P2PCollab Campaign for the 2nd International Networked Labour Seminar | Networked Labour


This is an appeal for an institutional p2pfunding and p2p collaboration campaign, for realising the 2nd International Networked Labour Seminar, in Amsterdam, at around May 2015. Draft proposal for the 2nd event can be seen here:

https://titanpad.com/networkedlabour2ndencounterproposal

Project will be designed, managed and executed, based on open-participatory budgeting and p2p collaboration principles. We welcome all kinds of technical, logistical, financial, artistic / design, physical labour, and knowledge based contributions, especially from interested creative communites and cooperatives from Netherlands and Europe that would like to join efforts.

Design of the event, its content, form, and list of invitees will be open to supporters and collaborators’ suggestions. Sponsors and the registered collaborators will be able to suggest topics and alternative methodologies. Estimated budget, participatory tools and mechanisms will be published at: http://www.networkedlabour.net/ during the second week of October 2014.

If you are interested in collaborating please contact me directly at networg at networg [at] networg [dot] nl

In solidarity and collaboration,

Örsan Şenalp

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Fair Coop. Target: Planet Earth!


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An global open cooperative as a revolutionary tool for building other economy at the world level… now!

Today I have not expropriated any banks, nor presented anything anyone can call illegal, against perhaps what expected by many, neither do I present a strategy directly related to my return to public freedom, which does not mean I am not still defining that plan.

What I now present is a revolutionary project on a global scale, a fruit of the immersion and learning I was allowed to thanks to my 19 months of intense activity in the seclusion of hiding.

The moment this project was born during my nights of creative solitude, it became clear to me that I had to make this both a priority and a reality before taking any risk as an individual. Today, I am pleased to have acted on that determination, and I hereby submit the project so that it may become everyone’s.

It is the open, global cooperative Fair Coop, one more step in the extension of the integral revolution worldwide; and also the p2p society values, open cooperation, and hacker ethics, among others.

I will now explain some of the thoughts that inspired me to do this:

The blockchain and Bitcoin brought to the world one of the few missing pieces to allow us to become independent from the old economic system. Old, centralized and new, decentralized systems have begun an open competition for domination in the world of the future. And for the first time in thousands of years, decentralized systems have another chance.

However, for those of us who understand the world in terms of cooperation, decentralization is not enough; we believe this new world needs self-organization and mutual support, cooperation needs to infiltrate all those corners where domination is falling behind.

Cooperative, self-managed, collective, community-based projects are extending and multiplying everywhere.

The practices that preset the way this other world can be everyday, are very much alive. Although these practices are beginning to be quite interconnected at bio-region scale, they are still too isolated and there is mutual ignorance among initiatives that are thousands of kilometers from each other, on different continents, based on different languages.

Large amounts of commons are being built in parallel at the local scale, but any one project’s evolution has so far been insufficiently shared with the others. We need more powerful tools to help us share our knowledge, and we must be able to finance their development.

We don’t want to stay as viewers in the confrontation between the old, oligarchic and the new, netarchic capitalism. We want a cooperative system also on a global scale, like the ones we practice at local scale, and if we want to see it happen we have to build it.

Therefore it became necessary to work on a project to put social cooperation back on the stage of the dominance struggles between economic systems, showing that the path to put human beings back at the center is possible, and is there for us to expand it.

This project has arrived and is called Fair.Coop, The Earth cooperative for a fair economy.

The initial push to boot this initiative is what we have named “hacking money markets to introduce the virus of cooperation”.

This means:

A cryptocurrency, negotiable in an uncontrolled way in decentralized markets around the world can be understood as social capital, in which the number of shares is equal to the total number of created coins.

If we choose it as our founding capital for a cooperative, it means this capital, instead of being accounted in the dominant currency (euro, dollar…) will be in a currency the system can not control, and also, as our cooperative project grows and provides resources and services of proven usefulness, the value of this capital and the entire cryptocurrency will grow accordingly.

It is an important point and I will explain the meaning of this in a different way so it can be fully understood:

Consider traditional capitalism. Company owners extract value primarily through:

- Income from capital

- Labour exploitation

In some transnational corporations, netarchic capitalism adds a third way to extract value: free collaboration between humans. For example Facebook or Google ads generate a lot of money because we use their “free” services, while we in fact are working for them for free.

What if it is us who create technological tools for cooperation between equals, and use them to generate free knowledge, global commons?

Well, then we can do what we like and consider helpful: cooperating, sharing, learning, while letting the economic value of our work remain in cooperative projects, and even reverse to ourselves.

It became necessary therefore to find a coin that was not controlled by old capitalism (euros / dollars …), nor exploited by the most innovative capitalism (Bitcoin), one in which we can incorporate our values and cooperative practices. Faircoin therefore was chosen.

