social movements

'Don't be a soldier!' The radical anti-war movement in north London 1914-1918 - Ken Weller

Antiwar demonstration in Trafalgar Square, 1914

Ken Weller of Solidarity's excellent and detailed historical account of working class opposition to World War I in North London, which offers a snapshot of the anti-war movement nationally.

Digitised by libcom.org, December 2012.

The history of the Quebec student movement and combative unionism

An article by Jerome Raza on the history of student syndicalism in Quebec and the conditions which gave rise to Classé.

[b]In September 2012, shortly after the end of the largest unlimited general student strike in the history of Quebec, several class-struggle anarchist organisations in Canada along with a few local chapters of the IWW put together a cross-country tour to bring the history and experiences of the Quebec student movement to students and activists outside the province.

The poll tax rebellion in Haringey

Haringey anti-poll tax poster

Great pamphlet about the successful fight against the poll tax in Haringey, north London. Produced by Haringey Solidarity Group in 1999, this pamphlet gives an excellent snapshot of the struggle in one London Borough.

Digitised by libcom.org in December 2012

Fire and flames: A history of the German autonomist movement

German autonomen

Fire and Flames is no detached academic study, but a passionate, hands-on, and engaging account of the beginnings of one of Europe's most intriguing protest movements of the last thirty years. An introduction by George Katsiaficas, author of The Subversion of Politics and an afterword by Gabriel Kuhn, a long-time autonomous activist and author, add historical context and an update on the current state of the Autonomen.

Fire and Flames was the first comprehensive study of the German autonomous movement ever published. Released in 1990, it reached its fifth edition by 1997, with the legendary German Konkret journal concluding that "the movement had produced its own classic." The author, writing under the pseudonym of Geronimo, has been an autonomous activist since the movement burst onto the scene in 1980-81.

A brief history of the Spanish anarchist refugees and immigrants in Australia

CNT in exile membership card

A short history of Spanish anarchist migrants who fled to Australia following the Spanish civil war, produced by Acracia.

Taken from http://asf-iwa.org.au/2012/06/03/a-brief-history-of-the-spanish-anarchist-refugees-and-immigrants-in-australia/

On the state of movements in Italy: let’s open the debate

Italians demonstrate during November 14 European strike

Some American and European comrades have asked me, Why didn’t you have an Occupy movement in Italy? Why is the NO TAV movement the only expression of social struggle? The NO TAV, despite their strong success, despite their original expression of post-modernity class war, lack the characteristics of the Occupy movements: an extension of social change, the power to remove old hierarchies, and, above all, a shared and “common” political dynamic open to radical political upheavals.

But here’s another paradox: what sense does this question have now? The Occupy movements seem already dead.

Anarchism in the ex Yugoslavia - Trivio Indic

Short pamphlet on the origins of the anarchism movement in the former Yugoslavia. Taken from The Bastard Archive.

Children's strikes in 1911 - Dave Marson

School children in Hull on strike in 1911 "for shorter hours and no stick"

Dave Marson's excellent 1973 pamphlet on the little-known mass walkouts of schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland in 1911, the same year that saw widespread industrial unrest and strikes. Their demands included shorter hours and an end to corporal punishment in the form of the cane and the strap.

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From Crisis to Cooperatives: Lessons from Argentina’s Cartoneros

From Crisis to Cooperatives: Lessons from Argentina’s Cartoneros

A special Labor day (United States) documentary by Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) about the Argentine 2001 financial crisis and the rise of Cartoneros "Cardboard People" Cooperatives and the challenges they face.

From FSRN

The workers' movement in Serbia and ex-Yugoslavia - Aleksandar Simic

Radničke novine (Workers Papers)

Short text about history of working class movement in Yugoslavia by Serbian Revolutionary Group 'Torpedo', which used to be active in 90's.

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