Murray Bookchin urges us to know the root and possible outcome of our views

“What I am arguing for is the need to closely examine the premises of one’s views, and the ways they could potentially unfold if they are not critically examined and subjected to rational evaluation.”
– Murray Bookchin from the introduction to Which Way for the Ecology a Movement.

I fell into this statement today during some casual reading. The context for the statement is a deconstruction of some of his contemporaries that identified as “deep ecologists.” I appreciate it for it’s radically reflective mandate.

The first two things that come to mind while reading Bookchin’s introduction to “Which Way for the Ecology a Movement” are the exclusionary practices of some vegan and environmental groups, and the argument over whether or not “liberalism” or “the right” is the fastest path to fascism. You’ve likely seen the latter used strategically in opposition politics.

In our current political environment, I generally view this question as purposely muddled and void of context. The people who often raise this question in today’s mainstream discourse often serve merely as talking heads for some variant of Neoliberalism/colonialism—or they’re just flat-out reactionary. Their desired goal in either case is to build up to some form of witch-hunt. It’s often pulls real revolutionaries and innovators into the crosshairs of those guiding the campaign.

On the other hand, for example, when looking at the very pro-environmental perspectives of fascist regimes of the past, you can start to see the need to apply “rational evaluation” to our thinking around our pressing environmental challenges.

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URGENT: Please attend CPS “turn around” meetings to support struggling schools

1010928_213106498836621_1949213047_nThe war on teachers and low-income students continues as the CPS proposes to “turn around” three elementary schools next month. This is just more school closings by another name, and continues the aggressive campaign to privatize public education.

Schools targeted include McNair, Dvorak, and Gresham elementary schools, where 97% of the students are African American and low income, and over 50% of the staff is African American. “Turn around” means that ALL of the employees at the school will be laid-off, and the future of the school is handed over to the controversial Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) for the next school year. The AUSL has an inconsistent track record of raising performance, and has close ties to Chicago’s unelected Board of Education.

Please attend these meetings. These schools are being targeted with a strategy of isolation, but we all know that public education and the loss of jobs has a negative effect on our entire city. Please show up to the following meetings and express solidarity with the teachers, parents, and students.

 

Wednesday April 2, 2014 from 6pm-8pm at the schools listed below:

 

April 9th & 10th: Public hearings at CPS’ headquarters:
CPS Central Administration building
125 S. Clark Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
You can also call the Board of Education at (773) 553-1600 and voice your concerns.

 

Further info.:

 

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Struggling To Win A Free Society

On this show we’re talking with Melissa, Gabriel, and Pablo, three Chilean organizers visiting the US to share their wisdom regarding working class organizing in Chile. They paint a picture of what it has been like for left-wing, working-class people’s movements in Chile to successfully organize against the tidal wave of neoliberalism that crashed down on their country during the rain of the Pinochet dictatorship.

Chile has a long history of working class struggle in shanty towns, factories, mines, community organizations, and schools. In the 20 years after the US supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende’s government, much of the organizing was done underground. However after the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, there was a new rise of mass popular organization in the country. Anarchists have been a major force in the social movements, strategically organizing to build power. This has manifested in solidarity for the Mapuches, anarchists winning the student union elections at the University of Chile, militant pro-abortion actions, and libertarian labor organizations.This national tour brings three individuals involved in these struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres. This winter, the speakers will be traveling throughout the country, coming to Chicago during the first week of February, and we hope that you can spread the word and hear about the important work that is happening in Chile.

Below is the information for their speaking tour, happening in multiple locations around Chicago.

Struggling to Win in South America

Blog: http://chilespeakingtour.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strugglingtowin?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TourChileno2K14

EVENTS

Donation- $5-15 suggested donation per event, no one turned away.