After months of networking and creation, Fair.coop is born today.

The space is open to start cooperation among all of us, and we have supplied the cooperative 10,000,000 faircoins, representing 20% of total existing coins.

This social capital was injected into Fair.coop with the following distribution:

- 5,000,000 faircoins for the Global South fund (address: https://chain.fair-coin.org/address/fU3wRGZwese65gZqRiQiJvE483iyjY2QD4 )

- 2,500,000 faircoins for the Commons fund (address: https://chain.fair-coin.org/address/fMxkQtTCFZpWuZNZQTq7HxwcZ6rQn1yAWj )

- 1,500,000 faircoins for the Technology Infrastructure fund (address: https://chain.fair-coin.org/address/fJ7dwkfHiJW9867xcovaJ9QDN7khDEMJMm )

- 1,000,000 faircoins for the Pooled fund (address: https://chain.fair-coin.org/address/fNWcvkQLg9ELKkV5gH1nsYBJnzHqw7pka7 )

And the following conditions:

Except for the Pool fund which can be used to cover operating expenses at the discretion of the Ecosystem Council and the whole fair.coop, contributions to the other three funds can not be touched in one year.

With the Global South fund we call for a redistribution that can reach as many local projects as possible, prioritizing the empowerment of the areas and environments most attacked by the current system, generating a peer-to-peer cooperation environment, to restore global economic justice.

As for the Commons and Technology Infrastructure funds, the call is to qualitatively prioritize projects that can most benefit the global common good.

This period may well serve to build a participatory, creative and mutually supportive process leading to decisions in relation to the right priorities, defined collectively and efficiently. Also, as collaboration between equals multiplies under all Fair.Coop and especially the FairNetwork,the value of FairCoop’s social capital is expected to respond by growing in value relative to fiat currencies, not forgetting, as a symbol of our independence, that 1 faircoin will always equal 1 faircoin.

In this way and just for starters, 20% of the existing monetary resources remain in the hands of a participatory and open political process. Meanwhile Fair Coop will work to continue recovering for the common good resources which may be redistributed through the same funds.

So this time, if our collaborative and freely shared vocation is to benefit someone financially, it will be the same ones who are building it before anyone else, that is all cooperatives, and through the funded projects, all of humanity.

In other words, we have finally found a way to cooperatively organize, share, learn, help, one that can self-manage without the need, at least in the most delicate initial phase, to depend on others, or having to prioritize selling our production in the market, not even keeping up with regular member fees. All we need in this first phase is to create free knowledge, share andbecome interwoven the way we know best, extend the intangible, and build the material commons; build social currency networks based on faircoin, such as the Faircredit project already presented (LINK).

We can innovate to create value together in many areas of the commons.

We can each contribute our bit of knowledge, political participation, time, donations, products, services, investment, network-building. Each based on their capabilities and priorities.

The market will value it by buying our cryptocurrency and pushing up the value of our social capital, in relation to other currencies. So we can finally “squat” the forex markets, responsible for so much inequality, to recover from a part, large or small, time will tell, of these injustices.

I can imagine some anticapitalist will see it as contradictory, me expressing the role of money markets in this project.

Anyone trying to quit using money, and who has already done much work regarding community economy and direct exchange can certainly go beyond fair.coop’s monetary initiatives, which does not prevent them to get involved, as one more, in collective creation and political participation.

But most of us who are often using a currency, fiat or social, for trading or saving, are dependent on a reference framework for prices and store-of-value function, which is imposed by central banks, so we are somehow passive partners of the system we want to overcome.

Moreover, I would like to recall that the Forex market is an irrefutable historical fact over 100 years old, with a trend to be less and less regulated. In recent years, only authoritarian states (such as the case of China where the value is set by government decision) have explored a second path in relation to how to deal politically with the market, while for all I know, from areas related to the ideas we share in the context of the integral revolution, for example, despite experiencing multiple pathways to social currencies as exchange tools has not generated any previous approach on how to confront the forex market to build economic empowerment worldwide.

In recent years, new cryptocurrency exchange markets have appeared, uncontrollable by governments, and therefore it is no longer necessary to have a country and a central bank in order to have a currency that can be exchanged across the world. The banking system is outdated and more and more of us are realizing it, so the path we’re starting now is for building something that will, some day, consolidate a global alternative.

What was lacking to start walking, was a monetary initiative present in these markets which, instead of relying on human competition to keep the most value, be based on human cooperation as equals, to create value for all of them. With the arrival of Fair.Coop, faircoin has become the cryptocurrency focused on social cooperation that was missing.

