New York

Stonewall: The birth of gay power - Sherry Wolf

Stonewall riots, 1969

A history of the Stonewall riots, where LGBT people in New York City took a stand against violent state repression and battled the police, kickstarting a militant, global gay liberation movement.

Teamsters Raid On IWW Drive Fails

An article about an attempted Teamster raid on an IWW campaign in New York. Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker (December 2005).

The Bronx slave market, 1950 - Marvel Cooke

Unemployed domestic workers seek employment, New York 1937

Fascinating series of reports and first person accounts of the markets in New York City where unemployed African-American women would be hired by white housewives to perform domestic tasks at extremely low wages.

Necessary steps in tough economic times: New York students take to the streets in the wake of Occupy

A piece by Marianne LeNabat that takes us through an overview of how students in recent decades have become saddled with debt, how a student movement rose up in NY during the height of Occupy Wall Street, some of the lessons we can draw from organized resistance, and the ripples that student fights caused spreading solidarity throughout various sectors of society.

Withered aristocracy #2 - heavy construction and critical faculties

An attempt at an explanation for the long absence of the Withered Aristocracy blog.

A memoir: some anarchist activities in New York in the thirties and forties - Clara Freedman Solomon

Clara in her 20s

A lookback at the efforts of anarchists in New York City during The Great Depression, written by Clara Freedman Solomon, a participant.

Black Mask and Up Against the Wall Motherfucker: flower power won't stop fascist power

Black Mask pamphlet cover

Subtitled "the story of a small, underground 1960s revolutionary group in New York City", this is a short pamphlet about the group, which has been described as a "situationist street gang".

New York City municipal workers' strike, 1971 - Steven Johns

Bridges locked open by strikers

A short history of a two-day strike by thousands of New York city workers in pursuit of a pension plan.

Fragments: a memoir - Sam Dolgoff

Sam Dolgoff

A 1986 memoir by Russian-born American anarcho-syndicalist Sam Dolgoff (1902-1990) with lots of interesting information about the anarchist movement in the US and New York in particular in the 20th century.

The killing of Eric Garner and the failure of social justice unionism

Right-wing teachers show their support for the NYPD

Rather than providing a strategy for fighting racism, social justice unionism has led some union members to embrace the most racist institution in society for fear of alienating their co-workers.