A Sea of Black Flags

by Fellow Worker Max Perkins

Truly the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of, the Peoples’ Climate March in New York City was beyond the biggest mass of activists I have ever seen. Have you ever seen 200-300 Anarchists before? WOW! From every part of the country and from all over the world. The day started with meeting up with our wonderful comrades from NY Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation, who did an amazing job organizing our Anti-Capitalist contingent. At 11:30 we started masking up, assembling our banners, unraveling our flags and meeting each other, then marched to meet 2-3 other groups that had been assembling between 90th St. and 87th St. by Central Park West. A beautiful day was in store. Never have I seen so many diverse groups: 350.org, Indigenous Rights activists, Vets for Peace, just to name a few. We assembled near the contingent from the Revolutionary Communist Party (Bob Avakian’s followers). This was at first very tense. A fight almost started when one of our comrades was explaining that a cult of personality is counter-revolutionary. However the issue was resolved peacefully.

Looking around me was stunning: A sea of black flags, red and black flags, also hundreds of folks of all ages and backgrounds — simply the most comrades I have ever seen in the US or in once place. Chanting, and singing a beautiful version of “Solidarity Forever,” the march began around 1-2 pm. It took hours for the first contingents to reach the end of the march, and even longer for us. The highlights included screaming up at the Banks, and most especially at Fake Fox News. So many people were asking, “Who are you?” And the reply was “We are Anarchists! Oh we need more of you! Yes we do!” The march was amazing and peaceful with much support for us, many people taking pictures and cheering us on. At one point a huge group of young POC on bikes saw us and there was a massive show of anti-police solidarity. Wonderful!

The march continued to Times Square, with wave upon wave of dedicated activists and no loss of energy. The changes never stopped and my voice was really gone. The follow up to this is that we made a huge statement, but received no press (not that we were seeking it, but to have so many of us (Anarchists) together, you would think that maybe someone would say something, but alas NO!). Coverage seemed, as is common, to focus on the “big” groups. Even Democracy Now did not mention the Anarchist involvement in the march. I feel that it means we have to work harder to bring the message to the people that this should not be a one-time thing, but a regular occurrence, for people forget all too quickly, and carry on with their lives as if nothing happened. Today I have been corresponding with Fellow Workers, including FW Maria, from the IWW’s Washington DC Branch, who like me wants to see better communication and solidarity actions that include many branches. Our struggle continues, and until we reach our goal of a world free from the shackles of Capitalist oppression we must carry on. For an Injury to One (planet) is truly an Injury to All! Solidarity Forever, and special thanks to Maria, DC IWW, NY Black Rose and Polish Anarchists, and any others who helped make this happen.

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Wobs Support Our Friends and Allies in the Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union!

Yesterday (9/15/14), hundreds of Boston School Bus Drivers turned out to demand phony felony charges lodged against union leader Steve Kirschbaum be dropped. IWW’s showed up first thing in the morning, and went into the court to hear Kirschbaum’s legal team expose the obviously concocted charges for what they are — another effort to destroy USW 8751 by the evil vampire squid multinational corporation, Veolia, now renamed Transdev (also known as “Transdevil,” the company is notorious for running segregated buses in occupied Palestine, and befouling the environment, among other crimes). Transdev’s transparent attempt to intimidate Boston’s hard-working bus drivers by targeting their leaders (aided and abetted by the forces of the State) is clearly failing, as union members keep turning out in their hundreds for regular, militant shows of strength and solidarity. Wobblies joined the picket line and also spoke at the protest, an inspiring, real-life embodiment of the slogan, “An Injury to One is an Injury to All!” Protesters came from all over the country. The event featured a stirring speech by former Boston City Counselor Chuck Turner, who was also targeted for a politically-motivated frame-up and ended up enduring 3 years in Federal prison at the age of 70. Alone of all the current Boston City Counselors, Charles Yancey appeared at the protest and defended the Boston School Bus Drivers and their leaders. Other participants included Workers’ World Party, Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation, Boston’s Communist Party, and the ISO.

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IWW monthly branch meeting! september 14, 2pm @E5

hey all Fellow Workers!

on Sunday September 14, 2pm the Boston Industrial Workers of the World will
have our monthly meeting! please join us! The IWW is a member-run union
for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our
industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win
better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy
tomorrow. Local IWW’s (also known as Wobblies) are actively engaged in
solidarity campaigns, supporting other workers in struggle like Boston’s
embattled school bus drivers! We are training Wobbly organizers and
building our capacity to launch more IWW union drives, concentrating on
super-exploited service sector workers. All members of the working class
(including the unemployed and those who labor unpaid at home) are eligible
to join the IWW. If you’re sick of inequality, workplace injustice and an
inhumane, profit-driven economic system, come check out the One Big Union!
We meet at Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2a, steps from the Park
St. T and two blocks from Downtown Crossing.

ps: there will be a special report about what happened at convention this year!

for questions contact iww.boston@riseup.net

or visit iwwboston.org

http://encuentro5.org/home/directions

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Financial Appeal for an IWW member with Leukemia

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IWW member Chris “Max” Perkins has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. An experienced journeyman carpenter (and apprentice plumber & electrician), Max now takes chemotherapy. He is disabled from working due to symptoms and side effects like joint pain, nausea, lethargy and sleeplessness. He has spots on his lung and recently underwent a brain scan. Max’s very small income means he urgently needs support with housing costs. His friends in the Boston GMB appeal to all Wobs who can contribute any funds to please consider supporting Max in a difficult time.

