Becca & Xloi
“The indirect reason, which is certainly related, is that without a plausible collective vision that goes beyond immediate constituencies and narrow demands, there is an inevitable pressure towards 'winning victories' in an implicitly or explicitly reformist perspective, an approach resulting in some 'victories' that are outweighed by immediate costs and some that are only different in that their transformation into obstacles happens somewhere down the road.” -Don Hammerquist (11/13/10)
The above response is from the aftermath of a discussion based on the Whittier Elementary school sit-in in Chicago and its potential. Even if the demands at Whittier appeared to be narrow and easily reconciled within the state, the resistance at Whittier Elementary went beyond even its particular immediate goals. “We” cannot predict the outcomes of such seeds and where they will lead. However, the Whittier Elementary school sit-in demonstrates a situation where resistance sparked further movement in Chicago, (and perhaps elsewhere), but also made the Chicago public school system appear more legitimate and acceptable than even before.
by Arturo Castillon, Iladelph Liberation | 01.14.2011
The black working class is currently leading the way in the development of new forms of revolutionary organization in Philadelphia. This is reflected in the community based People’s Courts that formed in response to the near death beating of Askia Sabur in West Philadelphia on September 3rd, 2010. Askia had not complied with police orders to leave a street corner as he was waiting for his food at a Chinese store in his community, on 55th and Lansdowne.
By Joel Olson
With the passage of the notorious anti-immigrant bill SB 1070 last spring, the outlawing of ethnic studies as of January 1, the gutting of the school and university systems, the collapsed housing market, the high unemployment rates, and now the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, you might be wondering what it’s like to live in Arizona right about now.
It ain’t easy.
But it helps to put Giffords’s shooting in historical perspective, which is defined by two things in Arizona: corruption and class struggle. And ironically, this perspective gives me hope about the radically democratic future of my home state.
On September 24th, FBI agents raided the homes of at least six organizers and activists across the country. Their crime: working in solidarity with oppressed people across the globe.
This is nothing new. The US government has a long history of disrupting and destroying organizations and activists working for justice around the world. They have trained death squads at the School of the Americas (at Ft Benning in Georgia) and have supported terrorism against labor and social justice activists in Colombia, Palestine, El Salvador and elsewhere. If the FBI were truly concerned with terrorism, they would have begun by investigating the facilities at Ft Benning or the thousands of assassins currently employed by the CIA in Afghanistan. Clearly stopping terrorism is not their goal.
The FBI also has a long history of repressing people in the US who have stood up against racism and war. In the 1960s they raided and assassinated Black Power and anti-Vietnam war activists. Over the past decade they have harassed, intimidated, and disappeared Arab and Muslim folks across the U.S.
We publicly condemn what appear to be targeted attacks against members of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (http://www.frso.org/) who were acting in solidarity with groupings from Palestine and Colombia.
BALTIMORE, PHILADELPHIA, NEW YORK, BOSTON
OCTOBER 13, 14, 15, 16
Question: what do all these things have in common?
- Fighting SB1070 and all anti-immigrant laws in Arizona
- Fighting for justice for Oscar Grant and all victims of police violence in Oakland
- Fighting policing and prisons in the south
- Fighting to live, love, and work wherever we please
- Building the new world in our hearts
Answer: members of Bring the Ruckus take part in all these struggles!
FIGHT THE POWER, UP THE PEOPLE!
Bring the Ruckus Northeast Speaking Tour
Bring the Ruckus (BtR) is a national organization of anti-authoritarian revolutionaries committed to destroying white supremacy and ending capitalism. Folks in BtR seek out, support and defend struggles in which people are fighting oppression and exploitation, and prefiguring a a new society in the shell of the old. Please join members of BtR for a discussion of the work they are involved in around the country.
WEDNESDAY, 10/13: BALTIMORE
Red Emma's Bookstore, 7pm
800 St. Paul St. at the corner of St. Paul & Madison
One block from the Washington Monument on Charles St.
THURSDAY, 10/14: PHILADELPHIA
Lava Zone, 7pm
4134 Lancaster Avenue
Off the #10 Green Line trolley
Easily accessible by #30, #31, #40 and #43 bus lines
FRIDAY, 10/15: NEW YORK CITY
At the beginning of this animated presentation, Zizek states:
I think we should return to good old Oscar Wilde, who still provided the best formulation against this logic of charity. Let me just quote a few lines from the beginning of his,"The Soul of Modern Man Under Socialism."
"He points out that its much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. People find themselves surrounded by hideous poverty, by hideous ugliness, by hideous starvation. It is inevitable that they should be strongly moved by all this. Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure the disease, they merely prolong it. Indeed, the remedies are part of the disease.
They try to solve the problem of poverty, for instance, by keeping the poor alive.
Glancing Backward, Leaping Forward:
Reflections on the Oakland Assembly
RAIDER NATION COLLECTIVE
As we prepare for sentencing in the case of Johannes Mehserle, we must also prepare to radically shift our strategic orientation, or risk becoming obsolete. Our objectives, our strategies, our relations with the community: all must change or the murder of Oscar Grant will become just another police murder, and our street rebellions “just another riot.”
The Oakland Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant (OA) was created with the intention of being a space for radical democracy and communal struggle towards Justice for Oscar Grant, his family, and the Oakland community. Our goal when we put out the call for the first meeting of the Assembly was to form a body that could seek community justice for Oscar Grant as well as form a space outside of the state, non-profit, and liberal institutions.
by Joel Olson
One by one we go around the room. We state our name and why we are here at this meeting, seeking the repeal of SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant laws. “I want to keep my family together.” “I believe in human dignity.” “I’m afraid my family will be broken up.” “I believe in freedom for all people.” “I want a resolution to this problem.” “I want a new world.”
July 12, 2010
By GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
For the fourth time in less than two years, Oakland has become a surreal scene. As though fleeing a tsunami, thousands have packed into their cars in a mass exodus from the downtown area, and are sitting in twenty blocks of traffic headed north on Broadway. The jury in the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle, the transit cop who shot and killed Oscar Grant some eighteen months ago, has reached a verdict, which will be read in a few short minutes.
The response by the Oakland Police Department and the thousands of other officers drafted into an ironically-titled “mutual aid” scheme has been predictably overblown: alarms have been triggered in major buildings downtown to force evacuations, and the fear of God has been struck into the heart of every corporate and government employee in a ten-block radius. The police, it seems, are expecting a war, and are preparing accordingly.
Nonprofits: Velvet Glove of the State