest, also the attack on the 12th San Miguel police station, together with Kevin, who also He was declared guilty of the explosive attack on the School of Gendarmeria of El Bosque-San Bernardo. On September 5, 2018; they are sentenced to a total of 13 years in jail for Joaquin and 17 years for Kevin.

    On November 2, when he goes down to the jail yard Kevin is involved in a fight with another prisoner, who seemed to be one of the many daily conflicts that are lived in that place, being wounded in a lethal way, without receiving timely medical assistance, is transferred dead from Santiago 1, an hour and fiveteen minutes later to the Barros Luco external hospital.

    ” I know what I was facing, from the moment I consciously decided to live my life in constant action and not vague wordiness, and I don’t regret anything ”

    A year after his murder, an international call to action is made in vengeance for Kevin’s murder while he was held captive in the jail/slaughterhouse Santiago 1. The call extends to realize multiform vengeance actions, betting on the chaotic praxis of violence throughout November. Leaving aside the utilitarian distortions that have arisen around Kevin, which contradict his words and actions.

    ” That solidarity is not just a groped word, that the solidarity be an wrathful action that gives injections of strength and energy to the heart of each sister in captivity ”

    Vengeance for Kevin, complicity with Joaquin
    FOR THE FREEDOM OF ALL THE PRISONERS OF THE WORLD!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    04
    Nov
    2019
    18:00 – 20:00 Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Discussing the following readings on libertarian municipalism and dual power:

    -Libertarian Socialist Caucus statement on Dual Power: A Strategy To Build Socialism in our Time

    -Build and Fight: The Program and Strategy of Cooperation Jackson (Jackson Rising Chapter 1)

    -Thoughts on Libertarian Municipalism by Murray Bookchin

    -Ready to Fight: Developing a 21st Century Community Syndicalism

    More info: https://dsa-lsc.org/

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    Discussion with co-author Christina Jackson and contributors Emily August, Paul Wolff Mitchell, John Michael, Kat Richter, and Ute Bettray

    Focusing on the body as a visual and discursive platform across public space, we study marginalization as a sociocultural practice and hegemonic schema. Whereas mass incarceration and law enforcement readily feature in discussions of institutionalized racism, we differently highlight understudied sites of normalization and exclusion. Our combined effort centers upon physical contexts (skeletons, pageant stages, gentrifying neighborhoods), discursive spaces (medical textbooks, legal battles, dance pedagogy, vampire narratives) and philosophical arenas (morality, genocide, physician-assisted suicide, cryonic preservation, transfeminism) to deconstruct seemingly intrinsic connections between body and behavior, Whiteness and normativity.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019
    Fri
    20
    Dec
    2019

    November 16, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Ivan “Kostolom” Khutorskoi- a comrade, friend and elder brother.

    He was a significant member of the anti-fascist movement in the beginning of the millennium, one of the leaders of RASH-Moscow. Ivan not only inspired people for the struggle against neo-Nazis who created a lawless environment on the streets of Russian cities, he was an example for us, thanks to his personal qualities: moral courage, devotion to friends, responsibility and kindness. It is impossible to overestimate his contribution to the anti-fascist scene in the Eastern Europe countries.

    We launch a campaign in memory of Ivan and other anti-fascists who died at the hands of right-wing radicals in 21st century.

    We ask you to join the solidarity actions in your city from November 10 to December 10: draw a graffiti, place a banner during football match, make a campaign or an commemoration event. All ideas are welcome. A movie about Ivan is available with the subtitles in different languages https://youtu.be/P_pfgPf3PG0

    Post the photo and text for the campaign with the hashtag #memory161 or/and send it to memory161(at)riseup(dot)net. We also collect information about anti-fascists from all over the world murdered by neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists during last 20 years. Please send photos and texts as well as clarifying questions to memory161(at)riseup(dot)net

    Distribute this text, information about solidarity actions and campaigns among your comrades and on the anti-fascist resources of your cities and countries.

    No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

    [Details here]

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Discussion with author Stuart Schrader and Patrick Blanchfield

    From the Cold War through today, the U.S. has quietly assisted dozens of regimes around the world in suppressing civil unrest and securing the conditions for the smooth operation of capitalism. Casting a new light on American empire, Badges Without Borders shows, for the first time, that the very same people charged with global counterinsurgency also militarized American policing at home.

    In this groundbreaking exposé, Stuart Schrader shows how the United States projected imperial power overseas through police training and technical assistance—and how this effort reverberated to shape the policing of city streets at home. Examining diverse records, from recently declassified national security and intelligence materials to police textbooks and professional magazines, Schrader reveals how U.S. police leaders envisioned the beat to be as wide as the globe and worked to put everyday policing at the core of the Cold War project of counterinsurgency. A “smoking gun” book, Badges without Borders offers a new account of the War on Crime, “law and order” politics, and global counterinsurgency, revealing the connections between foreign and domestic racial control.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    18
    Nov
    2019
    7pm – 8pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Presentation by the french collective Desarmons-les!

    The collective "Let's disarm them!” was founded in 2012 by anarchist activists who for several years faced state violence and were directly affected by the use of grenades and rubber bullets. Invested in major radical anti-capitalist and ecological struggles between 2011 and 2015 (anti-nuclear and against “useless big construction projects”), the collective met other groups opposed to police violence, street medics, but also many victims, mutilated or close to people killed by the police.

    At the end of 2014, "Let's disarm them!” participated in the building of a national network of mutilated people, the “Assembly of the Wounded”. The state of emergency decreed at the end of 2015 after the attacks of Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan fundamentally transformed the French society and the militarization of the public space accelerated between 2015 and 2018, together with a sharp rise of the far right. Members of the collectives were under house arrest and on numerous occasions prohibited from demonstrating, arrested and brought to justice. The revolts against the labor reform and those of the Yellow Vests between 2016 and 2019 were harshly repressed. Many people have been injured, mutilated and imprisoned.

    A member of the collective is organizing an infotour on the East Coast of the United States in November 2019. He proposes to describe the workings of state violence and the evolution of policing in France, from a historical and radical perspective.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2019
    1:30 pmWilliam Way Community Center 1315 Spruce St

    Join us at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia for a roundtable discussion with Miguel Andrade, Adryan Corcione, Jose de Marco, Ian Horst about the historical and current role of revolutionary organizing in the LGBTQ movement, with organizers from the socialist, HIV/AIDS, migrant rights, and prison abolitionist movements.

    Location: 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    There is a wheel chair lift in the front of the building and the event is on the first floor.

  • Fri
    22
    Nov
    2019
    4:00 pm4951 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

    On Friday, November 22nd, the Paul Robeson House will host a reading and discussion with members of the Pinko collective at 7pm.

    Accessibility: No wheelchair entry at this time. Free street parking.

    Location: 4951 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    24
    Nov
    2019
    3:00 pmA-Space (community center)

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019

    Hey folks,
    Our earth is on the brink of ecological collapse, and the exploitation of humans and other animals is reaching dire proportions. Black Friday, an embodiment of the capitalist system which creates these horrific conditions, is fast approaching. This year it falls on the 29th November, coinciding with the Global Climate Strike. To mark the occasion, various forms of creative action and resistance will be taking place in cities worldwide between 25.11.19 and 30.11.19. There are no set rules: everyone is welcome to take part using their own imagination and forms of action which speak to them. Thematically, actions should aim to be direct critiques of capitalism as well as being non-hierarchical in nature and content. Some examples include: ad-busting, banner drops, blockades, sabotage (e.g. gluing locks or spraying/smashing windows) and so on. The idea is to have this coordinated week of action culminate on the 29th, retaking this day as a symbol of resistance against capitalist consumerism.

    To create a unified picture of the actions, here are some hashtags to use: #BlockBlackFriday, #SystemCrash2911 and #BloodFriday.

    For collective communication there is an online notepad which everyone can access, the login details for which can be found here: cryptpad.fr/pad/#/2/pad/edit/G-wwvPMGnU9SC8DoDPqwdicn/

    There is also a Twitter account on which everyone is encouraged to publish their own individual action reports. Contributions should reflect the plurality of individuals personal and varying perspectives rather than than seeming to come from a single organised group, so that everyone feels welcome to take part.

    Folks are invited to create other social media channels, which they can make accessible for everyone else via the online notepad.

    Please also use your political networks to distribute this call to action.

    With love and rage!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2019
    3:00 pmA-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.

    Join us once again for monthly letter-writing to either strike up correspondence with someone new or keep up your correspondence with an existing penpal in prison.

    When: Monday, November 25th, 6:30-8:30pm

    Where: A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.

    Bring only yourself or friends and comrades. All letter-writing supplies and snacks are provided.

    This month we will be sending letters to Russell Maroon Shoatz. Maroon is serving life in prison after being charged with four other known Black Panther Party members for an attack on a police station, committed by unknown persons presumably in retaliation for Frank Rizzo’s persecution of the BPP and tensions arising from police brutality and police killings of Black youth.  Maroon has not wavered in his commitment to Black liberation and community involvement despite almost 22 years in solitary confinement before he was transferred into general population in 2014 after a lawsuit filed on his behalf.

    Earlier this year, Maroon experienced some health issues resulting in a lengthy stay in the infirmary and an operation that revealed Stage 4 colorectal cancer. He has since been transferred to the medical facility at SCI Fayette for chemotherapy. This facility is further from family and loved ones, so we’ll send him some extra mail and also will be co-hosting the upcoming December 7th Healing and Justice fundraiser to support him as well as Dr. Mutulu Shakur, the inspiration for the annual H&J events held all over North America.

    We will also send birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in December: Muhammad Burton (the 15th), Chelsea Manning (the 17th), and Casey Brezik (the 29th).

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019
    7:00 pmPeople's Education Center 5443 Germantown Ave

    Stories from the Hole about hunger strikes, poisoned water, and the power of political resistance.

    The Human Rights Coalition presents A Panel Discussion and a Screening of a Speech of long-term political prisoner Russel "Maroon" Shoatz.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    The Philadelphia Rojava Solidarity Network Presents:

    A Film Screening and Discussion

    The International Volunteers with the Kurdish YPG

    In the summer of 2017 the Kurdish revolution in Northern Syria was in full swing. Aside from politically transforming their homeland under the principles of direct democracy, gender equality and ethnic pluralism, the Kurdish People's Defense Forces (YPG), under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces, have surrounded the ISIS capital of Raqqa. ISIS, who had viciously attacked the Kurdish city of Kobani just two years earlier, were now on the defensive. Amongst the mines and rubble, a group of international volunteers under Kurdish command push deep into Raqqa city, eventually leading to the surrender or ISIS. This is their story.

    [Detail Here]

  • Fri
    29
    Nov
    2019

    No compromises:
    No compromises with climate
    justice – And in the defense of the revolution in Rojava

    The upcoming Global Strike 4 Future of the global justice movement on 29th November will be marked by worldwide protests by thousands of people from Chile to Rojava, from Hong Kong to Iran. They all fight for the interests of the people and of nature, and they demand a self-determined and dignified life, not according to the standards of power and profit. Faced with times the climate crisis, politics and businesses are trying to present their poor compromises as great solutions. And the world powers celebrate themselves as peacemakers in the war in Rojava, while bombs from Turkish NATO planes continue to bomb people and destroy nature. All those who are on the worldwide streets know that real climate justice and global peace can only be achieved with fundamental systemic change.

    Defending Rojava means defending the construction of an ecological society

    The governments of the European states, as well as Russia and the USA, are ready to sacrifice our future for their interests and for economic profit. And the social revolution in Rojava, based on the values of women’s liberation, ecology and radical democracy, means nothing to these states in their efforts to redivide the Middle East. These states actively support the destruction of this social upheaval, because Rojava is a worldwide alternative for all people who disagree with the existing and are looking for solutions to the ecological, political, economic and social crises. Therefore, it is our responsibility as an ecological movement to continue to defend Rojava against the interests of power, profit and fascism.

    The future of FridaysforFuture is not in the institutions, but to build an ecological-democratic society

    For more than a year now we have been on strike every Friday, trying to convince with better arguments, demanding politicians to act. However, politicians do not act, they cannot be convinced. What now? What do we do if arguments are not enough, if formulating demands does not change anything? The consequence of these experiences is not the “march through the institutions”, as some of FridaysforFuture have already demanded, but rather the consequence is to become a movement that can implement an alternative itself. Not to trust in the state, to know one’s own strength and to be able to formulate concrete alternatives is one of the most important experiences we made in Rojava.

    We, therefore, call on everyone to take part in the global day of action on 29th November. United together, let us send a clear message of international solidarity with Rojava and the protests in Chile, Hon Kong, Iran and Bolivia. Let us defend together the social values of a community living collectively in solidarity with nature.

    Like the sea we rise! For climate justice and Rojava

    Make Rojava Green Again

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    29
    Nov
    2019

    Everyone pays for the rich to get richer. We pay with our labor, working to fill their pockets. We pay with skyrocketing rent as they gentrify us out of our homes. We pay with the destruction of the environment, the erasure of our communities, the stress in our day-to-day lives. We pay for things that used to be free, like water. We pay taxes so they can hire more cops to terrorize us. Everyone pays, but only they benefit.

    We could talk about the high cost of living—but who’s really living?

    On November 29, nobody pays. This is a call for a strike addressing all the ways they are squeezing us, all the ways they are making it impossible to live.

    There’s a call in Seattle for a fare strike on public transit. In Portland, people are rallying on November 29 in Pioneer Square; in San Francisco, people are meeting at 16th and Mission. There have been demonstrations about transit costs and enforcement in New York City for weeks already and more are scheduled this week. Chicago is in on this, too. Wherever you are, you can organize something or carry out an action with your friends.

    A strike is a blow. It’s not just a boycott; it means interrupting the system, stopping it from working. At the least, you could avoid paying the fare on public transit in your city. But it’s better to make our refusal public and collective. Hop the turnstiles all together. Open up the gates and intervene if security tries to harass anyone. Sabotage the machines. Make the walls proclaim “Nobody Pays!” with posters or spray paint. Set up a table and give out literature about why no one should have to pay, ever. Establish a fare dodgers’ union like they did in Sweden.

    People around the world are in revolt against the rising cost of living. In Ecuador, people occupied the parliament and forced the government to cancel all the new austerity measures. In Chile, mass fare evasions gave birth to a countrywide revolt that even the military could not suppress. From Paris to Beirut and Hong Kong, people are recognizing that our only hope is to resist together.

    November 29 comes on the cusp of the 20-year anniversary of the demonstrations that shut down the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle in 1999, showing the power of direct action to change history. Today, opposition to capitalism has spread widely, but it’s up to us to spread the practices of resistance that will make us ungovernable.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    04
    Dec
    2019
    7:30 pmWooden Shoe Books 704 South St

    -book tour-

    Emerging from a study group on strategy, Deceiving the Sky is a
    collectively produced book, resource and study guide. While the word
    "strategy" can evoke hierarchy, centralization and a satellite's-eye
    view of the world, we feel it is necessary to strengthen our own
    strategic reflexes. We believe that strategy can be a lens, an
    orientation to the world that understands existence as a shifting array
    of forces, capacities and intentions. Deceiving the Sky is an attempt to
    build a new language that we can share, to develop our collective
    capacity for strategic thinking, to become more powerful together.

    Dec. 4th at 7:30pm
    Wooden Shoe Books
    704 South St

    [Submission]

  • Fri
    06
    Dec
    2019
    3PM-6PMA-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave

    It's been 20 years so, this week, we are going to look back at the Battle of Seattle aka the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. We will be watching the classic documentary Breaking the Spell and a few shorter videos.

    For many anarchists in North America, the events in Seattle signaled a new phase of street action. The actions in Seattle informed and inspired anarchist engagement with the anti-globalization movement and other demonstrations in North America for years after. Not to mention that the tactics developed in this period still shape anarchist activity 20 years later.

    We will watch this documentary and discuss the events in 1999 to consider what is still relevant now. What can we get from taking another look at this stage of anarchist organizing? Is there any remaining untapped potential or lessons still to be learned?

    Anarchy Afternoons begins at Friday 3:00pm
    Documentary 3:30
    Shorter film clips 5-6pm

    [Detail Here]

  • Sat
    07
    Dec
    2019
    7:00 amSix Fishes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs & Massage 2308 Grays Ferry Ave

    Book an appointment for acupuncture, massage or an herbal consultation for yourself or as a gift for someone who deserves it. Through his revolutionary work with Lincoln Detox, Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture, Dr. Shakur utilized acupuncture to not only heal but also empower. In honor of this legacy, licensed acupuncturists, massage therapists and herbalists will come together at Six Fishes Neighborhood Acupuncture to provide care for sliding scale donations of $25- $50.

    Donations are tax-deductible & support Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for the Black community. In solidarity with long-term political prisoner from Philadelphia who is battling cancer, Russell Maroon Shoatz, a portion of proceeds from the event will go to his support fund. Cash is accepted or for a tax deduction, bring check or money order made out to CAD.

    Since space is limited, use the form below to schedule an appointment: http://mutulushakur.com/site/2019/11/healing-justice-philadelphia-2019/

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2019

    The campaigns #Riseup4Rojava, #WomenDefendRojava and #DefendRojava call for an international day of action on 14 December 2019 under the motto "Together against fascism and patriarchy! - Defend the Rojava Revolution together".

    The joint statement of the three internationalist campaigns reads as follows:

    “The war of aggression started by the Turkish army and its jihadist allies on 9 October 2019 against the Democratic Federation of Northern and Eastern Syria, brought with it a phase of global solidarity and resistance. The past weeks have made it clear to us all that the resistance of the peoples of Northern Syria is inseparable from the global struggle against patriarchy, fascism and capitalism. Around the world, millions of people protest against social justice and capitalist exploitation. The protests of Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia and Catalonia are united by the call for a world of social justice.

    It has been shown that without smashing fascism in Turkey no democratic achievements in the other parts of Kurdistan as well as in the Middle East can be secured. Until recently, North and East Syria was an oasis of stability in the country.  Under the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria, 5 million Syrians of various ethnic and religious backgrounds – Kurds, Arabs, Christians (Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Syriacs), Turkmens, Chechens, Alevites, and Yazidis – peacefully coexisted.

    On one hand it was and is the resistance of the fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the self-defense fighters of the YPG and YPJ who forced the Turkish fascist state and the international powers to limit the Turkish aggression with so-called agreements and cease-fires. And on the other hand, it was the hundreds of thousands of people in countless cities worldwide who formed a bridge of hope to Rojava.

    The international policies against Rojava - be it the direct war policy of Turkey, the indirect support by the USA, Russia and the EU or the ignorance of international organizations like the UN - show that there is an international coalition against the revolution in Rojava, which aims to destroy the hope for a better world, which is created through the new alternative democracy in North and East Syria/Rojava and preserve the status of international colony of Kurdistan.

    The construction of a system in Rojava based on radical democracy, women's liberation and ecology is a historical step for the revolution in Kurdistan and the democratization of the whole Middle East. This victory captivated the world and marked a new beginning for the oppressed peoples of the region, who built a system of self-governance that gave a voice to all of the region’s communities. The international solidarity with Rojava shows that the struggle for liberation is international and boundless!

    The mass extermination campaign of the fascist Turkish regime continues unabated. It expresses itself by thousands of political prisoners, the destruction of world cultural heritage, nature and Kurdish cities, forced administrations, the de facto abolition of the right to vote and the attacks and ethnic cleansing, on Rojava. These attacks take place with the support of the international community of states. The peoples of North and East Syria continue to challenge us with their resistance to defend the revolution and make it the cradle of global democracy.

    With this in mind, we call for an international day of action on 14 December 2019. Let us carry our anger together against the Turkish war of aggression, on the streets and public squares. Let us break the state of normality. As long as the killing continues, the resistance must continue.

    Solidarity with the worldwide people’s resistance!

    Together against fascism and patriarchy!”

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    20
    Dec
    2019
    3:00 pmA-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave

    Someone said Bee Movie had anarchist themes. We are going to screen this movie for no other reason than to find out. And maybe it's funny?

    It's the last Anarchy Afternoon of the year!

    Open hours begins at 3:00
    Movie at 3:30

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    22
    Dec
    2019
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Dec
    2019
    6:30pm-8:30pmA-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave

    Join Philly Anarchist Black Cross for a Winter Solstice Card Party on Monday, 12/23, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at A-Space! (4722 Baltimore Ave)

    We will send cards and warm wishes to our friends and comrades inside. Maintaining and building relationships with them is the crux of what we do, so we will be sending cards to U.S.-held PPs and POWs. Light refreshments will be provided and folks are welcome to come use the time as a regularly scheduled time to correspond with current penpals inside prison as well.

    We will also be mailing birthday cards to those who have birthdays in January: Fran Thompson (3rd), Jeremy Hammond (8th), Abdul Azeez (9th), Sundiata Acoli (13th), Joseph “Joe-Joe” Bowen (15th), and Marius Mason (25th),

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    24
    Dec
    2019
    We're not the best with words but this is a call to action. Tuesday, 12/24, Christmas Eve SEPTA fare strike. Nobody pays, crew up, hop with yr friends, hit the bus driver with the "hey man I lost my card can ya help me out?" We've got copies of fliers coming we're gonna throw up, feel free to make your own, relevant points of information are on the attachment but here's again. FARE STRIKE 12/24 NOBODY PAYS
    FUCK SEPTA
    WAR ON CHRISTMAS 2019
    R.I.P BRYANT HENRY JR.
    COPS ARE THE ABSOLUTE ENEMY
    Solidarity with Chile, New York City, and the fucking Puget Sound.
    With all the love we got,
    Some anarchists
    [Submission]
  • Tue
    24
    Dec
    2019
    3:00 pmCity hall
    SEPTA, along with all of this country's sorely lacking public transit, is paid for with the tax dollars of the American people. then, after taking our money, they have the balls to charge us for the "privilege" of getting to work, visiting out friends and whatever the hell else people want to do that isn't in walking distance.
    The goal of this action, along with being a strike against the injustice faced in daily life under capitalism and showing support for similar actions taking place across the world, is to demonstrate what we are capable of when acting collectively. A life free from coercion is possible. The first step is acting like we're already there, even if only for a day. Public transit should be free, so we're taking it upon ourselves to make that true.
    hop, swipe your homies, hold the emergency door, do whatever whenever where ever as long as no one pays
    City hall, 3 PM 12/24/19
    [Submission]
  • Tue
    31
    Dec
    2019

    This is a call for a raucous night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state on one of the noisiest nights of the year. On New Year’s Eve gather your crew, collective, community, organization, or just yourself and come together to raise a racket and remind those on the inside that they are not alone.

    Internationally, noise demonstrations outside of prisons are a way to remember those who are held captive by the state and a way to show solidarity with imprisoned comrades and loved ones. We come together to break the loneliness and isolation.

    We know that prison is beyond reform and must be completely abolished. It is a mechanism of repression used by the state to maintain a social order rooted in white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. To come together outside of the sites of repression is to also stand in defiance of what they represent.

    The logic of the state and capital—of punishment and imprisonment, must be replaced by a rejection of oppression and exploitation. This call is one step in that direction.

    Wherever you are, meet on New Year’s Eve at the prisons, jails, and detention centers, be loud in solidarity with those imprisoned and to push forward the idea of a world free from domination.

    We send this call in solidarity with those defying state repression of large scale dissent: from the anarchist uprising in Chile to those in Exarchia facing repression as anarchist anti-state organizers, and all of those in the spaces between.

    We want a world without walls and borders.

    We will fight together until everyone is free!

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    07
    Jan
    2020
    Sun
    12
    Jan
    2020

    Unceded and sovereign Wet’suwet’en land is under attack. On December 31, 2019, BC Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting our traditional territories from the destruction of multiple pipelines, including Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline. Hereditary Chiefs of all five Wet’suwet’en clans have rejected Church’s decision, which criminalizes Anuk ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law), and have issued and enforced an eviction of CGL’s workers from the territory.  The last CGL contractor was escorted out by Wet’suwet’en Chiefs on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

    We watched communities across Canada and worldwide rise up with us in January 2019 when the RCMP violently raided our territories and criminalized us for upholding our responsibilities towards our land. Our strength to act today comes from the knowledge that our allies across Canada and around the world will again rise up with us, as they did for Oka, Gustafsen Lake, and Elsipogtog, shutting down rail lines, ports, and industrial infrastructure and pressuring elected government officials to abide by UNDRIP. The state needs to stop violently supporting those members of the 1% who are stealing our resources and condemning our children to a world rendered uninhabitable by climate change.

    Light your sacred fires and come to our aid as the RCMP prepares again to enact colonial violence against Wet’suwet’en people.

    We ask that all actions taken in solidarity are conducted peacefully and according to the laws of the Indigenous nation(s) of that land.

