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Posted on August 22nd, 2022 in AK Authors!

Text reads, “Anarchist Studies Network Conference Online (GMT+1) 24th, 25th, 26th August 2022 ASN Anarchist Studies Network”
Virtual Conference | August 24, 25, 26 | (GMT+1)

This week, join the Anarchist Studies Network for the ASN 2022 Conference! This is a virtual conference. For more information regarding registration and a lineup for all speakers and workshops, click here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
6:45am – 8:15am (GMT+1)
Anarchist Utopianism

Panelists: John Clark, Laurence Davis, Vandana Singh and Margaret Killjoy

What roles do art and literature play in envisioning anarchist futures? In this panel we explore the rich but still relatively neglected phenomenon of anarchist utopianism, especially but not exclusively in its literary forms. Unusually for a panel at an Anarchist Studies Network conference, the aim of this session is to bring together in dialogue both scholars of the anarchist utopian tradition with specialist expertise on its history and theory, and writers of contemporary speculative fiction who have engaged in original ways with anarchist or anarchistic forms of utopianism. More substantively, we aim to elucidate the distinctive ideological features of anarchist utopianism, its historical and contemporary political significance, and the imaginative challenges and affordances of crafting anarchist literary utopias in a 21st-century context. Eschewing simplistic and reductive readings of literary utopias as fixed blueprints for an ideologically defined future, we will pay particular attention to the ways in which anarchist literary utopias engage the reader in a complex dialogue about what is, what might be, and the relationship between the two, inviting us to participate in a time-sensitive journey of the utopian imagination complete with fundamental moral conflict, meaningful choice and continuing change, by the end of which we may return to the non-fictional present with a broader perspective on its latent emancipatory possibilities. Consistent with this emphasis on the importance of critical dialogue, we also hope to leave plenty of time for comments and questions, whether academic or otherwise!



Thursday, August 25, 2022
6:45am – 8:15am (GMT+1)
Nuts and Bolts of the Future Society

Panelists:
Thomas Pewton – A Future Food System

Robin Hahnel, Jason Chrysostomou & Anders Sandstrom – A Participatory Economy: a vision for an anarchist economy

Bernardo De Urquidi Gonzalez – Democracy by Average – a new horizontal decision making process



Thursday, August 25, 2022
8:30am – 10:00am (GMT+1)
‘Go Forth and Multiply’

Panelist:
Carla Bergman – Trust Kids: Autonomy Begins at Home

The Anarchist Studies Network
The Anarchist Studies Network is a support network for people working on, or incorporating in their work, the field of anarchism in its many forms. We encourage the study of anarchism within academia by building links between scholars across subject areas, as well as groups located outside the official sphere of academia, including those formed for activism and public intellectual life. We support people in collaborating and create an inclusive space to share ideas, thoughts, and research. We also aim to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between anarchists and other scholars.

ASN hosts a variety of events and activities. The biennial Anarchist Studies Network conference is our flagship event which attracts people from all over the world. The conference is a focal point for many scholars to share new research, present ideas or simply meet like-minded people in convivial settings. The conference actively supports early-career or underfunded participants with grants and is committed to working on inclusion and dismantling structures of power within the space. We also organise smaller workshops and research activities lead by our members, notably through the PSA’s annual conferences. Our members actively contribute to an informal blog for more accessible anarchist writings and share knowledge and best practice through online discussions.

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We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow: On Tour with Margaret Killjoy

Posted on August 6th, 2022 in AK Authors!, Events

This fall, join Margaret Killjoy on tour as she celebrates the release of her short story collection We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow and Other Stories.

