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Horizontalism by Mark Bray

We (Black Rose Anarchist Federation) are excited to present “Horizontalism” by Mark Bray which appears as a chapter in the recently published Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach, published by Routledge and edited by Benjamin Franks, Nathan Jun, and Leonard Williams. Bray is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street and a member of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation. Given the length of the article we are also introducing a beautifully designed PDF reader format of the article which you can download by clicking on the reader image below.

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Criminalizing Dissent: “Unmasking #Antifa” Bill Introduced

USA: In a move to expand the atmosphere of repression against the left, a bill specifically targeting anti-fascist or “Antifa” protesters was introduced to the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives in June. Titled the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” the bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Daniel Donovan of New York (@RepDanDonovan) and calls for fines and prison up to 15 years for anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person” while wearing a mask or disguise. Police and law enforcement are, of course, exempted.

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The State Against Climate Change: Response to Christian Parenti

A response to Christian Parenti’s assertion that the state is the only way to meet the challenge of the climate crisis.

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Fresh Bread in #Jordan

Here we (Black Rose Anarchist Federation) share the exclusive reflections of a Jordanian anarchist on the ongoing popular mobilizations that have gripped Jordan beginning on May 30, 2018, as a response to tax-reform measures proposed by the State in accordance with International Monetary Fund (IMF) demands.

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#Kropotkin: Can the State be Used for the Emancipation of the Workers?

The newly released Modern Science and Anarchy from AK Press brings together previously unpublished content in English as well as other writings previously only released as pamphlets and articles. Of course, a critical portion of the book which is as relevant as ever is devoted to Kropotkin’s study of the nature and origins of the State and which includes this brief excerpt as part of a larger critique of the state. 

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Joel Olson: What is White Supremacy?

This piece outlining the history and practice of white supremacy in the United States was published as part of the Lexicon pamphlet series created by the Institute for Anarchist Studies which “aims to convert words into politically helpful tools.” Author Joel Olson was a committed organizer, thinker and active within US anarchist politics for many years. He authored The Abolition of White DemocracyThe Abolition of White Democracy and you can find more of his writings here.

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Building Dual Power: Where They Retreat, We Must Advance

We reprint this piece as part of our ongoing discussions on what a praxis of building popular power and dual power would look like in the US. For some of our previous discussions we recommend reading “Active Revolution: Organizing, Base Building and Dual Power.” 

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#REDforEd – Teacher Strikes Show Social Movements the Way Forward

There have been growing calls for electoral participation in the wake of the Trump presidential victory and the horrendous political and social climate that have come in its wake. Most of these voices encourage a social movement strategy called “inside/outside” organizing which argues that protest, mobilizations, and disruptions are good, but that social movements also need “inside” political actors – elected officials – who are sympathetic to movement goals and can help push progressive agendas forward. Many call for supporting progressive democrats. Some favor breaking from democrats and creating a third party.

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Cuban Anarchists Announce Opening of ABRA Social Center

We are excited to reprint the below statement from our Cuban anarchist comrades announcing the opening of the ABRA social center and library in Habana today May 5, 2018. Comrades with the Taller Libertario Alfredo López and allied groups have been working for over 10 years to rebuild an anarchist presence in Cuba and the establishment of a permanent space for social and political activities represents a tremendous step forward. The International Relations Committee of Black Rose/Rosa Negra (BRRN) has sent a message of revolutionary greetings and solidarity – we wish the comrades of ABRA great success!

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