accounts

IWW Assembly looks to future

An account of the 1998 IWW General Assembly. Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker (October 1998)

The SPEW and me

A brief catalogue of my encounters with the lesser spotted subspecies of the British Trot in the wild. Careful it may bite you.

From here to there: how I became a Wobbly - Juan Conatz

A short account by Juan Conatz detailing how he became involved in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Building a fuckin' parking garage

A manual worker's account of day labour from The Best of Temp Slave!.

A more perfect victim

An account of a former office temp getting revenge on a CEO.

Fear the everyday state

"The nation is not a hotel we desert when the service worsens. We remain here."

On the fifth anniversary of the fall of Egypt's president Mubarak, this is an account of the uprising, and the ebb and flow of the Egyptian revolution, by Wahid, an activist in Cairo.

Building a community: construction workers in Stevenage 1950-1970

Construction workers in Stevenage

Interesting pamphlet about the workers who built the new town of Stevenage, commissioned by the government in 1946. Constructed from interviews with the workers themselves, they discuss their disputes with the employers and their building of a community.

Building the Barbican 1962-1982: taking the industry out of the dark ages

Workers on the Barbican site, 1965

Fantastic pamphlet on the workers' struggles during the construction of the brutalist masterpiece the Barbican in central London. Told largely in the words of the workers themselves.

My first years in Philadelphia - Joseph Cohen

Philadelphia Jewish Workman's Circle

A chapter from the autobiographical memoirs of Joseph Cohen, a Philadelphia-based Jewish anarchist at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Translated by Emil Kerenji.

Forty years in the struggle: memoirs of a Jewish anarchist - Chaim Leib Weinberg

Chaim Leib Weinberg

Autobiographical memoir of Philadelphia-based Jewish anarchist, Chaim Leib Weinberg, translated by Naomi Cohen. It gives a great snapshot into the Jewish and Yiddish-speaking anarchist and working class movements in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.