    For more information:

    Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit

    Donate to Unist’ot’en

    Donate to Gidimt’en

  • Sat
    11
    Jan
    2020
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PMWooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St

    A new video collage reflecting on the raw moments of the 2014 Ferguson riots. A film for the wild ones, the anarchists, and the dreamers...

    More info: https://touchthesky.noblogs.org/

    110 minutes followed by a short discussion

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    13
    Jan
    2020
    Sun
    19
    Jan
    2020

    “THOSE WHO FORGET THE POLITICAL PRISONERS FORGET THE STRUGGLE”

    More than 80 days after the social outbreak in Chile, the struggle and social organization persists in the unwavering conviction of confronting and breaking with the model of power and economy that has perpetuated inequalities, injustices and abuses for decades.

    Undoubtedly the revolt that still breathes in Chile means this is a turning point with no return, it is within a long journey of struggle that has also brought with it a hard cost: hundreds and hundreds of prisoners of the revolt that are today in the different prisons in this territory. Each week this number increases and in an obvious phenomenon of mass incarceration the State seeks to intimidate and criminalize social protest. We speak of political prisoners of the revolt because of the fact of the mass imprisonment of social fighters after the outbreak of the 18th [October], responding to a political decision of the State and not to technical/legal criteria, understanding the complicity between the different powers of the State in order to perpetuate the existing model of control. That is why we make this call for international solidarity with the prisoners of the revolt in order to reveal the political condition of their imprisonment and demand their immediate freedom. We extend this call appealing to the multiple initiatives and solidarity actions that arise in each territory.

    THOSE WHO FORGET THE POLITICAL PRISONERS FORGET THE STRUGGLE!

    IMMEDIATE FREEDOM TO THE PRISONERS OF THE REVOLT!

    CO-ORDINATION FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE OCTOBER 18th POLITICAL PRISONERS

    If you want to send any pictures of actions to the comrades in Chile, use this email: cnacionalinternacional18p.p (at) gmail (dot) com

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    17
    Jan
    2020

    January 17th Day of Action to Stop Line 3

    From the headwaters of the Mississippi River, a call reverberates across
    Turtle Island: Stop Line 3!

    The Dakota and Anishinaabeg people have lived, died, and cared for the
    waters in what’s now “Minnesota” since long before the founding of the
    United States. Enbridge Inc. proposes to place a tar sands pipeline
    across the lands and waters of indigenous people in northern Minnesota—a
    project called ‘Line 3’. This pipeline proposes to cross 211
    waterbodies, some of the richest wild rice beds in the world, and
    violate the treaty rights of Anishinaabeg negotiated in 1837, 1854, and
    1855. The Minnesota segment of Line 3 is the final holdout of a pipeline
    planned to send 1M barrels per day of oil sands from Alberta to the
    western edge of Lake Superior. Line 3 represents a 10% increase in tar
    sands production.

    As the state of Minnesota weighs the final water crossing permits needed
    to build Line 3, we invite you to join us for a day of joyful,
    exuberant, and playful public engagement with the possibilities for life
    without oil. Indigenous, settler, migrant—we all agree: a world of
    extraction is not the world we want!

    When we take action to support the Dakota and Anishinaabeg preserve
    their homelands and culture, together we open possibilities for
    reinventing our lives beyond colonialism and capitalism. You don’t have
    to be part of an organization, a government, or some other structured
    system to want something else. We want ethical ways of relating to each
    other and to the earth. This is the only home we have. From January 17th
    – January 19th we call all beings who want something different to gather
    and display this desire using the hashtag #StopLine3. From banner drops
    to rallies to roving street parties to demonstrations to teach-ins,
    anything that helps spread our joy and defiance is welcome.

    The possiblities for another world exist now.

    Website: https://lifewithoutline3.home.blog/
    Instagram: @WaterIsLifeJ17

    [Submission]

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    7:00 PM – 8:30 PMFirst Unitarian Church of Philadelphia 2125 Chestnut St

    For our second reading group, we will be diving into The Progressive Plantation: Racism Inside White Radical Social Change Groups by Lorenzo Ervin.

    The last two weeks were spent discussing Pedagogy of the Oppressed and it’s possible applications to our own organizing. Feel free to bring friends, family, or roommates. We also welcome folks to add discussion questions to this Google Doc to enrich our conversation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11ihOI5W6KcSTBSRIOA1BFLYR4UxlpXJ9bBMqZkaF7S0

    Here is the essay: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/lorenzo-kom-boa-ervin-the-progressive-plantation-racism-inside-white-radical-social-change-grou

    Thank you to all who have come and created a space of learning from and with each other. We hope to keep this spirit alive in our future education projects. See y’all Tuesday!

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    24
    Jan
    2020

    RAM-Philly will be having our first study session soon. It will be next Friday, January 24th! We will be reading The Combahee River Collective statement and a history of indigenous societies in Pennsylvania prior to colonialism. Please let us know if you’d like to attend.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    26
    Jan
    2020
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space (community center) 4722 Baltimore Ave

    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    27
    Jan
    2020
    3:00 pmA-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.

    January’s letter writing supports Michael Kimble - a Black, gay anarchist serving a life sentence for the murder of a white, homophobic, racist bigot. January 27th, 6:30-8:30pm A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave. Come on out!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020
    Mon
    17
    Feb
    2020

    We’re coming up on the anniversary of the Vaughn prison uprising in Smyrna, Delaware, which took place on February 1st, 2017. Now, three years later and the trials for the Vaughn 17 are over, with only 2 convictions, the remaining defendants exonerated, and two now home! One comrade has departed our world (Rest in Power Kelly Gibbs). But the work is not over until EVERY ONE is free.

    To commemorate the Vaughn 17 collective, we started a website: www.vaughn17.com. All their writing and art will be posted there.

    While the state may conspire to divide them, the love for self-liberation is stronger than distance and bars. In the words of Jarreau “Ruk” Ayers:

    “I would rather acknowledge my plight, no matter how painful that truth may be that consciously engage in positive actions that affect systematic change to those conditions, rather than embrace an illusion that the fight isn’t already upon me and simply suffer on my knees in silence.

    I would never! Ever! Implore that belief system on anyone!!!

    Peace and Solidarity”

    Join us for 17 days for the Vaughn 17 and commit to a day of solidarity. Obviously we cannot tell you what liberation looks like, but Dwayne “BIM” Staats (Believing in Myself) has some suggestions for solidarity actions:

    • Drop a banner
    • Host a food drive and feed your community
    • Get out on the streets like Malcolm X and talk to people about it
    • Organize a mini march

    We encourage you to get creative and do it your own style. If you and your comrades do something (and it’s okay to publicly share), be sure to capture the moment and send in a photo or summary and tag @freevaughn17 on Instagram and Twitter.

    – Coalition to Free the Vaughn17

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020

    We invite: the peoples of Mexico and the world; organizations and collectives of workers of the countryside, city, and seas; women; students; children; elders; and those across the range of sexual diversity to:

    DAYS OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF TERRITORY AND MOTHER EARTH
    “WE ARE ALL SAMIR”

    On the following dates:

    February 20, 2020: Local actions in Mexico and around the world in Defense of Territory and Mother Earth; in demand of justice for our dead, disappeared, and imprisoned; and against the megaprojects of death.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    21
    Feb
    2020
    3:00 PM – 6:00 PMA-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave

    During this week's open hours, we are going to be watching short films about the Unistʼotʼen Camp.

    To our north, this month has witnessed an explosion of actions intended to "shut down Canada" with blockades of rail lines cancelling passenger service trains across the country and paralyzing freight shipment. In the cities, protests have blocked streets, highways, and bridges. The present wave of resistance can be traced to the Unistʼotʼen camp's decade-long battle against proposed pipelines in unceded Wetʼsuwetʼen territory. We will watch films and discuss this history to get a clearer picture of what has been happening.

    For more information on recent events: https://itsgoingdown.org/from-sea-to-sea-train-blockades-colonialism-and-canadian-rail-history/

    3:00 open hours
    4:00 films

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020
    Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020

    We must not forget the anarchists and anti-fascists suffering repression in Russia! We are calling for people to take action of all forms to express support for these prisoners, to protest the prison system, and to spread information about the use of torture as an instrument of repression in Russia.

    On February 10, in Penza, a town 630 kilometers from Moscow, the court passed sentence on seven people accused of organizing the so-called “anarchist terrorist community ‘Network.’” The entire case is based on confessions the defendants were forced to agree to via intense torture as well as weapons planted by police and an extremely tenuous accusation that they were “planning to plan terrorist actions to overthrow the government of Russia.” Considering that we are talking about a “crime” without victims that involved no action and no plan, the sentences decreed by the court are shockingly draconian. Dmitry Pchelintsev and Ilya Shakursky, the supposed organizers of this fabricated “Network,” were sentenced to 18 years and 16 years in prison, respectively. The others have been sentenced as follows: Arman Sagynbaev 6 years, Andrei Chernov 14 years, Vasily Kuksov 9 years, Mikhail Kulkov 10 years, and Maxim Ivankin 13 years of imprisonment.

    Scientists, journalists, human rights defenders, and other groups in Russia have protested and demanded that the sentence be repealed.

    International solidarity is especially important at this moment because the “Network case” is not over. In St. Petersburg, two more people, Viktor Filinkov and Julian Boyarshinov, await trial on related charges. The next court hearings are planned for February 25-28. This is why we ask that solidarity actions take place the last week of February.

    Many other anarchists and anti-fascists in Russia are experiencing repression and torture, including Azat Miftahov, Ilia Romanov, Egor Lesnyh, Evgeny Karakashev, and Kirill Kuzminkin. They too deserve our attention and support.

    If there is a Russian consulate or embassy in your city, consider organizing an action in front of it! Failing that, you could consider what other appropriate venues or targets are available, or simply paint a beautiful banner and hold a public gathering to inform people of the situation.

    Email action reports to rupression@protonmail.com or via Telegram to @RUPRESSION_bot or Rupression social networks.

    We will inform the prisoners about any actions that take place.

    For more information about the Network case, details of financial support and prisoners addresses: rupression.com

    YOUR TORTURE WILL NOT KILL OUR IDEAS!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    23
    Feb
    2020
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PMA-Space 4722 Batimore Ave
    This will be our monthly meeting to discuss, the business, solidarity activities and organizing of the Philadelphia Industrial workers of the World General Membership Branch.
  • Mon
    24
    Feb
    2020
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Discussion with author Daniel Denvir
    It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. After all, here was a president who organized his campaign around a rhetoric of unvarnished racism and xenophobia. Among his first acts on taking office was to issue an executive order blocking Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. But although his actions may often seem unprecedented, they are not as unusual as many people believe. This story doesn’t begin with Trump. For decades, Republicans and Democrats alike have employed xenophobic ideas and policies, declaring time and again that “illegal immigration” is a threat to the nation’s security, wellbeing, and future.

    The profound forces of all-American nativism have, in fact, been pushing politics so far to the right over the last forty years that, for many people, Trump began to look reasonable. As Daniel Denvir argues, issues as diverse as austerity economics, free trade, mass incarceration, the drug war, the contours of the post 9/11 security state, and, yes, Donald Trump and the Alt-Right movement are united by the ideology of nativism, which binds together assorted anxieties and concerns into a ruthless political project.

    All-American Nativism provides a powerful and impressively researched account of the long but often forgotten history that gave us Donald Trump.
    Daniel Denvir is a fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute and host of The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine. His journalistic work covers criminal justice, the drug war, immigration, and politics, and has appeared in the New York Times, Jacobin, Vox, Nation, Guardian, and elsewhere.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    25
    Feb
    2020
    8:00 AM – 10:00 AM1701 JFK Blvd

    Join Indigenous 215 & Extinction Rebellion Philadelphia as we answer the international callout for solidarity actions with the Wet'suwet'en.

    We will be holding a solidarity rally Tuesday morning at 1701 JFK Blvd with speakers from Indigenous 215 highlighting the Wet'suwet'en struggle and how it relates to other fights for Indigenous sovereignty across the continent.

    The Wet'suwet'en are under attack for defending their sovereignty and protecting their traditional territories. Coastal Gaslink/TransCanada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian government are illegally building a liquified natural gas pipeline through unceded Wet'suwet'en territory. Because the territory is unceded, it is not part of Canada and the Canadian government has no jurisdiction without consent from the Wet'suwet'en. They have called for solidarity actions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities who uphold Indigenous sovereignty and recognize the urgency of stopping resource extraction projects that threaten the lives of future generations.

    For more info see Unist'ot'en Camp, Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory, and the Wet'suwet'en Supporter Toolkit - http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020/. To find more ways to support, visit http://unistoten.camp/support-us/.

    #WetsuwetenStrong #Unistoten #ReconciliationIsDead #RevolutionIsAlive #UncededMeansNOTCanada #CanadaOutOfWetsuweten

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020
    6:00 pm
    RAM-Philly will be hosting our second reading group on Thursday, February 27th at 6pm! We will be reading chapter 7 "Liberation" of "Our History is Our Future" by Nick Estes. Please email us for information!
    [Email: ramphilly@protonmail.com]
  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020
    19:00 – 21:00Wooden Shoe 704 South St

    Author AK Thompson in conversation with Kim Kelly

    This year marks the tenth anniversary of AK Thompson’s classic book Black Bloc, White Riot. Join AK Thompson and Kim Kelly for a lively discussion to consider what has changed—and what hasn’t—since the book was first released. How have street-level political confrontations evolved in the Trump era, and what can we learn from our past? Come find out on March 1st!

    AK Thompson got kicked out of high school for publishing an underground newspaper called The Agitator and has been an activist and social theorist ever since. Currently a Professor of Social Movements and Social Change at Ithaca College, his publications include Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research (2006),Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (2010), Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016), Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (2017), and, most recently, Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt (2018). Between 2005 and 2012, he served on the Editorial Committee of Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.

    Kim Kelly is a freelance writer and organizer based in Philadelphia. She is currently the labor columnist for Teen Vogue, and her writings on labor, politics, and culture have appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Pacific Standard, and many others. She is a proud member of and councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East, and has been active in multiple organizing and contract campaigns (including serving as a worker-organizer for the VICE Union) since 2015.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2020
    7pm – 9pmWooden Shoe Books, 704 South St

    Join a free public discussion of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, There There by Tommy Orange, as facilitated by Indigenous 215 members Felicia Teter and Priscilla Anacakuyani Bell.

    Felicia (they/them) is a Black & Yakama trans*nb queer state & police abolitionist. They grew up on the Yakama Nation in so-called “Washington” and now live in Coaquannock in so-called “Philadelphia,” a small part of greater Lenapehoking. They focus on Black & Native liberation, self-determination, & sovereignty via direct action, transformative justice, and mutual aid & community building. They organize with Indigenous 215, Philly for REAL Justice, Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement - Philly, Black Alliance for Peace, and independent frontline Indigenous-led fights for sovereignty & environmental protection including Standing Rock, L’eau est la Vie, and Yalui Village.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2020
    From Somewhere: Call for a Subversive, Anarcho-Feminist and Dissident March

    This society is structured from diverse chains of oppression that intersect, we understand that only radical confrontation is capable of ending each one of them. These heavy chains have the patriarchy as one of their main bases. That’s why we are calling for a subversive, anarcho-feminist and dissident March.

    We see the confrontation against patriarchy not as a partial struggle, the destruction of authority in its multiple dimensions cannot be separated from the constant questioning of and confrontation with macho forms and behaviors. March has historically been a combative month and we intend to keep it that way.

    We are critical of the hegemonic positions of social democratic feminism, which marginalizes and excludes non-regulated sexualities and bodies. Genders are imposed social constructions of which we are not interested in being a part of, we appeal to a complete deconstruction of our ways of seeing ourselves and relating to each other…without rules of what we want to be.

    At the same time we do not see the anti-patriarchal struggle as being distant from an anti-speciesist practice. The exercise of dominion is transversal to all species, so the liberation has to be total. In the same way we face the oppressions that rationalized bodies experience.

    We summon to this month all the individualities and/or collectives to join the confrontation against any institution, symbolic or material representation that raises and/or represents and/or propagates male domination. We begin this month of anti-patriarchcal and anarchist struggle, which like so many others will take to the streets, not to celebrate, nor to ask for rights or equality.

    We are freely associated anti-authoritarians, we distance ourselves from any group, collective or coordinating petitioner that advocates reforming the current system of domination, we don’t demand anything from any type of institution, we are not interested in the humanization of capitalism. From those who have the monopoly on power and violence we only want their destruction. Changes in our lives will come from us mutually supporting each other among equal partners. Sisterhood seen from a perspective that emphasizes with anyone who identifies as a woman does not interest us, our solidarity is with our comrades who walk on the same side of the barricades, social or psychological determinisms in terms of gender are not a reason to form any kind of comradeship. Those who choose to exercise authority as police and/or judges in whatever form, immediately become our enemy and we do not care about the social, biological or psychological conditions of these women.

    This day, March 8, we call on all marginalized people, those of us who have moved away from reformist, citizen and pacifist positions, to form a dissident anarcho-feminist black bloc. Comrades, let’s take the streets, let’s fill them propaganda and anti-authoritarian actions, validating the beautiful practice of political violence.

    ANTI-PATRIARCHAL STRUGGLE AGAINST THE STATE AND CAPITAL.

    FOR TOTAL LIBERATION, LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2020
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PMWooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St

    The Indigenous graphic novel from Philadelphia’s oldest colonial institution

    Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga is a graphic novel about the Paxton massacres of 1763. However, as the title suggests, the Paxton vigilantes associated with this tragedy are peripheral to this story. This volume introduces new interpreters and new bodies of evidence in order to foreground indigenous victims and survivors in ways that colonial printed records – with their focus on colonial elites – cannot do alone. Written, illustrated, and published by indigenous partners, Ghost River confronts several challenges that accompany studies of early America. How can we tell difficult stories that don’t reproduce past assumptions? Can we recollect tragedy without eulogizing it? And how can acts of artistic reinterpretation reveal the fluidity of history, memory, and collective mythology? Creative Director Will Fenton will grapple with these questions and discuss his experience editing and curating a Native graphic novel and public art exhibition at one of the oldest colonial institutions in the nation, the Library Company of Philadelphia.

    Will Fenton is the Director of Scholarly Innovation at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Editor and Curator of Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga. He earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University (Department of English, 2018), where he specialized in early American literature and the digital humanities.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2020
    6:00 pmWooden Shoe 704 South St

    What a good reading! We'll be meeting at @woodenshoebooks on 3/24 at 6 PM to discuss. Come join us!

    The votes are in! This month’s continent-wide reading groups are going to read… THE TYRANNY OF STRUCTURELESSNESS Jo Freeman’s anarcha-feminist classic detailing how leaderless groups can use structure to prevent hierarchies from forming! SIGN UP HERE: docs.google.com/document/d/1…

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2020
    6:00 pmZoom Call

    Bored during COVID-19 lockdown? We're organizing a reading group of the Disposessed by Ursula K Leguin to take place over a zoom call. Our first reading group will be 3/31st at 6 PM. Signup: forms.gle/mvCUvf11EsxWbVNX8 Don't have a copy? Check it out here: drnissani.net/mnissani/Revol…
    Just a note: we'll be reading chapters 1-6 for the first group!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    01
    Apr
    2020
    Thu
    30
    Apr
    2020

    This April, 2020, we invite you to participate in a month of actions and events for comrade Bomani Shakur.

    Bomani Shakur has been showering our world with beautiful gifts. His words and actions haven’t missed a beat in elevating those he knows and even those he has never met. Shakur is best known for the 1993 Lucasvile Uprising, a rebellion inside the walls of an Ohio prison against tyranny and harsh conditions.

    In the aftermath Bomani was falsely accused of having murdered prisoners and having “led a death squad.” No physical evidence connects him to the murders that took place when the prison in Lucasville was in uprising. The verdict itself only came about due to a forced testimony by a prisoner turned snitch. In 2004 Bomani wrote a book called Condemned, to highlight his life and the truth about what happened. Prisoners organizing, confronting their oppressor and the organizers being attacked by the state as retaliation is nothing new. In 1971 prisoners in San Quentin, California revolted, George Jackson was killed and Hugo Pinell would spend the following 44 years in California’s harshest prisons only to be stabbed to death in 2015 by white supremacists. It’s important to recognize that prisoners stand up, organize and are attacked by the state for it. In response, the prisoner strikes back by persevering, surviving and continuing to build with fellow prisoners and those of us on this side of the wall.

    We begin with April: a month of solidarity actions with Bomani. Please join in this initiative by: holding a letter writing event, screening the movie about the Lucasville uprising, putting up posters, posting about it on social media, hanging banners, inviting Bomani to do a call-in event with you and your comrades, or any other action or event that raises his profile and builds the kind of movement that is a reflection of his steadfastness and generosity.

    April is the anniversary month of the Lucasville prison uprising: a powerful decision to stand up and reclaim a life of dignity and an example of the power of unity among prisoners. This month is to raise awareness about Bomani and his contributions, and by doing so, to build stronger connections with one another, and with comrades inside.

    Join together with us and carry forward Bomani’s strength and spirit!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PMPhiladelphia, PA

    Wednesdays @ 7PM, cinéSPEAK hosts an online watch party, featuring incredible cinematic works from around the world to raise $ for organizations doing vital work in our region and beyond.

    THIS WEEK: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (2016) --a brilliantly comedic coming-of-age x buddy adventure film from Kiwi writer-director Taika Waititi
    **now streaming on Kanopy -- see below for instructions**

    THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ORG: Food Not Bombs Solidarity they 'cook for, serve/share food, work with and support homeless or hungry people; save and use food that the capitalist system regards only as a commodity; food that would be otherwise discarded.'

    --
    LOGISTICS:
    DATE: WEDNESDAY APRIL 15, 2020
    ZOOM PARTY LIVE @ 7PM **must register to receive link**
    FILM BEGINS @ 7:30PM
    POST-FILM ZOOM HANG to-follow

    --
    ADMISSION: FREE!
    **As you're able, PLEASE $UPPORT by DONATING directly to Food Not Bombs Solidarity-->
    CashApp: $FNBSolidarity
    PayPal: FNBSolidarity@protonmail.com

    --
    TO PARTICIPATE:
    You will need to:
    1. Activate your Kanopy account-->
    **FREE** with Philadelphia Free Library card https://freelibrary.kanopy.com
    **Don't have your physical library card? Look it up here--> https://catalog.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/ForgotCard

    2. Decide how you will watch-->
    **If you're watching from your computer, follow this URL--> https://freelibrary.kanopy.com/video/hunt-wilderpeople-0
    **If you're watching on Apple tv, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick or other mobile device, search for and download the Kanopy app.

    3. Register for the event--> via ticket link on this page
    4. Grab your movie snacks/drinks + come hang!

    We will:
    1. Email the Zoom link to all registered guests @ 6:15PM
    2. Start the Zoom party @ 7PM

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    ABOUT THE FILM:
    Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
    Written & Directed by: Taika Waititi
    Running Time: 1hr 41 min

    A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness.

    WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tICv8QH3oM0

    **CONTENT WARNING: fatphobic humor, animal death (with graphic images of blood), grief around parental death and a joke with pedophilic innuendo

    --
    ABOUT CINÉSPEAK:
    We are a Philadelphia-based organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory and foreign film programming; creating space and centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema.

    We promote community togetherness and global understanding by engaging film enthusiasts while cultivating the next generation of discerning moviegoers; encouraging people to demand social justice both on-screen and throughout society.

    Follow the Journey!
    www.cineSPEAK.org
    @cineSPEAK -- Twitter + Instagram
    CinéSPEAK -- Facebook

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2020
    6:30 pm

    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpQqfu-srz4ialODhzYKwGX2z8r7zFBKtw

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    We will be reading and discussing selected pieces by Bomani Shakur.

    Background:
    "In 1995, I was sentenced to death on charges related to the 1993 prison uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, even though there was no physical or forensic evidence linking me to the murders that occurred during the uprising. In fact, prosecutors actually withheld critical evidence (confessions, indictments, etc.) in the case that could have proven that I was innocent of the charges brought against me.

    I recently wrote a book titled, Condemned, that gives my account of what happened during and after the Lucasville Uprising: http://www.amazon.com/Condemned-whole-story-Keith-LaMar/dp/1483961710/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390788087&sr=8-1&keywords=condemned%3A+the+whole+story

    Here is a website that helps to explain my situation: http://keithlamar.org/"

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2020

    For a few weeks now, almost three billion people have been forced into home detention.
    In Italy, as in other parts of the world, the first people who rebelled against the worsening conditions of their survival, the prisoners, have been repressed with dead and wounded.
    While science proposes conflicting theses, part of the scientific community states that the quarantine period, although in alternating phases, will last at least until next year.
    The state, however, has already chosen which truth to propagate to justify the measures taken. Forced isolation at home is being prolonged, the only proposal-constriction made to the population is to obey and wait by watching and self-surveillance…but for how long?

