NYC ABF Celebrates the Life and Fight of Russell “Maroon” Shoatz

Maroon Shoatz (August 23, 1943—December 17, 2021) was a founding member of the Black Unity Council, a member of the Black Panther Party, and a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He was convicted for the murder of a police officer and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, in which he was placed in solitary confinement for two decades. Shoatz was arrested after the killing of a young Black child in 1970 by the Philadelphia Police Department.

He is our comrade in freedom and liberation, people like him will never die. He will always be with us.

An Obituary for Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips and the countless others who have disappeared in pursuit of ecosocial justice.

Last week, the bodies of Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips arrived in Brasilia. We find a good part of our tragedies brutally engraved onto these dilacerated bodies. The corpses speak of the war that consumes Brazil and in which we are all soldiers, even though silence may penetrate our screams and we try to keep living normally. But a war has many sides. Nothing requires a more radical stance than war. Relativization is not possible. Bruno Pereira’s case, in specific, is a clear and important lesson on this war. For a couple of years, Bruno Pereira, a public worker in the most noble sense of the term, organized the FUNAI’s* sector dedicated to protecting isolated indigenous communities, the most fragile of originary people.

Bruno dared to be coherent, dedicated, correct, competent, and courageous. He did what was expected of him, he did what his country, Constitution, ethics, and the defense of human rights demanded, and his personal, professional, and spiritual choices transformed his life into a mission. It happens, however, that Bruno was all this at the wrong time, during the accursed government, in a new political Dark Ages that chokes the country and transforms Evil into a new virtue. Especially in the areas that bolsonaro waged war against: the defense of our climate and the protection of Indigenous rights. And as part of this declaration of war, he united his army: all the predators (big and small), corporate and political bandits dedicated to the invasion of the Amazon—the main objective of his cruel, idiotic, ignorant and truculent project. The Axis of Evil rose to power and started to materialize their destructive objectives without any prudery or hesitation. So Bruno was killed for being, along with other workers of FUNAI, Ibama**, ICMbio***—also targeted—a barrier protecting the Amazon from being handed to its invaders. 

Anarchy—Nestor Makhno [1919]

Our horses are running mile after mile,Cause Freedom is priceless.Through the slot of my machine gunI’m looking for the enemy in the dust.Mother Anarchy loves her sons,Mother Anarchy is not for sale.We’ll wait for the enemy, with lead we’ll destroy themMother Anarchy is with us!I’ll put my knife into the fireAnd then I’ll sneak closer.Nothing to be sorry for into the fight,Nothing to be sad about.

Mother Anarchy loves her sons…

April 22 & 23rd: Inauguration of a new traditional Guarani and Kaiowá Ceremonial House! (Kuñangue Aty Guasyu, Anarkoart Lab, International Artists SoLidarity, IDAC, ANMIGA, Gojira)

Oga Pysy's are traditional Guarani and Kaiowá ceremonial houses, that offer important spaces for seasonal rites, and social harmony, and provide a direct link to their central deity, Nhanderu Tupã. In a context of ecosocial genocide perpetrated by Brazil's fascist government and the large-scale agribusiness operations in Guarani and Kaiowá territory, Oga Pysy's have been also been an important site of resistance through cultural production. Only around 20 ceremonial houses exist due to arson attacks.

More on the War in Ukraine: Noam Chomsky and Jeremy Scahill

From the Intercept:

"Renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky joins The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill for a wide-ranging discussion on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, holding the powerful accountable, the role of media and propaganda in war, and what Chomsky believes is necessary to end the bloodshed in Ukraine."

STOP THE SWEEPS! A call to action

Eric Adams, the new Giuliany , has ramped up sweeps of houseless encampments across New York City. The City calls upon the DHS and the anti-terrorist division of the NYPD (ironically, they are the ones who incite terror) to kick people out of their creative and resourceful shelters and to leave them to freeze or soak in the recent climate. Screw Adams, screw the NYPricksD, screw the DHS, screw anybody who supports them. A.C.A.B! ALWAYS! HOMES, NOT SHELTERS!

CLICK ON THIS: linktr.ee/sweepalertnyc

ANARKOART LAB + NON GRATA

ANARKOARTLAB IS IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR COMRADES ANARCHISTS, ARTISTS, ACTIVISTS, JOURNALISTS, WORKERS AND PEOPLE FROM UKRAINE - HERE AND NOW ARE UNDER THIS FASCIST IMPERIALISTS STATES.

El Hormiguero: Street Vendors Project (1/27 @ 34th & Broadway)

El hormiguero 🐜🐜🐜 and our coalition partners at the Street Vendors Project are asking hormiguero allies to support turnout at anUrgent 🔊LIVE ACTION 🥁🎶✊ next week!

