Latest stuff at BR

At 7pm on Mon, March 30 we’ll be screening Land of the Blind.

It’s, is a 2006 political satire starring Ralph Fiennes as a military man who helps overthrow his government. He does so at the urging of a political prisoner, played by Donald Sutherland, who has been outspoken about the corruption of the current regime. The soldier learns that corruption may in fact be an inevitable part of having power.


At 7pm on Tues March 31 we’ll be hosting Veganism, consumer politics or animal liberation?

A radical discussion on the merits of veganism as a political strategy toward the end of animal oppression.

Then at 7 on Thurs Apr 2 we’ll be discussing the text ‘Kurdistan?’ as part of our weekly reading group. The text is a recent essay by Gilles Dauvé which is critical of the YPG, Kurdish nationalism and it’s Western anarchist admirers.

We have physical copies in the space and it can be found online here:


This Week at Black Rose!

At 7pm on Mon, Mar 23 we’ll be screening: Born in Flames (1983)
In the near future, USA is celebrating the tenth anniversary of a social democratic revolution that has changed the political fabric of the nation. But some aspects of life have evolved much more than others. As some Americans become disenchanted with the new order, racism and sexism are on the rise, and though the new leaders may talk a good game about economic justice and equality in the workplace, women find they’re still working harder and being paid less, and their jobs mysteriously vanish when they complain. Adelaide Norris is an educated African-American woman who is also a blue-collar labourer; fed up with the double standards that control her life, Norris helps form the Women’s Army, a revolutionary feminist group that serves as a vigilante force to protect women on the street and a paramilitary unit to fight the powers that be.

At 7pm on Tues Mar 24 we’ll be hosting: Voting? Is it ever worthwhile?
A radical discussion on the question of strategic voting in elections. Should radicals ever vote for social democratic parties for whatever gains there’s to be had? Or should radicals campaign against electoral politics? Does it even matter?

At 7pm Thurs, Mar 26 as part of our weekly reading group we’ll be discussing: “Separate and Equal”?: Mujeres Libres and Anarchist Strategy for Women’s Emancipation
In May 1936, a group of anarchist women founded Mujeres Libres, the first autonomous, proletarian feminist organisation in Spain… Its goal was to end the “triple enslavement of women, to ignorance, to capital, and to men.” While some of the founders were professional or semi-professional women, the vast majority of its members (who numbered approximately 20,000 in July 1937) were working-class women. The women of Mujeres Libres aimed both to overcome the barriers of ignorance and inexperience which prevented women from participating as equals in the struggle for a better society, and to confront the dominance of men within the anarchist movement itself….

Then at 2pm on Sunday March 29 we’ll be holding a discussion on The End of Black Rose? (Again):

A lot of people in our collective who help run the space are leaving the city for a while, have starting studying, or are going to be otherwise unavailable. So before it becomes terminal we thought that we’d have a general assembly to talk about the future. Is Black Rose worth continuing. What are some ways that things could be improved?

So the day after the election come down and be part of an open discussion that may actually get things done.

Recent things at BR

On Mon March 5 we screened ‘Made in Dagenham’, a2013 dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Thurs March 5 we discussed the text Struggle Against Patriarchy

This zine as compiled at the completion of a quarters worth of course work by three students looking to further heir understanding of anarchism, feminism, and social justice. It is meant to disseminate what we have deemed important nformation throughout our studies. This information may be used as a tool for all people, women in particular, who wish to dismantle the oppressions they face externally, and within their own lives.

On Mon March 9, as a mardi gras special  we screened Pride. A 2014 film based on the true story of the U.K. gay activists who worked to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

On Thurs March 12 we discussed the text:  This is Not a Love Story: Armed Struggle Against the Institutions of Patriarchy

It includes a herstory of the Revolutionary Cells and Rote Zora armed resistance in Germany, an interview with two anonymous members of Rote Zora, and a brief look at Direct Action and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade.

On Monday March 16 we screened ‘Bread and Roses’ a film about two Latina sisters who work as cleaners in a downtown office building in the US, and fight for the right to unionize.

At 7m on Thurs March 19 we’ll be discussing the text ‘Refusing to wait’ as part of our weekly reading group.

This essay argues that anarchists can learn from the theory of “intersectionality” that emerged from the feminist movement. Indeed, anarchist conceptions of class struggle have widened as a result of the rise of feminist movements, civil rights movements, gay and lesbian liberation movements, etc. But how do we position ourselves regarding those struggles? What is their relationship to the class struggle? Do we dismiss them as “mere identity politics”?

On police lies and ISJA

On the 18th of Feburary Ray Jackson, president of the Indigenous Social Justice association sent out an open letter to the “Black Rose Collective” which was shared on various blogs. In this letter he denounced the collective for hijacking the annual TJ Hickey memorial rally, and starting a fight with the cops.

To clarify, there was not even a single member of the Black Rose Collective present at the rally. A number of collective members who’d planned to attend the rally instead stayed at the Block, after Redfern Tent Embassy activists expressed fears that police would evict the embassy that day.

A member of the collective spoke to Ray soon after his letter was published. Ray informed them that he didn’t recognise those taking part in the scuffle with cops, but he decided that it must have involved Black Rose members, as he had been informed by the police prior to the march that the “Black Rose Collective” intended to infiltrate the march, inflame anti-police sentiment and cause extensive property damage. Ray also said that he was informed by the cops that Black Rose had caused scuffles at previous TJ rallies also.

Thankfully though, on the 21st of February Ray Jackson sent out a retraction to his previous statement and an apology to the collective. Below is the relevant extract of the statement:

“the main mea culpa is to unreservedly apologise to all the members of the black rose collective. i acted without reason and merely jumped to conclusions on the day. the banner that was fought over on the day belonged to the members of the trotskyist platform (tp) and whose members have joined our tj marches for years. there was one anarchist flag that was shown to me and when i ok’ed it it was tied to the fence.

i also made other errors of fact relative to the participation of the anarchists and other left groups in all our rallies and marches but i am not into grovelling. i have publically agreed with my errors and, i believe, it would be far more constructive to move on from here. like the foul abbott, i have listened and i have learned!”

While it is of no surprise to us that police cannot be trusted, this latest incident emphasizes the need for activists (and everyone else) to be wary of anything they say, especially their ‘helpful advice’ regarding activist organising.  Police wish to see any social movements weakened by internal divisions and in-fighting, which they foster through their tried and trusted tactics or smearing and misinformation. Anyone involved in social struggles should think twice before trusting or spreading any police claims.