“For this impressive collection, Killjoy (the Danielle Cain series) brings together 21 speculative shorts tinged with just the right amount of horror to keep readers gloriously uncomfortable… Throughout, Killjoy showcases her gift for blending cerebral speculation with visceral thrills. There’s plenty to chew on here.”
Publishers Weekly

Margaret Killjoy’s stories have appeared for years in science fiction and fantasy magazines both major and indie. Here, we have collected the best previously published work along with brand new material. Ranging in theme and tone, these imaginative tales bring the reader on a wild and moving ride. They’ll encounter a hacker who programs drones to troll CEOs into quitting; a group of LARPers who decide to live as orcs in the burned forests of Oregon; queer, teen love in a death cult; the terraforming of a climate-changed Earth; polyamorous love on an anarchist tea farm during the apocalypse; and much more. Killjoy writes fearless, mind-expanding fiction.

Margaret Killjoy is a transfeminine author born and raised in Maryland who was spent her adult life traveling with no fixed home. A 2015 graduate of Clarion West, Margaret’s short fiction has been published by Tor.comStrange HorizonsVice’s Terraform, and Fireside Fiction, amongst others. She is the author of A Country of GhostsThe Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, and The Barrow Will Send What it May. She is also the host of the podcast Live Like the World is Dying and Cool People Who Did Cool Stuff  on iHeartRadio. She is based in rural West Virginia. 

Tuesday, September 20 @ 7PM
Gray Coast Guildhall
11 Old Church Road
Quilcene, WA 98376

Thursday, September 22 @ 7PM
Left Bank Books

92 Pike
Seattle, WA 98101
*MASKS REQUIRED

Friday, September 23 @ 7PM
with Robert Evans
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209

Wednesday, September 28 @ 7PM
Pageant Theater

351 East 6th Street
Chico, CA 95928
*MASKS ENCOURAGED

VIRTUAL EVENT
Thursday, September 29 @ 4PM PT /7PM ET
with Cadwell Turnbull
Firestorm Co-op
RSVP

Saturday, October 1 @ 5PM
Short Story Writing Workshop @ Sour Cherry Comics

(Followed by book signing)
3187 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Workshop RSVP (no RSVP necessary to attend book signing at 7PM)

Sunday, October 2 @ 6PM
East Bay Booksellers

5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
*MASKS ENCOURAGED

Thursday, October 6 @ 7PM
Chevalier’s Books
133 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Wednesday, October 12 @ 7PM
BCC Tucson
101 E. Ventura Street
Tucson, AZ 85705

Saturday, October 15 @ 7PM
Monkeywrench Books
110 N. Loop Blvd E
Austin, TX 78751
*MASKS ENCOURAGED

Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30PM
The Montrose Center

401 Branard Street
Room 107
Houston, TX 77006

Sunday, October 23 @ 11AM – 5PM
(Reading at 2PM)
A.C.A.B. Zine Fest

Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Tuesday, October 25 @ 6PM
Atlanta Vintage Books
3660 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Wednesday, October 26 @ 6PM
Durham County Library
300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27701
RSVP

Friday, October 28 @ 7PM
Small Friend Records & Books
1 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
*MASKS REQUIRED

Saturday, October 29 @ 4PM (note new time!)
F12 Infoshop
1740 Broadway Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Wednesday, November 2 @ 7:30PM
Lost City Books

2467 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
RSVP

Thursday, November 3 @ 7PM
Red Emma’s

3128 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

Wednesday, November 9 @ 7PM
The Word Is Change

368 Tompkins Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Friday, November 18 @ 6:30pm
The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore
4812 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
*MASKS REQUIRED

Saturday, November 19 @ 7PM
Rhizome House
2174 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
*MASKS ENCOURAGED

Monday, November 21 @ 7PM
Burning Books
420 Connecticut St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Tuesday, November 22 @ 6PM
Akimbo Books
318b East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607

 

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair

Posted on August 4th, 2022 in AK Authors!, Events

Graphic features a flyer for the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair with a distorted photo of a Rottweiler. Text reads, "Aug! 6-7 10H a 17H Montreal Anarchist Bookfair For anarchists and people curious about anarchism. Welcome to all. Free. Read Books & Eat the Rich"

This weekend on August 6th & 7th, join us for the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. Don’t forget to swing by the AK Press table to say hi and grab some books! This event is free and open for anarchists and people curious about anarchism.

