Author Archives: elysa

RAM Study: Anarchism in Latin America – Mexico

Anarchism has always had a rich history in Latin America. This week we will begin exploring this tradition in more detail. We will start with chapter 12 of Ángel Cappelletti’s text, “Anarchism in Latin America,” which is on Mexico. The text will trace the tradition from the mid 19th century, to Ricardo Flores Magon and the Mexican Revolution. The text can be found here: https://thebasebk.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/LatinAmer.pdf January 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Prison Strike Solidarity: RAM Support Thru the Walls

Come help spread the word about the national prison strike! We are getting close to our goal of sending 1000 letters to people inside New York state prisons about the strike. Organizers have asked people outside the walls send letters to people inside different facilities. We’ll be having a letter stutfing event to get the word out! We have addresses, letters, envelopes, so just come through! If you know anyone in particular you would like to tell about the strike, bring their address. We’re trying to get 1,000 letters in, so if you have the means, bring $5-10 to donate towards stamps. About the National Prison Strike: 8/21 – 9/9 People incarcerated in the United States, suffering some of the […]

NYC Anarchist Black Cross: Letter Writing Dinner for the MOVE 9

It’s uncommon that we are able to relate good news, but this week we can. Robert Seth Hayes has been released on parole, having met all criteria for release according to his sentence and after serving 45 years in prison. Welcome home, Seth! It’s impossible to celebrate Seth’s release without remembering that we have so many comrades still in prison. So NYC ABC will do what we do and host another of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners. We are so close to the 40th anniversary of the police attack on the MOVE house that we are focusing this week’s event on the MOVE 9. The MOVE 9 are a family of strong, serious, deeply committed revolutionaries who have endured decades of violent oppression at the hands […]

A Brief History of the New Afrikan Prison Struggle

This week we are reading A Brief History of the New Afrikan Prison Struggle (Parts 1 and 2) by Sundiata Acoli! “This article is stunningly brief yet, amazingly, full of important information. The New Afrikan liberation struggle behind the walls refers to the struggle of Black prisoners, “behind the walls” of US penal institutions, to gain liberation for ourselves, our people, and all oppressed people.” https://www.freedomarchives.org/Documents/Finder/DOC513_scans/Sundiata_Acoli/513.sundiata%20Acoli%20-%20A%20brief%20History%20of%20the%20New%20Afrikan%20Prison%20Struggle.htm   Friday August 3 7-9pm

Spanish Civil War and Revolution: Circled A History Series

International anarchism was in decline in the decades following the first the First World War. Massive repression of anarchist organizations, the rise of Bolshevism in the global socialist movement, and internecine tensions combined to all but decimate the “Beautiful Ideal” in many countries. But in Spain, with its semi-autonomous regions, multi-cultural make-up, and strong libertarian traditions, anarchism remained a dominant ideology amongst the working classes. When fascist generals (supported by Hitler and Mussolini) rose up against the recently elected left-leaning government, it was the anarchists (primarily the [email protected] CNT) that jumped into action, arming workers and halting the fascist advance. During the 3 years of bloody civil war that followed, some of the largest experiments in conscious anarchism were carried […]

Prison Strike Solidarity: RAM Support Thru the Walls

Come help spread the word about the national prison strike! Our first event was a big success, and we have already packed close to 300 letters addressed to people inside prisons in New York state. Organizers have asked people outside the walls send letters to people inside different facilities. We’ll be having a letter stutfing event to get the word out! We have addresses, letters, envelopes, so just come through! If you know anyone in particular you would like to tell about the strike, bring their address. We’re trying to get 1,000 letters in, so if you have the means, bring $5-10 to donate towards stamps. About the National Prison Strike: 8/21 – 9/9 People incarcerated in the United States, […]