MACC Legal Support was born specifically out of the state repression faced by NYC comrades who were kettled and arrested, and forced to face brutal conditions of detention on January 20th, 2017, during the massive protests against Trump’s explicitly white supremacist and patriarchal regime. We are expecting an even higher level of repression in the coming months and years, as anarchists and other militants prepare to fight the outright rise of fascism, neo-naziism, and the alt-right. MACC Legal is a committee of the NYC Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, which is organized under the guiding principles of horizontalism, direct democracy and direct action.
MACC Infrastructure Group (MIG) is a working group of MACC that will serve the infrastructural needs of the organization and report back regularly at organizing meetings about its work and the state of MACC’s infrastructure.
MACC Emergency Action (MEA) is a working group focused on infusing anarchist ideas, critiques and tactics into the growing anti-state, anti-fascist and anti-capitalist resistance. MEA utilizes a decentralized but coordinated model that maximizes flexibility and allows for quick response so anarchists can easily intervene in various protests throughout the city. MEA prioritizes the creation of affinity groups to create a viable and visible anarchist presence on our streets.
MACC Art & Propaganda (MAP) is responsible for helping to create a visual anarchist presence at protests and the city. MAP develops banners, posters, stickers and other creative arts to support the resistance and stretch the revolutionary imagination.
MACC AntiDoxx (MAD) aims to defend our comrades from alt-right doxxing and state-issued subpoenas. We develop strategies and training to safeguard our comrades' personal information and communications online. Building a radical form of participatory politics requires defense of information, and MAD is here to help.
The dual function of MACC Press is to respond to queries from outside journalists and to create our own movement media. With the recent surge of interest in radical forms of political struggle, words like "antifa," "black bloc," and "anarchist" are entering the common parlance of even mainstream press outlets. We believe that right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to add depth to the wider public's understanding of anarchist politics and to expand our movement. MACC Press is created in solidarity with the many radical initiatives already doing great work nationally and in the New York area. Our aim is to serve these initiatives as a ready tool: this includes acting as press liaisons for groups who would like to disseminate information about their projects, but lack media infrastructure or cannot speak directly to media for fear of compromising their members. Through a number of means - whether articles, video, artwork, social media or interviews - MACC Press is dedicated to resisting today's proto-fascism in the public sphere - with the pen as well as in the streets.
MACC AnFem meets once a month as a discussion group to create space for individual and collective self-examination and reanimation in the face of the alienation of capitalist patriarchy. Each meeting we come together and and give reportbacks from our various sub-groups (i.e. MACC Queer AnFem Reading Group, Mutual Aid, Newsletter, Conflict Revolution, Direct Actions) followed by breakouts that focus on specific projects each working group is doing. Some meetings may include a consciousness raising exercise that centers around a specific topic. MACC AnFem holds monthly public meetins at Blue Stockings, join us!
MACC Jail and Court Support (MJAC) is an offshoot of MACC Legal and exists to ensure that when our comrades are arrested at demos in any borough, they are followed through the legal system until they come out safely, whether it be at the precinct, courthouse, or at One Police Plaza. MJAC participants work to make sure that when people come out of custody their immediate needs are met and that they are offered continued support through the resolution of their cases. MAJC is stuctured as a Signal-based phone tree, and is connected be MACC Legal when support is needed.
MACC Information & Outreach Project is a working group that focuses on promoting anarchist cultural and educational opportunities in NYC for broad range of people interested in radical ideas. MIOP does this by sponsoring and organizing cultural events that promote anarchism and revolutionary ideas. MIOP creates informational projects that help educate members of MACC and the public about the history and philosophy of anarchism. MIOP supports outreach efforts and provides orientations to anarchist culture. MIOP seeks to add cultural and educational elements to our revolutionary project.
Rojava Solidarity-NYC is a solidarity committee that seeks to provide information on Democratic Confederalism and the Rojava Revolution, as well as humanitarian aid to the people of Rojava. In this way, ordinary people in the US can connect with the revolution in Rojava, joining with the amazing men and women in Northern Syria fighting for a new democratic, pluralistic, feminist and ecological future for not only the region but the world. RS-NYC has undertaken a number of initiatives including: fundraising for the delivery of life saving trauma kits, holding screenings, talks and demonstrations, publishing one of the first English language books on the Rojava Revolution (A Small Key Can Open a Large Door, 2015), and producing articles and interviews on the Rojava Revolution as anarchist theory in practice.
NYC Anarchist Black Cross (NYC ABC) is a collective focused on supporting US-held political prisoners and prisoners of war and opposing state repression against revolutionary social justice movements. We are a Support Group of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation. For over ten years, NYC ABC has been hosting every-other-week letter-writing dinners for PPs and POWs, most recently and currently at The Base. For more information about NYC ABC, our events and other resources, visit nycabc.wordpress.com or find us everywhere else at @nycabc.
