Joel is an antifascist prisoner in Sweden. In July 2014, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for attempted murder, violent disorder, and carrying an illegal weapon. The sentence followed a collective defense against a Nazi attack on an antifascist demonstration in Stockholm. The interview was conducted in the fall of 2014. Explanatory notes have been added.
You were sentenced in connection with an antifascist demonstration in Kärrtorp, a suburb of Stockholm, in December 2013. Can you tell us about that day?
During the weeks before the demonstration, there had been trouble in Kärrtorp and the ...........READ MORE
As long as We beg, hat in hand, the enemy culture to indict one of their own (for a job well done) in the killing of one or ten of our nationals, We will continue to be disappointed, dismayed, mystified, and confused.
Why would they bow to our pressure of spontaneous riots, of petty looting, of collective prayers, and senseless begging? “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” let us remember. As long as We confine our demands within the small neocolonial confines of this system it will maneuver our rants and raves into any one of its blind alleys of ...........READ MORE
By far the most popular way for anarchists to stay organized, the Slingshot 2015 organizers are here, complete with mini-calendar, daybook planner, address book section, international radical contact list, and nifty what happened on this day notes scattered throughout. The artwork, as ever, is wonderful in a chaotic punk rock way.
Slingshot is a 176 page planner/agenda with radical dates for every day of the year, space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, menstrual calendar, info on police repression, extra note pages, plus much more. Slingshot has a tough layflat binding and ...........READ MORE
Killer cops and cop-killers, “police as workers” and police as soldiers, copwatching and counterinsurgency operations… these subjects and more are examined in this collection of essays by veteran activist Kristian Williams, released to mark ten years since the first publication of his book Our Enemies in Blue in 2004.
In section one, focusing in on police murders in Portland, Seattle, and Oakland, Fire the Cops!examines the relationship between working-class communities (predominantly Black) and the police, showing how police violence and impunity function to buttress the power of the State, and arguing that the left should recognize the political content ...........READ MORE
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar comes out every year, containing short texts and beautiful artwork by political prisoners and prisoners of war, and their supporters. The 2015 calendar is now out, and this year Kersplebedeb (via leftwingbooks.net) is handling all orders (of less then 10 calendars – for 10 or more people can contact the calendar collective directly).
Certain Days is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. ...........READ MORE
In the 2014 Certain Days calendar, political prisoner David Gilbert wrote that the “War on Crime” which began in the early 1970s was in fact a conscious government counterinsurgency strategy to decimate and disrupt Black and other people of color communities across the United States.
In this pamphlet, interviewed by Bob Feldman, David uses this observation as his starting point to discuss the ongoing catastrophe that is mass incarceration, connecting it to the continued imprisonment of political prisoners and the challenges that face our movements today. This interview was conducted by mail in March 2014, by Bob Feldman. A shorter ...........READ MORE
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On Tuesday, October 21st, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett signed into law the “Revictimization Relief Act”, which will allow prosecutors and victims of a violent crime to sue the offender for “conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.” The law went into effect immediately.
This legal assault in its conception is aimed at one prisoner in particular: Mumia Abu-Jamal. It was drafted as a direct response to lobbying from the Fraternal Order of Police, the cops’ union, which was driven rabid by the recent decision of Goddard College in Vermont to invite Mumia to give this year’s ...........READ MORE
Goddard College in Vermont made headlines this year when it invited political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver its commencement speech for new students, on October 5.
As this invitation, and right-wing anger at Mumia for his audacity in remaining alive and unbowed after decades in prison, occasioned a new piece of repressive legislation in Pennsylvania, i thought it might be worth sharing with readers of this website.
This transcript is mirrored from Prison Radio; it can also be listened to with a slideshow on vimeo.
Readers may be interested in these two texts, in which Zak Brown (of the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement) and JMP (of MLM Mayhem blog) discuss whether or not the Maoist strategy of Protracted People’s War is universal:
“The Messiah comes not only as the redeemer, he comes as the subduer of the Antichrist. Only that historian will have the gift of fanning the spark of hope in the past who is firmly convinced that even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious.”
—Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”
JMP’s The Communist Necessity is a fine example of what we can call agitational literature. Cast as both a polemic against fragmentary post-Cold War political practice and as what the author whimsically calls ...........READ MORE
The following is a review of J. Moufawad-Paul’s The Communist Necessity by André Moncourt:
The Communist Necessity – that’s a catchy title, I thought. I too think that revolutionary change is absolutely essential, and I think the Marxist tradition provides a lot worthy of consideration if that is going to occur, but in the end, J. Moufawad-Paul’s essay left me with more questions than answers. “What the hell,” I thought, “I’ll just ask him.” Below you will find a series of quotes from J. Moufawad-Paul’s book followed by my questions.
The following paper analyzes the socialist debates on the national question up through 1914. I argue that an effective strategy of anti-colonial Marxism was first put forward by the borderland socialists, not the Bolsheviks. Lenin and his comrades lagged behind the non-Russian Marxists on this crucial issue well into the Civil War – and this political weakness helps explain the Bolshevik failure to build roots among dominated peoples.
Consequently, the Bolsheviks were either too numerically weak and/or indifferent to national aspirations to successfully lead socialist revolutions in the borderlands, facilitating the isolation of the Russian workers’ government and the subsequent ...........READ MORE
Perhaps I shouldn’t find significance in the short subtitle for JMP’s Communist Necessity essay, “prolegomena to any future radical theory” – but I do. The simple meaning of ‘prolegomena’ is prefatory remarks, but there is a more specific reference that is closer to what JMP intends. Kant’s Prolegomena to the Critique of Pure Reason was presented as the necessary basis for any future metaphysics that could lay claim to being scientific. Similarly, JMP offers this essay as the necessary ‘scientific’ basis for “any future radical theory”. He may only claim to have provided some elements of this ...........READ MORE