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Lisa Fithian on Black Bloc Tractics

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Published on Apr 15, 2012

Activist and organizer Lisa Fithian addresses Black Bloc tactics during a training session with Occupy Chicago in preparation for the spring NATO Summit.

Lisa worked with Abbie Hoffman at Save the River in Clayton NY on the St. Lawrence River in the 1980's. In 1987 she helped Shut Down of the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA where over 600 people were arrested. 1990 action at the White House commemorating the assassination of Archbishop Romero where over 500 were arrested. During seven years as coordinator of the Washington Peace Center, Lisa organized hundreds of actions on a range of issues both locally and nationally, including the first Gulf War and Palestinian Intifada. She also helped lead an extensive seven year anti-racist process that successfully transformed the Peace Center into a truly multicultural organization.
http://organizingforpower.wordpress.c...


~ Black Bloc ~
'A black bloc is a tactic for protests and marches, whereby individuals wear black clothing, scarves, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing items.[...] The clothing is used to avoid being identified, and to, theoretically, appear as one large mass, promoting solidarity.

Black Bloc protests first came about in the 80s in Europe and were a part of the anti-World Trade Organization demonstrations in Seattle in 1999. Protest techniques are disruptive and volatile. They include rioting, vandalism and fighting as well as assistance to fellow protesters in fleeing police. These techniques are probably why many who casually mention Black Bloc protests online often include the word, "anarchists."

In some instances Black Bloc protesters may actually be cops, as demonstrated by the Quebec police who went undercover during protests there in 2007.'
http://www.observer.com/2012/01/occup...

The term "autonomist" is used here to designate a dominant, though by no means the only, characteristic of this particular tradition: the emphasis on the autonomy of the working class in its struggle against capital as well as on the autonomy of various groups of workers vis ˆ vis others of their class. In an earlier incarnation this course was labeled "social capital theory," a title which evokes another aspect of this tradition: the explicit recognition of the systematic extension of capitalist domination and of class struggle throughout the social fabric of the 20th Century, of the emergence of the "social factory" and of the struggles to destroy and escape it. There are many other titles which might be used. None have gained currency either among the practitioners of this tradition or among their opponents, at least not in the English speaking world. In Italy, Germany, and France, where some of the most interesting developments in this tradition have taken place, the general political "space," as the Italians say, occupied by this tradition is called Autonomy or Workers' Autonomy. Autonomist Marxism is thus an adaptation of that designation.
https://webspace.utexas.edu/hcleaver/...




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