BRRN Blog

Llamado para Solidaridad y Fondos para l@s obrer@s de Haití!

Una catástrofe ha caído encima de Haití cuya dimensión solo vemos la superficie en este momento. El pueblo haitiano estará luchando para rehacer sus vidas y sus hogares posiblemente durante decadas en vista del colapso sin precedentes, tanto físico como social. Pero a pesar de la incertidumbre de los terremotos, este desastre no es natural, […]

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Een onnatuurlijke ramp: Solidariteit voor Haiti!

Oproep voor solidariteit en fondsen voor de werkende mensen van Haiti! Een natuurramp is op Haiti neergedaald, waarvan we op dit moment alleen de oppervlakte van de gevolgen zien. Het Haitische volk zal mogelijk gedurende decennia vechten om hun levens en hun huizen opnieuw op te bouwen, in het licht van de ineenstorting zonder precedent, […]

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Now More Than Ever: Lessons for Rebuilding the Student Movement in the U.S. Today

By Pablo

As I seriously consider the prospect of seeking economic asylum from the “Great Recession” in the university, I find myself ruminating more frequently on my experience as a student organizer. The group I helped found at my university, a chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), is no longer there; even though I only graduated two years ago. It has vanished without a trace; the only sign alerting to our short-lived existence is an infrequently updated student organization website that still list’s our student group’s name as an active organization. It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that the group fell apart after the graduation of a few core members. Despite learning many important lessons near the end of my time as a student organizer, their late implementation greatly hindered our chances of success; as such I think our demise as a group was inevitable. This is a fate suffered by many student organizations in the U.S. The student organizing landscaped is littered with the corpses of militant sounding acronyms, cancelled domain names, and list serves that were deleted due to inactivity. Yet, this dump site could be rehabilitated, and there are plenty of good reasons as to why it must be. In the following analysis I intend to discuss my own experience and trajectory as a student organizer, lay out what I think are the most important lessons, and outline what I believe students need to be doing in order to build a powerful and combative student movement.

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The M Circle

Si tuviera que describir las circunstancias bajo las que conocí al viejo Nibaldo, más bien tendría que decir con sinceridad que nunca lo conocí. Aquel encuentro, palabras dispersas, comentarios risueños que emitía con su bigotón de hombre antiguo y su dentadura dilapidada. Pude saber algo de su vida a través de las historias que le gustaba […]

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Sobre “La Batalla de Chile”

Había visto algunos fragmentos del documental La Batalla de Chile de Patricio Guzmán durante mi estadía por aquellas tierras, pero fue solamente hace unos días, que por sugerencia de un amigo volví a reencontrarme con esas imágenes. Se me erizaban los pelos, y me entraban ganas incontenibles de llorar, mientras volvía a sumergirme en los […]

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Why Working People are The Solution to Our Economic Crisis

Power gets what it wants.  This is the reason that Wall Street – the cause of the crisis- is booming; but working people are facing double-digit unemployment, hour cuts, increased work load on the job, less resources to work with, raising costs on benefits, cuts to public services and an all-around increase of vulnerability to […]

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Mass Action Sept 24 with Unite Here

From UNITE-HERE: COME WITNESS THE ACTION AND RALLY IN SUPPORT. MEET THURSDAY, SEPT 24 AT 4 PM AT WATER TOWER PARK. Hundreds to be arrested in civil disobedience action Fighting layoffs and cuts, hospitality workers take a stand, saying big corporations like Chicago-based Hyatt have gone too far. WHAT:           Civil disobedience action with hundreds […]

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