Blogs

Victory against wage stealing language school!

After a short but intense campaign, Marta, a receptionist at the Speak Up London language school, has won a week’s unpaid wages and a glowing reference.

33 country fast food strike - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan around the "Fight for 15 campaign" and a recent international one-day strike in support of US fast food workers fighting for better wages.

Marta: 2, Speak Up: 0

A successful action and a short Twitter callout regarding wage theft at the Speak Up School of English in London.

Student protest in Italy - TEFL lesson

TEFL lesson from the British Council for intermediate students around the topic of student protests in Italy. A reading or listening task is followed by a matching exercise.

Unproductive bodies [part 2]: vulnerability and pharmaco-syndicalism

Second part of two piece article on the production of dependent bodies. Introduces the idea of vulnerability and what could be called pharmaco-syndicalism, or autonomous pharmacological practice (and idea that will be returned to elsewhere).

Wealth inequality in America - TEFL lesson

TEFL handout aimed at advanced students based around the video Wealth Inequality in America. Activity mainly focused on vocabulary building and listening practice

Is life worth living or should I blast myself?

An account of being a juvenile delinquent and having to live with a family who had a multitude of issues.

Exhibit A

Introduction to Poe Man's Dreams, a blog about experiencing 'the struggle' in the American midwest.

Disaster communism part 3 - logistics, repurposing, bricolage

A look at the recent debate over capitalist logistics concludes our three-part discussion of disaster communism, bringing us full circle in looking at the repurposing of infrastructure to meet human needs.

Strike in Shanghai in May 2014

Arrest during strike in Shanghai, May 2014

The wave of strikes in China's industrial heart lands continues. This is an example of a strike in Shanghai. As often, the Chinese state and capital tried to repress the strike with force, but also started negotiations to get the situation under control.

Utopia, by John Pilger

A comprehensive and impassioned denunciation of Australia's policies towards its aboriginal people.

"If Gezi never happened, the anger at mass murder at Soma could not have burst forth from the people"

In keeping with tradition, the following is an interview with Turkish IWW member Yusuf Cemal about the Soma mining disaster.

Profession and movement

Wildcat Germany on Aufhebengate and the phenomenon generally of activists in paid types of "radical" or academic employment.

The end of the world as we know it?: new book from AK Press

An announcement and excerpt of a recently released book about the financial crisis and responses to austerity.

Turkish miners: Soma workers murdered for profits

Hundreds of thousands of workers have taken part in a one-day strike, and clashes with police have broken out, after hundreds of coal miners died in Turkey's worst mining disaster, which was no "accident".

Workers' struggles in East Asia (April 2014)

Workers at a shoe factory supplying many global brands on strike in China

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during April 2014 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

Disaster communism part 2 - communisation and concrete utopia

Sonnenschiff 'solar city'

In part two of this three-part article, we look at the relationship between disaster communism, social revolution, and utopia.

Spontaneous insurrections: the story of Alicia Jackson's eviction defense

Alicia Jackson, long-time Portland, Oregon eviction resister is finally seeing the confrontation with the banks coming to a head. Here is the story about how the community came together almost immediately to form an eviction defense when the danger was imminent.

10 July: a ‘season of struggle’?

An initial response to the announcement from the People’s Assembly that there will be a ‘mass strike’ on 10 July this year.

Work to rule

An account by a Starbucks Workers Union organizer of a successful work-to-rule.