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“How will anarchism come? Can we help bring it about?”

This is a most important point, because in every problem there are two vital things: first, to know clearly Just what you want; second, how to attain it.

We already know what we want. We want social conditions wherein all will be free and where each shall have the fullest opportunity to satisfy their needs and aspirations. on the basis of equal liberty for all. In other words. we are striving for the free co-operative commonwealth of communist-anarchism.

How will it come about?

We are not prophets. and no one can tell just how a thing will happen. But the world does not exist since yesterday, and humanity must benefit by the experience of the past.

Now what is that experience? If you glance over history you will see that the whole life of humanity has been a struggle for existence. In the primitive state. | humans fought single-handed the wild beasts of the | forest, and helplessly faced hunger. cold. darkness and storm. Because of their ignorance all the forces of nature Were viewed as enemics: they worked evil and | destruction, and individuals. alone. were powerless to | combat them. But little by little, humans learned to come together with others of their kind: together they sought safety and security. By joint effort they began to turn the energies-of nature to their service. Mutual help and co- operation gradually multiplied humanity's strength and a until nature had been conquered.

Similarly the primitive ignorance and fear made life a A Continuous struggle of person against person. of family against’ family, of tribe against tribe, until humans e realized that by getting together. by joint cffort and mutual aid, they could accomplish more than by strife and enmity. Modern science shows that even animals had learned that much in the struggle for cxistence. Certain kinds,survived because they quit fighting each other and lived in herds. and in that way they were better able to protect themselves against other beasts. In proportion. as humans substitutedjoint effort and co-operation in place of mutual struggle. they advanced. grew out of barbarism and became civilized. Families which had formally fought each other to the death combined and formed one common group, groups joined and: became tribes. and tribes federated into nations, The nations will stupidly keep on fighting each other. but gradually they are also learning the same lesson. and now they are beginning to look for a way to stop the international slaughter known as War.

Unfortunately, in our social life we are yet in a condition of barbarism, destructive and fratricidal: group still combats group. class fights against class. Be here also humans are beginning to see that it is senseless and ruinous warfare, that the world is big and rich enough to be enjoyed by all, and that a united humanity would accomplish more than one divided against itself.

What is called progress is just the realization of this, a step in that direction,

The whole advance of humanity consists in the Striving for greater safety and peace, for more security and welfare, Humanity's natural impulse is towards mutual help and joint effort. the most instinctive longing is for liberty and joy. These tendencies seek to express and assert themselves in spite of all obstacles and difficulties. The lesson of the entire history of humanity is that neither hostile natural forces nor human opposition can hold back its onward march. If I were asked to define civilization in a single phrase I should say that it is the triumph of humanity over the powers of darkness, natural and human, The inimical forces of nature we have conquered, but we still have to fight the dark powers of humans.

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WHY REVOLUTION?

by Alexander Berkman

History fails to show a single important social improvement made without meeting the opposition of the dominant powers -- the church, government. and capital. Not a step forward was achieved without breaking down the resistance of the masters. Every advance has cost a bitter struggle. It took many long fights to destroy slavery: it required revolts and uprisings to secure the most fundamental rights for the people, it necessitated rebellions and revolutions to abolish feudalism and serfdom. It needed civil warfare to do away with the absolute powers of kings and establish democracies, to conquer more freedom and well being for the masses. There is not a country on earth, not an epoch in history, where any great social evil was eliminated without a bitter struggle.

“It is therefore certain that government and capital will not allow

themselves to be quietly abolished if they can help it; It will require a revolution to get rid of them.”

There is no record of any government or authority, of any group or class in power having given up its mastery voluntarily. In every instance it required the use of force, or at least the threat of it.

Is it reasonable to assume that authority and wealth will experience a sudden change of heart, and that they will behave differently in the future than they had in the past?

. Your common sense will tell you that it is in vain and foolish hope. Government and capital will fight to. retain power. They do it even today at the least menace to their privileges. They will fight to the death for their existence.

That is why it is no prophecy to foresee that some day it must come to a decisive struggle between the masters of life and the dispossessed classes.

As a matter of fact, that struggle is going on all the time. There is a continuous warfare between capital and labor. The warfare generally proceeds within so-called legal forms. But even these erupt now and then in violence. as during strikes and lockouts, because the armed fist of the government is always at the service of the masters, and the fist gets into action the moment capital feels its profits threatened: then it drops the mask of “mutual interests” and “partnership” with labour and resorts to the final argument of every master. to coercion and force.

