Notes on Oakland 2011

A first-hand account and reflection on the events of November 2, where there was an attempted wildcat general strike.

Policing politics? Or, what do you do when the president of your student's union is a cop?

Recruitement ad for volunteer police

My friend Joel White wrote this piece, about the president of our student's union, who is also a Special Constable. It appeared in the University's student newspaper and also on Bright Green. Personally, I'd have gone further, criticising the role of both police and elected representatives, and pointed out that Specials are worse than normal cops cos they do it for free, but still an interesting piece especially considering it was aimed initially at an apolitical student body rather than anyone directly involved with any kind of organising.

Anti-police murder march in Atlanta

Around 200 Atlantans march rowdily through the downtown business district in response to police murder of a 19 year old at the Vine City MARTA station in the city's west end.

Tottenham and beyond: neoliberal riots and the possibility of politics

Hackney, 9 Aug 2011

Writer and poet William Wall explores the link between neoliberalism and the UK riots.

Anarchists respond to the London riots - Solidarity Federation

Riot police in Hackney - photo by Henry Langston from viceland.com

With media sources blaming “anarchy” for the unfolding violence in London and across England, the North London Solidarity Federation has released the following statement as a response from an anarchist organisation active in the capital.

Serbia: State offensive against the libertarian movement

Belgrade 6

An analysis of the current wave of state repression of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative.

Stop Snitching - Curtis Price

An article from The Baltimore Indypendent Reader in 2007, which while it has a lot of local focus, has wider points on the fragmentation and breakdown in inner-city communities stemming from the drug trade.

Greece: 2nd Day of General Strike 29/6 - Unprecedented Police Brutality at Syntagma Square

A timeline account of the day. Relentless riot police attacks with teargas, physical violence and even rocks. Hundreds of injured demonstrators. Square raided but not evacuated.

The demand for order and the birth of modern policing - Kristian Williams

19th-century police fight with drunks in New York City

Kristian Williams analyses the founding of the American police force, and argues that instead of fighting crime, they were established as an instrument of social control over the working class.

Andries Tatane: Murdered by the ruling classes

Andries Tatane during his beating by police

South African activist Andries Tatane was buried in the small rural town of Ficksburg yesterday. He was murdered by the police on a demonstration of four and a half thousand people last week. Shawn Hatting from the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front has developed the first libertarian communist response to the last of a growing number of police murders of grassroots activists in South Africa.