Category Archives: #OccupyToronto

Getting to the Roots, Issue Two

Halloween has come, along with issue two of

Getting to the Roots Issue TwoGetting to the Roots: An Anarchist Paper from within the Southern Ontario #Occupy Movement.

Inside we got a report from #occupy oaklands raid & retaking, A call for students to join in on the fun, An Introduction to General Assemblies, & this issue we define Mutual Aid and Autonomy.

Be the star of your local occupation and print out a couple hundred copies to share.

Check out this issue for onscreen reading:

Getting To The Roots Issue Two_Screen

If you are into it, you can print it double sided at your own occupation on 11 X 17″ paper Here:

Getting To The Roots_Issue Two Print

If you have content for the next issue, send an e-mail to: gettotheroots (a) riseup (dot) net

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Getting to the Roots, Issue One

Today We released the first issue of

Getting to the Roots Issue OneGetting to the Roots: An Anarchist Paper from the Southern Ontario #Occupy Movement.

Be the star of your local occupation and print out a couple hundred copies to share.

Check out this issue for onscreen reading:

Getting To The Roots Issue One_Screen

If you are into it, you can print it double sided at your own occupation on 11 X 17″ paper Here:

Getting To The Roots_Issue One Print

If you have content for the next issue, send an e-mail to: gettotheroots (a) riseup (dot) net

Anarchist Discussion on Cooperation with the State

No Compromise: Taking Space Without Permission

This flyer has writings about not compromising ourselves further through cooperation with the State.

Here are some quotes:

“We gain momentum in struggle when people see our unwillingness to compromise – we become dignified, empowered, and attractive to the discontented. We become an uncontrollable collective force that instills fear in the system – the police realize when they fuck with us, it’s on.”

“If we do not wish to find ourselves in a world where no one really lives, where no one really knows anyone else, where everyone has become a mere cog in a machine meshing with other cogs but remaining truly alone, then we must have the strength to attack alienation in every way we can. Otherwise, we may just find there is no place left where we can meet face to face.”

It is relevant everywhere, not only Southern Ontario.

Print and distribute freely! click the link below.

No Compromise Flyer

Why are anarchists involved in the Occupy Movement?

At the base of the Occupy Movement, is the fact that capitalism isn’t working. This is a global movement against a system that sees a wealthy few controlling the majority of money, resources and land.

These same few people control politics on parliament hill, decisions made in our communities and have vested interests in continuing wars abroad and the war here against the poor.

The Occupy movements over arching goals of challenging the class divisions in this society can never be negotiated without a revolution.

In the streets and squares, the Occupations are organized horizontally so that everyone can speak for themselves, without appointing leaders.

The Occupations around the world have liberated space for us to organize autonomously against capitalism. They have created a space for us to help each other out for our mutual interests, sometimes known as “Mutual Aid”.

With 1500 occupations across the world, each one expresses solidarity with those attempting to occupy the major financial districts where all the countries wealth is exchanged. These are also places for us to start conversations about addressing issues face us in our communities too.

The Occupy Movement is already ripe with anarchist ideas in action, and we want to to our part to see this through to it’s inevitable conclusion…

Revolution

Some Southern Ontario Anarchists

New #OccupyToronto Pamphlets

presented here is the text from our previous post: A Few points for Occupy Toronto Participants in the form of a 1/4 8.5 X 11″ hand bill. Feel free to read the text online or print off your own copies to distribute.

Printer ready PDF:

OccupyTO_4UP

Love and Rage,

Some Southern Ontario Anarchists

Web Pamphlets

We have to talk about: NationalismPresented here is some handbills created from the text from our previous post: A few points to Occupy Toronto participants

You can find Web versions here for reading on a computer screen and sharing with friends:

OccupyTO_Law

OccupyTO_Nationalism

OccupyTO_Police

OccupyTO_Tactics

Love and Rage,

Some Southern Ontario Anarchists

A few points for #OccupyToronto participants

The potential of the Occupy movement lies in its ability to inspire, engage and empower people to create ways of living and working together independent of the systems that oppress us. While the energy and momentum of Occupy is exciting and has great potential, we want to build on its analysis of capitalism by discussing phenomena at the root of capitalism that maybe overlooked in the Occupy movement.