It is therefore certain that government and capital will not allow themselves to be quietly abolished if they can help it: nor will they miraculously “disappear” of themselves, as some people pretend to believe. It will require a revolution to get rid of them.

There are those who smile incredulously at the mention of a revolution. “Impossible!” they say confidently. So did Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France think only a few weeks before they lost their throne together with their heads. So did the nobility at the court of Tsar Nicholas II believe on the very eye of the upheaval that swept them away. “It doesn’t look like revolution,” the superficial observer argues. But revolutions have a way of breaking out when it “doesn't look like it.” The more far-seeing- modern capitalists, however, do not seem willing to take any chances. They know that uprisings and revolutions are possible at any time. That is why the great corporations and big employers of labour. particularly in America, are beginning to introduce new methods calculated to serve

as lightning rods against popular disaffection and revolt. They initiate bonuses for their emplovees. profit sharing. and similar methods designed to make the worker more satisfied and financially interested in the prosperity of

their industry. These means may temporarily blind the

proletarian to their true interests, but do not believe that

. the worker will forever remain content with their wage

slavery even if their cage be slightly gilded from time to time. Improving material conditions is no insurance against revolution. On the contrary. the satisfaction of our wants creates new needs, gives birth to new desires and aspirations. That is human nature, and that’s what makes improvement and progress possible. The spirit of humanity forever yearns for greater comfort and freedom. and it is the masses who are the truest bearers of this incentive to further advancement. The hope of modern plutocracy to forestall revolution by throwing a fatter bone to the toiler now and then is illusory and baseless. The new policies of capital may seem to appease labour for a while, but its onward march cannot be stopped by such makeshifts. The abolition of capitalism is inevitable. in spite of all schemes and resistance, and it will be accomplished only by revolution.

Can the individual worker accomplish anything against the big corporation? Can a small labour union compel the large employer to grant its demands? The capitalist class is organized to fight against labour. It stands to reason that a revolution can be fought successfully only when the workers are united, when they are organized throughout the land; when the proletariat of all countries will make a joint effort, for capital is international and the masters always combine against labour in every big issue. That is why. for instance, the plutocracy of the whole world turned against the Russian Revolution. As long as the people of Russia meant only to abolish the Tsar, international capital did not interfere; it did not care what political form Russia would have, as long as the government would be bourgeoisie and capitalistic. But as soon as the Revolution attempted to do away with the system of capitalism. the governments and the bourgeoisie of every land combined to crush it. They saw in it a menace to the continuance of their own mastery.

Keep that well in mind. my friend. Because there are revolutions and revolutions. Some revolutions change only the governmental form by putting in a new set of rulers in place of the old. These are political revolutions, and as such they often meet with little resistance. But the revolution that aims to abolish the entire system of wage slavery must also do away with the power of one class to oppress another. That is. it is not any more a mere change of rulers, of government, not a political revolution. but one that seeks to alter the whole character of society. That would be a social revolution. As such it would have to fight not only government and capitalism, but it would also meet with the opposition of popular ignorance and prejudice, of those who believe in government and capitalism.

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Fellow Conspirators! November “98 So here we are pushing a third issue of this little baby out into the world - a bit delayed. but hey. Luckily for me I missed out on most of the drudgery... After an- extended -bout of traveling in | europe, the itch to do something constructive was : ; - getting the better of me. and voila! back in boston more disgusted than ever at the state of the world. Europe: those silly borders, fascist controllers | A everywhere, the frenzy of governments to kiss ass to | the impending european union, and that annoving Smonocultural homogenization of everything in sight...bleh! But inspiration was also to be had, spurred on by the variety of activism going on among those who are fighting against the absurdity of a world run by powermongers: border camps and caravans (Kein Mensch ist Illegal!). anti-road protests and encampments, Reclaim the Streets shutting down major citics in jubilant anarchic celebration. and of course the strikes... More proof that eyerywhere in this crazy world there are folks with the vision and gumplion to fight for a reality that is humane and livable- which can't mean anything less than a truly free and self-organized society. Our survival depends on it! As always. home in time for the most blowing news: Mumia's appeal denied: our shoestring bookstore en the brink of extinction (again); and more squats evicted. This week also marks the implementation of 7 “the new welfare laws in Massachusetts. now one of | the most restrictive in the nation. MERRY CHRISTMAS! According to the Economic Survival Coalition. approximately 8.000 families (and tens of

