Special A-Cafe Event: Las Vegas IWW’s May Day After Party

The Las Vegas IWW at May Day

The Las Vegas Industrial Workers of the World will be holding our official monthly meeting on Saturday, May 4th at 4pm at the Sunrise Coffee shop on Sunset between Eastern and Pecos (see below for map). Among other things, we will be celebrating and reminiscing about the recently concluded May Day march.

Despite some initial misgivings about some outside organizations attempting to exploit the International Day of the Worker for their own misguided purposes, this years May Day turned out great and there was an impressive visible turnout by Las Vegas’ IWW crew. Everyone that was there and helped to hold the ground for the true spirit of May Day deserves an enormous pat on the back.

We also will be discussing and finalizing our official bylaws, and potentially electing a treasurer, delegates, and other necessary positions for our branch to be certified as an official GMB along with other formalities such as when we will officially meet, on what days, how long meeting should last and other related issues.

This meeting is an open meeting and can be attended by the general public. Prospective members and those wishing to find out more about the IWW are welcome to attend, but will not be able to participate directly in any decisions or votes that might take place.

What is the IWW?:

The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.

We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organize industrially. This means we organize all workers producing the same goods or providing the same services into one union, rather than dividing workers by skill or trade, so we can pool our strength to win our demands together. Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labor struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organizing across gender, ethnic and racial lines long before such organizing was popular.

For more info visit: IWW.org


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Announcing: A May Day Solidarity Rally with Salvador Zamora (currently on a hunger strike for immigration reform)

Salvador Zamora has been on a hunger strike for 21 days (as of April 30th) in front of the las Vegas Federal Courthouse demanding true immigration reforms

Salvador Zamora has been conducting a hunger strike across the street from the federal courthouse in Las Vegas for 21 days (as of 4-30) demanding genuine immigration reform. To honor what he is doing and because it is the spirit of May Day, the true worker’s holiday, I will be joining him in solidarity to support and help bring attention to his cause and would like to invite others to join me.

Find out more info either on FaceBook here: May Day Solidarity Rally event or on our Meetup group here: Las Vegas Anarchy Meetup May Day Solidarity Rally.

Unfortunately, this is very short notice due to the fact that I didn’t even know he was doing this until I happened to walk past and see him. While he has received some coverage from the local Spanish language media, none of the other local media has even mentioned it at all. Personally, I’m pretty hard pressed to understand how a guy going without food for over three weeks (and counting) isn’t newsworthy, regardless of the reasons.

Although it isn’t actually required to participate in the rally, I will be fasting for 24 hours beginning at midnight once May Day officially starts to show my support for his own sacrifice.

There is no “official” start time, although I’ll be going down there in the morning and spending the day with Salvador. You are welcome to come at whatever time is convenient for you.

There will also be an official, albeit really sanitized and docile, May Day parade hosted by local unions and politicians beginning around 4 o’clock at the federal courthouse that you may or may not want to take part in. If so, you could just show up a bit early to show Salvador some support.

I hope to see you there.

Come for the Worker Solidarity, Stay for the Anarchy (Cafe)

This week the A-Cafe will be part of a “double-header.” As usual, members of the Anarchist Cafe will be getting together from 6:00-800 pm at the Sunrise Coffee Shop on Sunset to discuss, plot, and plan Anarchy-related things and other associated local issues/groups.

Plus, just prior to the A-Cafe, the Las Vegas Industrial Workers of the World will be holding our first official monthly meeting on Saturday, February 2nd at 4pm. We will be discussing and finalizing our official bylaws (view text file here), and will also be electing a treasurer, delegates, and other necessary positions for our branch to be certified as an official GMB. In addition, we will decide how often to formally meet, on what days, how long meeting should last and other related issues.

This meeting is an open meeting and can be attended by the general public. Prospective members and those wishing to find out more about the IWW are welcome to attend, but will not be able to participate directly in any decisions or votes that might take place.

What is the IWW?:

The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.

