Posts by John Jacobsen

A short history of May Day

This article was pieced together from an article on, edited and added to by libcom: Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of May Day are in the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago in 1886, and the subsequent execution of innocent anarchist workers. In 1887, four Chicago anarchists were executed; a fifth cheated the […]

Why Riot?

By Phillip Neel – Originally posted at ULTRA: Two years ago in Seattle, on May 1st, 2012, roughly four to five hundred people engaged in the largest riot the city had seen in more than a decade. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of property were destroyed[i], a minor state of emergency was declared, and the […]

The elephant that wasn’t there

A quick response to Scott Napalos’s recent piece What went wrong with the organizing. Recently, the IWW’s Scott Napalos put out a piece covering revolutionary politics and their relation to our projects, and which – by way of explanation - also touched on broader issues of motivation and obstacles to our organizing. I don’t know Scott, and […]

Men and women do not have different brains, claims neuroscientist

By Sarah Knapton of The Telegraph: The idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, with male and female brains wired differently, is a myth which has no basis in science, a professor has claimed. Neuroscientist Prof Gina Rippon, of Aston University, Birmingham, says gender differences emerge only through environmental factors and are not […]

750 immigration detainees on hunger strike at NW Detention Center

From KOMO News: TACOMA, Wash. – Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday, while at least 750 detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations with a hunger strike. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department said on Saturday morning that 750 detainees had refused to eat and said […]

The Testing Ground for the New Surveillance (Oakland)

Written by Sarah Jeong, adapted by Susie Cagle. You can follow Sarah andSusie on Twitter.  

Seattle solidarity demo at Mexican consulate for the arrested comrades accused of molotov attack

From 325: This afternoon, February 11th, there was a demonstration at the Mexican consulate in Seattle, in solidarity with Carlos Lopez and other prisoners of the Mexican state. A group of about 20 people chanted Carlos’ name as well as anti-border and anti-prison slogans, and a synopsis of the case and a statement by Carlos […]

Why the Media’s Patriarchy Fueled Boner About ‘Hard-Wired Gender’ is Bullshit

by Eugene of Critical Theory: Men are from Mars! Women are from Venus! Isn’t gender whacky? In a world where many mainstream media outlets may espouse a certain kind of feminism-lite, it’s surprising to see them eagerly pick up on a story that says, in essence, that I’m a rational man and you’re a hysterical woman. It’s […]

In Illinois Prison, a Hunger Strike Against ‘Inhumanity’

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer with Common Dreams: In the cells of a segregated “high security unit” at a southern Illinois prison, men have taken the step of going without food to protest their isolation and inhumane treatment at the hands of “corrections” authorities. About a dozen people who are incarcerated at the the state-run […]

Portland Public Schools teachers vote to authorize a strike; walkout set for Feb. 20

By Nicole Dungca of the Oregonian: Portland Public Schools teachers have authorized the first strike in the history of Oregon’s largest school system and set a walkout date: Feb. 20. Nearly 3,000 Portland Association of Teachers members gathered behind closed doors at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Wednesday and emerged after about an hour with a firm yes vote […]