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Jason Read: “The Modality of Necessity: On Clover’s ‘Riot. Strike. Riot'”

“The question is how does one make a politics out of this combination of necessity and contingency. Such a question is not new, it might be the question of revolutionary politics. The long wave of strikes had answers to this question, answers that took the form of the worker’s movement, revolutionary unions, and so on.”

“Brazil hit by first general strike in two decades”

Protesters are taking a stand against the president’s proposed pension reforms. … Demonstrations are taking place across the country, with organisers saying they would focus attention on disrupting cities rather than small towns and rural communities.”

“Argentine Workers to Hold General Strike against Neoliberalism”

“Dozens of labor unions and grassroots organizations are calling for a general strike in Argentina on Thursday in protest of President Mauricio Macri and his neoliberal economic policies.  The strike coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, which is expected to attract thousands of business and political leaders from around the world to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.”

Cinzia Arruzza: “Feminists are currently leading the way”

Following 8 March, International Women’s Day, “what characterizes this new feminist movement is precisely that it is making women’s labor visible and addressing women not simply as women, but as workers. It was not by chance that we appropriated the term ‘strike’ for March 8. … This is also why in the United States we adopted the slogan of the feminism for the 99%: we want a class-based feminist movement, for we are perfectly aware that women, and particularly racialized women, are the most exploited sector of the working class and also the sector that works the most, at home and outside the home.”

Tariq Ali: “The Octobrist Women”

Women played a major part in the February uprising:  “Who were the women behind the bread riots that sparked the Russian Revolution? On International Women’s Day in 1917, women textile workers left their factories and took to the streets in Petrograd to demand bread and peace. Their actions triggered food riots and a mass strike, ultimately leading to the fall of Tsar Nicholas and changing the course of history.”

“This spring, America is going on strike against Trump”

“Anti-Trump sentiment has generated calls for one of the most difficult mass demonstrations: the general strike.”

“The Women’s Strike and the Messy Space of Change”

‘Tomorrow is the Women’s Strike, the fourth of ten actions that have been called for by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. The strike was planned to coincide with International Women’s Day, and the march organizers, in tandem with a team organizing protests in forty countries around the world, have asked women to take whatever form of action their lives allow for. Take the day off from “paid and unpaid labor,” including housework and child care, if you can, or avoid shopping at corporate or male-owned businesses, or simply wear red in solidarity. There will be rallies in at least fifty cities around the United States.’

Eric Brandom: “Imagining the Worker’s Revolution: The Case of Georges Sorel”

Why workers must organize themselves:  Sorel’s 1898 pamphlet, L’Avenir socialiste des syndicats, which we can call “The Socialist Future of the Unions,” famously concludes: “the whole future of socialism rests in the autonomous development of the worker syndicats” (60).

Cinzia Arruzza & Tithi Bhattacharya: “What the Women’s Strike Means”

Reconstructing an international mobilization against neoliberalism and imperialism:  “Feminist, grassroots, and socialist organizations around the world have called for an International Women’s Strike on March 8 in defense of reproductive rights and against violence, understood as economic, institutional, and interpersonal violence.  The strike will take place in at least forty countries — the first internationally coordinated day of protest on such a large scale in years.”

A Conversation with David Harvey: “Rebel Cities, Urban Resistance and Capitalism”

Resistance in the cities:  “You could take the idea of a strike, usually aimed at a particular firm or organization, and translate those tactics and strategies to city centers. So instead of striking against a particular business or firm, people would aim there actions towards entire urban areas. Then, there are events like the Paris Commune, or the general strike in Seattle in 1919, or, the Cordobazo uprising in Argentina circa 1969. This doesn’t have to be a revolutionary movement overnight. These things can happen very gradually by reforms.”