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  • Life and Times of a Black Wobbly & Strike the Hammer - February 18th, 2021Your Rights at Work DC’s call-in show about worker rights: those you have, those you don’t, how to get them and how to use them. Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM​Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith Peter Coleis a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the […]
  • Interview with Silvia Federici by Sara Buraya Boned - By Sara Buraya BonedL’InternationaleDecember 2020 Interview recorded on Zoom between Madrid and New York on 18 December 2020 Sara Buraya Boned: The pandemic has made the injustices of the capitalist way of life for the majority of people all the more visible. It has shown up the crisis of the system, in both its material […]
  • What have people been reading during COVID? - We’ve officially lost more than a year to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of the spread of this deadly disease, it’s been the year of the George Floyd uprisings, antifa and anarchists, fascists and white supremacists, censorship, insurrection, billionaire wealth-grabs measured in lives lost, inspiring union gains, and so much more. For many […]
  • Peter Cole on Ben Fletcher at The Commune - February 25th, 2021
  • “… a worthy showcase of Mamatas’s skill.” — Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly March 2021 A science fiction novella, a fantasy short, a personal essay, and an interview make up the eclectic but impressive latest from Mamatas (Sabbath). The title novella is the main event, exploring a futuristic society that exists inside a vast technological dome connecting disparate pieces, called planets. The planetbreaker, who wanders the […]
  • Stuart Christie’s Life and Legacy w/ The Stuart Christie Memorial Archive - By 12 Rules For WHAT Jess Thorne joins us to discuss the life and passing of Stuart Christie, one of the UK’s most famous anarchists who is perhaps best known for participating in a plot to assasinate Franco in 1964. We also discuss the radical prisoner support group which Christie refounded, the memorial archive and […]
  • Documenting City College’s Fight for Free City - By Shayna Gee The Guardsman February 23rd, 2021 Free City! The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education for All is a part-analysis, part-narrative book co-authored by Marcy Rein, Mickey Ellinger, and Vicki Legion. Published in early February, Free City! follows five years of organizing that eventually resulted in the implementation of free tuition […]
  • Re-enchanting the World in The Journal of Peasant Studies - By Asanda BenyaThe Journal of Peasant StudiesFebruary 2021 The title of Federici’s book ‘Re-enchanting the World’ is a wordplay on a lecture given by Max Weber in 1917 entitled ‘Science as a Vocation’ where Weber talked about the disenchantmentof the world, by which he meant the disappearance of the‘religious and sacred from the world’. Drawing […]
  • Ben Fletcher, militant labor leader - Peter Coleis a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the author of the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area and Wobblies […]
  • A Window or a Wall? Pedal Miranda’s Ongoing Acts of Resistance - By Susie Day Photo: Pedal Miranda on Orchard Beach, NY, early this year. Credit: Lina Reyes.
  • New tool shows how Amazon and other book publishers are killing accessibility of books - Image description: a Twitter-sized rectangular image that reads “The digital book revolution is not the paragon of accessibility that has been advertised” with a graphic of falling books above the text and the URL WhoCanGetYourBook.com below. Fight for the Future has built a new tool to highlight the inequities in the digital publishing revolution. Public […]
  • It’s Time for Major Wealth Redistribution — Yes, I Mean It. - No need to be all apologetic about it, either, since we would just be reclaiming the trillions taken by the billionaires. Lee Camp is an American comedian, writer, activist, and host and co-creator of the hit comedy news show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp and Redacted Tonight: VIP on RT America. He’s a former Headline […]
  • Unprepared for COVID, Texas Women’s Prison Was Equally Unprepared for Uri - By Victoria Law Truthout February 20th, 2021 Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission Victoria Law is a freelance journalist who focuses on the intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and regularly covers prison issues for Truthout and other outlets. Her latest book, Prison […]
  • How Fictional Pandemics Reflect the Real Thing (Feat. Lindsay Ellis and Dr. Z) | It’s Lit - For more It’s Lit, subscribe to Storied: http://bit.ly/pbsstoried_sub​ Although we are currently living through a pandemic that has disrupted our lives and will shape the course of humanity, pandemics have been around since the dawn of civilization, as have stories about fictional pandemics. So now seems like as good a time as any to explore […]
  • San Francisco prosecutor seeks father’s release in infamous 1981 Brink’s heist - In this Nov. 23, 1981, file photo, Rockland County and others lead a handcuffed David Gilbert from Rockland County Court in New City, N.Y., after a hearing in Gilbert’s felony murder case. Gilbert was convicted of murder in the deaths of two Nyack police officers and a Brink’s guard during an infamous botched robbery considered […]
  • [Tribute to] The work of Silvia Federici -  The Commoner June 17th, 2020 Silvia Federici is a feminist activist, writer, and a teacher. In 1972 she was one of the cofounders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Wages For Housework campaign internationally. In the 1990s, after a period of teaching and research in Nigeria, she was active in the anti-globalization […]
  • Black Led Antiracist Unionism: The Legacy of Ben Fletcher & I.W.W. - Peter Coleis a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the author of the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area and Wobblies […]
  • Songwriter U: The Highs of Lo-Fi - By Ian BrennanAmerican SongwriterFebruary 22nd, 2021 A true pleasure offered in life is a genuinely elegant sounding recording. Given over a hundred years of commercialized music, it is shocking how rare such recordings are— especially given that an estimated over 100,000 albums are released annually now in the USA alone.  When I was growing-up as […]
  • LGBT community says they’re ‘thrilled’ by Levine’s appointment - Adrian Shanker is an award-winning activist and organizer whose career has centered on advancing progress for the LGBT community. He has worked as an arts fundraiser, labor organizer, marketing manager, and served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years before founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA, where he serves as executive director. […]
  • How We Keep the Neo-Fascists and White Supremacists Down - By Ted GlickFebruary 14th, 2021 The Senate impeachment trial didn’t get the 2/3rds needed for a conviction, unsurprisingly, but it has clearly hurt Donald Trump and his white supremacist followers. Trump and those who physically attacked the US Capitol have been exposed for the violent extremists that they are. Their supposed pro-police politics were forgotten […]
  • A Just Transition to a Fair and Sustainable Society or Healthy Green Growth? - By Cynthia Kaufman Originally posted on Common Dreams February 18th, 2021 Cynthia Kaufman is the director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, where she also teaches community organizing and philosophy. The author of Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books, 2012), she is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues […]
  • Ben Fletcher at the Derry Radical Bookfair - Peter Coleis a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the author of the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area and Wobblies […]
  • Cara Hoffman’s RUIN to be published by PM Press - Fiction: General/ Other February 5, 2021 NYT Editors choice novelist Cara Hoffman’s RUIN, an excavation of the American landscape revealing the beauty of outsiders: a trans kid, an Appalachian bride, a prisoner of war, a talking dog, a crime reporter, and a man who collects dollhouse furniture; examining the varied ways the human conditions of […]
  • Peter Cole Interviewed on Old Mole Variety Hour - Peter Coleis a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the author of the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area and Wobblies […]