For event details, click here.

Location & Accessibility

The Anarchist Bookfair takes place in two buildings, which are across from each other (maps below).

CEDA
2515, rue Delisle
CEDA is an adult education and community center based in Little Burgundy/St-Henri.

The main floor of CEDA is accessible to people using wheelchairs.

Please note: The CEDA entrance for people needing to use the wheelchair ramp is via the rear parking lot to the left of 2520, avenue Lionel-Groulx, before Vinet, but after Charlevoix. 

Georges-Vanier Cultual Center (CCGV)
2450, rue Workman
CCGV is across from the CEDA

CCGV is an entirely wheelchair accessible space.

PUBLIC AND ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT

The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair venues are a few flat blocks from metro Lionel-Groulx. General information about this metro station is available online here: http://www.stm.info/english/metro/a-m36.htm#Lignes

This metro station is wheelchair accessible (there is an elevator to both platform levels). This will only be useful if you are coming from one of the 6 other wheelchair accessible metro stations (Montmorency, de la Concorde, Cartier, Berri-UQAM, Henri-Bourassa or Côte-Vertu). Please note that all of these stations are along the orange Line of the system.

Lionel-Groulx Metro is also a major hub for buses. The following buses stop at Lionel-Groulx Metro during the regular daytime schedule. Beside each is a link to the online schedule. On the schedule, wheelchair accessible buses are marked by a star ( * ).

78 Laurendeau – http://www.stm.info/english/bus/geomet/a-geo78.htm
108 Bannantyne – http://www.stm.info/english/bus/geomet/a-geo108.htm
173 métrobus Victoria – http://www.stm.info/english/bus/geomet/a-geo173.htm
190 métrobus Lachine – http://www.stm.info/english/bus/geomet/a-geo190.htm
191 Broadway/Provost – http://www.stm.info/english/bus/geomet/a-geo191.htm
211 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – http://www.stm.info/english/bus/geomet/a-geo211.htm
221 métrobus Lionel-Groulx – http://www.stm.info/english/bus/geomet/a-geo221.htm

The STM also has a service called “ParaTransit”. To see if you are eligible for this service, or to learn more, call 514-280-8211 or consult their website: http://www.stm.info/english/t-adapte/a-index.htm

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Kung Li Sun @ Charis Circle

Posted on July 24th, 2022 in AK Authors!

ID: Text reads, "Begin the World Over: Kung Li Sun in conversation with Mary Hooks. A Charis Virtual Event Wednesday, August 31st at 7:30pm EDT." Features the front cover of Begin the World Over depicting birds flying in the embers of a fire.

On Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00pm EDT, join author Kung Li Sun, Mary Hooks, and Charis Books & More for a book launch event celebrating the release of Begin the World Over.

Register here.

Charis welcomes Kung Li Sun in conversation with Mary Hooks for a celebration of Begin the World Over, a revolutionary tale of Black and Indigenous insurrection. History as it should have been. Begin the World Over is a counterfactual novel about the Founders’ greatest fear—that Black and Indigenous people might join forces to undo the newly formed United States of America—coming true.

In 1793, as revolutionaries in the West Indies take up arms, James Hemings has little interest in joining the fight for liberty –talented and favored, he is careful to protect his relative comforts as Thomas Jefferson’s enslaved chef. But when he meets Denmark Vesey, James is immediately smitten. The formidable first mate persuades James to board his ship, on its way to the revolt in Saint-Domingue. There and on the mainland they join forces with a diverse cast of characters, including a gender nonconforming prophetess, a formerly enslaved jockey, and a Muskogee horse trader. The resulting adventure masterfully mixes real historical figures and events with a riotous retelling of a possible history in which James must decide whether to return to his constrained but composed former life, or join the coalition of Black revolutionaries and Muskogee resistance to fight the American slavers and settlers.

