Where We Stand
- The current ecological crisis results from the capitalist system, which values profits for a global ruling elite over people and the planet. It must therefore be confronted through an international mass movement of working people around the world.
- We are for building a multi-racial, multi-ethnic left united against the ecological destruction spawned by capitalism. Movements for sustainability and against ecological denigration must be led, to the fullest extent possible, by those who are most directly affected and who therefore have the highest stake in the outcome of the struggles we engage in.
- We recognize that the exploitation and destruction of the planet is intricately linked to the exploitation and oppression of human beings. We oppose all forms of oppression including racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia. We support efforts, in communities and workplaces, to overcome these barriers to collective empowerment.
- We are for workers’ power and sustainability; for a society that is free, just, and equitable; that fosters human creativity and productivity while healing the rifts generated by capitalism among people and between human society and the earth’s ecology.
- We fight for reforms to mitigate the effects of climate change and other ecological calamities, but recognize that social transformation is our only hope to solve the worsening crisis. As we build movements that address immediate ecological concerns it is with this revolutionary objective in mind.
- We support grassroots movements and political formations that operate independently of the capitalist-controlled two-party system and oppose corporate, market-driven solutions to the climate crisis.
- We are a nonsectarian coalition, maintaining a flexible and open approach to organizing in order to build as strong an environmental movement as possible. While asserting that a change to the current social and economic system is the only way out of our planet’s ecological crisis, we work with groups and individuals who have not reached the same conclusions but who nonetheless are fighting for the vital reforms necessary to mitigate the effects of capitalism’s assault on our biosphere.
- Banning of fracking and tar sands extraction and an immediate transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
- Public ownership and democratic control of production, starting with the energy and financial industries
- The economy democratically planned according to social need and ecological sustainability.
- Full development of clean and renewable energy sources
- Ecologically sustainable agriculture and fishing, and the production of healthy foods
- Source reduction of waste and toxic products
- Full development of public transportation, a national rail system and bicycle-friendly infrastructure
- Indigenous sovereignty
- Full employment, transitioning millions from military and fossil-fuel related jobs to union jobs creating a renewable energy infrastructure
- Protection of biodiversity, including species and genetic diversity
- Environmental justice
- removal of waste sites, incinerators, polluting industries, generators, transportation hubs and highways from oppressed communities
- access to clean drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities, green spaces and fresh, nutritionally dense foods at low cost
- protection and empowerment of communities most vulnerable to climate catastrophes
- High taxation of the 1% and the corporations most responsible for the economic and environmental crises
- Defund the Pentagon
On Sept. 22, members of the Red River General Membership Branch drove five hours from Fargo to Leith, N.D., to confront members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM, a white nationalist party) who are planning to take over the city’s government to create a white-only town. Community activists from the Standing Rock Reservation in Bismarck, N.D., and residents of surrounding towns attended the protest, as well as members of the Last Real Indians, Anti-Racist Action, and UnityND. The rally drew about 300 people on the anti-fascist side, with the cowardly neo-Nazis only managing to summon about 15 people.
As we drove into town, we saw the police had closed off all but one road. Moving past the police roadblock, we began to see the swastika flag of the enemy flying on buildings and in the town’s park. A member of the Standing Rock Reservation Lakota Tribe greeted us and introduced himself to each of us. We were glad to have met our new allies, as the march would soon begin.
The march down the main street to the neo-Nazis’ meeting hall was led by the local First Nations communities, followed closely by members of our branch, and then by brave residents of the town. A large banner on the main drag of road read, “Anti-Racism is a code word for anti-white” and was accompanied by the flags of Norway, Sweden, the Creativity Movement, the NSM, and various other white power organizations.
Before proceeding to the meeting hall, we stopped in front of the house of Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi scum behind the fascist plot to buy up land and turn Leith into an all-neo-Nazi town. It was there that we shouted down Cobb and his fascist cohorts. Members and leaders of the Standing Rock Reservation, whose borders are a mere 30 miles from the site, vowed that they would resist the neo-Nazis and refuse to allow the spread of their venomous hatred on their land. Afterwards, Fellow Worker Weise addressed the crowd, explained what the IWW is, and cemented our commitment to the fight against fascism in Leith and around the world.
