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(en) US, Bring the Ruckus (BTR)* website update

Date Mon, 27 Jun 2005 10:03:43 +0300

The Bring the Ruckus website has been updated with the
following articles. For the complete text of these
articles and for more information on Bring the Ruckus,
go to http://www.agitatorindex.org/
The Significance of 15 March 2005: On the Bagong Diwa
Prison Massacre By Dylan Rodríguez, in affiliation with the Critical
Filipino and Filipina Studies Collective (CFFSC)
In “The Significance of 15 March 2005,” Dylan
Rodríguez examines the global reach of the American
prison system through an analysis of the Bagong Diwa
prison uprising in the Philippines last March. The
U.S. government likes to claim that American democracy
sets an example for the world to follow, but as
Rodríguez shows, the real example it is setting is in
showing the world how to incarcerate—and how to deal
with the incarcerated.

“The emergence, expansion, and everyday functioning of
the US prison apparatus offers a framework through
which other national governments—in particular those
in (neocolonial) political alliance with American
global hegemony—may conceive, modify, and deploy new
modes of political repression, social control, and
domestic warfare. In the midst of the US prison
juggernaut, which now holds about 2.5 million people
captive (including children), we must anticipate and
prepare for the reform, transformation, and expansion
of the Philippine police and prison apparatuses.”

Read more at web site

Workers and Capital: Lessons from a Social Service
Worker’s Strike
By Todd, Portland

In “Workers and Capital: Lessons from a Social Service
Worker’s Strike,” Todd draws lessons from a recent
strike he participated in. He concludes that the model
of “business unionism,” which most unions follow
today, effectively takes power away from workers and
moves class struggle out of the workplace. Inspired by
the Industrial Workers of the World, he develops a new
framework for unions—“direct unionism”—whose aim is to
develop workers’ power in the struggle against

“We are trying to forge a new way of organizing, one
that continually engages workers directly in the
revolutionary struggle for controlling the workplace,
and integrating and spreading community organizing
throughout the struggle. In the process, workers
involved gain the experience of struggle and workplace
control that is transformative of social relations and
people’s consciousness. If we can open up space of
perceived safety and opportunity for struggle, mass
organization and transformation may become possible.”

Read more at web site

White Power 2005
By Joel Olson, Bring the Ruckus

Finally, Ruckus member Joel Olson examines two
recently published reports that demonstrate the
continuing privileges of whiteness, even in a
“colorblind” society.

“The wages of whiteness continue to be one of the main
obstacles to working class unity in the United States.
White working and middle class people are more
concerned with protecting their racial privileges in a
competitive society than in challenging the unjust
nature of the entire system. This is the reason behind
white support for school vouchers, privatized health
care, tax cuts for the rich, increased policing, and
‘family values.’ All of these measures are, in their
own way, a means to perpetuate white advantage and
Black disadvantage without appearing explicitly
racist. To abolish these privileges is not only to
create a more just society. It is also the key to
building a revolutionary working class in the United

Mike Kramer <mkramer666-A-yahoo.com>
* Bring The Rukus is an antiauthotitarian anticapitalist
direct action revolutionary initiative.
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