Kung Li Sun is a lifelong southerner currently based on the Gulf Coast. As a public interest attorney in Atlanta, she brought class-action lawsuits on behalf of people in prisons and jails. He left lawyering to support undocumented and abolitionist organizers as a strategist and trainer, and to write. This is their first novel.

Mary Hooks is a Black, lesbian, feminist, mother and Field Secretary on the field team for the Movement for Black Lives. Mary is the former co-director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG). Mary joined SONG as a member in 2009 and began organizing with the organization in 2010. Growing up in a family that migrated from Mississippi to the Midwest, Mary’s commitment to liberation is rooted in her experiences and the impacts of the War on Drugs on her community.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle. Charis Circle’s mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

Please contact info@chariscircle.org or 404-524-0304 if you would like ASL interpretation at this event. If you would like to watch the event with live AI captions, you may do so by watching it in Google Chrome and enabling captions: Instructions here. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org.

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24th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair

Posted on June 3rd, 2022 in Events

ID: Graphic features a black/blue cat with showing its teeth. Text reads, "24th Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair Anarchist Bookfair Returns! Sunday, June 5, 2022 See Website for details bayareaanarchistbookfair.com"

On Sunday, June 5, 2022, join us alongside many other amazing vendors and booksellers for the 24th annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair!

For more information, click here.

The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is an annual event that brings together people interested and engaged in radical work to connect, learn, and discuss through books and information tables, workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films, and more! We seek to create an inclusive space to introduce new folks to anarchism, foster a productive dialogue between various political traditions as well as anarchists from different milieus, and create an opportunity to dissect our movements’ strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and tactics.

Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism (ROAR) started as a conference in 2017 during the anti-fascist movement to translate the street protests that were happening all over the U.S. into a more radical analysis about racism’s key role in our entire social structure. We know it’s not enough to oppose street-level white supremacy and that ICE and the prisons are much more efficient institutions at upholding white supremacy and that if you are anti-racist, you must turn your attention to revolutionary politics. We’re happy you are here, and we hope you enjoy our revolutionary content.

After the Revolution: On Tour with Robert Evans

Posted on April 21st, 2022 in AK Authors!, Events

This summer, investigative journalist and author Robert Evans will be on tour to promote the release of After the Revolution!
Registration details below.

What will the fracturing of the United States look like? After the Revolution is an edge-of-your-seat answer to that question. In the year 2070, twenty years after a civil war and societal collapse of the “old” United States, extremist militias battle in the crumbling Republic of Texas. As the violence spreads like wildfire and threatens the Free City of Austin, three unlikely allies will have to work together in an act of resistance to stop the advance of the forces of the Christian ethnostate known as the “Heavenly Kingdom.”

Robert Evans, the author of A Brief History of Vice, has had an eclectic career as an investigative journalist reporting from war zones in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine, and reporting on domestic radicalism in the US. He hosts the podcasts Behind the Bastards and It Could Happen Here for iHeartRadio, is a writer for the humor website Cracked, and an investigative journalist for Bellingcat. He resides in Portland, OR.

PORTLAND
05/03 Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St. Portland
Portland, OR 97209
*RSVP Not Required

SEATTLE
05/09 Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101
Lake Forest Park WA 98155

LOS ANGELES
05/12 Chevalier’s Books
133 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

05/17 Firestorm Co-op
Virtual Event with Margaret Killjoy

NEW YORK
05/19 Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
3rd Floor, Rare Book Room
New York, NY 10036

05/25 Odyssey Bookshop
Virtual Event
RSVP

TEMPORARILY POSTPONED
DENVER
Shop at MATTER
2134 Market St.
Denver, CO 80205

AUSTIN
06/02 Book People
603 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703
RSVP

 

 

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Reading & Hearing The Nation on No Map

