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Combatting the industrial prison complex by advocating decriminalization of illicit drug use in Nashville

Originally published by Great Lakes AntiFa

Nashville, Tennessee–  On February 6th, 2018 local residents converged on the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville, Tennessee to encourage the Commissioner to support a bill that would effectively decriminalize marijuana use.  Local anarchists and antifascists (Nashville AntiFa, Nashville Anarchist Black Cross, and Middle Tennessee Autonomous Network) gathered to advocate for this bill.  Although the vast majority of citizens attending were advocating decriminalization to facilitate the utility of medical and recreational cannabis, anarchist and antifascist support was largely predicated on the fact that this bill would be an important cap in the prison pipeline for petty drug crimes.

Although anarchists do not seek to beg an authoritarian government for personal rights, this rally was an important event in which our collectives could engage in thoughtful dialogue and educate others in our community about the prison industrial complex, which profits from arresting non-violent marijuana users, and to advocate personal freedom and bodily autonomy.  “Our collectives firmly believe the government has no right to tell you what you can or cannot do with your own body,” one anarchist stated to a rally attendee. Continue reading Combatting the industrial prison complex by advocating decriminalization of illicit drug use in Nashville

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Emma Goldman and Johann Most: In Defence of #Anarchism

By 1896, anarchism was acquiring a fearsome reputation, largely due to the actions of a few self-proclaimed anarchists, particularly in France, where there was a series of bombings and assassinations. Emma Goldman and Johann Most were already notorious anarchists in the United States. Goldman’s comrade, Alexander Berkman, had tried to assassinate the industrialist Henry Clay Frick in 1892, after Frick had ordered the violent suppression of a strike at the Homestead steel plant, resulting in the deaths of several workers and some of the Pinkertons sent in to put down the strike. Despite the anti-anarchist atmosphere at the time, the Metropolitan Magazine, a New York literary and political magazine, printed this defence of anarchism by Goldman and Most (anglicizing his first name) in October 1896 (much later it sent John Reed to cover the Mexican Revolution). It is difficult to find English translations of Most’s work (thanks to the Anarchy Archives for finding this one). In Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, I included the Pittsburgh Proclamation, which was mainly written by Most, from the 1883 founding congress of the International Working People’s Association.

Robert Graham

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A-Radio #Berlin: The Chaos Communication Congress 2017 in Germany – an anarchist perspective

Radio podcast from A-Radio Berlin about Chaos Communication Congress (from December 2017) in Leipzig, Germany, from an anarchist perspective.

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Urgent Call to Continue the Solidarity Campaign with the Repressed Russian Anarchists

More arrests: In the Crimea, special services detained a local anarchist and social activist Yevgeny Karakashev (02/02). In Moscow, an anarchist Elena Gorban was arrested (13/02). On the same day, anarchist Alexei Kobaidze was detained and arrested. We are calling upon everybody to continue the solidarity campaign!

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#Oaxaca: A Word From PIRATA About the killing of Some Members of CODEDI

Mexico: On Monday, February 12th, in the Miahuatlan federal road (Oaxaca), repeated shots from assault rifles hit the car where our brothers from the Indigenous people’s Rights Defense Committee (CODEDI) were driving, killing 3 comrades, two of them being underage. Who fired the guns, using weapons very similar to those of the ministerial police, did the dirty work for the governor Alejandro Murat and the businessmen who support him. The CODEDI delegation, headed by Abraham Ramirez Vazquez, was coming out of a meeting with state officials, when it was ambushed and was hit on the way back.

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#Antifa: Russ Frankland – Traditionalist Worker Party #Colorado 2/2/2018

2018 has been busy, folks. We started off with a ridiculous snowball fight with some Proud Boys and Martin Meyers at the Womxn’s March that is barely worth mentioning and had a major confrontation with members of the Traditionalist Worker Party at a Turning Point USA Event in Fort Collins, Colorado. The week prior to the event, five people were spotted putting up “My Borders, My Choice” and “It’s Okay To Be White” flyers. They yelled “See you Friday, Fa**ots!” at participants in an anti-Trump noise demo in Fort Collins.

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Reportback: Demo in Solidarity with #Afrin & for the Freedom of #Öcalan in #Strasbourg

I went to many demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin in Germany, but yesterdays demonstration in Strasbourg, France was the first time I went to a demonstration in a city where Kurdish symbols and flags are not forbidden. That made a big difference.

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Powerpoint Presentation: Stop Turkey’s Crimes Against Humanity in #Afrin

On February 17 we received this powerpoint presentation about the situation in Afrin. Feel free to download, spread or to use it on your info event. Warning: some of the images are graphic and may be disturbing for some of our readers.

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Interview of “Redneck” Activist and Grassroots Organizer, Dr. Zac Henson By Jae Em Carico

Jae Em Carico: What got you initially interested and active in social justice?

Zac Henson: It’s hard to put my finger on because I think it was a gradually process.  I wasn’t always a community organizer.  In my early adulthood, I was an auto mechanic and a plant work, which I got really tired of because of shithead, oppressive bosses and terrible, dirty and hot working conditions.  I went to Auburn University at 24 mostly because I just wanted to try something different and because I loved Auburn football. Continue reading Interview of “Redneck” Activist and Grassroots Organizer, Dr. Zac Henson By Jae Em Carico

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#LA: Koreatown Popular Assembly: Shutting Down ICE, Building Popular Power

About 70 activists and community members surrounded and blocked an ICE van in front of LA’s Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles the evening of Thursday, February 15. The action was called for by the Koreatown Popular Assembly 24 hours prior as an emergency response to reports of ICE detaining over a 100 individuals across the city.

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#Hambacher Forest; As the Hambi 4 Approach a Month in Jail, Solidarity and Support Needed

As Hambi Comrades have now been thrown into a jail for going on a month, not just in record numbers and for charges such as not identifying themselves and obstructing police for which all before were release pending trial.

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