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AK Press to Publish the Team Colors Collection Uses of a Whirlwind in June 2010!

By AK Press | October 8, 2009

Here at AK, we’re very excited to be working with the Team Colors collective to release their Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States. Below is the Team Colors announcement.

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Friends,

Team Colors is pleased to announce that AK Press will be publishing the collective’s first book, Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States. The volume will be released June 2010 to coincide with the US Social Forum in Detroit.

“Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind?” This is the question Team Colors has asked organizers, activists, artists, and theorists as we have sought to understand the current composition and strength of radical movements in the United States. In utilizing the metaphor of a whirlwind to describe the myriad of struggles that are taking place currently and those that have been blowing across the planet over the past decade, Team Colors has conducted an inquiry and examination of movements in the United States, which has resulted in the collection Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United StatesWhirlwinds). Whirlwinds provides case studies, movement strategies, theoretical analysis and interviews on radical community organizing—toward making social change possible!

Contributors to Whirlwinds include
Malav Kanuga | Bluestockings Books & Activism Center, Direct Action to Stop the War, Roadblock Earth First!, Industrial Workers of the WorldStarbucks Workers Union, Marina Karides | United States Social Forum Documentation Committee, Student/Farmworker Alliance, Harmony Goldberg | Domestic Workers United & Right to the City Alliance, Basav Sen, John Peck | Family Farm Defenders, Brian Tokar, Benjamin Shepard, Julie Perini, Jen Angel, Daniel Tucker | AREA Chicago, Maribel Casas-Cortes & Sebastian Cobarrubias | Producciones Translocales, Michael Hardt & El Kilombo Intergaláctico, George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, Peter Linebaugh, Chris Carlsson & others; interviews with Robin D.G. Kelley, Ashanti Omowali Alston & Grace Lee Boggs; artwork by Kristine Virsis | Justseeds Artists Cooperative.

Team Colors, AK Press and many of the Whirlwinds contributors will be present at the US Social Forum in Detroit. Team Colors will also be visiting a number of cities across the US in the summer of 2010 to speak about the collection and current radical community organizing. Please contact teamcolors@warmachines.info to bring the collective to your area.

Survey: Making the Collection Useful

In seeking to construct a collection that is useful to and utilized in radical community organizing efforts, Team Colors has a short survey of questions to help shape Whirlwinds. Please fill out the questionnaire below, return it to info@whirlwinds.info, and share the survey with others involved in radical community organizing and community-building work.

Name:
Organizational Affiliation (if any):
Email Address:
City, State / Region:

1. What organizations or projects do you participate in? How would you characterize the work that you do?
2. What sources of information do you use to find out about current radical movements? What books, magazines, blogs, and other media do you access to understand power relationships in society and how to overcome them?
3. What is missing from current accounts of radical organizing and politics that you would like to see in a collection such as Whirlwinds?
4. What struggles and movements do you see as important to focus on in Whirlwinds?
5. What role should a collection such as Whirlwinds play in your organizing efforts? What would be useful for your own organizing, and what is needed to strengthen radical community organizing efforts in the United States?

Fundraising Appeal

Uses of a Whirlwind will provide detailed analysis, thoughtful criticism, and substantive writing on current organizations and campaigns in the US.

Team Colors and AK Press are committed to extensively outreaching the collection. The reason for this is simple: we do not want Whirlwinds to reach only those who identify as anarchists, radicals or activists. Our audience includes those involved in anti-capitalist and anarchist projects, but Whirlwinds is also targeted toward anyone interested in building and sustaining the power necessary to transcend current forms of oppression and exploitation.

Team Colors is asking our friends, colleagues, and supporters to donate toward printing posters and postcards, mailing costs, and other efforts to promote the collection, as we work with AK Press’s own substantive and widespread outreach campaigns. As a small volunteer collective, Team Colors needs your support to help find Whirlwinds the audience it deserves!

Visit www.warmachines.info/contacts.html to contribute and sign up on the mailing list!

Wholeheartedly,

Craig Hughes, Stevie Peace, Kevin Van Meter, and Benjamin Holtzman

Team Colors Collective
www.warmachines.info
teamcolors@warmachines.info
Facebook: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=76355745428
Myspace: www.myspace.com/teamcolors

Uses of a Whirlwind
www.whirlwinds.info
info@whirlwinds.info

AK Press Publishing & Distribution
www.akpress.or

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One Response to “AK Press to Publish the Team Colors Collection Uses of a Whirlwind in June 2010!”

  1. teamcolors Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Andrej Grubacic and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz join the Team Colors Collection Uses of a Whirlwind

    Friends,

    Team Colors is pleased to announce that noted activist-scholars Andrej Grubacic and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will be joining the collection Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States. The volume will be released by AK Press in June 2010 in conjunction with the US Social Forum in Detroit.

    Grubacic and Dunbar-Ortiz are writing the book’s extensive Preface, which will situate the collection within current radical literature and the last thirty years of political organizing.

    About the Preface Authors:

    Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist dissident and historian who has written prolifically on anarchism and the history of the Balkans. Following the collapse of Yugoslavia, Grubacic was based in Belgrade, before leaving his position as assistant lecturer of History at the University of Belgrade (due to tensions relating to his political activism) and relocating to the Fernand Braudel Center at SUNY Binghamton in New York, United States where he taught in the Sociology department. His most recent book Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History with Staughton Lynd has met with great acclaim (PM Press, 2008).

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma where her paternal grandfather had been an organizer for the IWW. She is a writer, historian, teacher, and long-time leftist organizer, beginning in the 1960s. Recently retired as a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay, she lives in San Francisco. She is the author of numerous books and articles on indigenous peoples, including Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination and Roots of Resistance: History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, as well as a historical memoir trilogy: Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman; and Blood on the Border. http://www.reddirtsite.com

    We look forward to having Grubacic’s and Dunbar-Ortiz’s words in the pages of Uses of a Whirlwind.

    Wholeheartedly,

    Craig Hughes, Stevie Peace, Kevin Van Meter, and Benjamin Holtzman | Team Colors Collective

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