1. "I want the Left to offer an actual alternative for daily life when the enthusiasm is over. I want the Left to be able to change things at the most everyday, common-life level. You cannot have all the time this enthusiastic, participatory-democracy mobilization. Let’s be frank: I don’t want to be mobilized politically all the time. I want an anonymous power which, in a relatively-efficient, non-corrupted way, does its job so that I can do my crazy philosophy… Don’t fall in love with this enthusiastic moment of “oh, it’s immediate democracy.” Yes, it is: for two months."
    — Slavoj Žižek
     

  2. "Those of us who have spent most of our political lives in the streets need to engage more with theory, and we need to do so with the most open and critical minds we can muster. We need to bring our experiences and reflections to the minds of all of the newly radicalizing or older but reinvigorated radicals for a project centering around popular power, and foster a healthy environment of critical thought that creates a space for feminism to Bolivarianism and Pan-Africanism, while figuring out how to pull liberalism out of these frameworks. And we need to grapple with the dialectic of spontaneity and organization, figuring out how far left movements that have become incredibly decentralized and autonomous can find an interplay with modes of organization that allow the far left to be effective, expanding, and long-term, rather than falling into sectarian dogmas that lose the relevancy that is created in fits and starts."

     

  3. Raids and felony charges, but we’re still not afraid

    chisparoja:

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    Five people in Seattle, including a member of our Red Spark collective, are currently facing serious charges allegedly related to May Day demonstrations that took place earlier this year.  Charges include riot, assault, property destruction, and criminal mischief, which carry over 2 years of jail time for at least one of the accused.  A trial could begin as early as late January or February.

    The May 1st actions concentrated some of the most radical moments of Occupy in both Seattle and throughout the country.  These demonstrations mobilized thousands of people in multiple actions, including a Hip-Hop Occupies festival, an immigrant rights march, and a march against police murder.  A mid-day anti-capitalist march ended with banks and a federal courthouse getting their windows smashed.

    The May Day 5 are courageous for placing their lives on the line to fight for a radically different future.  They deserve our full support, as do all other progressives and radicals caught up in a growing wave of extreme political repression.

    This is not a question of “innocence” or “guilt” in the eyes of this system and its state - nor is it the question for us.

    This is about denying the basic reality:  the FBI and SWAT team raiders claim to represent “democracy” when it is they who refuse to allow democratic assemblies of millions of people in this country.  They say their violence is legitimate, and that the people have no right to defend themselves.

    These charges are not legitimate.  Neither is the state that imposes them, the police that enforce them or the banker technocrats they defend.  This is about the right to fight for a better world.  Revolution is illegal by definition and its adherents are routinely criminalized.  But we are not afraid.  The tactics that a liberating movement chooses, whether they be targeted property destruction or civil disobedience, will be demonized whenever they threaten the powers that be. 

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    (Source: chisparoja)

     

  4. Press Release: Free Music and Politics Festival To Take Place in Seattle August 11-12

    chisparoja:

    We received this from the Everything for Everyone Festival Coordinating Committee.  They ask that others repost and spread this press release.

    Contact: Natalio Perez (347) 541-7305 e4e.fest@gmail.com  www.everythingforeveryone.org @e4efestival

    Seattle, WA - Seattle organizers announce a free, two-day, political and cultural festival called Everything for Everyone meant to connect people from around the country interested in taking the spirit of Occupy to a new level, aimed at changing everything.

    Everything for Everyone will be fertile ground for developing a new political and cultural ecosystem where radical ideas, analysis and strategy are shared, debated, challenged, and advanced.

    It begins outdoors on Saturday August 11th in Jefferson Park’s Northwest corner on Beacon Hill with a program running from 11am to 7pm, featuring guests from around the country. People will be participating in debates, workshops, panels, live music, and the arts.

    On Sunday, August 12th, a plenary discussion will take place at the First Baptist Church on Capitol Hill from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  At 9:00 pm, the Festival comes to a close with a live concert and dance party at the nearby Highline Bar.

    Organizer Carol Isaac says, ”Occupy’s explosion in the streets exposed the smoldering discontent of millions here and all around the globe.  From shutting down banks and the West Coast Ports to directly meeting the daily needs of the suffering, a new force has awakened to challenge the fundamentals of this system.  We aim to provide a national meeting toward that end.”

    Endorsers of #e4e include the General Assemblies of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Seattle and Occupy Portland, as well as local and national organizations such as the Black Orchid Collective, the Red Spark Collective, Advance the Struggle and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.  A few of the performers over the two days will be: The Super 8, Suntonio Bandanaz, DJ Eazeman, JulieC and River Grimm.

    A variety of panels, workshops and debates will focus on issues ranging from student and worker organizing, foreclosure defense, revolutionary strategy, and capitalism’s threats to our environment.  Other activities will include a film screening, a self-defense class and arts and theatre workshops.

    A full schedule of events and more information can be found at www.everythingforeveryone.org.

