Fifteen years ago today, on February 2nd, 2002, I became an anarchist. I was nineteen, living in NYC, and I attended the World Economic Forum protests. I knew the anarchists by reputation only — they wore all black and they smashed things. They were going to wear masks in defiance of NYC’s anti-mask laws. I wanted to know why, so I approached a man with his face obscured by a black bandanna.
“What’s anarchism?” I asked.
“Well, we hate capitalism and the state.” He was very forthcoming, which I appreciated.
“What do you all do about it?”
“We build up alternative institutions without hierarchy while attacking and interfering with the existing, oppressive ones we despise.”
“Oh,” I said. I pondered this for a moment, but honestly only a moment. “Do you have an extra mask?”
Every state and Mexico City have seen actions from marches and blockades of toll booths, border crossing and highway, to the expropriation of corporate mega stores. Four have been killed by police and 800 arrested.
It’s gigantic, 9,500 m3 of factory and yard were occupied in 2013 in Premià de Mar, to be run collectively by open assembly without personal profit.
Crowds of young people from the tightly packed dormitory town joined in and soon there were 21 collectives with everything from counseling, circus, dance, role play, a radio, a soccer pitch, a huge workshop of plastic arts, music bands and concert halls, several migrant groups and a library where teachers from schools in the municipality have offer free classes, etc
As long as we have a State we will have rebellions against it. Why? Because the State is a tool by which a small group of people rule a large group of people, against their interests.
Can you imagine people being ok with 1% of people owning 40% of the world or your boss making 100 times as much as you do if there wasn’t violence keeping that relationship in place? When people are struggling to eat? People call police the biggest gang around for a reason.
Armed with skirts, social media, and a hidden camera, a group of women have taken to the streets of Mexico City to expose the misogyny inherent in Mexican society. ‘Las Morras’ (the young women) say Mexico’s macho culture is making life unbearable for women across the country.
Earlier this year in May, four young Mexican women ventured through the streets of Mexico City with a hidden camera, determined to film the misogyny that women are forced to deal with every day.
A Madrid exhibition showed 81 photos of T-shirts with slogans and drawings against the police.
–Photos from the exhibition ‘La guerra de las camisetas’. .. (T-Shirt Wars) by SANTI OCHOA
by Jose Durán Rodríguez via Diagonal translation The Free original en castellano abajo You have seen him many times with his camera on his shoulder in demos of recent years on the streets of Madrid. What’s more, if you wore a striking T-shirt with a witty phrase or suggestive drawing, it’s likely you’ve been photographed yourself. His name is Santi Ochoa and he’s been doing it since 2003. In his file there are now more than 20,000 images of T-shirts.
From all of them, he selected 81 for this exhibition ‘La guerra de las camiseta’, (T-Shirt Wars),now finished, in the ABM Confecciones space, on Calle Encarnación González in Madrid. The idea occurred to him last year – “to make the exhibition just before the approval of the Gag Law,” explains Ochoa to Diagonal – but it is only now it has been carried out, motivated by ‘The Last Straw’..
“After recent events, with the police storming a clothing store with slogans that incited, according to them, hatred or contempt for the Agents, I felt it in my own flesh and I decided to give a minimal response to that,” he recalls. He refers to the police Raid and seizure of abundant material (shirts, sweatshirts, caps) from the Bestiario Shop in Vallecas by the police in early October. Continue reading Exhibition of 81 Anti-Police T-Shirts..’Lotta Coppers..Little Fun’..→