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Twitter, Feminists, (M)Anarchists… and the problem of open discussion [updated]

I’ve seen a lot of posts on Twitter in recent months with a very particular view of identity politics, and on who can speak on particular topics, how and to whom. I haven’t felt comfortable with a lot of what I’ve seen—it seems to me narrow and limiting. Still, it’s a complicated topic, with a difficult history, and I think I understand at least some of the impulses that drive that particular take on identity politics.

But understanding the way an issue is discussed in women’s studies seminars is different from understanding how people see the issue more generally. And so when a particular tweet appeared in my feed, I tried to engage with the topic.

I start by saying that raising the issue may be like putting my finger in a light socket. That was a mistake. (A mistake to put it that way; if anything I underestimated what a shock the experience would be.) I should have been less defensive and more tentative. But in fact the person I tweeted to responded openly, and we were having what seemed to me a cordial and—at least for me—interesting and valuable exchange.

Then other people jumped in, and things turned very sour very quickly…
[I’m NewWorldInOurHearts in this discussion]

Queen Mikayla ‏@mikaylaesthetic 2h
Men: you cannot debate feminism with women, we’re fighting for humanity not discussing if we like crunchy or smooth peanut butter more

NewWorldInOurHearts ‏@annares 2h
@mikaylaesthetic@allshiny I’m going to foolishly stick my finger in this socket. So… No woman cld be wrong about feminism, and no man rt?

NewWorldInOurHearts ‏@annares 2h
@mikaylaesthetic@allshiny We could line up scores of instances of well-known women rejecting feminism. Could a man challenge them?

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An Alternative to Amazon.com’s Occupy Hoodie

 As an alternative to the #Occupy hoodie from Amazon.com that I wrote about previously

(Image from Not All Occupy Protestors Are Anarchists; Just the Cool Ones | Neon Tommy.)

Just take your basic black hoodie – bought from some nice, non-corporate capitalist exploiter and not made in a sweatshop (and when you find that shop let me know) – and then tape any slogan you want to it.

You’ll still run the risk of being shot, beaten or pepper-sprayed, but you won’t have contributed to Amazon.com’s bottom line along the way.

On the other hand, there’s still this…

Frank Kozik limited edtion black Anarchy Cat Qee 8″ vinyl figure

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair – May 19-20, 2012


Two days: Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20
10am-5pm on both days

The Anarchist Bookfair will take place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet, a short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro:
– Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle
– Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman

Anarchist Bookfair » The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will be May 19-20 at two buildings in Parc Vinet (CEDA & CCGV).

Event: Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2010 – May 29th

The 5th Anarchist Bookfair will take place in Dublin the weekend of 29th May.

Doors open at 10.30 on Saturday the 29th of May in Liberty Hall, Dublin, there are also events on Friday and Sunday.

This May sees the return of the annual Anarchist Bookfair to Dublin, our fifth Bookfair to take place in the city to date. Starting from humble beginnings in the St. Nicholas of Myra Hall in The Liberties five years ago, last year’s Bookfair was arguably the most successful to date. Over one thousand people passed through Liberty Hall during the day with ten different meetings and workshops held discussing a wide range of topics ranging from Palestine to Left Unity, Iran to Shell to Sea, Social Centres and beyond.

Note: This event notice is being passed along in solidarity. I won’t be there and have nothing to do with the groups involved. I would go if I were in Dublin, but here I am on the wrong side of the globe… I’d be particularly interested in catching the discussion of “Revolutionary unions in Spain” and the talk by the Iranian feminist activist.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an anarchist, or have no idea what the hell an anarchist is, if you have never been to an anarchist bookfair, I highly encourage you to get along to one – if not this one in Dublin, then one in San Francisco, or Seattle or Toronto or wherever. The strangeness and hope and community you will find may change your life – and they are great places to meet and flirt – intercourse both intellectual and otherwise is always on the table, right next to the pamphlets on alternative parenting and making your own beer.

Schedule of events below…

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Greece – More Ledes and Links

Everybody gets so much information all day long
that they lose their common sense.
~ Gertrude Stein

Another round up of recent headlines, ledes, blog posts and soundbites from around the internet on the situation in Greece…

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May Day Marches and Protests

Everybody gets so much information all day long
that they lose their common sense.
~ Gertrude Stein

Just a tiny sampling of bits and pieces from around the internet on this year’s May Day marches, protests and riots…

May Day marked around the world: Traditional May Day rallies and marches have been held all around the world. See video at BBC News.

