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In the Streets
Occupy the Mexican Consulate in New York City, June 19-20, 2014
Thursday Jun 19 at 3:00pm to Friday Jun 20 at 5:00pm at
Mexican Consulate 27 E 39th St btw. Madison & Park Aves,
nr. #4, 5, 6, S, 7, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3 & 42nd St. cross town bus: http://goo.gl/Oqy0cx ; buses: goo.gl/97dMyW description: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416636688614361/ ``two day occupation...come any time``\
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:46:07 -0400 From:
Occupy the Mexican Consulate in NYC to stop the deadly attacks on the Zapatistas and their teachers
Are you coming? Let us know!
WHAT Non-violent protest to stop the paramilitary deadly attacks on the Zapatista autonomous communities who are resisting the predator corporate power, defending the land, the natural resources of the jungle, and building a horizontal, leaderless community for a world where many worlds fit.
As Sub-Commander Moises highlights, ``we will not respond with violence`` .
WHERE Mexican Consulate
27 E 39th St, New York, New York 10016
WHEN This is a 2-day occupation, from THURSDAY 19 at 3 pm to FRIDAY 20t at 5 pm. New York Civil Rights Legendary Attorney Norman Siegel has agreed to be a legal observer and advisor for this Occupation. You can come anytime and stay for as long as you can!
WHO An initiative originated in the heart of our fellow John Penley,
[ facebook.com/john.r.penley ; facebook.com/john.penley.3 -t.] growing in the hearts of many others, with the help of the
OWS Zapatista Solidarity Network. [ facebook.com/OccupySolidarityNetwork ]
In response to the May 2, 2014 paramilitary attack on the Zapatista community of La Realidad and the killing of community member Companero Galeano, over 2000 organizations, intellectuals, and activists from North America and beyond – includding Mumia Abu-Jamal, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Junot Diaz, Cornel West, Emory Douglas, the IWW, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and many, many others –“ denounced this violence and called for a week of action in solidarity with the pain and rage of the Zapatista communities.
During the week of May 18-24, companer@s in solidarity in more than 40 cities across the world responded to this call. Their actions, reported to the Anattackonusall.org website, circulated through the corresponding facebook and twitter account, andcovered in the free and independent media in English, Spanish, Greek, and Italian, included: demonstrations at consulates and corporations, in the streets, and in public spaces; conferences and panel discussions on Zapatismo and autonomy; silent marches and memorials; readings, info sessions, teach-ins, and study groups; art installations, video and banner production, concerts, poetry readings, and Zapatista documentary screenings; fund-raisers, flyer distribution, e-graffiti actions, and encampments, and email and phone campaigns to Mexican Consulates across the US as well as to the office of Manuel Velasco, Governor of Chiapas, and more.
Â Do you want to help re-build the school that was destroyed in La Realidad Autonomous community?
``The capitalist government at its three levels [federal, state and local] destroyed the autonomous school and the autonomous clinic and the hose from where the water comes and, with that, they want to put an end to the Zapatista fight. Zapatista people don`t forget that the government destroyed their first community Aguascalientes, and then Zapatista women and men built other five Aguascalientes. And when they destroyed the humble houses of our MAREZ authorities (Municipios AutÃ³nomos Rebeldes Zapatistas) in 1998 (â€¦) the MAREZ kept working following their path and strongerâ€ - Subcommander Insurgent MoisÃ©s.
"We want to let all our comrades in Mexico and the world know that we have opened a bank account in the name of our dear compaÃ±era Fernanda Navarro, so deposits of money can be made to the campaign for the reconstruction of the school and clinic that were actually destroyed by the beast in the service of big capital" (See the picture with the bank information if you want to make a donation)
The ABC's of Squatting In NYC
7:00 PM Thursday, February 27, 2014
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
155 Avenue C, Lower East Side
Beyond the ideologies associated with the urban lore of squatting are practical knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to reclaim abandoned public space. Activists Frank Morales and Bill Timesup will lead a discussion about occupying neglected buildings and vacant lots to restore them to usefulness and vitality.
Morales, a Lower East Side native and political activist whose work with squatters dates back to the 1970's when he served as an Episcopal priest in the Bronx, and Bill Timesup, founder of the environmental action group Time’s Up! and co-founder of MoRUS, will share the vast resources gleaned from their combined experiences.
Presentation will include slide show and Q&A on tools, building systems, and nuts and bolts of squatting in New York City in 2014.
$5 suggested donation at the door
More information on Facebook.
Review of Squatting in Europe
Amy Starecheski, City
Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles is a collection of 10 essays edited by the Squatting Europe Kollective (SqEK). SqEK is a network of activists and scholars that formed in 2009 and has been remarkably productive over the past four years, convening nine gatherings and supporting the development of numerous research projects. This is their first book. SqEK’s organization mirrors that of the movements they study: horizontal and open. Both the SqEK project and this volume have intertwined activist and political aims, and these authors see the production and dissemination of knowledge about squatting as an essential part of their activism. In the service of that goal, the book is available as a free download, but has also been published as a printed volume. SqEK seeks to marshal the power of social scientific academic knowledge production to intervene with authority in current political discourse, and the essays included here largely fit within that frame. Most are written in the third person, and in a neutral, professional tone. While many participants have been involved in squatting and take their inspiration from those experiences, they are also serious researchers who ‘work together in order to develop a thorough, systematic and critical knowledge about this so frequently forgotten social movement’ (273). Much of the research in this volume would not have been possible without the authors’ direct participation in the movements they document, and it is one weakness of the work that the authors do not draw more directly upon their own experiences and personal insights.
