August General Assembly

MACC General Assembly - August 25rd 6:30PM @ Verso Books 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn

Facebook Event

The GA will begin @ 7:00 PM An orientation will precede the assembly @ 6:30 PM

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) is hosting our next general assembly on August 25th at Verso Books. If you haven’t attended before, these assemblies are an opportunity to get plugged in with MACC, its various committees and working groups, and other NYC based anarchist projects.

At this assembly we’ll be talking about progress with the No Platform for Fascism campaign and coalition, as well as its first planned demonstrations in early September.

As with all assemblies, we encourage everyone to come with ideas about what they would like to see for future campaigns or actions and what direction they’d like MACC to take in terms of building a more powerful, militant anarchist movement.

MACC assemblies are open to all anarchists, antifascists, anti-authoritarians and those interested in anarchist ideas and organizing so please invite your friends and share widely!

An orientation will precede the assembly starting at 6:30 PM for those interested in familiarizing themselves with MACC, the history, process and politics that underskirt general assemblies, and anarchist ideas. This orientation will focus on MACC Emergency Action, and on getting involved in the work being down outside the assemblies. Most of what we do involves direct action and running the support structure for that.

Tentative agenda:

For more information contact us at info@macc.nyc.

See you at the General Assembly!

June General Assembly

MACC General Assembly - June 23rd 6:30PM @ Verso Books 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn

The GA will begin @ 7:00 PM An orientation will precede the assembly @ 6:30 PM

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1917037618576162/

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) is hosting our next general assembly, June 23rd at Verso Books. If you connected with us at our June 10th "No Platform" Noise Demo countering the thinly veiled anti-Muslim rally in Foley Square this is a great opportunity to come out and get involved in MACC and its various committees and working groups. At this general assembly we'll be talking about the ongoing No Platform for Fascism campaign and Pride events (i.e., H4J's No Justice No Pride). In recognition of Pride weekend and last week's International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners we'll be holding a Noise Demo at MCC on Saturday the 24th at 7 PM. A call and text will follow soon!


We encourage everyone to come with ideas about what they would like to see for our No Platform campaign and Pride actions as well as what direction they'd like MACC to take in terms of building a more powerful, militant anarchist movement. MACC Assemblies are open to all anarchists, antifascists, anti-authoritarians and those interested in anarchist ideas and organizing so please invite your friends and share widely! An orientation will precede the assembly starting at 6:30 PM for those interested in familiarizing themselves with MACC, the history, process and politics that underskirt general assemblies, and anarchist ideas.

Statement on Tom Cat Bakery Strike and Lockdown

Statement on Tom Cat Bakery Strike and Lockdown:

Early Friday morning four Tom Cat Bakery worker allies–including three members of MACC–laid under and chained themselves to Tom Cat delivery trucks in solidarity with the Immigrant Workers Strike “A Day Without Bread.” All four were arrested and taken to Queens Central Booking approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes after law enforcement arrived and dislodged the PVC and chicken wire. MACC media filmed the successful disruption of early morning deliveries and more MACC members provided jail support until arrestees were released Friday evening.

A 6 am rally was held following the arrests in support of the strike against Tom Cat for terminating employment of dozens of people; many are immigrants who have worked for the company for one or two decades.

These workers were threatened with termination a month ago, through the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, and were told to provide new working papers within ten days. In response workers and their allies, including Brandworkers, labor unions, and various media, activist, and anarchist groups have fought back.

In light of the public pressure, the company extended the deadline to Friday, April 21st; However, Tom Cat Bakery failed to renegotiate the severance package offered to those facing unjust termination: one week pay for every year worked. Considering most of the targeted immigrant workers have been at Tom Cat for over a decade, are now facing immediate unemployment and incredible uncertainty of finding new work, this severance package is unjust and unreasonable. The bakery has yet to provide another paperwork extension.

On behalf of MACC, we want to send a very special thank you to the brave people facing immediate unemployment who stood up for their rights even when facing possible deportation. We admire your courage and we are proud to stand by you. We commend the four allies who put their bodies on the line to take action where immigrant workers could not, due to heightened discriminatory threats and possibility of violent treatment, detention, and immediate deportation. Let us continue to combat DHS and ICE’s oppressive and discriminatory tactics through disruptive direct action.

