Defenestrator issue 53 hits the streets this weekend.
It's been a very long journey, but all the blood, sweat and toil by contributors, editors, illustrators and supporters is about to come to fruition.
This issue is centered around WORK. There are articles and interviews about international workplace takeovers, nonprofit work & activism, collecting unemployment, radical sports, Black Orchid Foods, prison resistance and much more. We hope you enjoy reading it and thank you for your patience!
Long live the defenestrator.
A Personal Review of Pages 240-241 in Christian Parenti's Tropic of Chaos on February 1st, 2012, high of 62 degrees, Philadelphia, PA.
OCCUPY PHILLY -- EVICTION NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN -- city states we must vacate city hall by 5 pm on SUN 11.27. EVICTION PLANNING MEETINGS --- tonight (FRI) at 9 pm -- meet at 15th and Market to decide on a meet space AND tomorrow (SAT) at 3 pm at Arch St. Methodist Church in the Sanctuary (large room we met in for the first two OP meetings prior to occupying). FORWARD WIDELY.
If Occupy Philly is raided by the police, come to city hall ASAP; bring friends, signs, & support; spread the word. Then meet the following day at 4 p.m. at Rittenhouse Park (19th & Walnut in center city Philadelphia)
We're happy to announce that we at the defenestrator have decided to move toward a theme based, quarterly publication.
The theme we wish to explore in the next issue of the defenestrator is Sickness and Health in Philadelphia (and Beyond). The deadline for submissions for this issue will be Sunday, August 21st, 2011.
In our city access to healthcare is a problem we grapple with everyday and we seek to explore how different groups and people fight for access to the care they need...and the conditions to make that possible! We do wish to investigate what healthcare might look like if it was not based on profit and empowered patients, but we are also living in in the “here and now” and wish to explore how some of us are getting by in the current set up and what low cost/no cost resources are available.
However issues surrounding sickness and health also extend into many areas that aren't exclusively a problem of access. Some of us find ourselves suffering from physical and mental ailments where care by mainstream medical institutions are found lacking or even exploitative and so we seek support systems and communities of care outside the traditional institutions. We are interested in what promotes (and prevents) health in our city with an eye toward solutions, alternatives and struggles.
The issue of sickness and health has so many facets and intersects with so many other issues that we look forward to being surprised by the article submissions that come our way for this issue. There are many stories and we hope you clue us in to what sickness and health looks like in Philadelphia (and Beyond).
We are seeking interviews, reports from movements of people fighting for healthcare (and what makes that care possible), essays that seek to analyze, book reviews, narrative nonfiction that tells the stories that are seldom told, insightful art and much more.
Please take a look at our submission guidelines for the general length of articles, political content and helpful tips @ http://www.defenestrator.org/submission_guidelines http://www.diggyinsurance.com. If after reading the guidelines you have more questions or have an idea for a submission, but want some feedback please drops us a line @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday Tuesday April 12th 2011, Askia Sabur and Tanya Yates, 2 victims of recent violent attacks by 19th district cops went to court for a pretrial hearing. After waiting for over four hours for the judge to even show up, the court session started with business as usual. Case after case all involving drugs, their consumption and their sale. Like a plea deal factory worker on a bureaucratic assembly line, Judge Means rubber stamped every coerced plea, sending folks from the most struggling neighborhoods away with the necessary paperwork to facilitate whatever deal the DA chose to offer them.
Posted on Anarkismo.net on Jan 31st.
The great revolts shaking the Arab world in Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia and now Egypt have caught everyone by surprise. They are, without a doubt, one of the most significant events of our time sending clearly out there the message that no place on this world is doomed to be some imperialist-backed-dictator's playground. Extraordinarily authoritarian regimes like that of Ben Ali were shown completely powerless in the face of a united and determined people on struggle. The people carrying these rebellions are youth, workers, unemployed, the poor, who are right now shaping the face of the region, sending cold shivers to the cliques sitting in Washington and Tel Aviv. Not all the weapons amassed by the Mubarak regime, not all the US military aid have had the power to stop the protest from growing. They are showing the might of the people and the working class when they come together, they are showing the political capacity of ordinary people to build organisms of dual power with a clear libertarian instinct and they are proving the world that we are in an era of revolutionary change. We have had a quick dialogue with our comrade and friend Mazen Kamalmaz in Syria, editor of the Arabic anarchist blog http://www.ahewar.org/m.asp?i=1385 who talks about the importance of this splendid political development.
While building solidarity between activists in the U.S. and Iran can be a powerful way of supporting social justice movements in Iran, progressives and leftists who want to express solidarity with Iranians are challenged by a complicated geopolitical terrain. The U.S. government shrilly decries Iran’s nuclear power program and expands a long-standing sanctions regime on the one hand, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes inflammatory proclamations and harshly suppresses Iranian protesters and dissidents on the other. Solidarity activists are often caught between a rock and a hard place, and many choose what they believe are the “lesser evil” politics. In the case of Iran, this has meant aligning with a repressive state leader under the guise of “anti-imperialism” and “populism,” or supporting “targeted” sanctions.