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Last Thurs­day night, work­ers for Seri­ous Mate­ri­als in Chicago occu­pied their fac­tory. The night before, Occupy Philly’s Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing Work­ing Group held a meet­ing of its ten-week “Dis­sect­ing Cap­i­tal­ism” work­shop, at the Lan­caster Avenue Autonomous Space. View­point edi­tor Salar Mohan­desi spoke on the topic “Con­tem­po­rary Labor and Work­place Strug­gles,” along with Sean West Wispy, an orga­nizer at Occupy Philly with expe­ri­ence in the labor movement.

Porkchops for All! The 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fights

Porkchops for All! The 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fights

On Jan­u­ary 8th, 1912, the busi­ness and prop­erty own­ers of the San Diego Com­mon Coun­cil passed Ordi­nance No. 4623. The func­tion of the ordi­nance: to crim­i­nal­ize free speech in a zone cen­tered around the inter­sec­tion of 5th and E streets, pop­u­lated pri­mar­ily by work­ers. By Jan­u­ary 16th, the IWW had responded by form­ing the “Cal­i­for­nia Free Speech League,” with the sup­port of social­ists, churches, and other union locals. The Wob­blies, with the ben­e­fit of sheer num­bers and lit­tle else, sought to test the ordi­nance and its enforce­ment with aggres­sive soap­box­ing and inces­sant speechi­fy­ing in the restricted zone.

On the Black Bloc

On the Black Bloc

The “internecine ultra-left argu­ment of the moment,” says the Wall Street Jour­nal, is the debate over the “black bloc.” And if this debate has led the WSJ to talk about “ultra-leftism,” it’s clearly a debate we have to address.

Santa Rita, I Hate Every Inch of You

Santa Rita, I Hate Every Inch of You

Twenty-four hours into my incar­cer­a­tion in Santa Rita Jail, I found myself in yet another tac­ti­cal con­ver­sa­tion, dis­sect­ing the numer­ous fail­ures that had led to the ket­tling and mass arrests of about 400 Occupy Oak­land demon­stra­tors. This is one of the few upsides of a mass arrest. After get­ting the rowdy activists off the streets, the police find them­selves host­ing a three-day strat­egy con­fer­ence inside the jail. When­ever a con­ver­sa­tion begins to get stale, the guards show up and shuf­fle peo­ple into new dis­cus­sion groups, and the debate begins afresh.