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    Accounting for the Student Movement in Canada

    A response to Caelie Frampton

    Although we should be wary of idealizing the past and ignoring the extent to which the modern university has always been linked to corporate interests, the current state of North American campuses is alarming and calls for monumental change. We are witnessing a near total erosion of the spaces that…

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    Giving Form to a Stampede

    The First Two Years of the New Students for a Democratic Society

    “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu Recently, at a party, one of us was introduced as an organizer involved in launching the “new” Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The person raised her eyebrows. “I don’t know anything about the new SDS,” she said, “but i…

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    The Politics of Solidarity

    Six Nations, Leadership, and the Settler Left

    This article will address some issues which have arisen in the context of non-native activists doing solidarity work with the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) people of the Grand River Territory who recently reclaimed land near Caledonia, Ontario.1 I will begin by discussing the problems with how many no…

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    Possible Worlds

    Dispatches from the World Social Forum

    Since its founding in 2001, the World Social Forum (WSF) has gained international prominence as a space for various activists and NGOs to converge, meet, discuss, and strategize against globalization and imperialism. Organized to counter the annual World Economic Forum, the WSF has grown both in siz…

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    Walking Away from Failure

    A Response to AK Thompson (and Others)

    When one writes a book, one hopes that it will be read. And when a book is read, one hopes that it will be read well - heartily, carefully, honestly, provocatively. I can say that I’m quite happy that Gramsci Is Dead (Between the Lines, 2006) has been read, and that it has generally been read well…

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    How To Keep On Keeping On

    Sustaining Ourselves in Community Organizing and Social Justice Struggles

    In the context of everyday injustices like poverty, racism, heterosexism, colonialism and ableism, community organizing is often carried out with a strong sense of urgency. While this urgency is understandable given the intense struggle for basic survival on the part of those living on the streets,...

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    Enter the Intergalactic

    The Zapatistas’ Sixth Declaration in the US and the World

    The Zapatistas, an army of indigenous Mayans and their support communities in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas, have had a profound influence on people’s movements around the world. From their armed uprising on New Year’s Day in 1994 to their hasty transition less than two weeks later to…

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    Adventures in Colonialism

    Canadian Complicity in the Occupation of Haiti

    Last December, I visited Annette “So Ann” Auguste, a popular Haitian folksinger, Lavalas activist, grandmother, adult educator – and, since her violent May 2004 arrest at the hands of US Marines1 – one of Haiti’s most high-profile political prisoners. Even in the overcrowded prison where s…

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    Making Friends with Failure

    A Critical Response to Richard Day’s Gramsci Is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements

    It’s nice to have a victory every once in a while. As someone who lived through the rise and fall of militant action on this continent during the last dozen years, I should know. These days, there’s something demoralizing and vaguely absurd about our habits. We issue urgent call-outs for demonst…

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    Warrior Societies in Contemporary Indigenous Communities

    To explore the history and impacts of indigenous revolutionary organizing in Canada, we are pleased to publish excerpts from Taiaiake Alfred and Lana Lowe’s paper “Warrior Societies in Contemporary Indigenous Communities”. The excerpts we have chosen discuss history and spiritual aspects of in…