Shortly after, the NSM marched into the meeting hall, which was heavily protected by the police, intending to strong-arm the residents into accepting their rule. About five minutes into the rally, a woman was escorted out of the hall, screaming that she had been called a communist. She was soon followed by several members of the community who refused to sit through the hate speech.
Around this time, the riot police showed up without identification badges, dressed in their usual storm trooper attire, bearing rubber bullet guns and tear gas launchers. No incidents occurred, however, and the cops simply observed the events.
We chanted and sang until the neo-Nazis’ rally ended and then assaulted them with marina and party-sized air horns. Several exchanges occurred, but the neo-Nazis were unable to spew out anything beyond simple schoolyards insults.
As the day came to a close, a bone-headed pig wearing a Golden Dawn t-shirt and a kilt began playing bagpipes, which we drowned out with air horns and chants. As the orders to disperse started, we were specifically targeted by the local sheriff and told, “This rally is now over. You need to leave or congregate in a different location.” On our way out, we witnessed several local First Nations people tearing down the swastika flags and ripping them apart before getting into their car.
As we went through the barricade, they were stopped and forced to give up the remains of the flag, which the police then threw to the ground and kicked. This is only our first trip to Leith, and plans are in place to return until the Nazi menace is eliminated.
In related news, Craig Cobb, the racist behind the attempted takeover, submitted a DNA sample to the “Trisha Goddard” talk show. And the results say he’s 14% black!
Talking Union: Labor News from the Democratic Socialists of America’s Labor Network
Labor advocates have pointed out the irony of Starbucks’s branding as a “socially responsible” corporation while its baristas often struggle to survive making less than $9 an hour.
The Starbucks cup, with its iconic green mermaid logo and smart cardboard sleeve, seems to embody the essence of the urbane yuppie lifestyle. But the carefully constructed cool of the coffee mega-brand belies some serious anger percolating beneath the surface of Starbucks’ supply chain.
That cup means something different to Ray Allen, a machine operator at a paper goods plant run by Pactiv, a major Starbucks supplier. Allen got his first full-time job at the Stockton, Calif. factory; now, more than a decade later, the steady employment has allowed him to own a home and raise a family. But it hasn’t come without cost.
An independent network of over 100 students occupied the headquarters of the University of London at Senate House, demanding that ”the University of London Union (ULU) remain in student hands – democratically run by students – and has its block grant returned, that all outsourced workers at the university are awarded a pension, that the ULU oppose the privatization of student loans, and that the financial statements of the University’s academic departments and non-academic services be published so that they can be scrutinized so that the University’s decisions can be properly held to account by the community.”
The Red Witches Press (Anti-) Christmas Giveaway!
We haven’t even been open for a month yet and we’ve already received the biggest outpouring of support ever, so we wanted to extend some thanks in the form of free stuff!
one 1st prize winner will receive:
- two zines of your choosing, and
- one "women’s power" pin, AND
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- one “women against capitalism” sticker
one 3rd prize winner will receive:
- digital copies of three zines of your choosing
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As police go on strike in Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba, the people have gone on a huge shopping spree, emptying every supermarket in the city. Despite there being massive unemployment and poverty across the city, the media and government have claimed the the shopping spree has nothing to do with being poor, and everything to do with ‘common criminality’.
The widespread emptying of supermarkets in Cordoba comes just twelve months after similar actions spread across the whole of Argentina.
I have no interest in the police strike as such, but the background is that the governor of Cordoba, Jose Manuel De La Sota, had offered the police a 52% pay rise (plus bonuses) which they rejected, despite being the best salary in the country. He claims that the police strike is a direct result of his decision to close 140 brothels in the city which had provided a steady income stream to a large number of corrupt officers.
The supermarket sweep appears to be a pre-planned event that had been organised following the police announcing their strike. It highlights how unstable the slum towns that surround Cordoba can be. People are living in extreme poverty, and with inflation currently at 20%, people are struggling to buy the most basic of commodities.
University of Sheffield Arts Tower occupation in solidarity with striking workers from UCU, Unite and EIS
The November 2013 edition of the Industrial Worker, the official newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World, is out and available for free here. Included within:
- Perspectives on IWW Strategy & Tactics
- Nonviolent Direct Action & the Early IWW
- Wobblies Fight Neo-Nazis in North Dakota