  • The Anarchist Century: A Response to Gabriel Kuhn - By Andrej GrubacicOriginally posted on CounterpunchFebruary 15th, 2021 This is a response to the article “What Happened to the Anarchist Century?” Thanks, Gabriel. It is a bittersweet opportunity to revisit this article. We wanted to make two broad arguments. First, that history of anarchism unfolded in two periods: before 1917 (for David; before 1936 in […]
  • With Health Sec. Levine likely headed to Washington, Pa.’s transgender residents look to a more welcoming future - Adrian Shanker is an award-winning activist and organizer whose career has centered on advancing progress for the LGBT community. He has worked as an arts fundraiser, labor organizer, marketing manager, and served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years before founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA, where he serves as executive director. […]
  • Artists’ declaration for Ocalan’s freedom - Peace in Kurdistan February 15th, 2021 We are pleased to release this declaration signed by over a hundred international artists which is an initiative designed to highlight the contribution of Abdullah Ocalan to the revival of Kurdish cultural expression as part of the modern Kurdish political movement. Ocalan has always recognised the crucial place of […]
  • Burning Down the Bordertown - By Melanie K. Yazzie, Nick Estes, Jennifer Nez Denetdale, David Correia, The Baffler February 11th, 2021 Settler colonialism lays down borders everywhere Dakota access pipelines process site | Capital Journal Twenty-nine-year-old Zachary Bearheels, a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, needed to see his mother. He left his aunt’s house on the Rosebud Reservation, where […]
  • The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew. - Silvia Federici has been warning of what happens when we undervalue domestic labor for decades. By Jordan Kisner New York Times Magazine   Prospect Park in May is a commotion of beauty: meadows and dense rambles, hills and hollows, everything covered in chokeberries, spicebush, violets, flowering hawthorns, magnolias and lindens. In this splendor the birds […]
  • Ken Weller’s Life: A contribution to direct action - By Chris Spannos Taking anti-nuclear direct action at the height of the Cold War and supporting rank-and-file industrial workers throughout the second half of the twentieth century, engineer and shop steward Ken Weller, who died at the age of 85 on 25th January, was among Britain’s best working-class militants.   As co-founder of the irreverent […]
  • What Happened to the Anarchist Century? - By Gabriel KuhnOriginally posted on CounterpunchFebruary 15th, 2021 The timing of this essay is peculiar. It revisits a 2004 article written by Andrej Grubacic and David Graeber, “Anarchism, or The Revolutionary Movement of the Twenty-First Century.” I first conceived of writing it in the summer of 2020. In September that year, David Graeber passed away. […]
  • Matthew N. Lyons Interview about Insurgent Supremacists on the Equal Rights and Justice show - Equal Rights and Justice, WBAIFebruary 11th, 2021 Listen HERE   Back to Matthew N. Lyon’s Author Page
  • Working Class History, the book on Coffee with Comrades - By Coffee with Comrades Listen HERE Podcast episode in which we talk about our new book, Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion, with our friends at the Coffee with Comrades podcast, which they edited and put out as their episode 114. They kindly shared the audio with us, which we have lightly […]
  • David Rovics and George Katsiaficas in Conversation - George Katsiaficas is author or editor of eleven books, including ones on the global uprising of 1968 and European social movements. Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he coedited Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party. A longtime activist for peace and justice, he was a student of Herbert Marcuse. Currently, he is based at Chonnam National […]
  • Behind the Capitol Storming: Breaking Down the New Far Right – Interview with Matthew N. Lyons and Xloi on Out-FM - OUT-FMFebruary 8th, 2021 This is the first of a two-part series. Stay tuned for the air date of Part 2. In the coming days, check outfm.org for the audio and video archive. The Trump zealots who stormed the Capitol building on January 6th, leading to at least 5 deaths, were part of a growing far-right […]
  • Lee Camp Interview for Robinson College, Cambridge -   Lee Camp is an American comedian, writer, activist, and host and co-creator of the hit comedy news show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp and Redacted Tonight: VIP on RT America. He’s a former Headline writer for the Onion and a former staff humor writer for the Huffington Post. He has performed thousands of stand-up […]
  • WIU History Professor Releases Second Edition of Book - Peter Coleis a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the author of the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area and Wobblies […]
  • Learning Is Innate: Ancestral Childhood, Unschooling, and Healing - By Mythic Medicine February 3rd, 2021 Listen HERE If the phrase “school wounds” stirs something inside of you, or the words “crisis schooling” describe your current reality as a parent or caregiver, or you’ve just always intuited that there’s something not quite right about modern compulsory schooling, this episode is for you. TOPICS: The reimagining […]
  • Revealing the Cover and Table of Contents for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 2, Edited by Jonathan Strahan - Tor.com February 8th, 2021 We’re excited to share the cover and the full table of contents for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 2, an anthology of the best short science fiction and speculative fiction of 2020, compiled by award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan. Look for it September 14th from Saga Press.   The definitive guide […]
  • Sober Living for the Revolution— A Review - By Craige McWhirter This is not a new book, having been published in 2010 but it’s a fairly recent discovery for me. I was never part of the straight edge scene here in Australia but was certainly aware of some of the more prominent bands and music in the punk scene in general. I’ve always […]
  • Rachel Levine Chosen for Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Health - Adrian Shanker is an award-winning activist and organizer whose career has centered on advancing progress for the LGBT community. He has worked as an arts fundraiser, labor organizer, marketing manager, and served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years before founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA, where he serves as executive director. […]
  • Building Working Class History - Final Straw Radio This week, I spoke with John from the Working Class History collective and host of their WCH podcast. We spoke about the new book, “Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance“, that WCH has published through PM Press, their archives, methodology, the project of popularizing working class, movement and human-sized history and […]
  • Stranger Than Fiction: Outspoken Authors on Writing During a Pandemic - Four acclaimed authors—Terry Bisson, Meg Elison, Nalo Hopkinson, and Nisi Shawl—discuss science-fiction, utopia, and the craft of writing in a pandemic. PM Press: https://www.pmpress.org/​ Firestorm Events Calendar: https://firestorm.coop/calendar.html​ Become a Sustainer: https://patreon.com/firestormcoop​​ Visit Our Website: https://firestorm.coop
  • That Time I Became Robin Hood - By Mickey Z. World News TrustFebruary 7th, 2021 With “Robin Hood” in the news recently, it’s made me hark back to a time when I engaged in some “steal from the rich, give to the poor” type of action. No, this has nothing to do with “stonks.” The example I provide within this article happened […]
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  • “Insurgent Supremacists” study guide available - By Three Way FightJanuary 23rd, 2021 Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire, by Matthew N. Lyons, now has a study guide. The section-by-section series of discussion questions is designed for use by study groups or solo readers. The questions are below and a PDF version is available for download here. […]
  • Crossroads: I Live Where I Like: A Graphic History in Publishers Weekly -
  • Remembering Anne Feeney - David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Since the mid-90’s, Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Japan. He has shared the stage regularly with leading intellectuals, activists, […]
  • Between Earth and Empire: A Review in AAG Review of Books - The following talk was presented thirty years ago at an Earth Day 20 program at Loyola University New Orleans entitled "Earth Day 1990: Launching A New Environmental Decade."
