Thoughts on anarchist movement strategy and liberation struggle during the electoral cycle

by Panagioti Tsolkas / Antistasis Project

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Engravings by Greek artist Thomas Molos, 1921–2009

Spoiler Alert: Neither an anti-voting rant or a political endorsement

For those of us who pay attention to politics and social movements, being days from an election like this can feel like being just too far away from a spot on the horizon to tell if it’s a revolution or an apocalypse. Do we speed up? Stop and rest? Find some other way around?

As we seek some perspective on our current moment, a quick history break might be helpful: October 28, 1940 — 80 years ago this week — was Oxi Day (pronounced ‘oh-hee‘), marking when Mussolini’s fascist forces were refused entry to Greece. It was a loud and clear message that some people weren’t going to step aside for the march of far-right totalitarian political regimes seeking to expand their control. …


by Panagioti Tsolkas

The neo-Nazis in Greek Parliament who celebrated Trump’s first election, have since been ousted from the government and labeled a violent, criminal organization.

But their presence as elected officials for nearly a decade speaks to deeper political and social trends that are mirrored in other counties including the U.S.

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Golden Dawn supporters at a rally in Athens in 2014. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/AP

As a former Golden Dawn elected official and spokesperson, Ilias Panagiotaros, said to a reporter in 2016, “Trump is the planet’s keeper. He’s the president of the world’s superpower, and whether you like him or not, his policies are now validating beliefs and concerns across the globe.”

He continued, “Trump’s policies have given us a new wind of support. It’s validating and reinforcing our nationalistic and patriotic policies — policies that we have been advocating for…


by Panagioti Tsolkas (originally submitted to the Tampa Bay Times, 10/16/2020 and an edited version was published 10/25/2020.)

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Pope Francis stands with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, May 25, 2014. Bartholomew has traveled with the Pope to raise awareness about the troubled state of refugees and migrants internationally. According to Bartholomew, “Hospitality represents a concrete example of love for our neighbor and the way all Christians should live their lives. … At this historic time and with the way the refugee crisis is developing, those people who can exercise influence have to work in this spirit.” Source

Growing up the child of Greek immigrants in Clearwater, I recall being embarrassed at times, feeling different than other kids. But I came to view my experiences at Greek School, Greek dance class and volunteering in the Greek Orthodox church as things that shaped my life for the better.

Thankfully, I came to realize that being part of an immigrant community was nothing to be ashamed of. I had a culture and identity that also carried the story of where my ancestors came from, and what they went through. …


(whether you live in Pinellas County, Florida or not)

by Panagioti Tsolkas / Criminal Legal News

The head cop in Pinellas County, Florida was declared Sheriff of the Year at the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) conference last year in Kentucky. In November, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is seeking re-election for the 3rd time. …

About

Panagioti E Tsolkas

Tsolkas is a Greek-American community organizer and dad. He has published extensively on mass incarceration, policing and environmental justice.

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