Solidarnosc

North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 10, May/June 1981

Issue #10 of North American Anarchist, with articles on a coal miners' strike, self-organisation vs the police in Atlanta, the structure of Solidarity in Poland, the militant squatters movement in West Germany, the rise of the far-right under Reagan, a critical report of a Bookchinist anarchist conference, "brown lung" disease in the cotton industry, anarchist feminist notes and women in Poland, the situation in El Salvador, reviews of a book about television and a Fassbinder film, direct action and survival, the failed coup attempt in Spain, Swedish social democracy, unschooling society, prison news with updates on the Peltier case, worker unrest in the USSR, and more.

1980-1: Class Struggle in Poland

As a follow up to our recent article about Solidarność (see: leftcom.org) we are republishing three of the leaflets that the CWO and Battaglia Comunista distributed in 1980-1 among workers in Britain, Italy, France, and the USA on the events unfolding in Poland.

Solidarność: Trade Unionism or Self-Organisation?

Political and economic crises led to the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc. The downturn in the post-war accumulation cycle, the Cold War, the USSR’s disastrous intervention in Afghanistan, as well as the popular revolts in Central and Eastern Europe all played a role. But it is the class struggles of 1980s Poland to which we turn our eye here.

Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

This book by Kenneth Good, published in 2014, argues for popular democratic control of society.

"Solidarnosc" erare paŝis: 1989

Kritika artikolo pri la eniris de la sindikato "Solidarnosc" al la Pola Registaro.

Invisible labour and political participation: Women in the Solidarność movement and in today's politics in Poland

Triumphant leaders of Solidarity at Nowy Targ, October 19, 1981. Anna Walentynow

A feminist critique by Ewa Majewska of the old Solidarność and today's Polish politics. Originally published by and gratefully reproduced from the Baltic Worlds journal.

Solidarity: a union which betrays its name

Next week Solidarity will organize its anniversary festival in Gdansk. It will be punctuated by such events as a huge mass in a grand cathedral and a ceremony dedicated to union-busting Ronald Reagan.

Poland: Protests but no strike

On September 14, mass protests were held in Warsaw against recent anti-labour legislation. Unfortunately the unions did not call a strike.

"Solidarity" careerists denounce fired unionist and ZSP, defending the bosses

The so-called “Solidarity” union from a furniture factory in Bartoszyce has issued a scandalous statement in what seems to be a campaign organized by the bosses of Black Red White company to protect its image after the events of recent weeks.

Summer in Gdansk - Solidarity

Solidarity booklet produced in late 1980 about the mass strikes in Poland which had just ended in huge victory for the workers who had made a mixture of economic and political demands.