10 servers and 30 activist websites hosted by NDNM Cooperative

After its successful first year online, the Anarchist Federation Network has now migrated to its own dedicated server. Following the launch of the project in 2020, the website went from a single site to an international platform available in 9 different languages and 9 sites, one for each language. In total, the number of sites hosted on this server exceeded thirty and the server was constantly overloaded. An upgrade was required to correct this problem. A new server was therefore added to the network, allowing AnarchistFederation.net to have its own dedicated server to host the 9 sites of the platform.

Our network now has 10 servers in total, which are fully funded by the NGNM coop, which hosts more than thirty activist sites free of charge. This logistical and financial support also includes web development, web design, backend programming, 24/7 system administration, cybersecurity, and technical support. These services normally reserved for professionals are made accessible to the activist community through the sales of t-shirts.

The Anarchist Federation Network is a self-managed federation of anarchist websites. It is collectively managed by its members and has its own forum for collective decisions.

Servers Online

Server 1 (North America)

Server 2 (Europe)

Server 3 (North America) – NEW

Server 4 (Europe)

Server 5 (Europe)

  • Free WebHosting for activist organizations and bands that are not directly linked to the Resistance Network

Server 6 (North America)

  • Backend of the bands database used on Pirate-Punk.net and Anarcho-Punk.net
  • Based on bots monitoring updates on external sites (discogs, lastfm, youtube) to import the information of bands shared by forum members (biography, photos, band members, album list, videos, etc)

Server 7 (North America)

  • Database and load-balancing

Server 8 (North America)

  • Backups storage

Server 9 (Europe)

  • Backups storage

Server 10 (North America)

  • Private development server to test the new functions

Other IT infrastructures:

  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Anti-DDoS Firewall (mitigation of computer attacks)
  • Off-Site Cold Backups
  • WebMail
  • 1gbps dedicated network

Lower prices and free shipping on everything!

After 2 very difficult years, we finally have some good news to share with you! We are reducing all prices by 20% in addition to offering free shipping on ALL orders!

Since the birth of the cooperative in 2009, the goal has always been to offer the lowest prices possible so that our clothes are affordable for everyone. Despite the increase in the cost of living, we have always chosen to absorb any increase in expenses to avoid passing the bill on to those who buy our t-shirts.

But in January 2020, our supplier has a huge price increase of over 30%. This change forced us to increase our prices for the first time in our history. The price of a t-shirt went from $15 to $18 and it also reduced the store’s margin which absorbed part of the increase.

Bas luck over bad luck, the Covid-19 pandemic began a few weeks later, causing our shop to shut down during a critical period. Even after the reopening, our sales fell, causing heavy losses. Let’s remember that NGNM cooperative funds a multitude of activist organizations and also the web hosting of 30+ anarchist websites, so we have to maintain a certain level of sales to be able to pay the fixed expenses. The store was therefore forced to cut spending and take a break from announcing new donations.

Since the unfortunate price increase, our top priority was to find a new supplier and work on the web development of the IT platform which bridges the website and the printer. Today, we finally have a solution to reduce prices!

To celebrate this news, we are offering you the lowest prices in our history! In addition, the required minimum of $50 has been removed, so free shipping is now available on all orders regardless of the number of items!

NGNM wiki – explaining the origin of the quotes and symbols found on our t-shirts

At NGNM, we consider an activist t-shirt is not just some boring consumer product – it’s important to understand the meaning of the different symbols printed on our shirts. With so many acronyms and slogans, sometimes even codified (1312 = ACAB), it can be confusing for those who are unfamiliar with anarchism.

This is why our now displays a detailed description of each t-shirt with explanations of the symbols, their meanings, and their historical origins. These texts provide a better understanding of the social struggles that inspired our designs. This information also helps to become familiar with the authors of the many quotes found on our t-shirts

  • A “161” t-shirt will inform you that the numbers represent the position of the letters AFA in the alphabet, which is an acronym for Anti-Fascist Action
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  • A quote from Makhno will show you the biography of Nestor Makhno and the history of Makhnovtchina. We learn, among other things, that Makhno was the inventor of the Tachanka, a machine gun pulled by a horse, another symbol found on our t-shirts.
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  • A band’s t-shirt will display their biography, history, and member list.
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  • A t-shirt with a black flag will show you the history of the black flag and where its association with anarchism came from.
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  • A t-shirt with a Ⓔ will tell you that the symbol means “Equality”
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  • A “We can do it” t-shirt will tell the story of Rosie the Riveter and her association with the feminist movement.