  • It’s Now or Never — We Stare Into the Abyss - Despite millions of years of finding ways to survive, these species failed to outlast that most destructive force — unfettered capitalism. By Lee CampScheerpost   In this photo taken Wednesday, May 3, 2017, a ranger takes care of Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in […]
  • November 17th, 1973 and the Legacy of State Terror - David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Since the mid-90’s, Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Japan. He has shared the stage regularly with leading intellectuals, activists, […]
  • New Year Opportunities 2021 - By G. H. Mosson We live in a crucible time, a moment of change, and which like everything of this kind, offers hope and fear.  In a way, it reminds me of entering the 21st Century two decades ago.  Back then, entering the 21st century felt, in my experience, more like a question.  Of course, […]
  • Hermovo ucho: Pro koho ještě dělat hudbu na osamělé planetě? - Jozef Cseres 29. 1. 2021      Kdybych byl tak chytrý, jako můj telefon, dokázal bych mluvit všemi jazyky.“ Nad novou knihou Boba Ostertaga. Bob Ostertag mi poslal svoji novou knihu. Po Creative Life: Music, Politics, People, and Machines (2009) je to jeho druhá kniha, pojednávající i o hudbě, resp. o jejím existenčním propojení s aktuální společenskou a technologickou realitou. Zaujme […]
  • If It Sounds Good It Is Good – Monday Music Special featuring author Richard Manning - MTPRJanuary 22nd, 2021 A Monday Music Special produced for Montana Public Radio featuring conversation with author Richard Manning. The interview focuses on his most recent book “If It Sounds Good It Is Good: Seeking Subversion, Transcendence and Solace in Americas Music.” The program also features music by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bob Dylan, Blind Willie […]
  • David Rovics and Peter Cole talk about Ben Fletcher on Fifth Estate Live - David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Since the mid-90’s, Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Japan. He has shared the stage regularly with leading intellectuals, activists, […]
  • Biden picks Pa.’s Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary - Fox29 January 19th, 2021 PHILADELPHIA – President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic […]
  • Platforming Fascists - By David RovicsJanuary 24th, 2021 David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Since the mid-90’s, Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Japan. He has shared the stage […]
  • Politics & Prose: Witches & Witch-Hunting in the Modern World - Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer who has produced three other Grammy-nominated albums. He is the author of four books and has worked with the likes of filmmaker John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work with international artists such as the Zomba Prison Project, Tanzania Albinism Collective, and Khmer Rouge […]
  • Pioneering sci-fi author Ursula K. Le Guin gets her own US postage stamp - The US Postal Service is also releasing colorful NASA stamps this year that highlight stunning images of the sun.  C-Net January 15th, 2021   Beloved sci-fi author Ursula K. Le Guin is honored with her own stamp.  USPS Fans of author Ursula K. Le Guin can send their snail mail in true sci-fi style with new […]
  • Dr. Rachel Levine’s Assistant Sec. of Health Nomination with Local Perspective | WDIY News Exclusive - By Sarit Laschinsky WDIY 88.1 January 19th, 2021 WDIY’s Sarit Laschinsky invites Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, to provide a local perspective on President-Elect Joe Biden’s recent nomination of Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. With her […]
  • It’s a New World? - By Ted GlickJanuary 21st, 2021 By Ted Glick I’m having very mixed feelings today. I have to admit that as relieved as I am that Biden/Harris are now running the country, as emotional as I couldn’t help but be watching, first, disgraced Trump leaving town and then the Presidential inauguration ceremony yesterday, I’m not getting […]
  • Emma and Emmanuel, A Marriage through the Walls - By Susie Day
  • Biden nominates Pa.’s Dr. Rachel Levine for assistant secretary of health - by Sasha Cassi Lehigh Valley Live January 19th, 2021 President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to serve in his cabinet. On Monday, Biden announced he wants Levine to serve as the assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services. The president-elect cited Levine’s work on […]
  • “…women’s work, burdensome and invisible, has been naturalized as a primary structure of capitalism.” -  By Rachel Kushner Best Books of 2013 Artforum A movement within the Autonomist movement, Italian feminism of the 1970s was both highly intellectual and earthy—a kind of feminism that, on account of its deep roots in philosophy, Marxism, and psychoanalysis, shared little to nothing with American second-wave fare. Among its iconic thinkers—Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Silvia Federici, Leopoldina […]
  • Contemporary Challenges:Teaching Labour History - By Mark LeierLabour / Le TravailThe Canadian Committee on Labour HistoryIssue 84, Fall 2019 Introduction As scholars and academics, we are trained and rewarded for our mastery of content, of the facts, concepts, and ideas that make up our discipline. When we start teaching, it is common for us to focus on content. We are, […]
  • The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly— A Ben Fletcher Excerpt in New Frame - By Peter Cole New Frame January 13th, 2020 As an organiser and orator for the Industrial Workers of the World – historically, America’s most radically inclusive union – Ben Fletcher was a working-class hero in his time. This is a lightly edited essay by historian Peter Cole, along with an excerpt from his book, Ben […]
  • Selma James Interviewed – Real Theory Is in What You Do and How You Do It - By Camila Valle Portside January 21st, 2021 Selma James, Photograph by Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian // Verso Books Blog Camila Valle: I wanted to start with what most people know as the heart of your work: the recognition of unpaid care work, disproportionately done by women. You actually coined the term unwaged work in the 1970s. At […]
  • Gov. Wolf, LGBTQ leaders congratulate Dr. Rachel Levine on nomination to assistant health secretary - by Grace Griffaton Fox43 January 19th, 2020 If confirmed, Dr. Levine would have a national platform as assistant health secretary and become the highest ranking transgender official in United States government LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — History in the making: President-Elect Joe Biden has picked Pennsylvania’s top health official to be the next assistant health secretary […]
  • AS THAT CHARISMATIC JEWISH PREACHER SAID… - By Leon Rosselson January 19th, 2021 Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then thou shalt see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Exactly. Zionists have no right to accuse others of antisemitism when they themselves support the most racist state on the planet. Racism is […]
  • What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won’t) - The new president could take executive action on many of the largest problems within the United States, right away, on his own.  Protest signs on fence in front of White House, Nov. 26, 2020. (Ted Eytan, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0) By Lee Camp Special to Consortium News What if it could get done now? What […]
  • Who is Dr. Rachel Levine? Here’s what we know about Joe Biden’s pick for assistant secretary of health - By Molly Bil’inskiThe Morning CallJanuary 19th, 2021 Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, who has served as one of the leaders in the state’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to be his assistant secretary of health. Levine could become the first openly transgender federal official to be […]
  • Dr. Rachel Levine selected for Biden administration - By Tim Cwiek Philadelphia Gay News January 19th, 2021 Trans advocates are lauding President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement he will nominate Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Levine will oversee the department’s key public health offices and programs, numerous […]
  • Caring Labour and the Academy - By Erica Lagalisse The Sociological Review March 31st, 2020 When women discuss the private sphere in public, subversion resides in both the form and content of the action.  I wrote these words almost ten years ago now, in a piece called “Gossip as Direct Action” published by Pluto Press.  I was commenting on the social […]
  • Biden picks Pa.’s Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary - WFMZ January 19th, 2021 WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post […]
  • The Organizer Ben Fletcher, with Peter Cole on Left Anchor Podcast - Left Anchor Podcast January 13th, 2020 Today we’re bringing back Peter Cole to talk about the second edition of his book Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly. Fletcher was one of the most impressive labor organizers of the early 20th century — a guy who successfully organized the very diverse workforce […]
  • “Insurgent Supremacists” and the evolution of Trumpism - By Three Way FightJanuary 21st, 2020 Introduction—An analysis for this moment I finished the manuscript of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire in September 2017, a few weeks following the murderous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, as Donald Trump leaves the White House two weeks after his […]
  • ‘Asylum for Sale’ — A Review in Red Pepper Magazine - By Nico Vaccari Red Pepper Magazine January 17th, 2020 Siobhán McGuirk and Adrienne Pine’s edited volume is a powerful indictment of the modern migration complex writes Nico Vaccari January 17, 2021 · 7 min read At the end of 2019, nearly 80 million people worldwide were forcefully displaced because of war, occupation, extreme poverty and/or […]
