Friendly Fire Collective Newsletter - MayDay 2009

We're back! Is it already the end of April? Well, we obviously haven't been doing our job. You subscribe to our newsletter because you expect a certain level of quality ranting, and we try to provide it to you--month after month. Our apologies for being tardy (again). We'll try harder. But enough dwelling in the past. Let's get to it! New original material!

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*** “On Anti-Authoritarian Space: A Conversation in Six Parts” by Ian Alan Paul and David Zlutnick, of The Friendly Fire Collective http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/89/on-anti-authoritarian-space-a-conversation-in-six-parts *** "Smash the Banks: An Interview with an Organizer of the Anti-G20 Mobilizations in London" by David Zlutnick, of The Friendly Fire Collective http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/88/smash-the-banks More articles underneath. Welcome to the May Day 2009 Friendly Fire Collective Newsletter! We're back! Is it already the end of April? Well, we obviously haven't been doing our job. You subscribe to our newsletter because you expect a certain level of quality ranting, and we try to provide it to you--month after month. Our apologies for being tardy (again). We'll try harder. But enough dwelling in the past. Let's get to it! New original material! Earlier this month protests targeted the G20 summit in London as thousands took to the streets. In "Smash the Banks" David Zlutnick speaks with (A)nonymous, an organizer who worked on the anti-authoritarian demonstrations, in an interview about the summit, what exactly took place, protest strategy, state repression, and steps forward. Additionally, Ian Paul and David Zlutnick have written a conversation piece discussing the ideas of property and the control of space. "On Anti-Authoritarian Space: A Conversation in Six Parts" focuses on reinserting a critique of property into radical organizing and exploring ways in which the control of space can be shifted from the few to the many. Check below for both these articles. "What else ya got?" you ask. How about two new posters: First we would like to pay a tribute to Obama's commitment to the mission in Afghanistan. It's only been seven and a half years for the US occupation, but the Soviets were there nine before they were forced to withdraw. Obama knows that the US has got stay at least as long as the Russians. And of course we have a new addition to our Bay Area Radical History poster series. This month we honor the Streetcar Wars of 1907. You'll find both posters below for your viewing enjoyment (and propaganda distribution). (A note on the radical history posters: If you have any ideas for good subjects, or would like to see something particular covered, let us know! We have our own ideas, but it's all of our history and we want it remembered. We can't guarantee we'll use it, but send it our way!) As usual we have a collection of recommended reading, listening, and watching that we've found useful (or at least entertaining). All of that is below as well. We hope you enjoy. And the big news of this month's newsletter: A frickin awesome event! On Friday May 22nd at 7pm we will be putting on "Confronting the Police State and Imagining Alternatives: A Bay Area Strategy Discussion" featuring organizers from police accountability groups around the Bay, including San Francisco, the East Bay, San Jose, Sonoma County, and Watsonville. The event will be an open discussion of current campaigns, examining strategies for fighting police violence and enhancing response capacity, and ultimately building community self-determination. The event will be at the AK Press Warehouse in Oakland. All the details are below in our calendar section, and don't believe we won't be sending you a reminder announcement. Save the date! You won't wanna miss it! Okay, I suppose we can end it there. Not much else to report. We do want to note especially that everyone should be out for May Day--in particular the anarchist bloc in the big SF march called by UA-in-the-Bay and the Alexander Berkman Social Club's May Day Anarchist picnic (which we are one of the co-sponsors!). For this and a lot of other great stuff coming up in the Bay Area, check out the calendar below so you can be there with us, in the streets and the meeting halls! Hope everyone is doing fucking fantastic and that you haven't caught the cop flu... we mean swine flu. Can you believe there haven't been more jokes about that? In the good fight, -The Friendly Fire Collective ----------------------------Original Articles---------------------------- “On Anti-Authoritarian Space: A Conversation in Six Parts” by Ian Alan Paul and David Zlutnick, of The Friendly Fire Collective http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/89/on-anti-authoritarian-space-a-conversation-in-six-parts Why is an analysis of property largely absent in current radical critiques of society? Why should space be incorporated into anti-authoritarian organizing, and how do we do it? How does the idea of the control of space work its way into anti-authoritarian strategy? This series of letters between Ian and David explore these ideas in an