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welfare December Ist, 1998. By July Ist. 1999, nearly 20,000 families in Massachusetts will lose access to this grand “privilege” - often the crucial addition to a minimum wage salary that would at least ensure survival. These families “will experience severe material hardship, some will become homeless, their children will go hungry and without safe child care, and battered women will have to remain with their batterer.” [Call The Economic Survival Coalition c/o The Women’s Alliance 1-800-939-4600 or the Working Mass. (617) 482-4471 to get involved] :

Hey, I guess those european powers-that-be really can justifiably look down their long quaking noses at such overt displays of barbarity their american counterparts always seem to be so good at. A big fat racist and unjust death penalty. the largest imprisoned population in the world, and to complete the circle. almost no socioeconomic safety net to speak of. It becomes obvious. again, that there’s no hope in| relying on the State for anything - not even survival! | In fact it’s clearer now than ever before, that the state is of absolutely no use to us and has only been in cahoots with all the other megalomaniacs all along! E

When will those fuckers learn!? Only when we throw them and the Power they stand for off the

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INSURGENT EDITORIAL FACTION Mark, Sanya, Kenn and Taylor

HUMBLE CONTRIBUTORS Lauren (WRAG), Taylor (Queer Revolt), Gary, Terry (SOUL), (Eliza)beth, Greg, CAFT, Brian

SOURCES FOR SHAMELESSLY EXPROPRIATED NEWS ARTICLES A-Infos News Service, Black Flag, Profane Existence, Freedom, Industrial Worker, Treeflesh, Atlantic Anarchist Circle Newsletter, Earth First! Journal, Arm The Spirit, Workers Solidarity, Slingshot, Love and Rage, and a few Communist papers not worth mentioning!

and freedom. Let's get on with it!!! Yours truly, s.

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Although we are unwilling to push for some self-righteous manifesto or platform of unwavering political theories to follow. or some meticulously

| to, we do however feel that @ is important to be up front with the political aims of this newspaper.

AS revolutionary anarchist-communists. we seek the complete abolition of capitalism and the unconditional overthrow of the state, and work towards a worldwide classless society of a free and equal social existence. | We believe that for both liberty and equality to truly be attained by the vast majority of the world. society must be dramatically restructured along the anarchist principles of anti-authoritarianism, decentralization, mutual aid, direct democracy, federalism, self-management, free association and a | Common ownership of wealth, resources and the means of production.

Beyond applying our anarchist politics to merely economic and political oppression, we also view the struggle for freedom and equality in the context of overcoming social oppression within both our own personal | relationships, and in society as a whole. This struggle for self-determination | takes form in the active fight against racism, patriarchy, and homophobia in our communities, and no less importantly, in the building of a personal understanding and appreciation for the diversity of individuals in our own social relationships.

* ANTI-CAPITALISM `

We are strongly anti-capitalist. As we see it. capitalism is by its very nature, authoritarian. Its cornerstones being competition, exploitation, inequality and domination. In addition to being both exploitive and oppressive for the majority of people. capitalism also threatens our world through it’s endless wars and the continued destruction of the environment.

For us, the abolition of capitalism is defined in three parts. The first is the abolition of monopoly. be it the monopoly of land and resources, raw materials, or the means of production. The second is the abolition of both wage slavery and the exploitation of labor. And the third is the abolition of | the class based system which maintains the domination of one class over | another by means of wealth and privilege.

We currently live in a period of advanced capitalism, where anti- capitalist resistance takes new forms within the struggles against imperialism, colonialism, neo-liberalism, globalization, and corporate dominance. As anarchists, we wish to remain in the forefront of these struggles.

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ANTI-STATISM

The fact that we seek the overthrow of the state (any state) is what defines us. as anarchists, from other elements of the far-left. The state is a power structure consisting of political, legislative. judiciary. military and financial institutions. The purpose of the state is to uphold the privileges of the ruling class and keep the majority of a population in subservience.

