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Emma #Goldman and Peter #Kropotkin

David Lester, illustrator, artist , writer and musician, is working on a graphic novel-biography of Emma Goldman. Above is an excerpt commemorating her deportation from the United States to Russia on December 21, 1919, which is also Kropotkin’s birthday. This reminded me of Goldman’s recollections of her meetings with Kropotkin. Below I set forth an excerpt from Goldman’s My Disillusionment with Russia, where Goldman  describes her visit with Kropotkin in the summer of 1920, when both were witnessing the consolidation of the growing Bolshevik dictatorship. Kropotkin suggested that rather than working with authoritarian state socialists, despite their revolutionary slogans, anarchists should work to strengthen revolutionary workers’ movements, like anarcho-syndicalism, and movements to create alternate economic relationships, such as the cooperative movement (both of which were being suppressed by Bolshevik regime). Less than a year later, Kropotkin was dead, with his funeral marking the last mass anarchist demonstration in Russia for about 75 years.

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The Catalan-Balearic regional branch of the CNT shows its solidarity with the strike in the Basque Country

Catalonia. The CNT Catalonia-Balearic Islands has issued a statement in which it expresses its solidarity with the general strike called for the Basque Country and Navarre on 30 January in defence of decent public pensions.

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Does #Work Really Work? L. Susan Brown

What is a slave? A slave is commonly regarded as a person who is the legal property of another and is bound to absolute obedience. The legal lie that is created when we speak of a worker’s capacity to sell property in the person without alienating her or his will allows us to maintain the false distinction between a worker and a slave.

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#Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement: A Worker’s Story #1

Workers in Aotearoa (like workers everywhere) are under attack from those who own and control the undemocratic places where we are employed. The corporate media have little interest in bringing this to light. So, its up to us at the bottom of this system to highlight the reality we are experiencing.

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#France: Dockers on strike in #Bayonne

In France, the movement against the new pension reform has been taking place since December 5th, 2019, and is getting stronger and stronger.

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Understanding France’s General Strike in the Context of the Yellow Vests and Global Class Warfare

Labor and capital are at loggerheads in France. As the open-ended strike launched on December 5th against a neoliberal overhaul of the pension system continues to expand, the Macron regime has dug in its heels to defend the advantages this so-called reform would have for the wealthy (even though it has recently been forced to present what it considers to be a “compromise” to the union leadership). In order to fully understand the nature and importance of this battle, it needs to be situated in relation to the recent history of the Yellow Vests movement as well as the global context of contemporary class warfare.

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#India: Biggest general strike in human history

January 8, 2020 will go down in the history books as the world’s largest 24-hour general strike to date. In India, more than 250 million workers went on strike during the general strike or “Bharat Bandh”, which was joined by ten major unions as well as a number of independent associations. Associations organising bank employees, farmers and teachers, but also the student movement played a leading role. The electricity supply was also affected, with up to 1.5 million people going on strike in the power stations. The same applies to local and long-distance public transport. Across the country there were also rail blockades.

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#VT AFL-CIO – The End Of Politics As Usual!

*VT Political Parties To Back Labor Initiatives Or Face Moratorium On Political Endorsements;

*Top Priorities $15 An Hour Livable Wage For All, Card Check, Worker Miss-classification;

*Strategic Partnership With VT Progressive Party On Union Based Green Mountain New Deal;

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#Paris: Call for an internationalist bloc at demo on the first day of unlimited strike

Paris. Shortly after the historic and almost total strike of September 13 at RATP, five unions – UNSA (majoritaire section), CFE-CGC (executives), FO, Sud RATP ( ousted from Solidaires), and Solidaires RATP – signed a joint statement calling for an unlimited strike as of December 5. Unlimited. Since then, there have been dozens of calls for renewal in all sectors, public and private. The Gilets Jaunes and students announced that they will join the actions. On December 5 there will be an internationalist block at the strike demo in Paris. What follows is the call for the internationalist bloc.

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VT AFL-CIO Adopts Leftist Platform For Change

Following the election of a new progressive leadership by members of the Vermont AFL-CIO (September 15, 2019), the new Executive Board, on October 6th,  unanimously voted to adopt the following as the official platform of the Vermont AFL-CIO. This platform makes the Vermont AFL-CIO among the furthest left major labor organization in the United States.

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