Posted on November 30th, 2021 in AK Authors!, Recommended Reading

by William C. Anderson

The Nation on No Map
is now available at akpress.org

Music is a huge part of everything that I do. I spend most of my time listening to music and looking for new music. It informs all of my politics and has been a radicalizing force in my life from my earliest days growing up in the church. Music isn’t a hobby or convenient distraction, it’s at the core of my being. I have been making playlists for years to try to help people through hard times with songs that inspire, comfort, and push me to action. I started doing this when I was working with the Praxis Center at Kalamazoo College as an editor for the race, class, and immigration section of their blog. I also made two during the pandemic when I was organizing, teaching, and writing. So, naturally, I made one to go with my book. You’ll see a few references to music throughout the text if you pick it up, but not nearly as many as I could have put. I think I’m going to have to write a book that’s strictly dedicated to music. It means too much to me not to. So, I’ve attached an accompanying playlist of songs related to this text. These are songs that inspired The Nation on No Map. Some complement the text and others conflict with it. Others are simply different songs I enjoyed while things were coming together on my journey to the last page. And some are symbolic. Hear me out!

If you’re willing to listen to my musical selections, please also consider a short reading list of texts that could be read alongside this book too. Many of them influenced this book and my thinking about the topics at hand.

Books

Dionne Brand, A Map to the Door of No Return (2001)

Lorenzo Kom’Boa Ervin, Anarchism and the Black Revolution (1979)

C.L.R. James and Grace C. Lee, State Capitalism and World Revolution (1950)

C.L.R. James and Grace Lee Boggs, with Cornelius Castoriadis, Facing Reality (1958)

Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (2019)

Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (1997)

Cedric Robinson, The Terms of Order, (1980)

Cedric Robinson, An Anthropology of Marxism (2001)

William C. Anderson and Zoé Samudzi, As Black as Resistance (2018)

Kuwasi Balagoon, A Soldier’s Story (2001)

Burton Watson, The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi (1999)

Jeffrey L. Broughton, The Bodhidharma Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen (1999)

Huey P. Newton, To Die for the People: The Writings of Huey P. Newton (2009)

Modibo Kadalie, Pan African Social Ecology: Speeches, Conversations, & Essays (2019)

Eusi Kwayana, The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics (1972)

I.E. Igariwey and Sam Mbah, African Anarchism: The History of a Movement (1997)

Robin D.G. Kelley, Hammer and Hoe (1990)

Christina Sharpe, In The Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016)

Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture (1937)

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

Harold W. Cruse, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual (1967)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Holy Family (1844)

Essays & Short Reads

Gwendolyn Brooks, Blacks (1987)

Dionne Brand, Chronicles: Early Works (2011)

Zoé Samudzi and William C. Anderson, The Anarchism of Blackness (2017)

Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism (1950)

Paul Gilroy, Black Fascism (2000)

Ashanti Alston, Black Anarchism (2003)

Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place (1988)

Sylvia Wynter, Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation—An Argument (2003)

Aimé Césaire, Letter to Maurice Thorez (1956)

Karl Marx, Letter to Arnold Ruge (1844)

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Letter To Marx (1846)

Bedour Alagraa, What Will Be the Cure?: A Conversation with Sylvia Wynter (2020)

Walter Rodney, Aspects of the International Class Struggle in Africa, the Caribbean and America (1975)

Gabrielle DaCosta,The Havoc of Less (2017)

Hubert H. Harrison, The Negro and the Nation (1917)

William C. Anderson, Everyone’s Place: Organizing, Gendered Labor, and Leadership (2021)

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Deeper Than Politics, More Than Ideology

Posted on November 1st, 2021 in AK Authors!

Featuring: An essay by William C. Anderson on ideology, Black anarchism, and his forthcoming book The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism & Abolition.

The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism & Abolition, now available for preorder at AK Press.