Where as both anarchists and Marxists criticize existing, capitalist states, Marxists believe that the authority of the state can be transformed in a communist society. We are under no such illusions. As history has proven correct, and anarchists have stated all along : “If there is a state, there must be the domination of one class by another and as a result. slavery. The state without slavery is unthinkable” (Bakunin).

The existence of the state inherently requires the submission of the majority of the population to a dominant authoritarian social structuring imposed by a ruling minority. Capitalist or Communist, Democratic or Dictatorship, slavery can change its form and its name. but its basis always remains the same. This is why we are enemies of the state and are uncompromising in our advocating for it’s destruction.

INTERNATIONALISM

One of the main strengths of the anarchist movement is it’s emphasis on the importance of intemationalism. As intemationalists, we see no borders contaming our struggles and we work towards the emancipation of all of humanity. regardless of national boundaries. We view the anarchist movement on a world basis and work towards uniting anarchist revolutionaries and militants across all artificial borders. In an age of advanced global capitalism, it is not only important that we identify as an internationalist movement of anarchist resistance, it is essential.

CLASS STRUGGLE

We believe in the importance of class struggle as a means for building a mass social revolutionary movement. What we mean by “class struggle” is the struggle between the working class (along with other oppressed and dissatisfied sections within capitalist society) and the ruling class of the

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wealthy and privileged. Emerging out of an unequal social development, the class struggle is an inevitable consequence of a class based system. It is an ongoing struggle between the oppressed and their oppressors where both social and economic power relationships are continually challenged. Once the class conflict, or class war, intensifies between the classes, the class struggle will lead into a revolutionary struggle against the ruling class)

REVOLUTION

Revolution, for us, is merely a counterpart of evolution. Evolution is the- natural and habitual course of events and revolution occurs when old structures become too limited and insufficient for progress to move forward. 4 Revolution is the creation of new living institutions, and it is these new institutions that we work towards making reality.

As revolutionary anarchists, we do not wish to wait for the highly unlikely chance that the whole of the masses will become anarchists through some miraculous realization on the part of humanity before our ideals of an anarchist society are realized. We believe that under both capitalist and authoritarian power structures, apathy, greed and the will to dominate are values that are forced upon us from birth, Until these structures are actively destroyed by revolutionary means, an anarchist society remains an impossibility. >

It would be naive to think that this process will happen peacefully. We will make no attempt to hide the fact that we are not exactly peace advocates. We feel that there can be no peace so long as freedom is overshadowed by oppression and both capitalism and the state remain intact. We advocate the “any means necessary” approach to revolution and stand in solidarity with those who employ these means worldwide.

So now that you know where we are coming from and what we hope to achieve, we hope that you will join us (and the countless thousands worldwide) in our struggle for a better tomorrow...

“By not engaging in mass organizing and delivering war to the oppressors, we become anarchists in name only,” ---Kuwasi Balagoon, New Afrikan anarchist revolutionary (1946-1986)

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MAINE - The Victory Gardens Project of Athens. Maine has just finished it's third season/year. From May to October volunteers came together to live and work communally planting, tending and harvesting organically grown vegetables for distribution to communities through local political action groups.

The philosophy behind the Victory Gardens is not one of “hand-outs,” but of self-sufficiency. Volunteers learn about growing and taking care of vegetables and in turn have the opportunity to go back to their own communities and teach others.

A major part of the project is an emphasis on political struggles/issues and the connection between freedom and food. Victory Gardens is also about forming strong. necessary bonds between urban and rural people. Too often, rural and urban folks are pitted against each other in the form of cultural stereotypes, reinforced by the distance between the two. By working and learning together we help to destroy these stereotypes and we who

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A REPORT F ROM THE GARDEN

On the weekend of October 10-11, over 40 people gathered in Athens Maine for the 2nd annual Victory Gardens harvest. Volunteers took three and a half tons of vegetables out of the fields and prepared them for storage until they re ready for delivery to urban areas around the northeast later this month.

Victory Gardens is a project linking rural and urban ‘people working towards community autonomy and self- determination by growing and distributing organic vegetables. By growing our own food and using it as an organizing tool, we set a model that is in direct opposition to capitalist exploitation of humans, other animals, and the Earth. We are NOT toiling for a boss all day only to pump money back into this oppressive system; we live and work collectively, devoting our labor to strengthen our communities! We also engage in political education on libertarian struggles with a focus on class war, prisons, and Political Prisoners/Prisoners Of War. PP/POWs are an integral part of the project. They were part of libertarian struggles that began in their communities. and continue to be through their organizing behind bars. We demand their immediate release and return to their communities!

