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To Change Everything: An Anarchist Appeal

March 08, 2015

The video above was created as part of Crimethinc’s “To Change Everything” project. It’s an anarchist outreach project that combines the video with a printed anarchist primer. We’ll be tabling with the printed version of “To Change Everything” in the future and encourage folks new to anarchy to check it out, along with the excellent web-based feature “The Secret Is To Begin” that provides links for further information and a really good FAQ responding to common questions about anarchism.

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Fifth Estate Spring 2015 Issue Out Now

March 08, 2015

The newest issue of Fifth Estate—the long-running anti-authoritarian magazine newspaper based in Michigan, is out now. This issue’s theme is “Anti-Marx” and features a lengthy section criticizing Marx. We have a few copies of this, if you are in the area and would like one, get in touch. Also please consider subscribing to support this nearly fifty year old publishing project. Spring 2015 Contents: Letters Anarchy in Kurdistan Bill Weinberg Eric McDavid Freed! FE Staff Armed Madhouse Bryan…

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New Zines in our Distro Catalog

March 03, 2015

We’ve added some new titles to our distro catalog. They run the gamut from some really good studies of crowd control and riots by Warrior Publications, to an analysis of tactics in the recent post-Ferguson anti-police actions in Durham, NC, and a theoretical/historical discussion of the importance of “the barricade” in the revolutionary imagination. As always, you can download the PDFs, order them online through Storenvy.com, or get in touch to order through the mail. Direct Action Defend the…

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Featured Zine: Some Remarks on the Need for Open Assemblies

February 10, 2015

Within anarchist circles—and especially broader radical political groupings—it is not uncommon to see calls for anarchists to “unite” around specific goals, politics, or identities. Historically, such efforts don’t go very well, resulting in a rather predictable series of disagreements or over-simplification of ideas for the sake of greater unity. In recent years, an alternative mode of relating based on affinity, autonomy, and informality has thankfully become more common. One way in which…

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Beat The Raid

February 04, 2015

We were sent the following announcement about “Beat The Raid” and are sharing it because it’s an excellent example of how anarchists can respond to state repression. The project was started in response to police repression in Vancouver, BC against anti-pipeline organizers, indigenous warriors, and anarchists. Both the website and their zine “Raiding Resistance” (which collects information about the specific raid but also has a lot of good general information for responding to repression) are…

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Featured Zine: With Allies Like These

January 16, 2015

Over the past several years (or maybe even decades), the discussion of privilege theory and anti-oppression politics has become quite prevalent within the anarchist space. Many anarchists will speak to the importance of anti-oppression politics, but few take the time to consider the implications of the ideas or their origins. “With Allies Like These: Reflections on Privilege Reductionism” is an important zine that explores the origins of anti-oppression politics and their consequences. The…

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New Zines in Our Catalog

January 07, 2015

We’ve added eight new zines to our distro catalog. They cover a wide range of topics including anarchist assemblies, how we relate to each other in anarchist spaces, feminist communication, and how alienation impacts how we relate to others. Some of the folks that published them include Ruine des Kapitals, AFFECT, Ill Will Editions, and Support NY. You can check out their websites for more zines. As always, we’re happy to mail copies, you can order online (using Storenvy) or get in touch to…

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Why We Oppose the Police

December 22, 2014

We’re re-posting this article (“Why We Oppose the Police”), because as is so often the case, many of the discussions locally about Ferguson, resistance, and police tend to be very shallow and are severally limited by myths of necessity, reform, and nonviolence. There’s also a new zine version of the article that we encourage folks to print and distribute. It should be useful in counter-acting many of the tired arguments that come up whenever people take steps to challenge and resist the forces…

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Featured Zine: Good Manners & Affinity Groups

December 11, 2014

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…

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Review: Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs?

December 03, 2014

Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? Anarchy in Action Around the World by Francis Dupuis-Déri is an attempt to objectively explore and examine the black bloc tactic by casting aside the stereotypes and political dismissals common both in the mainstream media and amongst various radical groups. The book draws on extensive research including interviews with black bloc participants in various actions over the past 15 years (the Quebec student strike in 2012, the Toronto G20 Summit in 2010, the Évian G…

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