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Events from the 26th April onwards

Hi folks, As mentioned on the last update, this one is coming out a little early. This may mean we will miss out on some events due to not seeing the notices, but we may not have got to them … Continue reading

This Guy … [vice]

I did an interview with vice. You can read it here.

Update En Passant

So last week I was in Vegas for the APEE, where I got to meet C4SS comrade Nathan Goodman (here’s his contribution to our Spooner panel). Then zipped off to San Diego for the Pacific APA and a panel on Eric Roark’s new book.

It’s end-of-semester time here at Auburn so not much time for blogging. More later. If you like people being cut in half I have an upcoming project that may interest you.

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The untold, real-life story of the prison in ‘Orange is the New Black’

The Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., is the prison made famous by Piper Kerman’s memoir-turned-Netflix-show “Orange is the New Black.” It’s also where the real-life group Families for Justice as Healing got its start.

In the fall of 2010, at a table in Danbury’s prison yard, five women decided that incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women needed to be part of the process of drafting and advocating for legislation that affects their lives and freedom.

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Connecticut Democrats kill student privacy bill

Last month, a measure that would have barred schools in Connecticut from sharing student test results with military recruiters easily passed the state Education Committee. Today, that legislation died.

In an email, Rep. Jack Hennessy, a Democrat, told me that “the Veterans’ Affairs Committee met this morning and killed the bill.” Hennessy is the chairman of that committee. He did not say why.

The legislation, which would have stopped schools from sharing with recruiters data collected as part of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) — advertised to high school students as a career aptitude exam — was opposed by the Pentagon, which I suppose is all the explanation we need.
Democrats control 120 out of 187 seats in the state legislature, as well as the governor’s office.

The Ex-Worker #22: Ukraine


#22: Ukraine – This week on the Ex-worker, we’re responding to a few listener requests and presenting an analysis of the situation in Ukraine, largely borrowed from our recent feature The Ukrainian Revolution and the Future of Social Movements. We’ll also hear an interview with a member of Belarus Anarchist Black Cross about repression in Belarus and Ukraine, courtesy of our comrades at A-Radio Berlin, as well as our recommendations for which insurrectionary journals you should take if you get stranded on a desert island. The episode is rounded out with news, and lots of upcoming events and prisoner birthdays.

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The Ragged-Trouser Philanthropist.

      Today, April 23, is the hundredth anniversary of the publication of The Ragged-Trouser Philanthropist, by Robert Tressell, his real name was Robert Noonan. Robert Tressell died in 1911, his book was published three years later, in 1914. It is still as relevant today as it was when it was written, all those years ago.
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        Today is the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, my favourite book.
       To commemorate the anniversary, the film making team at “Shut Out The Light” have released this fabulous trailer of their forthcoming film Still Ragged.
       I’m really proud that my song Letter To Kathleen, based on Tressell’s final letter home to his daughter, is the soundtrack to the trailer.
        The film itself features Ricky Tomlinson, Dennis Skinner MP, Len McCluskey of UNITE and Tom Watson MP amongst others.

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Australian Defence League, racism, violence … [new matilda]

I wrote an article for New Matilda. You can read it here. If you’re in Brisbane and would like to oppose Golden Dawn and neo-Nazism, the nazis are organising a rally and march on Friday, May 2 — counter-action is … Continue reading