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Radio Show: Conspiracy Trials, Grand Juries, Security Culture and Technology

March 10, 2012

Recently on the radio show The Final Straw out of Asheville, NC featured an important interview with Ian Coldwater of the Coldsnap Legal Collective. The show titled “Conspiracy Trials, Grand Juries, Security Culture, and Technology” provides a good overview of the way conspiracy charges work and how the state actively works to suppress anarchist resistance. You can listen to it using the player embedded in this post, or get it from archive.org For further background, check out the piece “The Age…

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March Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster

March 01, 2012

March Political Prisoner Birthdays PosterThe Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective’s monthly political prisoner birthdays poster for March is out now. It would be rad if you could write these prisoners a birthday note and/or use the calendar as a basis for hosting a letter writing event. In their monthly update, there is also some important updates on political prisoners: First, there is an ongoing campaign to get political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats out of solitary confinement. Please sign…

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New Zine: Small Town Organizing for Anarchists

February 24, 2012

Cover: Small Town Organizing for AnarchistsWe’re really excited to share a new zine with folks titled Small Town Organizing for Anarchists. This zine contains a wealth of helpful suggestions for anarchists living in small towns who want to create anarchy. Topics covered include finding other anarchists, deciding on what projects to work on, figuring out how to relate to liberals, and doing a distro—this zine is full of good ideas and advice. Not only for small towns, the authors of the zine…

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Greece on Fire

February 14, 2012

A couple weeks ago, we posted a few short videos exploring anarchism in Greece. Since that time, things have gotten pretty crazy in Greece. There was 48-hour general strike in response to a Eurozone bailout agreement that promises further austerity measures. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in the General Strike and last night there were running street battles in Athens outside of parliament as Greek legislators voted to approve the agreement. According to the police, as many as…

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New Zine: Blocs, Black and Otherwise

February 13, 2012

Blocs, Black and Otherwise - Zine CoverWhile going through our archive of zines to add new titles to the distro, we came across a copy of a zine titled “Blocs, Black and Otherwise.” It’s one of the many “how to” guides in Crimethinc’s Recipies for Disaster and is a very good overview of how to organize and participate in a black bloc. Surprisingly, we couldn’t find a PDF of it online, so we put it together in a printable format, adding the short text “Fashion Tips for the Brave” that offers some…

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Movie: The Oakland Commune

February 07, 2012

We saw this neat movie about Occupy Oakland over at Infoshop.org and thought it was worth sharing. It does a really good job explaining how and why Occupy Oakland has turned out how it has by looking at how the occupation connects with ongoing social struggles in the Bay Area: The filmmakers’ description: On October 10th 2011, hundreds of people in downtown Oakland occupied Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of city hall. They built a self-organized tent city and began to meet some of the community’s…

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February Political Prisoners Birthday Calendar

February 03, 2012

February 2012 Political Prisoner Birthday CalendarThe February political prisoners birthday calendar is out. As always, please take a moment to send a quick birthday card or note to one or all of the prisoners on this month’s calendar. It’s an easy way to send support to those that the state has stolen from us. Two other quick prison related notes: Occupy Oakland has called for a nationwide occupy day in support of prisoners on February 20th. They are asking that Occupy groups hold…

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New Zine: Direct Action Tactics

February 01, 2012

Direct Action Tactics Zine CoverThere have been many times when we have wished that we had a zine like this. Especially when we find ourselves talking to folks that are “new” to anarchism and the whole notion of fighting back, it’s sometimes difficult to start a conversation on tactics. This zine offers a broad overview of direct action tactics and basic ideas for how to successfully implement them. In addition, it discusses the importance of affinity groups for undertaking these ideas. It…

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Occupocalypse Zine: Occupy Grand Rapids and Anarchism?

January 31, 2012

Occupocalypse: Unofficial Occupy Grand Rapids Zine - Issue 2Over the weekend, we picked up a copy of an interesting zine from here in Grand Rapids called “Occupocalypse!” The zine bills itself as an “unofficial project” of some participants in Occupy Grand Rapids. While being quite clear that it doesn’t represent the “views, opinions, attitudes, or desires” of Occupy Grand Rapids as a group, we were nevertheless pretty surprised by the content. Much of the zine talks about anarchism specifically…

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Anarchy in Greece

January 30, 2012

In recent years, the Greek anarchists have provided a lot of inspiration to folks in the U.S. Here are two short videos that we found online recently (thanks to Burnt Bookmobile for pointing us towards them). The first looks at the ongoing revolt in Greece. Specifically it looks the impact that the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos by the police in December of 2008 has had on the anarchist space: The second video examines the government’s attack on the student movement in 1973 and how those events…

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