Working under the Corona regime – The current struggles are taking first steps towards workers’ control!

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Angry Workers of the World

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While many on the left waited around and asked the government to tell them what to do, many workers around the globe have taken limited, but real steps towards workers’ control. Spontaneous strikes have spread from car factories in Italy to Canada and the US; a series of call centre strikes erupted in Brazil; Amazon workers in Spain and France and New York walked out; public cleaners and mining workers are on strike in Peru; garment workers in Bangalore refuse to enter the factories without protective gear.

We can already see a politicisation within this short and global movement of the class.

The most immediate demands of workers on strike were to receive the right protection gear against Covid-19. But then many strikes went further than this, for example in the case of AvioAreo in Italy workers questioned whether their work – the production of aeroplane engines – is socially…

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We Defend Each Other : A Line of Posters Expressing Solidarity with Everyone under Attack

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CrimethInc.

In response to Donald Trump’s efforts to direct hatred against the most vulnerable sectors of the population—and the ongoing wave of shootings carried out by Trump’s supporters—we have prepared a line of posters expressing our readiness to defend everyone they are targeting. We hope these posters will appear across the country, challenging the vicious atmosphere that they are trying to create and opening up spaces in which everyone feels welcome. Please put up these posters in public places, including business establishments, universities, and schools, as well as homes and social centers. The posters are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Tommy Robinson – Enemy of the Working Class

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London Anarchist Federation

Tommy Robinson is back in prison and his followers are claiming that he is some kind of journalistic free speech martyr. Everyone else thinks he is a self promoting prat who jeopardised the trial of a paedophile ring. I am going to leave the excellent 12 Rules For What to fill in the details, because I am not going to be talk about that.

What I want to talk about is what Tommy Robinson is actually offering the working class people he pretends to care about, how it is all nonsense and how it prevents us from creating real solutions to our problems. I want to show that Tommy Robinson is not some kind of brave truth sayer standing up for the little guy, he is a liar and an enemy of the working class.

Grooming Hate

Tommy Robinson’s latest project has been pretending to care about “Asian Grooming Gangs”…

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Not having it!

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As expected, Essex County Council (ECC) are now trying to close branch libraries by stealth, flogging off library buildings and asking volunteers to pick up the pieces. If ECC think that residents are going to be mug enough to accept this, they’re in for a rude awakening!

This is from Chelmsford SOLE – Save Our Libraries Essex

Broomfield says: “Save Our Librarians, No Closure by Stealth.”
Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 16:00-17:30
Church of St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield

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Still under threat.

Essex County Council has an entirely unsustainable plan to sell off Broomfield Library building, sack the library staff, and ask volunteers to house and run the library. This is a closure plan by stealth.

We urge any local groups that have offered to run Broomfield Library to withdraw that offer. Essex County Council has said Broomfield Library will not close for at least five…

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The Electoral Road to Power?

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Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation

As the left revisits questions of strategy and the role of elections in the path towards socialist transformation, author and veteran activist Tom Wetzel outlines both a critique of the electoral centered path and a strategy for working class power from below.

By Tom Wetzel

Could a shift from capitalism to socialism be brought about through electoral politics? Ever since the origins of the modern socialist left in the late 1800s, many socialists have viewed the politics of parties and elections as a way they can insert themselves into history — forming a core component of their strategy.

In the World War I era the American Socialist Party (SPA) had gained a hundred thousand members and elected more than a thousand government officials — mayors, members of city councils and state legislators. By the mid-20th century “democratic socialism” had been coined as a kind of political brand to refer to the tradition of the socialists oriented to electoral politics as a strategy for social change.

The “democratic socialist” label was partly meant to show their defense of the systems of “representative democracy” and liberal values in western Europe, North America and elsewhere. This was combined with critiques of the repressive and undemocratic nature of the “communist camp” countries of the mid-20th century — the Soviet Union, Castro’s Cuba, Communist China. This defense of “representative democracy” is tied in with their basic strategy of working to gain political power through elections.

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On the Barricades of Berlin

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AWSM

The 1848 wave of worker rebellions that swept across Europe struck the German states with the March Revolution. While Richard Wagner and Mikhail Bakunin fought side by side in Dresden, the writer August Brass led the successful defense of the barricades in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz public square. Published in English for the first time, On the Barricades of Berlin provides a riveting firsthand account of this uprising. Brass’ testimony begins with the tumultuous events leading up to the revolution: the peaceful democratic agitation; the demands that were brought to the king; and the key actors involved on all sides of the still peaceful, yet tense, struggle. It then follows the events that led to the outbreak of resistance to the forces of order and sheds light on the aftermath of the fighting once the exhausted Prussian army withdrew from the city.

August Brass (1818–76) was a German journalist, editor, and novelist and a member of the Doctor’s Club of Hegelian enthusiasts along with Karl Marx. Andreas Weiland is a renowned German translator and art and film critic. … more

 

Mid-June events listings: Peterloo, Orgreave, letting fees and more

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Cautiously pessimistic

A quick listing of a few upcoming events: On Thursday 13th, the People’s History Museum in Manchester will be hosting a discussion on “From Peterloo to Orgreave” with the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign. Following on from that, Saturday 15th will see the annual Orgreave rally commemorating the 35th anniversary of the strike. This weekend […]