Event: Meet SOLIDARITY & DEFENSE

What: Join us for a presentation and discussion of workplace and
community organizing with this Michigan-based class struggle anarchist
group.
When: 7:00pm Saturday, August 15th
Where: Arise! Bookstore, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S.

More Information:
from http://solidarityanddefense.blogspot.com/
Who We Are
We are a small but growing alliance of anti-authoritarian militants
active in both the workplace and the community. We champion grassroots
organizing, participatory politics, and determined action from below.
The histories of social struggle and revolutionary action have led us to
see that the masses of everyday people – at the base, from the ranks –
are the agents of real and popular social change and liberation.

In our lifetimes we have seen inequality grow exponentially. While the
majority move downward, a fewer number of elites hold an ever-growing
proportion of the wealth of society. At the same time popular culture is
more obsessed with materialism and the open promotion of misogyny,
anti-immigrant sentiment, homophobia, and racism. The youth are
encouraged to get rich or die trying. We end up tearing at each other
for an ever-diminishing number of crumbs thrown our way by our
politicians, bureaucrats, and bosses. Meanwhile we face a continuous
assault from the ruling classes in the forms of global war and the
expansion of capitalism into every corner of our lives.

As these ruling classes forge ahead we suffer cut backs, sellouts, and
abandonment of our urban and rural communities. The results are a
deepening economic, environmental, and social crisis. We must resist
these attacks and their effects through mass and popular direct action.
This direct action is based on our initiatives outside of and against
the rule of the State.

A voice against the dog eat dog world is essential. The movements
necessary for this must be built on solidarity within the working
classes and with those social struggles fighting for justice and
dignity. We must build the capacity for our movements to defend the
remaining gains made by the struggles of past generations, while
continuing to expand our base by pushing forward the ides of
self-reliance and a confidence in ourselves.

There is a culture of resistance growing and taking shape. With each
fight there are lessons for our movements to learn from. As we struggle,
we improve our ability to combat the rulers, and create the visions of
community renewal and human potential. We are Solidarity and Defense.

—-
Sponsored by the Minneapolis Workers Solidarity Alliance
(http://workersolidarity.org) and unaffiliated anarchist comrades.

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