Institute for Anarchist Studies Fall 2011 Newsletter


- Announcing the 2011 Fall Grantees
- Perspectives on Anarchist Theory V. 13 N. 1
- Anarchist Interventions #3: Decolonizing Anarchism by Maia Ramnath
- Lexicon Pamphlet Series


As always, we had a very difficult time deciding on our grantees this grant round, as we received many worthy applications. We’d like to congratulate CSE, Jared Davidson, and Brad Thomson on their IAS Grant Awards! Here’s a glimpse of their upcoming projects:

At High Tide…the Ship Will Rise: Communiques, writings, and reflections regarding the arrests of Diego Petrissans and Leandro Morel – translation into English
CSE - $750

On the 18th of December, 2005, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the property of Marcelo Tinelli (television magnate and producer of Ideas del Sur) was robbed. Ideas del Sur and Marcelo Tinelli are heavily involved with the funding and creation of the Trafipan 2000 tourism project, where Mapuche land in Southern Argentina is being bought up and developed into tourist resorts, while the original inhabitants are being evicted and forced into urban areas. In 2006, following the accusations of a snitch, the cops raided the anarchist social space Angela Fortunato, and various houses associated with the social space. As a result of these raids, 2 companerxs (Leandro Morel and Diego Petrissans) were arrested, and there was warrant put out for a third companerx, who has, to date, not been found! Largely due to the (then) newly-instated Blumberg law, Diego and Leandro were sentenced to 10 and 11 years respectively, and are currently serving time. Since being locked up, Diego has participated in solidarity actions with Nadine Tribian and Gabriel Pombo da Silva, as well as recently being involved in a hunger strike in the Devoto prison. This project is a translation of ‘Cuando Sube la marea…el barco se sube’, a zine put out by the anti-prison group based out of Montevideo, Uruguay (Coordinacion Anticarcelaria del rio de la plata), from castellano to English, with the addition of several more recent communiqués from Diego and Leandro, including information about the Devoto strike.

CSE has spent some time in a few different places, but sometimes calls southern ontario (specifically occupied neutral territory) their home. They’re pretty excited to have conversations and build relationships with folks who are critical of prisons and the society that needs them. They also really like hanging out with deer and slugs.


The Freedom Group: Philip Josephs and anarchism in New Zealand 1900-1920
Jared Davidson - $750

Jared Davidson will explore early anarchism in New Zealand (c.1900 -1920) through a biography of Philip Josephs—Jewish anarchist, radical bookseller, and founder of New Zealand’s first anarchist collective, Freedom Group. He hopes to provide insights into this understudied radical tradition of New Zealand labour, placing it in both a national and transnational context.

Jared Davidson (Christchurch, New Zealand) is the author of ‘This is Not a Manifesto: Towards an anarcho-design practice’ and other writings on design and anarchism. A poster-maker turned labour historian, ‘Remains to be Seen: Tracing Joe Hill’s ashes in New Zealand’ was his first attempt at historical research. Jared is a member of the Labour History Project, anarchist collective Beyond Resistance, and Katipo Books Workers’ Co-Operative.


Anarchist Veterans of the U.S. Military
Brad Thomson - $1000

This project will be an examination of the experiences and perspectives of veterans of the U.S. military who have developed an anarchist analysis. It will be based on extensive interviews with anti-authoritarian activists about their experiences in the military, what radicalized them, how they were introduced to anarchist thought and their analysis of militarism. The goals of the piece will be to develop an analysis of authoritarianism informed by the social domination that perpetuates militarism and to explore the ways in which anarchists can support resistance by GIs as an effective strategy against U.S. wars and occupations.

‪Brad Thomson is an anarchist organizer and legal worker living in Chicago. He has been active in a number of anti-war groups and other radical projects, including Food Not Bombs, Finding Our Roots and Civilian-Soldier Alliance, a group working to support anti-war service members and veterans. He also works as a paralegal and investigator at People’s Law Office, handling civil rights lawsuits against police and government agencies and representing activists criminalized for their political activity. ‬


The new issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory is now available at your local bookstores and infoshops as well as through AK Press. Its theme is movement building, or creating, or participating in. In the introduction the editorial collective grapples with these questions concerning social movements. This issue features a talk given by Ashanti Omowali Alston in which he reflects on his time with the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, and the importance of supporting those who struggled in the ‘60s and ’70s and are still in jail. Victoria Law contributes a piece on mothers in the movement, and the essential work to welcome and support them. Joel Olson, from Bring the Ruckus and the Repeal Coalition in Arizona, writes about cadre organizing and movement work. Tamara Lynne reflects on her work with the Brazilian Landless Movement, drawing lessons for our work here. This issue features interviews with Chris Borte of Portland, Oregon’s Creating Democracy group, which organized in solidarity with Detroit’s Social Forum, and with Afro-Colombian anarchist David Lopez Rodriguez. The New York based Practical Anarchy group submits a progress report, and A. Cates reviews the first two books in the IAS’ Anarchist Interventions book series put out in collaboration with AK Press. Finally, Geoff Bylinkin reviews Uses of a Whirlwind, and Black Bloc, White Riot. This issue also includes announcements of the next two books in the Anarchist Interventions book series, IAS grants awarded in the Winter 2011, a call for contributions, and for submissions for our next issue on the topic of "Care.” The issue concludes with the IAS’ mission statement. It is available for $6 at bookstores/infoshops and through AK Press, and for $5 at events.

ANARCHIST INTERVENTIONS #3: Decolonizing Anarchism by Maia Ramnath

Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle by Maia Ramnath will be available on December 31st, 2011

Decolonizing Anarchism looks at the history of South Asian struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism, highlighting lesser-known dissidents as well as iconic figures. This approach reveals an alternate narrative of decolonization, in which achieving a nation-state is not the objective. Maia Ramnath also studies the anarchist vision of alternate society, which closely echoes the concept of total decolonization on the political, economic, social, cultural, and psychological planes. This facilitates not only a reinterpretation of the history of anticolonialism, but insight into the meaning of anarchism itself. The third book in the Anarchist Interventions series co-published by AK Press and the Institute for Anarchist Studies.


We’re happy to announce that we’ll be publishing a series of pamphlets--some two to three dozen over time--exploring commonly used terms, in the interests of developing a common "lexicon" among those within the radical Left. Inspired by the emerging occupy movement, but not exclusive to it, the IAS hopes that these pamphlets will be widely distributed and accessible to people who are newly approaching "politics from below." Each pamphlet will include a short essay by a contemporary radical leftist author defining concepts such as capitalism, white supremacy, worker self-management, patriarchy, the state, class, solidarity, and many others.
The first four in the IAS Lexicon series (because they are ready to go!), and the focus of our $2,400 Kickstarter campaign, are:

"Power" by Todd May
"Colonialism" by Maia Ramnath
"Anarchism" by Cindy Milstein
"Gender" by Jamie Heckert

More terms and thus pamphlets are in the works! We need help funding this publication, so we’ve started a Kickstarter campaign. Please donate if you can!


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