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(en) Canada, Upping the Anti #3 - Introduction

Date Sat, 11 Nov 2006 08:45:39 +0200


Welcome to the third issue of Upping the Anti. After all the usual hard work
and delays, we’re happy to once again present these pages. As always, our
content is devoted to discussing both the successes and shortcomings
of contemporary movements for social change.
We kick off this issue with a series of exchanges in the Letters
section, where readers respond to content from Upping The Anti
2. We’re pleased that UTA is generating these kinds of engaging
debates, and we encourage readers to write us with their thoughts
and perspectives on the articles and interviews we print. Stay tuned
for our online discussion board accessible from the Autonomy and
Solidarity website: http://auto_sol.tao.ca.

In this issue, our editorial tries to assess the difficult space in
which the North American anti-war movement presently finds
itself. Despite the fact that, now more than ever, a massive antiwar
movement with strong anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist
tendencies is needed, the Canadian anti-war movement has not
been able to deliver the goods. We attempt to analyze why anti-war
organizers have overlooked the positive contributions of the
antiglobalization movement and conclude by suggesting that the way
forward lies in transcending the antithetical terms of our present
struggles, where small direct actions stand in opposition to larger
but depoliticized single day protests against the war.

While we know that it’s impossible to resolve this dialectic on paper,
we offer up the editorial in the hope of sharpening the terms of debate.
Nothing would make us happier than to see others throw their hats
into the ring.

This issue also contains two interviews, both with renowned
scholar-activists. The interview with Aijaz Ahmad addresses
fundamental questions of revolution and organization, and reflects
on the complexities of Islamic and anti-imperialist movements
in Asia and the Middle East. William Robinson discusses Latin
American resistance to neoliberalism in the changing context of
global capitalism and considers how these movements are relating
to the state.

In our articles section, AK Thompson critically engages the
arguments of Richard Day’s Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents
in the Newest Social Movements and discusses whether or not
the orientation to “affinity” expressed by the newest social
movements is adequate to the task of making meaningful social
change. Following Thompson’s piece, Isabel MacDonald writes on
Canadian complicity in the occupation of Haiti, outlining both
the horrific oppression visited upon the Haitian people and the
difficulties faced by the solidarity movement in support of Haiti.
Subsequently, RJ Maccani investigates the Zapatista experience
and outlines the lessons to be drawn north of the Rio Grande
amidst Mexico’s changing political terrain. As in the interview
section, Maccani’s piece engages the question of the relationship
between anti-capitalist movements and the state. Our final article
finds Jen Plyler writing about the need for sustainable movements
to develop supportive conditions that can help organizers to ‘keep
on keeping on.’

Our roundtable section is devoted entirely to the struggle
of the Six Nations people of the Grand River territory – one of
the most important indigenous social movements taking place in
Canada today. While currently focusing on the reclamation of a
suburban housing estate, the struggle highlights larger issues of
political sovereignty and settler colonialism. Tom Keefer provides an
overview and background to the situation, while in the roundtable,
participants focus on the role of non-native solidarity activists in
supporting this indigenous movement. We interview Brian Skye, a
member of the Cayuga nation who has been very active at the site,
on his perspectives on solidarity organizing. We also interview Jan
Watson, a non-native Caledonia, Ontario resident who has been
centrally involved in organizing against racism directed against the
people of Six Nations. The roundtable concludes with reflections
by AJ Withers, Josh Zucker and Stefanie Gude, focusing on the
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty’s role in supporting the Six
Nations struggle.

In the reviews section, Scott Neigh reflects on the connections
between activism and research explored in Sociology for Changing the
World: Social Movements/Social Research, edited by Caelie Frampton et
al. Yutaka Dirk considers Dan Bergers’s assessment of the Weather
Underground: Outlaws of America and Sharmeen Khan interrogates
the white anti-racism of Inga Muscio’s Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed
Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society.

We would like to take this opportunity to encourage our
supporters to contribute financially to help us continue this
project. Our journal is entirely “independent.” For those of you
not keeping up with contemporary euphemisms, “independent”
means we have no money. Basically, we’re broke. So, if you like what
we do and would like us to keep on doing it, you should consider
making a financial donation to the project. That way, you can be
independent, too.

With your help, we hope to publish Upping the Anti twice
a year. A one year subscription to the journal is $20, a two year
subscription is $35, and back issues of Volumes 1 and 2 are available
for $10 each. We especially encourage those who are financially
endowed (like the professionals who feel sorry for us, the class
traitors who envy us, and the organizations dying to keep it real) to
consider purchasing a lifetime subscription to the journal for $250.
This lifetime subscription (your life or ours – whichever expires
first!) entitles you to all back and future issues of Upping the Anti,
along with other non journal materials, including pamphlets and
DVDs that are currently in the works.

We need other kinds of help, too. Although we have
successfully distributed Upping the Anti throughout Canada and
internationally with the help of distributors in our network, we
welcome any further assistance with distribution. If you would like
to distribute the journal in your area, please arrange to receive bulk
copies of Upping the Anti at a discounted price by emailing uta_
distro@yahoo.ca. If you are a distributor who owes us money from
previous issues, don’t be shy about getting in touch with us to cut a
deal and arrange to receive copies of the new issue!

Our next issue will be coming out in the spring of 2007. The final
deadline for content is February 28, 2007 and articles can be emailed
to us at uppingtheanti@gmail.com. You can keep appraised of our
progress through our web site at http://auto_sol.tao.ca.

In Solidarity and Struggle,

Aidan C., Erin G., Tom K., and Sharmeen K.
Toronto, November 6, 2006.

(for info on the launch parties in Toronto and Vancouver check out
http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/2407)

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Autonomy & Solidarity
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