No Glory in Glorified Babysitting

Image contribution by Monica Kostas
Image contribution by Monica Kostas

Today’s piece comes to us from Daniel Cole who lives and works in Australia as a early childhood educator. His perspective shines light on what it’s like to do strenuous childcare work, and how managers and disconnected executives worsen the load by making ridiculous guidelines and demands, while pinning providers on a scale that doesn’t truly measure their experience and value. He aims to get other educators on board with imagining what it would be like to autonomously run childhood centers, and what can be done to organize in that direction. Continue reading “No Glory in Glorified Babysitting”

Thoughts for International Women’s Day

F08Today marks International Women’s Day, a day which began after a key strike of women textile workers in New York. The lead up to the strike that would build the ILGWU into a fighting force was a tenants strike led by socialist women. Revolutionary unionism likewise has its own history of struggles of women workers, a history which took the emancipation of women deeper in its time and today as well. During the same time period, the Buenos Aires Tenant’s Strike of 1907 was led by some of the women’s Resistance Societies and women leadership within the FORA. Involving perhaps tens of thousands or so tenants, it was led primarily by the anarchist union the FORA (Federacion Obrera Regional Argentina) and represented the intervention of the organization into social life beyond the factory walls as rents were climbing excessively in Buenos Aires. Across Latin America women workers organized in anarchist unions built newspapers, resistance societies, and projects to organize around women’s issues and to contest power in society and within their organizations. In revolutionary Spain, Mujeres Libres, an organization of women members of the CNT (Centro Nacional del Trabajo) aimed at addressing patriarchy and developing its own militants, stands out as one of the most advanced feminist movements in the history of the left as a whole, and one that emerged within anarchosyndicalism as an attempt to expand upon its practices. Despite the interest in popular education, how little has been done to look at the practices of capacitation raised by the Mujeres Libres? Their concept of capacitation was that of increasing the abilities of women militants to intervene within struggles rather than as instruction or simply changing formal aspects of anarchosyndicalist organizations to address patriarchy. Capacitation offers an alternative view of education taken away from its elitist and intellectualist practices, and one based off key moments in struggle.

Today we share the history of an inspirational women militant from Argentina. These examples from our collective history are not meant to be taken as nostalgia, but rather to give outlines for how revolutionaries can take the concrete circumstances of their day and organize actions that can transform the power and thinking of the participants and society.  Continue reading “Thoughts for International Women’s Day”

Militancy and the Beautiful Game: An interview with Gabriel Kuhn

Illustration by Monica Kostas

Gabriel Kuhn is an anarchist activist living in Sweden and author of an impressive array of histories, translations, and collections published on anarchism, history of the left, and sports. His energy for writing is matched by a passion for soccer as a longtime fan and once professional athlete. We interviewed him about his experiences playing for a living, radical history, and controversies today. 
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No Pain No Gain

Graphics contribution by Monica Kostas

Today our 5th installment in Politics on the Field comes to us from Chicago where Kingsley Clarke discusses his love of track and field, a view into youth coaching of the sport, and the class and racial dynamics that exist today.  Continue reading “No Pain No Gain”

He’s a Mendocino and I’m from Bogota

Illustration by Monica Kostas

Last week we focused on history and professional political athletes. Our contribution today comes from South Florida where Marcos Restrepo brings us to the world of youth sports in our fourth installment of Politics on the Field. With the Super Bowl past us and all the attention the world plays to sports industries and media, it’s important to remember that where sports grows from in the innumerable fields and arenas where children learn and play. Restrepo presents a picture of these games a father and someone critical of what capitalism has done to a game that continues to capture the passion and imagination of millions. Continue reading “He’s a Mendocino and I’m from Bogota”