Wednesday, February 5th
Struggling to Win Gender Equality

Fighting Against Gender Violence and Discrimination in Chile –
Patriarchy and structural violence through capitalism, state and religion.
Melissa Nefeli – La Alzada Anarchist Feminist Collective
6:00 pm
North Central College
Naperville, IL

Thursday, February 6th

Struggling to Win A Free Education

A student movement against corporate education in post-dictatorship Chile

Pablo, Gabriel, and Melissa

6 – 8:30 pm
Stuart Hall, Room 101, University of Chicago
5835 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Saturday, February 8th
Struggling to Win A Free Society

Student and labor organizing, social centers and the arts in Chile
Pablo, Gabriel, and Melissa

6 – 8:30 pm
Quilombo Cultural Center
1757 N Kimball, Chicago, IL 60647

~Childcare provided.~

Labor donated

27 de enero 2014

Anarquistas chilenos vienen a Chicago
Luchando para ganar en América del Sur

Blog: http://chilespeakingtour.wordpress.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/strugglingtowin?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TourChileno2K14

Chile tiene una larga historia de lucha de la clases en los barrios marginales, las fábricas, las minas, las organizaciones comunitarias y escuelas. En los 20 años después del golpe de Estado apoyado por los EE.UU. que derrocó al gobierno de Salvador Allende, gran parte de la movilización se hizo subterráneo. Sin embargo después de la caída de la dictadura en 1990, se produjo un nuevo aumento de la organización popular de masas en el país. Los anarquistas han sido una fuerza importante en los movimientos sociales, la organización estratégica de construir poder. Esto se ha manifestado en solidaridad con los mapuches, la victoria de los anarquistas en las elecciones de la asociación de estudiantes de la Universidad de Chile, en las acciones a favor del aborto militantes y organizaciones laborales libertarios.

Esta gira nacional lleva a tres individuos implicados en estas luchas para hablar sobre las lecciones aprendidas y crear solidaridad entre los hemisferios . Este invierno, los presentadores estarán viajando por todo el país, llegando a Chicago durante la primera semana de febrero, y esperamos que puedan correr la voz y escuchar acerca de la importante obra que está pasando en Chile.

Donación sugerida: $5-15 por evento, no se niega la entrada a nadie.

Miércoles, 5 de febrero
Luchando para ganar la igualdad de género
Lucha contra la Violencia de Género y Discriminación en Chile –
El patriarcado y violencia estructural a través del capitalismo , el estado y la religión.
Melissa Nefeli – La Alzada Anarquista Feminista Colectiva

6:00 de la tarde
North Central College
Naperville, ILJueves, 6 de febrero
Luchando para ganar una educación libre
Un movimiento estudiantil contra la educación empresarial en Chile posdictadura
Pablo, Gabriel y Melissa
6 – 8:30 pm
Stuart Hall, Room 101, Universidad de Chicago
5835 S. Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60637Sábado, 8 de febrero
Luchando para ganar una sociedad libre
Uniones de estudiantes y trabajadores, los centros sociales
y las artes en Chile

Pablo, Gabriel y Melissa
6 – 8:30 pm
Quilombo Centro Cultural
1757 N Kimball , Chicago, IL 60647
~ Cuidado de niños disponible ~Patrocinadores
Rosa Negra Federación Anarquista
Primero de Mayo Alianza Anarquista
Chicago IWW; Chicago IWW Blog
Asociación Libre de Anarquistas
Alianza Solidaridad ObreraTrabajo donado

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On Tomorrow’s Show: Chilean Anarchists come to Chicago

Tomorrow at 1pm CST, on que4.org, we’ll be talking with three visiting Chilean’s who will paint a picture of what it has been like for left-wing, working-class people’s movements in Chile to successfully organize against the tidal wave of neoliberalism that crashed down on their country during the rain of the Pinochet dictatorship.

Chile has a long history of working class struggle in shanty towns, factories, mines, community organizations, and schools.  In the 20 years after the US supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende’s government, much of the organizing was done underground.  However after the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, there was a new rise of mass popular organization in the country.  Anarchists have been a major force in the social movements, strategically organizing to build power.  This has manifested in solidarity for the Mapuches, anarchists winning the student union elections at the University of Chile, militant pro-abortion actions, and libertarian labor organizations.This national tour brings three individuals involved in these struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres.  This winter, the speakers will be traveling throughout the country, coming to Chicago during the first week of February, and we hope that you can spread the word and hear about the important work that is happening in Chile.

