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‘The Free’, original 1986 edition. now a free download

Recently  a few people have asked for  the original version of The Free in digital form so I took in the old book and the German version and had them scanned. This is the result. the scan wasn’t too good and I had to go through it all, fiercely resisting the temptation to improve the text, hopefully I haven’t missed too many typos.

https://thefreeonline.wordpress.com/testing-downloads/

The Free (original short 1986 and 1990 edition)  PDF 151 pages 

The Free (original short 1986 and 1990 edition)  Epub 1.6mb

‘This short, original version is the same tale but darker and more violent, focusing less on  revolution and more on guerilla struggle’.

.Dr Daniel P. Jaeckle, author of ‘Embodied Anarchy in Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘The Dispossessed’ said this of the first version of The Free

I should add that the 1986 version has its own interest. It does not often engage in ideological statements, it ends with the more realistic deaths of some characters as opposed to the more romantic ending of the 2007 version, and the speed of the narrative is compelling. I encourage those who can find the 1986 version to read it as well.

from   Imagining an Anarchist Revolution: M. Gilliland’s The Free

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Solidarity Acts across Europe for City Plaza, SquatBo and all squats

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 In Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Lübeck, Wuppertal and many other cities across Europe people protested against eviction threats against squats on Friday; #HandsOffAll Squats!

Spontaneous demo in Wuppertal, Germany, June 23rd 2017.

The Coordination of Refugee Squats (City Plaza, Notara 26, Oniro, Spyrou Trikoupi, Arahovis, 5th School, Jasmine School, Acharnon 22) called for yesterdays international day of action “Hands off the squats”. In the call, activists demand to keep the squats open, to close the camps and detention centers, to cancel the shameful EU-Turkey deal, to open the borders and stated that “you can’t evict a movement!”

In the past year repression against refugees and supporters has increased with evictions, arrests and police violence in various EU member states. Some of the squats where refugees lived in a self-organised way were evicted, for instance in Thessaloniki, Athens and Belgrade. Again and again there are reports from police violence against refugees in France, Croatia, Hungary and other European countries. Since the EU/Turkey deal, refugees are being detained at the Greek islands and deported back to Turkey.

In Athens people protested against a possible eviction of City Plaza, Papouchadiko and Zoudochou Pigis 119 in front of the ministery of migration. Projects like City Plaza succeed in where the Greek goverment and other EU member states fail; a self-determined life, a life with dignity for those who travelled to a putative Europe under extrem hard conditions.

A life where it doesn’t matter which papers people have but instead a life where people can live together in a self-organised way. Since the former City Plaza hotel was squatted more than a year ago, after the building was empty for several years, more than 1500 people lived in the building. 400 at any one time. Continue reading Solidarity Acts across Europe for City Plaza, SquatBo and all squats

Acciones de Solidaridad a través de Europa para City Plaza, SquatBo y los demás Centros Ocupados

– 24 de junio de 2017   por Enough is Enough!]        En Atenas, Berlín, Bruselas, Frankfurt, Lübeck, Wuppertal y muchas otras ciudades de toda Europa protestaron contra las amenazas de desalojo contra las centros ocupados el viernes pasado; #HandsOffAllSquats!“Hands off the squats”Manifestación espontánea en Wuppertal, Alemania, 23 de junio de 2017.

La coordinación de las ocupaciones de refugiados (City Plaza, Notara 26, Oniro, Spyrou Trikoupi, Arahovis, 5ª escuela, Jasmine School, Acharnon 22) pidió el día internacional de acción “Manos fuera de todos los squats#HandsOffAll Squats!

En la convocatoria, los activistas exigen que se parar los desalojos, cerrar los campamentos y los centros de detención, cancelar el vergonzoso acuerdo UE-Turquía, abrir las fronteras y declararon que “no se puede desalojar un movimiento”.berlin23j

En el último año, la represión contra los refugiados y los partidarios ha aumentado con los desalojos, los arrestos y la violencia policial en varios estados miembros de la UE. Algunas de las ocupaciones donde los refugiados vivían de manera auto-organizada fueron desalojadas, por ejemplo en Thessaloniki, Athens and Belgrade. Continue reading Acciones de Solidaridad a través de Europa para City Plaza, SquatBo y los demás Centros Ocupados

Important! Solidarity and Support for new Occupied College ‘La Ingobernable’ ,The UnGovernable (Valencia)

Some twenty people occupy a historic higher school of the University of Valencia

Important! Solidarity and support for the companions of the newly squatting space La Ingobernable (Valencia)Posted on 2017/05/02 by   from La Rebelión de las Palabras  The Rebellion of WordsI receive in the email and I spread the following statement of the compas who are squatting the space of La Ingobernable, a new space of struggle and meeting open at the University of Valencia, squatting for a week and opened yesterday.

