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Upcoming and past events that Four Star has organized or participated in.

Struggling to Win Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile

Chicago will host two stops of the nation-wide tour on anarchists building popular power in Chile. The first event will be Thursday February 6th 6:00-8:30pm at Stuart Hall, University of Chicago, 5835 S Greenwood Ave. The second will be Saturday, February 8th 6:00-8:30pm at Quilombo Cultural Center, 1757 N Kimball Ave. Co-sponsors include the Black Rose Anarchist Federation, First of May Anarchist Alliance, Chicago General Membership Branch of the IWW, Free Association of Anarchists, and the Workers Solidarity Alliance.

Chile has a long history of working class struggle in shanty towns, factories, mines, community organizations, and schools. In the 20 years after the US supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende’s government, much of the organizing was done underground. However after the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, there was a new rise of mass popular organization in the country. Anarchists have been a major force in the social movements, strategically organizing to build power. This has manifested in solidarity for the Mapuches, anarchists winning the student union elections at the University of Chile, militant pro-abortion actions, and libertarian labor organizations.

This national tour brings three individuals involved in these struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres. From January to the end of February, the speakers will be traveling throughout the country and we hope that you can spread the word and hear about the important work that is happening in Chile.

For more info see the tour’s main website or facebook page.

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Building a Revolutionary Anarchism Speaking Tour

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Sunday, August 25, 2013 4:00 to 6:00 pm
MAGI Cultural Center
2149 W 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608

This free event is hosted by Four Star Anarchist Organization. We plan to provide a warm, welcoming environment for mutual education, discussion, and camaraderie. Oh, and food! There will be free, GOOD food for all attendees. Spanish translation available!

How can we build the popularity and influence of anarchist ideas in movements for social and economic justice in the United States? What’s the point in a specifically anarchist organization? What lessons can we draw from the anarchists of South America? What benefits would be gained by …the development of a nationwide anarchist organization? What would that organization do and how can we get involved? Building a Revolutionary Anarchism will share lessons and perspectives from activity in anarchist organizations in the US and Argentina. Informed largely by the project and organizing model of especifismo coming out of South America, the presentation focuses on the necessity and current on-going efforts to build nationwide anarchist organization in the United States.

In 2007, Colin O’Malley traveled from Buffalo, New York to Buenos Aires, Argentina to learn from workers that were taking over their closing-down workplaces to run worker owned and operated cooperatives. Coming from a city devastated by the loss of industry and the decades long rustbelt economic crisis that followed, Colin wanted to know what was so different about workers and their organizations in Argentina that there could be a such a drastically different reaction to workplace closures. There he spent time with some of the members of Red Libertaria, an Argentine anarchist organization.

On his return to Buffalo, he helped to found Buffalo Class Action, and with them built the presence of organized anarchism in Buffalo while advocating the creation of a citywide tenants union. Through BCA, he joined Common Struggle/Lucha Comun regional anarchist organization. In 2011, he moved to Rochester, New York and helped to found Rochester Red & Black, another local anarchist organization. As part of these organizations, he has been involved in the Class Struggle Anarchist Conferences, the In Our Hearts Network, and has recently been advocating and helping to build a nationwide class struggle anarchist organization.

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domingo, 25 agosto,  de 4 a 6 de la tarde
MAGI Centro Cultural
2149 W 21st St Chicago, IL 60608

Este evento es organizado por la Organización Anarquista Cuatro Estrellas. Tenemos la intención de proporcionar un ambiente cálido y acogedor para la educación mutua, discusiones, y la camaradería. Y habrá comida buena y gratis para todos!

¿Cómo podemos construir la popularidad y la influencia de las ideas anarquistas en los movimientos por la justicia social y económica en los Estados Unidos? ¿Cuál es el fin de una organización anarquista específica? ¿Qué lecciones podemos sacar de los anarquistas de América del Sur? ¿Qué beneficios se ganaría con el desarrollo de una organización anarquista a nivel nacional? ¿Qué haría esta organización y cómo podemos participar?