All summer we have seen how much can be done when we all work together. The harvest exemplified this on a much larger scale. Much of our strength as a working group came from our diversity - in age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and activist backgrounds. People came from Boston, surrounding areas of Maine, New York, New Jersey, Canada, and elsewhere. One of the most powerful aspects of this project is that it interests anti-prison activists, community organizers, Earth Firstlers, Food Not Bombs workers, revolutionary Black nationalists, as well as local townspeople.

VICTORY GARDENS PROJECT HARVEST ‘98

Undeterred by the heavy rain, volunteers harvested rutabagas, carrots. beets, cabbages. onions and potatoes from their garden, which grows on a field provided by a local organic farmer who also works on the project. Aside from the physical labor, workers made time +o talk about what they do individually. in their own communities. and how it relates to the project. Several people spoke at a meeting on Sunday, held at a local farmhouse donated for the harvest.

Among the speakers were Kazi Toure, former political prisoner and Boston distribution coordinator; Lorenzo Roselli of the National Committee to Puerto Rican POWs and Political Prisoners; Fred Riley of New Hampshire friends of MOVE and NH Victory Gardens; and members of Uhuru, a New Jersey based community organizing group and distribution coordinators for their area. Topics ranged from various successes and shortcomings of the PP/POW liberation movement, to international struggles for liberation. to the impact our work here at Victory Gardens has on the eternal war against capitalism,

- Distribution of the food is ; scheduled to begin toward the last days of October. 10 to 15 pound bags of mixed veggies, based on the traditional New England boiled dinner, are set for distribution in and around East Orange, New Jersey; Boston, and possibly Portland, ME; as well as locally in central Maine. In addition to the food, each bag will contain literature on the Victory Gardens Project, other local groups organizing

distribution, and information on the New York Three:

former Black Panthers and political prisoners who helped organize this project from behind prison walls. The Victory Gardens Project proved to be an

- inspirational and powerful experience for everyone

involved. Herman Bell, one of the New York Three, political prisoner of over 25 years and major organizer of the project writes to the group:

“Your presence and contribution reinforce one's belief that we CAN build the kind of future we want for ourselves and our children. In fact, it reinforces the notion that we can do pretty much what we wish, given a good attitude, adequate resources, and strength of will.”

The Victory Gardens Project thanks all who have worked ge this praject, the Haymarket People's Fund, Fund for Vild Nature, and Fedco Seeds-Moose Tubers. Without

you, we could not do this!

VICTORY GARDENS PROJECT RFD #1 / Box 6025 Athens, ME 04912

RUTABAGAS FOR REVOLUTION!!!

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VICTORY GARDENS PROJECT DISTRIBUTION

Just under three tons of Victory Gardens vegetables were distributed in urban areas this year. On October 24th, 220 bags of food were given away in a neighborhood in East Orange. New Jersey by the Uhuru group there. Each bag contained about 18-pounds of food, information on Uhuru and the Victory Gardens and why we work together, and info on the New York 3 political prisoners. The steady stream of people who came by to pick up food also signed a petition for the NY 3 and looked through the Victory Gardens photo book. Victory Gardens volunteers at the distribution talked with some of the people about possibilities for growing food in their urban area. This was the second year = distribution took place.

- In Boston on October 31st. 150 bags of food were distributed in Mission Hill, an ethnically- mixed working-class neighborhood. A significant portion of this food came from a second Victory Gardens near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which harvested a few days before the food was delivered. The Boston organizers included in the bags information on US political prisoners generally, with a piece specifically on Puerto Rican POWs. | The distributions mark the end of a long. but rewarding, season for Victory Gardens workers.

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ACTIVISTS PROTESTING TO SAVE THE LIFE OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

DECLARE REPUBLICAN VICTORY CELEBRATION

“A SMASHING GOOD TIME”

BOSTON - As political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal sits on death row awaiting a new death warrant to be signed against him. Paul Cellucci, the Massachusetts republican candidate for governor and open supporter of the death penalty. took the stage at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel to celebrate his victory over democrat Scott Harshbarger. He got a bit of an unexpected surprise.

