social movements

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pisa: the "Nuova Periferia Polivalente" has opened!

After being left derelict and neglected for 6 years, during which the only intervention by the local authorities has been the building of a wall around the old changing rooms which turned them into a dangerous sewer, Pisa’s sports centre Polisportiva della Fontina has come back to life, and being put to use by hundreds of people of all ages who want a space to hang out and practice sports freely.

Accusations against housing movements in Rome demolished by Tribunal

In September 2009, hundreds of Carabinieri stormed a school in the Magliana area of Rome and arrested dozens of people who were occupying it. The charges made against them were super harsh: organised crime, extortion, possession of weapons, theft, assaulting police officers, and more.

Why we’re not afraid of the pitchforks

Translation of a very interesting piece of analysis by the Italian InfoAut crew on the "Pitchfork Movement" that has managed to block the whole of Sicily for about a week in January 2012.