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Work

Work

Last Thurs­day night, work­ers for Seri­ous Mate­ri­als in Chica­go occu­pied their fac­to­ry. The night before, Occu­py Philly’s Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing Work­ing Group held a meet­ing of its ten-week “Dis­sect­ing Cap­i­tal­ism” work­shop, at the Lan­cast­er Avenue Autonomous Space. View­point edi­tor Salar Mohan­desi spoke on the top­ic “Con­tem­po­rary Labor and Work­place Strug­gles,” along with Sean West Wispy, an orga­niz­er at Occu­py Philly with expe­ri­ence in the labor move­ment.

Porkchops for All! The 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fights

Porkchops for All! The 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fights

On Jan­u­ary 8th, 1912, the busi­ness and prop­er­ty own­ers of the San Diego Com­mon Coun­cil passed Ordi­nance No. 4623. The func­tion of the ordi­nance: to crim­i­nal­ize free speech in a zone cen­tered around the inter­sec­tion of 5th and E streets, pop­u­lat­ed pri­mar­i­ly by work­ers. By Jan­u­ary 16th, the IWW had respond­ed by form­ing the “Cal­i­for­nia Free Speech League,” with the sup­port of social­ists, church­es, and oth­er union locals. The Wob­blies, with the ben­e­fit of sheer num­bers and lit­tle else, sought to test the ordi­nance and its enforce­ment with aggres­sive soap­box­ing and inces­sant speechi­fy­ing in the restrict­ed zone.

On the Black Bloc

On the Black Bloc

The “internecine ultra-left argu­ment of the moment,” says the Wall Street Jour­nal, is the debate over the “black bloc.” And if this debate has led the WSJ to talk about “ultra-left­ism,” it’s clear­ly a debate we have to address.

Santa Rita, I Hate Every Inch of You

Santa Rita, I Hate Every Inch of You

Twen­ty-four hours into my incar­cer­a­tion in San­ta Rita Jail, I found myself in yet anoth­er tac­ti­cal con­ver­sa­tion, dis­sect­ing the numer­ous fail­ures that had led to the ket­tling and mass arrests of about 400 Occu­py Oak­land demon­stra­tors. This is one of the few upsides of a mass arrest. After get­ting the row­dy activists off the streets, the police find them­selves host­ing a three-day strat­e­gy con­fer­ence inside the jail. When­ev­er a con­ver­sa­tion begins to get stale, the guards show up and shuf­fle peo­ple into new dis­cus­sion groups, and the debate begins afresh.