Why We Publish

This newspaper is a publishing project of the Ontario anarchist organization Common Cause. With it we hope to help build communication between people engaged in struggle and inform a growing proportion of the population of Ontario of the real facts of such struggles, explains Andrew Fleming.

We are anarchists so the other related aspect of the paper will be articles that sketch out what anarchism aims to achieve and what the history and current reality of that struggle is, both in Ontario and globally.

Let 'Em Stay

Prior to Christmas, two AWOL American troops lost a final appeal for refugee status - the Supreme Court refused to even hear the case. Then on December 6th a committee on immigration voted for a recommendation orchestrated by the NDP's Olivia Chow. It called for the Canadian government come up with a program to allow Iraq War resisters and families to stay.

Interview: The IWW and the Ottawa Panhandlers Union

Dave interviewed Ottawa anarchist Andrew Nellis for Linchpin. Andrew is an organizer with the Ottawa Panhandlers Union. A shorter version of this interview appears in Linchpin 2.

Rebuilding the Infrastructure of Dissent

Alex went to a talk at McMasters University by Alan Sears and sees a point to his argument that we need collective investigation into how today's movements and oppressed communities are rebuilding the infrastructure of dissent.

Film Review: Persepolis

R. Rosen went to see Persepolis, a film based on the comic strip about the experiences of a young women during the Iranian revolution and the years that followed.

Book review: Free women of Spain by Martha A. Acklesberg

Karine looks at a book that summarizes the experiences of women anarchist organizers during the Spanish revolution

Should we say no to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver?

Linchpin talked to Rev from Sudbury about the 2010 Olympics and why he thought it was something anarchists in Ontario should also be mobilizing against.

Anarchism against Apartheid

In an interview with the Israeli group Anarchists Against The Wall, A-Infos talks to Sahar M’Vardi. The A-Infos interview outlines the successes and failures of the direct action group’s resistance to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and the West Bank fence.

A solidarity action group established in 2003, the organization is an Israeli initiative directed mostly by Palestinians living in the West Bank.
Using festive protests and direct action against the fence and wall, the group has become well known for its creative modes of resistance. Most recently, the group built a counter-outpost, which they squatted to demonstrate the double standard the IDF uses against those acting in solidarity with the Palestinians versus those acting against them.

In this action, activists erected a “house” on Palestinian land from which they were forcibly evicted by Israeli soldiers and police officers. This symbolic action served to point out the racism and hypocrisy of the daily erection of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. In effect, the entire occupation of the West Bank can be seen as a mass squatting of Israeli settlers on Palestinian land. This hypocrisy is further revealed through a comparison to the treatment of hundreds of Israelis who in the early 90s squatted in unfinished West Bank houses. Needless to say they were not and are still not targeted or evicted.

“The settlers are many and they have a lot of money. Also, the government and military is definitely on their side” says Ms. M’Vardi. She continues to point out the Gaza disengagement in 2005 was merely a figurative action with no unfeigned results. “Not only are the [IDF] not evicting the settler outposts, they are actually being expanding. There are at least five Israeli construction companies working there as we speak” she says.

Culture>> Poking Holes In History

After visiting the Hamilton Workers’ Art and Heritage Centre, Alex D finds that writing History is as much a site of class struggle as the shop floor.

Interview: Sweetheart Deals & Solidarity Unionism

Following the announcement of a no-strike contract between the Canadian Auto Workers and Magna International a number of CAW local leaders criticized Buzz Hargrove for pushing the deal. Bruce Allen, vice-president of Local 199 at GM in St. Catharines, described the deal as "a betrayal of the reason why we established ourselves as an independent union." Bruce founded the CAW Left Caucus and was involved in publishing the anarchist paper Strike in the 1980's. Linchpin contacted Bruce and in the following interview he outlines in detail the problems with the deal and the direction of the CAW and the Labour movement in general.