This wiki is the culmination of a collective work over several years. Every t-shirt has been reviewed to add thematic tags for every struggle, every person, every band, and every symbol. Then, an explanatory text was linked to each label and was translated into 3 languages ​​(English, French, Spanish).

These tags, more than 3000 in total, also allow better classification of our t-shirts and greatly improve search engine accuracy. It also makes it possible to sort the t-shirts by language.

Please feel free to report any inaccuracies or translation errors. You can also suggest improvements to descriptive texts

 

Example:

Anarchist Federation partners up with NGNM to launch a news platform

The Online Anarchist Federation aggregates daily news from all of the anarchist websites in one single convenient place so you can make sure to never miss anything.

Over 1000 sources are automatically republished on this platform as soon as new content becomes available. More than a simple media relay, this platform is an up-to-date database of the radical alternative press and a leading source of anarchist information.

We are a multi-lingual platform bringing together the publications of anarchist organizations from all over the world. Available in englishfrenchgermanspanishportugueseitalian and catalan.

Why?

Improving online presence. The problem with independent decentralized media is that there are so many of them, it’s hard to keep track of all the different websites and make sure you don’t miss any news. Imagine if you had 300 friends on Facebook and the news feed didn’t exist – the only way for you to get news from friends would be to look at 300 different pages. Obviously, you would be missing a lot of news from some of your friends. This is the state of today’s digital anarchist media universe.

Fighting censorship. Recently, we have been reminded once again that anarchists can’t rely on capitalist platforms when Facebook banned anarchists and antifascists. This is another reason why we must implement alternative methods of distributing our news and our information.

Optimizing content distribution. Most anarchist websites aren’t optimized for modern web browsers and mobile devices. Websites with bad search engine optimizations are strongly downranked in search engines, which means the content has a lot less visibility than it deserves. The Online Anarchist Federation is built with SEO in mind for optimal distribution of the content across different search engines.

Independent media. Mass media are owned and controlled by a handful of capitalists and search engines are owned by big multinationals like Google and Microsoft. We need an alternative to aggregate the content of all the anarchist websites without relying on corporations.

Archiving for the future. Distributing the content on this website means that there is a digital copy of the information, making sure it doesn’t disappear if the original website goes down. Throughout the year we’ve seen some important websites like InfoShop and IndyMedia shutting down. Those websites hosted a lot of useful educational content on anarchist ideas, and sadly this content has now disappeared from the internet. Having a backup archive prevents this kind of risk.

Search engine. Having all the articles indexed in a database makes it possible to easily find exactly what you are looking for. Use the search engine to find a specific topic and bring up all the posts from 250+ anarchist groups matching your keywords.

United we are stronger. The platform is structured as an online anarchist federation connecting the groups together to have a stronger impact. Many anarchist organizations have used this horizontal and decentralized approach throughout history, and it can also be successful on the internet.

How does it work?

The website works as an automated news aggregator updated every 5 minutes. We automatically repost the articles from websites with public RSS feeds. The system to import the article and the images on the website was custom developed by our team for the specific needs of the Online Anarchist Federation.

Several tools are available to facilitate access to information through the integration of modern technologies such as the automatic translation of articles, accelerated mobile pages (AMP), social media sharing functions, notifications, newsletter, exporting news feed to other websites, etc. Our website is fully compatible with mobile devices and tablets. We use multiple SEO strategies to optimize the distribution of content across search engines, making sure the information is seen by a wide audience of readers.

Technical details

Non-commercial. This website runs on a custom-made platform built and maintained by a collective of activist programmers and volunteers. Most of the features are unique to this website. The server is powered by Linux and runs only non-proprietary software and open source libraries.

Activist server. This platform is hosted on a self-managed server powered by 100% renewable energy.

Security & Privacy. We take your privacy very seriously. To protect the users of this website, the connection is encrypted with HTTPS, an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and the site. We use security technologies like HSTS and OCSP. The server is behind a firewall to protect against hacking attempts and DDoS attacks. We also don’t track the IP addresses of the authors of the articles or the visitors of this website. Users can expect a secure and private online experience when using this website.

Full-text extraction. Unlike a standard RSS aggregator, we use a special content extraction technology to get the full text of the article instead of just an excerpt with the first characters. We also import the images and run an algorithm to pick the most relevant heading image for the article.

