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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.

Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile

Poster for “Struggling to Win Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile “

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URGENT ALERT: School Blockade needs Solidarity

Forward widely,

Saturday, 7:30am. A blockade is in effect at La Casita community center at Whittier Elementary School, 1900 W 23rd street. More and more cops have been showing up during the last 2 hours. Union workers honored the picket and turned away but demolition trucks just showed up on site.

Please go there if you can!

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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.

Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, the managing editor of, 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.


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)


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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May 13-15: Join Four Star at Chicago Anarchist Film Fest

Next weekend, watch some great movies and  join Four Star in supporting the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival. It’ll be held May 13-15 at Wicker Park Art Center, 2215 W. North Ave. Check out the film schedule and CAFF poster.

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Join us at “Punk Rock Karaoke”

Next weekend, we’ll be hanging out at Punk Rock Karaoke, a benefit for the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival.

Details: Saturday May 14, 9pm-1am, The Spaceship (1804 S. Racine). $5 suggested donation. Flyer: Punk Rock Karaoke

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Four Star endorses Chicago May Day 2011 March

~~~Español Abajo~~~

125 years after Haymarket – a global symbol of the struggles of the workers of the world, and 5 years after the historic boycott for immigrants rights, we continue in the struggle for freedom, equality, and a world without borders.

Solidarity forever! We’ll see you in the streets! Read more.

Cuatro Estrellas endosa la Marcha 1ero de Mayo Chicago

125 años después de Haymarket – un símbolo mundial de las luchas de los trabajadores del mundo y 5 años después del histórico boicot para los derechos migratorios, seguimos en la lucha por la libertad, igualdad y para un mundo sin fronteras.

¡Solidaridad para siempre! ¡Nos vemos en la calle! Lee más.

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Whittier Support and Call in

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The Whittier struggle has been inspirational and powerful.  The actions taken by the parents and supporters show that by rejecting the political process and implementing horizontal decision making, using direct action instead of grant writing, letter writing, and voting; that self organization based on militant action can make greater gains then sticking to the formal means of creating social change.

It is day 41 of the occupation. Last week the CEO of Chicago Public Schools verbally agreed to halt the demolition of the fieldhouse and lease it to the parents. He also agreed to further meetings and negotiations regarding the specifics of the library. However, none of this has been put in writing so far, and the parents occupation has continued until they receive some kind of written guarantee of this agreement.

This Wednesday is the chance to reach a resolution. The Chicago Board of Education meets Wednesday morning, October 27, and the parents will be there to testify. They want the verbal agreements to become a resolution, but need your help to put pressure on the board; without this pressure, this item may not even make it on the agenda.


Please: CALL CALL CALL these politicians/officials:

Mayor Daley 312-744-3300

CPS CEO Ron Huberman 773-553-1550

Chicago Board of Education 773-553-1600
Fax: (773) 553-1601

PLEASE TELL THEM TO PUT THE WHITTIER AGREEMENT ON THIS WEDNESDAY’S AGENDA of the Chicago Board of Education Meeting. Ask Ron Huberman to put last week’s agreements in writing!

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Stand in Solidarity with Whittier Elementary School Families!

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Stand in Solidarity with Whittier Elementary School Families! Prevent CPS from spending $354,000 to demolish a field house. Stock a library for the students instead!


Please visit the Whittier Parents’ Committee Facebook page for all the latest.Or contact the parents at, 773-532-4100 and 312-744-6845.

Tuesday, Sept 21

A call for 5pm door knocking went out. Please check in at the field house for more info.

Ald. Danny Solis was supposed to come around to the field house today “between 9 and 10 am” with a letter for the parents regarding their demands.  He blew off the meeting. Parents held a press conference anyway.  Shortly after, 2 vehicles from Robinette Demolition Company showed.  One person carrying a clipboard with an Engineering Survey and another person was taking pictures of the field house.  When asked, they said they were onsite to demolish the field house.  They refused to provide a card and were only willing to speak with CPS.  Community members and the media were immediately on hand. So much for Solis’s Monday night claim that there would be no demolition.

