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

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

Text reads, “We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow on Tour with Margaret Killjoy

-Tues. Sept 20 @ 7PM

Gray Coast Guildhall

Quilcene, WA

-Thurs, Sept 22 @ 7PM

Left Bank Books

Seattle, WA

-Fi. Sept 23 @ 7PM

(with Robert Evans)

Powell’s City of Books 

Portland, OR

-Thurs. Sept 29 @ 4PM ET / 7PM ET
(with Cadwell Turnbull)
Firestorm Co-op
(Virtual Event)

-Thurs. Oct 6 @ 7PM

Chevalier’s Books

Los Angeles, CA

-Wed. Oct 12 @ 7PM
BCC Tucson
Tucson, AZ

-Sat. Oct 15 @ 7PM

Monkeywrench Books

Austin, TX
-Wed. Oct 26 @ 6PM
Durham County Library

Durham, NC

-Fri. Oct 28 @ 7PM

Small Friend Records & Books
Richmond, VA

-Thurs. Nov 3 @ 7PM

Baltimore, MD Registration details to be announced”

This fall, join Margaret Killjoy on tour as she celebrates the release of her forthcoming collection We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow and Other Stories.
Registration details to be announced.

“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. 

WASHINGTON
September 20 @ 7PM
Gray Coast Guildhall
11 Old Church Road
Quilcene, WA 98376
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED.

WASHINGTON
September 22 @ 7PM
Left Bank Books

92 Pike
Seattle, WA 98101
*MASKS REQUIRED IN STORE
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED

OREGON
September 23 @ 7PM
with Robert Evans
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED

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

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

ARIZONA
October 12 @ 7PM
BCC Tucson
101 E. Ventura Street
Tucson, AZ 85705
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED

TEXAS
October 15 @ 7PM
Monkeywrench Books
110 N. Loop Blvd E
Austin, TX 78751
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED

October 18 @ 6:30PM
The Montrose Center

401 Branard Street
Room 107
Houston, TX 77006

LOUISIANA
October 23 @ 11AM – 5PM
A.C.A.B. Zine Fest

Casa Gasa
4920 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
FREE & *RSVP NOT REQUIRED

GEORGIA
October 25 @ 6PM
Atlanta Vintage Books
3660 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED

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

VIRGINIA
October 28 @ 7PM
Small Friend Records & Books
1 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED

MARYLAND
November 3 @ 7PM
Red Emma’s

3128 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

PENNSYLVIANIA
November 18 @ 6:30pm
The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore
4812 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
*RSVP NOT REQUIRED

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.

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Introducing: Lessons In Liberation—An Abolitionist Toolkit For Educators

Posted on July 15th, 2021 in AK Book Excerpts

Featuring: An excerpt by abolitionist educator Sagnicthe Salazar

Just in time for the back-to-school season, Lessons In Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit For Educators, a resource that establishes foundational knowledge on incorporating abolition and liberation in, by, and through our education system, will be available this September. You can preorder your copy now!

Lessons In Liberation is a collaborative work, a labor of patience and love, and more than five years in the making with contributors including but not limited to Education For Liberation Network, Critical Resistance, Black Organizing Project, Chicago Women’s Health Center, Mariame Kaba and the MILPA Collective, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Bettina L. Love, and so many more.

This reader is essential for teachers, organizers, parents, students—and pretty much anyone interested in increasing the reach of abolitionist ideas. It consists of a collection of tools and essays from a variety of abolitionist organizers, healers, and educators who have done and continue to do the work: effectively illustrating and breaking down the endless possibilities of intentional liberation and collective abolitionist movement. Each contributor emphasizes how it is crucial to support our communities, our youth and young people, and our educators with the political vision of a shared goal in mind—to eliminate all forms of policing and creating a sustainable world for us all. It is both deeply understood and conveyed that the role that the education system as we know it feeds and sustains carceral punishment and prison industrial complex in all its forms. Despite this, we know that another world is possible.

Lessons In Liberation is structured in three parts: Openings And Groundings, Everyday in Every Way, and Growing Our Work. In each, the book examines the varying yet interconnected ways of building our analysis, knowledge, and power.

