Solidarity with the Seattle Anarchists! One member of Seattle Solidarity Network & our sister organization the WSA has been arrested after police crashed an anarchist party arresting 7 people.
On July 24th at about 10:45, between 30 and 40 anarchists gathered outside the downtown jail for a noise demonstration in solidarity with the six still in jail from last night's arrests. (One of the seven arrested has been released.)
The noise demonstration proceeded around the jail for about 15 minutes, banging pots and pans, banging on road signs and walls with sticks, throwing fireworks, writing anti-cop slogans on walls, and blockading the streets around the jail.
At this point, cop cars came from all directions, including undercover cars and canine units. The demonstration attempted to disperse, but many people were chased down. At least fifteen people were arrested, and five more were detained and released.
June 3, 2011
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
377 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y3
We wish to send all of the 48,000 members of CUPW our solidarity in your struggle against Canada Post's attack on CUPW member's working conditions and wages.
We are with you in your fight to prevent a two-tiered workforce where new hires are only paid 75% of what other workers make for doing the same work. Equal pay for equal work is a corner-stone of the labour movement and must never be compromised.
The purpose of this message is to inform you briefly about what is happening the last days in our country and to appeal an international call of solidarity to all anarchists worldwide.
Greece is at a critical turning point, and many critical changes are taking place in a societal as well as a political and economic level. The disintegration and dissolution of the dominant – until recently – model of power and exploitation is more than evident, so it defines what is commonly called ‘crisis.’ What we are experiencing now is the total failure of a system that is unable to secure any longer the social consensus, thereby is engaged in a frontal attack that is unconditional and with no pretext.
When Mohammed Bouazizi set himself alight he unwittingly ignited a wave of popular uprisings and rebellions that have spread like wildfire across North Africa and the Middle East, the heat of which can be felt as far afield as Zimbabwe where, on Saturday 19th February, 46 pro-democracy activists including students, workers and trade unionists were arrested in Harare. According to police documents they were arrested for plotting an Egypt-style revolt to overthrow Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, at a meeting to discuss the fall of Hosni Mubarak and events in North Africa and the Middle East. The arrested, who represent the Zimbabwean Federation of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZNSU) and the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), had just watched documentary news footage on the uprising in Egypt and, according to state prosecutors, were there to "organise, strategise and implement the removal of the constitutional government of Zimbabwe ...
On Jan. 29th, 2011, at 1pm, two cities showed that workers' solidarity
cannot be confined by national borders. While the steel workers of
Ontario's Local 1005 and thousands of their supporters held a march and
rally to protest US Steel for locking them out of their jobs, their fellow
workers and allies held a protest at the US Steel Headquarters in
The rally in Downtown Pittsburgh, organized by the Northeastern
Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC), brought 20-30 people to brave
the cold in front of the U.S. Steel Tower. Those present included union
workers, students, anarchists from various groups, the IWW, and others.
The picketers sipped hot coffee as they held signs, which read "Workers
Unite: Solidarity is our Weapon," "Steelers Fans for Pension Plans," "US
Steel: End the Lockout," "Steel City Supports Steel Workers," "Working
Class Power," and "Springsteen: The Only Boss I Listen to."
Statement from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
On June 26 and 27, the political representatives of the world’s greatest
thieves and murderers gathered in Toronto. They held their ‘G2o Summit’
in a billion dollar armed camp financed with public money stolen from
vital social programs. They threw out some meaningless platitudes and
drew up a plan around their real agenda – solving the crisis of their
bankrupt system by imposing austerity and poverty on people throughout
the world. With the Harper Government hosting the event and standing on
the right wing edge of the discussions, plans were drawn up to halve
public deficits by 2013. They will not, however, take the money back
from the banks and corporations they bailed out. Instead they will gut
public services, destroy social infrastructure and launch a war on poor
and working people.
Across the world, people under attack and in struggle saw that the
Free our comrades - Solidarity is not a crime
The UCL calls for solidarity in the wake of demonstrations against the G20 Summit in Toronto and the intense political repression that accompanied it. About thirty of us went to Toronto to demonstrate with the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC-2010) and with our comrades in the anarchist organization, Common Cause. What we saw and what we experienced revolted us to the extreme, and that is why we take the streets again on Thursday July 1st to denounce the repression and demand the release of all detainees.
Against the G20
Here's an incomplete round-up of media coverage of the Solidarity rallies that have been held across Canada for the Toronto 900 and the remaining political prisoners that are still being held. We will update this blog post as more reports are sent in. Please comment below or use our contact form if you have any media reports on the solidarity rallies. Free all political prisoners now!
Protests continue over police actions at G20 Canwest News Service
Solidarity with Toronto 900 protests continue across Canada Digital Journal
While there are differences on questions of politics, strategy and tactics between Common Cause and SOAR, we stand in full defence all political prisoners and strongly denounce the state's campaign to criminalize anarchists and long-time community organizers. We have participated in and helped organize solidarity demonstrations in cities across Ontario and called for national mobilizations to free all political prisoners. In addition, we continue to work in the community and labour movements to build solidarity for those still under arrest. That's why we are publishing SOAR's statement on the arrest and imprisonment of their activists below.
STATEMENT FROM THE SOUTHERN ONTARIO ANARCHIST RESISTANCE IN DEFENCE OF OUR COMRADES
July 1, 2010
From June 25-27, elites from the world’s most powerful economies met in Huntsville and Toronto to draft policies to further exploit the environment and people, bolstering the systems that sustain colonialism, wars and displacement.
With global attention on Toronto, tens of thousands of people mobilized in a historic week-long convergence in opposition to these policies. Daily demonstrations highlighted struggles for Indigenous sovereignty; environmental justice; migrant justice; an end to war and occupation; community control over resources; gender justice; and queer and disAbility rights.
Also unprecedented was the over $1.2 billion spent on security, the most in G20 summit history, which paid for a dizzying array of weaponry and nearly 20,000 police—plus a security fence that turned Toronto into a fortress to host a select few and a police state to terrorize the rest of us.