Brazil’s criminalised social movements: 2013 never ended

Organisations across Brazil have hit out over the last few weeks over the ongoing criminalisation of social movements, in particular the long-running campaign of demonisation and legal gagging against activists from transport campaign Bloco de Luta and the MST landless movement.

Based in Porto Alegre, Bloco del Luta has been facing heavy repression since its members helped organise a massive series of protests and occupations in 2013  against… Continue reading

Chile: Women and the pensions backlash

Following a new wave of protests against Chile’s Pinochet-era privatised pensions system, María Carrasco of libertarian communist journal Solidaridad looks at why women have particular reason to stand up for a new way.

Major rallies have been ongoing since last year against the six private for-profit funds which currently hold Chile’s £122 billion in assets but pay just £320 a month to poorer pensioners.

When we speak… Continue reading

Picturehouse living wage strikes spread to East Dulwich and Brighton

Workers at London Picturehouse cinemas in Brixton, Hackney, Crouch End and Piccadilly will be on strike again on April 15th. They will be joined by East Dulwich, and Duke of York’s Cinema in Brighton, striking for the first time. The strikers want the living wage, sick pay, maternity pay and union recognition. The cinema workers’ union, Bectu, reports that the most recent strike ballot was 96.8% in favour of industrial… Continue reading

We must end the toffsplaining of capitalism

The UK leaving the European Union naturally dominates the news in Britain. At some point in the not-too-distant future the debate on a whole range of issue is going to shift. The ills of the modern world will no longer be seen as being caused by the undemocratic bureaucrats of Brussels or by immigrants.

The logic of our times is a reaction to the financial crisis of 2008. This is… Continue reading

France: Revolutionary syndicalists call week of debates to ‘kill the ostrich’

Activists with the Comités Syndicalistes Révolutionnaires (CSR) have announced a major new initiative to “kill the ostrich” of failing industrial unionism with its head in the sand, planning a week-long series of debates and training for the summer.

The training and debate days from July 10th-16th will be open to international militants. Their main themes will be industrial syndicalism and workers’ sociability. Organisers say it will… Continue reading

Book Review: The Traffic Power Structure

by Planka.nu collective ISBN: 978-1-62963-153-0 PP: 96 Publisher: PM Press

This is one of my favorite PM Press books. Compact, loaded, an accessible theoretical dynamite exploding US conceptions of identity and liberty based on automobiles. There are lovely indications of how constructions of liberty and freedom, driving fast on the road, are actually complete systems of domination and control.

Authored by the Planka.nu collective and translated by Gabriel… Continue reading

Radical Mapuche Struggle: Ancestral resistance against the State and capital

The fight for autonomy of the mapuche peoples in Chile has much to teach us, argues Contra Toda Autoridad in this article, originally written for Issue 4 of the collective’s journal and translated by Avalanche.

Contra Toda Autoridad tries to establish points of connection with the radical and anti-state expressions in the historical struggle of the mapuche . Unveiling some differences with their struggle strategies… Continue reading

Argentina: Worker-occupied Hotel Bauen gets ready to resist April 19th eviction

Today marks 14 days to save Argentina’s famed worker-occupied building, after 14 years of continuous working for the community and providing jobs for 140 people.

The building was taken over by its staff as part of the fábricas recuperadas movement during Argentina’s early 2000s financial crisis, as the original owners had dealt with their financial troubles by abandoning it. Currently hotel chain Mercoteles is claiming ownership of the site,… Continue reading

View from the floor: A supermarket worker on organising and retaking stolen life

In this piece from the shop floor, a supermarket worker talks about their initial feeling of isolation and slow making of links with others on the back of small acts of rebellion — and the spectacular disruption that can be carried out by the bottom rungs.

Supermarket work is fucking disempowering and alienating. You’re under constant surveillance (security let you know that they’re there just as much for you as… Continue reading

Anarchism and the bookshop trade

Other than the London Anarchist Bookfair and a few smaller regional book fairs — Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield for example — there are few places where anarchist books are seen. Few general bookshops are interested in anarchism and there are few radical bookshops.

That has not always been the case. At one time there were 130 radical bookshops in the UK with a public magazine, The Radical Bookseller. Some seemed predestined… Continue reading