Becoming Visible

As we begin to look ahead to a Fall resurgence of the group, many of us are desiring a more active presence in our community. An open study group will remain but what is growing out of it is an anarchist/anti-authoritarian organization ready to turn education into action.

Long standing problems in the “business-as-usual” operations of the United States are finally becoming targets of mass protest and sharp public outcry. Police violence, rampant and viscous racism, mass incarceration, transphobia, misogyny, and environmental destruction are the focal points of much of this resistance . Many activists are demanding not simple and largely ineffective reforms but a total overhaul of some of the most destructive institutions of white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy.

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International solidarity is also more visible as Palestine and Ferguson see commonalities in each others’ communities and struggles;

ferguson with love

And as people across the globe show support for those struggling against oppression in Greece, India and Ireland. Activists’ see the power of organizing locally while simultaneously examining how their experiences connect to the global struggle for freedom.

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The Workers Solidarity Movement, Ireland.

Some, like Kurdish fighters in Rojava, are also creating new, non-hierarchical communities and providing inspiriting examples for the rest of us. Turkish anarchists (below) show support and solidarity by joining Kurdish forces aginst the IS.

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Many folks in the CU Radical Reading group are active in social justice projects in our community. We celebrate the diversity of activists’ backgrounds, dreams, and ideas for fighting injustice at home. We also look forward to connecting and organizing with those who see the necessity of a radical framework for resisting imperialism, settler colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and those systems that bind us captive to authoritarianism.

What’s next then? Our study group will continue to meet once a month beginning in September. Several of us interested in organizing an anarchist collective are in the beginning stages of that process. This means that we are exploring our group structure and purpose as well as sharing ideas on how we want to work to empower our community and show solidarity globally.

If you are interested in being a part of the collective (and we haven’t yet chatted about it) please email me, kristina, at littleblackdog@riseup.net

For more about Anarchism in the U.S. and what it means check out these projects:

Part of Cindy Milstein’s Anarchism and its Aspirations

http://infoshop.org/

http://www.anarchistagency.com/

Love and solidarity,

kristina