Assembly

MACC Extraordinary General Assembly: Preparing for Mayday! – April 15th, 12:30 NOON @ Verso Books 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn
An orientation will precede the assembly beginning at 12:00 PM NOON

Follow the Facebook event for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/424629881224274/

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) is inviting you to our next general assembly, April 15th at Verso Books, to continue discussing plans for the upcoming Mayday (May 1st) demonstrations. MACC Assemblies are open to all anarchists and those interested in anarchist ideas and organizing so please invite your friends and share widely!

An orientation will precede the assembly starting at 12:00 NOON for those interested in familiarizing themselves with the history, process and politics that underskirt general assemblies and anarchist organizational models.

This year’s Mayday demonstrations have the potential to be a rallying cry for the wider anti-authoritarian left, with calls circulating for strikes and mass demonstrations that build on the momentum from events like the International Women’s Strike and the Day Without Immigrants. Mayday represents an opportunity to generalize these various struggles and to build new bonds of solidarity amongst radical anti-capitalists in resistance. Come out and help us to build a successful day of action!

This general assembly will be formatted slightly differently than previous assemblies, with action oriented planning breakouts rather than working group breakouts. There will be separate sign-up sheets for those interested in joining a working group.

Current MACC working groups include: MACC Anti-Doxxing (MAD), MACC Emergency Action (MEA), MACC Press, MACC Arts & Propaganda (MAP), MACC Information & Outreach, MACC Legal Support, the Anarcho-Feministas and the MACC Infrastructure Group (MIG).

General Assembly Preliminary Agenda:
Report backs from MACC working groups
Mayday Actions & Events
Breakout groups to plan Mayday events
PSAs
For more information visit www.macc.nyc or contact us at info@macc.nyc.

Invite your friends to like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MACCnyc/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/macc_nyc?lang=en

Additional reminders: Ongoing Youcare NYC DisruptJ20 Defendant fundraiser - https://www.youcaring.com/nycdisruptj20codefendants-750321

Statement on Syria

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) strongly condemns the U.S. government’s recent cruise missile attack on Syria for its cavalier disregard for life, obvious political motivations and destabilizing impact. Any claims of humanitarian intent behind the strike is base hypocrisy from an administration that refuses to support those fleeing the very same violence it claims to avenge. However, opposition to imperialist aggression should by no means be interpreted as support for the murderous Bashir al-Assad regime, whose war against the Syrian people has killed thousands and displaced millions, or the Russian government, whose continued efforts keep it in power. Successful resistance demands not simple-minded contrarianism but a true bottom-up revolution that transcends both nation states and the capitalist economic system. Consequently, we support the efforts of Rojava’s liberated territories to resist aggression from not only the U.S. but Russia, the Assad regime, Daesh, Turkey, and any other authoritarian actor. Only a true social revolution can bring any sort of sustainable justice.

MACC March 3rd Assembly: Preparing for Mayday

Mayday Space, Great Hall

176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Friday, March 3rd (7PM-8:30 PM)

An orientation will precede the assembly at 6:30 PM

THE ASSEMBLY:

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505604762807099/

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) will be hosting our next general assembly Friday, March 3rd, 7 PM, at Mayday Space Great Hall. The headline agenda item will be Mayday and our plans to make this traditional anarchist holiday one to remember. A full preliminary agenda will be created at the MACC organizing meeting this Saturday, February 25th at 7 PM @ the Base BK, which you’re all encouraged to attend.

An orientation will precede the assembly beginning at 6:30 discussing the political history of general assemblies and social movements, anarchist organizational models, and basic process.

We’ve been hard at work building infrastructure to support a strong and enduring anarchist movement in the NYC area. Part of that includes cementing the new friendships and relationships that have developed in the last months of struggle. This assembly will be especially useful for those looking to meet and connect with other anarchists to make a consistent, viable presence in the demonstrations and actions taking place daily since Trump’s election. MACC Emergency Action (MEA) has put together plans for a quick response phone tree, so we encourage everyone to come out, help us to form these affinity groups, and get to know all the new faces that have joined us in building a bottom up resistance.

Expected breakout groups at the conclusion of the assembly include: the Rapid Responders Network, MACC Anti-Doxxing, MACC Emergency Action, the MACC Infrastructure Group, MACC Legal Support (focusing on Jail and Court Support), the MACC Press Committee and MACC Propaganda.

