One of the key principles underpinning anarchist politics and philosophy is that of self-organisation. And one of the key principles underpinning self-organisation is the belief that it is by doing that people learn.
Very few people come to radical politics through what they read or through ‘education’ in the traditional sense. It is usually through becoming involved in a struggle that directly affects themselves and their neighbours/work colleagues that most people come to see the power structures of society and begin a process of analysis of how society operates and how it needs to change if the needs of ordinary people are to be met.
Here in Ireland over the past eighteen months asylum seekers have been organising protests against the conditions they are compelled to live in, including blockading the ‘hostels’ (effectively for-profit open prisons) where they are forced to live in appalling conditions, which some have been made to endure for over a decade.
For the past several years, Anti-Deportation Ireland, a political campaign run by both asylum seekers themselves and by their supporters has been pushing for three demands:
1/ An immediate end to deportations.
2/The immediate abolition of direct provision
3/The rights to work and to access 3rd-level education
On 26 October 2013 46-year-old anarchist Ilya Romanov was wounded in the city of Nizhnii Novgorod. The explosion which occurred late at night severely injured his left hand and burned his face. Ilya was taken to hospital where doctors amputated his arm. Romanov explained to the police that he unwarily used a pyrotechnic device. In December 2013 Romanov was charged with Article 205 and Article 30 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation ("attempt to commit a terrorist attack").
A "revolutionary alternative from below" that was not quite to be but holds pertinent lessons for movements today.
Our latest issue of Workers World News continues our educational series on "united fronts" with a focus on the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923.
Over 2000 people marched in Newbridge, Co. Kildare in the lashing rain today to protest the government's plans to force us to pay twice for our water. The march gathered at 2pm at the top of the town, near the hotel Keadeen and then proceeded to make its way down towards the town hall.
On Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014, the FdCA – Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici – will hold its 9th National Congress at the Cascina di Cingia commune in Cingia de' Botti, near Cremona.
After a year of debate and pre-congressional seminars dealing with a range of aspects, the FdCA Congress will be approving documents concerning political strategy and general tactics, above all on themes such as the world of labour and union struggles, local movements and struggles and the economic context which has arisen out of the capitalist restructuring over the past 7 years. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27544]
This water charge FAQ answers your questions about the water charge and the growing resistance to it. If there is a question you want to ask that is not here, or if you think one of the answers could be improved, contact us via Twitter or Facebook with your suggestions.
There is massive opposition across the country to the government’s attempt to impose water charges on us. Not least because we already pay for water through our taxes. This is simply yet another austerity tax. We have put up with years of austerity, cutbacks and extra taxes – all imposed on us to pay off the gambling debts of bankers and financial speculators. Hundreds of thousands of people are now saying ‘No More!’.
People also realise that this is an attempt to prepare our water service for privatisation, which will ultimately end in multinational companies owning it, charging us exorbitant prices and making super profits.
But we don’t have to accept this new charge. We CAN defeat it. To achieve that, there are a few things which we will all have to do:
You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/fn30cz or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/m6406g
We are pleased to announce a 12-page issue of our paper Resistance (#157, ANGRY WOMEN WIN) for October 2014 and we also have a brand new Organise! magazine - issue 83 Winter 2014, plus a new edition of our pamphlet Basic Bakunin.
Resistance #157 and Basic Bakunin are free downloads (or to order in print) and Organise! is currently available as a single issue or annual subscription in print direct from us and is also available, as usual, from the AK Press and Active Distribution online shops.
Get Organise! 83 now from Active Distribution: http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/magazines/33....html (you can also order the latest issue of Black Flag: http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/magazines/33....html ).
Throughout the years Israel has tried to neutralize the pressure of more enlightened people by hiding its brute racism and murderous activities by recruiting the memory of the Holocaust as justification for all its heinous acts when revealed. However, as the masquerade has been exposed in recent years and more and more are disillusioned from the "Zionist dream", the restraints are being loosened fast. The rightists preach their extreme racist ideology in the open. The "paramilitarist" settlers get a freer hand. The transfer of Palestinians both within the 1948 borders and these occupied in 1967 is being done in the open. Though it is still restricted mainly to the Israeli area of the Bedouins in the south and the C agricultural regions of the 1967 borders, the "gloves" have been removed. In the same new mode, repression of the non-armed popular struggles has intensified in the last few weeks and we cannot guess what the limit of the new repression mode will be - if at all. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27570]