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*Private Equity Sucks!* *Take action against KKR - Thursday July 17* *1pm, Trafalgar Square, under the lions* http://www.privateequitysucks.com *Join the Global Day of Action against one of the oldest and largest private equity firms in the world: KKR (Kohlberg, Kravitz and Roberts)* Private equity companies have gained massive influence, power and obscene wealth because they’ve stayed invisible to public attention and scrutiny. It is time for that to change! On Thursday 17 July 2008, thousands of trade unions, community organisations, environmentalists, workers and activists will be taking part in a global day of action against KKR - actions are planned in 100 cities in 25 countries. These actions will send a loud and clear message to private equity firms like KKR that we are sick and tired of a few people getting even richer and ruining our lives and the planet in the process. In London on July 17, the Private Equity Creative Action Network (PECAN) will be bringing a creative and strong message to the executives of KKR, including the delivery a giant invoice that makes it clear that KKR has a long overdue debt to our community and world. To help make this action a success and to kick off a summer of actions against private equity, we are inviting people to participate and to get involved on the day (in particular we are looking for: video artists, anti-capitalist cheerleaders, independent media makers, musicians, DJ's, clowns and of course - activists).
"On the Pogroms in South Africa" Richard Pithouse The industrial and mining towns on the Eastern outskirts of Johannesburg are unlovely places. They’re set on flat windswept plains amidst the dumps of sterile sand left over from old mines. In winter the wind bites, the sky is a very pale blue and it seems to be all coal braziers, starved dogs, faded strip malls, gun shops and rusting factories and mine headgear. All that seems new are the police cars and, round the corner from the Harry Gwala shack settlement, a double story facebrick strip club.
Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland, eds. Reviewed by Alan W. Moore 319 pp.; AK Press, Oakland and Edinburgh, 2007 The artist in capitalist society is necessarily a revolutionary. S/he is as well necessarily an entrepreneur. Between these two positions lies a wide gulf in understandings. The artist must strive to change society according to a vision, because s/he does not fit. Creativity is not an absolute good and value in this society, and the artist is absolutely committed to creativity. Still, the artist must survive, and so must do what that requires. What is that? What is longed-for utopia and what is impinging reality? The divide between our dreams of a perfect world and the realities of our lives, between what is necessary and what is desired has shifted. The Wall is gone; new walls are a’building. The organizers of the Documenta 12 exhibition recently proffered the assertion, “Modernity is our antiquity.” In finding new coordinates for radical position-takings today, we are continuously picking through those ruins for stuff we can use.
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Allan Antliff, Anarchy and Art: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall 213 pp.; Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, 2007 Reviewed by Alan W. Moore Anarchy and Art is a straightforward book, concerned with the drama, conflicts and tragedies of the modernist past. The book puts into wider context the close-grained work Allan Antliff did on the New York scene in his Anarchist Modernism (2001). For Antliff, anarchism is the subaltern social movement of the 20th century, colonized, exploited and brutalized by triumphant state socialism (and in the west, leeched by liberal labor movements). This is a story full of sadness, the texture of its histories riven with lost lives and forgotten narratives. Antliff’s book is straightforwardly written, a primer in a point of view that might be called doctrinaire anarchism. Antliff begins his book with a stirring chapter reasserting the significance of the primary texts – Proudhon, Kropotkin, and Goldman, and later Stirner and Reclus. His perspective is traditionally art historical emphasizing the impacts of anarchist theory rather than modes of organizing per se. As we pass over the seemingly familiar grounds of 19th century art history, Antliff deftly turns over one after another instance of anarchist influence.
Against Social Exclusion and Neoliberalism at Japanese G8 Summit ACTION AGAINST SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND CALL FOR FAIR LABOR JOIN US IN THE MOVEMENT AGAINST G8 The G8 Summit will be held at Toyako in Hokkaido from July 7-9. We believe that this is an arbitrary meeting of the governments which lead neoliberalism. The world's eight most powerful economies have imposed neoliberalism onto other nations, while dominating the global financial market with the World Trade Organization and the Free Trade Agreement. The developing nations are forced to accept the free trade in exchange of ODA. Privatizations, labor market flexibility, and deregulations are introduced not only in the developing nations but also in the industrialized counterparts. Inequality and poverty are accelerating. Social welfare is reduced. Socially disadvantaged people are excluded and their fundamental rights are violated. Also in Japan, working poor are also victims of neoliberalism since the early 2000s under the Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's government.
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July 25-27. Fordham University, NYC SCHEDULE FOR THE TROTSKY LEGACY CONFERENCE FRIDAY 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Registration and LUNCH 1:00 – 1:15 pm: Opening/Greetings 1:15 – 3:15 PM: Permanent Revolution and the Evolution of World Realities Since the 1960s · Ahmed Shawki, ed., International Socialist Review · Suzi Weisman, author, Victor Serge: The Course is Set on Hope · Alan Benjamin, ed., The Organizer 3:15 – 3:30 PM: BREAK 3:30 – 5:30 PM: Workshops 5:30 – 7:00 PM: DINNER
The 2008 G8 on Hokkaido, a Strategic Assessment Emergency Exit Collective Bristol, Mayday, 2008 zero The authors of this document are a collection of activists, scholars, and writers currently based in the United States and Western Europe who have gotten to know and work with each other in the movement against capitalist globalization. We’re writing this at the request of some members of No! G8 Action Japan, who asked us for a broad strategic analysis of the state of struggle as we see it, and particularly, of the role of the G8, what it represents, the dangers and opportunities that may lie hidden in the moment. It is in no sense programmatic. Mainly, it is an attempt to develop tools that we hope will be helpful for organizers, or for anyone engaged in the struggle against global capital.
Japanese Police Raid Anti-G8 Kyoto Union Office http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Home/Hokkaido_2008/5181.html 10th of June before 9 in the morning, 19 police men from Kyoto Prefecture Police Security 3rd department (so called public safety dep.) raided and searched the union office which is used by Rakunan Union, Rakunan Workers Network, Asia Joint Action (Asia Kyodokodo) , (and ) also an house of ‘A’ who is a member of Rakunan Union for the suspect of “fraud related incident” (with an arrest warrant), which is an apparent excuse to crush the movement against the summit.
The Monster Bares Its Fangs: On the Pogroms in South Africa Andile Mngxitama
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A Yippie Veteran Is in Jail Far From the East Village Colin Moynihan, New York Times It has been more than 40 years since Dana Beal came to prominence as a theoretician for the Youth International Party, known as the Yippies, and embarked on a long career in the world of countercultural politics. Since 1973, Mr. Beal and other Yippies have used a brick tenement on Bleecker Street, just west of the East Village, as a base for planning large-scale events, including demonstrations at national political conventions and worldwide marches calling for the legalization of medical marijuana, among other causes. But Mr. Beal, 61, was far from the national stage last week when he found himself arrested on charges of money laundering in Mattoon, Ill., about 170 miles south of Chicago. He is being held in a county jail in nearby Charleston, awaiting an appearance before a judge on Thursday. Ronald Tulin, a Charleston lawyer representing Mr. Beal, said that the police found his client with a large sum of cash, which was sniffed by police dogs. “They’re saying the money smelled like marijuana,” Mr. Tulin said.
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