The 2nd issue of the new Anarchist Journal Modern Slavery - A Liberatory Critique of Civilization is coming out soon.
http://modernslavery.calpress.or... Issue 2 includes: An Introduction to Modern Slavery (Part 2) by Jason McQuinn Curtains of Blood: A Peek behind the Phenomena of the Grand Guignol by Paul Z. Simons p.11 Raoul Vaneigem: The Other Situationist by Jason McQuinn p.25 A Surreal Interview with an Anarchist: Ron Sakolsky Oppositional Currents: Anarchy in the UK: Chapter 2 of The Old World is Behind You by Karen Goaman The Greatness of my Hostility: Chapter 2 of Strangers in an Alien World by Wolfi Landstreicher Slavery & Slack: Part 1 – Slavery by J.T. Winogrond p.104 AND MUCH MORE
For more than a month the meme of Occupy Wall Street has captured the political consciousness of America. It has spread to cities across the country, and even across the globe. This movement has a vague criticism of Wall Street and "Banksters," but those are symptoms of the real crisis. Capitalism is the crisis, the disease. Wall Street, banks, and corporations are symptoms of this disease.
In Denver, the occupation has lacked this anti-capitalist analysis. Instead many occupiers have chosen to turn to the rhetoric of the 99%, which is an erasure of systemic oppression and violence and an acceptance of those in the upper-classes that remain complicet in those oppressions. If this movement continues to deny and erase capitalism as the root cause of these economic and social injustices, this movement will die. It is already being cleverly recuperated by those who seek to harness and control the power of the people.
Occupy Fillintheblank is about economic justice, yes. But, it is about the truest form of that. It is inherently anti-capitalist and must embrace itself as such! This movement is about a reclaimation of that which has been stolen from us and resold to us. It is about reimagining the world which we live in and what it might be like to live without alienation, commodifcation, oppression, and violence.
That being said, join other anti-capitalists this Saturday at the Occupy Denver march. Meet at Civic Center Park at 11:45am and look for the signs that aren't about middle class rage, but are instead about equality for all!
OCCUPY DENVER - EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE. BECOME THE IMAGE OF THE FUTURE.
In communities across North America October 22nd has become a day to commemorate victims of police repression and violence. For many communities, October 22, 2010 took on a more urgent meaning in the wake of severe police repression and violence that has plagued cities large and small. In Denver, this year's October 22nd event saw a rise in hostility towards the cops and an increased militancy from years' past.
Throughout 2010, police in the metro area have repeatedly made headlines with horrific acts of violence directed at community members. Ranging from allegations of sexual assault, rapes of children, murders, and beatings, news stories have painted a picture of a department that is clearly running amok and waging war on the residents of Colorado. Offending officers are rarely held accountable and department leadership deftly sweeps incidents under the rug to stave off an increasingly angry public.
One of the most violent and high profile incidents occurred in July. Denver Sheriff's Deputies serving as guards at the new Denver Justice Center murdered 56 year old Marvin Booker, a homeless preacher being held as a prisoner at the jail. Marvin had asked for access to his shoes before he would comply with orders to return to his cell. In response, five deputies tackled him, placed him in repeated choke and pain compliance holds, tasered him, and beat him. Marvin died shortly after the attack. While the local coroner deemed the death a homicide, the DA announced in late September that no charges would be filed against any of the officers involved.
Since the closing of Unity Infoshop several years ago, Denver has lacked a specifically anti-authoritatian community space. While several spaces exist that help to strengthen a local anarchist movement, specifically anarchist spaces do not exist in the Denver metro area.
With the opening of the 27 Social Centre this May, the humble foundations for a new anarchist and anti-capitalist community space have been laid. Now, in an attempt to really develop this space into one that can help strengthen and even expand local struggles against domination, a small crew of folks are organizing for an infoshop and lending library to be housed in the 27.
We're calling for collaboration from any folks that are interested in helping ensure that quality anarchist literature, books, and other forms of culture and education are available in a large quantity through a local infoshop project. We will be hosting an open meeting at the 27 Social Centre (2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D) on Wednesday July 14th at 6pm.
Please join us to help vision and organize for this new project!
If you aren't interested in helping organize, but want to help out, any donations of books, magazines, periodicals, or other materials would be greatly appreciated and vital to the existence of this project.
In love and solidarity!
Some Denver Folx.
A dozen or so banks were attacked this weekend in the place righteously ignorant liberals and slavishly resentful conservatives call Boulder. The method of attack: really strong glue, applied generously to card readers and other vulnerabilities. As the Gulf bleeds out yet another death knell for marine life on this planet, as imperial wars wage on louder than ever, and as capitalism attempts to recover and tighten its grip, we recognize that it is these institutions which drive the destruction and dispossession as much as any other, while somehow doing so with a benign acceptance in this and many communities. As long as there are banks, anarchists will attack them. More importantly, as individuals continue to fight back against their oppressors in Oaxaca, in Thailand, Kyrgistan, and everywhere else with revitlazed rigor, and as individuals here in the occupied territories of Turtle Island begin to show the world what we are really capable of, we look forward to the day when our ravenous love of freedom and mutual aid, our tireless drive to create space for alternate social relations based upon equality, justice, consciousness, and horizontality; we look forward to the day when all these things present uneqiuvocally the answer to the question, "What do we do... when we've glued everything?"
With Love and Adhesive,
- MILIEU, or Marauding Illegalists for Liberatory Industrial Epoxy Usage
Coloado Springs, Colorado
Friday, September 11th, 2009
The sun was warm and a strong wind blew on 9/11/09, as a group of about seven “9/11truthers” held home-made signs and passed-out dvds at the corner of E. Bijou and Tejon St. in downtown Colorado Springs. Similar actions took place around the country today, including at the intersection of 16th and Wynkoop in Denver. These were part of an organized campaign, this one in particular run by a fairly decentralized group called “We Are Change,” based out of New York. It was an unusual site to see in a city known for its extreme conservatism. However, as some of you might well-suspect, “We Are Change” is an ironic misnomer. Further inquiry revealed that the group responsible for the event is neither radical nor reformist; but represents a new and growing form of reactionary right-libertarianism.
The blog: An exercise in affinity. Perusing local crime blotters, we pick up on strands of action and struggle that resonate with us. These include illegalities enacted against prisons, businesses, and police. As anarchists, we find our politics, or rather our desires, reflected in the actions of everyday people who rob from the rich, escape from prisons, and write graffiti. The social war is alive and well in our localities. Our weakness is isolation. When we are alone, the state can absorb attacks and recuperate our revolt into activism. Let's link up. The periodical:
‘til it breaks is a denver anarchist periodical we produce and distribute.
Unconventional Denver, one of two anarchist/anti-authoritarian groups that organized against the Democratic National Convention this summer is once again revving up their organizing efforts in our community. The Unconventional Action Network was formed to help organize against last summer's political conventions and like the successes they saw then, there is a possibility of more.
Election day in Fort Collins, CO was marked by a number of anti-electoral politics actions, critical of both the Democratic and Republican campaigns and the system as a whole that they represent.
Recent reports indicate that between 25-50 people have been arrested at the site of the police pins. Pepperspray and/or teargas were used on demonstrators. Officers on horseback were attacking demonstrators at the site of the police violence.