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Morocco: Cracks in the wall of the palace

To improve these social circumstances and to combat paralyzed political institutions, the February 20 Movement was established. Its goals are to express clear demands, organize intensive actions and protests and to create new ways of activism in Morocco. Change began in 2011 when more than 100 cities and villages started protesting against the regime. They demanded a new constitution made by and for the people as well as radical economical, political and social reforms.

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Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement

Two years ago I was among more than a thousand people who committed civil disobedience at the White House to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then many more have been arrested around the country, often blocking the actual pathway along which the Keystone XL is being constructed. Now more than 90,000 […]

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April 3, 2014

The crisis of solidarity: Using ‘their’ plight to score political points

Acknowledging anti-blackness should not be done simply to claim the moral ground or to sound more righteous than the other side. It should not be done because we want to score political points and further expose to the world Israel’s immorality. We should not reject racism simply in an attempt to show the world that we are “good” and “deserving” of solidarity. We should reject it because we as Palestinians are convinced that racism has no place in any genuine liberation struggle.

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March 17, 2014

For Stuart Hall With Love

Stuart Hall, activist, writer, theorist and inspiration has died in London aged 81. It is not just a terrible loss. It is a time to reflect and a time to regroup. What was has gone or fallen apart. As we reclaim possible futures, we need to try and live up to Stuart’s example.     […]

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February 10, 2014

Double Disaster in Detroit

And so we truly see that all our grievances are connected. The corporate takeover of Detroit is destroying our way of life and the means to support all life. The alternative is not more jobs in the auto industry, let alone more lawyers. The alternative is right there in Detroit, invisible to the neoliberal terminators.

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December 4, 2013

Self-Organization and the Empowerment of Mutual Aid Organizing: A personal reflection

I’ve always maintained that communities and individuals are the key to their own liberation. The next step is collectivizing the efforts, to grab each other arms and pull towards the surface in harmony. Action becomes liberating, non-hierarchical and generative effort, if it begins by each individual acknowledging their own truths. Steps cannot be skipped for […]

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October 28, 2013

Articles from Issue 4: Block by Block

In both its devastation and possibility, Detroit is an outpost from our collective future. Long-term struggles on the ground throw our cities, our work, and our lives into a new light. In Detroit, racial, economic, and environmental justice are understood in the global context of empire, neoliberalism, and climate disaster. People think of revolutionary time in decades and centuries, rather than in days and months. In Detroit, it’s all about “visionary organizing.”


Communiqué #4

The city is the dreamworld of capitalist civilization; as the economic foundations of that civilization crumble, what do we do with the physical and imaginative ruins? What would it mean to bid the dream of the city farewell, and envision a different kind of collective landscape beyond the divide between urban and rural? The conditions for the Plan are ripe, and the securing of space will be essential.

Commoning Against Debt

Debt is an exemplary form of capital accumulation today, operating through a new regime of self-managed exploitation imposed on poor women in the South as much as student debtors in the north. Practices of commoning–mutual aid networks, pooled resources, shared caring activities–are essential to resisting debt and reproducing non-capitalist forms of living.


Mississippi Goddam

At a moment of movement impasse, what lessons could Occupy learn from the radical community organizing tradition pioneered by SNCC in the early sixties? Long-term, locally embedded relationship-building and leadership development at the neighborhood level were key principles that allowed SNCC to mobilize people on the ground in ways that were expansive and empowering.

Combined with more familiar forms of colonial rule, debt is a disciplinary mechanism control in the occupied territories exercised in different ways by Israel, international donors, and modernizing Palestinian elites. Boycott, divestment and sanctions can thus be a crucial supplementary frame for building global solidarity with the Palestinian freedom struggle. What debts does the world owe Palestinians?