  • The Future Starts Here - Robb Johnson says he’s just a bloke with a guitar. He is. But he’s one who has chronicled our times: painting the less-than-sunny political landscape in the moonlight of the personal. Just like a folk singer should. He is a modern day troubadour (although his catalogue is a bit patchy on chivalry and courtly love). […]
  • Transgender community in Pennsylvania celebrates Dr. Rachel Levine’s appointment - By Kim Strong York Daily Record January 20th, 2021 When the news broke Tuesday that Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine had been nominated by Joe Biden to become his assistant secretary for health, Christine McGinn sent her colleague a text message. “I think it’s amazing,” McGinn wrote to Levine. “Honestly, not amazing. It’s totally expected.” If confirmed, Levine would […]
  • Working Class History Podcast & Milan, MO’s Rural Workers Community Alliance - By Judy Ancel Heartland Labor Forum Programmers January 14th, 2021 “History isn’t made by kings and politicians, it is made by us.” So say the people who wrote Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance and Rebellion. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll hear untold stories of working class people who changed history. […]
  • Foreword for Facilitating Group Learning: Strategies for Success with Diverse Learners - By Mark Leier This is a dangerous and deeply disturbing book for those of us who teach at post-secondary institutions. It is dangerous because it forces us to face the growing corporatization of colleges and universities. These institutions have always abided by the rules of prudent business. They have tended to the accounts and allocated […]
  • Pa. Health Secretary Rachel Levine tapped to be Biden’s assistant secretary for health - by Erin McCarthy, The Philadelphia Inquirer January 19th, 2020 Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine may soon have a new top boss: Joe Biden. On Tuesday morning, a day before Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, he appointed Levine, from his native Pennsylvania, as Assistant Secretary for Health. She would […]
  • Kim Stanley Robinson- keynote @ Living in the End Times 1/13/2021 - Born in 1952, a Californian through and through, Kim Stanley Robinson grew up in Orange County, surfed his way through UC San Diego (writing his doctoral thesis on Philip K. Dick), and now lives in Davis with two kids and a beautiful scientist wife. He spends several weeks a year above 11,500 feet in the […]
  • Anarchistisches Radio Berlin reposts TFSR talking to Maxida Märak and Gabriel Kuhn about the book “Liberating Sápmi” - The Final Straw Radio via Anarchistisches Radio Berlin Originally published June 2020 We are now republishing an interview by The Final Straw Radio (TFSR) with Maxida Märak, a Sami activist and hip hop singer, and Gabriel Kuhn, an anarchist activist, translator and author, about Kuhn’s book “Liberating Sápmi: Indigenous Resistance in Europe’s Far North“. The […]
  • Why Does Mayor Ted Wheeler Hate Us So Much? - By David Rovics January 4th, 2021 Tear Gas Ted is getting Tough On Crime and Anarchy, and I’ve got some analysis for you. Oregon Public Broadcasting has been giving a lot of play to Mayor Wheeler’s latest couple of speeches, where he once again criticized “violent anarchists” for doing terrible things like spray-painting memes on […]
  • Literary Citizen: Writers Shaping Culture Book Club — A Call for Submissions - By Tameca L Coleman Kitchen Sink Approach January 8th, 2020 — Introduction: There is No Better Time Than Now (?) I want to host a book club at Literary Citizen: Writers Shaping Culture, and use that as a way to start connecting with community and generating ideas for content. Part of this want is to […]
  • How a Black Radical Helped to Build One of America’s Most Powerful Unions - By Pauline Bryan Tribune Magazine (UK) January 2021 Ben Fletcher is not a household name today, but in the early 20th century he helped to break down racial barriers in America’s labour movement – and build an IWW that threatened to overthrow the ruling class. Peter Cole’s book, Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of […]
  • Philadelphia virtual book launch of Ben Fletcher with Peter Cole, Kim Kelly and Royce Adams - The Philadelphia virtual book launch of Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly by Peter Cole hosted by Wooden Shoe Books. Peter is joined by labor journalist Kim Kelly and Royce Adams, a Philadelphia native and longshoreman in ILA Local 1291. Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia IWW and PM Press. Peter Cole is […]
  • Video Games - By Simone Zelitch January 5th, 2021 A few weeks ago, I was part of a Hanukkah reading at my local bookstore, Big Blue Marble. Or I should say, of course, that I wasn’t at Big Blue Marble, and neither was anybody else. Our host appeared to be at the bookstore, but eventually revealed that she […]
  • ‘Asylum for Sale’ — A Review in The Journal of Refugee Studies - By Aydan Greatrick Journal of Refugee Studies December 31st, 2020 Processes of securitization and militarization increasingly define contemporary asylum systems, shaping how states and Non-Governmental Origanizations (NGOs) operate, respond to, and represent refugees. From narratives of ‘deservingness’, to representations of ‘bogus’ economic migrants, the politics of asylum becomes disbelieving and exclusionary. This edited collection makes […]
  • Nick Mamatas on The Second Life Book Club— The Drax Files Radio Hour - The Drax Files Radio Hour January 6th, 2021 prolific writer and editor nick mamatas is on the show today. we have readings, performed by otherworldly entities, we discuss craft and process and we devise a plan how to deal with “problematic” authors … ok, racist authors and one in particular whose work has changed popular […]
  • George Lakey on Community Watch and Comment - By David Whettstone Community Watch and Comment January 13th, 2021 George Lakey has been active in direct action campaigns for over six decades. Recently retired from Swarthmore College, he was first arrested in the civil rights movement and most recently in the climate justice movement. He has facilitated 1,500 workshops on five continents and led […]
  • America Condemns One Violent Mob While Celebrating Another - Where is the corporate media’s disgust for the courtesans of corporate destruction that wreak violence on Americans daily? By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost Most rational Americans have correctly criticized and denounced the violent insurrection in the Capitol last week. Those moments of attack by a racist, disgusting mob have not lacked for condemnation […]
  • Questions In the Wake of the Beer Belly Putsch - By David Rovics January 8th, 2020 After seeing some very strange, amnesiac discussion threads on social media, I have a few words to consign to the screen. Naturally, social media and the media media are all going nuts since the more or less successful far right siege of the Capitol.  There are a variety of […]
  • “History From Below” ft. Working Class History on Coffee with Comrades - Coffee with Comrades January 5th, 2021 Happy New Year!  Episode 114 of Coffee with Comrades features our conversation with John, one of the folks behind the Working Class History project. In this edition of the program, we discuss WCH’s new book, Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance and Rebellion, WCH’s unique approach to historical […]
  • Peter Cole about Ben Fletcher on Revolutionary Left Radio - Revolutionary Left Radio January 12th, 2020 Peter Cole is a labor historian, professor, and author of “Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly” as well as “Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area“. He joins Breht for the third time to discuss the life of the […]
  • The Capitol Hill Putsch— Kali Akuno on Letters and Politics - The Capitol Hill Putsch Letters and Politics, KPFA January 7th, 2020 Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and co-editor of Jackson Rising: the struggle for economic democracy and black self-determination in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Thinking Beyond the Pandemic - By Ted Glick January 1st, 2020 Yesterday I spoke with one of my nieces and her 3 and 6 year old children via zoom. It was the first time we’ve seen each other and interacted in months. Talking about the difficulties she is having as a teacher with two young kids during the pandemic, I […]
  • Wages Without Work: Revolution at Point Zero Excerpted on New Frame - by Silvia FedericiNew FrameDecember 30th, 2020 Silvia Federici explores how in fighting for their rights, migrant domestic workers circulate practices that influence feminist politics and foster cosmopolitanism. This is a lightly edited excerpt from the revised and expanded second edition of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle (PM Press, 2020) by Silvia […]
  • Reading Resolution: Best Book: “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” - By Alanna McFall December 30th, 2020 2020! It’s almost over! For all of the everything going on this year, I did get to spend a lot of time reading and watching movies this year. So here’s a round-up of my completed reading resolution for 2020. Best Book: Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health edited […]
  • Adrienne Pine Interviewed on Community Watch and Comment - By Community Watch and CommentWednesday, January 6th, 2021 Adrienne Pine is a critical medical anthropologist whose work has explored the embodiment of structural violence and imperialism in Honduras, cross-cultural approaches to revolutionary nursing, and neoliberal fascism. She has served as an expert country conditions witness in around 100 asylum cases over the past fifteen years. Adrienne […]