    For now the end of the measures has been postponed until April 13th, but most likely there will be further extensions…

    April 25th is the feast of liberation. Liberation not only from Nazi-Fascism, but from all forms of oppression.
    The oppression of living in a world where movements are continuously controlled and monitored, with checkpoints, soldiers everywhere, drones, cameras, electronic bracelets.
    The oppression of being individually considered as infected if we do not respect the laws and think that socializing and the possibility of going out are not transferable in exchange for the security of survival.
    The oppression of living in terror of the invisible, because the problem is not the virus, but the ecological and social conditions in which it spreads.

    The problem is climate change that alters natural cycles, it is urban overcrowding, it is the homogenization of food and immune responses, it is the speed of movement over the entire Earth’s surface.
    We were told that we should accept these problems, barter our obedience in exchange for certain security.
    These certainties have changed.

    This virus, after the economic and environmental disaster, is just the latest disaster – to date – of a society imposed on us, a society based on domination, quantitative accumulation and exploitation of the planet and the animals, human or otherwise.

    For this reason we propose – in the hope that we are not overcome by events – that on April 25th we return to the streets in as many places as possible to meet again, facing fear, fighting widespread surveillance, attacking the irresponsible rhetoric that sees us all as carriers of contagion.
    With the intention that it will not remain an isolated day, we want to escape from quarantine, doing so by accepting the consequences of our actions, covering our faces for the free choice to protect ourselves and others and also because unthinkable things could take place without the freedom of anonymity…

    Remaining passive spectators of the disaster by accepting imprisonment will not prevent the occurrence of new disasters, if anything it will prolong the agony we already experience.
    Do we still want to trust and obey while the world continues to be a place where life is denied between total control, destroyed sociality and ecological drama?
    Or identify the causes of this disaster, stop obeying and act to prevent dystopia from continuing.
    And to finally experience the possibility of liberation…

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    27
    Apr
    2020
    6:30 pmonline using the secure open source video conferencing platform, Jitsi

    Support for political prisoners doesn’t stop during a pandemic; in fact it only intensifies as prisoners are in extremely dangerous conditions without the ability to socially distance or access to protective supplies. On top of that, staff members have been deliberately defying CDC guidelines endangering prisoners by coughing without covering their mouth, etc. Please join us this Monday April 27th for our monthly letter-writing event at 6:30pm. Due to COVID-19, this event will be held online using the secure open source video conferencing platform, Jitsi. Privacy is encouraged – no one is expected to share their camera. We’ll update this post with the meet link, and announce it on social media the day of the event.

    This month we are writing to Joy Powell. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Joy has contracted COVID-19 inside Bedford Hills Prison. She is in quarantine, fighting the virus, but we are concerned because she has the underlying conditions of both asthma and diabetes. Prior to testing positive for the virus, she wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo asking him for clemency due to her age and preexisting conditions making her more vulnerable to complications.

    Background:
    As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. On many occasions Rev. Joy had held rallies and spoke out against the police brutality and “police justifications” in Rochester NY through her organization ‘Equality and Justice for All.’ Later, Rev. Joy was accused and convicted of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault and subjected to an unfair trial.

    An all white jury tried her; the state provided no evidence and no eyewitnesses. Rev. Joy was not allowed to discuss her activism or say that she was a pastor. The person that testified for her was not allowed to tell the court that he knew Rev. Joy through their activist work and through the church. Furthermore, judge Francis Affronti promised he was going to give her a harsh sentence because he did not like her. She was sentenced to 16 years and seven years concurrent. After this conviction, herself and others were charged with a cold murder case. After her codefendent was acquitted, Joy was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. She maintains her innocence and has appealed the conviction because evidence has been withheld from her defense team to this day.

    If you are unable to join us on Jitsi, please send Joy a letter anyways:

    Rev. Joy Powell #07-g-0632
    Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
    P.O. Box 1000
    Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2499

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020

    Call from the Youth Liberation Front for autonomous actions on May 1st.

    Right now, in the middle of quarantine, more and more people are losing the ability to pay for food, the majority of people literally cannot pay their rent due to the mass layoffs, we’ve all been given orders to stay home or else, but some of us can’t, or don’t have homes to stay at. It’s getting clearer, even to the everyday liberal, that the government will let poor and marginalized people die by the thousands before it will even pretend to offer support.

    People are dying, and the government is only offering a one time payment of $1,200 to save us, so it’s up to us as leftists to band together and create the communities we believe in. Now is the time for us to live and take care of each other without government intervention or the shackles of capitalism. On May 1st, 2020, we are calling for a general strike!

    We can fight the state during this quarantine, on May 1st we are calling for folks to organize small affinity groups, do banner drops and wheatpasting, liberate food and medicine, continue striking from work/rent/debt, squat unoccupied houses everywhere, form houseless outreach projects and other mutual aid projects and autonomous actions to help your community. All power to the people this International Workers Day! Youth of the world unite!

    Demands:
    1. The end of the thievery that is so-called “private-property”
    2. That all landlords return all rent they have ever taken
    3. That all land that was stolen be given back
    4. That the prisons be burned and the pigs left inside
    5. The abolition of e-scooters, may they never return
    6. Liberation
    7. Vengeance
    8. Lords a leaping
    9. That all flags burn in the ashes of the prisons
    10. That the police melt
    11. Especially that awful blond DHS fucker what’s his name
    12. That all of the money be thrown into all of the fountains
    13. Accountability
    14. That the hawk that the city of Portland uses to terrify the poor crows just be set free for fucks sake

    #MayDayStrike #YLFMayDay #GeneralStrike2020

    -Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front.

    – Seattle Youth Liberation Front.

    -Midwest Youth Liberation Front.

    -Olympia Youth Liberation Front.

    -Maryland Youth Liberation Front.

    -Carolina Youth Liberation Front.

    -Sacramento Youth Liberation Front

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020

    Call from the Philly Tenants Union for a city-wide rent strike starting on May 1st.

    On Friday 5/1, thousands of Philadelphians will participate in a rent strike, either in solidarity with other tenants or because they cannot afford to pay rent. Over 1.3 million Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment, meaning 1 in 5 workers in the state are jobless. A recent study found that Pennsylvania’s unemployment trust fund will run out of money in 11 weeks, a timeline far shorter than most other states.

    The Philadelphia Tenants Union has published an official call for a citywide rent strike to take place on May 1st. The guidelines for the strike are laid out in an official statement on their website. The guidelines include filling out a form so that the organization can connect tenants with each other who share the same landlord to draft collective demands for reduced or cancelled rents. If landlords refuse to provide relief for tenants who cannot pay, then that is when the tenants officially join the rent strike. It is imperative that the largest Real Estate Firms in Philadelphia – with the most political influence – feel the organized power of their tenants, and Philadelphia Tenants Union is working hard to build those unions.

    The strike’s demands are directed towards Pa.’s Governor Tom Wolf, State Senators and State Representatives to:

    • Cancel rent and mortgage payments for 6 months, with no debt accrued.

    • Enforce rent and mortgage forgiveness for any missed payments dating back to March, 2020.

    Demands are also directed towards Philadelphia’s Mayor Kenney and City Council members to:

    • Make all evictions, eviction filing, and foreclosures illegal for at least 6 months

    • Freeze rent rates at the current level for a year beyond the end of the crisis

    • Enforce comprehensive rent control

    • Take immediate action to provide housing for the houseless

    • Build city-funded public housing that will meet the city’s need

    The Philadelphia Tenants Union will also be offering support in three forms. The first is with an “Emergency Anti-Eviction Task Force” that will use legislative methods and direct action to disrupt and prevent evictions. The second is a “Rent Strike Fund” which will provide monetary funds for legal support for collectives of tenants on strike. Thirdly, is “Organizing Support”, providing resources and guidance to tenants as they prepare for May 1st.

    The Rent Strike is a preventative measure for combating displacement and potential homelessness in the city and state, and is a direct action to pressure state legislators to provide immediate assistance to the impending economic recession. The official statement and rent strike guide can be found on Philadelphia Tenants Union’s website.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020

    On May 1st, we decide what is essential.

    Join the nationwide strike and protest to prioritize human life over the economy.

    Join the thousands across the US already on rent strike and organize a car rally to demand that your city cancels rent.

    We are stronger together.

    The healthcare workers who blocked the anti-lockdown rally in Denver and the General Electric workers in Massachusetts who walked off the job demanding their factories start making ventilators are the beginning of an ongoing nationwide strike. On May Day, in each workplace, neighborhood, and home, we join that strike, determining what parts of our lives are indispensable and how we can best meet our needs. From that day on, only the activities that we consider essential will continue.

    The crisis created by the coronavirus has put the demands of financial markets directly in conflict with human survival. An ER nurse in New York City works without proper protective gear to pay rent. A nursing home therapist in Utah does the same for her mortgage. A bus driver in Seattle has used all his sick time surviving the virus. An immunocompromised cook at a Midwestern soup kitchen waits at home, using up the last days of his paid time off. For some, a stimulus payment and temporary unemployment will cover a portion of the debt they accrue. But the risk is the same with or without a check.

    We are faced with a choice: the economy or life.

    The market has only worsened the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shutting it down has saved countless lives. Over twenty-two million people in the US are now jobless; for the majority who survive paycheck to paycheck, they are suddenly without means to live. Half a million people struggle to shelter in place without homes while empty hotels light their windows. Thousands of hungry people arrive at food banks before dawn while farmers destroy their own crops because they have no buyers. Prisoners in county jails and detention centers have no masks and only cold water to wash their hands. The rate of COVID-19 infection is faster in the federal prison population than in Italy. The number of coronavirus fatalities in the US has taken the global lead. If the economy re-opens, unemployment may do down, but the death toll will go up.

    The pandemic began the shutdown, but we will continue it—until we make a world that truly meets all of our needs.

    On May 1st, organize caravan demonstrations to show your love for the nurses, doctors, grocery store clerks, and all other essential workers risking their lives to provide people with the care they need. Hang white sheets out the car windows in solidarity with rent strikers who refuse to impoverish themselves for the sake of landlords or banks when they are out of work. Join social-distance and car pickets at Whole Foods, Amazon warehouses, and other work sites where employees and contractors are struggling to improve their conditions.

    We make the economy. We can shut it down. We don’t need stay-at-home orders or the false liberty of re-opening the economy: we can decide, together, what is essential, and how to care for everyone. Open a new world, not the economy.

    Beginning on May 1st, refuse to work unless it is essential and safe. We are the shutdown.

    There are many ways to participate on May 1:

    • Join the pickets of Amazon and Whole Foods workers who refuse to work in demand for safer working conditions.
    • Use social distance: wear a protective mask, make six-foot-long banners, bring food in factory-sealed containers to share, drive to blockade stores and distribution centers.
    • Aid frontline medical workers who wear PPE of their choosing, organize for safer workplace conditions, and fight against retaliation.
    • Start a wildcat support committee in your city to assemble flying pickets and caravans to shut down businesses that threaten to fire sick and striking employees.
    • Reach out to co-workers, neighbors, and friends.

    After the demonstrations, spread the strike:

    • Prepare to shut down the economy in your city if the government or business tries to re-open it.
    • If you are an unemployed worker, form a local council to identify what your neighbors and community need to survive and set out to arrange it.
    • Distribution workers and delivery contractors—refuse to work without PPE, car blockade for ongoing labor struggles, and, at social-distanced pickets, form committees to determine how supply lines can be reshaped to meet the needs of those without means.
    • Manufacturing sector workers—cease all activity until conditions are safe, retool machinery to produce medical products and equipment or other goods necessary for our collective survival.
    • Teleworkers—stay offline.
    • Admin workers—stop processing bills.
    • Transit workers—don’t accept payments.
    • Grocery clerks—don’t charge for groceries.
    • Pharmacists—don’t charge for prescriptions.
    • Furloughed and unemployed medical workers—set up free telehealth hotlines in your city.
    • Caretakers for family and friends—continue your work; it’s essential, waged or not.
    • Tenants—don’t pay rent; organize tenants unions to prevent evictions and retribution from landlords.

    From now on, we work for ourselves—we live for ourselves.

    This is only the beginning. We will have to create our own way out of this crisis. We’ve got to keep each other alive. No one else is going to do it.

    Reach out to We Are the Shutdown to endorse this call.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020

    While deadlier diseases have come and gone, the world is now in a uniquely disastrous position with the COVID-19 pandemic as it affects the entire world simultaneously. With capitalism grinding to a screeching halt in some areas, the refusal of the state to competently allocate resources, millions out of work, and already marginalized communities bearing the brunt of the virus, the contradictions of our current world order have been laid more bare than ever before in recent history. While the far right and the petite bourgeois element of society responds by holding protests demanding the return of business as usual, with a callous disregard for any safety measures and the praise of the president.

    On the other end of the spectrum we have Silicon Valley technocrats and old money imperialists trying to hijack the crisis to push for a more permanent form of technological social isolation, which we must reject wholeheartedly. The crisis is, in actuality, a truly American phenomenon. Many places around the world have managed – with a variety of techniques – to alleviate the health, social and political problems associated with the pandemic. The US, in contrast, is going into a rapid, world changing crisis, primarily because of the peculiarities of American greed, the viciousness of American racism, and the ignorance of the American ruling class. The US has never been closer to a total collapse, and it is almost totally self-inflicted.

    The left seems conspicuously absent today. Frankly, this situation could have been predicted long ago. In the last four years that Trump has been in office, the radical left has greatly shifted towards careerism, and incremental opportunism. We see self described anarchists rally for Bernie Sanders, social democracy, and even Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. We used to eject the journalists and smash their cameras at our rallies, recognizing that we are not trying to recreate the spectacle but destroy this alienated world all together. It’s no wonder that in light of all this, the radical left seems toothless as the society collapses.

    Ironically, the pandemic intersects with the advent of May Day. While many leftist groups seem to have gone MIA, Trump is pushing for a return to business as usual by May 1st.

    In light of the current crisis, and for a reminder that just as before, capitalism, white supremacy, and the state are the biggest roadblocks to the problems we face, in conjunction with comrades around the world, we call for autonomous actions this May 1st. Unlike the far right, we actually care about people’s lives and think it’s a good thing that massive rallies aren’t being planned. As a matter of fact this opens up the day for more useful actions than the typical routine parades held every year.

    So for this year we are calling for revolutionaries around the world to take creative autonomous action, and begin exposing the institutions and individuals who are responsible for the increasingly desperate situation we all find ourselves in today.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020
    Sun
    31
    May
    2020

    In May, Let’s Play : A Call to Conflict

    Here we can easily realise that the hydroalcoholic gel can be used as hand disinfectant but also to start a fire.
    In other terms : that we don’t need the state guidelines to take care of our friends, and, once we have done with the survival thing, we have nothing better to do than going out searching for evil plans. More than ever we need revenge and true friendships.

    Now that we are stuck into this futuristic system, our only solution is to declare war to normality, if we don’t want to die in a aseptic boredom.

    We face a dual movement. On one side it seems that the power never has been so strong, winning the compliant citizen’s hearts and minds. On the other hand, it seems that it never had to manage such a complex situation (at least since we are born).

    Therefore, we can maybe conclude with two things :

    First of all, it is not about waiting for any masses that would wake up to confront it.

    Secondly it’s look like just the good moment to attack.

    The good moment here doesn’t mean the ONLY good moment. It’s always the good moment to fight.

    No, good moment here means that our opponent is totally busy with other things, and we cannot know what are exactly the consequences of our action (in such unprecedented situation), neither if we will have an other opportunity soon.

    It looks like an interesting wager for all the enemies of the power. To seize the opportunity and see what can happen.

    Now that the control forces who canvass the territory with vehicles, drones or just by foot have never been so in the place and overworked, what could happen if they were threatened inside their fortress, death threats with spray bomb ? Regularly attacked by some stones/cocktails/fireworks/firecrackers in the middle of the night during their sleep ? If they were ambush during their patrol ?

    Now that the cages are chock full and that we slowly die behind the bars, what could happen if the cars’guards would unfortunately meet a screwdriver/hammer/fire starter ? If the people who lock up and guard, already under constant pressure, were hit and beat coming back home ?

    Now that almost everyone work/study/share/relax/learn/rebel/have sex/… in front of a screen, what could happen if some easily accessible fiber optic cables were sabotaged ?

    Now that almost everyone « communicate » using cellphones.
    Order/command/planify/organize to produce (and sometimes to militate) or to « take care » using applications or incessant phone calls ; what could happen if some relay antennas, sometimes located in some no man’s land, were been put out of service ?

    Now that almost everyone lives confined in domotic nests hyperconnected to the matrix, like an substitute of life. What could happen if a high voltage pylon went to fall down ?

    We absolutely do not know what could happen. And that’s precisely why we should imperatively try it.

    Disseminate and translate this text if you liked it. Attack and conspire if you wanna participate.
    Claim and develop your ideas if you want to dialogue with other rebels.

    This short text is an invitation for a dangerous May.

    Note n°1 : if you are too impatient to wait for the month of May and if you liked this invitation, you can just attack in April and saying it in a potential claim.

    Note n°2 : if you are too impatient to wait, you can attack in April AND May !

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    25
    May
    2020
    6:30 pmDue to COVID-19, this event will be held online using the secure open source video conferencing platform, Jitsi.

    Our letter writing event for this month will be for Marius Mason, who has unfortunately been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and will be fighting the virus from behind bars. Marius was chosen both because of his diagnosis and also because of the fast-approaching June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius and all long-term Anarchist prisoners.

    The event will be held on May 25th at 6:30 PM. Due to COVID-19, this event will be held online using the secure open source video conferencing platform, Jitsi. Privacy is encouraged – no one is expected to share their camera. The meeting details will be posted here a day before the event.

    Background: Marius Mason is a transgender, environmental and animal rights activist. In 1999, in the name of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) he set fire to a lab at the University of Michigan that was conducting research on genetically modified organisms (GMO).  After Marius’ husband turned states-evidence, Marius was threatened with a life sentence for the arson and other acts of sabotage. With little financial stability and fear of dragging his family into a costly legal battle, Marius pled guilty and was given an extreme sentence of nearly 22 years. No one was ever harmed in any of his actions.

    Marius lived and worked in the Detroit area for most of his life. Like the late Earth First! (EF!) organizer, Judi Bari, he was part of a generation of radicals who worked to link the environmental and labor movements, and was jointly active in both EF! and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). It was this alliance which led to the initial success of the anti-globalization movement such as at the 1999 anti-WTO demonstration in Seattle. Mason was an editor of the Industrial Worker, the IWW newspaper, and a musician who recorded a neo-folk album, Not For Profit, with fellow EF!er Darryl Cherney in 1999. He also worked with numerous political as well as traditional charity groups.

    If you are unable to join us on Jitsi, please send Marius a letter anyways:

    Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061

    FCI Danbury

    Route 37

    Danbury, CT 06811

    United States

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2020
    6:00 pmsign up for zoom info

    The votes are in and this month we will be reading David Graeber's "Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology" Link to the reading, the vote breakdown, and links to signup for our group here: docs.google.com/document/d/1… The discussion will be Tues, 5/26 @ 6PM (sign up for zoom info)

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2020
    Sun
    31
    May
    2020
    SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS ALL OVER THE WORLD
    CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION
    The existing health crisis and its management from governments until now, globally, has unmasked the real character of authority, which was hiding itself behind the democratic mask. This oppressive system imposed an ultimate control of life, forbidding everything. Now, all civil liberties have become senseless words. This extreme condition that we live in, reveals that the prison-model is the true capitalistic model of society.
    Prison is the most extreme form of bio-politics and extermination. Prisoners are under constant surveillance and control, something that, nowadays is happening to the whole society.
    In this period of time, prisoners in greek prisons are dying, one after another, from minor causes such as rotten teeth etc. Selim Zerolari and Azizel Demiroglou were two prisoners that we were informed about their deaths, this month. Mass media, of course, managed to conceal or distort these news. Furthermore, the state has grabbed the opportunity, due to the curfew, to move the most active prisoners, anarchists and others, into other prisons. Silence in the streets gives more power to the state to repress the voices of the imprisoned people.
    Incarceration has always been, and remains, a form of torture and a tool of submission for authority. If we don’t resist to this modern totalitarianism, we will live in this prison-society, which states systematically impose.
    Throughout the planet, in the face of the corona virus threat, prisoners stacked in prisons and migrant concentration camps are shouting: We are prisoners, not death row convicts!
    Korinthos migrant concentration camp, Greece: 1,200 migrants go on hunger strike, March ‘20
    Italy, March ‘20: 27 prisons in revolt due to the corona virus, many prisoners killed in the clashes
    Argentina, April ‘20: revolt in Concordia prison, guards respond with shootings
    Palmasola, Bolivia, May ‘20: 2 prisoners left to die from the corona virus, prisoners revolt
    Chile: stirke mobilization at high security prison in Santiago, May ‘20
    Thebes prison, Greece: prisoners revolt after prisoner dies beause she was not taken to hospital, April ‘20
    MEET ALL PRISONERS DEMANDS
    FREEDOM TO ALL WHO ARE IN THE CELLS
    PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FOR ALL – PRISONERS AND MIGRANTS
    OPEN ALL CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR MIGRANTS
    AS LONG AS BORDERS AND PRISONS EXIST NOBODY IS FREE
    CALL TO INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS
    29-30-31 MAY 2020
    comrades, solidarians with prisoners’ struggles

    [Details Here]

     
  • Fri
    29
    May
    2020
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM4425 Baltimore Ave

    The workers of Milk and Honey are demanding a living wage, a safe workplace, and a union. They are not just here for Milk & Honey workers, but also in solidarity with the Minneapolis Uprising. Black liberation is class war and class war is Black liberation.

    Milk & Honey workers need the support of the community! They encourage community members to join the picket line throughout the day (8am-3:30pm) but especially around 12pm.

    If you want to support the workers' relief fund: Venmo @milkandhoneyrelief

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2020
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PMPhiladelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

    The police killings of black people are continuing to occur despite a global pandemic. Recently, the cops have murdered Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Tony McDade in Tallahaesse, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto, and George Floyd In Minneapolis. Our comrades in Minneapolis are engaged in a righteous struggle against white supremacist state violence that serves as an example to us all.

    Join us tomorrow for a solidarity action in support of Minneapolis and the various uprisings occurring across the country in response to police terrorism.

    Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID19, we ask that those in attendance wear masks to protect themselves and others from the virus. We also suggest bringing gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other materials that can contribute to the safety of the event. We will also emphasize social distancing throughout the action.

    We will meet on the steps of the Art Museum at 2pm. We hope to see you all there. ✊????✊????

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    07
    Jun
    2020

    The following is a call for people to organize vigils to honor the lives of those killed by the State and by vigilantes during the ongoing George Floyd rebellion.

    From anarchist BIPOC & accomplices:

    Since the George Floyd rebellions began on May 26 2020, following his horrific murder by police, at least a dozen more lives have been taken by state and vigilante violence in the struggle for Black freedom.

    We wish to honor them by making space to say their names, commemorate their lives, and celebrate our own resistance. By acknowledging the risk we all take when we move into the streets, we remember the martyred and continue to fight for the living.

    Calling for vigils everywhere, Sunday 6/7 at sundown.

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2020

    June 11th: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. In the 16 years this tradition has been observed, June 11th has facilitated support and action inspired by imprisoned anarchists — from noise demonstrations outside of jails to letter-writing nights, from fundraisers to arson. Setting aside this day is one way of remembering anarchists who are serving long prison sentences, generating support for them, and inspiring solidarity actions.

    Because social struggles phase in and out, this day is a way to make sure that our imprisoned comrades are not forgotten. June 11th is a way of combating amnesia, of trying to sustain a long-term memory in the anarchist space. June 11th is a day against oblivion.

    The context of June 11th this year is one in which our lives have been wrenched out of normality. A scary time, but also a time for innovation. And an especially important time to remember and support our imprisoned loved ones. While calls to release people from jails, prisons, and ICE detention facilities during the pandemic are growing louder and having some success, it’s likely that many of our comrades’ names will not be on the list for early release. Whether it’s due to marginalized identities, terrorism enhancements, a history of standing up to guards and prison administration, or just being an outspoken anarchist, this means that their long sentences and already abhorrent health care and mistreatment could carry even worse consequences.

    Our new daily lives and our responses to the pandemic can carry with them the memory and support for imprisoned anarchists. Where we are working fewer hours, we can write more letters. Where our kids are now learning from home, we can include prisoners’ names in lessons about courage and about state repression. Where we give ourselves over to mutual aid projects, we can take inspiration from our comrades and invoke their contributions and memories

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2020
    12:00 PM – 2:30 PMOsage Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway

    The ultimate act of police terror in Philadelphia was the bombing of MOVE on Osage Ave on May 13th, 1985.

