Tag Archives: anarchism

Queer

24 Jun

I think I came out as ‘bisexual’ to my parents when I was 15 or 16. They weren’t happy.

Despite that, and my later identification as queer, I have had primarily heterosexual partners of the opposite sex. I have dated a lot of straight men. And I have had a really hard time with relationships and with my relationship towards sex. I have spent a lot time bouncing back and forth between monogamy and polyamory. I have all the baggage from being raised by a Catholic father. I live in a society that makes it easier to be straight than to be queer.

Despite identifying as queer, I have kind of let that play only a background role in my life. I have concentrated on other things, other politics, other movements. And because of that and my lack of critiquing my own behavior, I just dated a lot of straight men. I don’t hate men or hate dating men. But more often than not, the dynamic I have experienced in these relationships has left me feeling disconnected, annoyed, or just off about the relationship. Continue reading

May 11th: Jackson State

11 May

10 days after the Kent State Massacre in 1970, in Jackson, Mississippi there was a similar but much less publicized tragedy.  At Jackson State College on May 14/15, students had gathered to protest the US invasion of Cambodia. As the evening went on there were fires and turned over cars. Close to midnight, the police decided to disperse the crowd of Black student protesters. They approached and then for no apparent reason opened fire on the protesters- shooting 140 rounds.

Two people were murdered by the police that night- Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, and James Earl Green, 17. 12 others were also injured. Continue reading

May 5: Sacco and Vanzetti

6 May

Sacco and Vanzetti were two Italian immigrant anarchists arrested on May 5, 1920 for a bank robbery and corresponding murders that had happened on April 15 in South Braintree, Massachusetts.

Luigi Galleani was an Italian anarchist at the time who promoted violent revolution. Sacco and Vanzetti were purported followers of Galleani, and so they were suspected of robbing the bank so as to fund the bombing campaigns going on at the time.

The evidence against Sacco and Vanzetti was circumstantial at best. And in fact even the judge in the trial made no qualms about coming out and saying that even if they were not guilty of this particular crime they were still the enemy. Through multiple trials and appeals, they were still found guilty. Esculpatory evidence, such as their alibis, was not given fair hearing. Continue reading

Anarchism- what it means

25 Feb

I believe that any anarchist who lets others know of their belief spends a lot of time fielding really pesky questions about what anarchism is and how it would work and isn’t that just chaos and blahblahblah.

And then as anarchists we also spend a lot of time working against the MANY facets of society that are all about repression, oppression, cruelty, greed etc. We do this because that is what we have to do to work towards the world of healthy communities that take care of each other that we want to see. A huge part of our task is this struggle.

And we get angry. We get so angry. And we should. And we have to. Because a lot of times the alternative is sad, the sort of sadness that is so completely disabling. It is better to have the fire of anger than to give up, than to let go, than to quit.

Anger can sometimes be useful, but sometimes that fire can be too all consuming. I believe that many times we forget what anarchism is really all about. Anarchism is about smashing the state, and it is about shutting down the corporations, and it is about destroying patriarchy and ending all the isms, about confronting and challenging privilege etc. We live is such a fucked up world that we have to spend so much time fighting to keep people from suffering.

People. Continue reading

Anarchy and spirituality

19 Feb

I have the stick and poke ‘no gods no masters’ tattoo on my arm.
I have a huge amount of skepticism towards almost all organized religions. I find most religious people to be full of the same crap that most non religious people are full of.
Is there a type of spirituality that is okay? Can one be an anarchist and religious or spiritual?
I met a new friend at Richmond Food Not Bombs. Turns out he is a Christian. But probably one of the most impressive people I have met in a long time. Continue reading

Next RVA ABC Meeting and Movie Screening

15 Mar

Come on out to the next Richmond Anarchist Black Cross Meeting and Movie Screening on Thursday March  26th at 7pm at the William Byrd Community Center in Oregon Hill on Cherry Street. We will have addresses for you to write political prisoners from, and we will be screening UP THE RIDGE, a film about Virginia prisons at 730. Bring your friends, family, kids etc. Come to ask questions! Come to talk! Come to get free literature! Come to hang out!

Write Political Prisoners Letters!! Its easy and you can do it!

15 Mar

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Its rainy where I am, and maybe where you are too. What better time to take a minute to write a letter to a political prisoner or two. Here are the most recent addresses I have of a bunch. It doesn’t take much to show solidarity with our comrades in prison- so write them a letter.

Here are some tips:

A Few Do’s and Don’ts in Correspondence A few dos and don’ts on writing prisoners whose backgrounds/politics you may not know. Continue reading