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Philadelphia: Fight back together! Protest to end the criminalization of immigrants, migrants & refugees, April 17, 2017.

Two weeks before May Day, Workers World Party activists and friends held a roving street meeting to promote the Philadelphia People’s Defense Network and a call for a feeder march on May Day. 

The march stopped at two ICE offices, Wells Fargo Bank and Santander Bank and ended at City Hall. Speakers warned businesses not to punish any workers who strike on May 1st or immigrant supporters will stage phone call campaigns, sit-ins, pickets or other actions to protect fellow workers.

A march was announced for May Day that will gather and march from Franklin Square Park at 700 Race St at 10am and join the “Day without immigrant, Black and Brown Workers” rally at City Hall at noon. Over 700 fliers were handed out.

Photos and report by Joe Piette

also when I advocate for the building of a commune, I don’t mean just a single commune, there needs to be networks of them in a relatively small geographical area (the size of a state or two or three) that are able to fill in gaps, engage in gift economies and provide mutual aid for communities that are “on the grid” as well as among themselves. It also has to be realized that this isn’t the end goal, it’s a small start to something much bigger. 

Co-ops and communes that can provide housing and food, can serve as a space to organize workers strikes. I remember reading a few years ago about farm worker strikes in migrant farm communities across the US had done this on a large scale, they would basically communize on-demand and people would stockpile food and supplies so they could go on strike and not starve to death. I see the creation of worker co-ops and communes as a necessary for the near future as capitalism becomes more and more unravelled and we see more unemployed people unable to even feed themselves or put a roof over their heads.

I like the idea of building communes because you’re creating a community that has it’s basis in radicalism. There’s nothing but empty promises of trying to radicalize “the neighborhoods” which a lot of leftists love to talk about, but what does that mean? Half of my neighbors are racist pieces of shit and people I want nothing to do with and they want nothing to do with me. I see a big enough commune as being a co-working and collaborating workspace, a place for social events and gatherings, and a place, most importantly to breed radicalism and for it to take root and spread out from the epicenter.

The other criticism I’ve seen recently is that people think joining up with a commune means that’s the only form of activism you can do. Like, it’s not a cult, you can go do things on your own free time and do whatever leftist activism or agitating you ALREADY do. Nothing is stopping you from putting in some time during the day at the commune and going to demos or bloc’ing up at a rally/protest, or whatever you would normally do.

I don’t get why leftists clamor and cheer for the creation of dual power networks but are turned off when you mention establishing a worker co-op, a federation, an intentional community, etc. That’s what dual power is or what we’ve come to understand as a modern “dual power”. This is basically what is going on in Rojava and what the EZLN are doing, obviously in a bit of a different context; I don’t advocate going full armed struggle against the US gov’t, but we need to effectively wield dual-power to create strong, viable radical communities united by a common purpose and that can begin the process of withering away the State and set the stage for a future revolution/insurrection. 

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Thousands of Polish workers to take part in the first ever migrant workers strike in Britain
Thousands of Polish people working in Britain are expected to take part in the first ever migrant workers strike in this country later this month. The protest, planned for Thursday 20th August, is the result of discussions on Polish internet forums by people angry at immigrants being blamed for Britain's economic problems.

Solidarność !

I think its also important to see the source of all these liberal rags saying “2016 WAS THE WORST YEAR EVER” like when was the last time the huffington post was on our side lol. I obviously feel for and want to support to the best of my abilities he migrant proletarians and marginalized groups threatened by the rise of trump and brexit but its important to look between the sensationalist headlines.

This apocalyptic misanthropy is just daft tbh, its very easy to see us as losing or being beaten but in 2016 we’ve seen the biggest strike ever in history in india, autonomous workers in china seizing factories and lynching bosses, the kurdish comrades make massive gains in terms of both territory and setting up communes and collectives, the western liberal establishment shit itself, the far right lock itself in the dead end of reformism even here on this rainy fascism island we’re greeting the new year with a wave of logistics strikes and migrants on the frontline making demands in the gig economy and winning tbh.

On a more radical note the whole economy hasnt recovered since 2008-11 and to riff on the kaiser chiefs I predict many more 2011 style insurrections in the coming decades both here and abroad. And as a marxist, not just of struggle but of crisis too its important to remember that capital is eating itself and collapsing so of course things look dire, I mean I think Gramsci hit the nail on the head when he said “The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.”