By charles | September 25, 2013
Benjamin Franks, author of Rebel Alliances, has generously scanned issues of The Class War Federation’s theoretical journal The Heavy Stuff for anarcho-posterity. The journal lasted for five issues between 1987 and 1992. According to Ben, “There was also a ‘special edition’ of The Heavy Stuff…a pamphlet by Dave Douglass, ‘Coal Communities in conflict.’ It was written for Heavy Stuff No. 6, but I’m not sure if No. 6 ever came out. Class War also later went on to produce another magazine with a theoretical bent: A Touch of Class.”
I’ve uploaded pdfs of the scans for anyone who’s interested. Enjoy!
By AK Press | September 20, 2013
AK Press author Jared Davidson (Sewing Freedom, 2013) has written a new article on little-known anarchist Johann Sebastian Trunk (1850–1933). As an anarchist historian with a focus on New Zealand, Davidson is used to following tough leads. Chasing a clue from a footnote, he was able to piece together a fascinating profile of Trunk, the Bavarian-born anarchist, who edited Freiheit (alongside Johann Most), shared a platform with Louise Michel, Peter Kropotkin, and Errico Malatesta, and later settled in New Zealand.
By AK Press | September 17, 2013
Nathan Jun is heading a campaign to restore Harry Kelly’s (1871–1953) gravestone, which has gone missing from his final resting place in Waldheim Cemetery. Kelly was a trade unionist who associated with the anarchist movement in 1894. He became friends with Emma Goldman, sparking a life-long friendship, after spearheading a campaign for the commutation of Alexander Berkman’s sentence for the assassination attempt on Frick. In the mid-1890s he co-edited The Rebel, later moving to England and working with the Freedom Group. He later founded the Ferrer Association in New York City and the Modern School in Stelton, NJ and was a driving force behind the modern school movement in the United States. We do hope you’ll contribute to this worthy endeavor.
By Suzanne | September 11, 2013
See the link above for complete contest rules, but please note: winners in the US and Canada may choose between print and e-book formats; winners anywhere else will receive e-books (in their format of choice). Good luck!
By Suzanne | July 2, 2013
AK Press is giving away a set of our five latest releases: Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism, Anarchism and Workers’ Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth, Anarchists Against the Wall, and Stay Solid! (Total value: $78)!
For your chance to win this set of books, just sign up for our e-mail list! Everyone who signs up between now and July 15 will be automatically entered to win. Visit this link to join our e-mail list and enter the contest: http://bit.ly/15gJUSc
If you are already on our e-mail list, you’re also eligible; just see our next e-mail update for more information on how to enter.
By Suzanne | July 1, 2013
As of the time of writing this, anarchist grand jury resistor Jerry Koch has been incarcerated for more than a month and ten days, just for refusing to collaborate with the State. If you aren’t familiar with grand juries or with Jerry’s case, you can read more at jerryresists.net. AK Press stands in solidarity with Jerry and all political prisoners. We have offered to help Jerry’s support committee out by coordinating the effort to get him some much-needed reading material while he is locked up.
Here’s how it works: we’ve gotten a list of titles that Jerry has requested (below). We’ll keep this list updated as we send him books, and as we learn of new requests. If you would like to send a book to Jerry, just order it via the AK Press website and list him as the recipient. As with any order being sent to a prisoner, we will apply a 30% discount to your order after we receive it.
The books Jerry has requested so far are:
-Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism
-We the Anarchists: A Study Of The Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927–1937
-The Story of the Iron Column: Militant Anarchism in the Spanish Civil War
-Italian Anarchism 1864-1892
-Rage and Reason
Jerry’s address (to use on your order, or to send him other mail) is:
GERALD KOCH #68631-054
MCC NEW YORK
METROPOLITAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER
150 PARK ROW
NEW YORK, NY 10007
We are willing to post book lists for other political prisoners, as well—if you’re on a support committee or working with someone else who is locked up, please get in touch!
By Suzanne | May 17, 2013
Our friends at Upside Down World are celebrating ten years of reporting on social movements and politics in Latin America! And in order to ensure that they can keep doing what they’ve been doing for the last decade, they are running a fund drive to cover their operating expenses. We’ve come up with a way that we can all help them out—and you can pick up some new reading material in the process! From now through May 26, for each sale the following AK Press titles on Latin America (in either print or e-book format) through akpress.org, we’ll donate $5 to Upside Down World!
Titles included in this fundraiser are:
The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (Benjamin Dangl)
New social movements have emerged in Bolivia over the “price of fire—access to basic elements of survival like water, gas, land, coca, employment, and other resources. Though these movements helped pave the way to the presidency for indigenous coca-grower Evo Morales in 2005, they have made it clear that their fight for self-determination doesn’t end at the ballot box. From the first moments of Spanish colonization to today’s headlines, The Price of Fire offers a gripping account of clashes in Bolivia between corporate and people’s power, contextualizing them regionally, culturally, and historically.
“Emancipation,” argues Raúl Zibechi, “is not an objective but a way of life.” For the last half century, new and emancipatory social formations have worked to carve out their own territories in Latin America, experimenting in rural and urban settings with new forms of liberatory politics that challenge neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and the very basis of the state itself. Not limited to a single path, these “societies in movement” have adopted forms of communitarian relations that allow experimentation and innovation to flourish at a riveting pace. Blending case studies and history with social theory and analysis, Zibechi opens our eyes to the new world being born just outside our gaze.