Vicente Sanchez, Solis’s Chief of Staff showed up shortly after that.  Mothers yelled to send him away. They wanted Solis.  There was a lengthy dialogue with Sanchez.

Next, a plumber with SJP showed up to survey the water and sewers.  The person told us that water was to be shut off at 3pm on Wednesday and the sewer hole plugged so demolition could be built and a great new field built.  We brought him up to speed: that he was being lied to as much as we were.  The plumber told us SJP would not cross a picket line and walked off. Thanks St. John!

Robinette also departed the scene not long after.  Minor police presence by late morning with 1-2 cars. For now the field house stands.

Monday, Sept 20, 9pm

The Whittier parents are calling on supporters to be present around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Got a message tonight that Alderman Danny Solis was at Whittier and people were needed. When I arrived, I found Solis and a staffer surrounded in a huddle of at least 40 – 50 community members with a heated debate going on in Spanish. Some children ran about playing as the discussion went on. Solis was saying he’d offer not to demolish the fieldhouse and then they could negotiate, but the mothers said there was nothing to negotiate. They want all their demands met. It was hard to follow everything coming in late. One woman asked, “How can Daley ask every child to read when our children do not have books?”

A mother called on a boy to speak to the alderman about his experience at the school. At one point the crowd started chanting, “Mentiroso! Mentiroso!” – “Liar! Liar!” I’m not completely sure about what. The discussion continued for some time after that.

There was no police show of force tonight. Solis departed after an hour or so. Fox Chicago was the only corporate press there.

Community support was great, with more people coming as the heated discussion carried on. Solis is expected back in the morning with a letter. The Whittier parents are calling on supporters to be present around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Whittier parents are also calling for books and shelving for the donations. There are a couple of shelves of material and students have already been checking books out to read.

Sunday, Sept 19, 2010, 12:00 midnight.
Community members continue to support the occupation with canopies and supplies. The mood is positive. Donations of books, blankets, rope, tarps, batteries, money, playing cards, music, cups, utensils, plates are requested.

You can email the parents at


Saturday, Sept 18 – Situation calm as of 10:30 a.m.

Friday, Sept 17 4:00 p.m.

Police and CPS officials confront parents and neighbors at the Whittier Field House (image reposted from chicagobreakingnews)

Additional person power is needed now at 1900 W 23rd St. Police have cordoned off the 1900 block of 23rd St.  They are denying entry, even to neighbors who do not have ID proving they live there.

Support is needed to rally as close to the field house as possible.

This afternoon, city inspectors posted condemnation notices on the front door of the field house. Occupation continues. It is reported that police gave sit-in activists an ultimatum of arrest at the school dismissal bell. However, the crowd of parents and students at dismissal broke through the police tape and started hopping the fence into the school yard. Police were overwhelmed and dispersed without making arrests.

Friday evening was calm with schoolchildren playing in the yard. Police passed and a lieutenant stopped by to ask questions before shooting some hoops with kids and departing. Overnight a small group was holding down the fort. People continued to visit bringing food and showing solidarity with the occupation.

Thursday night, CPS officials and police threatened a forced eviction of a peaceful occupation to prevent the demolition of community space and promote the development of a school library.

Whittier Elementary School parents, students and teachers are taking action, conducting a sit-in occupation of a school field house in Pilsen.  The sit-in is part of an ongoing organizing campaign to get the field house remodeled into a library for the students.

CPS officials and police made brief visits to the site on Thursday evening.  Police ridiculously claimed parents were “taking their own children hostage” inside the field house.  CPS and police departed the school. The situation was quiet through the night.  At about 10:45 am, police surrounded the building and as of 2pm the siege continues..

According to an organizer on the site, some Whittier students have gone through all the school’s existing books with nothing new to read for book reports, projects or free reading.  Meanwhile, the nearest public library, Rudy Lozano Branch has been closed for months for repairs.  This year the city cut library hours across the city, while CPS has laid off teachers due to supposed budget shortfalls.

