Cutting Class – Counterinfo for the Ungovernable Generation
While the insurrectionary activities in Berkeley never cease to inspire, their Bay Area neighbors are no less militant. Students at San Francisco State University recently demonstrated this militancy in a walkout against ICE. Gathering on the Malcolm X Plaza on campus, students held signs and a banner reading “Crush ICE,” while others spoke out about resistance to ICE. The walkout was done in solidarity with a larger #ICEOutOfCA action occurring that day, which featured various community organizations. This came in response to recent raids in San Francisco that kidnapped over 150 people, although the plans had been circulating since earlier in February when ICE raided 77 businesses in Norther California.
Older generations never tire of reminding youth that the years they spend on college or university campus are formative moments in their lives, times that more often than not play an important role in shaping the trajectory of their future careers and helping to determine the types of adults that they will soon become. These are, after all, years where new life-long friendships are made, politics are formed, and ideas about one’s role in the world start to take hold. What these old-timers often don’t tell you is that if you play your cards right, they can also be the years when you participate in your first riot, flip over your first cop car, occupy your first faculty building, or topple your first government. Continue reading “Trouble #9: Learning to Resist”
A year ago, we began this project called the Autonomous Student Network. Below are some reflections on the events of the past year, where we fit into them, and takeaways for the future.We've also put together a little video highlighting the most memorable moments of the past year in Austin–check it outhttps://sassatx.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/asn-playful-reflections/
“The present catastrophe is that of a world actively made uninhabitable. A sort of methodical devastation of everything that remained liveable in the relations of humans with each other and with our environments.”
—The Invisible Committee, Call
After a four-year run, our coalition of radical student crews and organizations will be formally dissolved on Wednesday, November 1st. We originally began collaborating because we were sick of wasting our time seeking legitimacy through the dead-end channels provided by the Pitt administration and their police. But as much as we liked to position ourselves as inhabiting a space somewhere outside of Campus Life and its toxic social institutions and useless reformist activism, we now realize that we were merely carving out niche spaces within it.
“Friends of Scout is a group of students and activists who work to remember Scout Schultz, and also to provide ongoing support for those who are facing harassment and repression for speaking up on Scout’s behalf.”
Check out the website for a compilation of all the beautiful solidarity statements and actions that folks have taken the energy to create in memory of comrade Scout Schultz, a queer anarchist murdered by campus police at Georgia Tech.
On the evening of Monday, October 9th members of the Autonomous Student Network dropped a banner from the University Teaching Center bridge that read “No Peace On Stolen Land.” We did this, both in response to the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement’s call to #DefaceColumbusDay and to the unique conditions of Indigenous organizing on campus, with which we stand in solidarity as revolutionary anarchists and leftists.
It’s that time of year again, when students head back to school. With the government lurching towards tyranny and fascists killing people on the streets, it has never been more pressing to organize on campuses to promote self-determination and collective defense against oppression. This is especially pressing because from Berkeley to Charlottesville, the far-right has set their sites on campuses as a place to recruit future stormtroopers and suppress critiques of authoritarian power. If you are a student yourself, now is the time to lay your plans—whether that means founding a formal student group, coordinating an informal network, or at least preparing to distribute literature. To do our part, we will be publishing a series of articles exploring different examples of student organizing. In this account, a veteran student organizer relates the story of how an anarchist student organization got off the ground and everything you need to know to do it yourself, from filling out paperwork to organizing a Radical Rush.