    Join us at the site of the MOVE bombing as we remember the MOVE victims and protest the brutally racist and militarized Philadelphia police force while also standing in solidarity with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless other Black people murdered by the state in recent years and in centuries prior.

    On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a military grade bomb on members of the MOVE organization living at 6221 Osage Ave. Eleven Black men, women and children were murdered after police ordered fire fighters to "let the fire burn" & shot MOVE members back into the home as they tried to escape. The violent attack came after over a decade of police violence & repression of MOVE activists, including the MOVE 9 who were political prisoners for 40 years. A Black neighborhood was destroyed in the process.

    This action will start at the site of this horrific act of Philadelphia police terrorism at Osage Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway.

    Co-organizers:
    The MOVE Organization
    BLM Philly
    Philly for REAL Justice
    Human Rights Coalition Philadelphia
    Abolitionists Law Center Philadelphia
    Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
    Ubuntu Philadelphia

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2020
    9:00 pm301 Race St

    Two Demands:
    1) Disband the police! We need to Re-imagine Justice!

    2) Free all so-called looters! They freed us all!

    Where is Mayor Kenney? He gassed his people and only comes out for photo ops surrounding by his personal security force. Mayor Kenney thinks he's a dictator and accountable to nobody.

    He lives in a penthouse at 3rd and Race Streets. We must march there to get answers from him directly. We must march every single day until the police are disbanded and all the so-called "looters" are free with no records and provided support in the ways they choose. How's a stay in jail and felony on their record going to help a young black man. Stop this nonsense!!!

    His actions present a pattern of abuse and neglect symbolic of a state content in letting its citizens die. He is disinvestment with a smile. No housing. No education. No healthcare. No training. No capital for our entrepreneurs. Only criminal records. Only street executions by his thugs.

    Content to cut all city services have us die at the hands of each other while fighting for scraps and at the hands of the cops as he and the Philadelphia capitalists use it as their personal security force.

    Activists in LA, NYC, Pittsburgh and other cities are marching directly to their Mayor's personal residences to get them on the record. We need to be at his house every single day until the police are disbanded.

    LA.
    https://laist.com/2020/06/02/protest-outside-mayor-garcettis-house-getty-black-lives-matter-peoples-budget.php

    NYC.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8386177/Protesters-gather-outside-Gracie-Mansion-NYC-seventh-day-demonstrations.html

    Pittsburgh
    https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/photos-a-peaceful-protest-marches-from-bloomfield-to-mayor-bill-pedutos-home-in-point-breeze/Content?oid=17410186

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2020
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Following the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police, cities and towns across the country, led by Black youth, rose up in anger and in grief and the systemic racism that has had it's knee on the neck of Black people for 500 years.

    This year's uprising caught the attention of nation and the world in an unprecedented way, leading to the introduction of reforms, reductions in police budgets and the removal of monuments that have long stood as painful reminders to the enduring existence of white supremacy.

    While some will argue that property destruction has no place in movements for social justice, we know that without images of burning police stations and damaged store fronts, this movement would not have achieved the attention that it has.

    Furthermore, the property that was "looted" during the uprising is incomparable to what is owed to Black America after centuries of plundering life and labor.

    Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner ran on a platform of reversing decades of racist "tough on crime" style prosecution. As a defense attorney representing people arrested at Occupy Philly and the 2000 RNC, he knew that distinguishing between "good" and "bad" protesters only serves to help the system undermine movements for social and racial justice.

    Larry Krasner knows this, but apparently he needs a reminder. On Monday, June 15th, call the DA's office to remind his of why he was elected and how we can support the global movement for Black life.

    Tell DA Larry Krasner to drop the charges against EVERYONE arrested during this month's anti-police brutality protests.

    Phone number: 215-686-8000
    Email: DA_East@phila.gov
    DA_Central@phila.gov
    DA_Northwest@phila.gov
    DA_South@phila.gov
    DA_Southwest@phila.gov
    DA_Northeast@phila.gov

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2020
    7:15 amWashington Square Park

    FREE EM ALL /// LOOTERS DID NOTHING WRONG

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    22
    Jun
    2020
    3:00 pmOnline, join from anywhere!

    Join us for our monthly letter-writing to political prisoners that we hold on the 4th Monday each month. To observe social distancing, we will hold this event online once again on the secure video platform, Jitsi. We will post the link on social media the day of, or message us beforehand for the link.

    When: Monday, June 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

    Where: Online, join from anywhere!

    In the midst of this uprising, we recognize our comrades behind bars who would be out here on the streets with us struggling for freedom and self-determination. As a soldier in the Black Liberation struggle, Joe-Joe Bowen is one of those people.

    Hailing from Philadelphia, Joe-Joe was a young member of the “30th and Norris Street” gang, before his incarceration politicized him. Released in 1971, his outside activism was cut short a week following his release when Joe-Joe was confronted by an officer of the notoriously brutal Philadelphia police department. The police officer was killed in the confrontation, and Bowen fled. After his capture and incarceration, Bowen became a Black Liberation Army combatant. He is now serving two life sentences for the assassination of a prison warden and deputy warden, as well as an attempted prison break which resulted in a five-day standoff in response to racist and oppressive prison conditions. During his time in prison, he has raised the consciousness of thousands of Pennsylvania prisoners through his powerful history and political/military education classes.

    If you are unable to join us online, drop Joe-Joe a line at:

    Smart Communications/PADOC – Joseph Bowen #AM-4272
    SCI Fayette
    P.O. Box 33028
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2020
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PMCity Hall

    This city was already in the midst of a care crisis before the pandemic hit. Hospitals closing, shelters and schools underfunded and overcrowded, many Philadelphians unable to access basic healthcare, healthful food and medicine, and suicide, addiction and mental illness massive social problems. All of these disproportionately effect Black and immigrant communities in Philadelphia, and instead of responding with care, compassion and resources, the city criminalizes homelessness, mental illness, drug use, poverty, survival!

    With coronavirus all these systems have revealed themselves to be utterly insufficient to our needs. Covid spreads rampant in prisons and jails, but police keep throwing more of our siblings in cages for just trying to survive.

    Enough is enough! We're sick and tired of being sick and tired, and we, nurses, doctors, teachers, mental health professionals, unhoused folks, and many more, are marching for immediate abolition of the police and prisons, and the redirection of their resources, infrastructure and funding to us, so that we can take care of each other. And if the city won't give it to us, we'll take it for ourselves!!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    28
    Jun
    2020
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PMMalcolm X Park

    What’s The Call? Free Them All!!!

    We brought down the racist statue of Rizzo, now let's bring down his legacy by bringing our political prisoners home!

    Join Us on Sunday June 28th at Malcolm X Park from 1 pm to 3 pm as we center the lives and stories of our Political Prisoners in Pennsylvania and incarcerated people as we struggle to defund the police, dismantle the Fraternal Order Police and Abolish Policing. Philadelphians celebrated when the statue honoring the late racist Frank Rizzo was finally brought down in response to the demands of thousands of protesters that took to the streets against police terror. Now that the statue has been brought down, let's bring home his victims. They had the courage to fight Rizzo when he was alive, let's have the courage to fight for them as we fight to defund the police and work toward a future without police.

    The Philadelphia “justice system” that arrested and tried Mumia is the same racist and immoral system that dropped a bomb on 11 civilians including 5 children of the MOVE family 35 years ago. It is the same racist and unjust system that holds our Black Political Prisoners who are Black Philadelphians imprisoned for political offenses stemming from the racist policing of the late Frank Rizzo. Mumia Abu-Jamal, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Joseph Bowen and Fred Muhammad Burton. They have been in prison for over 40 years. They have served enough time. It is time to bring them home. They are all seniors, members of a vulnerable population whose incarceration by any measure does not serve our communities or justice. We brought down the racist statue of Rizzo, now let's bring down his legacy by bringing our political prisoners home!

    2. Free The Vulnerable Now!

    The same immoral system that is holding our political prisoners is also holding thousands of seniors and medically vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic and refusing to release them. The Governor, Legislature and Mayor have failed to release them. Join us as we remind the people in power that we are not going to rest until our loved ones are free.

    3. Abolish the Carceral System

    The system of mass incarceration and retribution has failed our communities miserably and we need to move to a new model of restorative and transformative justice.

    Speakers will be announced.
    Lit tables will be available.

    More event info to follow.

    Sponsored by:
    Human Rights Coalition
    Mobilization 4 Mumia
    MOVE
    Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM)
    Abolitionist Law Center
    Reclaim Philadelphia - Mass Liberation

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    28
    Jun
    2020
    Fri
    03
    Jul
    2020
    9:15 pmJames Talib Dean Camp (22nd St + Ben Franklin Parkway)
    A whole week of black revolutionary cinema programming for the unhoused comrades at James Talib Dean encampment in Philly - come through and watch these great movies! And support the camp's demands for housing and freedom from the police #blacklivesmatter
     
    [Screenings will start around 9:15pm and will be followed by other films TBA
    Sunday 6/28
    Let The Fire Burn
    Malcolm X (1972)
     
    Monday 6/29
    Coconut Revolution
    Che (pt1)
     
    Tuesday 6/30
    Cuba Africa Revolution
    Burn!
     
    Wednesday 7/1
    Squatters
    Black and Blue
     
    Thursday 7/2
    At The River I Stand
    Out The Way
     
    Friday 7/3
    Concerning Violence
    The Spook Who Sat By The Door]
     
  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2020
    6:00 pmzoom

    The votes are in and this month we will be reading the first half (Introduction, Ch 1-4) of Kropotkin's "Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution!" The group will be held Tues 6/30 @ 6 PM on zoom
    Link to the reading here: theanarchistlibrary.org/libr…

    Sign up here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F…

    This will be a 2 part reading and we'll be reading the second half in july! Voting breakdown can be found here: docs.google.com/document/d/1…

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2020
    5:30 PM – 9:30 PMMalcolm X Park

    Join us for a Community Speak Out Tuesday 6/30 at 530pm in Malcolm X Park. Bring a chair & a mask! Food will be provided.

    We will gather in small groups and talk about the police violence in our community 5/30 and 6/1. Then we will decide together how we will heal and hold the police accountable. This meeting is for community members who were on or live near 52st Street, especially between Pine & Arch. We will be centering Black voices, starting with long term residents, elders, youth, parents, those who are pregnant, and those with health issues or disabilities. Lawyers & counselors will be available.

    Organized by West Philly residents including Cora Isom (resident, 60-14), Johanna Rahman (resident, 60-01), Felicia Teter (resident, 60-02), and Kitty Heite (resident and committee person, 46-3).

    NEEDED: Additional Black, Native, & POC therapists, grief counselors, and other healers. Please email FeliciaTeter@protonmail.com to coordinate.

     

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    12
    Jul
    2020
    9:00 am22nd St & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    The City of Philadelphia has given the homeless encampment on 22nd & the Parkway until July 17th at 9am to move. It is likely that they will show up with police and garbage trucks. Residents do not intend to move. #JTDCamp #CampMaroon

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    17
    Jul
    2020
    7:00 am22nd & Ben Franklin Parkway

    The city is moving ahead with plans for a Friday eviction. It's time for all of us to join together to defend the camp. All hands on ceck, please spread the word!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    18
    Jul
    2020
    Sun
    19
    Jul
    2020

    Together with the campaigns Rise Up 4 Rojava and Women Defend Rojava, we call for two international days of action on the 18 th and 19 th of July 2020, against the bombing and invasion of Basûr (Southern Kurdistan, Iraq) and the occupation of Rojava regions by the Turkish army. Together, we call on all people who share the values of democratic confederalism – democracy, ecology and feminism – to take to the streets and to Rise Up 4 the Revolution. From our side, we would also particularly want to call for all ecological groups, movements and parties and to all people who feel and see themselves as ecologist to join the demonstrations and actions.

    War is the antithesis of ecology:
    We think that to be ecologist means also to be against all the wars of aggression. Because, wars are the contrary of what we, as ecologists, fight for. While we are trying to build an ecological and ethical world where all living things can co-exist in harmony, wars are only further destroying and polluting our planet. While we give so much effort in reforesting deserts, in building ecological energy infrastructures, in providing non-polluted and non-toxic food and water to all people, wars can destroy all of it in few days and pollute the soil, the air and the water with long-lasting effects. And this is what is happening today in Bakûr (North Kurdistan, Turkey), Rojava, North-Eastern Syria and Basûr.
    Through its invasion of Syria and Iraq, the Turkish state destroys all living: burning fields and forests in Rojava, cutting down the olive trees of Afrin, bombing electrical and water infrastructures, cutting the water flow of major rivers coming from Turkey to Syria, and now for some weeks bombing more than ever the untouched nature of the mountains of Southern Kurdistan, polluting the soil, water and air for an unknown time.

    The Turkish attacks target all places which fight for democracy, ecology and feminism:
    For years already, the Turkish state, with the occasional approval of NATO, the US and Russia, pursue a genocidal war against the Kurds and other minorities of the Middle East (Êzîdî people, Armenians, Chaldeans, Assirians, etc.) and is now invading Syria and Iraq against all international laws. But what they are targeting is the political project that is behind those people: their goal is to put an end to the construction of a democratic, ecologist and feminist area in the Middle East that could spread to the
    world. Indeed, the Rojava revolution, together with the liberated Arab regions of North-Eastern Syria, the Free Mountains of Kurdistan, the self-governed Maxmur refugee camp and the democratic Êzîdî region of Sengal are all examples that another way of living is possible outside the Capitalist Modernity. These are all places where democratic confederalism is put into practice and where ecological and feminist societies are being built up. Because Rojava, together with those other places inspire so many people in the world, they are a threat to their nationalist, capitalist and patriarchal interests. Therefore, Turkey decided to bomb and burn every inch of those lands. Their message is clear:
    either surrender to capitalist modernity, or face total destruction of the nature and the people.

    The 15th of June, the Turkish army bombed Maxmur and Sengal. And some days later they started their ground offensive to invade Basûr (Southern Kurdistan, Iraq) where dozens of bombs are falling every day since then. The 23 rd , they also stroke Rojava with a drone, murdering 3 women of Kongra Star, the umbrella organization of the Women’s Movement, in a neighborhood of Kobane. Also on the 25 th , another drone killed 8 civilians in the province of Suleymaniya. And in the mountains, the war
    continues.

    This is why we call for international solidarity! We ask all people who believe in the value of ecology, of feminism and of radical democracy to take to the street the 18 th and 19 th of July for the days of action and to join the preparatory actions worldwide.

    Against all war of aggression, against all fascism and totalitarianism, against patriarchy and capitalism, against the destruction of all nature:

    Rise up for Rojava,
    Rise up for the Free Mountains of Kurdistan
    Rise up for the Sengal region and Maxmur, and
    Rise up for the build up of an ecological and ethical world!
    Alone, we are nothing, but together, we are unstoppable!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    19
    Jul
    2020
    Casual discussion from 1:30-2:30, reading discussion until 4!dm us for the room and password!

    Join us Sunday, July 19th for our next virtual reading discussion and hang-out! We’ll be reading Seaweed’s Land and Freedom:

    Drawing from histories of rebellion, Seaweed begins a conversation with fellow anarchists about struggle, strategy, subsistenence, or past, and our future. What kind of communities do we need to exist to support long-term rebellion against Capitalism? What would it mean to create insurrectionary movements for subsistence? What kind of relationships might arise from long-term ecologically-based struggles? This book is an invitation to explore these ideas.

    (Note that this is the full version, not the excerpts uploaded to the anarchist library – you can also buy the book in full from us or Little Black Cart)

    Related, optional pieces to consider are Seaweed’s appearance on The Brilliant as well as Bellamy Fitzpatrick’s An Invitation to Desertion for comparison (or here for the pdf).

    As usual, we’ll be meeting on jitsi in room Viscerapvd – the password changes each time, so contact us beforehand! Casual discussion from 1:30-2:30, reading discussion until 4!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    25
    Jul
    2020

    On July 25th, youth abolitionists are calling for a national and global march against the institution of policing. We are demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Stephon Clark, Philando Castille, Eric Garner, Quanice Hayes, Patrick Kimmons, Sean Monterrosa and the thousands more taken by the hands of racist police. Time and time again, the neo-liberal state has offered promises of “reform” with no real action ever taken. The time for discussing reform is over, we need full abolition for our communities to be safe and free from rampant police terror.

    We are calling on all abolitionists, youth or non-youth, to coordinate mass protests on July 25th to show the world that the fire of this uprising is still burning strong, and that flames will just keep getting bigger until the police state has been dismantled once and for all.

    This call to action comes right after Trump has announced he will be sending the federal troops that have been occupying Portland, Oregon, all across the nation. The Federal Government has already waged war against Portland, which has been protesting everyday for 50 days straight, and now feds are going to war against protesters everywhere in an attempt to take control and snuff out the fire of this uprising. We must become more powerful than them.

    Form an affinity group.

    Coordinate an action.

    Get tactical.

    Mask up.

    Bring a friend.

    Show up.

    -PNW Youth Liberation Front.

    -Marin Youth Liberation Front.

    ​​​​​​​-Tennessee Youth Liberation Front.

    ​​​​​​​-Direct Action Alliance.

    -Maryland Youth Liberation Front.

    -Olympia Youth Liberation Front

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    25
    Jul
    2020
    1pm-9pmBartram's North

    Initially postponed due to covid, we feel the urgency to reschedule in light of the rent political climate. We’re looking for people interested in giving skill building workshops around the themes of revolutionary struggle. We’re planning an all-day event with the intentions of strengthening our individual and collective capacities to survive, heal, build, attack, imagine, and live in anti-cop, anti-capitalist, & anti-authoritarian ways.

    Expect free food, literature, blocs of workshops alongside informal and spontaneous learning and hanging.

    If you’re interested in presenting a workshop please send us a brief description of what you have in mind and how it connects to the themes. We’re looking for workshops to be more or less an hour long.

    Please send your proposals to hereandnowzines@riseup.net

    We’re also looking for help with setup/breakdown, food, and accessibility, so if you want to lend a hand please reach out.

    See you in the streets!
    Here & Now Zines

    Deadline for Submissions July 1st, Skillshare date July 25th rain dates July 26 Aug 1

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    27
    Jul
    2020

    Join us for our monthly letter-writing to political prisoners that we hold on the 4th Monday each month. To observe social distancing, we will hold this event online once again on the secure video platform, Jitsi. We will post the link on social media the day of, or message us beforehand for the link.

    In honor of the International Day of Solidarity with Anti-Fascist Prisoners, this month we’re writing letters to Gage Halupowski, an anti-fascist political prisoner serving an insane six year prison sentence stemming from a counter protest to a far right rally in Portland, OR on June 29th, 2019.

    From the Antifa Sacramento prisoner list:

    If you’re looking for different ways to engage with Gage when sitting down to write that first letter, here are a few things to keep in mind – not only is he an anti fascist but he also is a radical environmentalist and an anarchist. So, discussing history, politics or the ideologies of those movements as well could be a good place to start. He is also a fan of the fantasy novel series, The Wheel of Time and looks forward to reading all 12 books in the series while he’s in, so if you’ve read those or would like to he’d love to discuss them with you.

    If you are unable to join us, please send Gage a letter anyways:

    Gage Halupowski #21894460
    Snake River Correctional Institution
    777 Stanton Blvd.
    Ontario, OR 97914-83305

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    28
    Jul
    2020

    Part 2 of our Mutual Aid reading group will be on 7/28. We'll be reading Chapters 5-9. All are welcome, even if you didn't attend part 1! Sign up here for the zoom info! docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F…

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    01
    Aug
    2020
    Casual discussion from 1:30-2:30, reading discussion until 4!jitsi in room Viscerapvd

    Join us Saturday, August 1st for our next virtual reading discussion and hang-out! We went into the woods with Seaweed last time, and this time we’ll be reading something… a little different.

    There is no human nature, whether that be a natural state of “wildness”, or killing each other if there’s no State, or cooperating perfectly in mutual aid in an anarcho-communist society, or whatever. Cyber-nihilists reject all essentialism and are viciously misanthropic, and therefore we also fully support the proliferation of technology. Let it cover the Earth’s surface until there is nothing that is not a part of the Wired, let Nature complete its next metamorphosis into something more sublime than anything to exist yet.

    Our next reading is Hello from the Wired and its afterwords by n1x. You can find the essay on the anarchist library here – the afterwords are on their website along with the essay in hot pink text. You can also find it in aesthetic zine form with lots of screenshots from Serial Experiments Lain here.

    As usual, we’ll be meeting on jitsi in room Viscerapvd – the password changes each time, so contact us beforehand! Casual discussion from 1:30-2:30, reading discussion until 4!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    08
    Aug
    2020
    12:00 pmArt Museum (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy)

    12pm SATURDAY! Join us to collectively honor and keep alive #DelbertAfrica's legacy of struggle. Meet at the Art Museum (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) and march to the site of the 1978 police attack on @themoveorganization (33rd & Pearl St.) where Delbert, unarmed with hands in the air, was brutally beaten.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    08
    Aug
    2020
    8:00 pmOnline Event
    Second of four talks about anti-fascist movements and street-level organizing, with Hilary Moore, James Tracy, and Dr. Edward Onaci.

    About this Event

    MAIN TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: Accomplices

    Event is free, but reservations are required.

    All registered attendees will receive a Zoom link on the day of the event. Tune in right at 12PM PST/3PM EST!

    City Lights LIVE presents four talks about anti-fascist movements, past and present, and street-level organizing, hosted by Hilary Moore and James Tracy, author of No Fascist USA!: The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements.

    Talk #2, happening on Saturday, August 8th at 12PM PST / 3PM EST is a conversation with Dr. Ed Onaci.

    This event is co-sponsored by Wooden Shoe Books in Philadelphia, PA. Please consider supporting Wooden Shoe Books by purchasing a copy of No Fascist USA! and Free the Land (Dr. Ed Onaci's book) from them: (buy link here).

    Stay connected with us through our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

    ***

    ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

    Hilary Moore is an anti-racist political educator and teaches with generative somatics. She works on the Leadership Team of Showing Up for Racial Justice, and is the co-author of No Fascist USA! The John Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements (City Lights, 2020) and Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis (PM Press, 2011). Her newest book is Burning Earth, Changing Europe: How the Racist Right Exploits the Climate Crisis—And What We Can Do About It (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung- Brussels, 2020).

    James Tracy is an author, organizer, and an Instructor of Labor and Community Studies at City College of San Francisco. He is the co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times and the author of Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes From San Francisco's Housing Wars.

    Dr. Edward Onaci is the author of Free the Land: The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) and teaches courses on African American history, modern U.S. history, women’s global political struggles, social movements and music in Africa and its diaspora, and more at Ursinus College. They incorporate interdisciplinary scholarship and emphasize student empowerment. Dr. Onaci’s instruction also makes use of creative resources and high impact tools, such as Reacting to the Past and Digital Liberal Arts projects. His approach encourages students to take ownership over their personal and group studies, produce their own knowledge, and apply what they learn in class to their current lives and future ambitions.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    12
    Aug
    2020
    7:00 pmOnline Event

    WHAT: Black August Reading & Discussion Group
    WHEN: August 21, 2020 @ 7 pm est
    WHERE: Video meeting, link will be provided day of

    Black August acknowledges the fallen comrades that die, sacrifice and struggle for the self-determination and liberation. Black August originated in the California penal system to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain, and Khatari Gaulden. Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to liberate three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee. Ruchell Magee is the sole survivor of that armed liberation attempt. He is the former co-defendant of Angela Davis and has been locked down for 47 years, most of it in solitary confinement. George Jackson was assassinated by prison guards during a Black prison rebellion at San Quentin on August 21, 1971. Three prison guards were also killed during that rebellion and prison officials charged six Black and Latino prisoners with the death of those guards. They became known as the San Quentin Six.

    On July 8th, 1971, Angela Davis and George Jackson met in a holding cell beside a courtroom in the Marin Civic Center in the company of two attorneys and an outside observer. It was the first time that they would be in the same room together for an extended period of time. About a year earlier, Davis had seen Jackson when she attended his pre-trial hearing. She had been organizing to free the Soledad Brothers. After their July 1971 meeting, Angela Davis began to write a series of letters to Jackson. On August 27, 1971 The LA Free Press published commentary by Angela Davis on George Jackson’s death.
    On August 21, 2020 at 7 pm we will honor these fallen Freedom Fighters by reading commentary written by Davis and discussing themes such as prison rebellion and solidarity.

    Link to article: http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/White%20Materials/San%20Quentin/San%20Quentin%20078.pdf

    “Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done; discover your humanity and your love in revolution.” ― George L. Jackson

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    14
    Aug
    2020

    For the first time in the history of Belarus, people across the country rebelled against the dictatorship. Many thousands of demonstrations are held not only in the capital, but also in small towns. People take to the streets and not only peacefully protest against the authorities, but also fight against the state apparatus – they help friends and comrades and clash with punishers.

