BREAKING THE WAVES: Challenging the Liberal Tendencies within Anarchist Feminism

breaking the waves pamphletThe following article by two members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra appears in the recent issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory that we are republishing with thanks to the Institute For Anarchist Studies. You can support their work by purchasing your own copy of the journal, which includes many other articles around the theme of anarchist-feminisms, from AK Press. We also recommend this resource page where you can download this article as a pamphlet and listen to a radio interview with one of the authors.  Translation now available in Japanese.

By Romina Akemi and Bree Busk

The Black Rose Anarchist Federation sent a delegation to participate in AFem2014, an international anarchist feminist conference developed by a committee of anarchists organizing in the UK. The goals of AFem2014 were to challenge sexism and other forms of oppression within the anarchist movement and to create a “safer space” to start conversations around individual and collective experiences that could be translated into organizing work. The conference committee hoped that the energy generated by this event would reinvigorate anarchist feminism as a whole, and would be reproduced as an ongoing series of conferences with a global impact. When viewed from this perspective, AFem2014 was an important political development that highlights the growth of anarchism and the need to advance the theory and practice of feminism within it. However, the Black Rose delegation left AFem2014 with more questions than answers, the foremost being, “What is anarchist feminism?”

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Demonstration Against the Police in Maniwaki

As part of the week against police brutality, the Outaouais region mobilized like every year to create a series of events denouncing the violence of the Gatineau police and the SQ. This year, community organizations from the region and activists also decided to rent a bus to go to Maniwaki in support of two families that have faced the violence of SQ officers. In 2015, Brandon Maurice was killed, shot by an SQ cop, and in 2018, a friend of the Maurice family, Steven Bertrand, was shot in the dead by a courthouse guard who refused to let him leave to smoke a cigarette.

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Vienna: Angry spontaneous demonstration for Efrin as a contribution for the International Solidarity Day on 24th of March

Around 100 people gathered in Vienna on 10 pm to have a 30 minutes long spontaneous, angry and wild demonstration on the international solidarity day for Efrin. The demonstration was an expression of the rage and anger against the occupation of Efrin by NATO, the Turkish army, IS-fascists and other allies. The front banner said `Fight4Afrin`. Loud slogans were chanted through the streets, like `Biji Berxwedane Efrine`(Long live the Resistance of Efrin`, `Ueberall Efrin, Ueberall Widerstand` (Everywhere Efrin, Everywhere Resistance), `Solidaritaet heisst Widerstand, Kampf dem Faschismus in jedem Land` (Solidarity means resistance,  fighting against fascism in each country) or `Alerta, Alerta Antifascista`. There was a lot of different pyrotechnic material used. Continue reading

APC Moscow: Support anarchist political prisoner Eugene Karakasheva

We urge to show solidarity and support of the Crimean anarchist Eugene Karakasheva. He began raising funds for the work of a lawyer and pay for transmission and parcels.

Karakashev Evgeny was born 21 on August 1978 year. A resident of Yevpatoria. Leftist activist, sticking with anarchist beliefs. February 1, 2018 arrested, and February 2, 2018 arrested on suspicion of committing crimes under Part 1 of Art. 282 (hate speech and hate) and Part 2 of Art. 205.2 (public incitement to terrorism) of the Criminal Code. Custody to February 2, 2018. Continue reading

Hamburg, Germany: Fight for Afrin – Attack Against a Supermarket that Sponsored a Grey Wolves Event

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During the night of the 11th to 12th of March we attacked the Adese Market in Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg near the Wilhelmsburg train station. The supermart sponsored the Grey Wolves event in Wilhemsburg last week. This action is a signal against the attack of the Turkish State and its militia against the free canton of Afrin. Continue reading

Canada , Hamilton ON: The Tower Anarchist Social Centre’s Statement on Recent Events

From The Tower, Hamilton’s Anarchist Social Centre, after their windows were smashed Sunday night and then their door kicked in Tuesday night

We’ve held off on making any public statements so far because it’s really not our desire to have conversations on the internet, such a toxic and alienating place. But having had our space attacked twice in the last couple of days, we feel like it’s important to share a few reflections and be clear about where we stand.

First, no, the actions on Locke and Aberdeen on Saturday night were not organized by the Tower, but yes, we support what happened and are in solidarity with those who carried them out. Class war is happening every day in this city, with constant attacks on poor and working people. It’s disappointing that so many only care about the occasional moment when a bit of anger flows back the other way. The ongoing effects of gentrification in this city are heartbreaking – waves of displacement, growing violence, and intensifying poverty. You cannot expect for all of this to just be swept under the proverbial rug. We have zero tears to shed for Locke st. Continue reading

‘If Afrin Falls…It Will Have Been Too Late’ – Call for a Campaign of Militant Direct Action across Europe

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Received on 09.03.18:

For more than 6 weeks we have had to watch the Turkish state attack and occupy, together with Islamist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida, Afrin, the most western canton of Rojava. In this extermination campaign, the invaders are neither deterred by the deliberate bombardment of civilians nor by the use of chemical weapons. The Islamist mercenaries and fascist Turkish soldiers leave a trail of devastation, plunder, rape and murder, they practice an ethnic cleansing of the territory of Kurds. So far, more than 300 civilians and many militants have given their lives, dozens of villages have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people have had to leave their homes. Continue reading

Arrested Penza Antifascists Talk about Torture in Remand Prison

“He Would Check My Pulse by Touching My Neck and Monitor My Condition.” Arrested Penza Antifascists Talk about Electric Shock Torture in Remand Prison Basement. 

Ilya Shakursky and Dmitry Pchelintsev, arrested in  and charged with involvement in a “terrorist community,” have told their attorneys that Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers tortured them in the basement of the city’s remand prison. Mediazona has decided to publish the story told by Shakursky’s defense counsel and the transcript of what Pchelintsev relayed to his lawyer.

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Feminist Reading and Source Material

March 8, International Women’s Day, is a day of struggle across the world for gender and sexual equality. Below we include a range of resources from a working class feminist and libertarian socialist perspective. These include writings, downloadable pamphlets, audio interviews and recommended articles.  — “Quando la mujer se alza, el pueblo avanza / When women rise, the people advance” Continue reading