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Lorenzo Komboa Ervin: Why I Am An Anarchist

Lorenzo Komboa Ervin is a former member of the Black Panther Party and wrote the seminal text “Anarchism and the Black Revolution” while incarcerated as a political prisoner. This is an excerpt from the sections “Why I Became and Anarchist” and “What I Believe” and the full text can be found in Black Anarchism: A Reader published […]

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Capital’s Destruction of the Environment: Marx’s Inadequate Response

  All art by William Morris (1834-1896) This piece engages claims around Marx’s legacy as a thinker and his relation to ecology. A promotional blurb for a volume recently published by Haymarket Books on the subject, Marx and the Earth by John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett, goes so far as to claim that the authors are the […]

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Coming Soon: Antifa, The Anti-Fascist Handbook

From the publisher: As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as “antifa.” Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and ’30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. They could be seen in […]

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Bernie’s new minimum wage bill leaves workers a decade behind

A new wage bill by Bernie Sanders, which proposes to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2024, raises important questions on movements and the Democratic Party. By Duane Wright   When leftists like myself tell progressives that the role of the Democratic party is to demobilize social movements and get people accepting less than what […]

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Portland May Day: The view from the back of the march

This was originally published in the The Oregonian as a guest opinion on May 21, 2017 and is an part of a series related to attacks on the Portland May Day demonstration by the Portland PD. For related articles see the links below. By Ayme S. Ueda   May Day was a festive showing of solidarity, bringing […]

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Feminists Against Capitalism

by Romina Akemi On May 8, 2017 the LA-based feminist collective Intersectionality NOW organized an event at the Women’s Center for Creative Work titled Feminists Against Capitalism. The panel participants included Miranda Sklaroff from the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Left Caucus, Solîn Bendewa who is an editor for the social media platform The Middle […]

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What do mothers really want for Mother’s Day?

“All I want for Mother’s Day is that revolutionary, anarchist-feminism.”   Despite the commercialized version of flowers, cards and brunches celebrated today, Mother’s Day has deeply political roots. Abolitionist and feminist Julia Ward Howe wrote the original “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870 calling for the eradication of war and later campaigned for recognition of a “Mother’s […]

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May Day Portland: What Do Anarchists Really Want?

This letter is a response to The Oregonian May 5, 2017 editorial board opinion “Portland Must be Done with Punk Fascists” applauding police action against Portland’s May Day parade and attempts to create a classic ‘good protester’ versus ‘bad protester’ wedge. This letter to the editor response “Here’s What Anarchists Really Want” was published in The Oregonian on May […]

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Democratic Centralism in Practice and Idea: A Critical Evaluation

We are republishing this in-depth and highly recommended piece on the concept of democratic centralism as part of our series of articles and social media postings relating to the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The concept of democratic centralism emerged from Lenin and the Bolsheviks during this period and has reshaped much of the Marxist tradition […]

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Support anarchist resistance in Turkey!

The anarchist movement in Turkey is a growing, vibrant, and strong force. Just a few small collectives and papers ten years ago, anarchists are now organized across Turkey and North Kurdistan. With their increasing impact and visibility, anarchists have now become a target of repression as Turkey has slid into war and dictatorship. The Black […]

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