Italy

Armed with a yellow mimosa: Women’s defence and assistance groups in Italy, 1943–45

A journal article by Jomarie Alano on the history of the Gddd in the Italian Resistance.

Anti-fascist Italian women's group, Gddd, written out of history - almost

The Gddd were an organization of women in Italy from 1943-45. They were the largest group of active anti fascist women at the time. At their height they had around 70,000 members and comprised of women from every walk of life, from previously unpoliticised housewives to lifelong radical activists. Some of the work they did included organizing strikes, armed resistance, setting up after school hot meals for children, providing clothing and shoes to low income families, stealing coal and bread and handing it out to those in need, Robin Hood style.

States of emergency: cultures of revolt in Italy from 1968 to 1978 - Robert Lumley

Students demonstrate in Milan, 1968

The complete text of the definitive book on the mass social movements in Italy in the 1960s and 70s in which author Robert Lumley traces their development, growth then recuperation and decline. Highly recommended.

S01E005 - Autonomia – 1968 to the ‘Year of ’77′

An edition of the Novara radio show discussing the history and analysis of the Italian workerist movement, Autonomia and its continued relevance and resonance within anti-austerity movements today with Federico Campagna of Through Europe.

A slice of an assembly and some interventions by the Metropolitan Indians

A L'Europeo article, presumably around '77, containing coverage of an assembly and interviews with Metropolitan Indians.

‘‘A laughter that will bury you all’’: Irony as protest and language as struggle in the Italian 1977 movement

A paper by Patrick Cuninghame reassessing the Italian "1977 movement" and its use of irony to ridicule the institutional old and vanguardist new lefts, particularly by the ‘‘Metropolitan Indians’’, the transversalists and other ‘‘creatives’’.

Radio Alice

An interview with Franco Berardi on Radio Alice, a free radio station in Bologna from 1973-1977.

At the cafe - Errico Malatesta

A primer on the fundamentals of anarcho-communism, described through conversations.

Italy 1920: When 600,000 workers seized control of their workplaces

Tom Wetzel details the Italian Factory Occupations of 1920, which matured beyond conventional trade unionism and at its height involved about 600,000 workers. This article was originally presented as a talk at the Conference on Workers' Self-Organization in St. Louis in 1988.

Italy is a racist country

This was written the day after the racist shootings in Florence, where a right-wing extremist shot dead two Senegalese men, Samb Modou and Diop Mor, and injured another three, Moustapha Dieng, Sougou Mor and Mbenghe Cheike (who are all out of danger now). Despite being focused on Italy and its history, I think it could be applied to any other country and to many other political issues. Real transformation can only come from a radical questioning of ourselves, our prejudices, and our ways of doing things.