[Video] History of Korean Anarchism talk by Joyakgol

Korean Anarchist Federation 1928

Korean Anarchist Federation 1928

April 11, 2014

Oakland, California

We were so fortunate to have Joyakgol (aka dopehead zo), an activist-musician-writer who has been integrally involved in many struggles in South Korea over the past fifteen years, visiting the Bay Area on March 25th to tell us about the History of Korean Anarchism at Os Qilombo. This video, kindly produced by Lilly O and Stevie Sanchez, records Joyakgol’s introduction to the history and present of anarchism in Korea, and is one of few lectures on this topic available in English. The two-hour talk is just the tip of the iceberg for understanding the rich history of this movement, one of the oldest anarchisms in Asia.

The talk covers the beginnings of anarchism as a movement—as an alternative to both communism and nationalism—on and around the Korean peninsula during the Japanese colonial period in the early 1900s, its near disappearance during the Cold War from the 1950s to the 1990s, and its reemergence in South Korea following the democratization movement and the rise of neoliberalism in the 1990s. As a key participant in the movement since the 1990s, Joyakgol shares some of his own work: anti-urban redevelopment and gentrification squats, peace activism against militarism and military bases, anarcha-feminist projects, radical environmentalisms, and cultural activism to support precarious labor struggles. Continue reading

“The Next Day Was Revenge” : Rivalry or Cooperation

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BAI Note:  We would like to suggest that people watch the following video from October 7, 2012 –the 11th anniversary of the US/NATO occupation of aggression against the peoples of Afghanistan– in order to have a better context for this article’s analysis of the past year. BAI would also like to extend an offer of prayer to all who have died from the aggression (whether or not they are dying in battle, or crossing borders, or at the hands of fascists in Europe and North America) :

~”Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un انا لله وانا اليه راجعون

Surely we come from Allah; And to him shall we return”~

From Tom Vee : Video from last year’s rally and march:


11th Anniversary of AFG war Poster - Hoodies & Hijabs March

11th Anniversary of AFG war Poster – Hoodies & Hijabs March

“The Next Day Was Revenge” : Rivalry or Cooperation

Oakland, California

Since October 7 of 2012, the 11th anniversary of the US/ NATO occupation  of aggression against the Afghan people (and the 520th year of genocidal occupation of Turtle Island), Oakland, California has seen a major shift in its political make up, as seen manifested in the politics in the streets: Self-Determination and militancy, a revolutionary unity amongst non white-identified peoples, a respect for 3rd Worldism and Islamic values…elements social movements in the US have not seen in decades.

The past year’s successes and failures from voluntary separatism can not be determined just yet. But one major challenge is clear: black and brown people do not have as much money or access to resources as whites. That’s just a fact.

The generic term “POC” or “people of color” is highly problematic, as it easily mis-implies hegemony. In reality, this is a sign of weakness and of declining power among black and brown folks (and of course, others of color) in the US.

This needs to be understood in order for our day-to-day organizing to reflect this truism as well as for us to fully understand what necessitated a voluntary (and for some, temporary) separatism from white radicalism and the politics of academia. We see two tasks in front of us that will not progress at the hand of white people. The first task is the destruction of white hegemony and white supremacy inside and outside “the Movement.” Secondly, and intertwined with the first, we need to strategize, organize, and articulate our collective actions as various tentacles of the same dangerous revolutionary beast connected to a centuries-old struggle for liberation, rather than to act as self-important cliques in a college scene (or a dropped-out-of-life scene). Currently, we don’t have a movement at all: we have a “scene.” This is one of the largest problems and biggest distractions of our time. In fact, it’s an argument in favor of separatism (whether temporary or prolonged)–of checking white supremacy to ensure that more of us are compelled to take action with the confidence that we will struggle against a common enemy, rather than merely struggling to have our perspectives included in the narrative of what goes down–a struggle we’ve been bound to for fucking ever.

Pigs Are Haram

Pigs Are Haram

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Hunger Strike Declaration by Kostas Sakkas

Art by http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Palestinian%20prisoners_132448

Art by Sabaaneh on ToonPool.com

Koridallos prison, Greece. 

29 May 2013

On the 4th of December 2010 I was captured along with the comrade
Alexandros Mitroussias in the district of Nea Smyrni, Athens, while I
was leaving a rented warehouse where arms were being stored.

Since the beginning, I have admitted my connection with this place as
well as the weapons found there. I have stated, since the first moment,
that I am an anarchist and that my presence in this specific place was
related to my political identity and the choices I make as a consequence
of this.

On the 7th of December 2010 they brought me before the head
investigator and I got in pretrial detention on charges of participation
in an unknown terrorist organization as well as aggravated possession
of weapons.

On the 12th of April 2011, when I had already been in the prison of
Nafplion for more than four months, I was called upon again by the
investigators Baltas and Mokkas, and without any new evidence, nor even
any new developments on the investigation, I was remanded for
participating in the R.O. CCF. It was obvious that this was because the
principal investigators realized that a case against an unknown
organization that hasn’t any registered actions, doesn’t have any bombs,
nor communiqués, that has not used guns, an organization without a
name, couldn’t stand up in a courtroom. Continue reading

Updates From A Comrade in Turkey

REUTERS/Murad Sezer A protester in Turkey braves tear gas.

REUTERS/Murad Sezer A protester in Turkey braves tear gas.

Update as of 6 am (PST) 

Due to a media blackout, the following updates are hard to confirm, but come directly from comrades on the ground in an undisclosed major city.

Vicious attacks from state security

  • Police chased protesters towards military barracks. The military opened their gates to allow protesters in and pointed their guns at the police. No shots were reported to have been fired.
  • Four people are said to have died so far. Other reports from the ground say this is not at all confirmed.

  • Internet and satellite services are scheduled to be be shut down by the State. Mobile communications were down the entire day yesterday, as well as throughout the night.

  • Anyone seen filming (with exception of mainstream media) targeted with violence by police.

  • Street lighting shutdown.

  • Helicopters are shooting plastic bullets indiscriminately into crowds of protestors and pedestrians.

  • The massive amounts of tear gas being used has caused many injuries and is said to be the biggest obstacle.

  • From a source on the ground, the numbers of injuries are in the thousands. Continue reading