    August 10, barricades appeared in the streets of Minsk for the first time, while protesters began using molotov cocktails. Some enterprises and firms went on strike.

    In recent days, standing shoulder to shoulder, we have felt what the energy of the people means. We have realized that together we can overthrow a tyrant!

    The blockage of the Internet could not stop the news flow. People all over the world have learned that the Belarusian dictatorship is ready to drown the population in blood just to stay in power. In three days, police and internal troops detained more than 5000 people, hundreds suffered from cop violence. At least one person has been killed.

    Now more than ever, international solidarity is important in the fight against Lukashenko. Therefore, we call you all to join the international day of actions in solidarity with Belarusian people! In what format can you express your solidarity? You can hold rallies and demonstrations at Belarusian embassies and other institutions of Belarusian power in your country. Take collective photos. Take part in direct actions. Any, even the smallest solidarity can support the fire of rebellion that will tear down the dictatorship in our country!

    Send your reports to belarus_abc@riseup.net or post on social networks with the #Belarus hashtag.

    ABC Belarus

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    14
    Aug
    2020

    A day of agitation and propaganda for anarchist prisoners.

    AUGUST 14TH, 2010

    Ten years after the onslaught of power in the first “Bombs” case (Caso Bombas 1) and in the face of a new repressive coup against our comrades Monica and Francisco, we call for this August 14 to raise gestures of propaganda and solidarity in every corner of this territory. Giving free rein to creativity from wherever we are and however we can, making solidarity once again more than just a written word.

    Neither guilty, nor innocent, simply anarchists.

    Active and revolutionary solidarity with Monica and Francisco!

    via Anarquia.info

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    21
    Aug
    2020
    7:00 pmOnline Event

    WHAT: Black August Reading & Discussion Group
    WHEN: August 21, 2020 @ 7 pm est
    WHERE: Video meeting, link will be provided day of

    Black August acknowledges the fallen comrades that die, sacrifice and struggle for the self-determination and liberation. Black August originated in the California penal system to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain, and Khatari Gaulden. Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to liberate three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee. Ruchell Magee is the sole survivor of that armed liberation attempt. He is the former co-defendant of Angela Davis and has been locked down for 47 years, most of it in solitary confinement. George Jackson was assassinated by prison guards during a Black prison rebellion at San Quentin on August 21, 1971. Three prison guards were also killed during that rebellion and prison officials charged six Black and Latino prisoners with the death of those guards. They became known as the San Quentin Six.

    On July 8th, 1971, Angela Davis and George Jackson met in a holding cell beside a courtroom in the Marin Civic Center in the company of two attorneys and an outside observer. It was the first time that they would be in the same room together for an extended period of time. About a year earlier, Davis had seen Jackson when she attended his pre-trial hearing. She had been organizing to free the Soledad Brothers. After their July 1971 meeting, Angela Davis began to write a series of letters to Jackson. On August 27, 1971 The LA Free Press published commentary by Angela Davis on George Jackson’s death.
    On August 21, 2020 at 7 pm we will honor these fallen Freedom Fighters by reading commentary written by Davis and discussing themes such as prison rebellion and solidarity.

    Link to article: http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/White%20Materials/San%20Quentin/San%20Quentin%20078.pdf

    “Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done; discover your humanity and your love in revolution.” ― George L. Jackson

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    23
    Aug
    2020
    Sun
    30
    Aug
    2020

    A new decade has started on this planet. With the rise of right-wing movements and the slow decline of social democracy, we are looking into coming years of intense struggle with the state and capitalism. There are already many anarchists sitting in prisons for taking on this fight—forgotten or ignored by liberals and human rights NGOs for “violent” actions.

    Quite often anarchists do get solidarity from parts of the society from which they are come. After all who can support one better than their own fellow humans trapped in the same misery of exploitation. However, we believe that responsibility for those facing repression in different parts of the world should not be only on the shoulders of local communities, but of international anarchist movements. Through our collective actions we can not only more widely diffuse the resources that are available, but also keep the fires burning in the chests of those imprisoned through autonomous revolutionary love and direct actions!

    This is a call for you to act in solidarity with imprisoned anarchists all around the world. From the 23rd of August 2020—the day of execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, you can do everything, limited only by your imagination. Put some of that vast imagination into action to make people feel your energy and show our collective strength in revolutionary struggle!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    23
    Aug
    2020
    4:30 pmMalcolm X Park

    Sunday 8/23, 4:30pm
    Malcolm X Park

    This month’s letter-writing event will be a special Black August edition on Sunday August 23rd, the 77th birthday of Black Liberation prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. Join us in signing conscious birthday cards, talking about his case and history of struggle, and engage in political education through a raffle!

    The PE raffle prizes are four pairs of Nike shoes that were donated in support of this event:

    Nike Flight Legacy Men’s size 9 - white/black/red

    Nike Air Max Excee Men’s size 8.5 - black/white/dark grey

    Nike Fly By Low II Men’s size 11.5 - black

    Nike Bendassi JDI Women’s size 10 - black/rose gold

    If you win a pair of shoes in your size, great! Otherwise you can trade or give to someone that fits them. The raffle is a way to engage in Black August study, with each ticket containing information on related topics. We look forward to the discussions that carry on after!

    We’ll also be making announcements about the upcoming 5K in Maroon’s honor, as the registration deadline is the following day (Aug 24). If you want to participate but haven’t registered yet, you can do it here! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and go over logistics. This will also be a good opportunity to submit tabling requests for the event, if you have material you would like to share.

    We look forward to seeing you at this special, Black August edition card writing event for Maroon!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    30
    Aug
    2020
    1:30 amClark Park (tentatively)

    Join us for our first incision into Philly with a reading discussion and social time in person (!) in Clark Park (tentatively) on the last Sunday in August!

    Discussion starts at 1:30 with some hangout time beforehand, we’ll also have some books and pamphlets on hand for sale.

    This month’s reading will be Monsieur Dupont’s “Your face is so mysteriously kind,” which you can find on the anarchist library here.

    We look forward to seeing all of your mysteriously kind, masked faces! See you there!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2020
    Sun
    13
    Sep
    2020

    Liebig 34 is being threatened by eviction. When state, cops and the owner want to evict, they will only have a disaster on their hands.

    As an anarcha-queer-feminist self-organized house-project without cis-men, directly at the square „Dorfplatz“ in Friedrichshain, Liebig 34 is a place where resistive actions and collective moments are decided and organized. A place where self-organization becomes a dangerous word, where a project is becoming a starting point of struggles and not just a space of self-reference and alternative entertainment. The project itself has taken part in the planning of many of demonstrations, published numerous calls and texts and carried out various radical actions. But it is also a symbol of radicalization and empowerment for the antagonistic scene in Berlin and in Germany, as it shows how to fight various forms of resistance.

    Liebig34 consists of a collective which is working with a focus to overcome more and more internalized structures of capitalism and patriarchy. In a world where patriarchy makes up one of the main pillars of the capitalist system, militant feminist groups and collectives, which make clear that the resistance and the fighting back is not a cis-men privilege, are more than necessary. In a patriarchal world, in which patriarchy and capitalism are intervoven, it is more than necessary to actually fight patriarchy and not have it be a side note in a text. Let us not be divided by oppression and let’s fight together in this for a liberated society.

    Join the fight and defend Liebig34!

    Feminist action week 07-13.09.20

    More information coming as soon as possible.

    Autonomous Groups for Liebig34

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    13
    Sep
    2020
    1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDTmeet.mayfirst.org/viscerapvd

    For those who missed our in-person discussion of Monsieur DuPont's "Your face is so mysteriously kind" (or those who didn't and have more to say) we'll be hosting a second round of discussion online.

    "Life is best in idleness and comfort; intelligence and sensitivity are characteristic of a subject position squeezed from sunshine and soft clothing like red juice from a pomegranate. Revolution is the actualisation of human beings as the object of their subjectivity, it is not religious martyrdom minus the religion. If the walls are not made of paper, don’t punch them, if the bars are not made of chocolate, don’t eat them. If you cannot win, refuse the fight."

    You can find the text on the anarchist library here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/monsieur-dupont-your-face-is-so-mysteriously-kind

    Reading discussion starts at 2 pm EST on jitsi: meet.mayfirst.org/viscerapvd

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    16
    Sep
    2020
    Sun
    20
    Sep
    2020

    nd Global Action against the War against the EZLN, the Peoples and Life: “Samir Vive”

    From September 16 to 20. According to your modes, calendars and geographies, join and participate.

    Register your participation at: redcontralosmegaproyectos@gmail.com and use the Hashtag: #FueraParamilitaresDeTerritorioZapatista

    Brothers and Sisters.

    Various groups, networks of resistance and rebellion, organizations and individuals adhering to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, in Mexico and the world, have decided to initiate this 2nd Global Action, on September 16 to denounce that the celebration of Independence from those above; it represents, for those below, the dispossession of Life, the militarization of the Territories and the war against the Peoples; faced with this, we say that: WE HAVE NOTHING TO CELEBRATE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY, other than the “other cry of the other independence that we are raising” SCIM [Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés]. We will close these activities on September 20, because we do not forget, we do not forgive and we do not betray the memory of our brother Samir Flores Soberanes, whose life was taken for defending Mother Earth and fighting against the Megaprojects of death.

    Finally, within the framework of this 2nd Global Action and in the midst of the serious public health crisis that has caused the COVID-19 Pandemic, not only does the economic crisis worsen and the unemployment rate increase, but there is no medium-term signs of a speedy economic recovery; on the contrary, we see a serious crisis regarding Human Rights and a systematic violation of individual guarantees; the criminalization of social protest is institutionalized as a State policy, and there is an excessive increase in acts of repression by the state or federal security authorities; such is the case of the comrades who were repressed for taking some headquarters of the CNDH [National Human Rights Commission] in the states and CDMX [Mexico City] to demand an end to gender violence and femicidal violence in our country. Likewise, the recent repressive acts against the normalistas of Tiripetío Michoacán; paramilitary and organized crime attacks against CNI organizations, such as the CIPOG-EZ, and on the eve of the six-year anniversary of the forced disappearance of the 43 normalistas from Ayotzinapa, there is no Truth and no Justice for our brothers. #FueElEstado and #NosFaltan43. AYOTZINAPA, September 26, join and participate, National March 16:00 Hrs., From the Angel of Independence to the Zócalo

    Sincerely

    Zapata Vive, the Fight Continues!

    Long live the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

    For the Integral Reconstruction of Our Peoples

    Long live #CNI, Long live #CIG, Long live #EZLN

    No to Mega Projects of Death

    Samir Vive, the Fight Continues

    Networks of resistance and rebellion, Collectives, Organizations and individuals adhering to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    18
    Sep
    2020

    Call for international solidarity to the court case on the 18th of September in Athens

    On September 18th the trial against two comrades from Berlin and two comrades from Athens will take place in Evelpidon Court in Athens. On November 26, 2017, the four persons were arrested during the forced eviction of GARE Squat, in the Athens district of Exarchia. Among other charges, they are accused of trespassing, attempted serious bodily harm, refusal of forensic identification and possession of explosive materials and explosive bombs. This eviction was the first of three in which the four comrades were detained for 4 days. They were released on conditions or bail and now, almost three years later, have to take responsibility in front of the court.

    At least since November 17th, 1973, Exarchia has developed as a neighbourhood of the resistance. In the last decades a large number of houses have been occupied, among them a number from and for refugees. There exist self-organized structures that were primarily created during the crisis, such as a self-administered hospital, food distribution and housing. Within the neighborhood, structures for communal living have emerged, like a park with a playground and gardens. In addition, there are various occupations that are inhabited or used by various political currents and promote a diversity of political debate. In the neighborhood, the resistance and the way of living together, which often takes place beyond state control, and often leads to conflicts with the cops. In the various phases, these clashes with authority were of varying intensity. The repressive measures taken against the neighborhood and its residents range from surrounding the neighborhood with MAT units, patrols with armored vehicles, arbitrary controls, to the regular deployment of anti-terrorist units in the neighborhood. These measures are often accompanied by a media campaign against a lawless space where drugs are traded and controlled by the mafia. This is an attempt to depoliticize the local struggle and marginalize the resistance to various state interventions.

    The occupations in the neighborhood are fundamental in making the resistance possible. They provide space for retreat, housing, infrastructure for communal living and for various needs such as food, electricity, washing and internet. They provide the space for meetings of different political collectives, cultural events and a basis for political discussions, they are a meeting point for activists and infrastructure for the movement. In this way they have developed into intersections between the movement and the neighborhood. Precisely because of the anti-state, anti-authoritarian attitude of the occupations and their autonomy, the state focuses on their elimination and openly attacks them. It is irrelevant here which party is currently in power; evictions and other attacks on occupations have been and are always taking place.

    Something similar is happening in Berlin. Especially those structures that openly oppose the state, experience the most repression, and especially those that do not respond to offers of legalization, cannot be seized by the state, and reject attempts of reform are fought with the utmost severity. This year, various projects have been announced for eviction, one has been evacuated and the big wave is expected in the fall. There has been a growing resistance to this since a long time, which has caused the struggle to flare up citywide in the various neighbourhoods. The collective resistance against these state attacks has the consequence that we find a new strength.

    The occupied houses are not relevant because of the stones they are built of, but because of the ideas that are created and lived in them. These ideas can be found all over the world and are also attacked everywhere by those in power. This makes international networking and solidarity necessary in order to jointly resist and defend our ideas.

    For example, every year on December 6th in Athens there is a demonstration in memory of Alexandros Grigoropolous, an anarchist youth who was murdered by cops in Exarchia in 2008. Many supporters from all over the world come to this demonstration to show solidarity with the local movement and to actively defend the neighborhood against the cops. The revolt that started immediately after Alexis’ death in 2008 and the strength of the movement is one reason for the intensified state attacks every year at this time. The first eviction of GARE Squat, during which the four defendants were arrested, took place just before this date. In view of the role that GARE had played in previous years in the preparation of the actions and around December 6, the choice of the time of the evacuation was not surprising. It was an attempt to weaken the movement in these combative days.

    Also last year, the recently elected conservative Nea Demokratia government began a massive attack on the movement two weeks before December 6th, accompanied with a wide media coverage. The Minister for Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis, publicly announced that he would evict various squats, especially in Exarchia, and issued an ultimatum. To divide the movement, the government called on all squats to sign contracts with the state. All those who resist should be evacuated. Chrysochiodis also drew up a list of those squats that were to be evacuated first. None of the occupations accepted the offer of legalization. Only a few days after December 6th, the first houses were evicted and offered massive resistance, which led to a wave of international solidarity. The state’s attacks on the movement, and especially the occupations, continue in order to finally break the resistance, especially in Exarchia. The elimination of the anti-authoritarian movement, which has a long history in Greece, and the gentrification of Exarchia has already been made a priority by Prime Minister Mitsotakis in his election campaign and that of Nea Demokratia, in order to win the predominantly right-wing electorate. Even if this has not been completely successful to date, several squats have been cleared, most recently Dervenion suqat in Exarchia on June 26. Together we must prepare ourselves for further attacks by the state.

    Show solidarity, accompany the trial against the defendants and resist together against state attacks on us and our projects!

    Solidarity with the L34, Meuterei, Potse, Syndikat, SabotGarden in Berlin!

    Solidarity with Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis and all other people affected and persecuted by repression!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    19
    Sep
    2020
    12:00 pmClark Park

    Proud Boys are coming to West Philly on Saturday, September 19th, to hold a rally in "the belly of the beast." A far-right neo-fascist organization, the Proud Boys are racist, anti-trans, anti-immigrant, explicitly colonialist, anti-Muslim, misogynist, and generally authoritarian, using street violence across the U.S. to impose their politics on the rest of us.

    We intend to drive them out of our neighborhood.
    We keep us safe.

    Saturday 9/19
    12PM
    Clark Park

    [Submission]

  • Sat
    19
    Sep
    2020
    9 a.m. until noon4134 Lancaster Ave.

    Really Really Free Market tomorrow (9/19) from 9 a.m. until noon at 4143 Lancaster Ave. - household items, adult clothing, children’s games & books! Please spread the word!

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    25
    Sep
    2020
    6:00 pm

    Our reading group on this will be Tuesday, 8/25 at 6 PM. Sign up here! forms.gle/LUDSZc9dipQaEAYD6

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    28
    Sep
    2020
    north side of the dog bowl in Clark Park

    Join us this Monday, September 28th, at the north side of the dog bowl in Clark Park as we package and mail the Philly RDTW 2020 reportback to US-held political prisoners. Snacks and card-writing supplies are provided. We encourage people who want to discuss ideas on how to support political prisoners and prisoners of war to come hang out, and send some quick notes of solidarity to political prisoners with birthdays in September and October:

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2020
    1Clark Park at the dog bowl

    Enjoy some much-needed and rarely gotten face-to-face time with other anarchists on Saturday, October 3rd as we gather for a discussion of the essay Social War, Antisocial Tension by Josep Gardenyes.

    When an old lady marches in a protest and imagines the street free of cars and full of gardens; when a young boy lights fire to a shopping center that he and his friends have filled with gas cans and imagines a forest growing out of the ruins; when a mother entertains the fantasy of conducting her own birthing with friends in a free community where her daughter will never know of prison, of marriage, of advertising that assaults her self-esteem, of pollution, of institutional education; when all those worlds flourish parallel to our own, we will be stronger than ever.

    Find the whole text here

    We’ll be meeting in Clark Park again, this time at the dog bowl – discussion starts at 1:15, come around 1 for social time. As usual, we’ll have some books and pamphlets for viewing and purchase.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    09
    Oct
    2020

    In the past week, ten people have been arrested in connection to 1492 Land Back Lane. These include Allies who are non-Indigenous and people from other Haudenosaunee communities, as well as Mohawk researcher Courtney Skye and Oneida journalist Karl Dockstader.

    Arresting our kin and allies is an escalation of violence on behalf of the OPP. Canada is choosing how to address our concerns and issues, and they have chosen to use police violence and criminalization instead of engaging with our community.

    Our people have been charged simply for being in their territory, practicing our culture. Dealing with land disputes in this way is unacceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated.

    We believe that this is a deliberate strategy of the OPP, to intimidate our supporters and discouraged people from supporting our use of our land.

    We fear that the OPP intends to cut off our ability to receive supplies, which includes food and water. If this technique is successful, it will continue a colonial strategy of using starvation as a technique to force Indigenous people from their lands.

    We are calling for a day of solidarity on October 9, 2020.

    Land Defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane also call on our allies to continue to contact their MPPs and the OPP and demand our community is respected and able to pursue justice for illegitimate development in our territory.

    “It is deeply offensive and unjust for Haudenosaunee people to be arrested for defending their territory. Arresting Haudenosaunee for being on the land and attempting to erase us by using police violence doesn’t legitimize these false claims over our land,” says land defender Skyler Williams.

    Further, Williams states, “thousands of people across Canada have reached out to support our community, hundreds of people from near and far have visited 1492 Land Back Lane. People who want to be on the right side of history know our sovereignty is more important than another subdivision on stolen native land.”

    We call on our allies to continue to amplify our demand for peace and safety. Please continue to support us on social media and through donations on GoFundMe and e-transfer and PayPal at landback6nations@gmail.com.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    10
    Oct
    2020
    Sat
    17
    Oct
    2020
    12-3pmOnline

    Two Saturdays. October 10th & 17th. 12-3pm. Online. 

    Join Incite Seminars for a two-part workshop to explore counter-mapping as a tool for what Anishinaabe scholar Jean-Paul Restoule calls the twin goals of "decolonization" and "reinhabitation." In Part I (October 10), we will introduce the practice of counter-mapping and explore an example of a decolonial map of Lower Manhattan in a manner that engages the past as present. In Part II (October 17), we will dig into histories of resistance in our own local communities in an embodied way. This portion of the workshop will invite you to unearth your lived experiences of displacement and rooting and to incorporate them into the mapping process. We will co-create a map that traces the ways some of our predecessors not only managed to inhabit uninhabitable times and places, but actually transformed them into spaces of liberation.

    Facilitator: Rebecca Manski is an independent educator, curriculum designer and researcher. She writes and teaches about the fortresses, walls and detention centers in one of this country's first borderzones, New York's financial district. You can find her at Unsettling Wall Street/Borderless Walks and Social Justice Tours.

    Discounted pricing for Educators & Activists!  For more information and to register, visit the event page.
    [Submission]
  • Sun
    11
    Oct
    2020

    We are calling for autonomous, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and anti-fascist actions. We will take the streets and we will take the waters and the forests. We will intervene in settler and resource colonial violence. We will defend our communities.

    We envision this Day of Rage to be decentralized, filled with creative direct action (both above ground and below ground), daring, and with extraordinary diversity of tactics.This could look like marches, occupations, blockades, street theater, it could look like anti-colonial messages spray painted on walls, it could look like monuments falling or taking on I.C.E. facilities, resource colonial corporations and their machinery. It could look like hundreds of people or just a couple of people with a targeted action. What it looks like is really up to you. Check out our organizing resources for more info and ideas.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    26
    Oct
    2020
    5:30 pmpicnic bench just north of the playground at Clark Park

    Join us on Monday, October 26th, 5:30 pm at the picnic bench just north of the playground at Clark Park. We’ll be writing letters to Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown).

    Jamil became known as a Black liberation leader as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party. In the early ’70s, he did five years as a political prisoner before being paroled in 1976. Upon his release, he moved to Atlanta, GA and led one of the nation’s largest Muslim groups, Al-Ummah. He is known to have greatly improved social services to the West End community in Atlanta.

    From 1992 to 1997, the FBI and Atlanta police investigated Imam Jamil in connection with everything from domestic terrorism to gunrunning to 14 homicides in Atlanta’s West End, according to police investigators' reports, FBI documents and interviews. On March 16th, 2000, Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Ricky Kinchen is shot and later dies, while another deputy Aldranon English is wounded after being shot by a man outside Imam Jamil’s store. English identified the shooter in the March 16th incident as Imam Jamil, yet testified that he shot the assailant — who “had grey eyes” — in the exchange of gunfire. Imam Al-Amin’s eyes are brown, and he had no gunshot injury when he was captured just four days later.

    Now that Fulton County has a Convictions Integrity Unit, there is a good chance that Imam Jamil’s case will be reopened due to the known incongruities. This is doubly important because he has medical challenges — symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome and smoldering myeloma (a form of blood cancer) as well as untreated cataracts. Due to his eyesight, write letters to him in large print if you are participating remotely.

    Snacks and all the letter-writing supplies one could wish for will be provided. We will also sign birthday cards for political prisoners with birthdays in November: Ed Poindexter (the 1st), Joe Dibee (the 10th), and Josh Williams (the 25th).

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    30
    Oct
    2020
    9:30 amMalcolm X Park, 5150 Pine St

    #FreeAnt !!! Tomorrow!! Community Gathers to Call for the Immediate Release of Beloved Organizer Anthony Smith WHAT: Philly for REAL Justice is holding a Press Conference to speak out about federal agents using Gestapo-like tactics to raid the home of Anthony Smith, his blatantly unconstitutional treatment in Federal custody, and to call for his immediate release. WHEN: Friday, October 30 at 9:30am WHERE: Malcolm X Park, 5150 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19143 WHO: Philly for REAL (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice, Human Rights Coalition of PA, and the family, friends, co-workers, and supporters of long time organizer, educator and community advocate Anthony Smith. WHY: Anthony Smith was targeted, arrested and imprisoned for exercising his protected First Amendment rights to peacefully protest. The federal government is trying to assassinate Smith’s character and pin baseless charges on him because he is an outspoken community advocate. He is being held for weeks without the chance to post bail or have access to his lawyer. This is an attempt to paint him as a criminal, threatening his job and livelihood while taking away his fundamental right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    30
    Oct
    2020
    6 pm – 7:30 pmRittenhouse Square

    Join us on Friday, October 30th for our next anarchist bazaar and reading discussion. We’ll be celebrating the beginning of Halloween weekend with a discussion of the essay Political Naivete by Aragorn! We’ll be meeting in Rittenhouse Square from 6 pm – 7:30 pm to enjoy each others’ company at the beginning of Halloween weekend and in anticipation of the excitement of the next month(s).

    Below is the essay in full. Read some of the related texts, if you dare!

    [Essay and related texts]

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    31
    Oct
    2020
    12:00 pm6100 LOCUST STREET

    Protest for Walter Wallace Jr.