The assembly of the liberated space The Ungovernable communicates that after a week of squatting, and to make public this May 1st, the university has responded decisively, increasing private security (in collaboration with local and national police) until leaving us in a State of siege. This means that no person can leave or enter the building, not allowing us to provide any basic supplies such as water and food.

This is a space that the University abandoned its fate for more than 5 years, under the pretext that it was disabled and was a risk to its occupants. Not long ago the Goerlich foundation of architects denied this version, declaring that the space is in perfect condition to be used and reopened again.Image result for la ingobernable, valencia

Even so, from the ungovernable declares that it will not give in to any blackmail or threat, that we are strong and united. May the Ungovernable not be abandoned! Continue reading Important! Solidarity and Support for new Occupied College ‘La Ingobernable’ ,The UnGovernable (Valencia)

Yemen: Arms sales pass $3 billion as daily Massacres continue. Spanish Firefighter halts Arms Loading and is Punished

http://insurgente.org    A Spanish firefighter could receive up to four years of suspension from his job after he refused to approve a weapons and explosives-laden shipment from the port city of Bilbao to Saudi Arabia for potential use in Yemen.

Speaking from the town of Getxo, on Friday, Biscayan firefighter Inazio Robles said he refused to supervise the 26-countainer shipment after his superiors confirmed its contents and destination.

4,000 tons of explosives, bombs and detonators, .. used to kill civilians in the invasion of Yemen.

A firefighter who on 13 March refused to hold a check in a shipment of arms in the port of Bilbao will be sanctioned. The weapons, 4,000 tons of explosives, bombs and detonators, were directed to Saudi Arabia and were to be used to kill civilians in the invasion of Yemen. Continue reading Yemen: Arms sales pass $3 billion as daily Massacres continue. Spanish Firefighter halts Arms Loading and is Punished

More New Centers Occupied : networking mutual aid

The squatter movement is strengthened with new occupations in Maresme and networking, creating islands of freedom and sanity in capitalist chaos.  from La Directa, shared and translated with thanksImage result for Premia de Mar, Can Sanpere

Closed municipal offices, abandoned hotels, banks and vacant lots are some of the properties that have been occupied in recent months for self-managed projects along the Maresme coast and around Catalonia (see map).

Last week, the first meeting of the group Recover Masnou town was held, in a building located at number 2 Avenue Joan Maragall, a former Bankia  bank ; the first open assembly produced all sorts of proposals to give it life from a library to a community food bank, from workshops to a popular gym.

Last month the Occupied Social Center ‘Ca La Luna’ took off in Canet de Mar-  a new space that plans to offer various activities for residents and raise money to help out prisoners and other ”’victims of the system.”bruna

La Bruna..Occupied ex hotel

Weeks before, a squatter community recovered an old abandoned hotel in Calella, in a ceremony full of symbolism for a population seriously affected by mass tourism. La Bruna is a vegan and feminist space, and has been well received by the people.  ( see article here:   We’ve Occupied an Abandoned Hotel ..La Bruna.. for a Self-run Social Center:) Continue reading More New Centers Occupied : networking mutual aid

Guide to Collective Direct Action: time for Rebellion that Wins

From CrimethInc.via  

by CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective  ..  Direct action, simply put, means cutting out the middleman: solving problems yourself rather than petitioning the authorities or relying on external institutions. Any action that sidesteps regulations and representation to accomplish goals directly is direct action—it includes everything from blockading airports to helping refugees escape to safety and organizing programs to liberate your community from reliance on capitalism. Here we present a step-by-step guide to organizing and carrying out direct action, from the first planning stages to the debrief at the end, including legal support, media strategy, and proper security.

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There are countless scenarios in which you might want to employ direct action. Continue reading Guide to Collective Direct Action: time for Rebellion that Wins