Finally Got the News is a documentary about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a radical black workers’ group based in the car factories of Detroit. Through interviews with members, supporters, and opponents, as well as footage of leafleting and picket lines, Finally Got the News documents their attempts to build a radical black working class organization capable of confronting both racist management and racist unions in the struggle to establish working class power.
Happy President’s Day! William McKinley was assassinated by Polish anarchist Leon Czolgosz. After losing his job during the Panic of 1893 and witnessing the ensuing strike wave, Czolgosz (born of Polish immigrants) began to identify with anarchism, being influenced heavily by Emma Goldman. Deciding to follow in the footsteps of Italian anarchist Gaetano Bresch, who assassinated Italy’s King Umberto I just the year before Czolgosz assassinated McKinley, Czolgosz shot the fuck out of McKinley at point-blank range on September 6, 1901. McKinley died of his wounds, Czolgosz was executed, and Theodore Roosevelt became president.
Pete Seeger - There’s a Valley in Spain Called Jarama
There’s a valley in Spain called Jarama
It’s a place that we all know so well
It was there that we gave up our manhood
Where so many of our brave comrades fell
Today in labor history, January 22, 1849: Terence V. Powderly is born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Powderly would become the Grand Master Workman of the Knights of Labor – a labor organization that promoted an eight-hour workday, the end of child and convict labor, a graduated income tax, equal pay for equal work, and worker cooperatives. At its height in 1886, the Knights had over 700,000 members.
South Korea’s railway workers have ended a 22-day strike, the longest such stoppage in the country’s history. Though they didn’t win a clear victory, they succeeded in placing the issue of privatisation in public focus.
The government’s and management’s attack on the strike was ruthless to the point of recklessness, while the public’s solidarity and sympathy with the striking workers continued to rise.
And the full impact of the action has yet to ripple out. Amid rising political tensions, the country’s biggest union umbrella, the 700,000-strong Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has called for a one-day general strike February 25.
Privatisation Plans Sparked Strike
About 15,000 unionists, or about 45 per cent of the workforce, of Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail) walked off the job December 9 to protest what they saw as a preliminary step to privatising rail service—a plan by management to spin off the most lucrative slice of its business.
The corporation hired an army of scabs from its rail engineer school and other pools. Train services ran at 78 per cent of normal capacity, according to Korail. However, on December 16, a 78-year-old woman was killed in an accident caused by a scab’s mistake.
Korail said it would dismiss 4213 unionists and filed a damages lawsuit against 194 union leaders. A court issued arrest warrants for 10 union leaders for obstruction of business operations. On December 17, the police raided the union’s offices nationwide.
The government’s imprudence was broadcast live on December 22, when some TV networks interrupted their regular programming to show 4000 riot police sealing off a Seoul building leased by the KCTU and a small independent newspaper.
Following on flimsy intelligence, hundreds of riot police sledgehammered their way into the 18-story building and conducted a 10-hour, door-to-door, warrantless search for the strike leaders. The riot police left empty handed—though some police officers stole packs of coffee from the union.
Meanwhile, thousands of ordinary citizens had begun to surround the police. They circled the building, denouncing the government’s illegal crackdown.
The massive raid on the KCTU prompted the Korail union leaders to publicly seek sanctuary in a Buddhist temple in central Seoul. Donations poured in to the union and to the temple where the leaders were encamped.
After the botched raid, the KCTU called for a general strike February 25. The other union federation, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), often considered conservative for its regular dialogue channel with the government and with business lobbies, said it would discontinue dialogue with the government.
According to a poll commissioned December 30 by the conservative daily Joong Ang Il Bo, more than 60 per cent of young people in their 20s and 30s supported the strike—highlighting a shift in the political mood.
From general strike to social war, full solidarity with Korean workers in their call for a general strike.
Abolish Restaurants is a beautifully illustrated guide to the daily misery, stress, boredom, and alienation of restaurant work, as well as the ways in which restaurant workers fight against it.
I’ve read this, I highly recommend it.
On No Fucking Whey Distro and Mike XvX
Recently, the Anarchist Bloggers Collective publicly announced it’s friendship with No Fucking Whey Distro after a very brief discussion with them. Afterward, we received an anonymous tip that NFW is run by a manarchist. Since then, we’ve been looking further into the matter and we discovered that this person was named Mike XvX, a notorious misogynist.
Mike XvX is a folk punk musician who’s toured across North America and Europe playing his music and harassing woman. He uses the guise of being a feminist to enter into spaces where he’d normally not be welcome.
Here are just a few examples of what he’s done in the past:
- Mansplaining feminism to women
- Harassing women who attend his shows
- Relying on select women to purchase his shirts and using their appearance to further promote his distro’s products to an audience which would otherwise not pay NFW or Mike any interest
- Verbally abusing women online and asking the same and possibly other women to send him nude pics of themselves
In our research, we found no solid evidence of anyone other than Mike being directly involved in NFW Distro. All public information on NFW we’ve found only clearly associates Mike with the distro and states in multiple places that Mike designs all of their products. On top of worse things, multiple items in NFW’s store either feature his name (like patches), or are relatively personal items (like his European tour journal), which serve to uphold his ego.
The Anarchist Bloggers Collective does not support Mike XvX, his actions, personality, his distro, nor do we support anyone else like him, or anyone who defends him. Our association with No Fucking Whey was premature and should have been further thought out and looked into. We apologize for any legitimization on our part of Mike. We thank the person who anonymously tipped us off, as well as the multiple people and sources (which shall all remain anonymous, unless specifically pointed out in this post) who assisted us in learning more about Mike and the kind of person he is.
This post is the ABC’s public disassociation and renunciation of support for NFW Distro. It’s also dually a call-out of Mike XvX and a warning to all of our followers and anyone else in the punk/anarchist/straight edge communities about what kind of person he is. As far as we know, Mike is currently residing in Southern California, but makes his way around the West Coast of the US on a fairly regular basis. Never support this misogynist asshole, his shows, or his distro.
The post we reblogged from NFW Distro expressing our support of them has been removed.
Here’s another blog, specifically dedicated to calling out manarchists, called manarchistbrosfuckoff. As of the publishing of this post, manarchistbrosfuckoff only has one post, which is about Mike XvX. We believe it’s a good signifier of what kind of person Mike is if he was solely able to inspire such a blog.
[RWB], [J], [LR]
Friends, this image was posted on the Anarchist Memes Facebook page sometime in 2012.
A group of “anarcho”-capitalists, better referred to as ayncraps went through AM’s timeline on Facebook and found this picture, they then all reported it and managed to get Anarchist Memes taken down, hopefully only temporarily. The Anarchist Memes Collective has appealed the take down and, as it was previous times, will hopefully get the page back up soon.
Anarchist Memes is a page run by real anarchists, with 90,000 page likes. They posted anarchist news, agitprop, prompted useful discussions, and proudly support all oppressed people. This was a page for real community outreach.
Immediately after getting the real Anarchist Memes page taken down, these ayncraps set up their own "Anarchist" Memes page on Facebook. Their page has less than 200 likes right now, a tiny fraction of the number the real page had.
The Anarchist Bloggers Collective stands in solidarity with Anarchist Memes.
Now let’s all show these ayncraps what solidarity is. Take this image, this image that they used against AM and spam their page with it. Fill their page to the brim with it. Fill their page so that no other content gets through. Make a mess of their page and then, if you so wish, feel free to report the image, report all of the copies of the image on the page. After all, it is just so offensive to have it up on Facebook, for all to see.
P.S. The Anarchist Memes Collective has a second (real) AM page set up just for situations like this, you can find it here