As anarchists, it is important that we study our history, both to learn from our movement’s past and to locate our current struggles in context. Come learn, teach, discuss, (and argue) about exciting events and people such as the Paris Commune, the Haymarket Tragedy, the Kronstadt Rebellion, Zapatistas then and now, Kanno Sugako, the Durruti Column, Kuwasi Balagoon, and so much more.
Our second session (2/22/18) will focus on the series of events collectively known as the Haymarket affair, an important moment in international working class and anti-authoritarian history. The story features the fight for the 8 hour day and the general strike, direct action and resistance to state repression, and became the inspiration for the adoption of May Day as International Workers’ Day. We’ll be contextualizing these events with the Abolition and “Reconstruction” movements in preceding decades and the Wounded Knee massacre just a few years later.
“The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today.” (August Spies, November 11, 1887)