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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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

Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets Published in February 2018

The following zines and pamphlets were published across the broad anarchist space over the past month. There are a variety of different issues discussed and perspectives articulated, some of which come into conflict with each other. It’s our opinion that anarchy is strongest when different ideas clash rather than promoting a false unity or theoretical hegemony.

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How to deal with the police on the mass protests!

This manual is based on the teaching materials for the personnel of the police department of the Russian Federation to stop mass riots. Experience massive protests showed how the masses by means of self-organization can give a fitting rebuff to law enforcement authorities in the event of military crackdown on protesters. To a similar scenario, it makes sense to be prepared in advance to provide the most effective resistance. This material will not only help groups are preparing for mass protests (for example, against the election), but also allows a better understanding of the enemy’s actions. Continue reading

The Bankruptcy of the American Left and further?

There will be no economic or political justice for the poor, people of color, women or workers within the framework of global, corporate capitalism. Corporate capitalism, which uses identity politics, multiculturalism and racial justice to masquerade as politics, will never halt the rising social inequality, unchecked militarism, evisceration of civil liberties and omnipotence of the organs of security and surveillance. Corporate capitalism cannot be reformed, despite its continually rebranding itself. The longer the self-identified left and liberal class seek to work within a system that the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls “inverted totalitarianism,” the more the noose will be tightened around our necks. If we do not rise up to bring government and financial systems under public control—which includes nationalizing banks, the fossil fuel industry and the arms industry—we will continue to be victims. Continue reading

Greece: SYRIAN REVOLUTION : ANARCHIST INITIATIVE FROM KORIDALLOS PRISON

As events as such write the modern world history, all revolutionary movements need to process the information available, discuss and come to conclusions and eventually choose sides and fight without failing to take the context of this historical reality into account.
The text on hand does not set out to provide an exhaustive historical narrative. Yet, it does set out to open a discussion that will look into all the critical issues raised. Also, our aim is to turn our ideas into action, thus we choose to go against the widespread inertia that surrounds the subject matter.
 
A historical period as such requires much more than a mere theoretical analysis. As the hotbed of war keeps spreading and is now reaching Europe, it is urgent that we create an anti-war movement which will fight for and demand an end to the international military interventions, put forward ideas on horizontal self-organization, empower the oppressed and ultimately stand up against the rise of totalitarianism.
We know well that we can achieve nothing and nothing will be spared for us unless we fight at all levels and to all directions in order to intensify and expand our horizontal, grass-roots self- organization.

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Towards Insurrectionary Transfeminism

 

Notes on Gender

This essay deals with the discursive and material histories of people I refer to as “transwomen,” which I broadly define as anyone not assigned-female at birth who experiences their bodies as female, lives their gender in a way that could be taken as female, and/or identifies as woman/trans-female-spectrum/transfeminism. I rather begrudgingly use this term with a degree of hesitance as it certainly erases the complexities of my gender experience, but I aim to broadly relate to those who have been coercively assigned a gender category other than Woman but who still inherit much of the legacy of such a category. Continue reading

Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets Published in January 2018

Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets Published in January 2018

Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets Published in January 2018

The following zines were published (or made available online) over the past month. They address variety of different themes of interest to the broad anarchist space. As always, inclusion in this monthly blog post doesn’t imply endorsement. We encourage you to copy and distribute these zines as you see fit.

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Direct Action – Flash Mobs

Flash Mobs:- The Art of Surprise

A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.

The term, coined in 2003, was not generally applied to events and performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals. In these cases of a planned purpose for the social activity in question, the term smart mobs is often applied instead. Though the tactic was soon found useful and is a particle way for demonstrators to blockade or hold an area for a short period or even as part of a longer running action.

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Direct Action – Affinity Groups

affinity əˈfɪnɪti/ noun
  1. a natural liking for and understanding of someone or something.
    “he had a special affinity with horses”
    synonyms: empathyrapportsympathyaccordharmony, like-mindedness;
     

Affinity groups:- Built on Trust

An affinity group is a group formed around a shared interest or common goal, to which individuals formally or informally belong. Examples of affinity groups include private social clubs, fraternities, writing or reading circles, hobby clubs, and groups engaged in political activism.
 
Some affinity groups are organized in a non-hierarchical manner, often using consensus decision making, and are frequently made up of trusted friends. They provide a method of organization that is flexible and decentralized. Other affinity groups may have a hierarchy to provide management of the group’s long-term interests, or if the group is large enough to require the delegation of responsibilities to other members or staff.
 
Affinity groups can be based on a common ideology (e.g., anarchism, pacifism), a shared concern for a given issue (e.g., anti-nuclear, anti-war) or a common activity, role, interest or skill (e.g., legal support, medical aid, black blocs). Affinity groups may have either open or closed membership, although the latter is far more common.

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