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New Radical Zine Out of Kalamazoo

June 28, 2012

Cover: Public Record Contraband #2We’re always excited to hear about radical things happening here in Michigan. We know there’s folks out there doing good things, it’s just hard to hear about sometimes. In that spirit, we have been happy to learn about a new zine out of Kalamazoo called Public Record Contraband. We’ve seen two issues and both have been a good mix of local info, anarchist stuff, and general radical content – whether that be art, poetry, or just articles about important things…

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Fifth Estate #387 Out Now

June 17, 2012

Fifth Estate 386The new issue of the long-running anarchist publication Fifth Estate is out now. It looks like a good issue with new articles on new developments in the case against Marie Mason, anarchists and Occupy, the elections, and more. We’ll have some copies, so get in touch if you’d like one and please consider getting a subscription to support the magazine. Here’s the contents: FIFTH ESTATE Summer 2012 Vol. 47, #2 (#387) Theme: “Anarchist Summer Reading” For the past several years, each…

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June 11 Benefit Event for Marie Mason and Eric McDavid

June 08, 2012

As part of the June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason and Eric McDavid there is a benefit event planned at The DAAC (115 S Division Ave): June 11 Benefit at The DAACCome take part in a night of music, poetry, and food in support of Marie Mason and Eric McDavid- two imprisoned environmental and political activists. June 11th will be a night to celebrate their courage, their love, and their actions. PLEASE VISIT www.june11.org FOR MORE INFO and INSPIRATION! The event starts at…

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The FBI’s Entrapment Strategy comes to Occupy

June 08, 2012

Inside the FBI's Entrapment StrategyLast month, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies targeted several people associated with the Occupy phenomenon with terrorism charges. In advance of the nationwide May Day General Strike actions, the FBI announced that it arrested five people connected to Occupy Cleveland whom it claims were dangerous “anarchists” intent on blowing up a bridge in the Cleveland suburbs. As more information came out about the case, it was learned that a government…

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May Day in Seattle: Creating the Conditions for Social Revolt

June 02, 2012

But how did it get to that point? A partial answer can be found in the recently published piece “We are Contagious: a gift to those who desire social revolt.” In it, the writer(s) explore how what happened on May Day was a product of conscious decisions by anarchists to up the stakes. Not just talking about intensifying attacks on property, they write: “…what happened on May Day didn’t happen in a vacuum. In fact, it’s been steadily building for over a year, stretching back to the anti-police…

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Moving to Oakland vs. Creating a Network of Hubs

June 02, 2012

St. Louis Graffiti: Solidarity With All Who ResistAs anarchists living in the Midwest, we often look to other places for inspiration. Surely anarchist communities are “stronger,” “better,” “bigger,” and/or “more inspiring” elsewhere. In that spirit, we appreciated the recent article titled “Please Don’t Move To The Bay” excerpted from an upcoming anarchist journal from the Midwest titled Archipelago. It looks at the Oakland Commune, the pull of the Bay Area and its real and/or perceived level of…

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June Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster

June 01, 2012

Political Prisoner Birthdays in June The June political prisoners birthdays poster for the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. Please check it out and take a moment to send birthday notes to some or all of the prisoners on the list. Also, the folks who put out the posters each month are losing their space. Please consider supporting them financially if you are able to. In their plea for support they summarized the work they have done–which makes a convincing case for supporting them…

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From the Archives: The Radical Cheerbook

May 15, 2012

Radical Cheerbook CoverThis is a neat zine that we found in a dusty old filing cabinent and thought was worth putting back into circulation. The Radical Cheerbook is a collection of cheers intended to be used by radical cheerleaders at anti-capitalist protests. Radical Cheerleading is a tactic aimed at bringing energy and excitement to what might otherwise be stale and boring protests. An old radical cheerleaders website describes it as “…Protest+Performance. It’s activism with pom poms and…

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New Project: Read // Write // Resist Books

May 13, 2012

We get the most excited about these kind of posts: new anarchist projects in Grand Rapids. Read // Write // Resist Books produces hand bound journals from recycled materials, sells them, and gives all of the profits to support political prisoners who are imprisoned for animal and earth liberation actions: These are books made by and for dreamers, artists, lovers, adventurers and daredevils. We want to see these books water stained, scratched and creased from extensive traveling; to read first…

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May Day 2012

May 04, 2012

Across the United States, anarchists participated in protests as part of the global call for a “general strike” on May Day. A lot of stuff happened: building takeovers, vandalism, unpermitted marches, etc. According to the leftist media, “tens of thousands” participated in May Day actions across the country. Those actions were largely organized by Occupy as part of a “general strike” proposal that was taken up by many Occupy groups around the country. The day featured large marches in San…

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