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New InterfaceIssue of the global emancipation of labour
For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity
Volume four, issue two of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme "For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity”.
Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to "learn from each other's struggles": to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts.
Ten Years After and a Global Crisis Later… – Preface to Indian Edition of ‘Hotlines: Call Centre, Inquiry, Communism’, by Kolinko
Guragon Workers News
Call centres were the archetype of a workplace for the capitalist cycle between the early 1990s and late 2000s. Located in the dominant sectors of the cycle in the global north, e.g. banking, insurances and personal services, they were able to absorb and combine both surplus capital (which had escaped the shrinking profit margins in the industries); and surplus labour (in form of the unemployed graduate and dismissed industrial worker). Call centres became de facto outsourced university departments where students were forced to work off their student debts and get used to their future perspective as precarious wage dependents. The call centres’ outer-face resembled less the factories of the past; but rather their culture of ‘work-time/leisure-time’-balance was supposed to turn the collective experience of work into a question of individual life-management. They formed part of the general propaganda proclaiming the ‘end of the working class’, which prevailed since the 1980s – while at the same time concentrating and ‘proletarianising’ large sections of previously ‘white-collar’ workers under one roof and subjecting them to a Taylorised ‘factory-mode’ of production. Instead of individualising neo-liberal subjects, call centres simply extended the industrial system into the office world and collectivised a section of the working class who previously saw themselves as ‘educated employees’, such as bank clerks or administrators. As a labour intensive and mobile industry, call centres quickly combined labour in different parts of the globe.
Everyday Revolution After Fukushima<
16 Beaver, New York City, Oct. 07, 2012
A day long forum on everyday revolution after Fukushima
What: A Forum on Creating Everyday Revolution After Fukushima
When: October 7th at 11:00 am - 8pm
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
Who: Free and Open to All
Join us for a day long intensive learn-in on Fukushima from a global
Session I (11am – 1:30pm)
An Introduction: Silvia Federici
An Intro from China; Cold-war History in America, and post-fukushima
development of Asia: with Yoshihiko Ikegami (skype)
‘Nuclearity’ and colonial aspects of nuclear productions: with Gabrielle
Session II (2 – 4:30pm)
Radiation-Monitoring Movement and Exodus: with Shiro Yabu
Evacuation and Becoming the Media: with Iori Mochizuki
Session III (5 – 8pm)
Agent of Struggle and Direct Action: with Joel Kovel, George Caffenztis,
Arkadi Filine (skype) and Marina Sitrin
Childcare will be shared and organized
Video of Madrid Demonstrations, Sept 25-29, 2012
This short film chronicles the events of September 25-29th in Madrid, Spain where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of the government and an end to police brutality. Many of the protests ended in clashes with the police.
Since the stand off began on September 25th , the images of police brutality have travelled the world over, shocking and inspiring people across Europe and leading to an international day of action on September 29th. This film tells the story of why so many people took to the streets and follows these events as they unfolded. Go to globaluprisings.org for the full series of mini-documenaries about reactions to the economic crisis around the world.
The Rise of Greek Neofascism
This is a link of a video from the second anarchist "milicia antifascista" patrol that took place last week in Athens. The motorcycle patrol took place in the areas where nazis usually attack immigrants (the first patrol, two weeks ago, did the same thing). The song heard is an old partisan (communist) antifascist song.
Here in Greece, the state is systematically constructing a fascist "movement", in order to neutralize the social movement that has risen since December 2008 and the IMF attack in Greece. The fascist "movement" gains strength thanks to the scapegoating of immigrants.