attempt to reinsert a critique of property into radical organizing and exploring ways in which the control of space can be shifted from the few to the many. "Smash the Banks: An Interview with an Organizer of the Anti-G20 Mobilizations in London" by David Zlutnick, of The Friendly Fire Collective http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/88/smash-the-banks As the G20 met in London, thousands gathered in the city’s financial district to express their extreme distaste for state-run/free market capitalist policies and to demand a new way forward. In this interview David talks with (A)nonymous, an organizer of the mobilizations against the G20, about organizing for the demos, state repression, strategy, and looking forward. ----------------------------Suggested Reading---------------------------- "Is This Really the End of Neoliberalism? The Crisis and the Consolidation of Class Power" by David Harvey http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/93/the-crisis-and-the-consolidation-of-class-power Does this crisis signal the end of neo-liberalism? Harvey’s answer is that it depends what you mean by neo-liberalism. His interpretation is that it’s a class project, masked by a lot of neo-liberal rhetoric about individual freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, privatisation and the free market. These were means, however, towards the restoration and consolidation of class power, and that neo-liberal project has been fairly successful. "Iraq veteran: Why I'm against Obama's Afghanistan" by Benji Lewis http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/94/iraq-veteran-why-im-against-obamas-afghanistan Lewis, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, served two tours in Iraq but has refused to go back after being recalled for the Individual Ready Reserve. In this piece he explains why he is against the continued occupation of Afghanistan and Obama’s military policy. "You Are Being Lied to About Pirates" by Johann Hari http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/95/you-are-being-lied-to-about-pirates In this simple article Hari explores Somali piracy, examining the social conditions driving the substantial increase. He also looks back to the Golden Age of Piracy addressing the liberatory aspects of piracy centuries ago, and additionally draws parallels between now and then. We are being lied to about pirates. ----------------------------Posters---------------------------- Afghanistan: A Tribute to Occupation For Viewing: http://www.friendlyfirecollective.info/files/May09/Afghanistan(web).jpg For Printing (larger file): http://www.friendlyfirecollective.info/files/May09/Afghanistan.pdf It's only been seven and a half years for the US occupation of Afghanistan, but the Soviets were there nine before they were forced to withdraw. Thanks, Obama. One day we, too, can be as great as the USSR. Bay Area Radical History Series #8: The Streetcar Wars of 1907 For Viewing: http://www.friendlyfirecollective.info/files/May09/StreetcarWars(web).jpg For Printing (larger file): http://www.friendlyfirecollective.info/files/May09/StreetcarWars.pdf In 1907 a bitter battle ensued between the United Railroad and the Carmen’s Union for higher wages and an eight-hour day. ----------------------------Audio---------------------------- On Anarchism, Capitalism, and Militarism: Loren Yglesias from UA-in-the-Bay http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/97/on-anarchism-capitalism-and-militarism-loren-yglesias-from-ua-in-the-bay On Sunday March 29th, Unconventional Action in the Bay sponsored a Community Anti-War and Militarism Forum at the Oakland Public Library. The forum focused on resistance to militarism at home and abroad. After featured speakers, groups broke out into three strategic planning sessions: Police and Immigration; Corporate War Profiteering; Art, Culture, and Everyday Life. This audio segment was part of the introduction to the event. The audio from the rest of the event is located here (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/30/18584656.php). Osha Neumann at the SF Anarchist Bookfair http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/96/osha-neumann-at-the-sf-anarchist-bookfair Neumann was part of an “anarchist street gang” called Up Against the Wall Motherfucker on the Lower East Side of NYC in the late-60s/early-70s, a direct action affinity group largely made up of artists. He recently released a book entitled Up Against the Wall Motherfu**ker: A Memoir of the 60s with Notes for Next Time. This is the audio of him speaking at the SF Anarchist Bookfair. ----------------------------Video---------------------------- UAE goes shopping for US weapons http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/90/uae-goes-shopping-for-us-weapons Despite the global economic crisis, the United Arab Emirates, a country of under a million people, is set to see its total defence spending for this year soar to over $7bn. Al Jazeera English reports on the reasons behind the tiny Gulf nation's increased defence spending, which has seen it become the world's third largest importer of American weapons. Will Hunting vs. the NSA http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/91/good-will-hunting-vs-the-nsa Why won’t Will work for the NSA? Let him tell you. Sons of Anarchy http://friendlyfirecollective.info/articles/92/sons-of-anarchy Did anyone see this? They made a TV show about us. ----------------------------Calendar---------------------------- SAN FRANCISCO MAY DAY MARCH AND RALLY ***MAY 1st!