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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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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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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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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:

Race is notoriously slippery, ...........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

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AK Press Warehouse Fire

AK Press is currently dealing with the aftermath of a major fire. They need cash to get back on their feet. This is serious. Donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/akpressfire

The following is from the AK Press page set up with information about what happened and how to help:

AK Press is currently dealing with the aftermath of a major fire. You are in the right place if you want to help.

A lot of people have been asking what is the best way to help us recover. We still aren’t sure the exact amount of stock that is ruined, or how long ...........READ MORE