The first volume of Mortar, Common Cause's brand new theoretical journal, is now available on our newly redesigned website. Inside you will find an editorial introduction, along with five collectively written articles covering subjects such as building community power, disability and dual
By Revolutionary Anarchist Action - Znet
This is an informative mail about the current situation in Istanbul, Turkey. After two days of protest about the urban gentrification of Gezi Park (biggest park in Taksim where green areas are continually being destroyed), people got fed up with police brutality and violence.
We are settlers on this land, raised in cities, rootless, and alienated from the ecosystems we can’t help but be part of. But we want to unlearn what we have been taught by the dominant culture, and in the process, we want to re-learn joy, connection, and wonder, while embracing grief and loss in order to heal. We want to decolonize, and to do this, we need to build a new kind of relationship with the land. We want to take steps towards an anarchist ecology, towards a knowledge of the land that is anti-colonial and anti-authoritarian.
April 6, 2013 - Coop Média de Montréal
Removing Anarchopanda’s head may make him less cute and cuddly, but it will not dissuade the people that love him from fighting for free education and social justice...Even more than recent mass arrests of harmless protestors and bystanders, the hasty amputation was a clumsy move on the part of the SPVM [Montreal police].
By Liam Barrington-Bush - rabble.ca
Since its birth, the management field has largely served to reinforce the social and political status quo, manipulating the vast majority of those who fall victim to it...In traditional leftist working class politics, 'management is the problem'...But there's another side to our relationship with the subject. It is exemplified in the fact that much of the organized left has long-embraced the same breed of top-down managerialism that most of us associate with industrial capitalism.
By Joshua Stephens - Znet
Students of post-WWI Germany likely see little new in Golden Dawn's strategy. Fascism has historically emerged from the splintered beams of economic wreckage and failed states, mobilizing widespread anxieties, circulating a currency of idealized national identity as a buffer against shame and defeat. What's less well-understood in Greece's case is that Golden Dawn has set about this process, in part, by aping efforts on the other end of the political spectrum, dating back to the winter of 2008, when the police murder of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos sparked riots across the country.
By Michael Stapleton - 25 February 2013
Three witnesses in a grand jury investigation into acts of vandalism during May Day protests in Seattle last year remain incarcerated for refusing to answer questions about the political activities of people they know. None of the three — Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Matthew Pfeiffer — are accused of participating in any criminal act.
THE history of human growth and development is at the same time the history of the terrible struggle of every new idea heralding the approach of a brighter dawn. In its tenacious hold on tradition, the Old has never hesitated to make use of the foulest and cruelest means to stay the advent of the New, in whatever form or period the latter may have asserted itself.
By Lucy Parsons - Znet
I am an anarchist. I suppose you came here...to see what a real, live anarchist looked like. I suppose some of you expected to see me with a bomb in one hand and a flaming torch in the other, but are disappointed in seeing neither...What do anarchists mean when they speak of anarchy? Webster gives the term two definitions[:] chaos and the state of being without political rule. We cling to the latter definition. Our enemies hold that we believe only in the former.
Every attempt to go beyond capitalism has ended in failure. But are capitalism's present problems putting anti-capitalist revolution back on the agenda?
To answer this question, this article looks at past revolutions, with emphasis on aspects rarely considered by the left. These include humanity's origins, gender and military history and the revolutionary transcendence of work and democracy.
For the second year in a row, anarchists and our friends in Southern Ontario went on a New Year's Eve anti-prison road trip. Starting off at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, about 60 of us set off fireworks and called out greetings to the women inside; many of whom happened to be out on the yard or were able to open their windows and send some noise back our way.
By Eric Jacobs - December 11, 2012
Beyond the populist rhetoric of taking a “tough stance on crime”, recent Conservative efforts such as C-309 are best understood as part of a massive expansion of this country's Prison-Industrial-Complex, and a shift towards a more Americanized system of incarceration...The myth of prisons...ignores the rampant culture of recidivism fostered by a system that does not address the root causes of crime, and purposefully makes the process of reintegration into society more difficult for those leaving prison. It also shrouds the much more important role of the Prison-Industrial-Complex as both a lucrative site of corporate profit and a vital tool of State control.
Dark and early this morning a few of us dropped a banner viewable from highway 403 expressing love for those resisting the Grand Jury taking place in the Pacific Northwest, as well as those who are still locked up for charges stemming from the 2010 anti-G20 protests.
Movember- the time of the year, where men try to show they have testicles by growing an ugly flap of hair over their top lip. On top of looking like a greasy douchebag-hipster, pedophile, and/or cop - you are helping to raise funds for a multi-billion dollar black hole of an industry that is notorious for cruel animal testing.
November 10, 2012 - Vancouver Media Co-op
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in East Vancouver, some thirty protesters gathered at a city park and then proceeded to blockade a Shell station located at Clark Drive and 12th Avenue. Organized by BC Blackout, an anarchist project opposing industrial expansion & resource exploitation in the province, the rally targeted Shell for their participation in the Alberta Tar Sands and other environmental atrocities around the world.