     

  5. chisparoja:

    Early Tuesday morning, the Seattle Police Department raided the home of our friends, community members, and key organizers in Decolonize/Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective. They were faced with assault rifles to their heads, flash bang grenades and an armed SWAT team.

    The Seattle…

     

  6. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted automatic weapons.

    The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”

    After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: “This warrant says that they were specifically looking for ‘anarchist materials’ — which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.

    When the police finally left, they did not arrest anyone.

    This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).

    This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August – to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.

    The E4E site will update this with more as we receive it, including hopefully statement from those involved. The raid is a heavy-handed threat delivered by armed police aimed at intimidating specific people – but also st suppressing the work to continue the Occupy movement in Seattle, and create E4E as a space for radical gathering.

    Contact: Liam Wright, Red Spark Collective, redsparkcollective@gmail.com

    selucha = Natalio Perez, by the way. This shit was fucked.

     

  7. PLEASE SHARE WIDELY.

    Kasama received this shortly after the police ended their ransacking of the Seattle apartment. We will cover events and statements as they emerge.

    Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted automatic weapons.

    The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”

    After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: “This warrant says that they were specifically looking for ‘anarchist materials’ — which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.

    When the police finally left, they did not arrest anyone.

    This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).

    This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August – to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.

    The E4E site will update this with more as we receive it, including hopefully statement from those involved. The raid is a heavy-handed threat delivered by armed police aimed at intimidating specific people – but also st suppressing the work to continue the Occupy movement in Seattle, and create E4E as a space for radical gathering.

    Contact: Liam Wright, Red Spark Collective, redsparkcollective@gmail.com

     

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  9. From our comrades at the Bay of Rage.

    "This pamphlet – written by a group of people of color, women, and queers – is offered in deep solidarity with anyone committed to ending oppression and exploitation materially. It is a critique of dominant forms of identity-based activism in the Bay Area and beyond, from  privilege theory to contemporary interpretations of the legacy of decolonization and national liberation struggles. The pamphlet addresses the institutional struggle over the meaning of antiracist politics, and in particular the impact of nonprofit organizations on shaping the rhetoric and priorities of social justice activism. We argue that prevailing discourses of personal privilege and political representation in fact minimize and misrepresent the severity and structural character of the violence and material deprivation marginalized demographics face. White supremacy, according to this politics, is primarily a psychological attitude which individuals can simply choose to discard instead of a material infrastructure which reproduces race at key sites across society – from racially segmented labor markets to the militarization of the southern border."

    "Our pamphlet argues that the history and legacy of struggles teaches us that, in stark contrast to the rhetoric used by many social justice nonprofits and activists in the Bay Area today, struggle cannot but put us in danger and increase our vulnerability to violent repression. The moment our struggle is even slightly effective, we are in danger. The choice is not between danger and safety, but between the uncertain dangers of revolt and the certainty of continued violence, deprivation, and death. There is no middle ground."

     
  10. May 1st, the people’s holiday. A day to fight. A day to dream. Wherever you are, celebrate the fuck out of #m1gs. Be the crisis. Be the rebellion. Pueblo a la calle! Luchamos hasta vencer!

     

  11. "In capitalism the oppressor has 364 days, and the people have one. Revolution gives the people every day, and the old exploiters none."
    — May Day. General fucking strike. Go hard or go home.
     
  12. occupyguitarmy:

    Our Occupy Guitarmy call to arms! Bring your guitar, string instrument, voice, and/or shakers to Bryant Park on May 1, 2012 at noon. We’ll teach you songs, get you all together, and let you lead in a march to Union Square, where we will play together on stage with Tom Morello. Complete beginners and advanced musicians alike wanted and welcomed. See you soon.

     

  13. selucha:

    Hey everyone,

    Also please reblog this and share it among radical and revolutionary minded folks. I would really appreciate it! If we are successful, this festival could be a catalyzing event for the development of a new radical and revolutionary mainstream on the west coast and in the United States more generally. Below you can read the statement on our Kickstarter account, and you can view our website here. I relocated 3 weeks ago from New York to Seattle to help organize this festival and make it a reality. Please consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal; even $5 or $10 makes a huge difference, and your pledge only becomes a donation if we raise $11,000 within 30 days. Thank you in advance for your support! If I can get half of my followers to contribute just $5, that alone will account for a full 10% of our goal. There are also some really awesome incentives for donating, including t-shirts, posters, and photobooks!

    -Natalio

    ———————————————————

    The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th.

    In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.  

    The desire is for a new form of popular struggle, and a new content of the way we relate to each other as people and to our planet - our common home. This desire is not for merely balancing the budgets or repairing the social safety nets in just a few countries, but rather making everything for everyone all over the planet. We would like to invite those all over the world with this desire to come together in a celebration of the world we seek to bring into being, and to exchange our ideas about how make that happen.

    The Everything For Everyone Festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. The festival intends to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization between different ideas, for a mutual flourishing of those engaged in different aspects of a common struggle and those who have yet to participate. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living.

