IWW Proto Branch Meeting

from Facebook

Monthly IWW branch meeting will be in the Basemnt of the Wooden Shoe.
[October 1st from 6-9PM at Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St]

Philly IWW BBQ

from Facebook

Fun BBQ for the Philly IWW there will be vegan/vegatarian options. Note: there will be an IWW meeting at the some sopt and ay at 3pm an hour before the BBQ starts. It will be ar the corner of 43rd and Baltimore ner the farmers market. We will also have liturature and information about the IWW. Feel free to bring music ,play guitar or read poetry.


[August 26 2PM to 6PM at Clark Park 43rd St and Baltimore Ave]

Philly IWW Certification Meeting

from Facebook

A Meeting to discuss the IWW cetification as an actual General Membership Branch. I Please come especially if you are a singed up member to sing a petition to have our brnach chartred . Even id you are not a singed up member please come and discuss things.
[July 30 from 6PM to 9PM at Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St]

Melt ICE: Solidarity With Detainees

from Facebook

Join the Industrial Workers of the World In Philadelphia on International Workers Day, as we will be demonstrating at the Philadelphia Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE office in solidarity with immigrant detainees. Immigrant detainees live and work in poor conditions in some cases making only $1 a day. In April 2017 Tacoma Washington Immigrant detainees went on a labor and hunger strike over bad food and low pay. Read more here: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/04/24/25103735/women-detainees-at-tacoma-immigrant-prison-end-hunger-strike-but-vow-to-keep-fighting

After this we will join the March for a day without immigrants at City Hall at noon

[May 1 from 10am to 12pm at 1600 Callowhill St]

IWW GDC Tour Picket Training in Philadelphia

from Facebook

. Picket/Direct Action Training- The Industrial Workers of the World-General Defense Committee’s Picket Training, developed to help people strategically think through and plan pickets, protests, and other direct actions. Focuses on effective planning and threat assessments, thinking through goals and the right tactics for them, the roles in a picket line or action, and how to counter common threats. The training includes some role-playing, as well as group discussion, and work sheets planning action strategies for different scenarios and locations.

[February 6 from 5pm to 9pm at LAVA Space 4134 Lancaster Ave]

The Wobblies in Their Heyday by Eric Chester

from Facebook

Book discussion and signing. Eric Chester is author of “The Wobblies in Their Heyday”(paperback edition just released by Levellers Press). This book was the subject of a symposium in ASR 64 argues that the federal government waged all-out war against the IWW because of the effectiveness of its organizing in strategic industries.

[October 11 from 7 to 9PM at Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St]

I’m curious why I don’t see more outright…

from Anarchadelphia

I’m curious why I don’t see more outright solidarity from the self-proclaimed “reds” in the city with local striking workers.  I’ve seen them attending every possible kind of demonstration, but never supporting strikes (like some west coast anarchists have done in recent years in the ports), taking actions against scab sites and employers (like some of the union members with some sort of teeth), or reaching out to the frustrated at more reformist rallies (the way the insurrecto-oriented have been doing against prisons and the police, locally).

I don’t find any promise in the possibility of the (ever-dwindling) working class uniting and rising up to overthrow anyone, let alone even pursuing a non-hierarchal society —and even if I did, I don’t believe unions would be the medium to achieve this.  But, red anarchists purport to believe just that, suggesting it would be in their interest to participate in such a way.  Yet, they seem more likely to be organizing with college kids and liberals at a $15 & a union rally — or so it seems to me.

This crosses my mind with the passing of May Day, as I remember picketing workers infiltrating a car show and trashing it at the convention center, as I watch the CWA striking against verizon again, and further reports of sabotage unsanctioned by said union against Verizon’s fiber optic infrastructure circulate.  Whether the CWA does not, in fact, condone the sabotage or is trying to keep its hands clean begins to illustrate its limitations, and the complete absence of radical unions like the IWW from anything substantial since the first red scare illustrates theirs.  The last local news of note we’ve had from the IWW, in fact, includes an absolute failure around organizing a South Street Workers’ Strike (was that in the ’90’s?), to scandals resulting in the booting of certain “esteemed” local anarchists over financial discrepancies, to an article in support of striking Santander Bank employees in Spain.  This is hardly the stuff of a restless, growing, anticapitalist mass.

The Prison General Strike this September, as called for by some Texan prisoner wobblies, could bring about the first functional endeavor of the IWW in almost a century, however, and I’m excited to see it happen.  Maybe this is the long overdue tactical transition the reds have been searching for in response to the recuperation of workers as increasingly comfortable consumers?

I would love to be proven wrong in such a way.  I don’t agree with many red anarchist goals or tactics, but please make a go of it and prove me wrong; show me why these things are a good idea.  Don’t tell me, I cut my anarchist teeth on Berkman and Goldman and abandoned a union that proved useless to my needs, but try to make these things happen if that’s what you actually believe in.

And sometimes I wonder what it would look like for such ideas to come to fruition.  For red anarchists acting in kind with striking workers against fiber optics developing a temporary, tangible, action-oriented affinity with green anarchists, for instance.  What other avenues might we find intersections on?