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Red State Revolt: An Essential But Flawed Story of the Teacher Rebellion

Review of Red State Revolt, The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics by Eric Blanc on Verso Books, 2019. By Michael Mochaidean Last year’s wave of public teacher strikes and walkouts was the highest number of workers walking off the job in three decades. Whether it will be the start of a larger trend across […]

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Towards Mass Movements: Presentation on Intermediate Analysis

Below we present a transcribed talk by Pablo Barbanegra on the concept of “intermediary analysis.” Pablo was a member of Miami Autonomy and Solidarity (MAS) which was one of the several groups that merged to found Black Rose/Rosa as a national political organization in 2014. While MAS did not originate the concept of the intermediate […]

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Anarchism and Marxism in Dialogue with Anarchopac

We are excited to present an excellent overview of anarchist ideas in the form of a discussion between Zoe, the YouTube and Twitter personality known as Anarchopac, and Breht from Revolutionary Left Radio as part of an ongoing series of dialogues between anarchism and Marxism. Topics covered include anarchist theory, organizational tendencies within anarchism, Marxist […]

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Updated: Solidarity with Detained Cuban Anarchist and LGBT Activists

UPDATE: Isbel and Jimmy have been released as of Sunday, May 13. Please read their statement below the original article. Original post May 11, 2019 at 8:30pm EST Havana, Cuba – Following tensions around the cancellation of the state sponsored LGBT march and the effort by activists to call for an independently organized one, two […]

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Pablo Barbaranegra: A Biography

On the one year anniversary of his passing we republish this biography of former Black Rose/Rosa Negra member Pablo Barbanegra. This is excerpted from The Pablo Barbanegra Reader, a collection of his political writings. Pablo Vive! Que En Poder Descanse! Pablo “Barbanegra” Avendaño was born on October 1st, 1983 and raised in a working class […]

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Albert Parsons: Anarchist and Labor Martyr in His Own Words

Introduction by José Antonio Gutiérrez Dantón As a tribute to one of the most remarkable agitators in labor history, we publish on May Day the autobiography of Albert Parsons. He was one of the five Chicago Anarchists who were tried in 1886-1887 and executed in November 1887 for their role as 8-hour working-day agitators and […]

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The State of Labor: Beyond Unions, But Not Without Them

As working class and left movements the world over celebrate May 1st, International Workers Day, we offer our reflection on the current state of the U.S. labor movement – both our optimism around recent strikes and stressing the need to transform the labor movement towards its revolutionary potential. This document was produced by the Labor […]

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Maurice Brinton: Socialism Reaffirmed

Thinking through debates on defining a long term vision of socialism, whether “socialism from below,” or the traditions of libertarian socialism and anarchism, the piece “Socialism Reaffirmed,” written as a 1960 leaflet by the UK based libertarian socialist/libertarian marxist intellectual Maurice Brinton, offers valuable starting points. By Maurice Brinton We here outline certain ideas which […]

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The Syndicalist Alternative for an Eco-Socialist Future, Part II

As debates over the climate crisis and the proposed “Green New Deal” unfold, veteran activist and writer Tom Wetzel speaks to its short comings and proposes an eco-syndicalist alternative. Read Part I of this series “A ‘Green New Deal’?: The Eco-Syndicalist Alternative.” This first appeared in Ideas & Action. By Tom Wetzel As difficult as […]

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L.A.’s Class Struggle Looks Like This: The Tenants Movement

We reprint this piece from our comrades at Salvo Newspaper highlighting the powerful fights against displacement that tenants are waging in Los Angeles, fighting for their homes and building popular power. It’s well know that L.A.’s housing market is one of the most absurdly expensive in the country — rivaled only by the S.F. Bay […]

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