So we’ll see over time whether this way we’re choosing is the best or not, but at least with this initiative we now have a path to explore, as to how to address this global issue of how to create a more just economic system with the level of social cooperation this planet needs and current technology allows.

Fair Coop is born! Let’s get connected, entangled, let’s share, discuss, build! Everything is there to be done and everything is possible. Now it’s up to us!

Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world!

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GNUnionize! Global Networked Labour Union


“…The time is past due for new forms of association to be created that can steer the world away from its destruction through commodified exploitation. The greatest hacks of our time may turn out to be forms of organising free collective expression, so that from this time on, abstraction serves the people …” M. Wark

Link at Interference wiki: https://interference.io/wiki/doku.php?id=sessions:gnunion_global_networked_labour_union_beta_1.0

Call:
GNUnion invites you to design a networked, self-organized, and stitched One Big Meshwork by linking your like-minded peers and their network bases to each other strategically. We call everyone striving to build dynamic, free, libre, and open source spaces bottom up, to bring their collective agendas and strategies in touch modularly and act upon them in an harmonized way.

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Says-Us.net Seeks FLOSS Collaboration


Dear friends,

SaysUs just has become affiliated to May First / People Link (https://mayfirst.org), which has been providing useful IT services to the activists and movements around the world.  We did just send the below text to the comrades involved in and collaborate each other at May First / People Link networked cooperative. Yet our call is open to all floss developers, commoners, activists and anyone who shares the vision that we tried to formulate in the text as simple as possible. We invite all comrades around the world who share similar values and virtues to join us and engage with our comrades at May First / People Link network.

Here is our call:

“Says-Us (see http://www.saysus.net) is a new member of May First / People Link.  We propose the creation of a web facility, a portal, to facilitate the ability of millions of people to tell their own stories, to write anonymous complaints, about work, housing, health care, schools, unemployment, prison, government, almost anything, as it affects them.

Many job related web sites have already shown that, given the chance to safely complain, people will do so. Unfortunately, existing corporate sites are oriented towards helping employers find cheap labor, and to sell advertising, not to helping change workplace practices. Non-corporate sites are particular to one union or reform organization and are not sufficiently generalized or allowing of self-organization.

Jobvent.com collected as many as 100K complaints about 10K companies. The complaints were then destroyed when jobvent was acquired by Glassdoor.com. Sites like glassdoor are spaces where hard-to-organize flex-jobs seekers may read about and learn from each other’s experiences. But site users are not offered any course of action except the obvious – to avoid employment at the worst offender companies.
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Rethinking Labour as Social-Network-Movement


Very recently valuable and concrete reflections are being published, filling in the public understanding of the nature and dynamics of the most-recent social and emancipatory uprisings, known also as Global Revolution. The recent articles written by Bernardo Gutiérrez and Rodrigo Nunes, both involved in the 15M, Occupy, Gezi, and Brazilian uprisings and were systematically putting their self-reflections together in wider framework of a collaborative action-research network also named as Global Revolution, are highly informative and pedagogic. They explain masterfully why transnational ‘organization’ of the global ‘revolution’ is qualitatively different then what we have understood from traditional use of the concepts of ‘organization’ and ‘revolution’. Another important resource was produced by Adrià Rodriguez who have also been very active in 15M, as well as other ‘network movements’ since 201-11, and linked to the Global Revolution Research Network.

I have been involved more directly in Take The Square, Occupy,  and Gezi movement/networks as Bernardo, Rodrigo and Adria, met them online, may be many times under various nick-names and worked together, and still do so. On the other hand I was busy with developing an understanding of the emergent new labour class practices and experiences. My work at Social Network Unionism and  Networked Labour blog/networks have heavily owed to the previous work done by people like Peter Waterman, Hilary Wainwright, Marco Berlinguer, Mayo Fuster as much as others they have been collaborating around the Networked Politics initiative. I was modifying and reshaping this work based on my direct experience. Below papers and reports are those that I published on various digital spaces since the beginning of the 2011 uprisings. Now it seems very worthy to put them together in a chronological order and reproduce once more: Continue reading

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Welcome to LabourLeaks | LabourLeaks.org


 

OK. You know about press leaks: they are as old as the press. You know about the famous/notorious online Wikileaks, this is only seven years old and is one part of the subversive/emancipatory capacity of the web. There are increasing numbers of such leaks, produced by particular groups for particular purposes, for different kinds of public.

