Monthly Archives: April 2011

“Between the Zeal of the Young and the Patience of the Old”: Reflections on Seattle’s Recent Upheavals Against Police Brutality

See zine version here i) Introduction ii) No Police on Stolen Native Land iii) Feb 16: Moving past obstacles; Witnessing openings for militancy The Rainbow Coalition Feb 16: How it went down iv) A Ruling Class Ideology: “Why Seattle didn’t … Continue reading

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Marx’s “Wage Labor and Capital”, Part 2

This is a continuation of  Part 1 of Wage Labor and Capital posted earlier. In the second section of Wage Labor and Capital, from The Nature and Growth of Capital onward, Marx is trying to refute the definitions of “capital” that bourgeois … Continue reading

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Introducing: From the Streets Productions

Hey folks, check out this independent media project that Matthew E.  and I have been working on the past few weeks.  Matt is a serious working class  militant from South Seattle with deep roots in the community.  He and I … Continue reading

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Don Hamerquist on the Black Block in Seattle

In the past few months, Seattle has seen an upsurge of organizing against police terror  in the wake of the murder of the late Native woodcarver J.T. Williams.   Black Orchid Collective members have been active in this upsurge and … Continue reading

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Young, Disparaged and Paid in Smiles

Friends! One of us is participating in this Caring Labor discussion session held at the University of Washington on April 27th! One of the goals of our collective is to develop and support independent rank and file militants who are … Continue reading

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Marx’s “Wage Labor and Capital”, Part I

As part of our ongoing study, which Mamos explained in an earlier post, we read and I presented on the first half of Marx’s essay “Wage Labor and Capital”. Here is a summary of my presentation. Key words Commodity: anything … Continue reading

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Beyond cooperatives and fair trade: Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program

Black Orchid Collective is doing an ongoing study group on revolutionary theory, history, and biographies. We are taking turns giving presentations on key texts to the rest of the group and to a friend of ours, a worker militant who … Continue reading

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