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Call for Medical Aid Donations for Kobane
Kobane sorely needs medical supplies to maintain the defense of the city and many civilians. Doctors inside Kobane are fixing up people the best they can, including external fixation limbs mangled by gunshot wounds, but still people are bleeding to death after reaching aid stations and while being held up by Turkish border police on the way to nearby Turkish hospital. The main clinic in Kobane has been overrun by IS and later destroyed and medical care is now taking place in private homes. IS also recently burned an entire supply warehouse belonging to a local Kurdish relief organization. We've formulated a list with suggested donations that individuals and collectives can pack up and mail themselves.
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19 Oct 2014 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Pictures and Video from HONK!
2014-10-11_15-07-36.jpgThis year's HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands was a musical and visual triumph, featuring bands from across the continent and musical styles from around the world. The weekend's festivities included a musically themed action for fast food workers downtown on Friday, an evening-long gathering of bands in Davis Square on Saturday, the famous HONK! parade from Davis to Harvard Square on Sunday, and more performances in Harvard Square after the parade.

VIDEO: Rude Mechanical Orchestra - Which Side Are You On?

VIDEO: Rude Mechanical Orchestra - The Smash a Bank Polka

VIDEO: Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band

VIDEO: What Cheer? Brigade

VIDEO: Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society
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13 Oct 2014 | Filed under: News / Radical Culture
EMERGENCY APPEAL: PLEASE MAKE A PHONE CALL IN SUPPORT OF COLIN, FIRED FOR UNION ORGANIZING
Last week IWW member Colin was fired from his job as a baker at Insomnia Cookies in Harvard Square. A trained organizer, Colin was working to unionize the company, which has been dogged by charges of racism, wage theft, failure to provide breaks and retaliation against union activists. Last year Insomnia was forced to pay back wages to four IWW members illegally fired for striking. Colin is the sixth IWW member unfairly fired by the company in less than two years.
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08 Oct 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Call for Support for Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF) and the People of Kobanê!!
2325040_1412705040-9188.jpgNEW UPDATE: As of right now, GoFundMe AND YouCaring have shut down our efforts. We can only assume why they would do such a thing!

To those who have donated already:

Don’t worry! Your funds will make their way to their destination!

DAF has also requested material support in the way of computers (laptops), video cameras, phones and other items. If you want to mail these items, please email DenverCommunityDefense (at) riseup.net for information as to where to send aid.

Thank you all for your support! Stay tuned for more updates!
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08 Oct 2014 | Filed under: News / International
Call-out for international solidarity with social center De Vloek
The city government of The Hague, The Netherlands wants to evict De Vloek (The Curse) free space on January 5, 2015 to make room for a sailing center. Located in the harbor of Scheveningen, De Vloek was squatted 12.5 years ago and meanwhile has grown to be an essential social space in the harbor. There is already enough space for sport sailing in the harbor, but De Vloek must nevertheless step aside for the latest prestigious real estate project which nobody is looking forward to.
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08 Oct 2014 | Filed under: Announcement / International
BOSTON IWW’S TO GCI: F U!
gci1.jpgReposted from the Boston IWW blog.

Today Wobblies from Boston took to the street to support Portland OR canvassers, employed by Grassroots Campaigns Inc (GCI), who formed the United Campaign Workers* union in response to poverty pay, impossible quotas, meager training, and blatant disrespect. Canvassers’ demands included $15/hr, overtime pay, and sick leave. The company retaliated by shutting down its Portland operation, laying off employees with no notice and just two days’ wages!
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04 Oct 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Boston Anarchist Bookfair to be Held at New Location, Date This Year
The 2014 Boston Anarchist Bookfair will be held this year at Boston University's George Sherman Student Union, 775 Comm. Ave., on November 23 - 24.

The application deadline for tables and workshops has been extended to October 10. Click on the links below to apply.

Workshops

Tables
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01 Oct 2014 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Radical Culture
Two Pieces on Surveillance
Surveillance // Panopticon // Security Culture // Paranoia

Why hammer out concepts--be it speculative, critical, or pragmatist--if there is a meta-authority overseeing it all? Why conspire in the light?....We need to develop dissident knowledge of how to bring down drones, detect sensors, hack servers, distort GPS signals, and disrupt Google by fooling its algorithms. Forget the next innovation cycle. If the common hacker’s paranoia informs us correctly, we lost the war years ago and are surrounded. Soon we will be called to surrender, one by one.
--Geert Lovink "Hermes on the Hudson: Notes on Media Theory after Snowden. e-flux.com/journal, April 4, 2014.


A culture of security is one which enhances an organization's capacity to determine its interests and act on them in spite of another organization's opposed interests. Corporate workforces and law enforcement agencies both cultivate cultures of security, as do management teams, investment rings, smugglers, unions, militia men, and academic researchers. All of these cultures are supposed to control flows of information (trade secrets, exclusive suppliers, price indexes, strategic plans, etc.) and restrict communication in furtherance of an organization's interests.

Among dissident circles, the term Security Culture has been popularized as a response to the absence of organization and shared organizational interests. Security Culture carries a few hard and fast rules (don't talk to cops, need-to-know basis, interrupt gossip, etc.) which have established a rough outline of best practices when daily life and sensitive operations overlap or are indistinguishable.

Best practices are fundamental to the Insurgent, who frequently operates without clear structures of command and communication, enjoys limited operational awareness, and can hardly imagine an everyday life divorced from sensitive operations. The Insurgent, however, should not be confused with a dissident or “common hacker,” as Lovink puts it, and the conflation of Security Culture with Operations Security carries heavy tolls.
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30 Sep 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Organizing : Police and Prisons : Technology : War and Militarism
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