On hand to see to it that this celebration got the proper response that it deserved. student activists from the Roxbury Community College based SOUL, (Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation) along with local anarchists from Food Not Bombs,. WRAG (Women's Radical Action Group), Queer Revolt, and the We Dare Be Free Collective. and socialists from the Workers World Party and the ISO. managed to mobilize a rather motley group of protesters to actively disrupt the event and bring attention to the life and death situation of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Signs and noisemakers were hidden, as protesters strategically placed themselves around the packed ballroom floor awaiting the live news broadcast of the Republican celebration. As Cellucci took the stage and yammered on about tax cuts. low unemployment and actively working to reinstate the death penalty to "keep the families of Massachusetts safe", his speech was suddenly halted by high pitched whistle-blowing and chants of "FREE MUMIA!" (which I am told made it

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MASSACHUSETTS PRISON DEATHS

BOSTON - On Wednesday. September 16th, over three hundred people gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House to protest the deaths of over thirty incarcerated individuals in the Massachusetts prison system in 1997. The demonstration was called by the Friends and Families of Prisoners Group who meet at the American Friends Service Committee. Thirty-four coffins, each representing a prisoner who died in state custody last year, adorned the steps of the State House while activists spoke out against.an unjust prison system. Participants spoke of É the need to scrutinize ‘officials in charge of the prison system. While some called for a “safer,” “more just” prison system, many felt that wasn't good enough. and stressed how we must abolition

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The demonstration opened with Representative Gloria Fox calling upon people to do the difficult work of educating each other about prison conditions and holding officials responsible for what goes ! on behind the prison qe" / walls. a

Local Voices were joined by national prisoner rights leaders and ex-political prisoners, Ramona Africa and ‘Achmed Obefimi who called for the creation of a revolutionary movement built upon the needs and voices

loud and clear on the live radio and televised coverage) by a small group charging at the stage. As this first group of protesters were tackled to the ground by undercover police, from across the room another scuffle ensued between a protester with a Free Mumia / Anti- Death Penalty sign and a group of surly republicans. He was forcefully ejected from the event. Each disruption was captured by swarming media people with cameras.

Press interviews concerning the situation of Mumia Abu-Jamal were given to all too eager journalists after the event, and the next days news reported on the scuffle with varying degrees of sympathy. All in all the night should be considered a victory. Unfortunately victory comes with a price.

During the initial melee. Greg Will (known to his close friends and to the editors of WDBF as Greg ‘hardcore’ Will), an activist who works closely with Boston Food Not Bombs and the Victory Gardens Project in Maine, was arrested and spent the night in the state police holding cells. Greg was arraigned at Boston Municipal Courthouse at nine o’clock the following morning on charges of ‘disturbing the peace’ and ‘disrupting a public assembly gathered for lawful means.” His trial dates have been set for November 24 and December 3. Gregalso rumored to be known as Greg just don't give a fuck’ Will) was released under the condition he not go ncar the Park Plaza Hotel until then.

of the people. Declaring the action as a concrete step in the revolution, they urged national cooperation and building a national movement with a common agenda.

From the State House, the first Dead Prisoner Parade marched to the Supreme Judicial Court at Government Center, where Boston Food Not Bombs served soup and tea to the activists and the speakers resumed. Prisoner family members spoke out about the conditions their loved ones endure and the constraints that the prison system puts on their lives. Individuals spoke about the realities of having a family member incarcerated and the importance of organizing.

Cannon Ed Rodman reminded everyone of the history of the prisoner’s rights movement in Massachusetts. He related the story of Jorge Bidot who burned to death in his cell in Walpole because guards refused to open his cell so he could receive medical attention. It’s long past time to stop the death that passes unremarked upon behind the walls of our prisons. The demonstration closed with a poem read by Arlene Williams. a youth organizer calling for everyone present to carry forward the struggle.

“The coffins represent people who have died in prison, we’re giving them back to the SJC.” -- Kazi Touré, co-ordinator of the Criminal Justice Program of the AFSC.

