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Houston Global Awareness Campaign

By: 
RoB Block
Date Published: 
March 01, 2006
    The city of Houston is notorious for oil companies, sprawl, the Bush family, and war profiteers. But Houston has also seen the rise of direct action-based movements that have brought the fights against imperialism and corporate globalization to its streets.

One campaign that has gained national and international attention is the campaign against the Halliburton Corporation. Headquartered in downtown Houston, Halliburton and its multiple subsidiaries—most notably KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown and Root)—has dozens of facilities in the city and hundreds across the globe.

Broadcasting Justice: Unplugging Clear Channel

By: 
Jen Soriano and Kaira Espinoza
Date Published: 
June 01, 2006

Many activists often wonder how their organizing will be effective if the communities they represent have no voice in mainstream media. Youth and communities of color are not only being displaced from their homes; they are being pushed to the margins of public debate by mega-media companies whose bottom-lines are the “cha-ching” of rising profits. Like other resources, access to broadcast airwaves is increasingly controlled by corporate interests, shutting out those looking for local news, culture, and community perspectives.

The most infamous of these companies is, of course, Clear Channel—radio’s biggest corporate bully. If you turn your dial to a top-40, hip-hop, or talk radio station anywhere in the country, chances are you’re tuning into one of Clear Channel’s 1,229 stations.

Solidarity in Caracas: Friends of PODER

By: 
Fernando Martí and Chris Selig
Date Published: 
June 01, 2006
    Over a weekend-long community work party in January, a mural was born onto the Rómulo Gallegos community center in the Caracas neighborhood of Catia: A sun rises over crowds of people coming down from hillside barrios with banners and flags held high, flanked by humble houses, parks, fields, corn, and bananas. In the background are symbols of sport and health, and across the top are local medicinal plants.

Iraq: Beyond Sectarianism

By: 
Ewa Jasiewicz
Date Published: 
January 01, 2007
    Contact with the grassroots of Iraqi society is harder now then it ever has been. Trying to fathom who really has power in Iraq and where spaces exist for grassroots power to emerge can be confusing. Furthermore, assessing which progressive forces on the ground we can ally ourselves with as an anti-war movement is a difficult task. Understanding the dynamics and ever-present economic and social legacies of the Baath regime remain crucial to understanding the resistance and the future in Iraq.

At the beginning of the occupation in May 2003, when anybody could have their own political party, militia, or NGO, many Baathists who profited from the previous regime and had the capital to form their own NGOs did so.

AFL-CIO split

By: 
Peter Brogan
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    Workers of the world divide? Yes, in spite of clear and sunny skies over Chicago, the AFL-CIO split this July 25th at their annual convention when two of the federation’s most powerful unions, the Service Employees International (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, formally withdrew from it. In total, both unions represent about 2.9 million workers.

Zapatista Red Alert

By: 
M. Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    On June 19th, 2005 the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) announced a general “Red Alert”—its first in eight years. The alert, which in the past was used during times of extreme military threat to Zapatista communities, set off a crisis amongst national and international supporters of the Zapatista struggle. First, came the general concern about the future of the movement that has inspired us for over 11 years, then a flurry of speculation. Was the EZLN preparing for an attack against the military? Were the Caracoles and Good Government Councils (Juntas de Buen Gobierno) being shut down only to be replaced by Zapatista military leadership?

Justice in Juarez

By: 
Marisela Ortiz Rivera
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    In the city of Juarez, Mexico, to be a young, economically disadvantaged woman is to be in a position of great risk. The risk of being kidnapped, gang raped, brutally beaten, tortured, strangled and to have one’s body thrown onto the street, a vacant lot, or into the desert is very real. The atrocities continue without the authorities taking the trouble to investigate and find out who committed them. The authorities do, however, take the trouble to defame the victims and their families by claiming that the women are killed because of their involvement in prostitution or with drug traffickers.

Women, Immigrants, & Workfare Workers: Finding Common Ground

By: 
Grace Chang
Date Published: 
November 01, 2005
    When immigrant women workers from three organizations joined to form the Coalition for Domestic Workers’ Rights, nothing short of global capitalist forces were at play to them to a common point of struggle for their rights. While at first glance, it might not be obvious where these three organizations agendas could converge, even though the communities they comprise and serve do overlap.

A School Board for the People: Baltimore Freedom Fall

By: 
Jacob Rosette
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007
    “Without education there is no life… back during slavery days, you could be killed for trying to learn. You were there to do your job: pick cotton. Now we’re enslaved in the mind. We work sharecropper jobs—working at McDonald’s or the local supermarket. Other people selling drugs, livin’ the street life. We’re denied the consciousness to escape the cycle of poverty, the cycle of death. Without education we have nothing. It’s a civil right and a human right”
    —Chelsea Carson
    Freedom Fall / Algebra Project

“Freedom Fall: We are exposing Baltimore City to the world,” reads the registration card distributed and signed by students throughout Baltimore as a pledge of support for the creation of the Maryland Freedom Board of Education.

Renewing the Anarchist Tradition 2006

By: 
Malav Kanuga
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

The annual Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) met September 29 to October 1 at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont for a weekend of presentations and discussions by anarchist and libertarian left scholars, activists, educators, students, and writers. The gathering has become a tradition in its own right since it began meeting annually in 2000, joining together hundreds of anti-authoritarians from all over the country and some international travelers as well.

RAT is sponsored by the Institute of Anarchist Studies, an organization founded in 1996 to foster the development of anarchism and cultivate community among those who share a similar political vision.