We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organize industrially.

This means we organize all workers producing the same goods or providing the same services into one union, rather than dividing workers by skill or trade, so we can pool our strength to win our demands together. Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labor struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organizing across gender, ethnic and racial lines long before such organizing was popular.

For more info visit: IWW.org


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Post-Apocalyptic Anarchy (Cafe) in Las Vegas

We made it! Now what?

Now that we’ve officially survived the Mayan Apocalypse , it’s time to get together and celebrate the continued existence of the Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe.

Of course, there are plenty of serious issues to discuss this week among these are:

  • The official announcement earlier this week that the grand jury set up to make sure Jesus Arevalo won’t ever be charged with the murder of Stanley Gibson has done just that. Why this was no surprise to those of us that have been following the case over the past year and what we plan to do in response
  • …The related issue of Coroner’s Inquest reforms that have already been approved several times and ruled constitutional (in response to police lawsuits) by the NV Supreme Court, but which are in danger of being overturned in favor of a completely meaningless dog and pony show that Sheriff Gillespie, LVPPA head Chris Collins, DA Steve Wolfson, and Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Larry Brown cooked up prior to the last Commission meeting. A vote between the two proposals is scheduled for the end of January.
  • The Las Vegas Industrial Workers of the World and labor issues in general.
  • The continuation of previous discussions concerning potential ideas for co-ops and other community based collaborations amongst members…
  • …Related issues surrounding gentrification and corporate use of political ties to force local workers and small business owners out in order to replace them with other corporate raiders and their slave labor products. Of particular emphasis is Zappos’ efforts to sanitize and whitewash downtown.
  • The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” and how newly r/elected politicians are expertly using it to justify going back on pretty much every promise they made just over one ago. Why it’s completely unsurprising and has in fact been predicted by most of the regular A-Cafe attendees. Also, why most of the general population will completely accept it, but how we should reach those that finally manage to pull that curtain back.
  • And of course, whatever YOU want to discuss.

As usual, we generally have members of various local groups including Las Vegas Food Not Bombs, Nevada Cop Block (NVCopBlock.org), the Sunset Activist Collective, The Las Vegas Industrial Workers of the World, LVWORCS (co-op resources and support group), OccupyLV, and others in attendance. So, if you have an interest in getting involved in local activism, the A-Cafe is good place to connect with people already involved within the community.

The Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe meets Saturdays, from 6:00—8:00pm, at Sunrise Coffee Shop, which is located on Sunset Rd. between Pecos and Eastern. The A-Cafe is not a place, it’s an event–a social experiment in urban anarchy, organized by the Southern Nevada Alliance of the Libertarian Left and a group of unaffiliated local anarchists. The A-Cafe is a forum for anarchists in the Las Vegas area to get to know each other, to hang out, to shoot the breeze, to talk some shop, to talk about the projects that we are working on, and to organize new projects. Anyone who’s an anarchist, anti-statist, or just anarchy-curious is invited to join us.

Drop in any time — the gathering is informal, and based on chatting and sharing information. There isn’t a fixed agenda. (But if you want to set up an organizing meeting for a particular project with a fixed agenda, A-Cafe is a great place to meet people to invite.) Feel free to drop in at any time and leave whenever you need to.

Bring yourself. Bring a friend. And bring anything — ideas you’ve had, projects you’re working on, literature, zines, flyers, art, whatever — that you’d like to share with some like-minded people.

