Direct Action: Left Wing Activism in the 1970s and 1980′s

https://youtu.be/KZI8imymf48

Dr. Eryk Martin – A member of the history department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, gives an interesting, almost-contemporary lecture about the radical left to a meeting of about 65 people at the MoV Oct 27, 2016 . He focuses in the first part on the Squamish Five, whose bombings of BC Hydro facilities in 1982 brought them instant notoriety, and described the process of radicalization (in San Francisco and Paris) of two of the members. He then described the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade, radicalized by the tidal wave of violent porn in the 1970s, who struck back with bombings of Red Hot Video outlets in 1982. The issue of « Direct Action » – of individuals taking the law into their own hands after seeing an unsatisfactory (in their eyes) response from authorities – animated the entire presentation. One particularly interesting part was the unwillingness of these BC radicals to attempt any assassinations, unlike their German and Italian counterparts of the time; sabotage of property was their goal. Dr. Martin ends with the rhetorical question of whether these direct actions had had any lasting effect.

In the context of the 30th anniversary (2012) : Direct Action and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade in the history of anarchism in so-called  »British Columbia »/Interview with Gord Hill (warriorpublications.wordpress.com)

In the context of the 30th anniversary : Direct Action and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade in the history of anarchism in so-called  »British Columbia »/Interview with Gord Hill (warriorpublications.wordpress.com)

À propos d’Ann Hansen et de Juliet Belmas, sur la violence révolutionnaire, sur Direct Action et sur les Wimmin’s Fire Brigade ainsi que sur la lutte contre le patriarcat en général

Tiré de la brochure This is not a love story : Armed Struggles against the Institutions of Patriarchy (Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’amour : luttes armées contre les institutions du patriarcat)

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I Have Not Signed A Treaty With Any Government: A Brief Look At “Direct Action” and “The Wimmin’s Fire Brigade »

(from http://libcom.org/library/i-have-not-signed-treaty-any-government-brief-look-%E2%80%9Cdirect-action%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%9C-wimmin%E2%80%99s-fire-briga)

 

In 1982, five Canadian anti-authoritarian activists, variously known as Direct Action, the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade, and the Vancouver Five, conducted a highly visible series of guerrilla actions against patriarchal, industrial civilization. When the five anarchists — two wimmin and three men — who comprised these cells were finally captured by the Canadian state in 1983, they were charged with a host of clandestine attacks on industries that represented some of the most notorious war criminals, environmental despoilers, and exploiters of wimmin and children.

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R, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, about Red Hot Video and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade

Wanted: RED HOT VIDEO
in Frontline Knowledge, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Objectification of Women

Friday, January 1, 1982 – Saturday, January 1, 1983

A brief evaluation of some feminist activity against ‘Red Hot Video’ stores: An Unfinished Business

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Interview with Juliet Belmas, former member of Direct Action and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade, about the Missing and Murdered Women and the sham Oppal Commission

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/audio/interview-juliet-belmas-former-member-direct-action-and-wimmins-fire-brigade-about-missing-and