*** May Day! May Day! March for the Rights of ALL workers “Workers without borders, united in struggle” Dolores Park @ Noon (march starts at 2pm) Civic Center Rally at 4pm We need mass action to defend our jobs, our unions and our families! Pass the Employee Free Choice Act NOW! For a living wage for all! Stop the TWIC! Stop the attacks against Unions! Stop the Raids, Amnesty for all! Join the Anarchists! All anti-authoritarian radicals meet up at Dolores Park at noon, march at 2pm! Look for the black flags! Ni fronteras, ni nacciones! Smash the borders! Organized by UA-in-the-Bay (www.uainthebay.org). ANARCHIST MAY DAY PICNIC ***MAY 1st!*** May Day! May Day! Dolores Park (look for the red and black flags) (18th St. and Dolores, San Francisco) 4PM Mayday has been celebrated as International Workers' Day for over a century far and wide, but its origins as a workers holiday are in the Anarchist labor movement here in the United States. Come out and celebrate the past, present and future of the struggle for a truly free, egalitarian and self-sustaining humanity, and help us agitate and organize for its realization. Or just relax in the sun with friends and comrades and dream out loud of a brighter future... Sponsored by the Alexander Berkman Social Club Co-sponsored by the Kate Sharpley Library, Bound Together Bookstore Collective, Friendly Fire Collective, AK Press, and 1984 Printing LOVE AND JUSTICE FOR TRISTAN AND PALESTINE Friday, May 8th 7:30pm - 11:30pm AK Press Warehouse 674-A 23rd St., Oakland $7-$25 donation requested. Bay Area activist Tristan Anderson, 38, was critically injured on March 13th by Israeli troops during protests against Israel’s Wall in the West Bank village of Ni’lin. He was hit in his forehead by a new type of high velocity, extended range teargas projectile, and was been transferred to Tel Hashomer hospital, near Tel Aviv, where he remains. This is a split benefit for Tristan Anderson and direct relief efforts in Gaza. Featuring: Charming Hostess, Devin Hoff Platform, Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe, Hillary Lehr. Very special guests TBA. Co-sponsored by: AK Press, Left Turn and AROC. SANTA CRUZ ANARCHIST CONVERGENCE Thursday May 7th through Sunday May 11th SubRosa Infoshop 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Anarchist Convergence is a four-day anarchist event for building community and resistance and sharing radical ideas. Santa Cruz will host its first ever Anarchist Bookfair, a two-day exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other cultural and political productions of the anarchist movement, on May 9th and 10th at SubRosa Infoshop. The North American Free Skool Conference happens in conjunction with the Santa Cruz Anarchist Convergence. Activities include a Free Skool Community Picnic, panel and group discussions, and a campfire. There will be three days of workshops, panels, and presentations from May 8th to 10th to provide further opportunities to learn more and share our own experience and creativity. Additionally, there will be a kick-off performance event, shows, music, bike games, picnics, campfires, and skill-shares. Join the Friendly Fire Collective there for a weekend of anarchy! More info at: http://santacruzanarchist.org/. The Friendly Fire Collective presents... CONFRONTING THE POLICE STATE AND IMAGINING ALTERNATIVES: A BAY AREA STRATEGY DISCUSSION Friday May 22nd 7pm AK Press Warehouse 674-A 23rd St., Oakland Join the Friendly Fire Collective for an open strategy discussion on organizing against police power in the Bay Area.This event will feature a panel discussion of organizers from police accountability groups around the Bay, including San Francisco, the East Bay, San Jose, Sonoma County, and Watsonville. There will be an open discussion of current campaigns, examining strategies for fighting police violence and enhancing response capacity, and ultimately building community self-determination. What are the specific issues involving law enforcement that we see affecting our communities? What steps have we taken to address these? What is working and what isn't? After an incident of police violence has occurred, what can we do collectively to respond to this type of assault? How do we take the power away from law enforcement and reconcentrate it in the hands of community members? And how can we look beyond state policing to a new type of community policing based on accountability to ourselves and our peers, not corrupt and draconian laws? It is hoped that from open and honest conversations around these topics networks can be built and effective strategy developed. Until next time, comrades. -------------------------------------- P.S. - If you would to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, e-mail friendlyfirecollective (a t) gmail dot com http://www.friendlyfirecollective.info

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