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Contemporary IWW slang & lingo

A glossary of currently used, mostly in the Twin Cities, IWW slang and lingo.

On being sh*t-canned

Workers often say that the fear of firings is one of the main reasons it’s so hard to get people to fight back. The power that bosses hold over workers through firings can put them on the curb for standing up. This fear is often unspoken, but present everyday in our workplaces. This piece we share explores how truly arbitrary that power is and its effects. When bosses can hurt us and sometimes ruin lives without any reason at all, it also reminds us why we need to organize.

Health and happiness: confronting the waste of human life through the pursuit of joy

An article exploring the impact of institutionalization and the barren conditions of medicine for people who must live with the care of others.

libcom.org: 10 years of class struggle online

Birthday cake

Today, Thursday, 26 September 2013, libcom.org turns 10. In this blog post we look back at the evolution of the site over the last decade, pick out some highlights and look to the future.

Putting class back on the agenda

Working class pride is having time out on the naughty step, as anarchists have squabbled in recent years to redefine the essential character of their movement. Plasmatelly takes a look at how diverse groups of radical workers can throw up contrary notions of cultural assimilation.

Media diverts attention from No-TAV struggle

At a time when France is losing interest in the idea of the TAV project between Lyons and Turin, Italy has now started to go all out.

Discrimination and hate crime: Italian Parliament says “Go For It!”

The new law, approved by the Italian Chamber of Deputies on 19 September 2013, has already been renamed “Saving Forza Nuova” – the neo-fascist party responsible for racist and homophobic attacks all over Italy – but it actually bears the name of a Democratic Party Deputy and LGBT activist Ivan Scalfarotto.

On Labour's pledge to axe the bedroom tax

Why the pledge from the Labour Party to axe the Bedroom Tax doesn't mean we've won and, if we take it at face value, could mean that we lose.

How do we fight privatisation?

Some quick thoughts on privatisation and how workers can effectively challenge it.

Bullying and blackmail by ILVA’s owners: 1500 fired after new requisition

The Riva group announced on 11 September, just after the new requisition, that production would stop immediately in seven plants unrelated to ILVA, and about 1400 people would be laid off.

Capital can't be reasoned with - the importance of affective politics

Students block police from intervening in a demonstration

When we limit ourselves to reasoned critique we cut ourselves off from the everyday experiences of life under capitalism from which any revolutionary rupture must grow.

A history of radical green spaces in East London

An emerging radical history of open spaces in Hackney is being put together by Hackney History.

Bread riots down supply chains: From Cairo to Longview

Map of Global Food Crisis

One of the forms in which the working class exists today is at the various nodal points along global commodity chains. Even the global production of food is increasingly based on a just-in-time system of production, distribution and consumption -- in addition to being financialized and subject to speculative bubbles. But these commodity chains are vulnerable and this suggests struggles could spread down these chains.

Poland: Protests but no strike

On September 14, mass protests were held in Warsaw against recent anti-labour legislation. Unfortunately the unions did not call a strike.

A look at training, apprenticeships and de-skilling in the construction and engineering industries

As the scramble for work inside the engineering and construction industries continues, finding experienced, skilled workers is proving a problem for employers.

Salt of the earth: PAH-occupied flat block in Cataluña is a foot in the door of something new for the involuntarily homeless

Occupied Bloc Salt, Salt, Cataluna, Spain

For the last five months, sixteen families – from a broad range of backgrounds and nationalities, almost all victims of bank foreclosures – have been living together in an abandoned, brand new flat block in a ghostly quiet suburb of the Catalan town of Salt in Spain.

Summer time in Greece

The traditional August summer holidays were not a time of peace and relaxation this year in Greece.

Throwing a Wrench in the "Capitalism Works" Piece

I'm not sure quite where to start my rant on this public art project in Times Square by Steve Lambert (http://gothamist.com/2013/09/12/talk_about_capitalism_in_the_heart.php), given that it perturbs me on so many levels. The artist might respond, "That's the point!" And certainly I'd like to respond, "You're right!" Instead, my first disgruntlement with this piece it that it only appears to perturb, and so cleverly.

Iowa Radical History blog update + idea for project on Dubuque Packing Company

A repost from another blog I run, with a personal update and an idea for a project about the Dubuque Packing Company, a large meat processing plant that once employed 3,500 people, until its decline and eventual closure, in 2001.

Romania: resistance against corporate environmental destruction and politics-as-usual

This article, on insistent protests against an environmentallt destructive mining project in Romania, was written for ROARmag.org, where a slightly differently edited version can already be found, together with a very useful comment on the article.