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Mortar 2

Revolutionary Journal of Common Cause Anarchist Organization

The second volume of Mortar, Common Cause's theoretical journal, is now available online. Inside you will find an editorial introduction, along with articles covering anti-organizationalist sentiment within the North American anarchist movement, anarchism and the Welfare State, a contemporary redux of the Bourgeois Influences on Anarchism, anarchist approaches to contending with sexual assault and a critique of anti-oppression politics.

Spokes on the Anti-Austerity Wheel: Building Movements That Can Move Beyond Reform

When it comes to fighting the crisis of austerity cuts and financial recession, we need to focus on how to build fighting communities rather than simply reacting to the attacks.

The politics of genocide - Edward Herman and David Peterson

Herman and Peterson review the Western media's response to several different bloodbaths and criticize how the characterization, language, and ultimately policy responses are shaped by the narratives drafted in support of U.S. client states and agents. We do not necessarily agree with all of it but reproduce it for reference.

Georgia inmates beaten with hammers during 2010 prisoners' strike - new video released

Image created to commemorate the 2010 Georgia prisoners' strike

New video evidence has been publicly released showing Georgia prison guards beating inmates with a "hammer-like object" in the aftermath of the 2010 prisoner's strike against forced labour. The strike was one of the largest in US history and was met with violent repression.

Trigger warning: footage and descriptions of violence, images of injuries

Starbucks fires employee on food stamps for eating a sandwich from the garbage

Coulson Loptmann was fired from Starbucks for eating a Sandwich. He's on food st

Last Monday, 21-year-old barista Coulson Loptmann says he was fired from a downtown Seattle Starbucks where he’d worked for more than a year. The reason? He ate a sandwich that had been thrown away.

100 Years Ago: The Philadelphia dockers strike and Local 8 of the IWW - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

cartoon from IWW leaflet - "hold fast, buddie, we got 'em"

A text published to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of an important strike launched by the IWW on the Philadelphia docks, analysing both the strengths and weaknesses of the IWW at the time.

Also made available as PDF and MOBI (Kindle) files.

Mortar volume 1

Revolutionary Journal of Common Cause Anarchist Organization

Mortar is the theoretical journal of Common Cause. It is a project of collective writing aimed at producing original contributions to anarchist theory and furthering our members' political development.

Philadelphia's lords of the docks: interracial unionism wobbly style - Peter Cole

IWW fist

A short paper written by Peter Cole for the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (July 2007)

Towards a new neighbourhood: Building something new in the shell of the old

When thinking about what kind of housing model we really want for the future, we can see the new structures sprouting in the very acts of resistance we have today.

Going postal: rage, murder and rebellion in America - Mark Ames

Mark Ames examines the spate of US workplace killings and the phenomenon of going postal, suggesting falling wages at work and work itself are responsible. Please note that this author is sexist and a proponent of politics diametrically opposed to ours, however we reproduce this text for reference as we believe it contains some interesting arguments.