direct action


HAPPENING NOW: Black Youth Project is directly confronting an organization that is at the forefront of the criminalization & police killings of Black people in this country: the International Association of Chiefs of Police or IACP. The IACP has a conference today in downtown Chicago & BYP is both shutting down streets around the conference center & some are inside the conference shutting it down. A large amount of arrests have already been made & some protestors are being cut out of their locks. Tune in, spread the word & make sure their work isn’t in vain

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Find livestreams & live tweets from BYP on their twitter page here.


May 1 2014 - Nigel Farage, leader of the racist UK Independence Party gets egged.

The man who threw the egg was holding a placard which said: “UKIP… sad, scared, old men”. He was put into a patrol car by police and driven away.

The protester, who gave his name as Fred from Nottingham, said he had carried out the attack because he did not agree with UKIP’s policies.

He told the BBC: “Egg-throwing is a well established form of political protest in this country. I saw the guys outside the town hall about 10 minutes ago. I went to Tesco, bought some eggs.”


In conjunction with the Bay Area’s call for #96Hours of actions to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr.’s radical legacy, activists shut down traffic on the San Francisco Bay Bridge for nearly an hour. Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings. The action also resulted in several arrests. 

(Read Full Story Here) (Photo Credit: Kelly Johnson


2010 - The Red and Black Café, a radical worker-owned collective in Portland, Oregon, kicked out police officer Jim Crooker who was drinking coffee there. The clientele of the café includes locals, homeless people, activists and immigrants. Because of their ‘safer space’ policy, designed to create a safe environment for their customers, the Red and Black Café does not serve police. [video]

( By the way, the Red and Black Café could use your help! Check out their donation page )

Practical Organising
Humanity's biggest ever strike is underway
Millions of public sector workers have gone on strike in India to protest against the government’s economic policies. Public transport was disrupted and state-run banks, power stations and factories were closed as 10 trade unions called nationwide walkouts. Reports suggested more than 150 million workers were taking part in the industrial action but the figure had not been confirmed.

“This strike is against the central government, this strike is for the cause of the working people,” Ramen Pandey, president of West Bengal Indian National Trade Union Congress, told Al Jazeera.

“Our strike will be 100 per cent successful … we will prove that this strike is the world’s largest ever.”

The strike was called after union leaders rejected the government’s offer to increase the minimum wage for unskilled workers from 6,396 rupees (£72) a month to 9,100 rupees (£102).  

There are also concerns that raising caps on foreign investment could lead to privatisation and eventually to the loss of jobs.

From Al Jazeera (link in the above quote):

Union officials said about 180 million workers, including state bank employees, school teachers, postal workers, miners and construction workers, were participating, but the figure could not be independently verified.

The strike was called after talks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley broke down, with union leaders rejecting his offer to raise the minimum wage for unskilled workers from 6,396 rupees ($96) a month to 9,100 rupees ($136).

Workers are demanding the government dump plans to close unproductive factories, raise foreign investment caps in some industries and sell off stakes in state-run companies - over fears that creeping privatisation will jeopardise jobs.

The unions said the government should guarantee both social security and healthcare for all, and should be hiking the minimum wage to double what it is offering in order to keep up with inflation.


Destroying a newly purchased Playstation 4 in front of people queuing to buy it

Assata Shakur once said: if ever there was a decision between armed struggle and social programs (like free grocery programs, free health and education programs, free communal/local crime prevention programs etc), a revolutionary movement should always choose the social program approach.

Social programs represent an experimental view of the world we all strive for whereas an armed insurrection in the immediate present wouldn’t.

This isn’t to say that violence is completely barred – especially in terms of action and self defense against fascists, criminals, injustice, oppression, etc – in the mean time; only that a revolutionary movement shouldn’t put all of its efforts being armed to the teeth, ready to mobilize, and start destroying the state and capitalism at the drop of a hat when they can spend their time investing in social projects for the people’s immediate benefit while spreading ideals, goals, and principles for now and the future.

Armed struggle is an inescapable consequence for any revolutionary movement, however the result would be always be failure if the people don’t know what they’re fighting for and if they solely rely on the well-read militants for deciding what’s right and wrong.

A small movement that can’t defend itself but can understand itself is a seed that can grow; but a movement that can defend itself with no self understanding is a hollow shell.


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Not saying don’t vote. I’m saying if it’s all you do for your community that’s apathy defined: the lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. If you would like to read a nuanced critique of voting – because it is far from perfect and we ought to at least be aware of its limitations  – check out Jean Allen’s and my piece Organize or Die: Never in the History of the World has an Election Destroyed a System of Oppression. You can share it on other media platforms below. 

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