direct action

anonymous asked:

to the antifa worrying about donations and stuff. I think you have anxiety and are worry about other ppl too much. Yes, there will be ppl who will take advantage of ppl and lie saying that they need donations when they don't. I've seen it happen and it damages the community, especially the trust that was built amongst ppl trying to help each other and make a change. My advice to anyone reading this is, just be careful, and don't let the light die inside. And only give what you can.

This is a good thing to keep in mind. Yes, there will be instances where people lie, and that can take a toll on your mental health. That’s distressing for sure, and you should definitely take measures to take care of yourself so that you don’t have to go through the distress of having been taken advantage of. But, in general, keep in mind that often times, you have helped someone. And that’s a huge deal. 

- Mod A

tbh i’m aware that while im an anarchist w revolutionary ideals and intent to become a freedom fighter in the future, as of now i’m not actually able to realistically act on those ideas in the black bloc, antifascist direct action and black-and-red flag waving way. all i’d achieve by doing that is largely performative nonsense that’ll get me a record and keep me from doing anything actually helpful in the future when i A) live in a place where political activism and discourse is relevant and B) have the independence and resources to make real commitments and do concrete things to help. 

besides which, when you consider that those most oppressed by class struggle and the increasingly fascistic society we live in in general are PoC, in many ways it isn’t my fight in the first place. for now the way that i can best prepare to help the movement is to educate myself, listen to people who are on the street and have lived more life than me, and focus on valuing and protecting all human life possible regardless of country of origin and basically any other differences short of having the intent to harm others or advance fascist agendas

the reason i’m sharing this is that i know a lot of people are in my situation and i want to remind you that most of the struggle isn’t punching nazis and setting cop cars on fire and shit, it’s striving to be excellent to other people and prioritizing the needs of those with less. we need to be willing to be radical and back up our ideals, but be strategic. it’s more important to make as big a dent as possible in the capitalist empire, even if that means biding your time, than to just always be raging against a machine so large that one person’s idealistic refusal to cooperate will only mean we have one less individual to help us present real resistance when the time comes

Feminist direct action in London

In case some of you aren’t aware, Sisters Uncut have occupied (reclaimed) Holloway Women’s Prison in North London. The prison closed last year and the women and nonbinary people of the prison were relocated to an overcrowded megaprison outside of London, in effect further fracturing their local community. There are plans for the prison to be sold off for luxury housing which is not truly affordable for the community and is thus part of the process of ‘urban redevelopment’, ‘regeneration’ and thus social cleansing. Sisters believes that the buildings should be used for the good of the community rather than for profit/capitalism. We especially think it should be used as a building or refuge for women and nonbinary people fleeing violence in light of the Tory government’s cuts to domestic violence services resulting in closures to several refuges.
Sisters Uncut has a broad definition or understanding of domestic violence, this not only encapsulates intimate partner violence affecting people of different genders and sexualities but also violence within families such as honour based violence.

Liberals, we need you now to join an actual #Resistance to Trump, fascism, and capitalism, the latter of which will perpetually produce the conditions that breed the former. Support us in the battle against oppression, understand that these problems are systemic, and move to the left. Oppression can’t be defeated with centrism.

Oh and stop calling the cops on direct actioneers.

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The 43 group was a Jewish antifascist group in England, consisting for a large part of people who had served in the war against Nazi Germany, only to find that fascism was alive and well in their own country when they came back home. These are some of the people who helped destroy Mosley’s Union Movement in the 1940′s. From this amazing [documentary]

WHY I SUPPORT SHOPLIFTERS 100%

Or “Angry anarchist rants about liberals shaming direct action”

I’m tired of the shit talking on shoplifting here on Tumblr. Shoplifting is actually totally rad. All this nonsense about how all those poor stores people steal from are at our mercy is total bullshit. Don’t let the rich convince you that you’re responsible for them firing employees, for their artificial scarcity, or for anything else they do. Capitalism is their game and it is always in their favor.

The bourgeoisie takes the labor of the working class and sells it as their own, giving the working class a cut in exchange to access to the means of production. Laborers are forced to participate in this system in order to survive or not face imprisonment, and therefore, are being robbed of their labor and all it produces. By doing this, the bourgeoisie gives the working class the right to take back what was stolen from them. ALL products of labor RIGHTFULLY BELONG TO THE LABOR FORCE.

Nobody is gonna lose their job due to shoplifters because shoplifting already happens ALL THE TIME. Employers are smart; they know that they will lose capital and account for it. Stores set aside funds specifically to cover the lost funds from shoplifting. Economically, shoplifting at most prevents stores from profiting more than they expect. Hell, in the US, the majority of retail theft is due to employees. Shoplifters aren’t the ones firing employees, nor are they forcing their hand.