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    03
    Nov
    2020
    6pm to 8pmzoom

    For our next reading group we will be discussing: Stolen Anarchy - Playing Indian and the Roots of Collectivism: invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=qBFvxkvp… KAYANEREHKOWA – "Great Law of Peace" ganienkeh.net/thelaw.html Graeber's introduction to a new edition of "Mutual Aid": pmpress.org/blog/2020/09/03/…

    The discussion is scheduled for Tuesday November 3rd from 6pm to 8pm. Sign up here for the zoom info: forms.gle/DuzPRoaMNarYBe816

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    04
    Nov
    2020
    Wed
    20
    Jan
    2021

    Call for community mobilizations in the face of the upcoming 2020 election.

    This is an emergency. It’s an emergency many of us have been living for a long time: from here in New York City, capital of global capitalism and onetime epicenter of COVID-19, to every corner of occupied Turtle Island.

    But it is also an opening. Millions of people have woken up to this reality since the onset of the recession and the eruption of the George Floyd rebellion, and millions more will join us in the coming months no matter what goes down on Election Day.

    Starting November 4 and continuing every Wednesday following until January 20, we will come together to claim a regular space and time for coordination among popular forces, and for sustained non-cooperation with the regime.

    Think direct action: road blockades, sit-ins, shutdowns, mass disruptions. Think social strike: student walkouts, worker wildcats, rent and transit and debt strikes.

    This call is in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, People’s Strike, the migrant labor movement, and indigenous peoples everywhere.

    It is not affiliated with any political party, but open to all anti-racists, anti-sexists, and anti-capitalists who know another world is possible and are prepared to fight for it wherever we live, work, and struggle.

    For updates from across the continent, text HELLO to 205-576-7193 on the Signal app.

    And contact nystateofemergency@riseup.net with any questions!

    DON’T JUST VOTE — REVOLT!

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    06
    Nov
    2020

    Call for Actionday on the 6th November 2020.

    On the 26th of October eleven people were put into investigative custody in Frankfurt am Main. As part of a protest action on three highway bridges, the activists were initially accused with severe intervention into traffic and coercion.
    Frankfurt‘s public prosecution dropped the accusation of severe intervention into traffic after only one day. Now the activists have to face an imprisonment of two to three months, which is justified by the entirely unreasonable and constructed accusation of coercion.

    “It is always the same: Once politics can not get a grip on rampant protests, they react with means of repression.“
    (Waltraut Verleih)

    We demand the immediate liberation of all political captives and the suspension of all charges and repressions.
    The captives can not speak up themselves, so let us raise our voices for them!
    Join the movement and participate on the day of action on the 6th of November. Let it be colourful, creative, resistant, in solidarity and most importantly: everywhere! Drop the banner, create demonstrations in solidarity, sticker up, chalk on every street, flyer in every space, write postcards or letters to the captives or do anything else that pops into your head!

    Last but not least: Come to DANNI and on the streets– it was never more important than now!

    In solidarity, prison support Hessen

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    09
    Nov
    2020
    Tue
    24
    Nov
    2020

    SOLIDARITY MOBILIZATION 9th-24th NOVEMBER

    This autumn several prosecutions, which involve hundreds of anarchists, will take place in Italy. In these investigations public prosecutors and judges want to put the anarchist ideal under trial. The attempts to reduce different tensions and practices in various legal schemes, i.e. the hateful and pathetic division between “good” and “bad” anarchism, aim to repress those who fight, making them face decades of imprisonment.

    In a period in which the imposed living conditions are increasingly harsh, it is essential to fight: to respond to the violence of the State, to the regime of oppression that tries to impose, attempting to attack anyone who expresses solidarity with those who have already chosen on which side to stand.

    We will stand, close and complicit with our comrades, and not only in the courtrooms: we call for two weeks of mobilization from the 9th to the 24th of November, as an opportunity to create moments of active solidarity in the streets or wherever we choose to express it.

    ALONGSIDE ALL THE ANARCHISTS ON TRIAL!

    AGAINST PRISONS AND FOR THE FREEDOM OF ALL PRISONERS!

    FREEDOM FOR ALL!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    16
    Nov
    2020
    5:00 pm

    Register for this historical press conference during a critical time in the case of our esteemed elder and revolutionary leader, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Hear from Angela Davis, Pam Africa, Prof Gregg Gonsalves, Kwame Ajamu, Linn Washington, Jr and others as they continue the decades long fight calling for the freedom of Mumia, all political prisoners, and prison abolition. An unannounced - high profile person is expected to chime in as well. Tune in, learn more, spread the word, show your support and get involved. See the full press release here.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Nov
    2020
    Sun
    29
    Nov
    2020

    Call for a week of solidarity with indigenous land struggles for sovereignty across so-called Canada and beyond.

    The Indigenous people of the land have been under attack ever since the first invaders came to our shores. We have been defending our lands and protecting our waters for generations.

    We have never stopped and we never will. Our laws demand that we uphold our sacred responsibilities, not only for ourselves, but the next seven generations. Our fight and love for our land and our people connect all Indigenous people.

    From coast to coast we are united. We must stand in solidarity and defend our relatives that are being attacked by these invaders. Invaders that intend on destroying our land and water for profit and impeding our right to be free people.

    As Indigenous grassroots people, on the frontlines, we call on you to join us in solidarity from Nov 23-29 as a national call to action to support and respect our sovereignty.

    We call on you to demand justice for our people, to hold the companies committing acts of genocide accountable through direct action and rallies where you are.

    We are one, we are united, and we will fight, together.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Nov
    2020
    Mon
    30
    Nov
    2020

    Anarchists have always stood up against tyranny and dictatorship. Regardless of the color of the flag, raised by authoritarianism over this or that corner of the planet. So it is not surprising that anarchists are actively involved in the uprising against the dictator Lukashenko in Belarus. From the very first days, with our determination and uncompromising attitude, we showed that anarchism is a revolutionary movement capable of changing the world!

    During the uprising, many of our comrades ended up in prison. Now at least 10 anarchists and antifascists are serving administrative arrests. In addition, 10 anarchists and 4 anti-fascists are waiting for criminal courts, punishment for some of them reaches 20 years in prison.

    We call on you to join the week of solidarity and show by action your support for revolutionary anarchists and antifascists fighting against the occupation regime of Lukashenko! Every action counts!

    Send reports on the actions and activities to the post email of ABC-Belarus belarus_abc@riseup.net.

    Financial support can be send through ABC-Belarus (https://abc-belarus.org/?p=13136) or crowdfunding campaign (https://www.firefund.net/belarus).

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Nov
    2020
    6:30 pmonline event

    Due to the rainy weather and police killing of #WalterWallace on the day of last month’s letter-writing event, we decided to postpone until this month. We’ll be writing letters to Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30pm! To observe social distancing, we will hold this event on Jitsi and post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    Jamil became known as a Black liberation leader as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party. In the early ’70s, he did five years as a political prisoner before being paroled in 1976. Upon his release, he moved to Atlanta, GA and led one of the nation’s largest Muslim groups, Al-Ummah. He is known to have greatly improved social services to the West End community in Atlanta.

    From 1992 to 1997, the FBI and Atlanta police investigated Imam Jamil in connection with everything from domestic terrorism to gunrunning to 14 homicides in Atlanta’s West End, according to police investigators' reports, FBI documents and interviews. On March 16th, 2000, Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Ricky Kinchen is shot and later dies, while another deputy Aldranon English is wounded after being shot by a man outside Imam Jamil’s store. English identified the shooter in the March 16th incident as Imam Jamil, yet testified that he shot the assailant — who “had grey eyes” — in the exchange of gunfire. Imam Al-Amin’s eyes are brown, and he had no gunshot injury when he was captured just four days later.

    Now that Fulton County has a Convictions Integrity Unit, there is a good chance that Imam Jamil’s case will be reopened due to the known incongruities. This is doubly important because he has medical challenges — symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome and smoldering myeloma (a form of blood cancer) as well as untreated cataracts. Due to his eyesight, write letters to him in large print if you are participating remotely.

    We will also announce political prisoners with birthdays in November and December, and encourage participants to independently send them cards: Ed Poindexter (Nov 1st), Joe Dibee (Nov 10th), Josh Williams (Nov 25th), Reality Winner (Dec 4th), Fred “Muhammad” Burton (Dec 15th), and Casey Brezik (Dec 30th).

  • Thu
    03
    Dec
    2020
    Thu
    10
    Dec
    2020

    Avenge Michael Reinoehl - Week of Action Dec 3-10

    On Thursday, September 3rd, 2020, state agents murdered antifascist Michael Forest Reinoehl in cold blood in Washington state, by direct order of fascist US president Donald Trump. This is the first extrajudicial assassination of an antifascist directly by this regime in the United States.

    Reinoehl, in an act of revolutionary self-defense, shot a fascist who threatened himself and a friend. This fascist was in fact close friends with Trump-supporting white supremacist Jeremy Christian who murdered several people on the light rail in Portland, Oregon.

    This is a call to action and a commemoration for Michael. An injury to one of us is an injury to all. We are calling for people to take actions in their cities, towns, neighborhoods, or homes. Whether banner drops, postering, demonstrations, direct actions, lighting fireworks, commemorations, or whatever creative ideas people come up with; we want the world to know that this will neither be forgotten nor forgiven.

    When the State begins targeted assassinations, rule through terror becomes consolidated. Anarchists, antifascists, and all revolutionaries must stand in solidarity against these attacks and against the capitalist, imperialist state— particularly when in the fear of collapse it bares its teeth. We will not be intimidated. We will fight.

    #AvengeMichaelReinoehl

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    06
    Dec
    2020

    Disobedience knows no “time to act,” it lives in moments when individuals grasp at a greater freedom. A freedom defined by the struggle to gain time and space beyond societal constraints. A reaction to the present order, against passive society and in furtherance of our individual desire. Nothing more, nothing less. These days too little is said about disobedience.

    Disobedience is always personal and often spontaneous, even if accomplished collectively. Disobedience is at it’s heart an anarchist action existing to attack, never support the current order. We would expect disobedience and its celebration to rise with the suppression of the individual and in this moment, it has.

    What of this unprecedented suppression? In a frenzy the adherents of society and their masters turn to dystopic authoritarianism backed by loyal reactionary national soldiers, the police. They call it progress!

    In the course of human history, progress is a story of false starts, dead ends and ideas having lived their purpose. At its worst progress is a course which leads humanity toward extinction.

    The emergence of the Industrial Revolution was born from war against free time and open space, capitalism. At its core the prevailing situation has always been anti-human, kept afloat from rapid and now diminishing gains.

    With those gains now gone, the human race is left with disaster. We do not want to focus on tangents of conceivable futures. We are well aware of the significant moment we find ourselves in. With that much said consider that capitalism was always bound to devolve into the same war it started. The war which our disobedience places itself, a battle for our time and space to live free.

    In times of extreme authoritarianism disobedience has infinite worth as its ability to further our desire expands. We desire disobedience.

    For freedom, humanity and an insidious desire to end the current order.

    Let every act of repression visited upon us bloom infinite vicious resistance.

    Looking toward a winter of anarchy.

    Obsidian, November 27, 2020

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    11
    Dec
    2020
    Sat
    12
    Dec
    2020

    After 5 years of the Paris Agreement, governments and institutions have totally failed to take any measures that would prevent an 1,5º C global temperature increase. If we keep relying on governments’ action, the climate crisis will become uncontrollable within a few years, resulting in the degradation of the human living conditions, which is first affecting the poorest people in the global South. We cannot allow that to happen! Governments are intertwined with the fossil fuel industry that rely on permanent capital growth. We will have to shut down the CO2 emissions ourselves./

    /On the 11th and 12th of December 2020, 5 years after the Paris Agreement, amidst the Covid-19 and climate crises, we call for global, decentralized actions of civil disobedience against the polluters. We do that to state clearly that the time to wait on governments’ actions is over! We need a global Climate Uprising that will challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry and fight for a just transition to a economic system that respects the natural boundaries of the earth.

    We take climate action into our own hands!

    #FightForOnePointFive

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2020

    If you missed our ‘Occupy Kids Story Time’ this morning, stay tuned for another one on Saturday Dec. 12th! In the meantime we’ll be offering a 20% discount on all our wonderful children’s books. Wow!

    In order to highlight our great selection of books, and to take some pressure off all the folks who care for our community’s little ones, we will be hosting a kids book reading once a month on every second Saturday. Our initial readings will be for pre-K, but keep an ear open for our other events!

    If buying books in person is not an option for you right now, call or email us and we can arrange having a book mailed or delivered to you!

    If you are interested in attending the next reading in person, please email occupykids@woodenshoebooks.org! Everyone else can join us on facebook live!

    What’s Next?

    We will be growing our program and, hopefully, be offering craft events and events for a wider variety of age-groups! We will also be sending out a list of resources for kids and the folks who take care of them in the near future.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2020
    11AM-12AMFacebook.com/WoodenShoeBooks

    Round 2! Join us on Facebook live for our second kids story time! We will be posting the books for this months reading shortly!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2020
    9 a.m. til noonLAVA Space 4134 Lancaster Ave
    Really Really Free Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. til noon. Spread the word!
  • Sun
    13
    Dec
    2020

    Join us Sunday, December 13th from 1 pm-3 pm EST for our next discussion! With the lockdown upon many of us once again and the pandemic continuing to rage, we figure even hardened anti-social @s might be bouncing off the walls at this point. In that light, we’ve decided to revisit a few texts written at the beginning of the first wave of all this that touch on the subjects of lockdown and social isolation, plus an older one on solitude.

    This one’s gonna be online as we anticipate unpleasant sitting outside weather, so we’ll be back on jitsi in room viscerapvd. E-mail us for the password at viscerapvd@gmail.com.

    Readings for discussion:

    Marcello Tari – Letter to Friends of the Desert
    Dabtara – Against Social Distancing
    Novatore – Noontime Songs

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    15
    Dec
    2020
    6:30 pm
    Our next reading group meeting is Tuesday 12/15 at 6:30pm, where we'll discuss Rojava and the book A Small Key Can Open a Large Door.
    DM us if you want to join!
  • Sun
    20
    Dec
    2020
    1:00 pmclark park (meet at the orange tables)

    we’ve decided to discuss these next readings both in person and online! so if you’re in philly, join us on sunday, december 20th at 1pm in clark park (meet at the orange tables) for a socially distant discussion on... social distancing, isolation, and solitude. see you then!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    21
    Dec
    2020
    Mon
    28
    Dec
    2020
    21 – 28 DECEMBER 2020
    WEEK OF ACTION & SOLIDARITY FOR ANARCHIST COMRADE ERROL
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF COMRADE ERROL
    NO THOUGHT OF DEPORTATION
    BURN ALL PRISONS AND ALL THE CELLS-CAGES
    Comrade Errol is being persecuted because:
    HE IS RESISTING THE STATE’S MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19
    In the midst of covid19, the states invoking a state of emergency, legalizing confinement, surveillance and control intensifies its repressive campaign against whoever is resisting against them. With the pretext of the spreading of the virus, it begins banning gathering and demonstrations, giving out tickets, violent attacks, incarcerations and arrests of resisting individuals and groups. Its goal being the psychological weakening of those resisting, at the same moment where the state being in a deep crisis tries to secure its dominion.
    HE IS FIGHTING AGAINST THE STATE AND ANY FORM OF AUTHORITY
    The state calls Errol “a danger for the public order and state safety” taking him into custody and threatening him with a vengeful deportation. Any action in the anarchist and general anti-authoritarian movement against authority and any form of oppression is considered by the state as illegal and is instantly repressed.
    HE IS AN ANARCHIST
    Ιt is clear that the decision for the deportation of the comrade is based on hispolitical identity as an anarchist, his fighting stance and his active action insocial and political struggles. One more decision of conviction addedto the long list of criminalization of comrades in struggle.
    THE PASSION FOR LIFE AND FREEDOM CANNOT BE ILLEGALIZED OR REPRESSED
    AS ERROL’SPROSECUTION IS POLITICALTHE ANSWER WILL BE POLITICAL
    SOLIDARITY IS THE WEAPON OF PEOPLEHANDS OFFERROL
    Assembly of solidarity with anarchist comrade Errol
    Text of the assembly
    Updates on the case of Comrade Errol

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    28
    Dec
    2020
    6:30 pmThis event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of.

    Happy solstice everyone! As 2020 draws to a close and we celebrate the days getting longer, join us next Monday at 6:30pm to show anarchist political prisoner Eric King some solidarity and send new year’s cards to comrades behind bars! We’ll be joined by someone from Eric’s support crew to provide the most updated info and answer questions. This event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    Thankfully the mail ban against King has been lifted for the time being, so we’re taking this opportunity to send him some love. 2020 has been a rough year for many, particularly people whose lives are in danger inside prisons and folks like Eric who are facing additional repression such as communication restrictions and solitary confinement. Eric’s account of life in solitary confinement in the Bureau of Prisons (Flipping the Script) was featured in Solitary Watch earlier this year. Read his take on the Kafkaesque existence of over 10,000 people being housed in segregation for at least 23 hours a day.

    If you can’t make the event, please drop him a line without mentioning his current case, Covid, or anything about the mail ban.

    Eric King #27090-045
    FCI Englewood
    9595 West Quincy Avenue
    Littleton, CO 80123

    We will also send birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in January: Fran Thompson (the 4th), Abdul Azeez (the 9th), Sundiata Acoli (the 14th), Joe-Joe Bowen (the 15th), and Marius Mason (the 26th).

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    31
    Dec
    2020

    This is a call for a night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state. Historically, New Year’s Eve is one of the noisiest nights of the year. This year, most of which has been consumed by a global pandemic, we encourage folks to take whatever measures are necessary to insure individual and community well-being, in response to both the virus and the state, understanding the balance each of us must strike for ourselves. Given our current reality, on New Year’s Eve gather your crew, collective, community, organization, or just yourself to raise a racket and remind those on the inside that they are not alone.

    Internationally, noise demonstrations outside of prisons are a way to remember those who are held captive by the state and a way to show solidarity with imprisoned comrades and loved ones. We come together to break the loneliness and isolation.

    We know that prison is beyond reform and must be completely abolished. It is a mechanism of repression used by the state to maintain a social order rooted in white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. To come together outside of the sites of repression is to also stand in defiance of what they represent.

    The logic of the state and capital—of punishment and imprisonment, must be replaced by a rejection of oppression and exploitation. This call is one step in that direction.

    Wherever you are, meet on New Year’s Eve at the prisons, jails, and detention centers, be loud in solidarity with those imprisoned and to push forward the idea of a world free from domination.

    We send this call in solidarity with those defying state repression of large scale dissent: from the George Floyd uprisings to ongoing defiance in Greece by those facing repression as anarchists, and all of those in the spaces between.

    We want a world without walls and borders.

    We will fight together until everyone is free!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    13
    Jan
    2021
    19:00 – 20:30

    Join us for the Philadelphia virtual book launch of Peter Cole’s Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly on Wednesday, January 13th at 7pm EST hosted by Wooden Shoe Books and co-sponsored by the Independence Seaport Museum and Philadelphia IWW. Peter will be joined by labor journalist Kim Kelly and Royce Adams, a Philadelphia native and longshoreman in ILA Local 1291. Details and free registration link to be announced.

    Ben Fletcher, an African American who helped lead the IWW’s most militant and effective interracial branch, epitomized the union’s brand of anti-capitalism and anti-racism. Fletcher (1890−1949) was a tremendously important and well-loved member of the IWW during its heyday, the first quarter of the 20th century. A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union. When founded in 1913, this union was a third African American, a third Irish and Irish American, and a third other European immigrants. Despite being hated by the bosses and redbaited by the government, Local 8 controlled the waterfront for almost a decade.

    Peter Cole, a Professor of History at Western Illinois University and Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Program at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia and the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. He also is the founder and co-director of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19). He tweets from @ProfPeterCole.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2021
    1-3 pm ESTjitsi in the room viscerapvd

    Join us for our first anarchist reading discussion of the year! January’s reading for discussion is The Right to be Greedy: Theses on the Practical Necessity of Demanding Everything by the collective For Ourselves.

    Greed in its fullest sense is the only possible basis of communist society. The present forms of greed lose out, in the end, because they turn out to be not greedy enough.

    Reading can be found here (footnotes optional but encouraged!)

    Discussion will be held on Saturday, January 16th from 1-3 pm EST.

    As last time, this one’ll be online on jitsi in the room viscerapvd. Email us for the password at viscerapvd@gmail.com!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2021

    With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrants’ lives in ICE detention have become even more precarious, and the medical neglect they face even more deadly. Detained immigrants have courageously faced the horrors of COVID-19 inside prison walls for nearly a year, organizing unprecedented protests and hunger strikes in response.

    Immigrant detainees are doing their part. We must do ours. Solidarity is our weapon.

    If we do not come together to fight against the detainment, separation, deportation, and medical neglect of immigrants, the world will be no better off under the Biden administration than it was under Trump.

    Join us on January 20, Inauguration Day, to let our undocumented brothers and sisters know that we will not stop fighting for their release.

    This is a call to organize wherever you are, inviting anyone who dreams of a world without borders to come together and build it. We issue it in solidarity with the call made by the Brown Berets for January 20 to simultaneously turn back the “insurgency of Proud Boys” and “free our children in cages.” On January 20, show up at ICE detention centers, at ICE field offices, and at the police stations that cooperate with ICE.

    We’ll welcome back children and families as they’re released, or else we’ll fight to see that their separation and detention comes to an end.

    Invite your friends, families, and co-workers.
    Wear a mask.
    Make noise. Bring tents. Think ambitiously about how to free the detainees held near your community.
    Come prepared.

    For our immigrant neighbors who are still in cages.
    For our immigrant neighbors who live in fear.
    For our immigrant neighbors yet to arrive.
    Close the Camps!

    #StopFamilySeparation
    #AbolishICE
    #J20

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2021

    Join us on January 22nd in shining a light on the plight of trans prisoners. On this day, and every day, get involved in projects that support other trans and queer prisoners, and look into the other struggles which Marius participates in – it’s one fight against the society that is killing us, one way or the other. Live your life with pride, joy and freedom, and extend those feelings to others; don’t let the walls of prison or society act as a limit.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    25
    Jan
    2021
    2:30 pmThis event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    This month we are asking that folks write letters of support to former Black Panther, Kamau Sadiki. Kamau has been held in the Augusta State Medical Prison for years and suffered medical neglect. Right now, Kamau is in danger of needing his left foot amputated and needs to see a wound specialist. Before you join us next Monday to write a letter, please take a minute to tweet at @GovKemp & call the Augusta State Medical Prison at (706) 855-4700 to demand he be taken to the wound care clinic ASAP. At the letter-writing event, we will have an update about the medical campaign and send words of solidarity directly to Kamau so that he knows, and the prison knows, this situation is getting wider public attention.

    At age 17, Kamau dedicated his life to the service of his people working out of the Jamaica office of the Black Panther Party. Kamau worked in the Free Breakfast Program each morning and then went out into the community to sell the BPP newspaper later in the day. At nineteen, Kamau was a member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA). Several members of the BLA, including Kamau, left New York City and lived in the Atlanta area for a short period of time. On the night of November 3rd 1971, witnesses observed three black males run from a van where a police officer was murdered at a gas station in downtown Atlanta. The witnesses failed to identify Kamau from a photographic line-up and there was no physical evidence that implicated him. In 1971, the Atlanta police department closed the case as unsolved.

    In 1999, the FBI in pursuit of collaboration in their attempts to recapture Assata Shakur (the mother of one of Kamau’s daughters), a political exile in Cuba, threatened him with life in prison if he did not assist them. When he did not comply, the FBI convinced Atlanta police to re-open the case and charge Kamau. He was arrested in 2002 in Brooklyn, New York some thirty-one years later after the murder. In 2003, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and ten years to run consecutively for armed robbery. Much of his sentence has been spent in a medical prison because he suffers from Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis of the Liver, and Sarcoidosis. February 19th will be his 68th birthday so send him some birthday love as well!

    This event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    If you can’t join us on Monday, send him a message of hope and healing at:

    Freddie Hilton #0001150688
    Augusta State Medical Prison
    3001 Gordon Highway
    Grovetown, GA 30813

    We also encourage sending birthday cards to political prisoners with February birthdays: Veronza Bowers (the 4th) and Oso Blanco (the 26th).

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    26
    Jan
    2021
    6:00 pmDM @PhillyGAF FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Letter-writing party! January 26th, 2021 6:00PM EST Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061 FCI Danbury Route 37 Danbury, CT 06811

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    01
    Feb
    2021

    UPDATE: Check out the Feb 1st COVID Clemency Caravan and Day of Action organizing and media kit to start plugging in.

    As supporters of the #CagingCOVID campaign, the Antistasis Project is calling for decentralized actions on February 1st across the so-called United States, and internationally, in support of mass clemency for people held in jails, prisons and detention centers.

    Reports updated as of January 8, 2021 show over 329,298  prisoners have gotten the virus, and more than 2,020 died as a result of it. The pandemic has resulted in prisons and jails abusing isolation more than ever before. Social distance is necessary but solitary confinement is torture.