Artificial Intelligence. We use advanced A.I. technologies to increase the accuracy of our text extraction system, as well as language-detection features to ensure the text corresponds to the language of our website. We also have our own algorithm to guess the subject of the text, make sure the content is relevant, and avoid duplicate posts. Artificial Intelligence is trained with data which means it gets better and more accurate over time.

Self-managed. Most of the platform is automated to avoid human interference. If a decision needs to be taken, it will be collectively decided by the autonomous collective managing the website. You can join the forum if you want to participate in direct democracy.

Content policy

As a decentralized platform, we do not have an editorial committee, so it means the articles are published as-is without any editing. There are no humans who decide what is published and what is removed. To avoid media convergence, each of the publishers must preserve its autonomy.

Due to our editorial policy, it is therefore not possible to register as a member to publish an individual article on the website. If you want to post an article on this website, you will have to submit your content to one of the publishers that we are reposting here.

The comments section of the website has been intentionally disabled to avoid stealing traffic from the original authors and give them all the credit they deserve. Readers who wish to comment on a particular article are invited to comment on the website where the original article was published.

This website is not moderated and therefore, it is not possible to request to modify or delete an article.

Who are we?

This platform is a custom-made website built by the same team of activist programmers behind many well-known online anarchist communities such as Info LibertaireAnarcho-Punk.netPirate PunkLibertaire.netNo Gods No Masters Coop, and many others.

It all started as a community project by members of the french anarchist collective Forum Libertaire. The idea was to bring together all of the french anarchist news which was split into 100+ different blogs. The initial website InfoLibertaire.net was finally launched in 2016 and has now become the leading reference for the radical left press with over 100,000 unique visitors every month. During the last 4 years, our programmer team continued to improve the platform with new features and bug fixes. After a successful proof of concept, it’s now the time to extend the platform to other languages so more people can benefit from it.

The hosting of the server and the development of the website is made possible with donations from No Gods No Masters cooperative. This partnership secures the long-term sustainability of the platform with continued funding of the servers and also gives access to an experienced team of programmers for maintenance and updates. But more importantly, it also means we don’t have to put commercial ads or ask for donations to pay the bills.

The platform is run by activists and is open to anyone wishing to contribute or improve it. To contact us, use this form, or let’s talk on the forum.

Source: https://www.anarchistfederation.net/about-us/

English https://www.anarchistfederation.net/
French https://www.infolibertaire.net/
Spanish https://www.federacionanarquista.net/
Portuguese https://www.federacaoanarquista.com.br/
German https://www.anarchistischefoderation.de/
Italian https://www.rivoluzioneanarchica.it/
Catalan https://www.anarquia.cat/

NGNM donates $5,000 to Black Lives Matter

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis exposes once again the failures of the police reform. US police kill an average of 1,000 people every year and black people are disproportionately among those killed. According to studies, you’re 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. On top of this, African-Americans are 3 times more likely to be killed in police shootings than white people. 

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop who has been charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, had a spotty career with the police department, including at least 17 investigations into him and 12 complaints. He was also involved in 3 shootings.

Many of the complaints against the killer cop were quickly dropped, and he did not receive any punishment for them. So, the problem is not only the cop who killed George Floyd but also the whole police department who’s complicit by staying silent and refusing to denounce the actions of their colleague. Now you know why we say ACAB.

At NGNM we stand with the protesters and we support all forms of activism including civil disobedience because that’s exactly how the civil rights movement was built in America. What we see in the streets is the outcome of decades of ignoring the existence of racism and inequality. It is the consequence of the culture of unaccountability among police officers.  As Martin Luther King said, a riot is the language of the unheard.

As solidarity protests broke out in cities all across the country, we’ve seen an increase of interest in our t-shirts against racism and police brutality. During the last few days, we have been making 2 to 3 times more sales than usual. This allows us to donate a larger amount than we planned for directly to the Black Lives Matter movement.

We decided to donate to this cause not just for George Floyd but also for the hundreds of others killed by police each year. We are hopeful that this historical movement will be the catalyst we need for a radical social change. This could be the tipping point where we finally repair the injustice done against the Afro-American communities. 

It’s time to defund and demilitarize the broken police.

R.I.P. George Floyd – No Justice, No Peace

No Gods No Masters coop donated $5,000 USD to the following charities:

Click here to see our Black Lives Matter t-shirts collection

Shop Updates for 2020

2019 was a hell of a year for No Gods No Masters. We had to undergo through some major changes – and we are still in recovery mode. Here’s what happened.

