Confronting Expulsion from the City: Organizing in San Francisco

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

(by: Nick García and Daniel Gutiérrez)

Earlier this month, San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority began holding hearings to restrict the use of Google and other companies from using public transit stops for their employee shuttles, and by August will begin charging 1$ per Google bus stop to create revenue for public transportation. This was a result of public outcry and organizing around this symbol of the growing economic inequality and gentrification of San Francisco.

From Smart car tipping to Google bus blocking, San Francisco has become synonymous to gentrification.

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Thank you, Maggie — I mean — Dilma! The Workers’ Party of Brazil Has Gone Full Thatcher!

Credit: Agencia Brasil

Credit: Agencia Brasil

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

The past week in Brazil has fully revealed the face of the country’s Worker’s Party (PT). If there’s any wonder as to which side of the fence the PT is on, it surely isn’t on the side of the workers. Continue reading

“No King, No Master, Long Live Anarchism!” The Spanish anti-monarchy protests

(By: Nicholas García)

Political scandal, embezzlement, extravagant safari trips, and the legacy of the Franco dictatorship. The current Spanish royal family, restored by Francisco Franco in the hopes of continuing his dictatorship, has seen its lowest public approval rating since Juan Carlos was installed in the 1970s. His abdication on June 2nd amidst this scandal and his old age was the cue for organizers all around Spain and Europe to call for an end of the monarchy, a more democratic society, and a rekindling of a Third Spanish Republic. Continue reading

Local Struggles Have Global Contexts – How Many People Died For Your Shirt? Towards a Global Unionism

(By: Antje Dieterich)

One year ago, on April 24th, 2013, more than 1,000 people died during the collapse of the factory “Rana Plaza” in Bangladesh. The clothes that were made in the factory were delivered to Germany, to the US, to Mexico, to France —in short words, to every country in the world were you can get your shirts from Benetton, Mango, C&A, Adler and the discounter KiK. Continue reading

World Cup or Bust: How the 2014 World Cup is Screwing Brazil

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

As the
countdown to the 2014 Brazilian World Cup draws nearer to a close, the brazilian military plans to invade favelas, the city of Porto Alegre threatens to cancel all events related to the World Cup, a record draught threatens to further harm the Brazilian economy, Brazil’s credit rating continues to plummet, and paramilitary forces continue to grow and threaten Brazilian society.  Continue reading

Interrogating the Uprising in Michoacán

(By: Daniel Gutiérrez)

Since January, global media outlets have continued to be rocked by images of the autodefensa (spanish for self-defense) uprising in Michoacán. On the Left, people applaud what appeared to be a new autonomous movement that challenged the power of the Mexican state. However, critical questions must be asked regarding the uprising. Primarily, who is running the show? Continue reading