MAST is an open-source and evolving set of cognitive techniques aimed at promoting better emotional health for individuals in a non-hierarchical or medical model. MAST is not traditional psychotherapy nor is it group therapy. MAST uses the principle of mutual aid and a growing open source collection of techniques to help overcome emotional difficulties in their lives. MAST is not a substitute, nor does it seek to undermine, traditional psychotherapy and psychiatry but to provide a rational and effective self-therapy based on our radical principles. MAST was started by professional mental health professionals but seeks to create an effective and supportive practice to improve one’s mental wellness together with other people sharing their desire for a radical change in society.
The IWW is a grassroots, worker-run, international union for all workers in all workplaces, dedicated to organizing both on and off the job, in our industries and our communities. Founded in 1905, we stand by the principles written in our Preamble, that the working class and the employing class have nothing in common, and that the wage system must be abolished. By organizing industrially, rather than by trade, we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.
Mutant Legal is a collective of legal activists in New York City organizing within a framework of radical care and anti-oppression. Our projects involve collaboration and education with and in support of peoples’ movements and marginalized communities traditionally excluded from access to meaningful justice. We agitate around issues of law and justice from a clear understanding that those two things are not the same.
Incacerated Workers Organizing Committee is a committee of the IWW, dedicated to the abolition of prisons and all forms of control over the people by the state. We believe all prisoners are political prisoners, incarcerated due to capitalism and a maintenance of the oppression that the state requires for control and exploitation. We are made up of members inside prison, their families members, the formerly incarcerated, and those living a false freedom in the open air prison that is the rest of the US. We meet every other Friday, and have regular letter writing events, prison visits, court support appearances, and more.
Lower Manhattan Food Not Bombs is an organization that calls attention to the misplaced priorities of the current system by providing healthful and delicious vegan meals to the public for free. One part community service and one part political activism, our very presence stands both as proof of the current system's failures in providing adequate food for the people and as a way to mitigate those same failures. We meet 1 p.m. every Sunday at the Catholic Worker to cook, and serve at Tompkins Square Park from about 4:30 to 6 p.m. We're always looking for more help.
New York City, a center of anarchist life, culture, struggle, and ideas for 150 years, host every year the annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair, an exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other cultural and very political productions of the anarchist scene worldwide The Book Fair also always includes two days of panels, presentations, workshops, and skillshares on to provide further opportunities to learn more and share your own experience and creativity. The goal of the book fair is to enable people to connect with one another as well as to provide broader access to the rich and varied field of anarchist ideas and practices. Now is the perfect time to be exploring those ideas and practices and bringing them into play in our communities and the world.
Radical Gardeners NYC is a network of novice and experienced gardeners who connect to share gardening tips and resources from an autonomous, anti-capitalist perspective. We hold sessions out of the Base where we organize collective, often subversive, public space gardening projects, host presentations and maintain an open seed saving library. This season, radical gardeners will be liberating plants from displaced gardener's homes, grafting fruit bearing branches to ornamental trees, and expanding to grow free food in nearby lots.
As the fighters in Rojava have said, we fight better when we fight in the right way - the right way in this case is with the solid relationships between folks. Many of us have been training independently, and many have expressed a need to increase their skills in this arena. We invite folks to come together to get to know each other better, to help each other learn new techniques and practice old ones. The Fight Training programs at The Base are free, weekly martial arts workshops, focusing on giving folks the skills they need to defend themselves and others in their community. All classes are good for beginners and intermediate practitioners. The program consists of the following classes:
Women, Trans, GNC, NB Class - Every other Monday, sharing crucial self-defense skills with folks of marginalized gender identities.
Fight Training - With a different theme every Thursday, this class teaches a variety of MMA, grappling, self-defense, and weapon-defense techniques, as well as special programming and workshops.
Martial Universe - Every Sunday, focusing on a variety of styles, skill sharing, and general open practice Protect ya neck with Fight Training!
From an intersectional lens, the Antifa Discussion Series is a regularly-meeting group that focuses on discussing the purpose, history, theory, and application of Anti-Facist action. Each meeting will center around a theme, ranging from Antifa and Feminism, to Antifa and The Civil Rights Movement, to Antifa and Queer/Trans Activism, and much more! We are a non-cumulative "101" course, meaning that you do not have to know much about the topic to attend, and that you do not need to attend all the meetings to be a part of the group. We try to promote a bottom-up approach to understanding (meaning that if you feel like you know a lot about Antifa, but want to be a part of this group, we ask that you make space for those who are trying to come into an understanding of the topic.
Can I be tracked? How can I be hacked? Who sees what I do online? If you are interested in a better understanding of any of these questions, or if you are a seasoned cryptographer who just wants to kick it with some cybersecurity-minded folks, Crypto Squad NYC is a group devoted to creating workshops and socials, as well as sharing information with interested folks and groups! Join us at one of our events, and learn how you can be secure in your digital dealings.