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Announcing: Black Autonomy Podcast

Black Autonomy Podcast is a new podcast discussing anarchism and its relevance to the ongoing Black Liberation Movement. Hosts Lorenzo Komboa Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin are veteran organizers, former members of the Black Panther Party and co-founders of the Black Autonomy Federation.

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Agroecology and Organized #Anarchism: An Interview With the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro (#FARJ)

In response to the industrial, capitalist model of food production that has decimated rural lifeways and our mother earth, social movements around the world have identified agroecology as their alternative proposal for rural development. Grounded in peasant and indigenous knowledges, struggles for food sovereignty and agrarian reform, agroecology is understood by social movements as “a tool for the social, economic, cultural, political and ecological transformation of communities and territories.” 

This interview that Black Rose conducted in the Summer of 2020 with a militant from The Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro’s (FARJ) Peasant Struggle Front, explores their work with some of Brazil’s social movements struggling for agroecology and food sovereignty. Coming from a context with highly developed peasant social movements, FARJ shares important insights for anarchist militants to learn from. 

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Insurgencia en el #Peru: A Reportback from the Streets of #Lima

Lima. Peru. The abrupt replacement of president Martin Vizcarra by the president of congress Manuel Merino has ignited a week of protests in multiple cities in Peru, including Lima. Peruvians are outraged at what can best be described as a parliamentary coup, orchestrated by members of congress whose quick resignation only came after two young protesters lost their lives at the hands of police. As Peru descends into a state of limbo, with the resignation of Merino, the youth on the streets relentlessly call for a complete overhaul of the Peruvian constitution.

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Ungovernable: An Interview with Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin

Author and independent writer William C. Anderson interviews veteran organizer and former Black Panther and political prisoner Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin on the current political crisis, fascism and rising relevance of Black anarchism. We also urge you to generously contribute towards a fundraising campaign organized by William to support Lorenzo and his partner JoNina Ervin. Both are movement elders who’ve inspired generations of rebels and are in need of support with their living and medical expenses.

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#Seattle, #WA: #CHAZ / #CHOP Analysis – Glimmers of Hope, Failures of the Left

Seattle. WA. Out of the national uprising in protest of the racist police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis emerged a movement occupied space of 8-10 blocks in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill. The space began “as an accident” when on the evening of June 7 a man drove drove into the protests and shot a demonstrator. Quickly the crowds set up barricades at several intersections and an occupy style encampment emerged as the the mayor ordered the evacuation of the East Precinct police statement encompassed within the zone. Originally deemed the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) the space was soon renamed Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) and remained in place until July 1 when Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered police to clear out the space after a series of late night shootings. Written in late July 2020, this critical analysis piece was based on discussions and experiences of our Seattle Black Rose/Rosa Negra comrades.

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Going on the Offensive: Movements, Multisectorality, and Political Strategy

In an era of pandemic and mass protest we are witnessing an uptick in political militancy, from attacks on police stations and the seizure of space to wildcat strikes and rent strikes. These are promising developments, but the balance of class forces remains lopsided, evidenced by the massive corporate bailout package, countless workers being exposed to unsafe working conditions, and mounting unemployment. While COVID-19 has limited our ability to respond to the crisis, we need to discover creative ways to intervene in the current moment to meet the urgent needs that have arisen and think through how to prepare ourselves for the post-pandemic period—whenever that may be—to tip the balance of forces in our favor. We will have to defend ourselves against austerity and other attacks, but we can’t limit our activity to a defensive posture. In this piece, Spanish anarchist Lusbert Garcia offers a framework for orienting our organizing efforts toward strategic sectors in society and makes the case for linking these sites of struggle over time into a broad-based, multisectoral movement that can put us on the offensive. 

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Statement: The Necessity of Abolishing the Police and Capitalism

New York City. In a time of political upheaval, pandemic, and protest comrades of Black Rose/Rosa Negra NYC Local in New York City have produced this statement.

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Secret Police on the Streets of #PDX: Interview with a Member of Black Rose #Portland

Portland. OR. Fifty days into the popular uprising sparked by the police murder of George Floyd and demonstrations in Portland, Oregon show little sign of abating. An interview.

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Statement: Choose Food Over Rent

The following is a statement from the Americas Coordination / Coordinadora de las Américas, a joint project between Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation (U.S), Solidaridad (Chile), and Acción Socialista Libertaria (Argentina).

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