Construyendo un Anarquismo Revolucionario compartirá lecciones y perspectivas de la actividad en las organizaciones anarquistas en los EE.UU. y en la Argentina. Informado en gran parte por el proyecto y la organización de modelo de especifismo que sale de América del Sur, la presentación se centra en la necesidad y en los esfuerzos actuales en pie para construir organización anarquista a nivel nacional en los Estados Unidos.

En 2007, Colin O’Malley viajó desde Buffalo, Nueva York a Buenos Aires, Argentina para aprender de los trabajadores que estaban ocupando sus lugares de trabajo cerrados para operar cooperativas obreras autogestionadas. Viniendo desde una ciudad norteamericana devastada por la pérdida de la industria y la crisis económica del ‘rustbelt’ (cinta de corrosion) que duraba décadas, Colin quería saber qué era tan diferente acerca de los trabajadores y sus organizaciones en Argentina que podría haber una reacción tan drásticamente diferente a los cierres de los lugares de trabajo. Allí pasó tiempo con algunos de los miembros de la Red Libertaria, una organización anarquista argentina.

A su regreso a Buffalo, ayudó a fundar la Buffalo Class Action, y con ellos construyó la presencia del anarquismo organizado en Buffalo mientras que aboga la creación de un sindicato de inquilinos en toda la ciudad. A través de BCA, se unió a la Common Struggle / Lucha Comun organización anarquista regional. En 2011, se trasladó a Rochester, Nueva York y ayudó a fundar Rochester Red & Black (Rojo y Negro), otra organización anarquista local. Como parte de estas organizaciones, que ha participado en las Conferencias de anarquistas pro lucha de clases, la red New World In Our Hearts (Nuevo mundo en nuestros corazones) y recientemente ha sido defendiendo y ayudando la idea de construir una organización anarquista de lucha de clases a nivel nacional.

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21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home

16554_544389308932057_1452596991_nFour Star has endorsed this event and will be tabling for the duration. Come say “hi!” We’d love to see you.

After more than ten years of occupations, drone strikes, torture campaigns and ecological devastation, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) continues to organize and fight against US militarism.

For this plenary panel and fundraising event during IVAW’s National Convention IVAW is proud to have guest speakers, writer & professor Christian Parenti, Iraqi-American artist & professor Michael Rakowitz, Afghans United for Justice member & organizer Suraia Sahar, historian & writer Nick Turse, along with other great speakers for an evening of commentary, discussion and analysis of the state and future of U.S. Militarism.

Please come out and support IVAW for this special evening.

SPEAKERS:
Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, the managing editor of TomDispatch.com, the co-founder of Dispatch Books, and a fellow at the Nation Institute. He is the author of ‘Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam’ (2013) and several other books including ‘The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyber Warfare’ (2012) and ‘The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives’ (2008).

Christian Parenti, is a professor of sustainable development at the School for International Training, Graduate Institute. He a Nation contributing editor and the author of Lockdown America The Soft Cage, The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq and most recently Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, July 2011). He has a Ph.D. in geogrphy and sociology from the London School of Economics.

Michael Rakowitz is an Iraqi-Amaerican artist and Northwestern University professor whose work addresses complex political and social issues through personal and intimate means. His works, such as paraSite, Return, The invisible enemy should not exist, Enemy Kitchen, and others have grappled with issues of poverty, political conflict, the Iraq War, popular culture, and personal narrative.

Suraia Sahar was born in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Soviet Occupation and left as a refugee in the late 1980’s. She briefly lived in India before moving to Toronto, Canada where she was raised. She comes from a military family which has been an influence during her upbringing. She was a cofounder of Afghans for Peace (AFP), and is a current cofounder of Afghans United for Justice.

