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The “Gag Mumia” Law

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

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Goddard Commencement Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal

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.

Dear Fellow Goddard-ites, Students, Graduates, Parents, Professors:

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Discussion of Protracted People’s War

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:

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[The Tiger Manifesto] JMP: The Communist Necessity

“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

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André Moncourt: In Defence of Strawmen (seventy three questions for J. Moufawad-Paul, and then a brief statement)

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.

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We returned to anarchism without reflecting on the ...........READ MORE

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Slingshot Organizers 2015!

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

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Secret Fed Unit Tasked with Co-opting Protests Against Copkillings

From the mainstream St Louis Post-Dispatch, this struck me as usefully revealing: 

The Justice Department’s soft side: How one federal agency hopes to change Ferguson

By David Hunn, October 12th, 2014

FERGUSON • The peacemakers arrived on a Sunday. It was a little more than a day after Michael Brown’s shooting.

They introduced themselves to police and city officials that afternoon. They met with Brown’s family late that night, in a Highway Patrol truck down the street from the Canfield Green apartments.

The two, both mediators with a secretive unit of the U.S. Department of Justice called the Community ...........READ MORE

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National Liberation and Bolshevism Reexamined: A View from the Borderlands, by Eric Blanc

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