While much has been written on the history of the Zapatista insurgency and on the communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos, very little has been said about Zapatismo: the ideologies, organizing methodologies, and communications strategies of the movement. The appeal of the Zapatistas, and their survival, has as much to do with their goals as with the compelling and wildly effective language and aesthetics they’ve used to convey their vision. Jeff Conant offers an engaging and innovative tool for organizers and educators to understand how the Zapatistas’ strategy works, and to continue developing and refining their effective messages of participatory, bottom-up revolution.
Eight volunteers converge to help campesinos build a water system in Chiapas—a strategy to bolster the Zapatista insurgency by helping locals to assert their autonomy. These outsiders come to question the movement they’ve traveled so far to support—and each other—when forced into a world so unlike the poetic communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos—a world of endemic rural poverty, parochialism, and shifting loyalties to the movement. The quiet dignity of the local compañeros and echoes of B. Traven, Conrad, and Camus, round out this epic yarn.
More about Upside Down World, from their appeal for support:
“Ten years ago Upside Down World began as a website with a small group of writers scattered around the hemisphere, reporting on the emerging leftist politicians and burgeoning social movements that would go on to reshape the region. Neoliberalism had dug its own grave, and grassroots struggles and socialist policies were paving a new path for Latin America. Foreign corporations were ousted in popular uprisings, and presidents were elected across the region on anti-imperialist, progressive platforms. Upside Down World was there from the beginning, reporting from the ballot boxes and inaugurations, and later when the celebratory confetti turned into teargas and protests. From the victories and failures of the left and the everyday struggles of social movements for a better world, Upside Down World has reported on the roller coaster of the past decade without stopping. And we need your help to continue the ride…
From the Andes Mountains to the shores of the Caribbean, Upside Down World works hard to bring you regular news and analysis on grassroots politics and social change across the hemisphere. Our reporters are based on the frontlines of struggles over mining, soybean cultivation and human rights. Our site breaks stories long before they hit the pages of the New York Times. And Upside Down World always puts the actions, demands and voices of social movements at the top of our concerns.”
You can read the whole appeal here.
By christa | April 11, 2013
Jared Davidson’s new book is a history of both an influential figure – Philip Josephs – and a movement: anarchism in New Zealand. It is a beautifully-written and impeccably-researched volume that brings to our attention an often overlooked aspect of our political history.
Sewing Freedom traces the journey of Josephs and his family from Latvia to Scotland and then to Wellington in 1903, where he ran a tailor’s shop and distributed anarchist literature. ‘Between sewing machines, pulleys, pressing irons and a button-hole machine, workers could converse, browse anarchist pamphlets … and measure up for a custom-made suit’. Over time, Josephs helped to spread anarchist ideas from one end of New Zealand to the other, including the work of key international figures: Pyotr Kropotkin, Mikhail Bakunin and Emma Goldman, among others. The indefatigable Josephs also took part in protests on behalf of workers and against the tyrannies of governments and bosses.
Davidson clearly situates anarchism in relation to wider transnational labour movements over the first two decades of the twentieth century, and demonstrates the relationships between anarchist thinkers and activists both here and overseas. Along with Josephs, we meet Christchurch chemistry professor Alexander Bickerton as well as several immigrants: English doctor and eugenicist Thomas Macdonald – an acquaintance of Kropotkin – and German billiard table maker Johann Trunk. The reader gains a clear sense of international connections as well as Josephs’ ‘key role in the establishment of a distinct anarchist identity and culture’ in New Zealand.
By christa | February 1, 2013
Freedom Books the oldest anarchist publisher (founded by Charlotte Wilson and Peter Kropotkin in 1886) was firebombed this morning. No one was hurt, but they lost a substantial number of books and equipment.
They will be hosting a clean up day tomorrow (Saturday 2/2/13) at 1pm and need lots of helpful hands.
If you can’t make it to the clean up you can help them out from afar by buying books online and e-mailing to let them know your purchase was a donation: http://www.freedompress.org.uk/news/bookshop/shop-online/
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By AK Press | January 22, 2013
There’s an interesting discussion brewing around the annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. We saw this posted on Anarchist News this morning … follow this link to the original if you’re interested to see what others have said (but remember that Anarchist News has a tendency to turn into a free for all, in mighty unproductive ways).
Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is all PM Press
Tue, 01/22/2013 – 12:40 | Anonymous
The 2013 Bay Area Book Fair speaker list is in. 15 of the 19 authors are PM Press authors. At least five, probably closer to half, of those PM authors do not self-describe as anarchists. With the Bay Area Book Fair being organized by Ramsey Kanaan, co-founder of PM Press, I suppose this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
The Bay Area Book Fair exists, then, to promote PM Press and its authors, a fact that is clearly visible by the overwhelming dominance of PM authors in the lineup. So who is PM Press? While PM press presents itself to anarchists as an anarchist press, publishing a wide variety of anarchist books, it is not an anarchist press. It is a traditionally run, hierarchical business with bosses and owners. Ramsey and Craig, the owners, are using their years of work in anarchist publishing to continue to market to us without doing the hard work of not being bosses and minor capitalists who profit off the work of others. (In fact, despite being a traditional business, they continue in the anarchist practice of using volunteer labor.)
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