activism

[VIDEO] How to Grow a Movement: Tips for Activists & Organizers

Advice that is useful for any organizer or activist, to help your organization or movement grow in both size and active participation.

This advice draws from two sources:

1. Social psychology

2. Real life examples of successful mass movements and organizing campaigns

This video is an episode of the Aktion Show, a weekly livestream about praxis and direct action, but includes a brief intro and outro that was not part of the show. Skip to 4:03 for the main presentation.

https://youtu.be/VsN_IMFa0tE

[VIDEO] Voting & Electoralism: Steelman Debates Steelman

This video is a debate between two fictional characters: One in favor of voting and electoralism, the other bitterly opposed.

https://youtu.be/Mv7naNWfZ4A

My personal opinion is I don’t have a problem with voting but believe that electoralism is harmful. Regardless of whether or not you vote, we should focus on building a mass-movement to win reforms by our own actions and build our capacity for revolution.

This video was published two weeks before the 2020 U.S. election and uses it as an example. However, the issues discussed and arguments made can generally apply to any “democratic” country in any year.

Curing The English Disease

In 1976, the Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan declared that the "English disease" of indiscipline and labour militancy was undermining the profitability of UK capital. Curing the "English disease" became the raison d’etre of the ruling class.

Article on New Labour and plans for resistance from Black Flag #220 (2001)

Alienation and Mass Organization

A personal reflection on alienation experienced within National Democratic mass organizations.

“Di ka naman tunay na aktibista”: Reflections on Philippine Leftist exclusionism

A reflection of exclusionary and toxic practices experienced in the activist spaces in the Philippine Left and on answering what it means to do activism.

Nostalgia in the UK - Bash Street Kids

An article by the Bash Street Kids looking at the history of UK anarchism in the 1980s. This article was first published as part of Smash Hits Bulletin #3, and was subsequently made available on the internet by uncarved.org.

Eco-anarchy in the UK: dissidence group mobilises for climate justice

A direct action group shut down roads in London’s political district Friday evening to oppose new runway construction at London’s Heathrow Airport. The rush-hour road-block in Parliament Square was the culmination of a campaign by Vote No Heathrow, an autonomous branch of the Rising Up direct action network. It saw a 14 day hunger-strike, solidarity fasts and arrests for non-violent civil disobedience.

Appendix: original J18 proposal and flyers

An appendix to the "Reflections on J18" collection, containing the texts of the original J18 proposal and the leaflets, referred to in some of the discussion papers.

June 18th - a personal view

A contribution to the "Reflections on J18" collection.

Poor Substitute

A contribution to the "Reflections on J18" collection, originally from an article in Freedom newspaper.