Well, we are labour activists, long active both on the shopfloor and online. And we have ourselves had bad experience with company secrecy and ‘managerial prerogatives’: some of us have been disciplined or sacked for exposing information that is essential for ourselves or our fellow workers. This is why we have created

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Transnational networks of radical labour research and (h)activism: A global working class in the making


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Open Source and Libre Worker-to-Worker Activist-to-Activist Self Traning Material on New Social Media


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Worker to worker transnational exchange at the shop-floor level : Social media and online networking guide for shop stewards and union activists

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Charter for Europe, 1.2 – articles – L’internationale


(BY WAY OF) INTRODUCING THE PROJECT OF A CHARTER FOR EUROPE

by Francesco Salvini & Raúl Sánchez Cedillo (Fundación de los Comunes)

To think Europe as a space to be invented, to be drawn up, to be constructed. This is the collective exercise that brought us to Madrid some months ago, to rethink Europe as a territory whose political, institutional and productive definition rests in our hands, or in other words, in the protagonism of social struggles and political creation from below, passing through our everyday ways of doing things.

It is in this sense that the space we created in the New Abduction of Europe, an encounter that took place in the Museo Reina Sofia in February and March 2014, was a place for working on these problems with new methods and tools for discussion and reflection. A place where we could collectively imagine – in the midst of an urgent and complex situation – a world within which many worlds fit, as the Zapatistas used to say. In other words, we gathered to rethink practices of the political imagination within the European situation, starting from the territory of making (making society, making the common of human beings) rather than from ideological organization or the diffuse elaboration of slogans. For this we used a series of tools that allow for the construction of a transeuropean political techné, common to many, different and a priori discordant subjects.

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MyCreativity | On the Creative Question | Manifest by Geert Lovink, Sebastian Olma & Ned Rossiter


MyCreativityOn the Creative Question – Nine Theses

By Geert Lovink, Sebastian Olma and Ned Rossiter

‘Culture attracts the worst impulses of the moneyed, it has no honor, it begs to be suburbanized and corrupted’. ― Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge

‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’. ― Oscar Wilde

1. Goodbye to Creative Industries

A creepy discourse on creativity has captured cultural and economic policy. Creativity invokes a certain pharmacological numbness among its spruikers – a special sub-species entirely unaware of how far removed their version of creativity is from radical invention and social transformation. Their claims around the science of economy are little more than a shoddy con. While ‘creativity’ is increasingly seen as a main driver of economic development, the permanent reference to creative classes, creative cities, creative industries, creative innovations and so on has rendered the notion all but meaningless. Degraded to a commercial and political marketing tool, the semantic content of creativity has been reduced to an insipid spread of happy homogeneity – including the right amount of TED-styled fringe misfits and subcultures – that can be bureaucratically regulated and ‘valorized’. To this rhetoric corresponds a catalogue of ‘sectors’ and ‘clusters’ labelled as creative industries: a radically disciplined and ordered subdomain of the economy, a domesticated creative commons where ‘innovators’ and ‘creatives’ harmoniously co-mingle and develop their auto-predictive ‘disruptions’ of self-quantification, sharing and gamification. Conflict is anathema to the delicate sensibilities of personas trading in creative consultancy.

2. Welcome to the Creative Question

The creative question has replaced the social question. In the 20th century the consequences and problems of industrial capitalism found a temporary solution in the class compromise of the welfare state. In digital capitalism we have to address the social question in terms of the creative question: what is today’s source of value and who owns it? We need to turn the pompous, meaningless chatter on creativity into a debate on how to come out on the positive side of the digital pharmakon (the nuanced combination of all things good and evil). To those who tell you ‘how we are going to live twenty years from now’, shout them down with ideas of how you want to live in twenty years!

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6pm this Friday – #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square


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6pm this Friday - #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square

#occupydemocracy protesters have called on supporters of democracy to join them as they re-occupy Parliament Square from 6pm this Friday at 6pm (21 November) for a long weekend. [1] In advance of the re-occupation, many #occupydemocracy supporters will be in attendance at the 24-hour Big NHS Sleepout / Vigil in the Square, which starts on Thursday at 7pm. [2]

Anticipation is high about what will happen as the protesters return to Parliament Square – currently cordoned off by fencing. Supporters cite that there is a real opportunity between now and the general election to put the spotlight on our ailing democracy. 