One year after #Intro1116, street vendors are still blocked from legalizing their biz, hit with heavy fines & harassed by NYPD 😡✊Join us toMarch For Street Vendor Justice - New York's smallest biz demand #permitsnottickets➡️ Thurs 1/27🕓10:30am📍34th & Broadway#legalizestreetvending

Punk Epistemology: Punk As A Revolutionary Mindset

Punk epistemology can be summed up as the incredulity to all forms of perceived unjust power and the subversion of normalizing power, which despite ideological differences, is held together by the desire to be subversive, non-conformant, and DIY ethics. In four words, it consists of solidarity, horizontality, individuality, and transgression, otherwise known as S.H.I.T!  It is a crucial part of punk's revolutionary potential and is a unique medium of resistance in that it does not, in itself,  require significant material actions. All it demands is an internal paradigm shift towards an incredulity towards all figures in power. Punk epistemology offers an alternative ideology to that which is enforced by state power, for the simultaneous preservation of associations and individuality—an epistemology that produces and reproduces community and solidarity, while maintaining individuality. In order to develop a theory of punk epistemology, it is useful to look at two writers who are frequently shunned by modern academia. 

Max Stirner, a prominent anarchist philosopher, and developer of egoist theory is arguably the first to hold this epistemology. In his opus, The Unique and Its Property, Stirner writes “I am and will always remain, with regard to myself, more than the State, than the Church, than God, etc., and thus, infinitely more than the association also.” Stirner also famously critiques the school system, the dominant ideological state apparatus, and provides an alternative pedagogy "The starting point of pedagogy ought not to be the civilizing vocation, but the calling to shape free personalities and sovereign characters: thus, there must be an end to the sapping of a will hitherto brutally ground down. From the moment that the yearning for learning is no longer sapped, why go on sapping the urge to desire? If the former is cultivated, so too must the latter be cultivated" Although this prompts inquiries into fields other than anthropology, Stirner could be a source of theory for a punk pedagogy in a post-capitalist society.  

“Armed Love” (Ben Morea)

Walking through his former stomping grounds on the Lower East Side*, Ben Morea charts the evolution of Up Against the Wall/Motherfucker—the network of action-oriented radicals, freaks, and street fighters that emerged out of the group surrounding the journal Black Mask during the late '60s in New York City.

*Located between the Bowery and the East River, the neighborhood traditionally extended from 14th Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. Recent maps have shifted the northern boundary south to Houston Street, but for many residents the area known today as the East Village still belongs to the greater Lower East Side.

December 31, NYC Anarchist Black Cross: “NYC/NYE – Noise Demo Against the Prison Industrial Complex, In Solidarity with PPs and POWs “

Our comrades at the NYC Anarchist Black Cross are organizing the following protest:

WHAT: Noise DemoWHEN: 9:00 pm, Friday, December 31stWHERE: Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC, the federal prison in Brooklyn); meeting at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 30th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11232 (D/N/R to 36th Street or R to 25th Street). NOTE: we are not encouraging folks to take public transit or other risks. Please recognize your comfort level with attending this event)BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!

Blog—interview with Shiri [one of the founders and members of anarkoartlab]

Shiri Mordechay’s visions envelop you and pull you in through their dark and absurdist gravity. Threatening, mysterious, sometimes violent and abuse figures from your dreams or nightmares find their ways to Mordechay’s watercolors and large-scale drawings. When looking at them you are looking at yourself. Psychologically these visions are unsettling, culturally they run parallel by Hieronymus Bosch, Edgar Allan Poe, and absurdist poetics of Samuel Beckett.

Tribute to Toyen (Anarchist/Dadaist)

Toyen (21 September 1902, Prague – 9 November 1980, Paris) was a painter, drafter, illustrator and a member of surrealist movement. He adapted name Toyen in 1923 and used male pronouns for himself (some art historians insist on using female pronouns). His chosen name Toyen can be understood as “to je on” meaning this is ...

ANARKOARTLAB Art Gallery

The AnarkoArtLab is a collective of new-media, visual artists, performers, musicians, dancers, poets, filmmakers,etc. For the past years has been conducting experimental, interdisciplinary art happenings. The collective grew to be a large amorphous group that presented live and participatory events; we create a CONCEPT and it becomes a LIVE, collaborative, multi-media art experience that is immersive and participatory. The AnarkoArtLab has grown into a vibrant community exchanging and experimenting with ideas about art, equality, collectivity and anarchy in action!

BLM Solidarity Event

infoshop cafe byulkkol

We held an event to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement. We discussed the BLM movement, made silkscreens, and distributed them.

One Billion Rising Collaborative Printmaking Project

The One Billion Rising Collaborative Printmaking Project was initially proposed by the activists of Gangjeong village (a village in Jeju Island, South Korea, that has been fighting for more than 10 years against the construction of a naval base). We conducted 13 workshops all around Korea, and created a 13-meter banner from them.  

“One Billing Rising Resistance” was an international joint action initiated to end violence against women. Given that one in three women in the world experiences violence or rape in their lifetime, the total number reaches one billion. The participants of “One Billion Rising Resistance” danced together to show the survivors as they are and to inform people of the injustices they face, as well as the reality in which no one is penalized for these acts. Through dancing, we expressed aspects of life and solidarity that do not succumb to violence.

Hong Kong Solidarity Event

We made a poster and t-shirts and sold them to donate funds in solidarity with the Hong Kong struggle (2019).