Suraia has spoken out against the war since the US-led invasion and is actively involved in mobilizing the Afghan community both in Toronto and abroad against the NATO-led occupation and war. She has spoken at anti-war events across North America.

PLENARY DETAILS:

WHAT: 21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home – Plenary Panel of IVAW National Convention with Guest Speakers Christain Parenti, Michael Rakowitz, Suraia Sahar, Nick Turse, & More!

WHEN: Friday, August 2nd, 7pm

DONATION: $10 Suggested Donation ( No one turned away)

LINKS:
www.ivaw.org
www.christianparenti.com
www.michaelrakowitz.com
www.afghansunitedforjustice.org
www.nickturse.com

ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS: Afghans United for Justice, American Friends Service Committee, Anti-War Committee- Chicago, Catalyst Project, Center for Constitutional Rights, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Chicago Cuba Committee, Chicago Grey Panthers, Civilian-Soldier Alliance, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Four Star Anarchist Organization, Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice, Gay Liberation Network, Haymarket Press, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Labor Beat/Labor Express, Mental Health Movement, Military Law Task Force, National Nurses United, National Writers Union, Near West Citizens for Peace and Justice, Peace Action – National, PM Press, Radical Public Health, Third Unitarian Church Social Action Committee, Unity Temple Congregation Action Network, UE- Western Region, U.S. Labor Against the War, Veterans for Peace- Chicago, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, War Resisters League – Chicago, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ

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Join Four Star Anarchist Organization and friends for a lively discussion event marking the 5th anniversary of our founding. A variety of local organizers will reflect on their areas of struggle, including labor, housing, immigration, education, and environmental justice, through the lens of a larger anarchist perspective.

More information to come, including an after-party!

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This event is one of many being planned in celebration of May Day.
For more information, please follow: may1chicago.org

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July 31st Day of Action Against Racism & Fascism

July 31st is the international day of action against racism and fascism. To add to the festivities, Four Star Anarchist Organization put on a film screening of the movie Antifa: Chasseurs de Skins. Short for “anti-fascism,” Antifa is an international movement of radicals organizing direct action against fascism of all forms. The film is about early Antifa groups in Paris and what they did to fight a re-surging fascism in their hometown.

The party started around 7:15pm with the excellent film. We packed quite a few people into the Mess Hall, including people from the Chicago Commune and South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action. The popcorn and goodies went quickly during our discussion on historic and modern Antifa work. It was really great to be able to talk with others pretty intimately about a form of work so many Chicago anarchists and radicals can get behind. This kind of coming together of tendencies doesn’t happen often in Chicago; we hope this event inspires more of its kind.

For every attendee, Four Star Anarchist Organization donated $5 to the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, the group the Tinely Park 5 allegedly are from.

For a fascism free future!

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Caught in the Crosshairs of Capitalism: A Film & Event Series

Join the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival and Four Star Anarchist Organization as we take on the G8 and NATO. Although the G8 will no longer be taking place in Chicago, the free market agenda that generated our most recent economic collapse remains the same. We will screen films, discuss capitalism in crisis, and explore global resistance to the agendas of G8 and NATO.

Debtocracy (2011, Aris Hatzisteganou & Katerina Kitidi)
Thursday, March 29th @ University of Chicago, Stuart Hall, Room 102

(75 minutes in Greek with English subtitles)

Debtocracy is a feature length documentary that explores the historical and political causes of Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. Hailed by The Guardian as “the best film of Marxian economic analysis yet produced,” Debtocracy critically investigates the policy interventions of the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

Special guest speaker Dimitris Soukouris. Dr. Dimitris Kousouris is a historian of Modern Greece and has been involved in radical social movements in Greece since the early nineties. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Franke Institute at the University of Chicago. Co-sponsor or “The Anthropology of Europe Workshop.”

