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Workers of all Identities, Unite!

For the past few years, but particularly in the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election, the theme of identity politics has dominated political discourse on both the left and the right. Countless books, articles, blogs and comments have been written on the subject, but we ourselves have dealt with it only in passing.

Nationalism and Culture - Audio Book

An audio book of Rudolf Rocker's important work on the origins and nature of nationalism, Nationalism and Culture. Recorded by the group Audible Anarchist.

Italy: Is Salvini’s League a Nazi Party?

Despite only getting 17% of the votes compared to about 30% for their coalition partners in the Five Star Movement, Matteo Salvini leader of La Lega (The League) has seized the opportunity as deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior to become the most dominant force in the new coalition of “populist parties”. The successive speeches about registering Roma (reminiscent of what happened to Italian Jews in 1938 as preparation for their annihilation in the Holocaust) may have caused outrage, but behind it has come the racist attacks in the street.

“We must do away with racial prejudice and imaginary boundary lines”: British Columbia wobblies before the First World War – Mark Leier

Labour historian Mark Leier’s chapter from Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW, in which he examines the transnationalism of the IWW, particularly across the US-Canadian border.

Abolish ICE? Yea, but…

A critique of calls for the abolition of ICE that argues that in order to be effective the abolition of ICE must be paired with the struggle for the abolition of capitalism, states, and racism.

Italy: The “Government of Change” is Still Anti-Working Class

In Naples, in early June, a Malian man was shot by three youths in a drive by shooting. As they fired they chanted “Salvini, Salvini”. Matteo Salvini leader of the League (formerly the Northern League) only got 17% of the vote in Italy’s election but in the new “government of change” in coalition with the Five Star Movement has become Minister of the Interior. This is an ideal role for him to play his racist card.

1997: Interview with Angela Davis

Angela Davis is interviewed about the state of the US labour movement, the effects of globalisation and racial challenges for Black Americans in the 90s.

The Black Ball - Ralph Ellison

A short story about an attempt to build an integrated union in the American south. Contains racial slurs, and references to racial motivated assault and sexual assault, among other issues.

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Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun writes about how the "Redistribute the Pain" prison boycott initiative can help to build up movement infrastructure. This article first appeared in the San Francisco Bay View, and readers who find it useful may wish to donate to help keep the Bay View in print.

Against White Supremacy: Screw the Klan, the Confederacy & the Cops (South Carolina, July 2015)

A short zine compiling two reports from a militant counter-demonstration against the Ku Klux Klan in Columbia, South Carolina, July 2015. Originally created by Ruins of Capital.