CPS has threatened to demolish the Whittier field house at an estimated cost of $354,000.  This money could be put into remodeling and stocking the space with books.  There is speculation among some of those present at the occupation that this is part of efforts to weaken the public Whittier in favor of expand the private Jesuit school Cristo Rey, or as a retaliation for Whittier community members vocal opposition in 2009 to a plan to insert a private UNO charter school into the public De La Cruz Middle School, in nearby Little Village.

Whittier students lack adequate reading material and have classroom overcrowding.  Cristo Rey has its own fleet of vans and a parking lot for students who drive. UNO schools also have highly paid administration and receive public tax subsidy. All this while an abandoned police station stands boarded up alongside the beleaguered public school.

A Chicago Teachers Union official was onsite sporting a Caucus of Rank and File Educators shirt.  Members of Four Star, the IWW, and STOP (Southside Together Organizing for Power), and community activists were also present alongside mothers, children, neighbors and teachers. Fences along the school yard were decorated with banners calling on CPS and Ron Huberman to keep the field house and turn it into a library.

Organizers on the site have requested solidarity in the form of people onsite as well as donations of money, food, water, blankets, etc.

Other accounts from the solidarity press:

The Siege of La Casita

Support the Occupation at Whittier Elementary

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Solidarity Demonstration with Toronto G20 arrestees

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A solidarity demonstration for Toronto G20 arrestees is planned for

Monday July 26th
at 2pm at the Canadian Consulate in Chicago.

Last month thousands took the streets of Toronto in opposition to the G20 and the Canadian state. Although nearly a billion dollars was spent to secure the territory around the summit, attacks on capital and the state were successfully carried out, with banks and shops vandalized and looted and a number of police cars set ablaze.
At the very least this was incredibly embarrassing for the security apparatus.
Although the police attempted to be everywhere at once and although
we experience repression at every instant, especially in such situations, many who were in Toronto were able to find spaces in which to demonstrate their hatred and refusal of the conditions maintained by the G20 and its defenders.

While we celebrate these victories we recognize that such actions are
always followed by continued and intensified repression.  Over one thousand people were arrested during the mobilizations.  On Monday we will demonstrate our rage against the persecution suffered by our comrades in Toronto,  the rest of Ontario, and Quebec. Not only are more than 200 people still facing serious charges based on street arrests, but 17 are charged with conspiracy,allegedly for organizing the demonstrations, and three people are being railroaded for a solidarity attack on a Royal Canadian Bank in Ottawa. Finally, police have released a high-profile list of “22 most wanted rioters” based on terrifying high-tech means of identification.

Absolute solidarity with all those facing repression in Ontario and Quebec!

Join us on

Monday July 26th, 2 p.m

Canadian Consulate at 180 North Stetson Avenue
Chicago, IL.
We will meet on the front steps of the Art Institute at 1:30pm and then
walk over to the consulate.

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Come out to the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

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With the absence of Finding our Roots or larger anarchist gatherings, the 10th Chicago Anarchist Film Festival offers an opportunity to share ideas, reunite with old friends, meet new people and watch amazing radical films.  CAFF points to the importance of long term projects development in movement building and creating momentum.

From CAFF:

Celebrate with us, as the 10th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival commemorates its decennial anniversary of insurrectionary cinema with six nights of films and much more! This year’s festival is twice as big with more to think about! Happy Birthday CAFF!

CAFF invites anarchists, anti-authoritarians, the anarcho-friendly and the anarcho-curious to experience radical cinema from around the world with features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and found footage. Anarchist films cross boundaries, take risks, and subvert passivity. With this year’s theme, Crossing Boundaries, CAFF seeks to project voices that transcend borders and cultures — voices that do not normally get heard. That said, viewers will also find humor, silliness and fun in the offerings. With several More Than Film presentations/workshops, the curatorial team has re-imagined the film fest as more than “seats facing a screen”— we also seek to engage the audience in dialogue with filmmakers and activists. In honor of our decade of existence, we will also be featuring Circle-A-Archives selections from throughout the festival’s history that showcase not only our favorites, but also important moments in politics and culture.

2010 Online Schedule | Download Program (pdf)

Donation of $5–10 each night, sliding scale
(No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds)

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