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(en) US, RAAN - Network News #7 (Summer, 2006)

Date Thu, 28 Sep 2006 19:11:47 +0300

In this issue find reports of the Red & Anarchist Action Network's organizing
activity on both coasts, our solidarity work with unionizing Almond workers,
a report from an indigenous gathering, and some notes on why our major website
has apparently ceased to exist.
Bigass Parkour Workshop in Berkley, Totally Sexy Discussions Follow:
On Saturday August 12th between 25 and 30 radical activists attended a
RAAN workshop on the art of military obstacle-coursing (Parkour) in
Berkley, CA - the first of its kind on the West Coast, and by far the largest
such event we’ve yet put together. Although one comrade slightly
injured his head and the sheer number of people there provided for some
interesting challenges in making sure that everyone got the most out of the
workshop, altogether the event was met with an incredibly positive
response and is likely to lead to the congregation of informal PK clubs in
the Bay Area.

The Parkour training was followed by a spirited discussion regarding the
methodology of the Red & Anarchist Action Network and local organizing
strategies at Berkley’s Long Haul Infoshop. This event was attended by
some 20 radical activists, likewise making it one of the largest RAAN
workshops to date. Unlike previous “Defining RAAN” discussions,
this one had no basis in a pre-existing network cell and centered primarily
around introducing RAANista concepts and definitions to a more-or-less
decidedly “post-Leftist” grouping that would by all accounts
consider itself in opposition to the network’s project (and in particular
our practical unity with anti-state communists and Marxists). Nevertheless
the discussions were conducted in a very respectful manner and despite the
scattered use of inside jokes to defuse tensions on both sides, will hopefully
come to signify only the beginning of more frequent dialogues between all
participants. A major sticking point throughout the night was the concept of
a “no-bullshit” policy and practical unity through autonomous
action which, while grasped intuitively by some, was considered by others
to be far too vague.

These two workshops are only the first of at least seven similar RAAN
events scheduled to take place in Northern California through September,
and the organizers would like to extend a very heartfelt thanks to the
Anarchy reading group in Berkley for having hosted us.

Solidarity with Blue Diamond Almond Workers!

On July 20th, two RAANista organizers in the town of Modesto, CA
attended a meeting of the Almond Growers Board in solidarity with local
and regional workers at Blue Diamond Almond Company, which has
racked up 20 anti-union violations during a vicious campaign against
workers’ organization. About 15 members of the ILWU, local activists
and community members attended the meeting in hopes of confronting the
President of Blue Diamond, who sits on the Board. Workers distributed
fliers at the public meeting and staged a dramatic walkout in protest of their
being banned from speaking. RAAN was also able to liberate a company
binder full of information on the Board’s upcoming events, which will
hopefully be used to intensify opposition in the coming months. We must
also stress that our solidarity lies with the Almond workers of Northern
California, and not the union bureaucrats who seek to coopt their struggle.

Philly Crew Hosts Free & Conscious Concert

On July 7, the Philadelphia RAAN crew hosted its first 'Free & Conscious
Concert' with local bands Stiff Middle Finger (Oi!), The Cutbacks (Blues
Rock) and Ryan Elias and the Skywalkers (Folk), as well as out-of-staters
Son of Nun and Cypher:Dissident (both Hip-hop/Rap) at local venue The
Rotunda. The event was attended by somewhere between 70-100 people
and has been considered a great success, particularly as it is the first of its
kind in the network’s history. Against a backdrop of class-conscious
and revolutionary music, organizers distributed various RAAN texts and got
together for a collective banner-painting. Although one person was kicked
out of the space for spewing misogynist and homophobic garbage during an
open mic session and there were some near-brawls with Nazis after the
show, by and large the event went off without a hitch and provided an
excellent forum for crowd participation and autonomous youth culture in
the city. Philly organizers would like to stress that the F&C event was not
intended as a recruiting drive so as to “gain new affiliates”, and
should instead be seen in the context of a wider self-organization of
independent RAANista culture as it seeks to forcibly create resources and
spaces of resistance for emerging anti-political discontent.

For more information, check out www.phillyraan.net

Report from Indigenous Gathering at Tule River

At the end of July about tweleve members from the DAAA collective as
well as one network organizer from the East Coast attended the 20th annual
“Indians in Sobriety” campout at the Tule River Reservation in
California. Representing merely an exciting first step in building contacts
between indigenous and local anti-authoritarian communities, the campout
was an amazing opportunity for those involved to participate in various
rituals and provided for some of the face-to-face discussions necessary to
our developing cooperation on issues such as homelessness and drug

Hub Website Bites the Dust

Due to various boring technical nonsense, the largest RAAN website went
offline in early July. Although we expect it to return at some point in the
future, for now all texts and archives can be accessed on the mirror at


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