Many people from the anarchist millieu and the antiauthoritarian left are ready to bare the burden and pay the cost of a state-provoked small(?)-scale civil war. The internationals have to realize this and take action before it is too late,
Grabbing ‘Green’: Questioning the Green Economy
17 May – 19 May 2013
University of Toronto, Canada
Abstracts due: Nov. 7, 2012
Papers due: March 1, 2013
Over the past two decades 'the market' has increasingly been represented as the solution to issues of sustainability and conservation, leading to a reimagining of 'nature'. Market forces are now deeply embedded in the policy, planning and practice, of environmental management and conservation leading to constructs such as ecosystems services (and payments for them), biodiversity derivatives and new conservation finance mechanisms like REDD, REDD+, species banking, and carbon trading. These changes reflect a larger transformation in international environmental governance—one in which the discourse of global ecology has accommodated an ontology of natural capital, culminating in the production of what is taking shape as “The Green Economy.” This “Green Economy” is not a natural or coincidental development, but is contingent upon, and to varying degrees coordinated by, actors drawn together around familiar (UNEP, States, World Bank, etc) and emergent institutions of environmental governance (TEEB, WBCSB, investment companies, etc). While case studies have begun to reveal the social and ecological marginalization associated with the implementation of market mechanisms in particular sites, this conference seeks to explore the more systemic dimensions involved in the production, circulation and consumption of “The Green Economy,” and the neoliberal 'logics' within environmental policy, conservation, development, and business that are mobilizing it.
No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries
2012 Annual Conference,
Institute for Comparative Modernities
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Friday, September 21
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Organized by Barry Maxwell
(Comparative Literature and American Studies, Cornell University) and Raymond Craib (History, Cornell University)
All events will take place at
Africana Studies and Research Center,
310 Triphammer Rd.,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
[Autonomedia will have a book table at this event.]
Anarchism: no gods, no masters. Enough with religion and the state. This workshop makes an additional demand: no peripheries.
"Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs"
Book Presentation with author Yoseph Leib ibn Mardachya
7PM, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
172 Allen Street
New York City, NY
Is marijuana kosher? Please join Autonomedia and Atzmos Press from Jerusalem for a presentation of "Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs" with author Yoseph Leib ibn Mardachya.
Is Marijuana Kosher?
Repairing the Sacred Hoop
Native American Wisdom for a Post-Capitalist Future
Scientific Soul Session #12
St. Mary's Church
521 W. 126th Street between Old Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
6pm to 8pm, Monday, October 8, 2012 (anti-Columbus Day!)
$10 admission. Contact: 973.896.7697.
Join us for a historic anti-Columbus Day rejection of "Manifest Destiny Marxism" replaced by an INDIGENOUS-CENTRIC MARXISM featuring:
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, radio host of WBAI's First Voices
Daystarr, Black-Cherokee Woman Revolutionary
Firewolf Nelson-Wong, Navaho Woman Communist
Dr. Evan T. Pritchard, Micmac-Celtic, Native American Studies Scholar
Performers: Fred Ho's Saxophone Liberation Front BEYOND COLUMBUS AND CAPITALISM: Civilization or Syphillisation and Ghost Dance On the Grave of Capitalism! featuring Bhinda Keidel, Darius Jones, David Bindman and Fred Ho; Mixashawn, Algonquin Tenor Sax-Flutist, Story Teller
Nana Soul and Fred Ho's premiere of native Hawaiian (Kanaka Maoli) Wayne Westlake's D is for Disgusting
On Monday, October 8, 2012, from 6pm to 8pm, at St. Mary's Church in Harlem, 521 W. 126th Street (between Old Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), Harlem, New York City, Scientific Soul Sessions will present an anti-Columbus Day Celebration extolling native North America as the "original communism and matriarchy" in which human society enjoyed egalitarian social relations, respect and balance with Mother Earth, so much so that virtually no "carbon footprint" was left after the genocide, ecocide and matricide wrought by the European Invasion and settler-expansionist colonialism.
The NY Art Book Fair
September 28–30, 2012
Preview: Thursday, September 27, 6–9pm
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY
Autonomedia will be tabling at this event.
Printed Matter presents the seventh annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 28 to 30, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 270 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-five countries.