They said: 

“Our democracy is in crisis. Our elected ‘representatives’ are paralysed in the face of yet another banking crisis. Under the banner of the ‘austerity’ scam, our public funds were stolen to bail out immoral gambling banks. Much needed…

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On the recent return of ‘acceleration’ ideas in relation to transition/rapture ‘strategies’ from above


I recently did a post on the networked-labour list [http://lists.contrast.org/mailman/listinfo/networkedlabour], and re posted here [http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/coding-the-algorithyms-of-emancipatory-modes-of-production/], of the Algorithms of Capital, an edited volume, by Matteo Pasquinelli. In my post, joining McKenzie Wark’s friendly critique of the ‘accelerationist’ revolutionary politics, I provided an alternative proposal for a slow, zen, calm, mindful bottom up hacking of the ‘accelerationism’ of the capital. Here on P2P foundation’s blog it was the book of the day (yesterday): http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/book-of-the-day-algorithms-of-capital/2014/11/15

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Call for Urgent Action and Solidarity for Karabulut Family and all Asylum Seekers [EN, NL, TR]


Date: Friday, 14 November 2014

Time: 14:00
Place: Tweede Kamer (Dutch Parliement) Main Entrance
Adress: Plein 2

On 10 November 2014, Leyla and Ali Karabulut together with their 6 years old daughter Defne Naz and 1,5 years old son Ernesto Serdar, were taken to a jail in Soesterberg, where they will be held until 16 November 2014 to be deported to Turkey.

Leyla and Ali had been jailed, tortured, and taken under custody many times because of their political identity, opposing goverments and the state in Turkey. However, after 4 years of investigation, the Dutch authorities decided to deport them together with their children. The decision is based on the absence of any current warrant issued by the Turkish authorities.

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Blockupy-Festival – „#talk #dance #act – Blockupy


The Festival highlights

Nov. 20th to Nov. 23rd 2014

Thursday, Nov. 20th | 20:00 CET | Gewerkschaftshaus (trade union house, Wilhelm-Leuschner Str. 69-77, close to the central station in Frankfurt):

“Start Offs and Counter-Power” – Lecture by Costas Douzinas (Philosopher and Professor of Law at Birkbeck-University of London), followed by panel discussion

Friday, Nov. 21st | 20:00 CET | House of Youth (Deutschherrnufer 12, 60594 Frankfurt; http://www.jugendherberge-frankfurt.de/en/how-to-find-us/):

“Seven Years of Crisis in Europe” – Controversial Explanations and Perspectives with Ulrike Herrmann (Writer and Journalist of the taz) and Jannis Milios (MP for SYRIZA and Professor of Political Economy at the Technical University of Athens)

[before the panel discussion, at 17:00 CET, we will have at the same place an assembly for all of us]

Friday, Nov. 21st | 10:00 CET | to Sunday, Nov. 23rd (16:00 CET) – at House of Youth and University of Frankfurt, Campus Bockenheim:

Multi-session working groups, thematic and activist workshops, Asambleas and city tour; before and during the Festival at various places in the city: cultural events, exhibitions, readings, film screenings and more

Saturday, Nov. 22nd | 14:00 CET | at Paulsplatz, inner city of Frankfurt

Demo/Inspection/Walk: Moving to the new ECB – We will lend our hands!

While our colleagues, friends and comrades in Southern Europe continue to rebel against the depletion and impoverishment policies of the Troika, the ECB moves into its new palace. Blockupy moves on to the road. We will make our own move to the new building and give back to the EBC the garbage – in and with many moving boxes – that should have been thrown into the dustbin of history: racist and sexist division, impoverishment, privatization of public funds and goods and wars to secure resources.

We will lend our hands and carry our criticism right in front of the door of the ECB, go to the entrance gates and the fence they are entrenching behind. We will be there, along with activists from organizations and networks from all over Europe. We are thinking and acting in creative forms of civil disobedience – across all those fences limiting us. No smooth move and no smooth crisis politics with us!

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Program: Digital Labor Conference


Digital Labor: Nov 14-16

PROGRAM

Download the full program (PDF) Flip through the program here.

November 13, 2014

06:00 PM Workingman’s Death

November 14, 2014

08:00 AM Speaker Check-in

10:00 AM Opening Plenary

10:45 AM (Not) Getting Paid to Work & Play

10:45 AM Research & Practice on Feminist / Feminized Digital Labor

10:45 AM The Death of Employment; Long Live Worker Rights

10:45 AM Perspectives on Digital Labor & the Video Game Industry

10:45 AM Culture Workers of the World Unite!

