1. Look what I found at the record store :-)

    This 1980 double LP tells the story of the FSLN from its formation until the victory of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution in 1979; it commemorates important events like the 1978 assault on the national palace, as well as fallen heroes like Luisa Amanda Espinosa. I already have it on digital, but I couldn’t resist picking up this rare physical copy.

     
  2. If you live in the Bay Area, come out to this!

     
  3. Prints will be made available for pickup in the Bay Area and Sacramento if anyone is interested. Camaradas is the name I chose for a print design project I’m hoping to get going this year, beginning just with myself and hopefully becoming more collective with time. Get at me…

    …y que viva Chávez, carajo!

    Design: Natalio Pérez — companatalio@gmail.com

     

  4. "Toda revolución requiere nacimientos y renacimientos, muertes y partos; parto permanente de lo nuevo, y muerte permanente de lo corrupto y podrido."
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    Hugo Chávez Frías, Aló Presidente No. 252

    "Every revolution requires births and rebirths, deaths and arrivals; the incessant arrival of the new, and the incessant death of the corrupt and rotten."

     
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  6. From NYC to Nepal: We will not be silent by NAT WINN

    On Sunday, November 17th, activists delivered letters to the United States Government, the United Nations, and the government of India denouncing international support for political repression against election boycotters in Nepal.

    Thirty-three political parties have come forward pointing out an undemocratic electoral process that suppresses oppositional political views, and that offers little potential for writing a new constitution in the post-monarchy period. Critics of the electoral process, including journalists, have faced arrest and suppression for criticizing this electoral process publicly.

    In April of 2006, Nepal’s monarchy was driven from power by an uprising of millions of people following a decade-long revolutionary civil war. The people of Nepal are demanding a constitution that fulfils the demands of that revolution: land reform, an end to caste oppression, a federal system that respects Nepal’s diversity of nationalities, equality between men and women, and democratic control of Nepal’s natural resources.

    Activists are demanding an immediate repeal of support for undemocratic and repressive regimes. The governments of India, the United States, and the United Nations have supported this undemocratic process in Nepal. We call on them to repeal their positions and support a genuinely democratic process in Nepal inclusive of all political forces.

     

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  8. Nov 14 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s socialist government has arrested more than 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday. 

    "They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites!" Maduro thundered in the latest of his lengthy daily speeches. "We have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment."

     
  9. My six graphics in support of the revolutionaries of Nepal, in case you missed one of them. Feel free to download and repost individually, no attribution necessary but link back to kasamaproject.org, or facebook.com/kasamaproject, if you feel so inclined.

     
  10. Nepal’s People’s Volunteers are a spearhead of the revolutionary movement, and represent a concentration of the Maoists’ militant communist spirit. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1b6W06x

     
  11. Seven years after the end of the people’s war in Nepal, a new, heroic wave of revolutionary uprising is about to break out.

    It has a specific date: November 19. The world must know about this. Those of us who hear about it must not be silent. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1b6W06x

     
  12. From Comando Creativo

    "We are life and happiness in constant struggle against sadness and death." -Venezuelan revolutionary leader Argimiro Gabaldón

     

  13. In our world, it is rare that defiance overruns despair.

    The spread of revolutionary dreams among the planet’s poorest people is a precious and welcome development. And the poor of Nepal have such dreams. The large revolutionary movement in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, is almost unknown in the U.S. It is invisible in the world’s mainstream news reporting. It is treated as unimportant, marginal and even (most unfair of all) as “terrorist.” We ask you to take a moment to learn about it. We ask you to help spread the word. Millions of people in Nepal have sacrificed for radical change – acting together in waves of uprisings across the last twenty years.

    They have faced armed suppression. They have been betrayed. They have been threatened from abroad (by both India and the U.S.). Their fighters have been murdered, imprisoned and raped. Their leaders have been targeted for neutralization – either by repression or co-optation. In 2006, after winning broad popular support during years of guerrilla warfare, Nepal’s revolutionaries agreed to enter negotiations for a radically new society. The hated and corrupt king of Nepal was overthrown. A constitutional convention was convened to decide how power would be structured. And the people waited for change to come. Now, seven years later, a new quite-heroic wave of revolutionary uprising is about to break out.

    It has a specific date: November 19. The world must know about this. Those of us who hear about it must not be silent.

    Important.

     

  14. The Great Mission “Barrio Nuevo, Barrio Tricolor”

    The new social mission that just got started in Venezuela seems really pretty great, and I’d recommend that anyone with an interest in community building and gentrification read through this pamphlet (if you speak Spanish).

    Basically, the thesis is that a big obstacle in developing socialism in a country like Venezuela has been a geographical one; that is to say, that the form of urbanization which dominated Venezuela for decades was not meant to build community, but rather haphazardly created housing units in cramped spaces with no communal zones. This form of urbanization gives rise to a familial clan-mentality, by making the principal sites of socialization inside individual homes, and engenders crime, by not creating spaces of healthy social activity for youth. In addition, it turns massive population concentrations—frequently on the outskirts of cities—into peripheral zones in both the literal and figurative sense, being distant from traditional city centers and also distant from social services, jobs, entertainment, and public space.

    The plan is revamp people’s existing communities, creating communal spaces for sports, local decision-making assemblies, and culture, while also changing the periphery-core dynamic of the cities to more equitably distribute social and economic institutions. The “Great Mission” also includes the renovation of homes and streets, and the “beautification” of every neighborhood through the creation of a new “revolutionary aesthetic,” the particulars of which are to be decided by community assemblies, funded by the federal government, and then implemented with the efforts of the community itself in collaboration with technicians and experts.

    This effort is part of the long-term plan to develop the “Communal State” in Venezuela, which is to replace the existing bourgeois state apparatus that was inherited from the “Fourth Republic,” which ruled the country from 1958-1998.

     
  15. The newest of the Great Social Missions of Venezuela, this one centered on “the transference of power to the people and the construction of the Communal State.” Read about Barrio Nuevo, Barrio Tricolor here (Spanish only).