Stories by L.A. Kauffman

L.A. Kauffman is the author of Direct Action. Find her on Facebook or Twitter @LAKauffman. subscribe to L.A. Kauffman's feed

Posted on: Jan 31, 2017, Source: Verso Books

The Mayday action provides invaluable lessons for today.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2015, Source: Berkeley Journal of Sociology

The concept of "Consensus" has a troubled history.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

It's now official: In the wake of the September 11 disaster, the IMF and World Bank have indefinitely postponed their planned late-September meetings, with uncertain repercussions for the anti-corporate globalization movement.

Posted on: May 29, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"There's something ultimately unknowable about why protest movements arise: why one injustice inspires outrage, while another goes unanswered. The question of <I>how</I> protest movements arise -- what form they take, how they define themselves, what political vision they express -- is a different story."

Posted on: May 8, 2000, Source: AlterNet

In the three last months there's been a sharp increase in the use of police power to stifle free speech.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"As opponents of corporate rule gather this week to protest the World Bank and IMF, they will unwittingly reprise a pivotal but nearly unknown moment in radical history -- the segue in 1971 between the centralized, male-dominated leadership of the New Left and the more diverse, decentralized direct action tactics of today."

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"New York City is on the verge of an explosion. With the March 16 police shooting of Patrick Dorismond, the number of unarmed black men gunned down by the NYPD in the last year has risen to three. People here are beyond grief, even beyond anger, so sickened and fed up with the out-of-control police force that they're ready to shut the city down."

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

No one can claim to represent the full array of activism today. It's the combined product of many small groups -- that's what makes this unrest so strong.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"Movements aren't born on the Internet. But once people are in motion, the Internet is an agitator's dream: fast, cheap, far-reaching. Grassroots movements of all kinds increasingly use listserves and discussion groups to coordinate their work."

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"For the longest time, being on the left has meant being marginal, powerless and embattled," writes activist L.A. Kaufman in the debut of FREE RADICAL, a new AlterNet column. "But history has turned a corner. Suddenly, a new radicalism has emerged: broad, confident, and compelling. The WTO protests in Seattle marked this movement's first major victory, but the new unrest also encompasses campaigns against police brutality and the prison-industrial complex, organized labor, immigrant rights groups and a whole host of vocal and spirited causes."

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"As an activist at the A16 protests, I noticed that our logistical discussions were filled with paramilitary lingo -- tac, com, scouts, recon -- that became both more seductive and more ridiculous as the big action day approached. It started to feel like one slogan -- shut it down -- had dictated our strategy and forced us into what seemed like war games."