MACC general assemblies are open to all anarchists and to all with an interest in anarchist politics and ideas. So please share widely, bring your friends, your thoughts, ideas, proposals and any important reportbacks!

For more information visit www.macc.nyc or contact us at info@macc.nyc.

Invite your friend to like our Facebook page to get plugged into news and relevant events: https://www.facebook.com/MACCnyc/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/macc_nyc?lang=en

We look forward to seeing you there.

MACC February 10th Assembly

Mayday Space, Great Hall

Friday, February 10th (7PM-8:30 PM)

THE ASSEMBLY:

MACC will be hosting another anarchist assembly at Mayday Space, February 10th at 7 PM. An orientation will be held to teach the history of assemblies and basic process at 6:30 preceding the assembly for all interested.

This announcement will be updated tomorrow with a preliminary agenda.

All anarchists are welcome to attend the assembly.

MACC Introduction & the Assembly Model

About MACC:

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council is organized under the guiding principles of horizontalism, direct democracy and direct action. Through this umbrella we are building an anarchist movement forum in NYC greater than the sum of its parts. With the present atmosphere of xenophobia, racism, misogyny and the sense of ennui surrounding representational politics in America, we are making diverse anarchist projects visible to the world at large and seeding resistance to this emboldened right-wing with an alternative, radical form of participatory politics.

We seek to build on the diverse manifestations of these politics that have developed around the world – from Chiapas to Rojava, from the Movement of the Squares to Alterglobalization, from Syntagma Square to Zuccotti Park. To this end, MACC currently exists as a series of monthly assemblies operating on modified consensus. With a “democracy of direct action” ethos, MACC is a coordinating (not mandating) body, ensuring our ability to address larger questions of strategy and narrative while protecting a plurality of voices and tactics. This means participating groups are free to determine their own internal structure and pursue their own vital projects. In this way, we demonstrate a vision for a society in fundamental opposition to the brutal logic of contemporary capitalism. A society based on mutual aid, cooperation, and radical democracy.

NEW YORK CITY'S ANARCHISTS UNITE TO RESIST FASCISM, PLAN D.C. INAUGURATION DISRUPTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: press@macc.nyc

NEW YORK CITY’S ANARCHISTS UNITE TO RESIST FASCISM, PLAN D.C. INAUGURATION DISRUPTION

NEW YORK – Members of New York’s anarchist community, drawn from multiple different collectives from across the city, have come together to announce the formation of the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC), an umbrella group aimed at building a culture of resistance. With the present atmosphere of xenophobia, racism and misogyny—as well as the deep sense of dissatisfaction surrounding the current state of representational politics in America—we are making diverse anarchist projects visible to the world at large and seeding resistance to now-emboldened right-wing forces through an alternative, radical form of participatory politics.

Although we thoroughly reject the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency - as well as the so-called movement that worked to put him in power - we believe that Trump’s rise is merely a symptom of a political pathology hostile to any real notion of social and economic justice. Trump is the symptom, but capitalism is the disease. We reject not just the nascent fascism represented by the incoming Trump regime, but also any attempts to funnel resistance into electoral politics, which time and time again has shown itself to be wholly inadequate in addressing the current system’s fundamentally oppressive nature.

For its first major project, MACC will send a contingent of its members to join in efforts to disrupt the upcoming inauguration. Its goal in this action is to present the argument that true progress is impossible under the current political system. The real conflict is not between Democrats and Republicans, but rather between two competing visions of democracy. One believes that representatives should make decisions about our lives and bodies, a vision that has proven to be bigoted, oppressive and dominated by wealthy elites regardless of which party is in power. The other - the version to which the members of MACC subscribe - holds that the people can represent themselves, speak for themselves, and directly shape their own world and political reality. We hope to build on the horizontal models that have been developed in Rojava, in Chiapas, in the Movement of the Squares and Occupy and during anti-globe mobilizations.

It is our hope that the upcoming action in DC can provide the foundation for a 21stcentury abolitionist movement through allowing participants to find each other and begin working together. This is a movement that seeks to end all of the unjust social, political and economic hierarchies on which the current system is premised, such as those based on race, sex, class, religion, immigration status, gender identity, and ability, and all their myriad manifestations.