"No TAV: The Valley That Resists"
A Presentation at Bluestockings
Tuesday, September 3rd @ 7 PM
Discussion: NO TAV:
“The Valley That Resists”
With Ilaria Bertazzi
In Val Susa (Italy) the population is resisting the construction of a high velocity railroad, creating one of the most powerful movements today in the EU fighting against ecological degradation and selfdetermination. Ilaria Bertazzi examines the significance of this struggle, in the context of the attack the NO TAV Movement is presently undergoing and the strategies and methods of struggles the movement has developed during the last two decades. Ilaria Bertazzi is a student born and living in Torino (Italy). Since 2008 she’s been part of the NO TAV movement which is centered in Val di Susa, the western part of Piemonte, confining with France. She has also been involved in the University Students Movement and the Feminist movement in Italy.
June 1st in Turkey, Multitude: The desiring-machine of expression against representation
June 1, 2013 is the rise of a new understanding of the political from the perspective of expression against that of representation. June 1 is not a “fact” which corresponds to measurement of time through its spatialization, but it is an “event” that is the flow and intersection of singular immeasurable durations. It does not refer to a practice of reason or subject that turns life into an object, but to an event as life, as the flows of bodies and affects. It is the expression of an affect which has its idea, it is a becoming. Hence June 1 cannot be considered in terms of a nation or a people who acts within the hierarchy of the universal, the representation and the subject. It presents us a multitude in act that is a desiring-machine functioning in unconscious virtuality of singularity, body, affect and life.
A new plane of the political is in becoming. It is obvious that the fault lines of modernism which is the plane of representation, subject, reason and hierarchy have been moving. In the immeasurable virtuality, this act is nothing less than an earthquake. The political from the perspective of representation is replaced with the plane of “expression” that signifies the political from the perspective of body. The discourse of the new plane of the political centers around “dignity”, which is the bodily expression of de-classification against classification by representation. June 1 is the scream of honor, conscious, and ethics against morality. In contrast to affects regulated in accordance with the movement of concepts and consciousness, we are standing on a plane of concepts shaped by the flows and intersections of affects, differences and differentiations. The political plane of sense and signification seems to undergo a radical change. The leftist language of representation seems to be paralyzed and we witness constitution of a new language of the left. That which is political moves from the language of representation to that of expression since the former proves to be impotent and insufficient to signify the plane of the political.
Hermeneutic Antidisturbios: 25S, the Anti-Eviction Movement and the 14 November General Strike in Context
Last autumn, a new and awful form of protest came to Spain. A string of homeowners on the verge of eviction by court orders and the riot police (antidisturbios) committed suicide by leaping from the windows of their mortgaged houses. The growing anti-eviction movement has altered the dynamic of social protest in Spain, broadening and deepening the opposition to austerity already manifested in the 15M and 25S movements. In the general strike of 14 November, called for by the largest unions, ‘everyone except the Partido Popular and Basque nationalist unions’ poured into the streets. Darío Corbeira, editor of Brumaria, sends the following reflection on the context of the unfolding social struggle.
On 25 September, several thousand citizens responded to an anonymous call to surround Madrid’s Congress of Deputies: ‘Surround the Congress, remain there indefinitely. Desert and break with the current regime, demand the dissolution of the entire government, courts and heads of state, and abolition of the existing Constitution. Begin constituting a new system of political, economic and social organization.’ The gathering citizens aimed to convey to the parliamentarians their deep opposition to the austerity program of Mariano Rajoy Brey’s governing Partido Popular (PP) and to the interventions of the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Union. Framing it was a radical critique of the parliamentarism that came out of the so so-called Transition to democracy. As made clear in their manifestos, proclamations and chants, the protesters saw that form of democracy as utterly bankrupt. What began that day has become known as the 25S movement, distinct from but clearly related to its predecessor 15M and the other movements that have emerged from the neighbourhoods, universities, hospitals, cultural centers, and manufacturing areas. All were questioning the perverse effects of neoliberal policies designed by financial capitalism and applied to the letter by the governing authorities. Those effects have shaken the fragile ‘welfare state’ slowly built up since Franco’s death and have undermined all it has achieved by way of diminishing the gaping social and economic disparities that persist in Spain despite the governments of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party/PSOE).
Occupied Greek Factory Begins Production Under Workers Control
Occupy, Resist, Produce!
“We see this as the only future for worker’s struggles.”
Makis Anagnostou, Vio.Me workers’ union spokesman
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 is the official first day of production under workers control in the factory of Viomichaniki Metalleutiki (Vio.Me) in Thessaloniki, Greece. This means production organized without bosses and hierarchy, and instead planned with directly democratic assemblies of the workers. The workers assemblies have declared an end to unequal division of resources, and will have equal and fair remuneration, decided collectively. The factory produces building materials, and they have declared that they plan to move towards a production of these goods that is not harmful for the environment, and in a way that is not toxic or damaging.
“We Are Witnessing the End of an Era”
Interview with Silvia Federici by Max Henninger
[A conversation about pauperization and the Occupy movement in the USA]
Max Henninger: According to figures published by the US Census Bureau in September 2011, 46.2 million US citizens were living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. How visible is the increase in poverty and how do those affected respond to their situation?
Silvia Federici: Undoubtedly the figures are correct, but it is not just poverty that is in question. What is happening is a dramatic policy shift whereby the rights and entitlements the US working class has fought for and come to expect are now declared to be, for the foreseeable future, unreachable and unjustified. To put it in media terms, it is “the end of the American dream,” signifying the historic severance of US capital from the US working class, in the sense that US capitalism is becoming completely de-territorialized and is now refusing any commitment to the reproduction of the US workforce.
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,