Max is an activist of long standing in environmental, workers’ & animal rights, and anti-fascist campaigns. Max remembers that “the police did nothing,” when Neo-Nazi skinheads marched in Germany and England in the 1980’s. He helped organize counter-demonstrations, enduring tear gas, broken bones and hospitalization in his zeal to shut the racists’ rallies down. As a member of the Hawaii Carpenters’ Union, Max took part in strikes over wage theft and the use of scab labor, and fought corruption in his union local. At Occupy Long Beach, Max helped organize a protest against police brutality when cops attacked a veteran of the Iraq war, choking him unconscious for no reason. Max explains, “I spend three months in Lincoln Park in Long Beach during winter in a tent,” facing down police harassment. “I had a place I rented, but I chose to be in the park.” Max recalls, “I fed the homeless, and helped mentally ill people. The cops bussed people out of County Jail, sent them to Occupy to try to make it impossible. I know first aid, and as a former EMT, I know deescalation techniques,” skills which were in high demand in the Occupy camp. A Wobbly for many years, and now an active member of the Boston IWW, Max is a fixture at pickets by the Wobs and by other unions. In recent years he’s marched for Harvard workers exposing racial discrimination on the job, helped local IWW’s invade the Flagship Gap store in touristy Faneuil Hall to protest factory disasters in Bangladesh, and helped bring the noise to many raucous night-time pickets during Boston’s Insomnia Cookies strike (which ended with offers of re-employment and cash settlements for IWW’s fired for striking).

Max has been a musician since he was a teen, and has performed with anarcho-punk acts including Radical Apathy, Plain Truth, Threatening Gesture and Napalm. His sadly-disbanded group Radical Apathy toured a number of IWW branches just a few months ago. Scraping by on a meager disability check, Max has a place to live for September, but still needs housing for the coming months, and has little ability to earn income. Wobs who want to support FW Max can contribute online at http://igg.me/at/HelpMaxMove, or send a check, made out to Chris Perkins, to Boston IWW, PO Box 391724, Cambridge, MA 02139. All proceeds will go towards Max’s housing costs and living expenses.

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8/16/14 March on Boston Cop Headquarters, Standing with Ferguson Against Police Brutality and Murder

A spirited march took over the streets of Boston on Saturday to demand justice for Mike Brown and protest the oppression inflicted on communities of color, in Missouri and all over the country. As the forces of the State (racist local cops, Highway Patrol, National Guard) attempt to snuff out the movement against cop brutality and summary executions, local activists showed their solidarity with the working class warriors of Ferguson. This was the second action in less than a week, and brought out a big crowd that included several IWW members (one of us Wobblies had an injured neck, but she marched the entire way with an ice bag on her shoulder). The murder of Mike Brown, and the sickening attempt by Ferguson’s lily-white police force to smear the young man after shooting him down in the street, has enraged and radicalized broad layers of workers and youth. Passers-by smiled, waved, and shouted their support as we approached the Boston Police Headquarters, where a fiery speak-out capped the day’s events.

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Boston Rallies Against Police Murders and Brutality

Hundreds of people gathered on the Boston Common on August 14 to voice rage against the murder of Mike Brown and racist, militarized policing. We assembled in the context of cops in Ferguson Missouri driving armored assault vehicles, using devices that inflict deafening noise on protesters, pointing M4 combat rifles at them, gassing them with tear gas and shooting them with rubber-coated metal pellets (that can maim or kill). Attendees memorialized those claimed by police killings, including Mike Brown, Eric Garner (choked to death for selling loose cigarettes by NY cops), Danroy “DJ” Henry, a Pace University student from Easton who was shot to death by police in 2010, and going back to Emmet Till. Local IWW members (including several Branch Delegates) participated in the protest, and we’ll be out again this coming Saturday when a larger event promises to rock the city. AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!

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Sunday 8/10, Boston IWW Meets! 2 pm @ 9A Hamilton Place, Boston

On Sunday August 10, at 2pm the Boston Industrial Workers of the World will
hold our monthly meeting, and you’re invited. The IWW is a member-run union
for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our
industries and in our communities. IWW members are fighting to win
better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy
tomorrow. Local IWW’s (also known as Wobblies) are actively engaged in
solidarity campaigns, supporting other workers in struggle like Boston’s
embattled school bus drivers. We’ve hit the streets repeatedly against the
assault on Gaza by the Israeli state. We are training Wobbly organizers and
building our capacity to launch more IWW union drives, concentrating on
super-exploited service sector workers. All members of the working class
(including the unemployed and those who labor unpaid at home) are eligible
to join the IWW. If you’re sick of inequality, workplace injustice and an
inhumane, profit-driven economic system, come check out the One Big Union!
We meet at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, steps from the Park
St. T and two blocks from Downtown Crossing.

Have questions? Please email iww.boston@riseup.netbranchmtg

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