“Flood the Embassy – Justice for Michael Brown – Darren Wilson is GUILTY” London Black Revs 26th November 2014

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IWW Convention Statement on Solidarity with Ferguson

This motion was passed at the Industrial Workers of the World’s 2014 General Convention in Chicago

September 1, 2014

Motion for Solidarity with Ferguson

Whereas the IWW has historically operated in opposition to white supremacy and its relationship to capital, class, exploitation of fellow workers,

And whereas the residents of Ferguson, Missouri are openly defying white supremacy,

And whereas capitalism and white supremacy have conspired to construct a social reality which values private property above the lives of Black people,

And whereas these systems operate in a fashion which seeks to dehumanize rather than empower our fellow workers through tactics of economic, physical, psychological violence,

And whereas the residents of Ferguson have a longstanding history of oppression, disenfranchisement, marginalization due to intersecting mechanisms of economic and racial
control, And whereas the economic and social structures which simultaneously exploit and oppress all fellow workers also finance the technological advancement and surplus of military equipment deployed against the people of Ferguson,

Be it resolved that the Industrial Workers of the World stand in solidarity with the oppressed and exploited residents of Ferguson currently enduring a militarized denial of basic human dignity,

Be it further resolved that the IWW supports industrial action to combat oppression and spread the struggle, such as taken by UPS workers in Minneapolis, and commits to support and organize similar action in the future.

Why we celebrate May Day.

The ‘Haymarket Affair’, Chicago Martyrs, ‘bomb throwing anarchists’ and the fight for the eight-hour working day.

In 1887 four Chicago anarchists were executed. A fifth cheated the hangman by killing himself in prison. Three more were to spend 6 years in prison until pardoned by Governor Altgeld who said the trial that convicted them was characterised by “hysteria, packed juries and a biased judge”. The state had, in the words of the prosecution put “Anarchy.. on trial” and hoped their deaths would also be the death of the anarchist idea… Read the full story on Libcom.

Haymarket martyrs

Oscar Neebe not shown received 15 years.

There was never any pretence of proving their guilt, then as now, working class self-organisation was treated as a menace, to be eliminated by fair means or foul.

“We are all creatures of circumstance; we are what we have been made to be. This truth is becoming clearer day by day …

… My children — well, their father had better die in the endeavor to secure their liberty and happiness than live contented in a society which condemns nine-tenths of its children to a life of wage-slavery and poverty.” – Albert to Lucy Parsons, in his final letter.

So what’s changed?

Adolph Fischer, Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, Louis Lingg, Michael Schwab, Oscar Neebe, and Samuel Fielden are brought back to life every May Day by the actions of militant workers across the world. (And not a fucking tank in sight!)

“If you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labour movement… the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil in misery and want, expect salvation – if this is your opinion, then hang us! Here you will tread on a spark, but there and there, behind you – and in front of you, and everywhere, flames blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out”. – August Spies.

Take to the streets this May Day! What are you waiting for?

The Anarchist origins of May Day  – a leaflet by the Workers Solidarity Movement (pdf)

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13th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival Now Seeks Entries.

Chicago Anarchist Film Festival organizers now seek videos to include in the 13th Chicago Anarchist Film Festival. For the 13th year, April 26-28, 2013 the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival will present the works of un- and under-distributed filmmakers world wide, who are engaged in providing radical entertainment, documenting social change, and projecting a world that could be. This is a film festival with an anarchist vision. We invite you to share your images and stories that reveal and invigorate a rich anarchist presence in society.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE- March 1, 2013

Guidelines:
All entries must be submitted with an entry form. A contributors statement and promotional material is appreciated. Please indicate availability and interest in attending the festival.

Submissions should be DVD (2 copies, any zone) or vhs (pal or ntsc). Videos that you would like to submit electronically we will watch, but if selected we must receive hard copies to avoid technical problems. Selection is based on time allocation, relevance, quality and resonance. There are no rewards or prizes beyond our appreciation and heartfelt thanks, but we will be collecting audience feedback which can be provided to contributors on request. All entrants will be updated on the status of their submissions as soon as possible. We ask the contributions be made with the anarchist spirit of community and celebration with which they will be received. Solidarity!

Shipping costs are the responsibility of the entrants. Videos will be returned upon request. To ensure prompt return of material, please enclose $3 per submission. Otherwise material submitted to the festival will become part of the CAFF library catalog and/or donated to a suitable community recipient.

MAIL ALL ENTRIES TO WITH ENTRY FORM (Available on website) to:
Chicago Anarchist Film Festival (CAFF)
1321 N Milwaukee Ave #453
Chicago IL 60642

CONTACT US:
CAFF at riseup dot net
Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

Autonomy Films presents: Workers’ Republic.

7 p.m Wednesday 11th January in the Dorset Room, Colliton Club Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ

Entry is £3 (less if you can’t afford that).
Debate after the film and refreshments available from the bar

Defeat the dole queue – get together and run your company!

What can you do when your company goes bust, putting you all out of work? It’s happening now all over the UK as we follow the US into recession. But in Chicago at Republic Windows the story had a different ending. In 2008 Republic Windows declared bankruptcy using it as an opportunity to offload the debts, the union and the workforce leaving them unpaid and with no redundancy money.  Ironically the Receiver was the newly bailed-out Bank of America that put the workforce at the bottom of the list of creditors.With little prospect of seeing their money the workers, with the help of their union, took matters into their own hands.

The rest is history, and “Workers Republic” is their story
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