Flex Print is gone

We are very sad to announce that we no longer support Flex Printing. The company doing printing for our shop decided to completely discontinue flexography. We strongly think this is a bad decision and we tried to fight to keep this type of printing but unfortunately, we have no control over the final decision.

Pricing adjustments

During the last 10 years, we never increased the price of our t-shirts. Our model is based on low margins to offer clothing at affordable prices. In the past, we absorbed all of the pricing increases and we chose to reduce our margins instead of increasing the prices.

But recently, our printer increased their print cost by 50%, and for the first time ever we had to take a tough decision and adjust our pricing. The t-shirts are now sold at $16.67 instead of $15.49.

We are currently in talks with different companies to find a new print partner to reduce costs for our customers.

No new designs

During the summer of 2019, our printing partner introduced major changes in their system which means we had to completely re-write the backend of our shop. The migration was much more complicated than expected and it created a lot of serious technical issues. Since then, it is impossible to add new designs to our shop. We are still working to find a solution, but for now, we are not able to accept any new design submissions. This is why we didn’t add any new designs in 2019.

No more promotions

From time to time, we used to run limited-time promotions such as 15% OFF. This is because we were sometimes getting reduced pricing from our printing partner. Unfortunately, these discounts are no more provided and paid by our supplier, so we can’t offer them anymore.

We also had to adjust the discounts offered to non-profits.

Designer area

If you are a designer who is a member of the cooperative, please note that the partner area is currently going under maintenance. Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to log in and view your statistics. We are working to fix this issue as soon as possible.

PETA-Approved Vegan Certification

We are happy to announce that all of our products are now certified PETA-Approved Vegan. No Gods No Masters and Defend Animals joined over 1,000 other companies approved by PETA for this certification.

Similar to PETA’s “Cruelty-Free Bunny” logo, the “PETA-Approved Vegan” label allows clothing companies to let customers know that they can shop here without worry, never having to question if any animals were harmed or killed for the products being sold. All companies that use the logo must sign PETA’s statement of assurance verifying that their product is vegan.

Through this partnership, No Gods No Masters and Defend Animals are donating $5000 on 5 years to PETA.

To learn more about PETA-Approved Vegan or to see the list of members, please visit the PETA website.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. It was founded in 1980.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

It’s here! Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, No-gods-no-masters.com. Featuring a brand new look, more information on our products and simplified navigation.

This is the first major website redesign in 10 years, needless to say, the old version was long due for an update. We don’t use a third party software to run this website – we built our own. Our cooperative requires very specific needs so our website was entirely built from scratch by our web developers who have been working on tirelessly for over 1 year to make this possible.

We hope you like the changes and find it easier to find what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know by e-mailing us.

 

New donations will be announced soon.

$5,000 donated to animal rights charities

Last year, we launched Defend Animals, a new shop where you can find more vegan t-shirts and animal lovers products. To pursue the tradition of donating money to the same causes expressed on our t-shirts, we decided that the theme of our yearly donations would be animals rights charities.

We recently donated a total of $5,000 USD to animal rights charities. Here are the organizations that we supported:

We invite you to visit the websites of these charities to learn more about what they are doing and how they make a difference. 

 

Humane Society statistics

 

DefendAnimals.com – Cruelty-free clothing for animal lovers and vegan activists

DefendAnimals.com is a new shop built by the same team behind No Gods No Masters. You can find our classic Animal Liberation t-shirts collection along with many new vegan clothing.

To celebrate, we are offering free worldwide shipping on all orders from 29 Mar to Apr 2

 

ACTIVIST SHOP – We donate to animal rights charities and activist causes – your purchases contribute to build a better world and protect the animals! We already donated over $3000 to animal rights charities.

ETHICAL CLOTHING – All of our clothing is socially responsible and certified ethical by different fair labor certifications. We’re committed to bringing you sweatshop-free clothing with absolutely no forced labor.

100% VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE – We exclusively use 100% vegan products and inks, with no animal-derived ingredients and no animal testing. We also offer organic t-shirts certified Vegan by PETA. Shop without being complicit with animal cruelty!

WIDE PRODUCTS RANGE – Hoodies, tank tops, long sleeves, organic t-shirts, hang bags, caps, mugs, accessories, custom products and more!

https://www.defendanimals.com – Free worldwide shipping available