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Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America
David, Benjamin
The complex ways in which grassroots movements work for, with, against, and independently of national governments in Latin America.
Direct Action in Hard Times: Activist Strategies from Brazil to Wisconsin
Freeston, Jesse
Factory occupations, land occupations, and other tactics.
Educate, agitate, occupy!
Ferguson, Kate
An account of the occupation Visteon factory in Enfield, London.
Flint and the Rewriting of History
Dollinger, Sol
The 1937 sitdown strikes were a thunderbolt shattering minimal labor-management relations. The victory of the Flint auto workers heralded the most profound social changes in the United States since th...
Flint Sit-Down Strike: Connexipedia Article
Changed the United Automobile Workers from a collection of isolated locals on the fringes of the industry into a major union and led to the unionization of the United States automobile industry.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel; Cohn-Bendit, Gabriel
An account of the May 1968 uprising in Paris, positing a left radical alternative to the encrusted beliefs of the old left and the right. A comment on power, on bureaucracy, and on the paths to libera...
The occupation of the factories: Italy 1920 - Paolo Spriano
Spriano, Paolo; Williams, Gwyn A (translator)
The story of the mass wave of strikes and factory occupations which swept Italy 1920-21 told from the documents and accounts of the time. Written in 1964 and translated into English in 1975 by Gwyn A ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 19, 2015: Utopia
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - August 27, 2017: Official Enemies
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Why and how do some countries become 'enemies'? How and why do governments and media work in tandem to demonize official enemies? Who are the people who live in those countries, what are their lives l...
Politics and Memory in the Flint Sitdown Strikes: A comment on Historiography
Lichtenstein, Nelson
The General Motors strike of 1936-37 was the most important union victory of the 20th century, but the very meaning of its success was ambiguous indeed.
Proletarian Order: Antonio Gramsci, Factory Councils and the origins of communism in Italy
Williams, Gwyn A.
Williams' book is sympathetic to the libertarian contribution to the Italian movement after World War I and I highly recommend it.
Sitdown strike or occupation guide: A guide to taking sit-down strike action or occupations, in which by suddenly refusing to work gains can be won rapidly
A strike doesn't have to be long to be effective. Timed and executed right, a strike can be won in minutes. Such strikes are "sitdowns" or "occupations" when everyone just stops work and sits tight, o...
Ssangyong Motors Strike in South Korea Ends in Defeat and Heavy Repression
Goldner, Loren
The hard-right Korean government is signaling with these measures -- its latest and most dramatic "take no prisoners" victory over popular protest in the past year and a half -- its intention to steam...
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
Brecher, Jeremy
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
Under New Management?: The Fisher-Bendix Occupation
Solidarity's eyewitness account, with background information, of the ccupation of Fisher-Bendix factory and offices against closure in 1972. The workers also implemented certain new aspects of work po...
Worker-Student Action Committees France May '68
Gregoire, R.; Perlman, F.
An account of the May-June 1968 events in Paris. The authors state that "our intention is not to 'clarify' the sequence of events which took place in France in order to make possible a ritual repetiti...

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Wetzel's writing spans a range of topics... from libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and workers' self-management to unionism, social housing, environmental justice, philosophy, and Los Angeles...