Some updates on a recent IWW campaign in Minneapolis, in which 5 workers were fired for organizing.
From The Organizer:
This paper is a critique of how the state, the legal system, and the criminal justice system function in American society. The paper argues that the racial disparities in society are not by chance, but design, as they represent the original intent of the rich, white men that drafted the Constitution. Ultimately, the paper calls for an anarchist approach to society that would remove the discriminatory, oppressive frameworks we currently live under. Time is spent debunking preconceived notions of anarchism and explaining why it is a viable path.
This paper is a critique of how the state, the legal system, and the criminal justice system function in American society, and calls for an anarchist approach to how society should be organized that will remove the oppressive frameworks we currently live under.
An exhaustive article by Scott Nappalos on the Leninist conception of 'democratic centralism'. In this piece, Nappalos examines everything from what Lenin and Gransci said on the subject, to what it looked like in practice in organizations such as the Communist Party USA and Socialist Workers Party UK, among others.
The terrain is changing beneath our feet. Since the collapse of the majority of the “official Communist” regimes, the world has witnessed both events and ideas that have undermined the former dominant thinking within the left.
Adam Weaver reviews Ron Taber's 1988 book, A Look At Leninism, which is available in PDF format here.
From Theory to Practice, Taking a Critical Look at Leninism
A Look At Leninism by Ron Taber. 104 pp. New York , New York : Aspect Foundation, 1988
Though there have been many appropriate criticisms of the recent discussion of marriage equality and the focus on liberal organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, the challenge to Proposition 8 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court has mobilized a mass of people to speak out and get organized. Organized by Basic Human Rights Oregon, the rally in support of marriage equality drew hundreds in front of the federal court house. Marriage equality is not the endgame of fighting heterosexism, but it can stand as a marker for those who are organizing more largely to challenge homophobia on an institutional level.
Mia McKenzie from Black Girl Dangerous on the Steubenville rape verdict, and CNN news lamenting the "ruined lives" of the rapists, with no mention of the survivor at all. Trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence.
Today, the two 16-year-old football players who were accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty. The boys' emotional reactions to the verdict, including crying in court, led several different CNN personalities to lament that their young lives have been ruined. That's right.
Article written for Zerowork issue 3 about new technologies available to states to control migration and the working class.
A call to action: an analysis of our struggles and alternatives to Carter's immigration program - Estevan T. Flores
1977 pamphlet by Estevan T Flores about President Carter's immigration plan.