Posts by Larry Gambone
Comox Valley Anarchist book Fair May 3 9:27 pm / 10 April 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
To help in this voyage of discovery, tablers include Camas Books (Victoria), Spartacus Books (Vancouver), Eberhardt Press (Portland, OR), PM Press (Oakland, CA), along with a dozen other local efforts such as Red Lion Press (Nanaimo), Black Banner Publications (Vancouver), the Pender Punx, and the Intercoastal Print Collective, as well as a sparkling array of participating authors, a wild assortment of cultural provocateurs, and a rousing contingent of radical unionists from the Vancouver Isle Wobblies.
What issues are local anarchists thinking about these days? Workshops and themed discussions will fill the air in the OAP Hall all day.
Those scheduled include: “Birthing Freedom” (10AM-11:30) ( Facilitated by Serena) This workshop will explore how childbirth can be a truly liberating act for everyone involved. It will address options, physiology and ways of reclaiming choice during childbirth in the face of the capitalist medical industrial complex, the reality of fear and how prevailing ideologies challenge the empowering, autonomous, even orgasmic, potential in childbirth.
“Oral Culture and Anarchism” (11:30-1PM) (Facilitated by Julian) This workshop will begin a conversation about the place of oral culture in current anarchist communities and movements, and how an overemphasis on written/literate/digital culture might serve to reinforce many things anarchists are against and promote a disconnection from the specific regions and ecosystems we inhabit. I am most interested in asking questions and generating ideas for how anarchists can experiment with regenerating oral culture.
“Anarchists and Indigenous Solidarity (2-3:30) (Facilitated by Brad and Karl) What distinguishes anarchist solidarity? How is it unique? How do we support non-anarchists while maintaining our principles? We will be talking about critical solidarity, especially in relation to indigenous rebels who may have different, divergent or opposing goals than us.
“Confronting the LNG Hydra” (3:30-5PM) (Facilitated by BC Blackout) A presentation of an anarchist approach to expanding the resistance to the emerging fracked gas infrastructure. Linking the struggles from the north to our own backyards, we will be discussing our ideas around strategy, solidarity, and fomenting social struggle towards revolutionary transformation.
In addition, there will be a Kids’ Plant Walk outdoors after lunch (adults welcome) For more information as it evolves: http://www.cvanarchistbookfair.blogspot.ca
Via Campesina Supports Venezuela Against US-inspired Right-Wing Attacks 7:11 pm / 03 April 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
GUMBOOT GIRLS – Review 10:15 am / 29 March 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Info On Ukraine and the Crimea 3:12 pm / 25 March 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Click link and scroll down the article for the video interview:
Alternative unionists and syndicalists spark major protest in Spain this March 22 3:09 pm / 21 March 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
– to be expected. The BBC and Yahoo finally commented about
4 hours ago.
(1PM PST March 22) The most informative clips come from
independent sources however, See:
Report below from International Marxist tendency, http://www.marxist.com/dignity-marches-everyone-to-madrid-on-march-22.htm
A model organisation
Dignity March columns advancing towards Madrid
Selma James Speaks About CLR James 5:49 pm / 27 February 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Situation in the Ukraine 9:54 am / 26 January 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Death squads are also in action. According to confirmed information, two people were kidnapped from a hospital and tortured. One of them died in a forest. Special forces use pinpoint firing against protesters, and not only from traumatic guns. One of the killed, according to a photo of his body, was shot in his heart. According to all indications he was a victim of a sniper. In the morning of January 23 the number of the killed constituted from 5 to 7 persons. And we don’t know the real scale of violence.
The ideology of the ruling regime is a mixture of Putin-style nationalism, conspiracy theories and conviction in their right, as elite, to rule over stupid populace. Groups of support to Berkut (the main riot police force) in social networks are full of anti-Semitic articles which claim that the opposition leaders are Jews and want to vitiate the people by legalizing same-sex marriages. This hardly differs from the rhetoric of Ukrainian right radicals.
Over the last days not only the far right confront the government, but also people of more moderate views. And they constitute the majority of the protesters. Many of them are indifferent to nationalism or negatively predisposed to it. Many of them don’t support integration into the EU. People go into the streets to protest against police violence. And a significant part of them is unenthusiastic or even skeptical about the clashes in the Grushevskogo street. Often one can hear that right radicals are a “Trojan horse” of Yanukovych and special services, designed to discredit the protest. Certainly there would be many more Kievites participating in the protests if there was a way to take those idiots useful to the government out of the streets. Top of their demands is to give them jobs in the Security Service of Ukraine after the “victorious revolution”.
Anarchists ought to participate in demonstrations and pickets which are dedicated to defense of the rights and freedoms usurped by the laws of January 16th. It makes sense to take action at one’s workplace or neighborhood and to help sabotage the dictatorship’s decisions. There’s not much sense in participating in the activities in Grushevskogo street, which were meaningless from the very beginning. These activities only give the government pretty picture for television and enable it to identify radical elements by locating mobile phones and videotaping.
In the case of the opposition’s victory, as well as in the case of the government’s victory we’ll have to wage long and hard war against any of those regimes. This should be understood. We need to gather forces in order to start dictating our own libertarian and proletarian agenda in Ukrainian politics.
No gods, no masters! No nations, no borders!
Autonomous Workers’ Union, Kiev local
A True Revolutionary 6:22 pm / 10 January 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Climate Change and Pascal’s Wager 10:35 am / 02 December 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
If anthropogenic climate change exists and nothing is done to moderate it, you lose everything, you lose absolutely. (Some people claim human extinction, I wouldn't go so far, but it might be a ninety percent die-off)
If, on the other hand, anthropogenic climate change is not true, and yet we have changed our life styles as if it were true, you only lose relatively. You only lose the "shop-till-you drop" three car, McMansion North American consumer life-style. (Many of us would see that as a gain and not a loss,)
Therefore the better option is to consider anthropogenic climate change as real and act accordingly.