A Full menu this week at the A-Cafe (10-13-12)

We’re going to have a lot of things going on this week, none of which you should miss:

  • We’ll be planning for a informational meeting of the Industrial Workers of the World on October 20th, which several Fellow Workers from other cities will be attending. This meeting will include basic introductory information about labor organizing and the IWW in particular with an emphasis on efforts to form a local General Membership Branch for Las Vegas area workers.
  • As usual, we will be affording time for organizational topics relating to local mutual aid projects, such as Food Not Bombs.
  • There will be a discussion about recent developments in the case of Stanley Gibson, who was murdered by Ofc. Jesus Arevalo, an employee of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, late last year. In a veiled attempt to avoid holding Arevalo accountable for his actions, District Attorney Steve Wolfson has submitted the case to a grand jury rather than issuing charge himself. Nevada Cop Block (NVCopBlock.org) is calling for an action to bring attention to this underhanded attempt to protect a murderer.
  • Also, the Sunset Activist Collective will be spearheading several initiatives in the coming months, including a Black Friday counteraction and monthly rotating boycotts/awareness campaigns against targeted ALEC corporations.
  • And, of course, anything you want to discuss or bring attention to.

The Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe meets Saturdays, from 6:00—8:00pm, at Sunrise Coffee Shop, which is located on Sunset Rd. between Pecos and Eastern. The A-Cafe is not a place, it’s an event–a social experiment in urban anarchy, organized by the Southern Nevada Alliance of the Libertarian Left and a group of unaffiliated local anarchists. The A-Cafe is a forum for anarchists in the Las Vegas area to get to know each other, to hang out, to shoot the breeze, to talk some shop, to talk about the projects that we are working on, and to organize new projects. Anyone who’s an anarchist, anti-statist, or just anarchy-curious is invited to join us.

Drop in any time — the gathering is informal, and based on chatting and sharing information. There isn’t a fixed agenda. (But if you want to set up an organizing meeting for a particular project with a fixed agenda, A-Cafe is a great place to meet people to invite.) Feel free to drop in at any time and leave whenever you need to.

Bring yourself. Bring a friend. And bring anything — ideas you’ve had, projects you’re working on, literature, zines, flyers, art, whatever — that you’d like to share with some like-minded people.

This Week at the Las Vegas A-Cafe – Saturday May 26, 2012

Anarchy in LV

The Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe meets every Saturday from 6-8pm

This week we will continue planning for the candlelight vigil in honor of Stanley Gibson scheduled for June 12, which marks six months since he was murdered by a member of the LV Metro Police Department. We’ll also discuss the official launch of Nevada Cop Block, a police accountability group. Plus, in honor of the upcoming Memorial day holiday, we’ll be discussing nationalism, the ways in which governments use it to manipulate people, and the importance of challenging it publicly.

In addition, we will be discussing the IWW and the necessity of labor activism in today’s economy. As well as hosting the weekly organizational meeting for Las Vegas Food Not Bombs. Other potential subjects to be discussed include corporatism within the downtown community and efforts to facilitate gentrification by local politicians. And of course, any subject/project you might want to discuss.

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The Vegas Anarchist Cafe is a weekly meet-up for networking, building community, and doing some outreach for Anarchists in Las Vegas, which Southern Nevada Alliance of the Libertarian Left has been organizing together with unaffiliated local Anarchists for the past three years. The main idea is just to give Anarchists, anti-statists, and Anarchy-curious fellow travelers a place to meet up and talk in an informal setting at a local coffee-house. There isn’t a fixed business agenda; the idea is to give people a place to find each other. Once they’ve found each other, A-Cafe can serve as a springboard for the independent projects that they may want to start.
The A-Cafe is not a place, it’s an event–a social experiment in urban Anarchy. The A-Cafe is a forum for Anarchists in the Las Vegas area to get to know each other, to hear talks on subjects that interest us, to hang out, shoot the breeze, talk about the projects that we are working on, and to organize new projects. Anyone who’s an Anarchist, anti-statist, or just anarchy-curious is invited to join us.

Drop in any time — The gathering is informal, and based on chatting and sharing information. There isn’t a fixed agenda. (But if you want to set up an organizing meeting for a particular project with a fixed agenda, A-Cafe is a great place to meet people to invite.) Feel free to drop in at any time and leave whenever you need to.

Bring yourself. Bring a friend. And bring anything — ideas you’ve had, projects you’re working on, literature, zines, flyers, art, whatever — that you’d like to share with some like-minded people.

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