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The September 9 National Prison Strike: Bring the Call of Abolition Home

Delivered by Kristina Khan at the “Demands for a Transformed University” Rally organized by Black Students for Revolution on September 9th, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Today, September 9th, marks the 45 year anniversary of the Attica Prison uprising which happened in 1971 at a maximum security prison in upstate New York. […]

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Hundreds Take the Streets in Portland in Solidarity With Prison Strike

As the largest prison strike in modern history took place, groups from around Portland came together in the September 9th coalitions. Led by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Anarchist Black Cross, Black Rose Portland and a host of other organizations joined together to take on the regional organizing work to coincide with the nationwide […]

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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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