We seek a seismic shift in political perspective and practices, one that dispenses with the idea of the nation state, and of the capitalist economic system altogether.

MACC January 14th Assembly: Preparing for “Disrupt J20” – Reprised!

The Base BK

Saturday, January 14th (7PM-8:30 PM)

THE ASSEMBLY:

Thanks to everyone who braved the snowstorm for last week’s assembly – it was amazing to have a packed room despite the conditions. As decided at the conclusion of that assembly, the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) is holding a follow-up assembly January 14th at The Base starting at 7 PM. We’ll be continuing to finalize plans for the inauguration (Disrupt J20) including travel, action participation, convergence spaces and other logistics. Please bring any updates you or your group might have about J20 in either DC or NYC.

We’ll also be discussing our horizon post-J20 - how MACC and our assembly model can be shaped and expanded by all participants in the years of struggle to come.

For more information on MACC please visit the website (MACC.nyc). To sign up for announcements about future assemblies and organizing meetings visit http://macc.nyc/contact/. MACC assemblies are open to all anarchists, so please invite and share widely to help us build an anarchist movement forum in NYC.

Preliminary Agenda:

J20

  1. Logistics

  2. Transportation

  3. Legal/Jail Support (DC)

  4. Actions (NYC/DC)

Report backs

MACC Introduction & the Assembly Model

About MACC:

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council is organized under the guiding principles of horizontalism, direct democracy and direct action. Through this umbrella we are building an anarchist movement forum in NYC greater than the sum of its parts. With the present atmosphere of xenophobia, racism, misogyny and the sense of ennui surrounding representational politics in America, we are making diverse anarchist projects visible to the world at large and seeding resistance to this emboldened right-wing with an alternative, radical form of participatory politics.

We seek to build on the diverse manifestations of these politics that have developed around the world – from Chiapas to Rojava, from the Movement of the Squares to Alterglobalization, from Syntagma Square to Zuccotti Park. To this end, MACC currently exists as a series of monthly assemblies operating on modified consensus. With a “democracy of direct action” ethos, MACC is a coordinating (not mandating) body, ensuring our ability to address larger questions of strategy and narrative while protecting a plurality of voices and tactics. This means participating groups are free to determine their own internal structure and pursue their own vital projects. In this way, we demonstrate a vision for a society in fundamental opposition to the brutal logic of contemporary capitalism. A society based on mutual aid, cooperation, and radical democracy.

MACC January 7th Assembly: Preparing for 'Disrupt J20'

The Base BK

Saturday, January 7th (7PM-8:30 PM)

THE ASSEMBLY:

The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) is holding its 2nd assembly on January 7th at The Base starting at 7 PM. We’re getting concrete about our plans for the inauguration (Disrupt J20): finalizing travel plans, proposed actions in NYC & DC, and tending to logistics. We’ll also briefly address plans for a MACC press collective and our potential participation in “anti-Trump” activist coalition meetings scheduled for early January.

In our present historical moment our task is vast, but so are the possibilities. As MACC develops we aspire not only to be at the forefront of the struggle against xenophobia, racism, misogyny and right-wing reaction, but to also go on the offensive - seeding these struggles with a form of radical, participatory politics that undermines capitalist logic at its root. MACC assemblies are open to all anarchists, so please invite and share widely to help us build an anarchist movement forum in NYC.

Preliminary Agenda:

J20

  1. Logistics

  2. Transportation

  3. Legal/Jail Support (DC)

  4. Actions (NYC/DC)

Press Collective

Early January Coalition Meeting (NYC Resist)

Report backs / P.S.A.’s

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

We now have a website live at macc.nyc. Through the website we’ll be hosting information on participating anarchist projects, a calendar of events, resources, and announcements about assemblies and organizing meetings. Please sign up at macc.nyc/contact if you would like to receive meeting minutes and announcements about future assemblies and their planned agendas. If you’re in an active anarchist project that would like to be affiliated with MACC please get in touch at info@macc.nyc with a brief (~100 words) write up and logo.

In addition to the MACC website we have created a calendar for anarchist events hosted at anarchism.nyc. If you run a social media account or facebook page for an anarchist project please link to the calendar so that we can make it as visible as possible!

For information on MACC, its format and the core purpose of our anarchist umbrella please visit the website. If you have questions or are interested in organizing MACC e-mail us at info@macc.nyc.