  • Dr. Michael Fine on CNN talking about public vaccine clinics - Michael Fine, MD, is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, RI, and Senior Clinical and Population Health Services Officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc., and recipient of many awards and prizes for his pioneering work bringing together public health and […]
  • Ecological Leninism: Friend or Foe? - By Gabriel Kuhn Originally posted on LeftTwoThree January 2nd, 2021 A joint review of Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century (Verso, 2020) and How to Blow up a Pipeline (Verso, 2021) by Andreas Malm. Andreas Malm first received wider recognition for his 2016 book Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power […]
  • Trump’s Mob: An End, or a New Beginning? - By Ted Glick January 7th, 2020 Was yesterday’s pre-planned, deliberate, violent attack on the US Capitol by rabid Trump supporters the last gasp, the end, the exclamation point to Mafioso Don’s four years of infamy or, God forbid, the beginning of an assertive ultra-rightist campaign of violence and terrorism? The fact that in two weeks […]
  • An Open Letter to Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys (cc: Antifa) - By David Rovics January 2nd, 2020 Have you ever found yourself surrounded by masked rioters being chased by flag-waving patriots and thought, I’ve seen this movie before? I woke up this morning dreaming that I was speaking at one of your rallies.  I thought then, well, if I probably won’t be getting an invitation to […]
  • Broken windows fascism - By Three Way FightJanuary 6th, 2020 1. When Donald Trump was first running for president in 2015-16, a lot of alt-rightists supported him not because they thought he could win, but because they hoped he would help destroy the Republican Party. He hasn’t quite done that, but he has created a serious crisis within the […]
  • Ads All Tell Us To Kill Our Future. Worth Discussing? - By Lee Camp Counterpunch December 25th, 2020 Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I am a hypocrite. (Although I’m not sure why I’m talking to my dad about it. He doesn’t read my columns because he’s too busy watching survival reality shows set in Alaska. . . . Maybe I’ll factor something about eating […]
  • “The People’s Republic of Neverland: The Child versus the State” with Robb Johnson and Louise Regan - Housmans Books December 1st, 2020 COVID has dramatically confirmed that the current condition of state education is not fit for purpose. Join educators and organizers Robb Johnson and Louise Regan to discuss how 30 years of “education reform” have created a dysfunctional mass education system that ruthlessly prioritises the agenda of the neo-liberal state over […]
  • Episode 39: Kuwasi Balagoon – A Soldier’s Story with Jason Lydon - Lit Review Podcast So often we hear anarchy equated with chaos and collapse: a complete breakdown of society. This hour, we’re rejecting that. We sat down with Jason Lydon to help us understand what anarchy is and isn’t. We define terms, talk through principles, and take seriously the anarchist vision for collective liberation. To help […]
  • Leo Panitch (1945–2020) - By Sam Gindin December 21st, 2020 Leo passed away this evening. Some five weeks ago he was hospitalized and diagnosed with multiple myeloma. While in the hospital he contracted Covid-19 and this developed into viral pneumonia.  The pneumonia made it near impossible for him to breathe and he spent his last hours in palliative care resting peaceably.  […]
  • Life Under the Jolly Roger: A Green Man Review - By Warner Holme Green Man December 2020 Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy is Gabriel Kuhn’s detailed look at that era of piracy, and a celebrated enough volume that a second edition was recently released, and adds some interesting information to the whole. From his early introductory elements, Kuhn makes it […]
  • Privileged People Complaining About Privileged People - By David Rovics December 12th, 2020 How NPR Divides and Conquers What is the result when a media outlet does a new story every day about the history of racism in the US, without ever mentioning the history of the multiracial radical labor movement whose white and BIPOC organizers were lynched for fighting for equality […]
  • The convivial, practical road to socialism: a tribute to Leo Panitch - By Hilary Wainwright Red Pepper Magazine December 29th, 2020 December 29, 2020 · 7 min read It is striking that the widespread grief at the untimely death of Leo Panitch is not simply for the passing of a brilliant socialist intellectual but also for the shared personal loss of a warm, kind and truly comradely […]
  • Lockdowns, the Insurgent Far-Right & the Future of Antifascism: A Conversation with Three Way Fight - Matthew N. Lyons on It’s Going Down By It’s Going Down photo via: @R3volutionDaddy On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with two people involved in Three Way Fight, a revolutionary antifascist theory project that has grown out of antifascist research and organizing in decades past. We discuss the recent events […]
  • COVID-19, Prison, and Another Pandemic Clare Grady Made Me Remember - By Susie Day Clare Grady is going to prison. On February 10, this nice Irish Catholic lady of 62, who lives with her family in Ithaca, will enter Alderson Prison, WV, to begin a one-year-and-one-day sentence. That’s because, on April 4, 2018, Clare and six cohorts, also white and Catholic, broke into the world’s largest […]
  • “This movement is global…” - By Amelia Bonow, SYA cofounder Dear Friends & Co-conspirators, We are electrified by the news from Argentina today. This isn’t just a win for Argentinians and isn’t simply a bellwether for abortion rights in South America. The organizers, activists, and everyday folks who won this victory have reminded us what is possible with tireless organizing and […]
  • And The Landlords Said “Fuck You” - By David Rovics December 28th, 2020 In response to the state of Oregon’s latest extension of the partial ban on evictions, the landlord lobby here is suing for 100% of back rent. I know it is often hard to see, but significant elements of the folks in power at various levels of government are keenly […]
  • Reading Resolution: “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” - By Alanna McFall December 28th, 2020 25. A book released in 2020: Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health edited by Adrian Shanker List Progress: 30/30 I’m finishing out the year with a 2020 release, and one I got right at the beginning, bringing the year all sorts of full-circle. I picked up a copy […]
  • The Conspiracy of Kings, Class War and the Coronavirus - By Dog Section Press Erica Lagalisse interviews Spartacus Tonans, Supreme Magus of the Kitchen Garden 007˚, author of “Occult Features of Anarchism” (PM Press, 2019) So, is the Coronavirus part of a great global conspiracy? A conspiracy called capitalism. The virus doesn’t need to be manufactured by governments to serve elite interests. States intervene in […]
  • In Defense of Working Class Existence as Choice - Angry Workers December 10th, 2019 We read and reviewed David Ranney’s “Living and dying on the factory floor”, which was about his decision to put his academic career on hold and his subsequent experiences as a factory worker. [1] The following thoughts relate to this decision, which used to be widespread within the left. Today […]
  • The Bid to Build the Archipelago as an Internetwork of Adversarial Friendship: A Critical Reading of Bas Umali’s Essays - Freedom News December 15th, 2020 A desire to read a book critically is similar to translating: it bridges a gap and weaves together a fabric between text, author, and reader, especially when the importance of difference is not overlooked. The difficulties are apparent from the beginning, as each reader is coming from different contexts, prejudices, […]
  • Gabriel Kuhn on Hörfehler – Podcast zu Fussball-Zeitgeschichte (in German) - Hörfehler – Podcast zu Fussball-Zeitgeschichte December 2020 In Ausgabe 95 unterhalte ich mich mit Gabriel Kuhn. Er ist Schriftsteller und Autor von Büchern, die sich mit sozialistischer Theorie und Geschichte und sozialen Bewegungen beschäftigen. Vorallem aber ist er hier Gast, weil er ein Buch namens Soccer vs. the State geschrieben hat. Solch ein Hintergrund hat […]
  • Fifth Estate Live Interview with Norman Nawrocki - By David Rovics December 8th, 2020 We spend the hour with Montreal-based playwright, author, musician and cabaret artist, Norman Nawrocki. We talked about his recent writings on the internment of eastern Europeans in Canada a century ago, about being a touring performer around the world on either side of the fall of the Berlin Wall, […]
  • carla bergman – Joyful Militancy (Joel Williams Mix) - By scott crow and Joel WilliamsoneMERGENCY heARTS ‘anarchy audio series’October 26th, 2020 scott crow is an international speaker and author. His first book, Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective, was included on NPR’s Top Summer Reads of 2015. Black Flags and Windmills has been translated into Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. He is a contributor […]
  • This Little-Known Black Wobbly Dockworker Led the Most Powerful, Democratic Union of His Day - By Eric Dirnback Labor Notes December 17th, 2020 Ben Fletcher agonized over the degrading poverty of Philadelphia’s dockworkers. He spent his life working with and organizing them. Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly, Second Edition, by Peter Cole, PM Press, 2021 Growing up in Philadelphia, I learned about some of the […]
  • Rent: Why We Say Don’t Pay - By David Rovics December 18th, 2020 As 2020 draws to a close, an open letter to Portland with particular regards to the renters, and the peculiar beauty of the notion of a rent strike during an eviction moratorium. Dear Portland, And dear anyone else, particularly in other localities that have passed similar laws to the […]
