New York

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.

Uprising of 20,000 - Tony Michels

A short history of a massive general strike of 20,000, mostly female and Jewish, garment workers which lasted 11 weeks and won significant improvements.

Withered aristocracy #1 - by way of introduction

An introduction to what will hopefully be an intermittent series of musing on life and labor within the New York City building trades and struggles within and against business unionism.

Discussion: anarchist shop experiences - Mike Harris

An article discussing the personal experiences of anarchist organising on-the-job in the New York area in the early 1980s.

The challenges of administering misery in the two New York Cities

An article looking at New York City as a new 'progressive' mayor takes power.