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Winter Study Materials

How the Irish Became White, by Noel Ignatiev (centers on black-Irish relations in antebellum Philadelphia): http://jroan.com/HtIBWhite.pdf

The Workshop of the World (industrial history of Philadelphia): http://www.workshopoftheworld.com/overview/overview.html

ACS City Economic Census Data: http://acs-economic-city.findthedata.org/l/22663/Philadelphia-Pennsylvania

Bureau of Labor Statistics (Philadelphia unemployment stats): http://www.bls.gov/ro3/urphl.htm

PEW, Philadelphia 2013, State of the City: http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Philadelphia_Research_Initiative/Philadelphia-City-Statistics.pdf

The Holding Pattern, by End Notes: http://endnotes.org.uk/articles/18

Class Composition and the Theory of the Party, by Sergio Bologna:
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Struggle to Win Tour: Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile

Pablo and Gabriel, two Chilean anarchists with a wealth of experience in anarchist spaces and organizations as well Chile’s vibrant social movements, will be making a stop in Philly as part of a national speaking tour. The event will be on January 20th, from 7pm to 9.30pm, at the Wooden Shoe, which is at 704 South Street. Come hear them speak about their experiences and insights as anarchist participating and contributing to the social movements in Chile. Some of the topics will include: the 1990s, rebuilding a movement after the dictatorships, strategies and responses to political/social questions that influenced building a social movement, and the importance of a class analysis. Learn more about them and the tour at: http://chilespeakingtour.wordpress.com/

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Points of Unity of the Queens Fast Food Coordinating Committee

Below are the Points of Unity of the Queens Fast Food Coordinating Committee, close comrades of ours from NYC. We find these points of unity helpful in our ongoing quest to build an intermediate level organization in Philly.

1. Capitalism has used the cheapening of food to lower the wages of all workers, fast food workers included. This one simple statement, shows that capitalism and workers are enemies. The less fast food workers are paid, the lower food can be priced. The lower the cost of food, the less bosses have to pay all workers to survive. Therefore, any attacks on fast food workers, are an attack on all workers. Continue reading

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On Fighting Patriarchy: Why Bros Falling Back Isn’t Enough

This is an analysis of “Bros Fall Back,” a zine which has become rather influential among the Philadelphia anarchist scene. While the critiques put forth in “Bros Fall Back” are aimed at the Philly punk scene, we also see them as touching on problems which are prevalent (albeit in very different forms) in the left, and in society as a whole, and we will consider them from this larger standpoint in this essay. Moreover, because the zine barely mentions race, the state, and capital (except in a very abstract and confusing way towards the end–“the politics of being cool”), we will not deal much with these other categories here, although we realize that patriarchy (which normative sexuality is the product of) cannot be overthrown without simultaneously overthrowing the material basis of those other three categories (this we are saving for a much longer, more in-depth piece which goes beyond the purposes of this one). Interpersonal politics are not a minor detail that can wait until after the revolution, and while we agree with the authors of “Bros Fall Back” on this, and on a number of other questions, (1) we disagree with the way that they conceptualize and attempt to challenge oppression and identity. Continue reading

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Fall Study Materials

South Philadelphia, by Mary Rizzo

Workshop of the World, by Walter Licht

Lords of the Docks: Interracial Unionism Wobbly-Style, by Peter Cole

The Philadelphia Dockers Strike and Local 8 of the IWW, by Mouvement Communiste

Building a Solidarity Network Guide, by Cold B and T Barnacle

Building a Solidarity Network in Houston, by the Southwest Defense Network

Social Explorer, a website for demographic research

The Intermediate Level Analysis, by S. Nappalos

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Fire This Time: Notes on the Crisis of Reproduction

  1. Intro

Fire burns upon the witches pyres again. The flames usher in a period in which capital must contain a new crisis. The cyclical nature of crisis within capital crashes upon us: the woman worker body, whose purpose is twofold; to reproduce capital as well as to tend to a growing labor force with less and less resources. Continue reading

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Summer Study Materials

We read these over the summer. In the future we will post other materials that we have studied.

Detroit I do Mind Dying, By Dan Georgakas

Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color, By Kimberle Crenshaw

The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, By Mariarosa Dalla Costa & Selma James

The Left’s Minstrel Show: How College Educated Revolutionaries Keep the Working Class Shucking and Jiving, By Will

Caliban and the Witch, By Silvia Federici

Capitalism and Gay Identity, By John D’Emilio

I Am a Woman and a Human: A Marxist-Feminist Critique of Intersectionality Theory