  • Leo Panitch (1945–2020) - By Vivek Chibber Jacobin December 22nd, 2020 The global left has suffered an irreparable loss with the passing of Leo Panitch this weekend. He was incredibly warm, inviting, and generous to others. And he remained committed to the end to the cause of socialism and human emancipation. The global left has suffered an irreparable loss […]
  • Unemployment Skyrocketing? An Evolved Society Would Celebrate. - By Lee Camp Scheerpost December 14th, 2020 Leaf blowers are everything wrong with capitalism. . . . I’ll explain that in a minute. We all know times are irredeemably grim, and they’re only getting worse. The unemployment level in America seems to be setting the record books aflame, and for some bizarre reason those numbers […]
  • A Love Song Only a Feminist Could Write by Michelle Cruz Gonzales - By Michelle Cruz Gonzales Razorcake October 6th, 2020 I silenced a room twenty-seven years ago while in Spitboy with the declaration, “We’re not a riot grrrl band,” in front of members of Bikini Kill. Still, I have always liked Bikini Kill’s music and what they stand for. Why wouldn’t I? Perhaps I learned the answer […]
  • Memories of the class— A review of “Living and Dying on the Factory Floor” - By Joe Allen Tempest Magazine December 10th 2020 Our efforts were worthwhile” – D.R. David Ranney was one of tens of thousands of radicals across the U.S. who shifted their political activism from campuses and communities into industrial workplaces during the 1970s. His experiences—and the political lessons he drew—are recounted in his book Living and […]
  • Studying the Analytics and the Playlists - By David Rovics David Rovics Blog December 1st, 2020 On the first of every month, Spotify sends artists a summary of the previous month’s activity among their listeners.  This month’s email from Spotify inspired a bit of geeking out on my part. OK, we’re going to get seriously self-absorbed and geeky here at the same […]
  • The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly: Ben Fletcher - Claudia Jones School for Political Education co-sponsored by DC IWW and Sankofa Books, Washington, DC December 9, 2020 Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the […]
  • ‘Asylum for Sale’ — A Review in Antipode - By Amelia Frank-Vitale Antipode December 2020 Siobhán McGuirk and Adrienne Pine (eds), Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry, Oakland: PM Press/Kairos, 2020. ISBN: 9781629637822 (paper); ISBN: 9781629637822 (ebook)The final page of “A Guard’s Story” – a chapter in the style of a graphic novel – shows the disembodied faces of two […]
  • Occult Features of Anarchism— an Ignota Book of the Year - Ignota.org Ignota friends and family choose their books of the year, Part 2! <3 Accompanying Part 1, we offer this list of books and pamphlets chosen by Ignota’s friends and family that have accompanied their journeys. MORE SELECTIONS TO COME!  Intended also in support of the book trade, especially fellow indies, we’ve added links to Bookshop.org, which unites independent booksellers to provide an […]
  • Civil War? - By Ted Glick December 13th, 2020 I can’t remember ever hearing the two-word phrase, “civil war,” as much as I’ve heard it over the past year. Yesterday, at the latest, post-election, Trump-forever rally in downtown Washington, DC, the Washington Post reported that “podcaster David Harris, Jr. riled the crowd by suggesting if there were a […]
  • scott crow / Televangel – Mutual Aid for Liberation - By scott crow and Joel WilliamsoneMERGENCY heARTS ‘anarchy audio series’October 7th, 2020 scott crow is an international speaker and author. His first book, Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective, was included on NPR’s Top Summer Reads of 2015. Black Flags and Windmills has been translated into Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. He is a contributor […]
  • “You Pay to Die” — New Anthology ‘Asylum for Sale’ Assesses the Global Anti-Immigration Regime - By Belén Fernández El Faro Friday, 27 de November de 2020 In 2016, Uyi, a Nigerian artist, attempted to leave Libya—where he had endured months in prison-like accommodations following a perilous overland journey from his home country—and make it to Europe on an overpacked rubber dinghy. Reflecting on the time he spent being tossed by […]
  • To The Barricades: The Red House and the Future of Eviction Defense - By David Rovics David Rovics Blog December 10th, 2020 Portland, Oregon has been in the headlines again over the last few days, and this trend will continue.  The reasons for the headlines will vary depending on who you ask.  If you ask the far right they will say something about Antifa terrorists having violent confrontations […]
  • Peter Cole on the Life & Times of a Black Wobbly on WPFW 89.3 FM - Community Watch & CommentWPFW 89.3 FM (Washington, DC)December 8, 2020 Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University in Macomb and a research associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cole is the author of the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and […]
  • Class Power on Zero Hours: A Chat with Angry Workers on The Final Straw - By Final Straw Radio December 13th, 2020 This week, you’ll hear Kiran and Marco of the Angry Workers, a collective of anti-authoritarian communists struggling to think through and build workers autonomy from the UK. For the hour, they talk about their organizing and the book they just published, “Class Power On Zero-Hours” (available from PM […]
  • Birth Strike in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History - By Eileen Boris Labor: Studies in Working-Class History Volume 17, Issue 3 December 2020 Feminist historians have embraced the concept of reproductive labor, but too many of us have shied away from speaking about biological reproduction lest we fall into gender essentialism. We talk about social reproduction: the socialization and care of children and dependent […]
  • Of Thee I Sing - By Ron Jacobs Counterpunch December 11th, 2020 Every human culture included and includes music. This makes music culture universal. The other so-called cultural universal is language. Anthropologists and others may debate which came first, music or language, but the meaningful fact for this reviewer is that every culture includes music. This elemental truth is significant […]
  • Peter Cole on Organizing Work Podcast - Organizing Work December 10th, 2020 In our seventh podcast, Marianne Garneau interviews Peter Cole, author of Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly, now out in its second edition from PM Press. Fletcher organized the Philadelphia docks in the 1910s and 1920s into the IWW’s Local 8. He is a lesser-known historical […]
  • Interview with Nazan Üstündağ about her contribution to the volume Building Free Life - By Jeff Miley of Peace in Kurdistan December 6th, 2020 Jeff Miley of Peace in Kurdistan interviews Nazan Üstündağ about her chapter, “The Theology of Democratic Modernity: Labor, Truth, and Freedom,” in the volume, Building Free Life: Dialogues with Öcalan (PM Press, 2020). For more information about Peace in Kurdistan, visit our website at: https://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign….
  • Open Letter to My Landlord: The Word of the Month is “Renegotiation” - By David Rovics CounterpunchDecember 1st, 2020 Dear Randall Group/CTL Management, (Please forward to corporate, as far up the chain as possible.) First of all, in this household, we’ve long ago stopped responding to your bizarre annual surveys where you ask whether your tenants are content, without ever mentioning the elephant in the living room.  You give […]
  • scott crow, Televangel, Joel Williamson – anarchy is how I see the world - By scott crow and Joel WilliamsoneMERGENCY heARTS ‘anarchy audio series’August 3rd, 2020 scott crow is an international speaker and author. His first book, Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective, was included on NPR’s Top Summer Reads of 2015. Black Flags and Windmills has been translated into Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. He is a contributor […]
  • An Interview with Jacinta Bunnell - Where were you born, and where did you grow up? I was born in a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania.  No one spoke of feminism, gender fluidity, racism or sexual orientation in my town, unless it were in a crude, mean-spirited way.  Boys that did not present themselves as typically male were tied to trees […]
  • Reform to Revolution: Challenging narratives of asylum and migration - Asylum for Sale is a searing indictment of profit-making in the asylum industry. Harry Browse talks to the book’s co-editor, Siobhán McGuirk. By Harry Browse Now Then Magazine 2 December 2020 “You pay for every step you take,” writes Uyi, an artist and asylum seeker from Nigeria, who was rescued from a dingy carrying 111 people […]
  • The Biden Climate Plan: Part 1: What It Proposes - By Jeremy Brecher December 2nd, 2020 by Jeremy Brecher, LNS Research and Policy DirectorThis commentary analyzes Joe Biden’s “Plan for Climate Change and Environmental Justice” released in August. [1] The following commentary, “The Biden Climate Plan: Part 2: An Arena of Struggle,” will consider the struggles that are likely to emerge over what parts of the […]
  • We Can’t Vote The A-Holes Out - By Lee Camp Consortium News November 30th, 2020 We can make all sorts of noise and even scare ’em, but the A-Holes are here to stay. Biden-Harris presidential drive-in rally at Broward College, Coconut Creek, Florida, Oct. 29, 2020. (Adam Schultz, Biden for President) It doesn’t matter when you read this, the assholes will still […]
  • On Music: Ode to Dolores - By G. H. Mosson These stay-at-home days offer lagoons of time to hang out together and to reflect. Music has been a big part of many people’s home-based, pandemic routines. Grooves connect us. Listening to the radio can enlarge. For me, many mornings begin again with jazz favorites, like Cookin’ by Miles Davis, Whisper Not […]