    Crowded quarters, a lack of PPE, inadequate medical care, an aging population, and unsanitary conditions have contributed to an infection rate 5.5 times higher than the already ballooned average in the U.S.

    There have been over 100 documented prisoner rebellions related to negligence over COVID-19 safety (For example, Alabama prisoners have been on strike since Jan 1st). Its time we step it up on the outside. A quick and massive release of prisoners is the safest and most responsible option. In reality, its long overdue.

    February 1st was declared “National Freedom Day” in 1949, in a Presidential proclamation recognizing both the 1865 signing of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery and 1948 U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. Yet all these years later, today’s prisoners are still subjected to conditions those documents were thought to be addressing, from extreme medical neglect and the torture of isolation to outright slave labor.

    #CagingCOVID is inviting people to join them in a caravan to DC, where they will have a motorcade rally to hand-deliver their petition to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the United Nations (UN) offices.

    But there are also countless local and regional targets to apply pressure on in furthering the demand of immediate COVID clemency. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Your Governor’s home: Check out what they’ve been doing in North Carolina and Florida for some inspiration.
    2. A local jail or prison near you: Make noise to let prisoners and detainees know you are out there. While a prison noise demo is a First Amendment protected activity, it sends a message up the chain to administration and other officials who fear demonstrations spreading across the wall.
    3. Regional offices of the DOJ, CDC and UN: Help amplify the #CagingCOVID petition demands by having a presence at these offices as well.
    4. A busy intersection, interstate or shopping area: Reach people on the street, some times a little disruption can also generate more attention and media coverage that reaches thousands more.
    5. Get creative! Put out flyers and posters, drop banners in visible locations, coordinate phone zaps and social media blasts, affinity group style direct actions to blockade or occupy strategic locations… Just be sure to wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distance while you do any in-person activity.

    Abolition is the road, clemency is the vehicle, now is the time.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2021
    At the end of last December the Greek government approved a reform of the national penitentiary system that, in addition to other measures that worsen prison conditions, establishes that those convicted of terrorism cannot access “rural prisons”, more “open” institutions to which long-term prisoners have access. The approval of this law has led to the immediate transfer of political prisoner Dimitri Koufontinas from the rural prison of Kassevitia.
    Dimitri is a comrade convicted for participating in the revolutionary organization 17 November, in prison since 2002. The new set of laws stipulates that inmates in rural prisons are reclassified and then transferred to the last prison they were in. In Dimitri’s case it should have been the Athenian prison of Koridallos. However, the prison administration decided to transfer him, manipulating the transfer papers, to Domokos prison. Although there are no differentiated circuits in Greece, in recent years, the prison administration has turned Domokos into a “hard” prison.

     

    Such a punitive transfer is aimed at striking a comrade who has always struggled: as a free man, in courtrooms, in prison. Since his capture he has participated in numerous protests and has been on four hunger strikes.
    This repressive manoeuvre is not only aimed at annihilating Dimitri Koufontinas but also forms part of the Greek’s state repressive project: crushing the most radical and combative parts of society to
    avoid the hypothesis of future and general conflicts.
    Faced with the transfer, Dimitri Koufontinas decided to strive once again, using his body as a weapon and last resort. Since 8 January he has begun a hunger strike which will continue indefinitely until he is transferred to Koridallos prison.
    As the strike continues, the comrade is in a critical and precarious condition in Lamia hospital: according to the doctors he could collapse at any moment.
    During the strike there were many initiatives and solidarity actions throughout Greece and beyond:
    protests, demos, wall writings, banners, attacks against multiple objectives (politicians, banks, post offices, etc.).
    But time is running out and now we think extra efforts are needed.
    Dimitri’s struggle is also the struggle of each of us.
    The creation and expansion of international ties is as crucial as ever so we are calling for an INTERNATIONAL day of solidarity and action on FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY to support Dimitri Koufontinas.
    THE DEMAND OF HUNGER STRIKE MUST BE IMMEDIATELY ACCEPTED
    INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
    Athens, 7 February 2021
    Solidarity Assembly with Dimitri Koufontinas

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2021
    5:00 pmDilworth Plaza, City Hall

    Justice for Christian Hall Abolish the Police Demonstration 2/12 5PM Dilworth Plaza, City Hall

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    15
    Feb
    2021
    11:00 amDA Larry Krasner's Office

    Emergency demo for !
    Tomorrow, 11am at DA Larry Krasner's office.

    That so-called "progressive" District Attorney has filed another legal brief denying Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to present new evidence that can exonerate him.

    To all the leftists that campaigned for Krasner's election - this is on you. There is no such thing as a progressive DA, and that should go without saying.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2021
    1-3 pm ESTonline on jitsi in the room viscerapvd

    Join us for our February anarchist discussion! Following on the heels of our previous reading on communist egoism, we’ll be doing a long-ish reading from Stirner for his thoughts on the subject for a more individualist perspective.

    We’ll be reading two sections from The Unique and Its Property: I Have Based My Affairs on Nothing and section 2.2.2, My Intercourse. You can also listen to the first essay here. This reading is rather long so we suggest starting early!

    Discussion will be held on Sunday, February 21st from 1-3 pm EST.

    As usual, this one’ll be online on jitsi in the room viscerapvd. Email us for the password at viscerapvd[at]gmail.com!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    22
    Feb
    2021
    2:30 pmThis event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    Doug Wright left home at age fourteen and became involved in radical leftist activities and anti-war rallies in California. Shortly thereafter, Doug picked up train hopping and made his way all over the country. On one occasion he accidentally found himself in Anderson, Indiana where he met people with a music company that hosted all-age punk rock shows. These folks became Doug’s new family for the next five years.

    Doug was then in Cleveland during the Occupy movement and became the target, along with three other activists, of an elaborate FBI setup operation. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. However the real story is that the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced the four of them into participating. Doug received the longest sentence of all the Cleveland 4 – 11.5 years.

    Doug’s life has been a series of tests, trials, and tribulations. Prison has been no different. He is luckily entering the last year of imprisonment, but his struggle is not over. Because he will be on lifetime probation, he will be unable to travel and live nomadically in the way that he loves again. Please join us in sending some heartfelt messages of solidarity to him.

    This event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    If you are unable to join us on Monday drop Doug a line at:

    Doug Wright #57973-060
    USP Florence-High
    P.O. Box 3850
    Florence, CO 81226

    We will also encourage sending birthday cards to political prisoners with March birthdays: Joy Powell, (the 5th), Andrew Mickel (the 13th), Ruchell Cinque Magee (the 17th), and Jaan Laaman (the 21st).

  • Sat
    06
    Mar
    2021

    Create
    Destroy
    Cause Chaos

    We have been quiet for too long. We must act now. We don't want placards and speeches. We want action.

    This year on the 6th of March we're calling for an autonomous day of action. A day spent creating solidarity between our communities and destroying those that oppress us. Target the state.

    Keep it quiet
    Keep it serious

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    06
    Mar
    2021

    At the end of last December the Greek government approved a reform of the national penitentiary system that, in addition to  other measures that worsen prison conditions, establishes that those convicted of terrorism cannot access the “rural prisons”, more “open” institutions to which long-term prisoners have access. The approval of this law has immediately activated the bureaucratic process for the transfer of Dimitri Koufontinas from the rural prison of Kassevitia.Dimitri is a comrade convicted for participation in the revolutionary organization 17 November, in prison since 2002.

    The new package of laws stipulates that inmates in rural prisons are reclassified and then transferredto the last prison they were in. In Dimitri’s case it should have been the Athenian prison of Koridallos. However, the prison administration decided to transfer him, manipulating the transfer papers, to Domokos prison. Although there are no differentiated circuits in Greece, the intention of the prison administration in recent years has been to make this prison a “hard” prison.

    Such a punitive transfer is purposed to hit a comrade who has always struggled: as a free man, in courtrooms, in prison. Since his seizure he has participated in numerous protests and has undertakenfour hunger strikes.This repressive manoeuvre not only is aimed at annihilating Dimitri Koufontinas but also is part of the overall Greek state repressive project: crushing the most radical and combative parts of society to avoid the hypothesis of future and general conflicts.

    Faced with the transfer, Dimitri Koufontinas decided to strive once again, putting his own body out as last resort weapon. Since 8 January he has started a hunger strike which will continue indefinitelyuntil he is transferred to the Koridallos prison.As strike days are passing by, the comrade is in a critical and precarious conditions in the Lamia hospital: according to the doctors he could collapse at any moment.

    During the strike there were many initiatives and solidarity actions throughout Greece and beyond: protests, demos, walls writings, banners, attacks against multiple objectives (politicians, banks, postoffices, etc.).But time is running out and now we think we should make an extra effort.

    Dimitri’s struggle is also the struggle of each of us. As we consider crucial creating and expanding international ties, even more nowadays, we are calling for a 2nd INTERNATIONAL day of solidarity and action on SATURDAY 6 MARCH to support Dimitris  Koufontinas.

    Athens, 4 March 2021

    Solidarity Assembly with Dimitri Koufontinas

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    15
    Mar
    2021

    Those involved in the organization of this year’s edition will opt for adequate alternatives according to the evolution of the pandemic, which, besides, had already hit by March 15, 2020.

    Because it bears emphasizing what a brutal year it has been! Through difficult times, as the entire population strives to show solidarity, there is a constant value on which we can always count: the police remain merciless.

    Let us remember the final 8 minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd’s life. Let us remember Sheffield Matthews, assassinated by the SPVM in the early hours of October 29th. Let us remember Chantel Moore, Rodney Levi, Eishia Hudson — thirty-four people killed by Canadian police in total over the first 11 months of 2020. Nearly half of those assassinated were Indigenous.

    Many activities surrounding the International Day Against Police Brutality will take place before, during, and after March 15, in one form or another. In preparation, we ask you to submit any text messages, images, and video or audio recordings we may share in our annual journal and on our website.

    And contact your friends and affinity groups to pass along the message that March 15th is on. Be ready!

    In 2021, we are calling for police abolition, pure and simple. For a quarter-century now, we have taken to the streets to force the police to reform, to show signs of improvement — yet year after year, the situation has only worsened. Inquiry commissions are growing in numbers, reports are increasingly damning, and still, nothing meaningful has come of them.

    In the end, what is this system of institutional repression and its police force for, here and elsewhere? Who is it protecting? The courts did not protect the women who fought sex offender Gilbert Rozon.

    The RCMP did not protect the Indigenous people of New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia, against the racist white people who set their warehouse on fire.
    The SQ did not come down on the police officers who raped Indigenous women in Val-d’Or.

    The SPVM used, and continues to use, all the tools at its disposal to expel the homeless from their encampment along Notre-Dame Street and many other locations around Montreal.

    And finally, as of right now, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is ruthlessly deporting the “guardian angels” whose thankless work keeps our healthcare system running.

    And the situation is the same everywhere. It can be seen in France, in Chile, in Haiti, in Nigeria, in the United States, in Brazil — a worldwide movement that is rumbling and spreading. A movement that is demanding the end of police as we know it. A movement that is shouting out, loud and clear.

    Because we have had enough of counting the number of lives lost at the hands of the police, because the tearful sorrow of families and friends has turned to anger, because “injustice” and “impunity” rhyme with “colonial-racist-sexist system”, because there are alternatives: ABOLISH THE POLICE.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    21
    Mar
    2021
    Sat
    27
    Mar
    2021
    1-3 pmjitsi in the room viscerapvd & Clark Park (meet near the chess tables)

    The weather is getting nicer, so we’re doing two discussions this month on the same reading! We’ll be revisiting (or, for some of us, reading for the first time) the classic work of anarchist utopia that’s neither, bolo’bolo.

    bolo’bolo is also a modest proposal for the new arrangements on the spaceship after the Machine’s disappearance. Though it started as a mere collection of wishes, a lot of considerations about their realization have accumulated around it. bolo’bolo can be realized world-wide within five years, if we start now. It guarantees a soft landing in the second reality. Nobody will starve, freeze or die earlier than today in the transition period. There’s very little risk.

    For those who prefer (or require) an online discussion, we’ll be meeting on jitsi in the room viscerapvd on Sunday, March 21st at 1-3 pm. Get in touch with us for the password!

    We’ll also be doing an in-person discussion one week later on Saturday, March 27th in Clark Park (meet near the chess tables) from 1-3 pm.

    This reading is a bit long, so we recommend staring early! It’s a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing people in one form or another for the discussion!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    24
    Mar
    2021
    7:00 PM-9:00 PMRegister for Meeting Link!

    Climate disaster is here. Capitalism can’t fix it, not even with a Green New Deal. Our only hope against hope is disaster communism.

    We are told we are living in the middle of a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions. As doomsday scenarios mount, hope collapses. Even as more and more people around the planet experience climate disaster as immediate and urgent as ever, our imagination and programs for transformation lag. The disasters are already here, and the crises, longstanding, are ongoing.

    At the center of the renewed political orientation Hope Against Hope expounds upon is an abolitionist approach to border imperialism, reactionary ecology, and state violence that underpins many green solutions and modes of understanding nature. It reminds us of the frequent moments and movements of solidarity emerging in the ruins all around us. Their stunning conclusion to the disarray of politics in our seemingly end times is the urgency of creating what Out of the Woods calls “disaster communism”—the collective power to transform our future political horizons from the ruins and establish a climate future based in common life.

    On Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00pm EST, we will meet to discuss the essay, The Uses of Disaster, and collaboratively plan a curriculum to discuss other selections from the book.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    31
    Mar
    2021
    2:30 pmThis event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    Philly ABC has been busy gearing up for this year’s Running Down the Walls 5K (save the date of September 12th with funds split between the ABCF Warchest and Mumia Abu-Jamal!), but we didn’t want to miss a monthly letter-writing so we are hosting the next event online this Wednesday the 31st.

    Philly ABC is energized by building momentum towards abolishing the police. As prison abolitionists, we stand in solidarity with the many people who have taken necessary actions to defend themselves without engaging police or courts. We believe self-defense is a right, and recognize that police and courts do not provide viable options to ensure safety. Both are even more biased against people who are known to stand up against injustice.

    This month we encourage people to write letters to Fran Thompson, who was sentenced to life in prison for self-defense in 1994. Prior to her incarceration, Fran lived on a farm in Knox County, Nebraska. She was a dedicated animal rights and environmental activist. After a man who was stalking her threatened to kill her and then broke into her house, Fran shot and killed him in self-defense but was charged with murder.

    Fran’s case was highly politicized. Fran had taken on the prosecutor and local government during her activism, organizing against two big projects, the Walden Egg Factory and a nuclear waste facility, that would have brought the county big profits. She was treated harshly by the local court for her commitment to animals and the environment. She was not allowed to enter a plea of self-defense and received a sentence of life without parole.

    This event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand. If you are unable to make the event, please drop Fran a line and let her know she is not forgotten:

    Fran Thompson #93341
    Nebraska Correctional Center for Women
    1107 Recharge Rd.
    York, NE 68467-8003

    We also encourage sending a birthday card to Mumia Abu-Jamal, as a U.S.-held political prisoner born in April. Sadly, the other political prisoner who we would have been sending a birthday card to– [Chip Fitzgerald] (https://www.prisonersolidarity.com/prisoner/romaine-chip-fitzgerald)-- recently suffered a severe cardio-vascular event and passed away on March 31st, so we send heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    10
    Apr
    2021
    9 a.m. til 12 p.m.LAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave
    Our monthly Really Really Free Market is tomorrow, Saturday 4/10 from 9 a.m. til 12 p.m.!
  • Sun
    11
    Apr
    2021
    11:30 AM – 3:30 PMCenter City

    Come celebrate our community by joining our picnic with a purpose: telling Nazis to GTFO!

    Violent white supremacists have announced plans for a racist "White Lives Matter" rally in Center City (exact location TBA). Promotional material for the day prominently features Nazi symbolism, like the swastika.

    Bring signs but also music, picnic blankets, lunch, puppets, etc.

    Their announced gather time is 1 pm, so we're asking folks to do their best to come out by noon.

    We'll show fascists that there is no room or love for them in our streets or in our city.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    18
    Apr
    2021
    1-3pm ESTon jitsi

    This month we’ll be revisiting Against Identity Politics, the classic critique of identity politics by Lupus Dragonowl. The world has lots of bad critiques of identity politics, but this is one we actually like.

    From all of this, we must conclude that IPs are just another type of leftist, promoting sacrifice and renunciation, posing as liberators of the oppressed.

    Find the essay here.

    We’ll be meeting on Sunday, April 18th from 1-3pm EST on jitsi. Get in touch for the password!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    24
    Apr
    2021
    1-3 pmClark Park near the chess tables

    We’re gonna take a bet on more nice weather and host another in-person outdoor event this month! Following up on bolo’bolo’s resistance to the planetary work machine, we’ll be reading excerpts from Demotivational Training by Guillaume Paoli.

    …the objective of practicing demotivation, and this treatise is a modest step in that direction, would be rather to divest oneself from the apparatuses used to lead all of us donkeys to the market, to methodically dismantle the mechanisms that ensure that, despite everything, it works.

    Readings:

    We’ll be meeting on Saturday, April 24th from 1-3 pm at Clark Park near the chess tables.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    24
    Apr
    2021
    2 p.m. til 54134 Lancaster Ave
    Work day update — not tomorrow!! Next Saturday 4/24 from 2 p.m. til 5

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    26
    Apr
    2021
    6:30 pmClark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester)

    Finally, join us on Monday, April 26th at 6:30pm in Clark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester) as we gather to write letters of solidarity to Mumia. Move members will provide an update on Mumia’s condition and next steps for the fight to bring him home. If you are unable to make the event, please send him your solidarity at:

    Smart Communications/PADOC
    Mumia Abu-Jamal AM-8335
    SCI Mahanoy
    P.O. Box 33028
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733

    We will also send birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in May: Xinachtli (the 12th), Kojo Bomani Sababu (the 27th), and Doug Wright (the 30th).

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    01
    May
    2021
    Sat
    15
    May
    2021

    General

    This Mayday, to get us all back into the habit of going out into the great outdoors and doing cool shit again, – but also to remind us all how we can achieve more if we all work together – we are issuing an open challenge to participate in our Mayday Bingo. What better way is there to anticipate the easing of lockdown than by participating in a bit of friendly competitive activism while having fun?

    The main aim of the game is for us all to win collectively. We do that by everyone contributing towards crossing out all the targets on the bingo card. Also the higher the sum total of all the points awarded to all the participants is at the end, the bigger our collective success.

    Because everyone likes a good competition, individual groups will also be awarded points and we will also announce a final score board so everyone can gloat or lick their wounds in a comradely way.

    In order to give everyone a nice big heads up and plenty of time to plot and carry out your actions, the competition will run from the 1st to the 15th of May.

    [Details Here]

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  • Sat
    01
    May
    2021
    2:00 pmPhiladelphia City Hall
    Join us as rally around the families of Makhia Bryant, Andre Hill, Casey Goodson Jr, Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, Henry Green, Tyree King, and a host of others who have been brutally murdered at the hands of law enforcement in Columbus, OH
  • Sat
    01
    May
    2021
    7:30pm – 10pmOnline screening

    Online screening of Haymarket, a brand new feature length documentary followed by discussion with the director Adrian Prawica

    The notorious Chicago Haymarket Tragedy (also known as the Haymarket Square Affair), where a bomb thrown into the ranks of Police was followed by an eruption of panic and violence resulting in a trial and execution of presumably innocent workers' rights activists, is examined in this feature documentary film. Expert historians and professors present the history of the bomb, the anarchists, other political movements of the 19th century, and the labor struggle of working people fighting for a shorter work day during the industrial might of America's Gilded Age. Named a "MUST-SEE" documentary for labor history and the understanding of the American working class.

    Register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wooden-shoe-books-presents-haymarket-documentary-film-screening-tickets-149209253895

    More info about the film: https://www.filmadria.com/haymarket

    Adrian Prawica is an award-winning filmmaker, director, producer, and cinematographer specializing in advertisement, documentary, and sports racing genres. His notable works include documentary films on Chicago history, as well as advertisement and documentary works broadcast in the United States and abroad.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    02
    May
    2021
    1:00 pmMeet at Conewago Creek Recreation Area in Mt. Wolf, PA – 1098 Wago Road, Mt. Wolf, PA 17347

    Spring the Elders – Caravan of Love to Free Maroon – Sunday, May 2, 2021
    On Sunday, May 2, 2021 we will gather together for a peaceful gathering of prayers and libations in Mt. Wolf, PA to celebrate and honor our beloved elder and black liberation freedom fighter, Russell “Maroon” Shoatz. Time persists that we demand the compassionate release of Maroon from prison.

    Please bring signs, car banners, instruments, flowers, a letter to the governor in support of the release of Maroon, etc. Wear white.

    1:00PM Meet at Conewago Creek Recreation Area in Mt. Wolf, PA – 1098 Wago Road, Mt. Wolf, PA 17347
    2:00PM Organized caravan to second location
    3:00PM Park and assemble (social distanced) on sidewalk for speaking and celebration
    4:00PM Heading home

    InstaGram: @FreeMaroonNow
    Twitter: @FreeMaroonNow

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    06
    May
    2021
    7pm – 8:30pm

    The essays in Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse (AK Press 2021), many published here for the first time, cover the shifts in rhetoric and tactics of the Alt Right since their disastrous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, and the explosion of antifascist, antiracist, and revolutionary organizing that has risen to fight it. Burley unpacks the moment we live in, confronting the apocalyptic feelings brought on by nationalism, climate collapse, and the crisis of capitalism, but also delivering the clear message that a new world is possible through the struggles communities are leveraging today. Burley reminds us what we're fighting for not simply what we're fighting against.

    This free online event will be in conversation with Kim Kelly and George Ciccariello-Maher.
    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-we-fight-shane-burley-with-kim-kelly-george-ciccariello-maher-tickets-151106518665

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    15
    May
    2021
    4:00 pmRittenhouse Square Park

    THIS SATURDAY for Nakba Day. Please join us in solidarity with Palestinians as we hold a protest to #SaveSheikhJarrah with @blackandbrowncoalitionphl @sjptemple @udelsjp @drexelsjp and @swarthmorejvp

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    16
    May
    2021
    1-3Clark Park – find us by the chess tables!

    A reading liked this piece so much we’re doing it twice! Or in this case, a third time. Our in-person discussion this month will be Against Identity Politics by Lupus Dragonowl.

    Find the essay here.

    We’ll be meeting in Clark Park on Sunday, May 16th from 1-3 – find us by the chess tables!

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    20
    May
    2021
    6pm – 7:30pm

    Join Robert Ovetz, editor of Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Tactics, Strategies, Objectives (Pluto, 2020), for a talk on workers' inquiry and class struggle. Robert and Gifford Hartman will demonstrate how to conduct an inquiry at work. They will be joined by Jenny Chan who will discuss workers self-organized struggles in China.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    23
    May
    2021
    1-3 ESTon jitsi. Contact us for the password!

    We’ll be reading two pieces this month – the classic Reproduction of Daily Life by Fredy Perlman and some thoughts on the essay from Frére Dupont in their essay On Marxist Ideas of Change.

    The practical everyday activity of wage-workers reproduces wage labor and capital. Through their daily activities, “modern” men, like tribesmen and slaves, reproduce the inhabitants, the social relations and the ideas of their society; they reproduce the social form of daily life. Like the tribe and the slave system, the capitalist system is neither the natural nor the final form of human society; like the earlier social forms, capitalism is a specific response to material and historical conditions.

    Find Perlman’s essay here and Dupont here.

    Discussion will be on May 23rd on jitsi from 1-3 EST. Contact us for the password!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    24
    May
    2021
    2:30 pmClark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester)

    Ruchell Magee is one of the longest-held California prisoners who has been dubbed a political prisoner due to his spontaneous participation in the Marin Courthouse rebellion– the famous incident that spawned Black August. He is serving a sentence of 7 years to life for a nonviolent disagreement that landed him the wrongful charge of ‘kidnapping to commit robbery.’ Years later, he happened to be in the courthouse for unrelated reasons when Jonathan Jackson entered to free his brother and Black Liberation icon George Jackson. According to a sworn affidavit from one of the jurors, the jury voted for acquittal on charges from the Courthouse rebellion, however, this acquittal has been obscured and he continues his fight to expose this.

    Ruchell is now 82 years old, and has spent more than 58 years in prison. From behind bars, he has been a positive force by helping many people with his tireless work as a jailhouse lawyer. He currently has a pro se motion pending review by the Supreme Court as well as a commutation application to be reviewed by the Governor. He is also parole eligible. Please join us Monday at Clark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester) as we reach out to Ruchell to connect, offer solidarity, and see what all can be done to free him this year so that he can finally reunite with his family.

