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The Ghosts of 9-1-1: Reflections on History, Justice and Roosting Chickens*


“The Ghosts of 9-1-1” is the fully developed version of “Some People Push Back,” my gut-reaction to the spectacular attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center carried out by al-Qaida on September 11, 2001. T
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In NAFTA talk, uncertainty reigns for suppliers and manufacturers


The first round of talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ended Aug. 20 in Washington, D.C. Round two of negotiations is set for Sept. 1-5 in Mexico City. What is at stake for U.S. supply chains and manufacturers?
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The NAFTA Consensus


By Richard Roman/Edur Velasco Arregui
Originally posted in Jacobin

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it.


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Pacifism as Pathology in Essential Reading: Charlottesville


Your Lit Review hosts Monica Trinidad & Page May have compiled some essential reading homework in light of recent events in Charlottesville. We must remember that the roots of white supremacy are deep, and our ancestors have fought them from day one. As always, read with care, and keep reading. Artwork by Monica Trinidad.

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What I Do: Words about Editing (and Reading and Living) by Chris Dodge


Meditations from a freelance editor, indexer, proofreader, and frequent PM freelancer.


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The 'Secret' Anarchist Punk History Of Chumbawamba's Hit Song 'Tubthumping'


originally posted on Junkee
"...The gamble had worked. Chumbawamba, a collective of anarchists fifteen years deep into a strange career, briefly held the world’s attention — and they made decisive, bold use of it to champion their causes."
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Hooray, hooray, the first of May


Originally published in Historical Journalism Journal
by Phil Hedges

Phil Hedges is a trade union organiser and an alumnus of the International Labour and Trade Union Studies Masters (MA ILTUS) at Ruskin College, Oxford. This essay is dedicated to the 2014-16 MA ILTUS cohort.


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Prospects for Social Democracy in the US: Insights From a Syndicalist in Sweden


Originally posted on Truhtout
By Enrique Guerrero-López and Adam Weaver
April 10th, 2017

In the era of Trump, there's a clear and growing interest in socialism, especially among young people. The first measurable shift began to peek over the horizon in polling data done in the wake of the Occupy movement, showing 49 percent of people ages 18-29 favored socialism over capitalism.


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Let's get our Strike on 3/8: International Women's Day



In honor of Women's History Month, International Women's Day, and the Day Without a Woman/General Strike on March 8th, 2017, we've put together a selection of our favorite titles that can offer a historical topography of what has led to this moment, and possibiilties of where we can go from here.

Feminist Labor Titles


Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle
Silvia Federici

This volume collects forty years of research and theorizing on the nature of housework, social reproduction, and women’s struggles on this terrain—to escape it, to better its conditions, to reconstruct it.


Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines
Editors: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams

Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ‘80s, this anthology centers around mothers of color and marginalized mothers' voices.



Sex, Race, and Class—The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011
Selma James

Spanning six decades, Selma James's work set a new political perspective for millions of unwaged women, redefining the working class to include sectors previously dismissed as marginal.


Anarchy and the Sex Question: Essays on Women and Emancipation, 1896-1926
Emma Goldman - Editor: Shawn P. Wilbur

"The Sex Question" emerged for Goldman in multiple contexts as varied as women's suffrage, "free love," birth control, the "New Woman," homosexuality, marriage, love, and literature.



Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, 2nd Edition
Victoria Law

Resistance examines daily struggles against appalling prison conditions and injustices while documenting both collective organizing and individual resistance among women incarcerated in the U.S.


Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities
Alana Apfel

Birth Work as Care Work presents a vibrant collection of stories and insights from the front lines of birth activist communities.




Organizing Titles

New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class Struggle Unionism
Editor: Immanuel Ness

This book documents workers' struggles within an international scope. The tangible evidence here serves as a handbook for understanding the obstacles and opportunities for workers challenging neoliberal capitalism.


Strike!: Revised and Expanded

Jeremy Brecher

Strike! narrates the dramatic story of repeated, massive, and sometimes violent revolts by ordinary working people in America. It tells this exciting hidden history from the point of view of the rank-and-file workers.


Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below, Second Edition
Staughton Lynd · Illustrator: Mike Konopacki

Solidarity Unionism is critical reading for all who care about the future of labor.


When Miners March
William C. Blizzard • Editor: Wess Harris

The definitive insider's history of the 20th century Mine Wars and the treason trial of Bill Blizzard, the fearless leader of the Red Neck Army.




Organize!: Building from the Local for Global Justice
Editors: Aziz Choudry, Jill Hanley, and Eric Shragge

What are the ways forward for organizing for social change in an era of unprecedented economic, social, and ecological crises? How do political activists build power and critical analysis?


And even more Labor Studies Titles

More Gender Studies Titles


Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus

Rachelle Lee Smith

This book is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer.


The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book
Jacinta Bunnell and Leela Corman

Grab your crayons and your backpack for a fantastical journey through sixty-four pages illustrating twenty-six words that highlight memorable victories and collective moments in LGBTQP culture.

Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon Coloring Book
Jacinta Bunnell • Illustrator: Nathaniel Kusinitz

Hold onto your hats Heather's mommies.... Watch out Uncle Watzit and Uncle Whozit... there's a new coloring book in town and Pat Robertson ain't gonna like it one bit.


And even more titles HERE

 Feminist Fiction Titles

 

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology
Editors: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

This curated selection of feminist speculative fiction seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas.



Braided Lives
Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy turns her considerable skill and passion to the Fifties in this portrait of women in transition from repression to freedom. This new edition features a new introduction by the author.


Clandestine Occupations: An Imaginary History
Diana Block

Told from the points of view of five women over four decades, this book explores the difficult decisions and confrontations made at the boundaries of legality and speculates about the scope of clandestine action in the future.



The Wild Girls
Ursula K. Le Guin

Two children are determined to enter "that possible even when unattainable space in which there is room for justice," leading to a violent and loving end. Plus a scorching essay on corporate publishing, and more.

The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad

Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan
The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad is a novel both darkly comic and deadly serious, a genre of one, where Monty Python meets the SCUM Manifesto.

 

Mammoths of the Great Plains
Eleanor Arnason

In an "alternate history" saga that spans the globe, Eleanor Arnason tells of a modern woman's struggle to use the weapons of DNA science to fulfill the ancient promises of her Lakota heritage.




‘Al-Mutanabbi Street’ 2017: As Long As We Need To Remember


Next March marks the tenth anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad’s al-Mutanabbi Street, the city’s historic bookselling corridor. The “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” movement has started to organize readings on or about March 5, 2017:
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