  • 15 anti-racist Michigan books to get you through the holidays and quarantine - By Monica Williams Bridge Michigan December 1st, 2020 Since May, when much of the world witnessed a white Minneapolis police officer kill George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, books with titles like “How to Be an Anti-Racist,” “White Fragility” and “So You Want to Talk About Race” have topped national best-seller lists, as readers […]
  • Discussion with World War 3 Illustrated contributors - By David Rovics World War 3 Illustrated has been going on for several decades now and it’s still going strong. The latest issue is #51, and this is a discussion with five of the artists who made it happen. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Since […]
  • Barriers to Health Care for the LGBTQ Community - LGBTQ people who seek to become parents experience barriers to care every step of the way, from restrictive insurance policies to geographic barriers to welcoming providers. Authors from Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, a groundbreaking new anthology named by Book Riot as one of the “six best books addressing healthcare system inequities” will […]
  • Siobhán McGuirk on how money is made in the global asylum industry - By Mandatory Redistribution Party November 2020 Jack interviews Siobhán McGuirk about the how money is made in the global asylum industry. Siobhán McGuirk is an anthropologist, journalist, curator, and filmmaker whose work focuses on gender and sexuality in the context of migration and the affective impacts of social justice organizing. She is a postdoctoral early […]
  • The Great Black Radical You’ve Never Heard Of - By Peter Cole In These Times December 1st, 2020 In the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry, when many U.S. unions dis­grace­ful­ly exclud­ed Asian, Black and Lat­inx work­ers, the Indus­tri­al Work­ers of the World (IWW) warm­ly wel­comed peo­ple of col­or. This rev­o­lu­tion­ary union, whose mem­bers affec­tion­ate­ly are known as Wob­blies, empha­sizes class strug­gle sol­i­dar­i­ty in its leg­endary mot­to: […]
  • The importance of being rooted: an interview with Angry Workers World - By Daniel al-Rashid Red & Black Notes November 14, 2020 In October, our group participated in a discussion on salting, industrialising, and other related strategies that have the common theme of seeking employment in particular jobs for political reasons. One of the texts was “In Defence of Working Class Existence as a Choice”, by the […]
  • Clare Grady at 100 Seconds to Midnight - By Susie Day April 4, 2018, fifty years after Martin Luther King’s murder: Seven white, aging Catholic peace activists cut a fence and enter Georgia’s Kings Bay Naval Base, the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. They carry hammers and bottles of their own blood to deface nuclear monuments, and banners decrying “omnicide”: the […]
  • scott crow and Kim Kelly A Conversation On Community Self-Defense - By Firestorm Books & CoffeeNovember 2020 In this wide-ranging conversation on the history and analysis of armed community self-defense, scott crow and Kim Kelly speak to their experiences growing up working class and their relationship to guns, violence, and liberatory movements. Far from a call to arms, their conversation offers nuanced reflections and questions about […]
  • Conversación con Jason W Moore. Autor de “El capitalismo en la trama de la vida”. - Back to Jason W. Moore’s Author Page
  • Educating and Parenting for Liberation Panel by Firestorm Books & Coffee - By Firestorm Books & Coffee November 13th, 2020 Join a panel of activist educators and radical parents to discuss lessons, challenges, and triumphs of parenting and educating during Covid and isolation, uprisings for racial justice, the rise of fascism, and more. Let’s get unified against oppression and readily use our homes, communities, spaces, and classrooms […]
  • Storytelling and Climate Change: Imagining Solutions Beyond Documentary or Dystopia - By Marzena Zukowska & Siobhan McGuirk OKRE September 11th, 2020 “Look over there behind me, that’s a tornado. Yes, a twister in Los Angeles. It’s one of many tornadoes that are destroying our city.” In 2004, The Day After Tomorrow transformed climate change from a niche political issue into a global public conversation. The film’s […]
  • Keep Calm & Just Die - By Lee Camp Consortium News November 23rd, 2020 The government of Great Britain doesn’t want English students studying how capitalism is killing us.    The British government has ordered schools in England not to use resources and materials from organizations that have expressed any desire to end capitalism. There are several different ways one can […]
  • Wanda Lloyd and David Pilgrim in conversation: Southern Festival of Books - The Southern Festival of Books October 11th, 2020 Join Wanda Lloyd and David Pilgrim for a conversation on race relations in American and their works Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism (Lloyd) and Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education During Jim Crow (Pilgrim). You can access this session and more […]
  • Richard Manning at the Montana Book Festival - If It Sounds Good, It is Good: An Interview with Richard Manning By the Montana Book Festival September 10th, 2020 Conducted by Joey Paxman of PM Press This conversation is a mere teaser for what will be a great live, MBF+ event in October! (Richard promises he’ll bring his guitar next time.) Music is fundamental […]
  • Siobhán McGuirk and Adrienne Pine of Asylum for Sale on Raising Voices 2020 - Academics and activists discuss profit-making in asylum and migration journeys worldwide. A podcast recorded for the American Anthropological Association’s #RaisingOurVoices2020. With Dr Siobhan McGuirk and Dr Adrienne Pine, and featuring:Mark Akkerman [4.05–15.02]Jose Lopez (a pseudonym)[15.35–19.33]Marzena Zukowska [38.08–41.54] Siobhan McGuirk – In addition to her academic publications addressing gender and sexuality, migration, and social justice movements, McGuirk […]
  • 6 ways to stay focused on movement-building amid the post-election chaos - By Matt Meyer Waging NonViolence November 13th, 2020 In this time of uncertainty, movements must continue the long-term work of building democracy. Almost as clear as the deep divisions within the United States is the exhaustion we feel about the current political process unfolding during a growing wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The surprises and […]
  • Elections Proved Americans Are Done with the Drug War - By Lee Camp Scheerpost November 19th, 2020 Despite a seeming media blackout on the topic, voters continue to use ballot measures to push decriminalization to get around the control special interests exert over state legislators. Something seismic happened in this election and it has nothing to do with Joe Biden winning. And yes, Joe Biden […]
  • Crossroads: I Live Where I Like: A Graphic History— A Publishers Weekly Excerpt - Panel Mania: Crossroads: I Live Where I Like: A Graphic History By Koni Benson, A.Trantraal, N.Trantraal, and A.E.Marais By Calvin Reed Publishers Weekly November 18th, 2020 Based on South African historian Koni Benson’s PhD thesis, Crossroads: I Live Where I Like is a thoroughly researched, stylishly illustrated graphic history focused on the struggles of a […]
  • Pangayaw: Ungovernable Island Communities’ Thinking and Practice for Survival - By Randy Nobleza Alpine Anarchist October 2020 This is a review of Bas Umali’s Pangayaw and Decolonizing Resistance: Anarchism in the Philippines (Oakland: PM Press, 2020). Randy Nobleza holds a PhD in archipelagic and island studies and is currently engaged in countermapping translocal cultures. He was an online volunteer of Manila Indymedia, a transmedia researcher […]
  • ‘A Zionist without qualification’ - By Leon Rosselson November 17th, 2020 Israeli army razes entire village in occupied West Bank Bulldozers and diggers demolish Palestinian village of Khirbet Humsa, leaving 74 people, including 41 minors, homeless. On 3 November, Israeli security forces carried out demolition work to clear the Palestinian settlement of Khirbet Humsa al-Foqa in the northern Jordan Valley, […]
  • My Grueling Search for Asylum From an Undeclared War - A member of the Honduran resistance movement tells his story. By José López In These Times November 16, 2020 This is an excerpt from Asy­lum for Sale: Prof­it and Protest in the Migra­tion Indus­try, co-edit­ed by Siob­hán McGuirk and Adri­enne Pine and pub­lished by PM Press. My jour­ney toward becom­ing an asy­lum seek­er began with a series […]
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  • Sat Nov 21st, 2020, 7pm, EST, my newest solo play online livestream - By Norman Nawrocki  ‘Ukrainians, Pelicans, & the Secret of Patterson Lake’  Veteran Montreal playwright/actor Norman Nawrocki will give a free livestream performance of his newest dramatic solo play, ‘Ukrainians, Pelicans, & the Secret of Patterson Lake,’ online in a Facebook Live broadcast, Saturday, November 21st, 2020, @ 7pm EST. Trailer for the play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r4t2GpW7WA&t=19s                […]
  • Policing the Pandemic: How the City of Albuquerque Criminalizes People Living on the Streets - By Keegan James Sarmiento Kloer – David Correia Counterpunch October 29th, 2020 Instead of helping unsheltered people find support and housing, the City of Albuquerque’s Family and Community Services Department has been working closely with Albuquerque police to break up tent encampments, to check for warrants, and to identify people for police to arrest or […]
  • We Defeated Trump, We Didn’t Defeat Trumpism - By Dan Arel With Trump’s loss of his re-election bid all but signed and delivered, a lot of talk has been made of what was won, and what was lost in this election. Unfortunately, many liberals have seen Trump as the disease and not the symptom when it came to one of the largest white […]