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1998 Founninc CONVENTION

WORCESTER - From July 31st-August 2nd, over 60 anarchists from Maryland to Montreal met at the founding convention of the Atlantic Anarchist Circle (A.A.C.) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Following last. years conference held at the Institute for Social Ecology ' in Plainfield, Vermont. this years convention witnessed an even greater strengthening of the A.A.C. Perfect' weather and fine preparation by the local Worcester anarchists from ‘The Firecracker’ infoshop. who hosted ' the event. coliaborated to create the best possiblé environment for the work at hand.

The Atlantic Anarchist Circle was established as a network to coordinate efforts and unify anarchists from : the Atlantic region. The purpose of this conference was to build on this idea and actually crê: structure that : could accomplish this task. o

__ After a round of introductions and exchanges “Of. information about projects: happening in various:tegions~ > Howard Ehrlich, from the journal Social An ¡sr facilitated a discussion on possible anarchista een societies and the changing world, meáns of realizing these visions and obstacles to overcome.

Both Saturday and Sunday were spent discussing proposals for creating a structure for the Atlantic Anarchist Circle. Working groups were established to help coordinate A.A.C. projects and activities. These working groups include a newsletter group. a tactics/strategies/actions group. a meetings group. a contact group. a resource group. and a finance/treasury group. These working groups are comprised of people from a wide geographical area [from Montreal and Quebec to D.C. and West Virginia] and anyone who is interested in joining one of these groups is encouraged to at any time.

Also worth mentioning is the discussion around the membership. A general budget target was set based on the cost of the newsletter (ideally coming out quarterly). incidental mailings. modest funds for the projects of working groups. emergency aid, and defraying some of the cost of maintaining an office in New York City, Based on this. it was decided that $15/year was a minimum requirement to keep this sustainable. with $30/year the basic membership and a sliding scale. with those who can pay more doing-so voluntarily. If you cant afford $15/year you can write to the A. A.C. and request a free membership.

Overall, it can be said that the A.A.C. Founding Convention was a success. There was a serious exchange of ideas, new contacts made, local music, personal interaction. good food (provided by Worcester Food Not Bombs). and most importantly the concrete development of practical plans.

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RADICAL WOMEN SEIZE BOSTON

BOSTON - W.R.A.G., the Womyns Radical Action Group, originally formed a year ago, reformed this past October. Since then, we've met weekly, with anywhere from 3 to 15 people attending.

We formed WRAG to have some women's only time and space to learn from, support, inspire and empower each other. Women have a history of passing down knowledge and skills through their actions and talking to one another. With the formation of universities and the further development of medical sciences, the church and capitalist greed, that informal way of teaching has been suppressed and even outlawed to make women subservient and ignorant, diminishing the threat to male "professionals" and academics. Informal teaching of one another is powerful, and we are reclaiming this important tool of female empowerment.

So far we've shared skills in silk-screening and

“Wood block printing, participated in an abortion rights

projects, sewn reusable cloth menstrual pads, had a

potluck and talked extensively on issues important to

us as'women. We’ve also formed a band, a circus and a radical cheerleading squad which performed at a local performance art party. We hope to continue with both the radical cheerleading and other performance and art projects.

We meet informally to hold activities as well as to plan actions outside of the group. In the future we hope to have workshops on herbalism, women’s health and self exams, self defense, bike mechanics and more art projects such as book binding and puppet making. ;

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As of this printing we meet every Sunday at 6:30PM in the community room of the harvest co-op (581 Mass Ave, central square, Cambridge). We hope to move soon, however, to the couch clad rooms of the Women's Center in Cambridge Come to the meetings. but it'd be a good idea to call or write first to confirm meeting time and place. for any info please call Ivanna at 617.562.8150; e-mail phlebophobia@juno.com: mail to PO box 390085, Cambridge MA 02139. Also, if you're interested in doing more general free skool stuff in the Boston area, contact the email or po box.

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VERMONT YANKEE ATOMIC REACTOR BLOCKED BY ANTIF-NUKE PROTESTERS

VERMONT - On August 27th, about 130 anti-nuke protesters blocked the gates of the Vermont Yankee atomic reactor in Vernon, VT. The demonstration was part of the Nuclear Free New England campaign. which also sponsored a week-long action camp in nearby Dummerston. By the end of the demonstration, 21 people were arrested for trespassing.

More than 300 people attended dozens of workshops and training sessions at the action camp.

On Tuesday, August 25th, the Bread and Puppet