Update from WRC

It’s been a while since we’ve updated the site, so here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to since May.

-Along with other Iowa City individuals that we’ve worked with in the past, trying to start up a ‘solidarity network’ in the model of the Seattle Solidarity Network, that would take on bosses and landlords.

-Participated in the July 31 Day of Action Against Fascism and Racism with members of Four Star Anarchist Organization in Chicago, attempting to bring attention to an incident where a man was strangled to death at a CVS over some toothpaste and crayons.

-Attended the third Class Struggle Anarchist Conference, held in Seattle, which is a conference for pro-formal organization anarchists, holding workshops and discussions for the purpose of determinng our work and learning from others.

-Participated in the October 7th Day of Action for Public Education in Cedar Rapids rally and gubernatorial debate protest with CR’s Socialist Action.

Other than that, we have regular ‘internal education’ sections of our meetings, where a member suggests a article or piece for us to read and discuss. A list (with links) of these can be found on our website under ‘Reading’.  We also plan on writing about more localized issues, because we feel there is a lack of radical analysis in not only Iowa City, but the state of Iowa as well.


Announcing Wild Rose Collective In Iowa City, Iowa

Wild Rose Collective is an anarchist organization based out of Iowa City, Iowa. We are a small group of folks who have been involved in various projects in the immediate area for the last 3 years or so. One of those projects was Wild Rose Rebellion, which was the previous, more loose and informal incarnation of WRC.

Our change in name and direction reflects a long held desire for sustainable and effective work that is based on coherent long-term goals and strategy. Through experience, relationships with other midwestern anarchist groups and influences from especifismo and platformist currents, we have come to the conclusions that are expressed in our new constitution, purpose and principles.

While most of us are fairly new to the above-mentioned type of organizing, some of the areas we’d like to focus on include workplace agitation and immigration issues, although we are not limited in our scope. Also, being in Iowa makes us isolated, which is why we are putting out this announcement. We hope to continue working with those we have in the past, while building new relationships.

If you are in the wider region and are interested in getting involved or staying informed of projects and events, please contact us.

In Solidarity,
Wild Rose Collective