  • Kanahus Manuel, Gord Hill & Enāēmaehkiw Kesīqnaeh on Indigenous Action Podcast - By Indigenous Action Podcast In this broadcast hosts Bonn, Anthony, and Klee talk with Kanahus Manuel, Gord Hill & Enāēmaehkiw Kesīqnaeh about Land Back, lessons from the front-lines, & Indigenous Anti-Fascism. Guests: Kanahus Manuel is an indigenous activist, birth keeper, and a member of the activist group Tiny House Warriors. Manuel is a Secwepemc and […]
  • Union Strategies Outside of the Box— Angry Workers and Gabriel Kuhn - By SAC Syndikalisterna 2020 Nordic Labour Film Festival How should militant union activists deal with the obstacles that bureaucratic unions many times pose? In Sweden, the main oppositional strategy is to form an independent organization, often within the syndicalist SAC. But are there alternatives to the syndicalist strategy? In this talk we meet representatives for […]
  • THAT’S NOT GANGSTER, THAT’S LOVE: Eddie Conway and Jose Saldaña Talking - By Susie Day Why do prison abolitionists argue that people who spend years behind bars are exactly the ones we need out in the world to help mend our broken communities? The answer starts to emerge when you listen to Eddie Conway and Jose Saldaña. Eddie was Lieutenant of Security for Baltimore’s Black Panther Party […]
  • Taking Stock - By David Rovics November 6th, 2020 The view of one amateur pundit from a very. very deep hole I am not a pundit, or at least not a legitimized one.  I have never been a guest on any major TV network, as a pundit or as anything else.  I have never taken a poll or […]
  • Book chronicles reckless courage of Catholic resistance to Vietnam War - By Marie Dennis National Catholic Reporter (NCR) November 7th, 2020 Burglar for Peace follows the trajectory of opposition to the Vietnam War, from draft resistance to massive anti-war protests, with a particular focus on a community of radical activists, including Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan, Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAllister, whose legendary courage and costly, disturbing […]
  • Sandy Jimenez of World War Three Illustrated Interviewed on Comic-Watch - By Comic-Watch.com Sandy Jimenez is a comic book artist, writer and director, creator of the underground comic “Marley Davidson: Bronx Exorcist” in the 90s and of the comic strip “Shit House Poet” that runs through the pages of World War Three Illustrated. We have him today on the show to talk social themes in genre […]
  • Peter Linebaugh interview on MR online - MRonlineOctober 27th, 2020 Peter Linebaugh interviewed by Johnny Flynn of Independent Left Johnny Flynn: The first question I had to ask you was about the subtitle to your Red Round Globe Hot Burning: a tale at the crossroads of commons and closure, of love and terror, of race and class, and of Kate and Ned […]
  • Ben Fletcher: Building the IWW’s Interracial Class War Politics — Peter Cole on IGD - It’s Going Down November 5th, 2020 It’s Going Down speaks with labor historian and professor Peter Cole about African-American labor leader Ben Fletcher, who played a key role in Local 8 of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a radical syndicalist and anti-capitalist labor union. We talk about how the IWW rejected white supremacy […]
  • Watch This Ain’t Democracy! A Post-Election Teach - Regardless of the election outcome, the struggle for radical positive change is set to continue. We face ongoing battles for Black liberation, economic equity, reproductive freedoms, healthcare, immigrant justice, indigenous rights, ecological regeneration, and more. The next four years – and far beyond – offer opportunities to build on the incredible groundwork established by movements […]
  • Anarchy is Something I Do— scott crow on Silver Threads Podcast - By Silver Threads Podcast October 2020 “I only call myself an anarchist as shorthand. anarchy is a way I see the world. it does not define me.” scott crow is a street philosopher, author, dreamer, and musician. In this episode, scott digs deep into his own history, the hammer of art that helped shape him, […]
  • We’re Not Going to Move Joe Biden to the Left - By Dan Arel The writing is now on the wall for President Trump. He’s going to lose the US election and he’s going to lose by a wider margin than it seemed from the start. We’re beginning to see the celebration from liberals who got their candidate past 270 electoral votes and we’re even seeing […]
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  • Black and White and Red All Over: On the Semiotic Effect of Color Printing in Genre Fiction - By Meg Elison Uncanny Magazine November 5th, 2020 Nowhere is color psychology, the theory that colors affect mood and attract or repel us, more recklessly applied than in marketing and branding. Brands signal to your subconscious, using long-established codes and associations. When they’re working to build trust, they show you that in white and blue. […]
  • David Pilgrim and the Jim Crow Museum on C-Span - C-Span July 23rd, 2020 Museum founder and director David Pilgrim and museum educator Cyndi Tiedt show a selection of artifacts from their collections and argue that ordinary objects have dehumanized African Americans since the 1840s. Check out David’s books: Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education during Jim Crow Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight […]
  • 117 Publishing Projects Showing What’s Possible on Kickstarter - Many authors come here to publish beautiful books, but we’ve also helped fund zines, literary spaces, launch parties, podcasts, digital news outlets, and so much more. By Oriana Leckert and Margot Atwell Kickstarter October 26, 2020 Milkweed Books Kickstarter’s Publishing category is home to so much more than books. Over the last 11 years, this […]
  • Jalil Muntaqim, recently paroled after 49 years, was arrested Friday and is facing re-imprisonment for completing a voter registration form - SF Bay View October 31st, 2020 Please sign the Petition . . . scroll down Community sign on letter is here –https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW2zfSqUm28Xk7BbUi2gicD-YwAcbwfvI3vG3ToOdyiYeXDw/viewform?usp=embed_facebook  Please sign the Support for Jalil Muntaqim Petition immediately:  STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR JALIL MUNTAQIM We the undersigned fully support the New York State Parole Board’s decision to release Jalil Muntaqim. The parole process […]
  • Matthew N. Lyons on Elections and Political Possibility in the U.S. and New Zealand - By Transnational Solidarity PodNovember 1st, 2020 In this episode, we discuss two recent elections: the general elections in the United States and New Zealand. First, we speak with Matthew N. Lyons, a scholar of the US far right and activist from the blog Three Way Fight on the relationship between various far right extremist groups […]
  • At the Jim Crow Museum, We Use Racist Objects to Engage Hearts and Heads in Social Justice - By David Pilgrim Folklife October 28th, 2020 Editor’s note: This article examines the power of racist objects from America’s Jim Crow period to teach social justice. For some people, certain images in the article may be disturbing. Yet, the presentation of these images is important. Many Black people lived in cultural contexts where they could […]
  • ICE’s Bail Bonds and the Migrant Detention Industry - Zukowska grew up undocumented in the US, an experience that politicized her. Today, her writing and organizing centers on immigrant rights. By Marzena Zukowska, interviewed by Lucy McKeon NYRB October 31st, 2020 On October 27, 2020, we published Marzena Zukowska’s “How ICE’s Bail Bond Scheme Lets Corporations Profit Off Migrants,” adapted from her contribution to […]
  • Imagination and Community in Two New Picture Books with Nonbinary and Gender Creative Characters - Mombian October 26th, 2020 Two new picture books show us nonbinary and gender creative kids having imaginative adventures in their fun, welcoming, queer, and sometimes magical communities. A More Graceful Shaboom, written by Jacinta Bunnell and illustrated by Crystal Vielula (PM Press), is a surreal romp of a book that follows Harmon Jitney, a nonbinary […]
  • Ben Fletcher’s One Big Union - By Robin D.G. Kelley Dissent Magazine October 29th, 2020 Ben Fletcher, once one of the most important black labor figures in the United States, has faded into obscurity. But he couldn’t be more relevant to the most urgent political projects of the present.Robin D.G. Kelley Re-reading Peter Cole’s marvelous Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times […]
  • More than Two Million Backers Have Pledged $200 Million to Publishing Projects - The category, which includes art books, literary spaces, zines, and more, is having its best-ever year—and just hit a major milestone. By Oriana Leckert and Margot Atwell Kickstarter October 26, 2020 Kickstarter has seen a number of category bests this year: Games are on track for their best year ever and Comics have already seen […]
  • Abolitionist Fantasies: Revisiting the Fictional 2020 of My Novel - By Diana BlockAbolition Journal October 21st, 2020 “Street art, George Floyd protest, Minneapolis, MN, June, 2020” by Renoir Gaither In mid-2020, my friend Nina Serrano, an author/poet/activist who hosts a radio show about books, Cover-to-Cover on KPFA, asked me to do an update of an interview I did with her in 2015 about my novel, Clandestine Occupations – An […]
  • Imagining the End of Capitalism With Kim Stanley Robinson - Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of more than twenty books, including New York 2140, Red Moon, and the Mars trilogy. He talked to Jacobin about his latest work, his vision of socialism, and why we must fight to imagine the end of capitalism rather than the end of the world. By Derrick O’Keefe Jacobin […]