Life and Debt (2001, Stephanie Black)
Friday, April 27th @ Mess Hall (6932 N. Glenwood)

Life and Debt is a feature length documentary that chronicles the deleterious impact of foreign intervention in Jamaica’s economy. From the destruction of local markets and the demise of working conditions to the rise of crime and a security apparatus, Black’s film gives its viewers an in-depth, everyday look at how the organized policies of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and Inter-American Bank have accelerated the indebtedness of a small nation to the benefit of U.S. business interests. Shown at the 2005 Chicago Anarchist Film Festival.  Narrated by Jamaica Kincaid.

FRONTLINE: Obama’s War (2009)
Friday, May 4th @ Grace Place (637 S. Dearborn)

Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan. FRONTLINE producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria, through interviews with the top U.S. commanders on the ground, embeds with U.S. forces, and fresh reporting from Washington, they examine U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan – a fight that promises to be longer and more costly than most Americans understand.
Shock Doctrine (2007, Naomi Klein) — Doors at 7:00pm
Friday, May 11th @ Calles y Suenos (1901 S. Carpenter)

How a short, balding University of Chicago Professor reeked havoc on the economies and socialist tendencies of Latin American countries; with his theory of market knows best.

All doors at 6:30pm, movies start at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted. Programming concludes at 10:00pm. Donations appreciated, no one turned away!

For more information:
caff@riseup.net | fourstaranarchists@gmail.com
http://www.chicagoarnarchistfilmfest.com | fourstaranarchist.org

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Action protesting Mortgage Bankers Association Meeting

Four Star participated in an Oct. 11 action protesting the the Mortgage Bankers Association meeting. It was organized by Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation. Footage of the event, inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel, is below.

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Event Reportback: July 31 Day of Action Against Fascism and Racism

On Sunday, July 31, members of Four Star joined South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action and local antifascists to expose Lyons, Ill. Neo-nazi Art Jones to his suburban neighbors as part of the July 31
Day of Action Against Fascism and Racism.

Jones, a long-time white supremacist whose past activities include membership in the National Socialist White People’s Party and the American National Socialist Worker’s Party as well as an appearance on the Jerry Springer Show,
pretends to be a respectable member of the community while he organizes Hitler birthday celebrations at local restaurant P.J. Klem’s and attends speeches by world-renowned Holocaust denier and fascist sympathizer David Irving.

The roving protest started at Jones’s residence, where antifascists
waved banners and yelled anti-nazi slogans to alert his neighbors just
what Art does with his free time.  The parade moved down the street a
few blocks to P.J. Klem’s, where patrons were informed of the dining
establishment’s history of booking Hitler birthday celebrations
in 2009 and 2011 (the most recent one was cut short by a smoke
bomb).  Although Jones never came out to confront the 25+ protesters
standing in his driveway, we can be sure that he had a lot of explaining to do to his neighbors.

Last year, Four Star Anarchist Organization hosted a protest for the
July 31 Day of Action Against Fascism and Racism targeting a CVS
Pharmacy location in Little Village where Anthony Kyser, an unemployed
African-American barber and father, was strangled to death by a store
manager for stealing toothpaste and crayons.  Members of Iowa
City-based anarchist group Wild Rose Collective came all the way to
Chicago to participate in the protest, which was followed by a
barbecue and discussion with members of South Side Chicago Anti-Racist
Action, members of Bring the Ruckus, and local antifascists.

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Anarchism and the Environment: A Northeastern Anarchist Release Party

Join Four Star, Rising Tide – Chicago and the Industrial Workers of the World for discussion, refreshments and the Chicago release of NEFAC’s Northeastern Anarchist magazine Issue #15 on “The Environment, Industry, Crisis & Alternatives.”

Donations welcome to benefit the Chicago contingent to the  Midwest Rising: Convergence 2011. Or swing by this cool benefit party the next day.

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Midwest Rising: Convergence 2011

Four Star endorses the Midwest Rising: Convergence 2011. The purpose of this event closely matches the spirit of our Principles and Activities.

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