If there’s one thing I learned from Black anarchism, it’s to transcend. I am not just a Black anarchist because I want to systematize or institutionalize Black anarchism. I’m not wed to it and I’m not dedicated to any cause like that because the entire point is not to be. However, I have internalized its lessons and that’s why I wrote The Nation on No Map. The lessons Black anarchism offers can help show us how to transcend the pre-arranged narratives that hold us back. I believe that Black anarchism has done so in many ways and provided a framework that we can observe. Social movements have long been plagued with orthodoxy, cultism, and limitations that I feel have poisoned the roots. People have put ideology before liberation at the expense of progress and it’s blatant how much this is deterring us in a world that’s facing rapidly compounding unimaginable crises. I learned a long time ago that a lot of people don’t actually want liberation, they just want control, authority, and power. Furthermore, they don’t make any distinctions between these things. Oftentimes with oppression, people start thinking that having what the oppressor has (the ability to oppress) is the goal; it’s not. Ultimately, I think it’s time to gather what we need from the history we’ve been offered and move beyond the stories we like to tell ourselves about the past and the present for the realization of something far greater. Black anarchism can provide helpful insights.

Founding Black anarchist Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin familiarized me with the task at hand to “raise the contradictions.” He was talking about exposing the inconsistencies between what the state, society, and what the world promises but does not deliver. I’d already been thinking about something similar in terms that expanded beyond ideological positions to something much deeper. I was beginning to ask questions about things that Marxism, classical anarchism, and doctrinaire politics could not answer. They have always had to be reshaped and extended in ways by those that are most marginalized within their ranks. This led me to interrogate questions of contradictions within ourselves and how we internalize them. Autonomous Black radicalisms of all sorts gave me a model and method which I found most useful in guiding my own political growth to do so.

The Nation on No Map is a humble attempt to use my own understanding and the lessons I’ve learned to trace a liberatory path. I believe that challenging the supposed necessity of the nation-state and removing the ways of thinking that feed into it are top priorities. I examine different relationships that Black America has with certain aspects of the past and use Black Anarchism to interrupt and trouble them as I look around. I can see clearly that the importance of an actual radical struggle is more important than just having the appearance of one. That is to say, some of the radicalism and revolutionary politics around us are held back by a lack of imagination. And we’re certainly going to need new ideas amid the flourishing discussions of abolition which I believe need an anti-state emphasis. A free future remains out of reach when antiquated, conservative ideas get repeatedly recycled. For Black America, the problems we experience as it relates to things like citizenship, migration, and nationhood illustrate the point I hope to make. The truth is in the mirror.

There’s so much to talk about but there are barriers getting in the way of our growth because people assume we’ve already figured things out. We haven’t, and we should call everything into question if we’re willing to admit as much. There are a wide array of self-proclaimed liberatory politics we have before us that impede liberation when they become cloaks for rigidity, religiosity and unthinking reformism. If the answer to questions about the future is to endlessly parrot the dead politics of yesteryear, we’re failing. Not knowing things (yet) isn’t always bad, but assuming we know everything already because we don’t want to question prescribed beliefs is dangerous. What history gets overlooked? What questions go unanswered? Whose stories get erased? Which ones get revised, edited, and written over? The questions that go unanswered because some are unwilling to ask are many.

I try my best to highlight this in my work. For example, this is a problem that plagues the Western left and radical movements who are drowning in their own dogma because of a staunch unwillingness to rise above doctrine. The left is stuck because it cannot get over the idea of itself and its self-centered infatuation with its past, and this prevents it from overcoming oppressions that are constantly reconfiguring. Our worst nightmares reorganize themselves while leftists desperately await the return of a dream they once had. They long to stay asleep, anticipating that the same heroes, villains, and storyline will reappear so they can reclaim the past fantasies they cling to. Sometimes when they can’t find victory around them, they’ll even excuse the very forms of violence they claim to be against as a means of defending ideological delusion, not oppressed people. Oppressors are warmly embraced by those who haven’t yet figured out, or are unwilling to admit, that tyranny can change clothes.