02:15 PM Resource Sharing & Digitization in the Arts

02:15 PM Digital Labor, Sex Work, & Maria’s GentleWhispering

02:15 PM CUNY Digital Labor Working Group Roundtable:

The Place, Politics, and Function of Measure

02:15 PM Fairness in Crowd Work

02:15 PM The Labor of Love & the New Soviet Man in Silicon Valley

02:15 PM Value Capture & the Affect Machine: Non-Money Capital in the Digital Age

02:15 PM Search, Data Flows, & Vertical Extraction

05:15 PM SaysUs/GNUnion

05:15 PM Art, Art Workers, and Cloud Platforms

05:15 PM Teamsters, UPS, & the Gig Economy (Student Panel)

05:15 PM Temp Land: Working in the New Economy

05:15 PM Crowd Work: The Future of Design

05:15 PM How Interfaces Demand Obedience

05:15 PM Movement Materials & What We Can Do

07:00 PM Disability & the Digital Divide

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Unionizing solidarity with Palestine: Support grows for BDS among grassroots labor movement


Block the Boat march in Oakland. (Photo: Bob Ristelhueber)“We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel.” This call for solidarity was issued in July 2005 by hundreds of Palestinian organizations, including all major trade unions. Systematic land confiscation, mass incarceration, house demolition, and routine attacks that leave hundreds of civilians dead have become part and parcel of daily life in Israel-occupied Palestine. The US-sponsored “peace talks” merely readjusted Israel’s occupation strategy: instead of deploying its army inside Palestinian cities and towns, Israel now surrounds them with checkpoints and walls; hinders Palestinians’ ability to work, study, and travel; and ensures that Palestine remains economically dependent on Israel. Recognizing that Israel has used negotiations to normalize and sustain the occupation, Palestinian civil society adopted the non-violent strategy of Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) against its oppressor.

Compared to its international counterparts, the U.S. labor movement has been slow to embrace BDS. Michael Letwin, co-founder of the solidarity group Labor for Palestine, suggests this is the product of the American labor movement’s historical and continuing institutional support for Israel. The major US trade unions, Letwin says, have hundreds of millions of dollars in pension funds that are invested in Israel. Senior union leaders, in fear of alienating the Democratic Party and other political allies, frequently denounce BDS and criticize their counterparts around the world who support it.

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Geert Lovink on Bifo, Dark Media, and Resistance


Originally posted on Deterritorial Investigations Unit:

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Geert Lovink recently gave a speech on Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s phd thesis, which is being published by Semiotex(e) sometime next year. In the meantime, Lovink muses on Bifo’s relationship to Deleuze (particularly the “Dark Deleuze” formulated over at AnarchistWithoutContent), the collapse of the counterculture in the face of neoliberalism, the dawning of neuro-capitalism, and the persistence of resistance under a regime of depression and apparent futility. Brought here via Nettime!

EDIT: Here’s the link to the original, which I missed somehow when I posted this this morning. My apologies!

Being a decade younger, I heard for the first time from him and
his activities around 1980, when stories about Radio Alice were
spreading throughout Europe. True, the Amsterdam free radio scene,
operating out of the squatters movement of the time, had a multitude
of (local) roots but Radio Alice was certainly one of them. The
Bologna uprising of…

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Against Social Determinism by McKenzie Wark


Vladimir Lenin and Alexander Bogdanov playing chess during a visit to Maxim Gorky (April 1908)Getting anything done generally requires the collaboration of people who do different kinds of work, and whose various kinds of work has shaped various kinds of thinking. It calls for some kind of translation or code switching. It can be hard enough getting people who do different kinds of intellectual labor aligned towards a common task. Collaborations between mental and manual labor, not to mention affective labor, rather complicates the whole endeavor.

So perhaps it would be a start for those of us who do some kind of intellectual labor to practice some code switching. How, for example, are those of us training in the use of language, to collaborate with those who work with code? Both kinds of work involve staring at computers and imbibing too much coffee. How hard can it be? Plenty hard, as it turns out. The division of labor divides also our thinking. We make a fetish of the part of what we organize as if it was the key to the whole.

This was a key insight of a now little-known thinker who has preoccupied me a lot lately: Alexander Bogdanov. He was Lenin’s rival for the leadership of the Bolsheviks, before Lenin forced him out. He spent a chunk of the rest of his life working on the problem of how different kinds of labor might collaborate. He wrote a utopian novel about it, and also something like a philosophy.

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Issue #5: Shared Machine Shops » Journal of Peer Production


Journal of Peer Production - New perspectives on the implications of peer production for social change

Despite the marketing clangour of the “maker movement”, shared machine shops are currently “fringe phenomena” since they play a minor role in the production of wealth, knowledge, political consensus and the social organisation of life. Interestingly, however, they also prominently share the core transformations experienced in contemporary capitalism. The convergence of work, labour and other aspects of life — the rapid development of algorithmically driven technical systems and their intensifying role in social organisation — the practical and legitimation crisis of institutions, echoed by renewed attempts at self-organisation.

Each article in this special issue addresses a received truth which circulates unreflected amongst both academics analysing these phenomena and practitioners engaged in the respective scenes. Questioning such myths based on empirical research founded on a rigorous theoretical framework is what a journal such as the Journal of Peer Production can contribute to both academic and activist discourses. Shared machine shops have been around for at least a decade or so, which makes for a good time to evaluate how they live up to their self-professed social missions.

