Friday, June 06, 2008

Molly recently came across this interesting announcement on the A-Infos board about a new online anarchist magazine. Yes, there is a debate about "online" versus printed publications that is old enough to have whiskers that have turned grey. Maybe I'll rehash this some other time. The project looks quite interesting, and the list of organizations and individuals appended at the end is thought provoking in itself. Quite a collection, and it would seem like a sort of party game to see how many breaths you have to take in order to recite them all. What pleases me the most is that I have never heard hide nor hair of the majority of them. This is a tribute to the ever-widening spread of anarchism today, about how it is gradually becoming a very widespread movement, something that has interesting nooks and crannies that it would take a lifetime to discover. What is also pleasing is that I only recognize three out of the dozens of items as representative of the "anarcho-fools" while many more are sterling examples of practical organizing. But enough pontificating. Here's the announcement.
Whirlwinds online journal launched
Team Colors Collective and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press are proud to announce the launch of the one-off online publication “In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements” - http:// .
---- Whirlwinds provides detailed analysis, thoughtful criticism, and substantive writing on current organizing through an inquiry into movement in the United States. Through that process, Whirlwinds assembles a strategic analysis of current political composition as a tool for building political power. (A detailed summary of the project and contributors list follows this note.)
---- We begin and end with the question: Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind?
• Communicate with the coordinators and contributors
.• Utilize materials contained within Whirlwinds in your own organizing.
• Participate in our discussion forums to critique or dialog around Whirlwinds contributions (forthcoming).
• Host or attend one of the many “Of Friends and Whirlwinds” events.
• Make a contribution toward the effort and sign up on the email list.
• Distribute this announcement and “Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind?” posters and postcards; available at your local radical infoshop and from Team Colors.
• Create an affinity group to prepare for the upcoming convention protests this summer.
• Inquire into, research, investigate, document, organize around and amplify the winds - refusals, struggles, activities - circulating through your everyday lives and communities.
Whirlwinds is go; additional contributions, articles, and materials will appear in the weeks leading up to convention protests this summer and action reports and analysis will follow.
As our struggles swirl and become collective, the winds flowing through our lives and communities become a whirlwind.
Team Colors Collective
3 June 2008
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Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind?
In the Middle of a Whirlwind:
2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements
A one-off(I hope this doesn't mean what I think it does-Molly) online journal of theory, art, activism and organizing out now!
Coordinated by: Team Colors Collective
Published by: The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press
In the Middle of a Whirlwind (Whirlwinds) inquires into current organizing efforts in the United States, and through that process, assembles a strategic analysis of current political composition as a tool for building political power.
Whirlwinds’ strategic context is this summer’s RNC and DNC protests; through these documents and the discussions that erupt from them we hope to directly impact the anti-Convention organizing. In a larger sense, and in the long-term, Whirlwinds is intended to provide a set of useful documents for contemporary radical organizing. Each essay and interview addresses the issues of movement, working class power and composition, and/or gives strategic insight into organizing, and the strengths and weaknesses of current movement/s in the U.S.
Contributions From:
Jen Angel Bay Area Radical Health Collective Bluestockings Books, Café and Activist Center (written by Malav Kanuga) George Caffentzis Chris Carlsson Maribel Casas-Cortest & Sebastion Cobarrubias (Counter Cartographies Collective) Emma Cosse (Act-up Paris) CrimethInc. Direct Action to Stop the War Domestic Workers United & Right to the City Alliance (written by Harmony Goldberg) Family Farm Defenders Silvia Federici Michael Hardt & El Kimobo in conversation Brian Holmes The Icarus Project IWW Starbucks Workers Union “I Want To Do This All Day: Redefining Learning & Reinventing Education” (Audio Documentary) El Kilombo Intergaláctico Latino Health Outreach Project (written by Jennifer Whitney) Peter Linebaugh Brian Marks Daniel McGowan Stevie Peace (including an interview with Critical Resistance) Philly’s Pissed & Philly Stands Up (written by Timothy Colman, Esteban Kelly & Em Squires) Roadblock Earth First! Gigi Roggero (Edu-Factory) Maggie Schmitt (Precarias a la Dervia) Ben Shepard Basav Sen Smalltown, USA Workers Center smartMeme $pread Magazine Brian Tokar Daniel Tucker (AREA Chicago) Ultra-red US Federation of Workers Cooperatives United States Social Forum (Documentation Committee; written by Marina Karides) Art by: David Azzellini & Lize Mogel, Kristine Virsis of Just Seeds, Brett Bloom of Temporary Services, USSMEAC. Interviews with: Ashanti Alston (interview by Team Colors), Robin D. G. Kelley (interview by Ben Holtzman) and Unconventional Action (National), Recreate ’68 (Denver) & RNC Welcoming Committee (Twin Cities).

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