Below is the information for their speaking tour, happening in multiple locations around Chicago.

Struggling to Win in South America

Blog:                   http://chilespeakingtour.wordpress.com/
Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/strugglingtowin?fref=ts
Gmail: strugglingtowin@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TourChileno2K14

EVENTS

Donation- $5-15 suggested donation per event, no one turned away.

Wednesday, February 5th
Struggling to Win Gender Equality

Fighting Against Gender Violence and Discrimination in Chile –
Patriarchy and structural violence through capitalism, state and religion.
Melissa Nefeli – La Alzada Anarchist Feminist Collective
6:00 pm
North Central College
Naperville, IL

Thursday, February 6th

Struggling to Win A Free Education 

A student movement against corporate education in post-dictatorship Chile

Pablo, Gabriel, and Melissa

6 – 8:30 pm
Stuart Hall, Room 101, University of Chicago
5835 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Saturday, February 8th
Struggling to Win A Free Society

Student and labor organizing, social centers and the arts in Chile
Pablo, Gabriel, and Melissa

6 – 8:30 pm
Quilombo Cultural Center
1757 N Kimball, Chicago, IL 60647

~Childcare provided.~

Labor donated

27 de enero 2014

Anarquistas chilenos vienen a Chicago
Luchando para ganar en América del Sur

Contacto de prensa local: (773) 217-9062, fourstaranarchists@gmail.com

Blog:           http://chilespeakingtour.wordpress.com/
Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/strugglingtowin?fref=ts
Gmail :        strugglingtowin@gmail.com
Twitter:        https://twitter.com/TourChileno2K14

Chile tiene una larga historia de lucha de la clases en los barrios marginales, las fábricas, las minas, las organizaciones comunitarias y escuelas. En los 20 años después del golpe de Estado apoyado por los EE.UU. que derrocó al gobierno de Salvador Allende, gran parte de la movilización se hizo subterráneo. Sin embargo después de la caída de la dictadura en 1990, se produjo un nuevo aumento de la organización popular de masas en el país. Los anarquistas han sido una fuerza importante en los movimientos sociales, la organización estratégica de construir poder. Esto se ha manifestado en solidaridad con los mapuches, la victoria de los anarquistas en las elecciones de la asociación de estudiantes de la Universidad de Chile, en las acciones a favor del aborto militantes y organizaciones laborales libertarios.

Esta gira nacional lleva a tres individuos implicados en estas luchas para hablar sobre las lecciones aprendidas y crear solidaridad entre los hemisferios . Este invierno, los presentadores estarán viajando por todo el país, llegando a Chicago durante la primera semana de febrero, y esperamos que puedan correr la voz y escuchar acerca de la importante obra que está pasando en Chile.

Donación sugerida: $5-15 por evento, no se niega la entrada a nadie.

Miércoles, 5 de febrero
Luchando para ganar la igualdad de género
Lucha contra la Violencia de Género y Discriminación en Chile –
El patriarcado y violencia estructural a través del capitalismo , el estado y la religión.
Melissa Nefeli – La Alzada Anarquista Feminista Colectiva

6:00 de la tarde
North Central College
Naperville, ILJueves, 6 de febrero
Luchando para ganar una educación libre
Un movimiento estudiantil contra la educación empresarial en Chile posdictadura
Pablo, Gabriel y Melissa
6 – 8:30 pm
Stuart Hall, Room 101, Universidad de Chicago
5835 S. Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60637Sábado, 8 de febrero
Luchando para ganar una sociedad libre
Uniones de estudiantes y trabajadores, los centros sociales
y las artes en Chile

Pablo, Gabriel y Melissa
6 – 8:30 pm
Quilombo Centro Cultural
1757 N Kimball , Chicago, IL 60647
~ Cuidado de niños disponible ~Patrocinadores
Rosa Negra Federación Anarquista
Primero de Mayo Alianza Anarquista
Chicago IWW; Chicago IWW Blog
Asociación Libre de Anarquistas
Alianza Solidaridad ObreraTrabajo donado

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