As events continue in response to the police killings in Ferguson and New York City, we’re sharing the excellent new zine “Good Manners & Affinity Groups” put together by Anarres Press. The zine compiles two excellent articles “An Introduction to the Anarchist Affinity Group” by Tides of Flame and “Good Manners for Street Parties: Stay Safer while Playing Dangerously” by Mask Magazine. You can print the zine on one piece of paper, making it a great introduction to affinity groups and organizing for newer folks.
An excerpt from the zine:
“Sorry, everyone. There is no official organization to join to become an anarchist. Because of this, anarchism has confused many people who are used to normal political organizations or groups. Anarchists appear nearly spontaneously amidst the human population of the world. Their individual beliefs assuredly vary, but the central unifying belief is that there should be no government. Another unifying belief is that people should not be governed, nor should they govern themselves, but instead they should decide their own fates based on free association. The purpose of this article, however, is not to present the philosophy of anarchism, but to instead highlight some tactics anarchists have employed to change and remedy their immediate situations.”