Lessons In Liberation is a love letter to all those who came before, as well as those who will grow, learn, and unlearn as a result of that radical love.

Beyond Resistance by Ashley Lukashevsky

View the full table of contents here.

Reflections from a Dean of Transformative Discipline: What Abolitionist Education Means to Me

by Sagnicthe Salazar
(an excerpt from the book Lessons in Liberation)

A part of our job as abolitionist educators is to break the system that is working perfectly well as a tentacle of imperialism that needs the prison industrial complex for its ongoing success.

As teachers, we must break that system and break the hegemonic notion that Black and Brown bodies are naturally inclined to crime or to violence. We must break the myth that Black and Brown bodies don’t value education. We must end the idea that Black and Brown bodies engage in activities that require cops, prisons, policing, or detention centers.

Once we break with these ideas, we must begin to talk as a school system, as educators, with young people and with our families about safety: Safety from what? For whom? How do we keep our folks safe from poverty? How do we keep our folks safe from houselessness, joblessness, from food deserts, from the perpetual stress that they live with on a day-to-day basis with these helicopters circling overhead, and having to fight for basic necessities that should be human rights?

Talking about these questions together helps to illuminate other crucial threads: there’s a reason why there’s so many Black and Brown folks in homeless encampments and prisons. There’s a reason why the number of Black and Brown bodies being killed by police is so high. There’s a reason why white supremacists march down the street, feeling all fine and dandy while our folks can’t even breathe. Building a thread between those things—why our people are dying in prisons and dying in poverty—helps us to begin to see the crucial need to also heal.

Business as usual won’t help.

This reality has impacted our bodies for hundreds of years, for generations. We need to be able to talk about what’s happening with our children, with our teachers, in our schools. We must take a pause and actually engage around what is happening and have a conversation with each other about our material conditions. And we need to think, talk, feel, and dream: what does it mean to have a world without police, without prisons?

The education system has worked so goddamn well that our babies, our families, our folks tend to be the most punitive people, because we’ve internalized the state’s line and we have internalized the belief that we need to hurt people that hurt us. We need to punish. What to do when someone breaks a class agreement or gets into a fight? Often we are the first to say suspend, expel, punish—all these things. We haven’t given our children, our families, our communities an opportunity to dream of something different. If punishment is all you know, then you can’t begin to do the work to build something different. And so, first and foremost, we need to create the space to say it is possible; let’s dream of what is, and how it is, possible.

This isn’t a new movement. Let’s give credit to the people who are doing this work already. In the Bay Area some schools have been mobilizing to not have cops in schools, not have security guards, not have JROTC. These organizations—particularly the young people in them—are doing the overt work of removing the prison state from our schools. This work is crucial, but often we’re missing the work of challenging and dismantling the many ways—often more covert—in which communities and also schools devalue humans, and particularly Black and Brown bodies. We devalue children, perpetuate isolation and punishment, and make some of our children disposable. How do we recognize and challenge how our families replicate these systems? The deep work within is to shift our thought process so that we actually value life and breathe life into the building through our practices towards every warm body in the school building, from teachers to students to families to administrators.

One of the things that we do at our school, every time that we look at our data, is look at the racial disproportionality: Is the number of students that are having disciplinary issues proportional to our population? And often, we see that that’s not the case. So we got to go back to the drawing board and think about and question: How are we replicating the system? How are we devaluing life, and how can we breathe life through the day-to-day systems?

As a Dean of Discipline, and in my particular role as Dean of Transformative Discipline, I also like to share with folks that being an abolitionist educator is also about having both super high expectations and also zero tolerance for hurting each other. Our children, our communities, have infinite capacity to meet our high expectations. To have zero tolerance for hurting each other means that we need to hold a high line that leads towards love, towards care, towards compassion. When a student or an adult kind of goes past that line, how do we actually walk with them with support? How do we actually bring that loving care that we want them to reverberate in building, and how do we have consistent practices to show that love to each other? How do we want people to relate to each other in their day-to-day, so that when they’re outside the school walls they are relating in a way where love reverberates? A part of our practices needs to be to have zero tolerance for hurting each other, and we can get there through showing consistent intense love and the true valuing of each other’s lives.