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Beyond F*ck You 2: workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior

A sequel to a previous article, a Twin Cities IWW member writes about how he’s dealt with homophobic remarks and sentiments at work. This originally appeared in YOU BETTER WORK: queer, trans, feminist workers stories #1

Remembering Spain: Italian anarchist volunteers in the Spanish civil war - Umberto Marzocchi

Umberto Marzocchi speaking, wearing a hat, jacket and tie

Marzocchi supplied arms to Spanish anarchists at the start of the Spanish Revolution and fought on the Aragon front from October 1936 until 1937. This is his account , covering the counter-revolution of May 1937 in Barcelona and the Communists’ murder of Camillo Berneri, published in this expanded second edition with a timeline of Marzocchi’s life from "Umanita Nova".

When the union's the enemy: an interview with Cleo Silvers

Cleo Silvers, a former organizer with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, discusses racism in the labor movement with Andrew Elrod.

The Presidio mutiny, 1968 - Randy Rowland

A personal account by a participant of the Presidio mutiny, a sitdown protest of soldiers in military prison against the killing of an inmate during the Vietnam war. 27 mutineers then faced the death penalty, which triggered national outrage.

Ain't marchin' anymore: GIs revolt in Vietnam - Dave Blalock

Dave Blalock in Vietnam

A short account from Vietnam veteran, Dave Blalock, about his experiences enlisting in the military and getting involved in the anti-war GI movement which helped end the war.

A short account of sabotage at a US army oil depot

A short, personal account of worker and army veteran sabotage of oil supplies to the military towards the end of the Vietnam war.

How it all began: the personal account of a West German urban guerrilla - Bommi Baumann

A memoir of Bommi Baumann, a member of the 2 June Movement, one of West Germany's urban guerrilla groups in the 1960s and 70s. First published in 1975, after he renounced violence and left the group in 1972. Libcom.org does not agree with all the politics of the author but reproduces this text for reference.

"We would no longer show up for classes until payment was made..."

Late wages no more: an account of fighting back and getting paid in the language teaching industry.

The call centre diaries, part 1

The Call Centre Diaries will be a semi regular series detailing my experiences as a precarious worker. To kick things off I’m going to share my experiences of working at Manpower, a major UK recruitment agency. Hopefully this won’t just touch on my experiences as a worker but also how the environment fostered in the kind of companies that thrive in economies structured around temporary contracts is adversely affecting the lives of both their own workers and the unemployed they are supposed to be finding work for.

10 July pay strike in Kirklees

A report of the industrial action by public sector workers in Huddersfield and the surrounding area.