Here is an executive summary:

Shared Machine Shops are not new.

Fab Labs are not about technology.

Sharing is not happening.

Hackerspaces are not open.

Technology is not neutral.

Hackerspaces are not solving problems.

Fab Labs are not the seeds of a revolution.

via Issue #5: Shared Machine Shops » Journal of Peer Production.

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Speech at Franco Berardi’s PhD Defence by Geert Lovink


It has been a special honour and a pleasure for me to act as opponent for Franco Berardi’s PhD defence at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki on October 23, 2014. You can read more about the event on the Future Art Base website. A video of the two hour ceremony, which included an introduction to the thesis by Franco Berardi, me reading the text below and a debate between the two of us will become available in a little while. Semiotexte will publish a version of the thesis by the end of 2015. /geert

Being a decade younger, I heard for the first time from him and his activities around 1980, when stories about Radio Alice were spreading throughout Europe. True, the Amsterdam free radio scene, operating out of the squatters movement of the time, had a multitude of local roots but Radio Alice was certainly one of them. The Bologna uprising of 1977, in which Bifo played a crucial role,  predated our most tumultuous year, 1980, and was thus a an important source of inspiration for the revolts in Amsterdam, Zurich and Berlin. What we shared was our common desire to find out what ‘autonomy’ could look like in different parts of Western Europe which lacked any trace of an ‘operaist’ workers movement.

via Geert | Speech at Franco Berardi’s PhD Defence in Helsinki.

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Caferağa Solidarity Hosts #Agora99 Pre-meeting 24-26 October in Kadıköy Istanbul


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Agora99 İstanbul’da
AVRUPA’DAN YOLDAŞLARI AĞIRLIYORUZ!
Son dönemde Avrupa’da gerçekleşen ayaklanmalar sonrası kurulan Agora99’u 24 ve 25 ekimde Mahalle Evi’nde ağarlıyoruz. İşgal fabrikalarından özyönetim kliniklerine, emek örgütlerinden mega-proje karşıtı hareketlere, mahalle evlerinden feminist örgütlere uzanan esinlendirici bir çeşitliliğe sahip Agora99’un tüm İstanbul forum ve örgütlerine yaptığı çağrıyı dikkatinize sunuyoruz.
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24 ve 25 Ekim için Davet

24 Ekim Cuma, 19:00-23:00:
Müşterek Mücadeler için İstanbul’da Uluslar Aşırı Bir Toplantı.
Caferağa Mahalleevi, No 24 (Hacı Şükrü Sokak), 34710 Kadıköy

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Strength and Power Reimagining Revolution | Guerrilla Translation!


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by Amador Fernández-Savater

Translated by Stacco Troncoso, edited by Jane Loes Lipton – Guerrilla Translation!

How is it possible that fifty people can stop a forced eviction? Not just once, but over and over again (as many as six hundred times). This question has been on my mind for a while. During the 25-S protests in Madrid 1, we saw for ourselves that the police can evict any number of protestors from anywhere. So, exactly what sort of strength allows those fifty people to stop a foreclosure eviction? What does it mean to have strength, if it’s not quite the same as having power (physical, quantitative, economic, institutional, etc.)? The following is my attempt at an answer that, by no means, fully exhausts the question. That is to say, there’s room for more answers and, above all, to keep asking the question – this, I believe, is the most important thing.

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Social (Network) Unionism and Social (Networked) Strike by Tiziana Terranova


imageSocial unionism and digital labor in the transnational space of European austerity

Over the past few years, European social movements have struggled to find new ways of cooperating and connecting in order to oppose the verticalization of European governance. Following the crash of 2008, in fact, a regime of austerity, that is severe cuts to public spending, has gone together with a remodulation of modes of welfare and work inspired by the German model. This model has seen the massive introduction of part-time, badly paid jobs (the so called mini-jobs ) which are part of a system of workfare where the state makes sure that everybody is forced to accept whatever job available through a new capillary control of recipients’ lives. While the European Central Bank like the Federal Reserve has deployed quantitative easing, and inundated the financial system with money, none of this has effectively gone into the creation of new jobs, into expanding credit to consumers and business or to essential public services. The process of complete precarization of labor and increasing accumulation of wealth is thus unfolding along the lines of a geographical and ethnic division of labor which sees the European Union divided between centre and periphery, North and South, East and West with war pressing in on its Eastern and Southern borders.

