Soon after the March 24th March For Our Lives, we were contacted by some energetic high school students who had heard of us from a Crimethinc flyer. After a couple months of communication & collaboration, they have sent us their own publication: a pamphlet outlining a position against School Resource Officers, as part of a larger initiative they are working on to fight against SROs. We’re thrilled to publish their work here, check it out!
A Counterinfo Project for the Ungovernable Generation
Some comrades just dropped a d-beat demo under the name D-ARREST, so we made a lil de-arrest montage video to go with it.
And in case you missed it, we have two new anarcho-punk mixes available for download and streaming on our soundcloud: Only 90’s Anarcho-Punx Will Remember… volume 1 and Now That’s What I Call Anarcho-Punk, vol. 3
During the first week of May, members of the Autonomous Student Network undertook what was perhaps our largest collective project as we staged a week of events & actions celebrating International Worker’s Day and the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 student & worker uprisings in France. Together, we were able to carry out events on a scale beyond anything we had attempted before. Because of the monumental and diverse nature of what we accomplished this past week, and due to the transformations May Week affected for us, we felt compelled to put together a statement to reflect on these events, celebrate our successes, acknowledge our shortcomings, and learn from these experiences to grow as an organized force. This statement is unique, as it is collaboratively produced, reflecting the multiplicity of perspectives which together made up May Week. We hope that this statement provides clarity and inspiration for others, and ask that folks who see this and feel particularly touched by our words or our actions come and find us as we continue to grow and build our collective capacities and projects.
Since May Day, students, workers, and community members have taken over a section of a private university, the New School, and run it as a communal kitchen; feeding students, strikers, workers, and the surrounding community all for free. The occupation was started to demand the end of a set of layoffs of cafeteria workers, and has also become a gathering place for workshops and meetings. Continue reading “Everything is Free in Occupied Cafeteria Fighting Layoffs”
Hello friends, this is Miranda. I am part of a group of delegates that are doing international media outreach here in Managua, Nicaragua. I am also part of several other affinity groups that have been working nonstop for the last two weeks because Nicaragua is recently experiencing an unprecedented wave of nationwide protest.
One video was uploaded on this Facebook Asian/American representing viral content page named Asians Never Die. The video starts with a group of people of color who seem to be Black Lives Matter student activists chanting and walking into one college library. After a second, one Asian student walks up and interrupts them, yelling, “hey, hey, hey! This is library!” This viral footage with a description, “don’t mess with Asians while they trying to study in the library,” was followed with the hype with the similar context. Mostly written by other Asian/Americans, the comments were describing this Asian student as a “savage hero” or some sort of a figure who stood up for our ‘racial and cultural value.’
Finals are coming up, but so is May Day. Whether you’re working in order to pay off your loans or to justify taking them out in the first place, here’s a playlist to keep you going until international fuck this shit day.
A slightly different version of this article was published here in CounterPunch. It was workshopped, as all of RED’s articles, in our collectively resourced, anti-capitalist research collaborative (not to be confused with academic peer-review or nepotistic editorialism).
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of May 1968, the Macron government had been making plans to commemorate this historic uprisingby celebrating how it had purportedly contributed to the liberal “modernization of French society.” Allied with the mass media and the ownership class, what better way for the relatively young neoliberal government to lay claim to the future than by taking over the past, using the ritualized burial rites of state-honored commemoration to spin a teleological tale according to which the legacy of ’68 was alive and well in contemporary ‘liberalization’? According to a spokesperson for the French President, this was of course to be done “without dogmas or prejudice,” in order to show that “68 was the time of utopias and disillusions, and we no longer truly have utopias.”
Cutting Class: Counterinfo for the Ungovernable Generation
Today we’re reporting some news that we’ve picked up on through our affinity networks. University students in Bangladesh have been protesting over the course of this week and facing intense brutality and repression. Starting on April 8th with a protest by students at Dhaka University, students took to the streets and staged sit-ins in protest of new reforms to the quota system used for government jobs. The government, ruled by the dominant Awami League, announced reforms that would reserve 56% of government jobs via the quota system for minorities and descendants of the Mukti Bahini (veterans of Bangladesh’s 1971 national liberation war against Pakistan). Around 30% of these jobs would be reserved for the children of Mukti Bahini, who make up less than 10% of the population. This sparked outrage, as it would leave over 90% of the population to compete for 44% of government jobs. Government & civil service jobs are one of the few stable means for graduates to make a living in Bangladesh, carrying benefits, protections, and job security not available in most industries.
The time is now. The only thing stopping us from insurrectionary struggle against so called America is ourselves. We need to recognize our collective misery and actual desires. We need to find ourselves and each other. Our collective liberation has been sabotaged by capital’s imposition of fear, anxiety and false security. […]
Our lives do not belong to us. Our futures are miserable. This is an invitation to a life built on revolutionary discovery and struggle. […]
The university has the potential to be a revolutionary base, one built on mutual recognition and shared revolt. We have the opportunity to inspire others to do the same and to join us in this revolutionary struggle. We must act without hesitation, now choosing sides. We are youth, students, dropouts, revolutionaries, willing to risk it all to explore a life of the unknown. Continue reading “Communiqué from the Insurrectionary Youth Front – Asheville, NC”