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For your safety and security… - anonymous refused

An essay, published on a blog, anonymous refused, that elaborates many of the problems with "safer spaces" as they are currently practiced in activist collectives, and puts forward a nuanced perspective that does not totally reject the project of "safer spaces". Content warning for discussion of sexual assault and mental illness.

A worthless piece of plastic - Invisible Man

Surprise – by Monica Kostas

This week’s piece comes to us by a regular Recomposition contributor, Invisible Man. In the face of fierce debates on racism, profiling, protests, and riots, his anecdote detailing an altercation with cops in Alberta feels painfully relevant.

The killing of Eric Garner and the failure of social justice unionism

Right-wing teachers show their support for the NYPD

Rather than providing a strategy for fighting racism, social justice unionism has led some union members to embrace the most racist institution in society for fear of alienating their co-workers.

November 2014: From election to rebellion

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey and a Ferguson rebel

November 2014 began with the Chicago Teachers Union selling their members out to the Democrats and ended with a nationwide rebellion against the police killing young Black men.

"From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson, the state is our enemy"

So much could be said of yesterday's large, boisterous, self-organized ‪#‎ShutItDownForMikeBrown‬ disruption of downtown San Francisco during the evening hours of Black Friday.

Racist attack on political asylum seekers’ centre in Rome and new project for Italian right

"No immigrants, take them home"; "There will be war, prepare yourselves"

Groups of Italian residents, with fascist involvement, have attacked a centre housing dozens of political asylum seekers on the outskirts of Rome.

No more Missouri compromises - John Garvey

Like many others, we at Insurgent Notes have been paying a great deal of attention to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, that began with the murder of Michael Brown in August. We have been inspired by the courage, determination and endurance of the people from Ferguson, and other nearby cities, that have refused to let his murder simply pass by—in spite of the overwhelming police/military power that has confronted them.

The Zoot Suit As Rebellion

Chicana zoot suiters

An investigation of the Zoot Suit phenomenon in the United States. This article appeared in No 82 of the Anarchist Federation magazine Organise!

Israel: politics, myths and identity crises - Akiva Orr

Akiva Orr examines the politics and ideology of Zionism and demystifies the notion of the 'Jewish state' as well as that of the 'rights of nations' more generally.

The unJewish state: the politics of Jewish identity in Israel - Akiva Orr

Akiva Orr.

Akiva Orr looks at the failure of Israel's founders to provide a source for modern Jewish identity via a secular Jewish state, providing an original analysis of the arguments around the construction of Israeli and Jewish identities using source material from government debates translated for the first time.