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Omar Aziz, “Abu Kamel,” 1949-2013: Biography, Readings, Quotes

A short biography of the contemporary Syrian anarchist, Omar Aziz, also known as “Abu Kamel.” This short biographical essay is followed by links to Aziz’s writings, further sources on Syria and quotes. Read more biographies of anarchist figures here.  Omar Aziz By Javier Sethness Born on February 18, 1949 in Al-Amara, Damascus, Syria – Died […]

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BRRN for BDS and Solidarity with Middle Eastern Political Prisoners

In memory of Razan al-Najjar, a 21-year old Palestinian nurse who was deliberately killed in Gaza by the Israeli military while responding to an injured protester on June 1, 2018. By Black Rose/Rosa Negra International Relations Committee (BRRN-IRC) In April 2018, Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation voted to endorse the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, […]

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Black Rose Federation on Building Grassroots Working Class Power

  Black Rose/Rosa Negra member Patrick is interviewed by MC Sole, the host of Solecast discussing a range of topics beginning with the anarchist current of  “Especifismo,” which can be summarized as: The need for a specifically anarchist organization built around a unity of ideas and praxis. The use of the specifically anarchist organization to theorize […]

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Is Student Activism Enough?

By Patrick St. John Freddie DeBoer has a blogpost up at Jacobin, titled “Student Activism Isn’t Enough.” It’s classic Freddie: write an entire essay shitting on student activism, then closing it by saying actually, student activism is pretty great and important, keep it up! DeBoer claims “the university can’t be the key site of left-wing (or any […]

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COPEI: Commentary on Armed Struggle and Foquismo in Latin America

The FAU (Federación Anarquista Uruguaya), founded in 1956, was one on the strongest anarchist movements in Latin America and the originator of the concept of especifismo. In the 1960s, it faced a rising tide of political repression which would culminate in the military dictatorship of 1973-85. As public and legal avenues of political organizing were […]

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A Year In Popular Power #4 – Burgerville Workers Union

Stephan is an organizer and fast food worker with Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) in Portland, OR. The union has led an innovative campaign along the model of “solidarity unionism” to become the first recognized fast food workers union in the country using store based committee building, multiple strikes shutting down stores and other actions. BVWU […]

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My September Eleven

By Cí Melosa Originally published in El Coyote, translated from Portuguese by the author.  The month? September. The day? Eleven. The year? Oh! The year. 1973. You thought I would say 2001, right? Yeah, this time we’ll talk about another September 11, the one that happened in 1973. I’m not afraid of backlash. I’m a writer. […]

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Love and Rage: In Defense of Anarchism

Photo of various issues of Love and Rage newspaper.

Twenty years after its demise in 1998 the Love & Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation continues to be an important organizational reference for anarchism today. The group’s origins began in 1989 as a project based around creating a monthly newspaper, Love & Rage, later evolving into a more formal network until becoming a formal membership based federation of […]

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Elections, Power, & the DSA: The Failure of the Left in Power

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Recently It’s Going Down podcast interviewed a member of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation, Patrick, on a wide range of topics related to the utility of electoral politics for advancing socialist politics and the fight for a new world. Covered are both recent and past examples of the left winning power […]

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