BBC News – In pictures: May Day rallies.

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Update: Responses to the Tea Party Movement [EXPANDED]

Mad Tea Party illustration by DREW FRIEDMAN - from The Nation

Drew Friedman - The Nation

Over on Infoshop News and elsewhere, there has some interesting comment and discussion on the Tea Party movement, and on the over-the-top response by Tea Partiers to the initial call on Infoshop for an anarchist response to their planned demonstrations (about which I wrote in an earlier post):

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Event: Crash the tea parties! – Infoshop News [UPDATED]

On April 15th thousands of right-wingers will attend rallies in cities and towns across the United States. The organizers of this nationwide day of protest call it a tea party. This tea party movement that emerged only a year ago is a coalition of conservatives, anti-Semites, fascists, libertarians, racists, constitutionalists, militia men, gun freaks, homophobes, Ron Paul supporters, Alex Jones conspiracy types and American flag wavers.

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Fighting the Fascists Using Direct Action Hacktivism | Anarchist news dot org

From Hack This Zine – by tHoughTCRiime

Taken from the most recent issue of the anarchist hacking zine HackThisZine published by Hackbloc. Grab copies at https://hackbloc.org/zine

The past few months have manifested a number of internet attacks on white supremacist organizations ranging from destroying websites to releasing internal communications. Let’s analyze what happened to further discuss what tactics are appropriate and effective in our movements.

The most recent incident in December involved the release of mysql database dumps for ten neo-nazi websites and forums including private messages, emails, password hashes, everything. For anti-racist activists and researchers, there is a bottomless goldmine of information available in these databases….

read the rest at Anarchist news dot org.

This goes to the issues I began addressing in my post on the neo-nazi website a few weeks ago.

AntiCopyright: The Black Bloc Papers

An Anthology of Primary Texts From The North American Anarchist Black Bloc – 1998-2005

Edited and compiled by David Van Deusen & Xavier Massot of The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective

Table of Contents and more info

!!!The second edition of the Black Bloc Papers is now available as a free PDF book. We are asking people to make a donation to help cover costs including the future publication of the book in paper form. We suggest that folks donate $10. If you donate $10 or more, you’ll be able to get the paper version of the book at less than half the cover price.

via AntiCopyright: The Black Bloc Papers.

Support Left Bank Books!

Support Left Bank Books!


Friends of Left Bank Books!

As you (hopefully) know, Left Bank Books is still alive and well, after 36 years in the Pike Place Market. We are still run collectively, and we still carry a wide variety of general books, while specializing in left-wing and anarchist materials.

HOWEVER—as you know, several independent bookstores have folded recently, both because of the economic crash, and competition from Amazon, etc. The demise of independent bookstores would also spell the demise of small presses, whose publications are ignored by the corporate chains.

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Event: The inaugural Anticapitalathon (TM) Games

The Self Described Anarchist Collective is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the inaugural Anticapitalathon (TM) Games. The events will be held from April 23 through April 25 in Washington, DC, and are timed to coincide with the annual spring meetings of both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
via Self Described Anarchist Collective.

If you’ve never played fútbol with a bunch of anarchists, it is an experience not to be missed. (It’s similar to playing ultimate frisbee with a bunch of freegans who found a huge stash of Red Bull…) And at 10pm in Dupont Circle it should really be a hoot. Check out the rest of the events at the link above…

Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair

SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
Saturday and Sunday
March 13th and 14th 2010
Free – presented by Bound Together Anarchist Collective Bookstore
Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair

More on the Bookfair from AK Press

Net Speech, Free Speech, Hate Speech

US feds subpoena names of anonymous web commenters • The Register

U.S. prosecutors narrow subpoena – ReviewJournal.com

Activist Accused of “Advocating Literature and Materials Which Advocate Anarchy” | GreenIsTheNewRed.com

David Grenier: You Could Get 10 Years in Prison Just for Reading This

Perusing the websites of comrades and fellow-travelers – particularly anti-globalization activists and anarchists / anarcho-syndicalists – I periodically run across disclaimers to the effect that nothing on the website should be taken as advocating violence or illegal acts, etc.

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flowersOne of the geeks involved with a radical tech collective discussed in my post on alternative web hosting, Evan from protest.net, has a nice blog called, appropriately enough, “Anarchogeek.” It focuses on his web design/development work, and seems to be somewhat moribund, or at least low energy, but it’s got a nice, simple, elegant design and his post on cookie-cutter web pages is particularly worth reading. I really, really, really love the logo… I want it on a t-shirt.