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“I am a man.” - On February 12, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers, the majority of whom were Black, went on strike demanding recognition for their union, better wages, and safer working conditions after two trash handlers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. The strike gained national attention and dragged on into March. Striking workers carried copies of a poster declaring “I AM A MAN,” a statement that recalled a question abolitionists posed more than 100 years earlier, “Am I not a man and a brother?”

The reason why people think anarchists only want to break shit and hurt people is because all anarchist movements outside of insurrectionary tactics have been sterilized of mentions of anarchism, or are completely ignored. Some of these include:

  • Anarchists had a huge part in the labor movement and continue to fight for workers rights to this day. 
  • Anarchists have been heavily involved in anti-war movements. 
  • Anarchists have been heavily involved in movements against racism. 
  • Anarchists have been heavily involved in the fight for the liberation of women and LGBT people. 
  • Anarchists do a fuckload of community service in associations like Food Not Bombs, where we use perfectly good produce and other food that would otherwise be wasted by supermarkets to make meals and feed the community for free. 
  • Anarchists put on music and film festivals.
  • Anarchists run animal shelters and take part in animal liberation movements.
  • Anarchists run healthcare, daycare, and other workers collectives. 
  • Anarchists have legal support and fundraising organizations which reach out to people who have been incarcerated by the state, providing means of contact and for people to write letters to prisoners. 

But y’all don’t hear about that, because maybe people would actually agree with us if they knew what we were actually about.

Funny how that is. 

here’s your friendly reminder that google, modern physics, hollywood, the new star wars, comics, marxism, the US labor movement, captain kirk, spock, chekov, han solo, buffy, ben and jerry’s, the guy who created the polio vaccine, and the woman who imaged dna were/created by/acted by jews

Jews were one of many immigrant groups involved in American socialism, but they played a particularly significant role in it during the first half of the twentieth century. They joined socialist unions, voted for radical parties, and read left-wing publications in numbers far out of proportion to their fraction of the general population. As early as 1904, 60 percent of New York’s Jewish voters…cast their ballots for Socialist Party candidates. Between 1908 and 1912, Jews made up 39 percent of the Socialist Party’s membership in New York City, the party’s largest demographic component. By 1918, the major needle-trade unions – the ILGWU, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the United Cloth, Hat and Cap Makers’ Union, and the Fur Workers’ Union – endorsed the Socialist Party. And between 1914 and 1920, Jewish voters elected 19 socialists to city, state and national offices, thus consummating a “successful political marriage,” to quote the historian Melvyn Dubofsky, between Jewish labor movement and the Socialist Party. Jews, in short, formed the backbone of New York Socialism. 

– Tony Michels, Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History, pages 5-6

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day

“Women have been cut out of history, treated like property, and kept out of power. International Women’s Day celebrates women rising above the inequality that they have been handed. It also reminds us that we need to continue fighting. For black women, for Latina women, for native women, for Asian women, for Islamic women, for Jewish women, for LGBTQ+ women, for ALL women.” — Janet, 21-year-old DoSomething member, New York

What is A Day Without A Woman?

On International Women’s Day (Wednesday, March 8), women and their allies are joining in a one-day demonstration — A Day Without A Woman — to recognize how valuable women of all backgrounds are to our socioeconomic system and to call attention to the economic injustices women and gender oppressed people continue to face. According to the official site:

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses)
  3. Wear RED, the color of the labor movement, in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

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