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A poster calling for a General Strike has been circulating in New York City as American Occupy camps and global parallel movements discuss the plausibility of calling an international strike for May Day. The poster is an adapted version of one made for Oakland’s November 2nd General Strike. Aside from the date and location change, another notable difference is the flag-waving figure appears to now less dudely attire.

This week, a new New York City group calling itself Strike Everywhere posted this message calling for the strike:

5 DAY WEEKEND

Friday APRIL 27 – Tuesday MAY 1 , 2012

GLOBAL GENERAL STRIKE

MAY DAY 2012

At work, under constant surveillance, we struggle for a daily wage, simply to increase the profit margins for our bosses. Previously, the ruling classes had slaves and indentured servants, forcing labor relations through brute force. Today they still have us as slaves and servants through wage labor contracts and fraudulent notions of debt. As we have all seen, debt can be forgiven, in the trillions, to those who own society; but for the rest of us debt is inexcusable, and our lives, our time, our futures, are always negotiable.

May Day is known the world over as International Workers Day, a day commemorating violence by police and strike-breakers against workers engaged in a general strike to bring about the 8 hour work day. This struggle for the 8 hour work day was not the end goal for those who put their lives on the line in Chicago in 1886, but it was part of a broader aim of destroying the very means of our oppression— capital and the state.  This war continues. So too the general strikes of 2012 will establish a decisive drive towards the materialization of a social force to be feared by bosses and politicians the world over.

It’s time to become this force – a social force capable of attacking our enemies when and where it hurts and sustaining and defending each other in this transformative global moment; a force able to fight and win, a force able to collectively end these indignities and give us the necessary leverage to overcome mediation and to determine our own futures.

This is a call for a 5 day weekend beginning Friday April 27th, culminating in global General Strike on Tuesday May 1st. We propose using this mobilization as a tool for realizing more global solidarity and mutual aid while creating and strengthening the necessary relations and conditions for revolutionary potential – here and now. We will strike, assemble, block and shut down the city!

We are New York City Anarchists, Anti-capitalists and Autonomists; we are joining the call for global revolution. In the coming weeks local groups and individuals, along with regional and global allies will help develop and facilitate a framework to organize, coordinate and propagate activities for a 5 day weekend. This will include local and regional organizing bodies, websites and information hubs, resource and skill sharing, and various actions, events, and outreach efforts in the lead up to the General Strike.

From the struggle that brought the 8 hour work day, to the people who want it all – everything for everyone

Capitalism means suburbs and slums, condos and ghettos. It means evictions and security deposits, cold, moldy, infested apartments and high rent. It means repetitive, boring, dangerous work, unemployment and homelessness. It means isolation, imaginary togetherness and real conservative communities, prejudice, racism and political correctness. It means speculation and regulation, growth and stagnation, crisis and war. It means landlords and loan sharks, police and politicians, bureaucrats and bosses.

But all these things come about because they work. They grow out of and reinforce the basic capitalist social relationships. These social relationships are not optional. If we want food, housing or anything else, we have to buy it, and the only way we have to make money is to sell our ability to work. The pressures we feel in everyday life are the same that explode in the wars and crisis that disrupt everyday life. Dead labor needs to squeeze living labor. Capital needs to move and expand. Our everyday activity is turned against us and seems like a force of nature, a monster.

Merry Christmas, comrades! This week, The Housing Monster, the long awaited follow up to Abolish Restaurants was finally unveiled! Through focus on the social relevance of the house/home, other topics such as work, community, religion, and, of course, class struggle are developed in the sort of crystal clear prose and Gerd Arntz-reminiscent graphics that we’ve come to expect from the fine folks at prole.info.

Read it online here or wait for it to be available from PM Press in the next few months.

Pre-empting the Occupy Goes Home actions currently underway in East New York these banners, tweeted by @natashalennard, reflect an anarchist response to the increasingly liberal rhetoric of the Occupy movement.
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From The Blaze:

Asher_Wolf 6 hours 54 mins ago Twitter
“This act of vandalism was not authorized by the G.A.” People from #OccupyOakland take turns guarding a store. yfrog.com/kkl0whbj

Adorno Street art in DC

August 13, 2011

Not sure what the quote is from, but the QR code links to Negative Dialectics. Who wouldn’t want to a read a 440 page book on their iPhone?

Soviet Propaganda Comix!

April 26, 2011

“Dance around the Dollar”

“Forces of the Wold”

“The fight for freedom”

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No one does boring academic conferences like New School Grad students. Take this poster for example:

Hegel and Marx’s portraits are layered one atop the other, one in red and the other in blue, to suggest that with the right glasses the two dissonant faces will becoming one three-dimensional image. What could be a more appropriate visual metaphor to signify the field of historical materialism–itself a synthesis of Hegel’s view of history and Marx’s materialist political and economic philosophy? The line up also looks pretty killer, with Moishe Postone and Paul Mattick giving the keynote lectures. More info at http://spiritofcapital.com/.

While they tear apart the streets to make artillery against the police and State-sponsored thugs, the insurrectionists have also been forced to cobbled together hats out of trash to protect themselves from projectiles. Found these at at Spaceghetto.

They also built a few badass Catapults:

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