It’s this sort of orthodoxy and hagiography holding back our hopes of achieving liberation because they force creativity to fall by the wayside. Furthermore, they gloss over limitations and contradictions in favor of faithful dedication to ideas that may very well be expired, exhausted, or even lifeless. The new must be born so that we can overcome, but the movements and traditions I lament are overly obsessed with venerating what’s bygone to such an extent that they preserve too much of the old. That history is usually only recalled to be praised despite the horrors, killings, and betrayals that would tarnish the reputations of radicals’ favorite heroes if they even believe those things happened at all. Growth is lost because there are no recognizable problems to grow from. You can’t fix a historical issue you refuse to acknowledge. Patriots are patriots no matter where you go.

Maybe some critics will dislike my text and will attempt to make it an ideological conflict, but the real confrontation is inside of us. It lies in the hurdles we fail to surpass because we’re more dedicated to supposedly being right than admitting what’s wrong. To make any of this simply about ideological disagreements, is to attack a house The Nation on No Map is not even in. This is one reason I find great parallels in the study of Zen Buddhism, which carries strains of thought dedicated to a needed self-destruction. Those insights underscore this entire book. The Nation on No Map is a self-immolating text that I truly struggled to finish. I felt aflame while I was writing it and the fear that arose imagining plumes of smoke around me made it hard to focus. I fought amongst past and present versions of myself in a furnace of my own making. When I completed this attempt and the ashes settled I came across the death poem of the Zen monk, Kogaku Soko, who died at 84 years of age in 1548 saying:

My final words are these:

As I fall I throw all on a high mountain peak –

Lo! All creation shatters; thus it is

That I destroy Zen doctrine.

The arrogance of orthodox ideology is the assumption that someone can know everything about the outside world while refusing to step outdoors to gain an internal critique. Self-reflection is crucial, but far too many among us are scared of the uncomfortable realization they might find. We will have to tear down idols and be willing to tell the truth about the monuments we’ve built. We will have to get over ourselves because a lot of us may very well be blocking our own path. Black anarchism can help us trace how that happens and give us organizing principles to fight back, meet material needs, and transcend radicalisms that are not taking us far enough, and that may not even be so radical at all. Much has to be overturned and some of that will occur from within. In order for revolution to happen, we will actually have to think and do things revolutionarily.


William C. Anderson is a writer and activist from Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of The Nation on No Map and the
co-author of As Black as Resistance. He is the co-founder of Offshoot Journal and also provides creative direction as one of the producers of the Black Autonomy Podcast. His writings have been included in the anthologies, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? (Haymarket 2016) and No Selves to Defend (Mariame Kaba 2014).

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Lessons In Liberation Webinar Series

Posted on August 24th, 2021 in AK Authors!, Events

Hosted by Education For Liberation Network & Critical Resistance

The cover of "Lessons in Liberation" depicts a person with dark brown skin, a short brown afro hairstyle, yellow headband, black sunglasses, a magenta sweater, blue pants, and a prosthetic limb gardening. They are holding a garden shovel and seeds are sprouting in the garden bed. A young person with black braided shoulder-length hair is kneeling at the foot of the garden bed and is tending the soil. The young person has brown skin, is wearing an off-white color t-shirt, and yellow pants. Behind them, towards the horizon, people are working on a mural depicting activists with megaphones and fists raised. The mural colors are bright, including oranges and yellows. The top of the cover is light blue with magenta text that reads: "Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators"

Mark your calendars and join us alongside Education for Liberation Network and Critical Resistance to celebrate the launch of Lessons In Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators, forthcoming this September and available for preorder here.

Register here to attend the first webinar Lessons In Liberation: Grounding Education in Abolition on September 1, 2021 at 4:00pm PST.

