Cleaning out my numerous Google Doc drafts, I found this, which continues the direct unionism debate by taking on most of the responses to the original discussion paper. So I decided to finish it, as most of the written discussion has dropped off.
Dave Stannton's account of his experiences as a “pink collar” militant working at an immigrant-serving non-profit organized by a large public-sector union in Northern Alberta.
This article is an account of my experiences as a “pink collar” militant working at an immigrant-serving non-profit organization (NPO)1
- 1. NOTE: In much of the academic literature surrounding the non-profit industry, the terms NPO (non-profit organization) and NGO (non-governmental organization) are used interchangeably.
In the months before the Italian elections there was great concern that there might be a resurgence of support for fascist parties. There is certainly potential for such fear to become real: the economic and political crisis, strong popular dissatisfaction, unemployment, and widespread superficial racism. In this article, we look at the electoral results of the different Italian neo-fascist parties, while also charting recent events involving far right representatives and movements.
In the months before the elections there was great concern that there might be a resurgence of support for fascist parties.
The official statement of the El Libertario collective following the murder of Sabino Romero, Yukpa indigenous rights activist, in Zulia, Venezuela last night.
During the night of March 3, 2013 Yukpa Cacique Sabino Romero, well known for his defense of the rights of the Yukpa people, was assassinated on Chaktapa Highway, in the Sierra de Perijá (Zulia State).
As the president of Greece becomes the latest person to predict a 'social explosion' in Greece it seems a good idea to ask the question: Are we likely to see an escalation of social unrest as the crisis continues?
“We are faced with a societal explosion if any more pressure is put on society,”
This is an interview by Roberto Ciccarelli, whom we thank, and it appears in today’s (Friday’s) issue of “Il Manifesto”. We couldn’t be more clear and straightforward than this. It synthesises what we think about the Movimento 5 Stelle (henceforth M5S) and about its relation to the crisis/absence of social movements.
This interview by Roberto Ciccarelli appeared on Il manifesto and on Wu Ming Foundation’s blog, Giap.
Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during February 2013 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.
Information on a just begun strike at a non-profit mobile food shelf and soup kitchen in Minneapolis.
From the Twin Cities IWW blog:
Housing associations are no better than scabs. In fact, they are scabs
As tenants are catapulted towards the chaos of the bedroom tax, one question must be asked again and again of housing associations: Whose side are you on?
Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH), despite their ‘don’t blame us’ campaign, have made their position very clear: They don’t give a shit about tenants.
While the media’s attention has been focussed on the Italian election results and their ramifications, workers continue to suffer, and the justice they deserve continues to be denied to them.
Thursday the ILVA steel mill in Taranto, the factory with the highest number work-related deaths in Europe, has registered the death of yet another worker, while a second one is in a serious condition. The pair were in the coking plant, when the gangway on which they were standing, situated 15 meters above ground, collapsed.
A commentary about the "Free Education for All" struggle, via a Cooper Union artist-organizer rally in NYC on February 20, 2013. For photos too, see the original post at my Outside the Circle blog, cbmilstein.wordpress.com and/or my "Free Education for All" tumblr at http://free-educ-for-all.tumblr.com/.
This evening, several hours after standing around outdoors in chilly winter weather at a rally beneath the clock tower of Cooper Union and a giant "free education for all" red banner high above, a young Egyptian revolutionary, an active and articulate organizer these past couple years in Tahrir Square, said that freedom isn't just a word; it's how one practices it and tries to enact it.
This is the first in what I hope becomes a series under the heading "The Culture of Capitalism." For the original post and many other pieces of writing, see my Outside the Circle blog at cbmilstein.wordpress.com.
New York City is perhaps one of the best places to be a flaneur, engaging in the act of idly strolling through the streets, taking in the little moments that otherwise go unnoticed, appreciating them as pinholes, turning the world as we know it upside down, all the better to see it for what it is.
Now that the Five Star Movement has made such an impression in the Italian national elections, we believe it is no longer possible to avoid examining this phenomenon in terms of a political vacuum that the movement, founded by Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio, fills with its presence. The M5S draws attention away from the fact that there is an absence of a true radical movement in Italy. The M5S takes up this empty space to ensure that this remains the case.
Article by Wu Ming
Translation by Struggles In Italy, copy-edited by Giulio Sica and Wu Ming 1
Stories about the government threatening a “crack down” on trade union power emerge almost on a loop. Particularly in times of heightened class antagonism. But far from showing the unions as threats to society, such threats are a demand that the unions tighten up their role in policing class conflict.
The latest such story comes from the Independent, the main headline of which is a policy to “make strikes illegal unless at least 50 per cent of union members voted in a ballot.” This ties in with government rhetoric about ballot turnout whenever they attempt to
Announcing a new Twitter account that will provide irregular and brief updates on social movements and news of interest to libertarian communists in Latin America.
Follow it here: https://twitter.com/latinlibnews
The national university council has recently made figures about student enrolment at Italian universities publicly available. In the last ten years it has fallen by about 20 per cent. This sudden drop is linked to the crisis and to the awareness of the pointlessness of working towards a degree which often penalises graduates rather than giving them an advantage in the world of work.
One - but only one way - to combat the bedroom tax
One – but only one – of the challenges to the bedroom tax is the minimum size of your smallest bedroom.
Many of the smallest rooms in social housing are less than 70 sq/ft and thus a boxroom rather than a bedroom.
A single bedroom has to be 70 sq/ft or 6.5 sq/m to be classed as a full (1.0) bedroom. If it is 9ft x 7ft then it is 63 sq/ft and just 0.9 of a bedroom.
In the past week, the Labour Party has launched its Labour Against the Bedroom Tax campaign nationwide, with its roots in Liverpool. It’s the usual Labour Party fare; sign a petition, display a poster.
It offers no support for real action by tenants themselves and instead expects them to allow the Labour Party to lead them around by the nose. Meetings were called across the country without any contact being made with tenants groups or already existing campaigns.