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The making of a politicized prisoner

The third installment in Recomposition's 'How I was radicalized' series comes from Okwute Ekwensu. His powerful account describes the experience of leading a criminal life that led to incarceration, followed by his radicalization in prison.

Growing up during the ‘War on Terror’

The second part of Recomposition's ‘How were you radicalized?’ series brings us to the 2000s. Starting with his family roots in the South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements, the author takes us through the post-9/11 and Iraq War era, a time when many of us found the radical left.

From the right-wing to the revolutionary left - Tom Wetzel

A new series from Recompositon called 'How I was radicalized'. This first part is by Tom Wetzel, and takes us briefly though the 1960s.

Beating back the bureaucrats - Jonathan Payn

An article by Jonathan Payn that focuses mostly on a recent initiative called Bloque Sindical de Base in Argentina.

Snake march - Phinneas Gage

Concluding Phinneas Gage’s three-part series on struggles at the Canada Post during 2011, we present ‘Snake march’. In this final installment, he describes the moral as the lockout drags on. Parliamentary filibusters and symbolic occupations fail to turn the tide on contract negotiations. The postal workers return to work, determined to not let management bulldoze them in the shopfloor.

Buffalo Jump - Phinneas Gage

The second in a three part series about a strike at Canada Post. Phinneas Gage describes how the strike rolled on as the workers faced a common challenge of workplace battles. The government, employers, and national union began making moves to diffuse the situation and try to control the actions of the workers.

Turning up the Heat - Phinneas Gage

The first of a three part series that detail a set of organizing actions by postal workers in Canada during 2011. It is written by fellow Recomposition editor Phinneas Gage who expounds on the actions that led up to the CUPW strike, the predicaments that workers faced challenging management, and the indelible memory of seeing management flee an angry mob of strikers.

The bell tolls for thee, motherf*cker - John O'Reilly

Sketch contribution by Monica Kostas

Get ready to never see bus drivers the same way again. This week we feature a story by John O’Reilly who takes us through the route of his daily tribulations as a city bus driver in Minneapolis.

A worthless piece of plastic - Invisible Man

Surprise – by Monica Kostas

This week’s piece comes to us by a regular Recomposition contributor, Invisible Man. In the face of fierce debates on racism, profiling, protests, and riots, his anecdote detailing an altercation with cops in Alberta feels painfully relevant.

We carry our failures: working with people in a dehumanizing system - Scott Nappalos

Vicious Care – sketch by Monica Kostas

Scott Nappalos writes about the challenges of salvaging human interactions and compassion while working in a profiteering healthcare system that renders impotent patients and healthcare workers alike.

On Bluffing - Phinneas Gage

Rage – contribution by M. Kostas

An article by Phinneas Gage, in which he analyzes three instances in different organizing scenarios where bluffing, whether premeditated or spontaneous, helped leverage reactions that would not have otherwise happened.

The truth about the million dollar coffee company

This week we bring you a second piece from a Starbucks worker about a firing, following Work to Rule. Part of struggle is not only the lessons and strategies, but also the experiences and the real life costs that occur when we start to take action. This submission succinctly takes us though one woman’s experience that ended too soon.

Work to rule

An account by a Starbucks Workers Union organizer of a successful work-to-rule.

Industrial unity: a response to “Locality & shop”

Area, shop, and revolution: a case for both locality and workplace unitary organization

An article by Scott Nappalos on some of the different IWW organizational structures that exist currently and why they continue to exist or fail.

Scabs! part II: the St. Albert wildcat

This entry is the second part in a two-part story from contributor Phinneas Gage about a wildcat strike by contractors at the Canadian postal service, and continues our coverage of struggles within Canada Post.

Scabs!: part I

The first part of an account by Phinneas Gage of a wildcat strike by employees of a private mail contractor, and the difficulty the postal worker's union had in going beyond 'bargaining unit unionism'.

State and Capital

Excerpts about the relationship between the state and capitalism from Michael Heinrich’s recent book, An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital.

Lessons from small shop organizing

A significant amount of organizing experience in the IWW comes from working in relatively small workplaces such as stand-alone single shops or franchises of multiple smaller shops. These places present their own set of difficulties and opportunities. Lou Rinaldi talks about what happened at a former job of his in this piece.

Against the IWW series part 3: an infantile disorder

The third in Recomposition's series at looking at some of the arguments against the IWW.