The Angry Workers of the World collective are proposing a series of discussions with US comrades. In their words, “We think it would be useful and interesting to speak directly with comrades in the States about recent developments in order to understand the similarities and differences. This might also have a mobilising effect on how and where to centre our political activities over here… Since the 2008 financial crisis the main social dynamics (economic trends, government changes, working class actions) either precede those in the EU or are more pronounced.Therefore, a lot of theoretical and practical efforts made by comrades in the US seem a step ahead from what we see around us – from IWW organising to Viewpoint Magazine’s theoretical work.”
They suggest a range of themes for possible discussion, including organising in the rural hinterland: social conditions in small town America, struggles within the low wage sector, workers self-defence/anti-police organising, developments within the logistics sector, reproductive rights and the right-wing ascendancy, prison organising, developments and strikes in the (industrial) working class, community/housing/solidarity networks, experiences from the past, university organising, and theory and organisation in the current phase.
For anyone in London who’s interested, there’ll be an initial preparation meeting at midday on Saturday 4th March in the Mare Street Wetherspoons in Hackney.
Also for anyone interested in the situation in the US, Peter Gelderloos and Research & Destroy both just published new texts looking at things on a fairly wide level – I haven’t had the chance to read either in full yet cos they’re both relatively long, but they both look interesting, the R&D especially looks great.