Since starting this project in late 2010, I’ve tried to do an annual review of every full year I’ve been writing for. Since 2020 was the 10-year anniversary of starting it, I definitely thought it would be worth writing up some kind of reflection on what it means to keep one project going for a full decade, and how the online spaces that I’ve operated in have changed over that time – the final demise of indymedia, the rise and fall of left facebook, and so on. But it’s ten days into 2021 now, including some pretty eventful days, and I still haven’t managed to motivate myself to start writing it in any meaningful way, so I’ve come to accept that I won’t get it written any time soon. As for 2020 specifically, I’m finding it hard to think of much to say beyond “there was a pandemic, there were a bunch of riots, you know this stuff already.”
But some people have done a better job of reflecting on the year than me, so in lieu of my own contribution, here’s what some other people had to say:
Looking ahead to the new year, the Anarchist Communist Group have a new year message here, and Community Action on Prison Expansion are asking people to join them in helping to shut down Kier Group’s involvement in building megaprisons. The ACG are also running an online public meeting about “how can we build a revolutionary movement?” on January 13th, with speakers from Angry Workers and the Co-ordination of Latin American Anarchists.
Also lots of other stuff is happening of course, a fuller overview of workplace struggles and other things will hopefully follow shortly, but I thought it was better to get something short out now rather than draft something longer and more comprehensive and end up spending another week or so on it.
Happy new year everyone, or as close to happy as we can get under the circumstances anyway.