When I say the word anarchist you probably have an image of a bomb-throwing skinhead shouting slogans and facing down riot police.This week’s London Real guest David Graeber is going to change that image forever.A self-proclaimed anarchist, David is far more the picture of the soft-spoken, thoughtful academic than a combative activist.
But David’s credentials as a campaigner and anti-capitalist thinker speak volumes. In the first part of our enlightening discussion David recounts his intrinsic role in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street campaign. These protests saw THOUSANDS of people descend on New York City’s Zuccotti Park to create a political alternative to debt culture and corruption. Continue reading David Graeber – American Anarchist – See Part 1 here→
The March against sexist violence overflows Madrid
The organization puts attendance at least at 200,000…..byEliezer Sanchez / Diso Press
At least 200,000 people, according to the organization, collapsed the center of Madrid, in an unprecedented historic march to demand that the fight against gender violence is a matter of State, as was the motto of the protest. The demonstration, called by more than 400 feminist groups around the state, walked the streets of the capital from the Ministry of Health to the entrance of the square of Spain, where the final communiqué was read. Continue reading 200,000 Feminists March in Madrid against Male Violence→
War against ISIS/Daesh: Respect to the fallen fighter John Gallagher of YPG (Rojava, Syria)
John Gallagher, the Canadian volunteer YPG fighter, is an internationalist hero who gave his life for a noble cause. He left behind a grieving family, and a world in gratitude for his bravery and sacrifice.
Why the War in Kurdistan Matters
First, let me get the obvious out of the way: I do not expect anyone to agree that it is a wise course of action to volunteer to fight against ISIS. Would-be terrorists from all over the world, including Canada, (including some I probably went to school with,) are flooding into the Middle East by the thousands. They’ve got the numbers and the weapons to win this war, so to go stand on the other side of the battlefield is objectively insane. Continue reading John Gallagher, a Canadian volunteer YPG fighter, gave his life for a noble cause.→
update: the day before unleashing 500 cops at 7.00 am against the anarchists the National Court in Madrid ordered 2 more years of ‘preventive detention’ for our comrades Monica and Francisco see http://wp.me/pIJl9-6Y7
New operation ordered by Spanish National Court against Catalan libertarian movement
The Police have this morning arrested at least nine people accused of ”organizing a terrorist group” in a new political operation led by the National Court. Hundreds of Catalan police smashed into and searched various anarchist social centers and local homes from 7.00 am in the neighborhoods of Sants, Gracia, Clot and Sant Andreu in the city of Barcelona, and in the city of Manresa.
the police attacks were ordered by is the Spanish National Court as a new phase in the much criticised and ridiculed ‘ Pandora operation’, as confirmed by a note from the Catalan police, the first phase resulted in the arrest of ten people and preventive imprisonment of seven of them last December (finally all were released on bail due to lack of evidence)..
Among the targets this time is the Revoltosa Occupiued Social Center in in Clot, and the main Anarchist Ateneo center in Sants, at Maria Victoria St, where ten vans of riot police were deployed.
When the news got out, dozens of people have gathered to show their solidarity and have cut the principle Sants high street behind a banner in support of the detainees
latest update: the day before unleashing 500 cops at 7.00 am against the anarchists the National Court in Madrid ordered 2 more years of ‘preventive detention’ for our comrades Monica and Francisco see http://wp.me/pIJl9-6Yd to read about the bpolice raids
update: The date for deciding if to extend prison without trial for 2 more years is 27th Oct in Madrid.. Barcelona demo at 20h in Pl. Diamant a la Vila de Gràcia (Barcelona)
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Update on the situation of Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar
It’s been almost two long years since the anarchists Monica and Francisco were jailed on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization, criminal damage and conspiracy . During this time they have lived in the isolation cells of various Spanish prisons, experiencing the dreaded ‘FIES’ regime and dispersion, but always reaffirming their ideas and illustrating once again the insurmountable gap between the world that anarchists pursue and that imposed by Power.
Two years is a long time. There has been time, for example, to perform two more antiterrorist operations, Pandora and Piñata, connecting the three cases by the acronym GAC-FAI-FRI and charging a total of 25 comrades from different parts of the peninsula with ‘terrorism’. There has been also enough time for us to understand the challenge of imprisonment, solidarity and closer links between comrades.
‘We are in the midst of an uprising’: An interview with Lee Lakeman
Jess: Thanks for agreeing to meet with me today. As a young feminist I’m wondering how you became involved in the feminist movement and how you decided to make it your life’s work.
Lee: In a way, I had absolutely no excuse. I was roughly twenty, living in Toronto and studying at Ryerson, so lots of things were going on all around me, including meetings about women’s liberation and meetings about the civil rights movement. It was right there. You had to work atnot being involved when I was young.
To top it all off, I became pregnant by a foreign student so I was, all of a sudden, right in the middle of the race questions, poverty questions, and women’s rights questions. That made them all profoundly important to me. I didn’t think about it as my life’s work until later.
I owned a house with some friends, and we made it available to women who had no place to go. It became the Woodstock Women’s Emergency shelter. So, there I was in the middle of learning about violence against women, and I haven’t looked back. The work is rewarding, and the more I did it, the more I understood how important it was. It was a place to stand. Continue reading Lee Lakeman: Lifelong Feminist Activist→