The verticalization of European governance has thus reinforced a whole series of trends: ‘the attack on waged labor, the compression of union rights, the dequalification and privatisation of learning and research, the enclosure of common goods, a new government of labor mobility and the exploitation of migrant labor’ (http://www.autistici.org/strikemeeting/). These considerations are central to the formation of a transnational space of action for social movements aiming to reverse the tide of complete neoliberalization of Europe and opening onto the global level as the only adequate dimension of struggle.

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Agora 99 » 24-26 Ekim 2014 İstanbul, Üçüncü Agora99 için Önhazırlık Toplantısı


agora99_officineZ_03112013Mücadelelerden mücadelelere bir çağrı: barınma ve kent hakkı için müşterekler için; güvencesiz emeğe ve neoliberal kentleşmeye, savaş ve devlet militarizmine karşı ve yurttaşlık hakkı ve sığınmacılık özgürlüğü için yerel ve küresel mücadeleleri bağlayabilecek örgüt pratiklerini geliştirelim.

“Üçüncüsü yapılacak Agora99’u 2015’te İstanbul’da düzenleyelim!”

25 Ekim’de İstanbul’da düzenlenecek ön buluşma için forumlara ve ağlara çağrımızdır.

Dünya, 2011 yılından itibaren, gerçek anlamda ulusları aşan ve küresel ölçeğe erişen bir taban ayaklanmaları dalgasına tanıklık etmiştir. Tunus, Mısır, İzlanda, Yunanistan, İspanya, İsrail, Şili, İngiltere, ABD, Türkiye, Brezilya ve diğer birçok yerde insanlar adaletsizlik ve eşitsizliği protesto etmek ve demokrasi uğruna sokaklara dökülmüştür. Yıllardır süregelen mücadeleler yeni bir görünürlük kazanmış ve yeni hareketler ve mücadeleler vücut bulmuştur.

Yerel ölçekteki çeşitli meselelerin tetiklediği bu ayaklanmalar ilk bakışta birbirinden kopuk ve eşzamanlı olmayan bir niteliğe sahipmiş gibi görünebilir. Ancak, öz-örgütlenme, bağlantı ve yataylık bu ayaklanmaların ortak özelliği olmuştur: hepsi de demokratik karar almanın yeni biçimlerini uyguluyor ve lidersizlik niteliği taşıyor. Hepsi, meclisler, çalışma grupları ve yakınlaşma alanları aracılığıyla örgütleniyor ve sosyal medya zemininde ve çevrimiçi buluşmalarla kitlesel katılıma olanak sağlıyorlar.

Aynı zamanda, yerelliğin ve ulusların ötesine geçerek grupları, hareketleri ve bireyleri bölgesel, ulusal ve enternasyonal düzeyde birbirine yaklaştıran bağlar, ayaklanmaların yayılmasına ve devam etmesine ve dünyanın birçok yerinde, insanlık değerlerine dayalı ağların kurulmasına olanak sağlamıştır. Büyük meclisler öz-düşünme ve fikir teatisi imkânlarını ortaya çıkarmıştır.

Bunlardan biri de Agora99 olmuştur.

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Kobanê refugee girl: “ISIS destroyed my dreams” | ROAR Magazine


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Kurdish refugees from Kobanê are in want of solidarity and support while the Turkish army is accused of sharing intelligence with ISIS forces in Syria.

ROAR editor Iskender Doğu is in North Kurdistan on the Turkish-Syrian border to report on the battle for Kobanê and the Kurdish struggle for democratic autonomy. Photo by Murat Bay for Sendika.org.

“ISIS destroyed all my dreams,” the 20-year old Medya tells me at the ‘Rojava’ refugee camp in Suruç, where several thousand refugees have found shelter in hundreds of tents and inside an abandoned factory. Together with her family she arrived here ten days ago, as part of the major exodus of Kobanê’s population, which saw tens of thousands of people leaving their homes behind and crossing the border into Turkey.

“Two men came to our village on a motorbike, they were covered in blood and shouted that ISIS had overrun their village and killed everyone,” one of the locals in the camp recounts. Panic broke out, and everyone left in a hurry, bringing with them only what they could carry with their own hands. “Later, we realized that this was a tactic of ISIS, and that the two men who came by motorbike where part of the gang.” Apparently ISIS pulled the same trick in most of the villages surrounding Kobanê, scaring thousands out of their houses in a move that can be considered a form of psychological warfare.

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Women Revolution claps on the Face of President of US State-terrorism at the UN Security Council! No media coverage!! WTF


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Stop TTIP CETA TISA


banner_en_lightOn October 11, 2014 join the decentralised European Day of Action to stop TTIP, CETA & TiSA!

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What do they stand for?

These upcoming trade deals threaten our already weak democracies and pave the way for an attack on the environment, health systems, food, jobs, public services, digital rights and much more.

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