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ANNOUNCING THE ANARCHIST PRIMER COMPETITION AT THE CARRBORO ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR!

carrboro-anarchist-bookfair-posterFrom Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair

Raise your hand if this has happened to you:

You’re tabling at a local event, chatting with someone on a bus, having a beer with a co-worker, or in one of the countless situations when  you’re explaining your anarchism to a non-anarchist who’s curious. They seem interested, open to your ideas, or eager to try to share them with others in their life. As you wrap up your conversation, they ask you for a good, basic, accessible introduction to anarchist ideas – one they can read to their kids or share with their skeptical friends or distribute in their small town. What do you give them?

If you’re anything like us, your distro table has ample supplies of historical narratives, advanced theoretical critiques, and topical analyses, but when it comes to a simple primer to get the anarcho-curious started, your stocks are surprisingly scarce. This has proved frustrating again and again, from the Occupy encampments to  anti-election leafleting to everyday outreach. There are plenty of primers out there, but a lot of them are poorly written or out of date. For years we distributed Fighting For Our Lives, but now it’s at long last out of print. You can recommend books, but what can you copy by the hundreds and give to any old person?

And that’s why we’re announcing the ANARCHIST PRIMER COMPETITION, taking
place at the 4th Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair in Chapel Hill, NC! (more…)

Announcing the 2013 Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair!

carrboro-anarchist-bookfair-posterThe fourth annual Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 23, 2013! Please join us for an exciting weekend of discussions, bibliophily, entertainment… and surprises.

North Carolina has earned a reputation as a hub of anarchist organizing and publishing. Two years ago, at the peak of Occupy, the 2011 Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair climaxed with the occupation of a vacant building downtown, drawing attention from around the world. Last summer, North Carolina hosted the nationwide gathering of the radical environmentalist Earth First! network, while in nearby Durham, anarchists participated in spirited demonstrations against the murder of Trayvon Martin. Come learn about the ideas driving these events, and connect with local and regional projects.

Save the date! And if you are involved with a radical bookshop, organizing group, or publishing project, now is the time to get in touch. (more…)

UNDER SURVEILLANCE PART 2: the NAACP and working with other agencies

This week’s cover story about Greensboro police surveillance of activists is long, so long in fact that we had to cut two entire sections out to make it fit. Here they are in full:
NAACP
The civil rights organization has worked closely with the Beloved Community Center and Latin King leader Jorge Cornell over the years, but a request on the NAACP turned up a minimal amount of criminal intelligence.
One of the few mentions came from former Captain Charles Cherry, who alleged that, “Councilman Matheny in a August 23, 2010 e-mail directed the GPD to look for ways to charge NAACP members, because the citizens complained to Mr. Matheny.” Cherry, who says he was fired from the department for helping officers file complaints of discrimination, also claimed in the same message that Chief Miller intimidated an NAACP member. (more…)

UNDER SURVEILLANCE: How Greensboro police monitor activists

Officers Steven Kory Flowers (left) and Rob Finch (right)

Officers Steven Kory Flowers (left) and Rob Finch (right)

From Yes Weekly!

By Eric Ginsberg

Anyone who has ever been involved in grassroots organizing, a social movement or activism has probably wondered at least once, if not frequently, about if they are being watched. Though police surveillance is no secret — uniformed officers regularly videotape legal protests, for example — what happens with the intelligence is usually a mystery to the public. (more…)