Sprout Distro

Hey, Step Back with the Riot Shaming

August 12, 2014

With another anti-police riot taking place in the United States, in this case Ferguson in the greater St. Louis area, there has been the usual round of anti-rioting propaganda coming from community activists and politicians. The following article from Mask Magazine does a good job of de-bunking many anti-rioting arguments. We’re always excited to see critiques like this, especially in light of many “activists” (and sadly, some so-called “anarchists”) paternalism and monolithic generalizations…

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August Political Prisoner Birthday Poster

August 12, 2014

The August political prisoner birthday poster from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now: Hello Friends and Comrades, 1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for August. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. 2) Celebrate the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market! A wild party! The Carrboro Really Really Free Market is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a massive festival! You’re…

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TCN Radio on Fire at the Mountain Bookfair

July 31, 2014

The most recent (and final?) episode of TCN Radio features an extended report-back from the Fire at the Mountain Anti-Colonial and Anarchist Bookfair that was held last fall in Flagstaff, AZ. The event aimed to foster connections and conversation around anti-colonial and anarchist struggles. Since taking place last fall, we’ve heard good things about the event, notably on Anarchy Radio and Aragorn!’s blog. Consequently, we were very excited to listen to TCN Radio’s report-back which features a…

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Article on the History of the IWW in Grand Rapids

July 25, 2014

As a result of our research into the history of anarchist activity in Grand Rapids, we recently had an article published in the Industrial Worker that provides an overview of the activity of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Grand Rapids during the 1910s and the 1970s. While a lot has changed politically since that time, it was interesting to learn how the IWW formed as an anti-political group that specifically rejected political action in Grand Rapids and was very hostile to the…

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Book Review: Translating Anarchy

July 19, 2014

As an anarchist who participated in the larger Occupy phenomenon (in my case, Occupy Grand Rapids) I never really followed much of what was happening with Occupy Wall Street in New York City. When the occupations spread across the country, my inspiration came from elsewhere, cities like Oakland, Seattle, and St. Louis seemed to offer more interesting forms of anarchist involvement. By contrast, what I saw coming out of New York City—such as the “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City…

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July is International Zine Month

July 18, 2014

While July is half way over now, to we wanted to point out that it’s “International Zine Month” which is an event started back in 2010 by the folks at Stolen Sharpie Revolution to highlight zines. The month features suggestions for doing a “zine-related” activity a day. There is a poster for the month and the list of suggested activities is as follows: 31 Days of International Zine Month July 2014 -Sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com & write about IZM -Sign up for 24 hour zine challenge (24hourzines…

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Online Ordering is Back

July 16, 2014

For the past few months we haven’t had the capacity to do online ordering, but we’re happy to announce that it now works again. You can access our online catalog at http://sproutdistro.storenvy.com In the coming weeks we’ll add better integration with our website, but for now check out our store. And as always, while we love to send zines through the mail, we’re even more interested in communicating with anarchists and others from around the world. If you’ve ordered zines from us, we’d love to…

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Support Marius Jacob Mason

July 13, 2014

From Free Marius Mason: We would like to let everyone know that Marius Jacob Mason will no longer be using the name Marie, and will be using male pronouns. We hope that you will all join us in supporting Marius through this transition, which will no doubt be extra challenging within the prison system. Until his name is legally changed, any mail sent to Marius in prison will still need to be addressed to ‘Marie Mason’ on the envelope. This goes for donations also. Please write to Marius at this…

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Epilogue to “The Broken Teapot”

July 05, 2014

Recently, the editor/author of the zine “The Broken Teapot” published an epilogue to the zine reflecting on criticism and feedback they have received on the zine, how their thoughts have evolved, and offering a few more thoughts on accountability within anarchist circles. We’re going to start shipping this epilogue with orders of the zine, but for now, we’re reprinting it below. The Broken Teapot – Epilogue Half a dozen lessons I might never learn, not until them troubles come around… Anonymous…

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Black Seed #1 Out Now

June 26, 2014

The new green anarchist journal Black Seed is out now. From the description: Black Seed is an anarchist paper in the tradition of Green Anarchy magazine (RIP) that that presents through essays, images, stories, and poetry, green anarchist perspectives. In our first issue we have short stories, interviews, and essays, by John Zerzan and others. Black Seed is a 32 page newspaper format biannual publication. You can order it from Little Black Cart in bundles of 10, 50, and 100. If you are in the…

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