Nationalism

To be proud of being a Canadian is not to be proud of a lineage of freedom, equality or peace. We can’t forget that indigenous peoples lived on this land long before Canada existed as a nation. From Wall Street to Bay Street, North America is indeed “occupied” territory.

Canada as we know it is a product of colonialism– the process by which the original residents of these lands were systematically murdered, divested of their homes and way of life, and violently assimilated for the purpose of accumulating wealth. As they were the first folks to come into conflict with the nation-state as it first developed here some 500 years ago, Indigenous struggle is a starting point for all resistance to the current system.

In terms of the global economy, the standard of wealth, privilege and access to food, shelter and medicine that most residents of Canada enjoy makes us part of a global minority. Just as Canada exists a product of colonialism, it could not exist without the exploitation of the land and labour of the billions of people manufacturing our technologies and growing our food.

In order to get to the roots of capitalism, we need to look critically at the injustice propping up our own nation and look beyond the borders drawn by empires in their own interest. Solidarity means coming together based on shared values, not shared borders.

The Law and the Police:

Obedience to the law is not about community or respect for those around us. Most of us don’t need laws in order to treat each other with decency. Laws are created by those in power for the purpose of managing and regulating the behaviours of those that they rule. The state has a vested interest in criminalizing the methods we use to resist their power, and indeed, protest tactis like peaceful assembly, marching, occupying public space, and have all been illegal at one time or another. There comes a point where groups of people have to do what is right for themselves, whether or not their actions are within the bounds of the law.

The police are indeed workers, but their job is to keep social order and “peace” intact and ensure our compliance with the capitalist system. Because police violence disproportionately affects marginalized groups like the poor, people of colour, and sexual and gender minorities, many of us have the privilege of having never experienced their brutality directly. When we take to the streets, the police’s job is not to protect us, but to contain, subdue and or/disperse us when we become threatening to the power they protect.

The police are employed by the state to protect its interests. We can’t afford to risk trusting those whose job it us to keep us compliant.

Tactics

Those in power won’t give up their power and privilege and monopoly on resources without a fight, and if we are serious about challenging their power, we need to take that fact very seriously.

Civil disobedience (ie, law-breaking) vandalism and property destruction are tactics that were all put to good use by social justice struggles rights struggles like the Civil Rights Movement. Non-violence is simply one tool that is available to us. When we hold it up as the only paradigm for dissent we ignore a vibrant history of resistance

You may not like the way some people express their opposition to the systems that oppress them, but it makes no sense to silence or criminalize each other. Let’s not do the police’s job for them.

Resistance

Resistance can mean saying “NO” to forces of oppression. It can mean actively taking back power, being a voice of dissent, or putting our bodies on the line to protect what we love. When we get at the roots of capitalism, we start to see all the ways that our agency and autonomy are controlled or taken from us.

Resistance can mean not just modifying systems of domination, but disrupting and dismantling them. Let’s work together to make Occupy Toronto a place where all forms of resistance are able to flourish.

Love and rage,
Some Southern Ontario anarchists

Getting to the roots: #OccupyToronto and elsewhere

This blog is produced by some anarchists in Southern Ontario with the intention of crafting an anti-state, anti-capitalist analysis of the Occupy Wall Street spinoffs cropping up across the continent.

In our own backyard, the Occupy Toronto organizers remind us that “radical” means “getting to the root.” We couldn’t agree more. We want to identify and discuss what we see as the roots of capitalism– roots that seem to be overlooked by the Occupy movement– like police, prisons, borders, and colonialism, to name a few. We wish to lend this analysis to a conversation with both anarchists and the Left about tactics and strategies that can help move our struggle forward.

There’s reason to be optimistic about the potential for these Occupations to make space for all sorts of people to express their anger, their autonomy and their desires, and explore what opposing capitalism and creating alternatives might look like.

See you in the streets,

Some Southern Ontario Anarchists

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