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New DVD Screening: Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War – Friday, January 31

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

As we mentioned in a previous post, AK is holding a screening of Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War. It’s going to be a great event and we hope that you will join us (and the filmmakers!) for the official release celebration of this new DVD from AK Press [...]

AK Publishing: A Day (or so) in the Life

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

We thought people might be interested in having a behind-the-scenes peek at the things that go on at AK Press. (It’s not all as glamorous as you’d imagine!) What follows is a little window into the world of publishing at AK Press. I (Zach) will try to give occasional updates that will give you folks [...]

Preoccupied: The Logic of Occupation

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

The following essay attempts to come to terms with the brief occupation of the New School for Social Research that occurred late last December. Q. Libet is the author of the text, which was included in a pamphlet that the Inoperative Committee circulated online. Someone stands on a table and yells, “This is now occupied.” [...]

AK Party at Modern Times

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

As announced in a previous post, AK Press is “Indie Press of the Month” at Modern Times bookstore in San Francisco. Our first event there, a party that featured brief talks by current and forthcoming AK authors, happened last Friday. Authors offered overviews of their work as well as praise for (and occasional humorous jabs [...]

Recommended Radical Readings on Los Angeles

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Editor’s note: As part of our ongoing “Recommended Reading” series, we asked Laura Pulido, an activist scholar and geographer at the University of Southern California, to share her thoughts with us about the best books on Los Angeles from a radical perspective. Pulido authored the very excellent Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical activism in [...]

New Book (in Spanish) on Chilean Anarchism: Anarquistas, Presencia libertaria en Chile

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Although most of the literature on Latin American anarchism focuses on Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil, it would be a mistake to think that anarchists only had an impact on those countries. Indeed, anarchists have played an important role throughout the Americas, even if historians have been slow to note their contributions. Fortunately, the gaps in [...]

Mark your calenders: dates set for NYC & Montreal Anarchist Book fairs!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The date has been set! The third annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. Like previous years, it will offer a great opportunity to meet with comrades old and new, participate in panels, and of course pick up loads of great [...]

AK Press is Indie Press of the Month at Modern Times Bookstore

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The ever-spectacular Modern Times bookstore in San Francisco has chosen AK Press as its “Indie Press of the Month” for January 2009. Besides demonstrating their good taste, this means they’ll be sponsoring two events on our behalf in the upcoming weeks. The first, we decided, will be a party—a chance for AK collective members, authors [...]

Anarcho translation

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Anarchists have been avid translators since the nineteenth century and our fondness for it is one of the reasons why our movement has always been so multicultural and international. French to Chinese, Italian to Yiddish, German to Turkish, Spanish to English . . . these are just some of the linguistic crossroads that anarchists have [...]

Athens and Oakland

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

[Editor's note: The following statement was sent to us by Devin Hoff, an AK comrade and co-organizer of the Bay Area's Alexander Berkman Social Club.] * * * On December 6, an Athens cop shot and killed a young unarmed anarchist, Alexis Grigoropoulos.  In a matter of hours, Athens exploded in a mass uprising of [...]

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