    The Occupy movement has opened eyes and created new possibilities. This festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society, and to provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in its diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants.

    To make this happen, we need your help. $11,000 is needed just to cover some of our initial costs, including permits, PA equipment, and travel costs for speakers and performers. As you consider whether or not to back this project, remember that your pledge is not merely to fund a festival; it will directly contribute to creating a new culture, forging new relationships among people, and building a new world in which everything truly is for everyone.

    Your companions on the road to freedom,

    The Everything for Everyone Coordinating Committee

    Initial endorsers: Occupy Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Kali Akuno-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Orchid Collective, Student Anarchist Study Group, Red Spark (Kasama Project), Rising Tide, Advance the Struggle, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, Troy Davis Collective

     

  14. Hey everyone,

    I don’t make a habit of asking for things, and to be honest I’m pretty awful at it. However, I’d like to make an exception here and ask that you consider reblogging this and sharing it among radical and revolutionary minded folks; I would really appreciate it! Please also consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal; even $5 or $10 makes a huge difference, and your pledge only becomes a donation if we raise $11,000 within 30 days, i.e. you get to keep your money if we don’t hit our goal. Thank you in advance for your support! There are also some really awesome incentives for donating, including t-shirts, posters, and photobooks! If we are successful, this festival could be a catalyzing event for the development of a new radical and revolutionary mainstream on the west coast and in the United States more generally. Below you can read the statement on our Kickstarter account, and you can view our website here. I relocated 3 weeks ago from New York to Seattle to help organize this festival and make it a reality, so you can be sure I think it’s legit :-). 

    -Natalio

    ———————————————————

    The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th.

    In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.  

    The desire is for a new form of popular struggle, and a new content of the way we relate to each other as people and to our planet - our common home. This desire is not for merely balancing the budgets or repairing the social safety nets in just a few countries, but rather making everything for everyone all over the planet. We would like to invite those all over the world with this desire to come together in a celebration of the world we seek to bring into being, and to exchange our ideas about how make that happen.

    The Everything For Everyone Festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. The festival intends to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization between different ideas, for a mutual flourishing of those engaged in different aspects of a common struggle and those who have yet to participate. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living.

    The Occupy movement has opened eyes and created new possibilities. This festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society, and to provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in its diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants.

    To make this happen, we need your help. $11,000 is needed just to cover some of our initial costs, including permits, PA equipment, and travel costs for speakers and performers. As you consider whether or not to back this project, remember that your pledge is not merely to fund a festival; it will directly contribute to creating a new culture, forging new relationships among people, and building a new world in which everything truly is for everyone.

    Your companions on the road to freedom,

    The Everything for Everyone Coordinating Committee

    Initial endorsers: Occupy Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Kali Akuno-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Orchid Collective, Student Anarchist Study Group, Red Spark (Kasama Project), Rising Tide

    (Source: selucha)

     

  15. Hey everyone,

    Also please reblog this and share it among radical and revolutionary minded folks. I would really appreciate it! If we are successful, this festival could be a catalyzing event for the development of a new radical and revolutionary mainstream on the west coast and in the United States more generally. Below you can read the statement on our Kickstarter account, and you can view our website here. I relocated 3 weeks ago from New York to Seattle to help organize this festival and make it a reality. Please consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal; even $5 or $10 makes a huge difference, and your pledge only becomes a donation if we raise $11,000 within 30 days. Thank you in advance for your support! If I can get half of my followers to contribute just $5, that alone will account for a full 10% of our goal. There are also some really awesome incentives for donating, including t-shirts, posters, and photobooks!

    -Natalio

    ———————————————————

    The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th.

    In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.  

    The desire is for a new form of popular struggle, and a new content of the way we relate to each other as people and to our planet - our common home. This desire is not for merely balancing the budgets or repairing the social safety nets in just a few countries, but rather making everything for everyone all over the planet. We would like to invite those all over the world with this desire to come together in a celebration of the world we seek to bring into being, and to exchange our ideas about how make that happen.

    The Everything For Everyone Festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. The festival intends to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization between different ideas, for a mutual flourishing of those engaged in different aspects of a common struggle and those who have yet to participate. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living.

    The Occupy movement has opened eyes and created new possibilities. This festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society, and to provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in its diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants.

    To make this happen, we need your help. $11,000 is needed just to cover some of our initial costs, including permits, PA equipment, and travel costs for speakers and performers. As you consider whether or not to back this project, remember that your pledge is not merely to fund a festival; it will directly contribute to creating a new culture, forging new relationships among people, and building a new world in which everything truly is for everyone.

    Your companions on the road to freedom,

    The Everything for Everyone Coordinating Committee

    Initial endorsers: Occupy Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Sanhati, Kali Akuno-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Orchid Collective, Student Anarchist Study Group, Red Spark (Kasama Project), Rising Tide