Chris Spannos

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Chris Spannos Politics/Affiliations: Z Communications, Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement, Worker Solidarity Alliance


Chris Spannos activist, organizer, and anti-capitalist. From 1998-2006 he participated in the Redeye collective, heard on Vancouver Co-op radio. In September 2006 he joined Z Communications as full-time staff focusing on ZNet and ZCom web operations. Other media work includes helping out with Z Communications Video productions, Resides in Woods Hole, MA. Chris has worked as a multi-diagnosis social service worker, embroidery machine operator, cook, sailor, and book store clerk. He edited the volume Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press 2008), and is currently editing a book of Michael Albert's debates with co-editor Mandisi Majavu.[1]

Political Affiliations

Left Forum 2008

Real Utopia: Participatory Society For the 21st Century:

This panel engages visions for what a future participatory society may look like while looking at real world examples in the US, Asia and Latin America, and the strategy and activism needed to take us there.

Chris Spannos trip to Greece for the B-Fest "Freedom Strikes Back" Conference

May 31, 2009, Athens B-fest; speaking at Anarchist gathering

Arrived in Athens Greece May 27, 2009 for the B-Fest "Freedom Strikes Back" conference hosted by the Athens Anti-Authoritarian Movement. While at the conference Spannos stayed at the Museum Hotel right across the street from the Athens Polytechnic.

The first day in Athens Spannos met with Greek anarchist Nikos Raptis

The conference fratured many many local and international speakers. Vandana Shiva, Michael Albert, Andrej Grubacic and Howard Zinn. Chris Spannos gave a talk on "Participatory Society: Urban Space & Freedom" on Friday June 5, 2009.

Spannos on his presentation, Participatory Society: Urban Space & Freedom. and Radio Interview

There was a very good turnout, and the talk, as with all the talks, were being streamed live and I think even broadcast on TV. That day Michael and Andrej did radio interviews on the (Left) Coalition radio station. It was odd, being from the U.S. and listening to this station. It was a Left wing political organ that had many of the production values as the mainstream media in the U.S., but also carried explicitly anti-capitalist content. For example, aside from Michael Albert and Andrej Grubacic interviews, the breaks that took place in-between, with slick radio voices and fancy editing, however interspersed with the hip hop version of the anti-facist song Bella Ciao.

While at the event a group called Revolutionary Struggle shot a policeman. Spannos placed the blame on the police because

"I don't want to spend anymore time on this, but simply wanted to note the oddity. Perhaps it is a show of force (by the police) in the area, which, since this is historically an anarchist and anti-authoritarian stronghold, is a provocative measure by the police."

While at at the B-Fest Spannos did some impromptu interviews with people in the No Borders Movement where they explained their work with refugees and migrants in Greece, as this is a key gateway for refugees and illegal migrants trying to reach Europe. [2]

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Chris Spannos of ZNet, Mass signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”[3]

Open letter to Andy Stern

On May 1, 2008, Chris Spannos of signed an open letter to SEIU president Andy Stern in protest at SEIU moves force its local United Healthcare Workers into trusteeship.

"We are writing to express our deep concern about SEIU's threatened trusteeship over its third largest local, United Healthcare Workers (UHW). We believe that there must always be room within organized labor for legitimate and principled dissent, if our movement is to survive and grow. Putting UHW under trusteeship would send a very troubling message and be viewed, by many, as a sign that internal democracy is not valued or tolerated within SEIU. In our view, this would have negative consequences for the workers directly affected, the SEIU itself, and the labor movement as a whole. We strongly urge you to avoid such a tragedy."

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