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(en) US, Joint Statement on Affiliation of M1 and The Utopian by First of May Anarchist Alliance and The Utopian

Date Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:57:39 +0300


We are excited to announce a formal relationship between the First of May Anarchist Alliance (M1) and The Utopian. ---- We have been in ongoing communication about our politics and projects for several years and have decided, because of strong political affinity, to establish a formal relationship. This relationship will deepen our collaboration and mutual promotion while maintaining autonomy for each group. It will also provide forums for dialog, debate, and critique, trusting each other to move forward as is best for each group and the growing anarchist movement as a whole. ---- We see this as the first step in building stronger relationships with other anarchist and anti-authoritarian groups with similar goals, approaches, and commitments, building what M1 calls a “multi-layered approach” to organizing with a commitment to revolution, a working class orientation, and a specific anarchism without hyphens (read M1’s “Our Anarchism” and the Utopian’s “Who We Are” to learn more).

Another world is possible, we need revolution to bring it about!
For freedom and liberation,
M1 and The Utopian

http://www.utopianmag.com/updates/first-of-may-anarchist-alliance-the-utopian

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Stop Race to the Top – Chicago Teachers Lead the Fight
Published in, The Utopian
http://www.utopianmag.com/articles/chicago-teachers-lead-fight
by Mary Robinson
Sep 10, 2012
Excerpt,
“Chicago teachers have linked their struggle with the needs of all students by speaking out against large class sizes and a narrow test-driven curriculum, and advocating for art, music, foreign languages, and gym in Chicago Public Schools. The CTU is raising some of the most important issues facing public schools today – inequality in funding and the quality of education for students. Can Chicago teachers force Emanuel and the Chicago ruling class to provide needed resources to working class children and their teachers in Chicago? If the CTU strikes, collective solidarity and direct action will be essential
Teachers throughout the country need to put Randi Weingarten on notice for her complicity in the attacks on teachers by demanding national support for the CTU strike in local chapters — direct actions, rallies, and job actions as well as financial and organizational support.”


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From Occupation to Expropriation
by First of May Anarchist Alliance and The Utopian
Sep 11, 2012

The ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, encampment, and related actions around the country are a significant development. These events may well be the beginning of a 1960s style movement of great potential. Because of its focus on the economic crisis, the financial/corporate shenanigans that contributed to it, and, most important, jobs, the movement has the potential to strike a resonant chord in the hearts of millions of people who have been slammed by the events of the last few years and who are aching to do something about them.

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DEFEND THE ASHFORD HOUSE FIVE!
SHOULDER & SOLDIER IT UP
WITH HOOSIER ANTI RACISTS.

First of May Anarchist Alliance statement.

For any who may not yet be in the know, on Saturday May 19th, in the environs of Chicago’s South suburban town of Tinley Park, Illinois, police arrested 5 militants from Indiana’s Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, an Anti-Racist Action affiliate. They are Alex R. Stuck, John S. Tucker , and brothers Jason W. Sutherland, Cody L. Sutherland, Dylan J. Sutherland. The five are being charged with an array of serious charges stemming from a confrontation that occurred at The Ashford House Restaurant.
Part of the Ashford House’s facilities were being used for an undercover meet up of representatives of several Nazi and white supremacist groupings. Their supposedly secret tête-à-tête blew up in their faces when faced with 20 uninvited “guests”. Anti-Racist Action claimed responsibility for the action.
Now weeks on, it is imperative solidarity with those charged be stepped up, in particular from in and around the anarchist movement. We say this because ARA was largely the creation of and has carried along over the years as an overwhelmingly anarchist endeavor. The defendants and ARA are family. The state, the media and the fascists are clear about this. Whatever our various groupings present relationship/commitments are to anti-Nazi work at present, we, as anarchists, cannot afford to ignore Tinley Park.
This case is occurring amidst ongoing and increasing state security agency attempts to tar and target the anarchist and combative wings of the wider rising social movement. Witness government and police agency actions in regards to the set up and arrests in Cleveland and Chicago. Consider the moves by liberals closely identified with the Occupy and anti war movements, like Chris Hedges, trying to vilify and in effect marginalize anarchism and militancy by attacking the straw man of some Black Bloc actions. Also, do not forget the Nazis themselves who have been threatening the families and friends of the five and have murdered ARA militants in the past.
Many of us cut our teeth on anti-fascist activity; we have learned much from it both positive and negative. While we are working at present on developing a range of arenas vital to constructing a liberation movement we cannot afford to pay insufficient attention to issues rising from the events of May 19th. In addition to rallying support for the five we need to begin to take steps to ensure the circles and formations we are part of devote some measure of activity, resources and what we may have learned to this area. Our solidarity and engagement as well as our questions are called for.
The Tinley Five Park Five Need Your Support! Here’s how:
Stay informed with the Tinley Park Five solidarity webpage: http://tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com
And the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement (HARM): http://indianaantifa.wordpress.com
Donate money to the defense: https://www.wepay.com/donations/legal-defense-fund-for-the-tinley-park-five
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