Beginning at the top and moving in a clockwise direction, the background of this image is magenta, green, off-white, and light purple. Across the top there is black text that reads, "Mark Your Calendars!." and below it on a large yellow square the sentence is completed, "for the "Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators" Webinar Series." Information about the first three webinars follows this heading: "1. Grounding Education in Abolition, Wednesday, September, featuring Mariame Kaba, Edgar Ernesto Ibarra Gutierrez, Chrissy A.Z. Hernandez, and Lisa Kelly; 2. Healing Justice Pedagogies, Tuesday, September 14, featuring Corey Greene, Farima Pour-Khorshid, and more; 3. Abolition in our PreK-12 Classrooms, Tuesday, September 28, featuring Ki Gross, Bettina Love, Holly Hardin, and Osceola Ward. Webinars will be at 4 PM PST/ 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST. Register at LessonsInLiberation.Eventbrite.com".
Beginning at the top and moving in a clockwise direction, the background of this image is magenta, green, off-white, and light purple. Across the top there is black text that reads, "Mark Your Calendars!." and below it on a large yellow square the sentence is completed, "for the "Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators" Webinar Series." Information about the last three webinars follows: "4. Students for Abolition, Tuesday, October 26, featuring Kaleb Autmann, and more; 5. Bridging Abolition to School Leadership, Tuesday, November 16, featuring Jen Johnson, Emily Bautista, and Sagnicthe Salazar; 6. Abolitionist Community Organizing and Education, Tuesday, November 30th, Guests to-be-announced, Webinars will be at 4 PM PST/ 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST. Register at LessonsInLiberation.Eventbrite.com".

All webinars will be streamed via YouTube and Facebook.
ASL Interpretation will be provided by Certified Deaf Interpreters and Deaf Interpreters. We will also provide CART Captions. Please contact Sheeva (she or they) at abolitionisteducation@gmail.com for any additional accessibility needs or accessibility questions.

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Gang Politics: On Tour with Kristian Williams

Posted on June 16th, 2022 in AK Authors!

ID: Graphic features the front cover of Gang Politics: Revolution, Repression, and Crime and a head shot of Kristian Williams reads, "Gang Politics On Tour with Kristian Williams Sun. July 3 @7PM (In-Person) Wooden Shoe Books 704 South Street Philadelphia, PA Wed. July 6 @ 7PM (In-Person) Red Emma's 3128 Greenmount AvenueBaltimore, MD Thur. July 7 @ 7PM (In-Person) Lost City Books 2467 18th Street NW Washington, DC Sun. July 10 @ 6PM (In-Person) Small Friend Records & Books 1 N Lombardy Street Richmond, VA
Registration Details at revolutionbythebook.akpress.org”

This summer, join author Kristian Williams as he promotes the release of Gang Politics: Revolution, Repression, and Crime! Registration details below.

Demystifying forces of the state, gangs, and revolutionary violence.

In Gang Politics, Kristian Williams examines our society’s understanding of social and political violence, what gets romanticized, misunderstood, or muddled. He explores the complex intersections between “gangs” of all sorts—cops and criminals, Proud Boys and Antifa, Panthers and skinheads—arguing that government and criminality are intimately related, often sharing critical features. As society becomes more polarized and conflict more common, Williams’s analysis is a crucial corrective to our usual ideas about the role violence might or should play in our social struggles. 

Kristian Williams is the author of six books, including Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America. Williams has been actively writing and leading discourse on anarchism in historical and present-day contexts, social inequalities, and critiques on police and political force since the 1990s. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

PHILADELPHIA
07/03 Wooden Shoe Books @ 7PM
704 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
*RSVP Not Required

BALTIMORE
07/06 Red Emma’s @ 7PM
3128 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218
RSVP

D.C.
07/07 Lost City Books @ 7PM
2467 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
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RICHMOND
07/10 Small Friend Records & Books @ 6PM
1 N Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
*RSVP Not Required