• Eurocentrism and the Communist Movement

    Robert Biel’s Eurocentrism and the Communist Movement traces the history of Eurocentric — and anti-Eurocentric — currents in the Marxist-Leninist tradition, arguing that this distortion was key to the development and spread of revisionism, and ultimately to the failures of the communist project, in the 20th century.

    A work of intellectual history, Eurocentrism and the Communist Movement explores the relationship between Eurocentrism, alienation, and racism, while tracing the different ideas about imperialism, colonialism, “progress”, and non-European peoples as they were grappled with by revolutionaries in both the colonized and colonizing nations. Teasing out racist errors and anti-racist insights within this ...........READ MORE

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  • AK Press Fire Update #1

    The following is an update from the AK Press collective, who are coping with the aftermath of a deadly fire on March 21st. If you can, please help AK by donating here.

    It’s been almost two weeks since the fire at our warehouse and we know some of you have been waiting for an update and wondering how you can plug into the relief efforts. Very briefly, here is where things stand: our building is still red-tagged by the City of Oakland. We are hopeful that, after more inspections and some repairs are completed, we’ll be able ...........READ MORE

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  • Learning from an Unimportant Minority:Race Politics Beyond the White/Black Paradigm

    Race is all around us, as one of the main structures of capitalist society. Yet, how we talk about it and even how we think about it is tightly policed. Everything about race is artificially distorted as a white/Black paradigm. Instead, we need to understand the imposed racial reality from many different angles of radical vision. In this talk given at the 2014 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, J. Sakai shares experiences from his own life as a revolutionary in the united states, exploring what it means to belong to an “unimportant minority.”

     

    Quoting from the book:

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  • Jailbreak Out of History, Second Edition

    In Jailbreak Out of History, revolutionary Amazon theorist Butch Lee shows how the anticolonial struggles of New Afrikan/Black women were central to the unfolding of 19th century amerika, both during and “after” slavery.

    The book’s title essay, “The Re-Biography of Harriet Tubman”, recounts the life and politics of Harriet Tubman, who waged and eventually lead the war against the capitalist slave system. As Lee explains, “Harriet Tubman was a radical political figure, someone totally involved as a player in the great political ideas and military storms of her day. She was a guerrilla. Someone who lived and taught others ...........READ MORE

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  • Montreal Anarchist Bookfair 2015!

    Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24
    10am-5pm on both days
    Note: Booksellers and vendors will be displaying only on Saturday, May 23. Workshops, theme rooms, films, art and more will take place on both days.

    *** CALLOUT FOR PROPOSALS (workshops, theme rooms, art, film, tables, events): www.anarchistbookfair.ca/callout-for-proposals-2015
    *** SUPPORT THE MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR: www.anarchistbookfair.ca/support-the-bookfair-2

    The Anarchist Bookfair takes place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet:
    – Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman
    – Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle
    A short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro.
    MAP: www.anarchistbookfair.ca/contact-us/location-and-map ...........READ MORE

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  • Compassionate Release for Peter Collins, Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

    Peter Collins

    Peter Collins is a long-time prisoner-activist, incarcerated for the 1983 murder of a police officer in a failed robbery.

    Prisoners’ rights activists in Canada will likely know of Peter’s work around Prisoners Justice Day, and his activism around various issues pertaining to the expanding prison system in this country. Peter has drawn, painted, silk screened dozens of images to commemorate PJD for the past 31 years. He has done interviews, written papers and recorded statements talking about the significance of remembering those who have died behind prison walls (and in other carceral spaces) and of continuing to fight ...........READ MORE

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Autonomedia Books via Leftwingbooks.NET

Autonomedia described itself as “an autonomous zone for arts radicals in both old and new media. We publish books on radical media, politics and the arts that seek to transcend party lines, bottom lines and straight lines.” For years a wonderful source of books at the intersection of autonomous Marxism, feminism, and anarchism, perhaps most notable Silvia Federici’s groundbreaking Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation.

Via Leftwingbooks.NET, Kersplebedeb distributes a selection of books from Autonomedia. We just managed to replenish our stock (including getting more copies of Caliban and the Witch, at last!) — here ...........READ MORE

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Looking for Information about Tear Gassed Children on May 1st in Montreal

After witnessing various incomprehensible scenes last Friday (May 1st), some member of the “Parents United Against Austerity” committee would like to get into contact with people whose children were teargassed, in order to collect statements about what happened. Please contact us at comite.parents.unis@gmail.com

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Après avoir assisté à des scènes hors de l’entendement hier, (1er mai 2015), certains membres du comité de ”Parents unis contre l’austérité” cherchent à entrer en contact avec des gens dont les enfants ont été gazés afin de récolter des témoignages. Veuillez nous contacter au comite.parents.unis@gmail.com

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Beyond Austerity – an article from Solidarity Across Borders (Montreal)

Austerity is often described as an act of class war, on the part of the rich. Depending on who is talking, this assault might be described as an attack against the middle class or the working class, or any number of constituencies in capitalism’s gunsights. It affects many people; consequently specific examples can galvanize broad opposition, mass mobilizations, and … easy recuperations. Because while neoliberal austerity hits many people, it does not hit us in the same way, nor with the same force.

Austerity appears to some as a theft, robbing them of the standard of living that they and ...........READ MORE

Riot police after entering the Da Sève Building Occupation at UQAM earlier tonite.

Daring to Struggle, @ UQAM

Riot police after entering the Da Sève Building Occupation at UQAM earlier tonite.

RESPECT to the strike defenders at UQAM and their allies. It was a full-day battle today (April 8), from early morning till late night. I only observed first-hand the crescendo tonite, after the intervention of what was clearly over 100+ riot police, backed up by bike cops, at the Da Sève Building occupation. The resilience of UQAM resisters is inspiring.

For a sense of what happened earlier today at UQAM, and the solidarity and support shown by students when the cops got called in, check out this ...........READ MORE

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More New Books from AK Press and PM Press

At leftwingbooks.net we have received a number of books from AK Press and PM Press over the past few weeks — i thought some of you might be interested:

Anarchists Never Surrender:
Essays, Polemics, and Correspondence on Anarchism,
1908-1938 Anarchists Never Surrender provides a complete picture of Victor Serge’s relationship to anarchism. The volume contains writings going back to his teenage years in Brussels, where he became influenced by the doctrine of individualist anarchism. At the heart of the anthology are key articles written soon after his arrival in Paris in 1909, when he became editor of the newspaper l’anarchie. ...........READ MORE
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Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought twenty of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The visionary tales of Octavia’s Brood span genres—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism—but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ...........READ MORE

The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor

The journal Socialism and Democracy recently published a special issue on “The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor” — this is normally not a journal which is available for free, however given the important nature of this issue, for a limited time all content is free and can be downloaded.

The table of contents are below, however to download go to: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csad20/28/3#.VRLwx_nF-Sq

Table of Contents

  • Editorial Notes
    Victor Wallis

Introduction

  • Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor: The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US
    Mumia Abu-Jamal & Johanna Fernández
  • Deepening the Debate
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Hunger Strike at South Woods State Prison

Kersplebedeb has received a letter from Shaka Zulu, Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter, informing us of a hunger strike at South Woods State Prison, where Shaka was transferred earlier this month.

The letter was written before the hunger strike, however was only received a week after the strike was to have begun. We do not know if the strike is ongoing, but whether it is or not, it is worth following through on the call for solidarity issued by Shaka Zulu, and calling the prisoncrats to support the prisoners demands.

The prisoners complaints are:

A. Bad ...........READ MORE