BRRN Blog

Speak Truth With Your Back to Power: Champaign-Urbana Against Jail Expansion

August 18, the Champaign County Board met to vote on a sales tax referendum to go on the ballot in the Fall. The purpose of the proposed sales tax increase is primarily to fund a jail expansion package at the expense of neglecting sorely needed social services and programs. Knowing that Champaign County’s rich would […]

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We Don’t Need a New Jail, We Need Abolition

For five years, Champaign-Urbana (CU) residents have been battling jail expansion in our community while supporting community-based alternatives to incarceration. Like the rest of the nation, the racial disparity in CU is horrific, from school discipline to the criminal justice system. Although Black people make up 13% of the general population in Champaign County, Illinois […]

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Building a revolutionary anarchism

This article speaks on the failures of the anarchist movement to grow, despite numerous social movements, and how models of anarchist political organization point the way forward to overcome these pitfalls. This piece originally appeared in Perspectives on Anarchist Theory No. 27 (2014) published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies.  By Colin O’Malley Introduction Two recent events […]

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In the Streets for the Portland Trans Pride March [VIDEO]

The Gay Pride festival has become a tradition that spans the globe and has helped to push LGBT issues into mainstream acceptance.  Even while it challenges the conservative mores of American society, within the culture of Pride there is often a focus on cis-gendered queer issues at the cost of trans visibility.  2016 has had […]

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Fighting for the future: The necessity and possibility of national political organization for our time

This essay is an argument for moving towards national organization in the United States and was published in April 2013 during the opening of the process that led to the founding of what became Black Rose/Rosa Negra. It aims to explore the limitations of political organization today, recent positive experiences, and possible ways to build […]

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Book Review: Maoism and the Chinese Revolution

  Elliott Liu, Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction (PM Press, 2016). by Javier Sethness   This work, the sixth volume in PM Press’ “Revolutionary Pocketbooks” series, provides a compelling review of the philosophy and historical practices of Maoism before, during, and after the Chinese Revolution of 1949. Liu, an organizer with Take […]

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Turkey: The Coup is the State, the Revolution is Liberty!

We publish this statement on the political situation in Turkey following the attempted military coup written by the revolutionary Anarchist organization, DAF (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet). The group publishes a monthly newspaper Meydan and is active across Turkey and the Kurdistan region in the sectors of youth, women, labor, ecology and the autonomous Kurdish struggle. This translated statement has […]

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On Vigilante Justice and the Need for Social Movements

“Compared with the wholesale violence of capital and government, political acts of violence are but a drop in the ocean. That so few resist is the strongest proof how terrible must be the conflict between their souls and unbearable social iniquities. High strung, like a violin string, they weep and moan for life, so relentless, […]

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The Coup in Turkey: Tyranny against tyranny does not make freedom

By Morgan Presta of the Rojava Solidarity Commission of Black Rose/Rosa Negra UPDATE: The coup attempt appears to have been defeated by the government. We can expect that the following months will see in increase in strength for the AKP’s base that came into the streets out to support Erdogan tonight, and an even stronger […]

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Breaking the Waves: Challenging the Liberal Tendency within Anarchist Feminism

The following article by two members of BRRN appears in the recent issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory that we are republishing with thanks to the Institute For Anarchist Studies. You can support their work by purchasing your own copy of the journal, which includes many other articles around the theme of anarchist-feminisms, from AK Press.  […]

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