    Because we are not aware of any political prisoners with a birthday in June, instead of birthday cards we will pass around cards for Palestinian freedom political prisoners: Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Dr. Issam Hijjawi Bassalat, Khalida Jarrar, Layan Kayed, Ahmad Sa’adat, and Khitam Saafin.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    26
    May
    2021
    Mon
    07
    Jun
    2021

    International Solidarity Is the Weapon of the People

    In Response to the Call for a Global Week of Action in Solidarity with Palestine

    Join us over the next 2 weeks with revolutionary action and remembrance from May 26th to June 7th to connect the Palestinian struggle and the Black liberation movement in mutual support and solidarity.

    Both dates are significant: the beginning of the George Floyd Rebellion and the month anniversary of the Third Intifada with the uprising at Al-Aqsa. Both dates also represent resistance and rebellion; militancy and intransigence; and most importantly, revolutionary potential.

    The United States is in the midst of a transformative period, with the Black revolution at the forefront. From the plantations to the prisons, the Black struggle has always had a multifaceted enemy in Western capitalist states and their allies.

    Their eliminationist project continues, too, in Palestine, where Zionist colonialism since Balfour has been the partner of Anglo-American imperialism.

    Recent events in Occupied Palestine have again revealed the true face of colonialism and all its genocidal violence: a regime of global apartheid stretching from the open-air prison of Gaza to jail cells, detention centers, and ghettos across the United States. But these events have also exposed the limits of colonial rule, the weakness of the Zionist regime, and the tenuousness of white supremacist power.

    Our resistance is always most formidable when it is internationalist. In 1964, Malcolm X met with the PLO leadership. Later on, Huey Newton visited Palestine, uniting these struggles against a common enemy. As the Zionist project expanded in Palestine, the resistance became not only a shining example of what was possible, but also an internationalist hub for the world to learn from – inviting revolutionaries from Nicaragua to Ireland, from Cuba to Greece, from Japan to South Africa.

    As the burning of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis showed the world on May 28, 2020, even the most formidable fortresses can be reduced to ashes. And as the Third Intifada is teaching us today, even the most “advanced” armies in the world can be effectively combatted by insurgent youth and the oppressed masses when they lose their fear and bring the conflict to the colonizers.

    The more widespread our actions, the greater impact they make internationally. We can see that the bravery of each Palestinian fighter has inspired massive worldwide hope that perhaps the behemoth of US and “Israeli” imperialism can be stopped. We want to draw focus to the Palestinian fighters across the occupied territories and to the powerful initiative of incarcerated comrades in the US: the #ShutEmDown2021 call for abolitionist demonstrations outside of prisons.

    The uprisings in Palestine and in the US have demonstrated that when resistance is popularized, it makes it much harder to defeat. It is in this spirit that we call on people internationally to defiantly rise up against US and “Israeli” colonial violence!

    This is the true spirit of internationalism! Together we will be victorious!

    – Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement + Muslim-Jewish Anti-Fascist Front

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    28
    May
    2021

    Since April 28, Colombians have been blocking roads and shutting down the flow of capital to reclaim common spaces for joyful life. Two recent interviews with protestors in Bogotá and Cali detail the fight and lives at the barricades of the Colombian General Strike. This mass popular mobilization stands against unlivable conditions, authoritarian neoliberalism and the brutality of the narco-state. The police and military have met protesters with vicious repression. Amid internet blackouts, at least fifty people have been murdered, over 160 disappeared, and over 20 blinded.

    We cannot sit by in the seat of empire as people are murdered and maimed for fighting against state violence, not only in Colombia, but in Palestine, Myanmar, Chile, too many places across the world.

    We call on comrades in the US to block the streets and, like the Colombian protesters, turn the barricades into community spaces! The fight against all state and colonial violence is our common cause! Join the strike on 5/28! Take to the streets!

    Solidarity can come in many forms. Organize an action according to what you think will be most effective in your area. “Now is the time to shout that in Colombia the government is killing people for protesting,” la lucha continúa!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    05
    Jun
    2021
    12:00 pm47th & hazel ave in west

    okay, so we’re not actually a band. but check us out this saturday, june 5th during west philly porchfest for an extra special anarchist porch bookfair! that’s right! we’ll have books and pamphlets for sale starting at noon at 47th & hazel ave in west! come through! ☀️

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    09
    Jun
    2021
    7:00 pmRegister for Meeting Link!

    We're departing from our normal programming on Hope Against Hope this week to talk about the theory behind insurrectionary anarchism, a tendency that is often counterposed with the more social anarchist/libertarian socialist thought that we've read in the past.

    From wikipedia:

    Insurrectionary anarchism is a revolutionary theory and tendency within the anarchist movement that emphasizes insurrection as a revolutionary practice. It is critical of formal organizations such as labor unions and federations that are based on a political programme and periodic congresses. Instead, insurrectionary anarchists advocate informal organization and small affinity group based organization. Insurrectionary anarchists put value in attack, permanent class conflict and a refusal to negotiate or compromise with class enemies.

    On Wednesday, June 9th at 7:00pm EST, we will meet to discuss  Alfredo M. Bonanno - The Insurrectional Project

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    11
    Jun
    2021

    Against another year of state encroachment, against the restriction of free movement under the auspices of “safety,” against the continued brutalization of our friends in prison, we call for a renewal of solidarity on June 11, 2021: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. For 17 years, June 11th has been an occasion for celebration, mourning, and revolt. It has been a moment to breathe, to remember those fallen and those in cages, to remind ourselves of why we remain committed to the Beautiful Idea of anarchism. Through our letters, demonstrations, fundraising, and solidarity attacks we keep the beacon lit for those who have given years of their lives for their conviction that the State is a horror against which we must wager our lives.

    MEMORY REMAINS A WEAPON

    June 11th is, in the words of Christos Tsakalos, a day against oblivion. The architects of prison society would have prison function as a memory hole, casting our dear rebels into the void and producing in free souls a stifling amnesia. They want us to forget those who took action against the state and economy and those who continue their rebellion behind bars. Our work of solidarity with imprisoned anarchists is a hammer blow against forgetting: against the prison walls and the narcotizing technological society that shatters all meaning.

    As such, we remember not only our friends behind bars, but those who have died. Marilù Maschietto in Italy. Former political prisoner Alexei “Socrates” Sutuga in Russia. Robert D’Attilio, who kept alive the memory of Sacco & Vanzetti. Doris Ensinger, partner of lifelong anarchist and former prisoner Luis Edo. Tireless anarchist abolitionist Karen Smith. Lucio Urtubia, whose life of expropriation in service of struggle remains an inspiration.

    Finally: Stuart Christie. Stuart’s life and example cast a massive shadow in our efforts. From his time as a young prisoner in Franco’s Spain and his reanimation of the Anarchist Black Cross in the 1970s, to his persecution in the Angry Brigade trials and work in archiving anarchist history through Cienfuegos Press and Christie Books, Stuart’s tireless work will not be forgotten. He and all of our fallen companions, whether we knew them personally or not, are alive in spirit in our work this year.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    11
    Jun
    2021
    Sun
    13
    Jun
    2021
    Grays Ferry Skatepark and Bartram's North (51st & Botanic)

    2nd Annual Philly Skillshare Convergence

    Friday June 11 8pm
    BBQ & Movie Fundraiser for Anarchist Prisoners @ Grays Ferry Skatepark
    Saturday & Sunday June 12 & 13 Noon-8pm
    Workshops, Discussions, and Tablers @ Bartram's North (51st & Botanic)

    Free Food! Bring your own bug spray, water, seating, & a mask. These locations are outside, there are no facilities in the immediate area. Check for updates & email with any questions or accessibility needs
    email: hereandnowzines@riseup.net
    mastodon @hereandnowzines@ni.hil.ist
    ig: @hereandnowzines
    Schedule will be released week of, raindates are the following weekend.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    12
    Jun
    2021
    9 a.m. until noonLAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave
    Free market tomorrow (Saturday, 6/12) from 9 a.m. until noon! A reminder that it’s the second Saturday of each month!
  • Wed
    16
    Jun
    2021
    7:00 am1800 Allegheny Avenue

    Eviction Defense Requested:
    Kensington Encampments
    When: Wednesday June 16th, 2021
    Meet at 7am Support needed throughout day
    Where: Meet @ 1800 E Allegheny Ave
    Why: The city threatened to evict several encampment sites in Kensington, posting up signs listing the “1800 block of Hilton Street, the 1800 block of Allegheny Avenue, and the (illegible) of East Allegheny or any other place in the neighborhood known as Kensington”. Rallying point is near the intersection of Allegheny & Kensington Ave, where we can see most sites listed.

    The city publicly said they won’t evict once a lawsuit was pending, HOWEVER they told all businesses/service providers they’ll be evicting that day. This is a deliberate confusion tactic to keep eyes off of Kensington! We will not let them act unseen on our neighbors. Residents have requested support early that morning even if the city doesn’t try to evict, as police harassment occurs DAILY here regardless of formal notice.

    Residents report belongings being trashed by cops each morning. This is just eviction without the notice!

    Do you have information that could help with the lawsuit against the city to stop the sweeps? Email stephanie.sena@law.villanova.edu

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    12
    Jul
    2021
    Mon
    19
    Jul
    2021

    The anarchist Abtin Parsa is a former political prisoner from Iran with the atheist view imprisoned by the Islamic regime for one year and a half in 2014. Abtin Parsa, 16 years old at that time, was arrested by IRGC for an anti-Islamic and anti-state public speech in his high school, “Shahid Chamran,” in the city of Zarqan. Even after his release from prison, Abtin was continued to be pressured and controlled by the Islamic regime, forcing him to escape to Greece in 2016.

    Death threats from the Islamic regime accompanied Abtin Parsa with his arrival to Greece. He repeatedly received death threats from various organizations and individuals affiliated with the Iranian Islamic regime. In 2017, while the nationwide anti-state protests in Iran, Abtin Parsa showed his solidarity with the protests in a video message. A few days later, the Iranian regime manipulated and edited this video message and broadcasted it on national television to accuse the persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa of teaching protesters how to make explosives.

    The persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was granted a 3-years political asylum in Greece in 2017. In the same year, Abtin Parsa joined the resistance movement in Greece and began to struggle against the systematic oppression perpetrated by the Greek state against the working class, especially immigrants. During these struggles, Abtin Parsa was arrested and even tortured several times by the Greek state, including:

    In July 2018, he was tortured by Greek police for his political activities against the Greek state, during which several parts of his body were severely damaged, and vertebrae in his back were broken.

    In August 2019, he was arrested near his home by Greek police and charged with carrying a weapon while he had only a small paper cutter. Abtin refused to submit his fingerprint for a criminal record to the police to protest how the police treated him and other immigrants, and the court sentenced him to three months in prison and a fine of 180 euros. (suspended prison)

    In November 2019, as the counter-terrorist police launched a large-scale operation to find clues to a revolutionary organization (revolutionary Self-defense), his house and a few other comrades were raided by the counter-terrorist police. During the counterinsurgency police operation, an anarchist and another person were imprisoned, and two other anarchists were arrested, both of whom are temporarily released. During the counterinsurgency police raid on the house of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa, all his asylum documents, which were in the house and his other belongings, were confiscated by the counterinsurgency police.

    In February 2020, the persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was forced to leave Athens in a political decision to have more secret life in a different city to be away from police control due to the counterinsurgency police’s excessive control over his home, movements, and even personal connections.

    In March 2020, persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was arrested by counterinsurgency police for terrorism.

    While the political asylum of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was nearing the end of its three-year term, various Greek newspapers quoted the Greek Ministry of Immigration as saying that the political asylum of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa had been revoked due to his arrest on March 30, 2020.
    After the Greek state revoked the political asylum of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa, he fled Greece and applied for political asylum in the Netherlands.

    In April 2021, Abtin Parsa was arrested by Dutch cops and charged with organizing an immigrant uprising against the Dutch state. (Here read about the anarchist community of immigrants in AZC echt: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/49617). Due to the arrest of April 2021, persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa could face 5 years of prison.

    Today 8th of July, the Dutch state rejected the request of comrade Abtin Parsa about stopping his extradition to Greece and formally deciding to extradite him to Greece. Read the statement of comrade Abtin Parsa here: https://asranarshism.com/1400/04/17/bourgeois-justice-wants-to-extradite...

    As the local anarchist federation of Iran and Afghanistan, we call for a week of international solidarity with anarchist Abtin Parsa (12th-19th of July 2021).

    Federation of Anarchism Era

    From: https://asranarshism.com/1400/04/18/international-call-for-a-week-of-sol...

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    15
    Jul
    2021
    9:00 pmGreys Ferry Skatepark

    WE ARE NOW
    Film screening
    Greys Ferry Skatepark
    July 15th
    9PM
    the story of an armed no cop zone in atlanta
    to be followed by a directors Q&A and a slideshow from the CHILEAN UPRISING
    snacks & bevs
    crimethinc
    free zines from here and now zines

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    16
    Jul
    2021

    Joint Statement for the Upcoming Day of Agitation for the Freedom of Political Prisoners in Abya Yala

    We have recently seen the sharpening of the struggle of the oppressed, exploited, and dominated, against those who rob us of our freedom and of a good life. All states have been confronted by thousands of people of the communities of Abya Yala who refuse to perish in passivity. It is clear to us that the struggle against patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, colonialism, and extractivism is more relevant than ever. As a result, states, as fundamental instruments in maintaining the necessary conditions for our domination and exploitation, have intensified repressive actions against all the rebellious peoples of Abya Yala. This has brought death, torture, and persecution, along with a wave of political imprisonment. For this reason, we have decided to organize a Day of Agitation for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners in Abya Yala this July 16.

    The state is the organization of the dominant classes, which they occupy for their own ends. As long as there are dominant classes, and those classes have an apparatus like the state, we will continue to face repression when we decide to rise up. As long as prisons continue to exist, we will be locked up for being rebels, poor, dissidents, or for simply not fulfilling their expectations. Prison is a fundamental pillar for the maintenance of the state and the necessary order for our misery. Thus, our struggle is not exclusively against political imprisonment, but against prisons in general. In this sense, we reject criminalization and we do not see those who engage in direct action as guilty, nor those who limit themselves to the tactics of bourgeois legality as innocent.

    We believe that to achieve freedom for our imprisoned compañerxs, we must struggle together, horizontally, territorially, and with autonomy. For this, we warn of the threats that lie in wait for us in this struggle. We not only have to avoid political persecution and the most blatant repression, but we also have to protect ourselves from citizenist discourses, which deny legitimacy to popular violence (which is essential in the struggle against those who maintain us beneath their yoke), by tying our hands and our communities, leading us along the path of bourgeois democracy. We are aware of the risk of cooptation of the popular forces by political parties. Those who yesterday hit us with a stick, today smile at us with a carrot. We do not trust those who seek to hold state power, nor those who have already done so with dire consequences.

    The demands for which we agitate are clear:

    1. Unconditional freedom for the political prisoners of yesterday and today in Abya Yala
    2. An end to prisons

    Freedom for all political prisoners of Abya Yala and the world!

    Down with the prisons and the society that needs them!

    Neither guilty nor innocent, simply take the streets!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    17
    Jul
    2021

    In 2018 here in Portland we started the biggest wave of anti-ICE action the country has seen with the occupation of our local ICE facility for over a month, for the following year or two, folks across the country and even globally united against the gestapo-like force that we know as ICE. Unfortunately since then, calls for ICE’s abolition have dwindled, especially with Biden being elected, despite his vows to prosecute immigrant families just as hard as Trump did. We NEED action now, as we type, families are being ripped apart by the government for not having correct papers, our neighbors are being stolen from their homes by the secret police like we live in Nazi Germany, NO FUCKING MORE.

    NO MORE deportations on stolen land!

    NO MORE borders!

    NO MORE racist police!

    NO MORE ICE!

    On July 17th, we’re calling for a day of action against I.C.E. We need to bring back the anti-ICE energy we had in 2018 until there is justice for our immigrant neighbors. The United States government has no right to say who is and who isn’t illegal on land that they stole!

    Organize a protest, confront your city government if they have contracts with ICE, or take a page out of our book from 2018 😉

    #DAYOFACTIONAGAINSTICE

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    24
    Jul
    2021
    1-3Clark Park near the chess tables

    Grab your sunscreen and a towel because we’re back and ready for our next reading discussion with a twist – this one’s about fiction!

    Join us July 24th from 1-3 in Clark Park for a discussion of Octave Mirbeau’s classic The Torture Garden. Find the reading here.

    To Priests, Soldiers, Judges—
    to men who rear, lead or govern men
    I dedicate these pages of murder and blood.

    We’ll be meeting near the chess tables – see you there!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    25
    Jul
    2021

    July 25 is the annual international day of solidarity with antifascist prisoners. Join TORCH in letting them know they are not alone by writing them letters and engaging in direct action.

    Info about antifa prisoners can be found at torchantifa.org

    They're in there for us we're out here for them

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    26
    Jul
    2021
    2:30 pmClark Park

    Join us in Clark Park this coming Monday for the next letter-writing event. Snacks and materials will be provided! We will be writing letters to extend our solidarity to Ron Reed, long-time civil rights activist and Black revolutionary who is fighting his conviction for which he was framed and given a life sentence. His birthday is August 31st, so if you are writing to him from home, please send him birthday greetings as well.

    Ron is a former 60s civil rights activist. In 1969, Reed was among the students at St. Paul Central High School who demanded Black history courses and organized actions against racist teachers. He was also instrumental in helping to integrate college campuses in Minnesota. During this period, Reed began to look toward revolutionary theory and engage in political street theater with other young Black revolutionaries in the city of St. Paul.

    Reed went on to join the Black United Front. In 1970, he was convicted of shooting an off-duty police officer during a bank expropriation and served 13 years in prison. Twenty-five years later, Reed was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after having a cold case of another police shooting pinned on him. He is now serving life in prison for the second conviction.

    We will also be sending birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in August: Eric King (the 2nd), Bill Dunne (the 3rd), Hanif Bey (the 6th), Mutulu Shakur (the 8th), and Russell Maroon Shoatz (the 23rd).

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    21
    Aug
    2021
    Thu
    09
    Sep
    2021

    Over the last year prisoners across the country have been holding the longest and largest spontaneous demonstrations in response to covid. With approximately 300,000 (the number is possibly as high as 800,000) people in prison having been infected by covid prisoners have continued to demand basic human rights protections. These demonstrations have been sporadic and largely ignored by the public as prisoners and supporters demanded covid safety and precautions be enacted in prisons. In a number of states, these covid demonstrations have turned into widespread and hard fought successful court battles for releasing prisoners.

    As we draft this press release we note that North Carolina is about to release approximately 3,000 prisoners due to a lawsuit settled over covid.

    Even with all the releases and won policy changes, this country cannot make up for the hundreds of thousands that became ill or the thousands that were killed by covid. Unlike reporters we know that everytime a prison official comes to work, our lives are in jeopardy because they may be infected. The same is true regarding prisoners deaths, we attribute every death to prison officials infecting the prison population.

    Now let us take a moment to think on how over the capacity US prisons and jails are. People are being stacked on top of each other. Even with their on guard to prisoner ratio, they admittedly fall outrageously short.

    Lives could have been saved if America was on the path of Abolition. We must struggle harder to close prisons, jails and to free people from the grips of American prison slavery. This is all stated while recognizing that we must develop effective strategies to have the billions of taxpayers dollars used to grow the prison industrial slave complex (PISC) redirected to the communities.

    Without going into the recent political presidential acrobats, we do want to acknowledge we feel a stronger need then ever to make it known that the people in prison struggles will not be pushed to the back burner in the muddy waters of trying to make people feel good about their party politics.

    In the spirit of Abolition on the historical dates of August 21st and September 9th, 2021 organizers must highlight prisoners’ historical struggles, and the current political struggles to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak is calling for mass outside demonstrations.

    Specific locations: ICE, jails, prisons, and higher learning institutions. (With regards to higher learning institutions we are pointing towards the learning institutions with connections to prison labor).

    A few states may already have specific ongoing campaigns that directly speak to decarceration or closing down a prison or jail. Efforts should be made to network to boost those campaigns on these dates at the recommended locations.

    With everyone working across the nation on the same days, this would magnify our struggle for humanity and highlight specific state related campaigns. These “Shut’em Down” demonstrations should serve as a wake up call to every person in this nation that the current jailing path does not work and it’s time to end it.

    In the days leading up to the Shut’em Down demonstrations, we will post locations of planned Abolition demonstrations and endorsements of these events on our website:

    http://Iamweubuntu.com/shutemdown

    If you know you will be holding a “Shut’em Down” demo or simply would like to be listed as an endorser, email us at outthemud.jls@protonmail.com

    IWOC is the media contact: media@incarceratedworkers.org

    Remembering the plantation struggles: Nat Turner, George Jackson, Attica Rebellion, 2016 National Prison Strike, 2018 National Prison Strike and the 10 Prison Strike Demands!

    Dare 2 Struggle Dare 2 Win! Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

    #ShutEmDown #shutemdown2021

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Aug
    2021
    Mon
    30
    Aug
    2021

    There is a fundamental lie in the capitalist society. A promise that never comes true. The promise of freedom – you just have to work hard. Every time we stumble upon the crisis of capitalism we are reminded about that. More than one year of Covid-19 lies behind us. Some say, that Covid-19 is a health crisis. But it is not! Covid-19 is another crisis caused by capitalism. Provoked by the urge of more wealth and growth. Which contaminate fertile ground through industrial agriculture, steels habitat for humans and wild animals by extraction politics that turned thriving forests into deserts. It is the madness of capitalism that pushes humankind to ever new frontiers where more viruses are waiting for us.

    This year brought more social and economic injustice, more suffering, but also more struggle. People stood up against the capitalist system and authoritarian regimes. People fought for  their freedom and against exploitation. People strike at the factories and rose up inside prisons against the authoritarian and profit-oriented politics.

    This was a tough year and more is to come. In those times we need solidarity more then ever – in daily life,  our neighborhoods, our communities. But we should not forget our comrades in prison, who fight for freedom and equality. They experience hard times right now. Because the pandemic isolates people in prison even more.

    For that, this year we call again for the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners.

    Do some action of solidarity, a banner drop, organize a letter writing event or film screening, spread the word about those in prisons and let them know, that they are not alone and forgotten.Send us a picture, a short text, a video of your event or action, a radio show  – your creativity has no limits.

    Let´s remember those who fought against this injustice and payed with there lives. 
    Let´s not forget the ones  who are in prison and continue their struggle.
    Keep on fighting!
    Let the rich pay for Covid!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    12
    Sep
    2021
    11 am sharp (Yoga warm-up at 10am)FDR park

    Philadelphia Anarchist Black Cross invites you to our fourth annual Running Down The Walls (RDTW)! Join us for another revolutionary 5K run/walk/roll and day of solidarity amplifying the voices of our comrades behind bars, lifting them up in their struggles, and maintaining material support. If you would like to participate in light yoga and warm-up stretches before, please arrive by 10am and bring a mat if you can.

    Running is not required! You can also walk or roll. 5K is two loops around the park and at a walking pace will take about 45-60 minutes. Light refreshments and socializing will take place in the park afterward.

    This year’s event is in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Join us as we once again raise energy and funds for the freedom struggle of another Philly comrade and long-term Black liberation prisoner.

    Very few people in prison have voices that go beyond the wall. It’s my job to do the work for them because they have no one.

    - Mumia Abu-Jamal

    Mumia has now spent 39 years behind bars as a voice for the voiceless. Due to multiple health issues from medical neglect, he needs our support now more than ever. We freed the MOVE 9 after 40 years – let’s do the same for Mumia!

    If you cannot make it to the event or would like to make an additional contribution, please sponsor a participant either outside prison, inside prison or one of each. Contact us for more information on sponsoring!

    We will ship official shirts nationwide to people who register to participate remotely, pay online and leave their shipping address in the comment box!


    Proceeds will be split between the Warchest Program and the campaign to Bring Mumia Home. The ABCF Warchest program sends monthly stipends to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have insufficient, little, or no financial support.

    Register for the 5K

    Thanks for your support by running/walking/rolling the 5K! Everyone must fill out the following form to register NO LATER THAN AUGUST 31ST so that you receive your official shirt the day of the event.

    The registration fee of $40 confirms your place at the event and covers your t-shirt. We can accept credit/debit donations online or cash/check/money order on the day of event. Make checks and money orders out to Tim Fasnacht. Additional funds over the $40 base fee raised through sponsorships are more than welcome (see our fundraising tips below).

    After submitting the following registration form, please allow 24 – 48 hours for your confirmation email. Check your Spam folder if the message does not appear in your Inbox. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please get in touch with us at phillyabc[at]riseup[dot]net.

    [Details and Registration Here]