Queer Fire – AudioZine

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Queer Fire: The George Jackson Brigade, Men Against Sexism, and Gay Struggle Against Prison – Published by Untorelli PressMP3ReadPrintArchiveTorrentYouTube

A collection of histories, speeches, and interviews with members of The George Jackson Brigade and Men Against Sexism. These stories give inspiration for the multiform queer struggle against prison, capitalism, and the state.

“The Brigade’s diversity extended beyond the political as well. The group consisted of black and white members; gay, straight, and bisexual members; college graduates and ex-cons. Where groups such as the Weather Underground were, by and large, coming from the upper-middle class, Brigade members’ experiences gave the group a more nuanced view of struggle. The struggle against prison was, from the beginning, central to the Brigade’s activities, influenced, in no small part, by the fact that members of the Brigade had been in and out of prison their entire lives.”

One of the GJB members who’s writing is featured in this audiozine, Bo Brown, has some serious health problems which she needs support for please click here to help her out if you can.

“I stand before this mockery of justice court to be condemned as its enemy – and I am its enemy! I am a member of the George Jackson Brigade and I know the answer to Bertolt Brecht’s question: “Which is the biggest crime, to rob a bank or to found one?” It is to my sisters and brothers of the working class that I am accountable – NOT to this court that harasses and searches my peers before they can enter what is supposed to be their courtroom. NOT to this or any court whose hidden purpose is to punish the poor and non-white in the name of the U.S. government. A government which perpetuates the crimes of war and repression has NO right to prescribe punishment for those who resist the continuation of worldwide death and misery.”

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Lines In Sand – AudioZine

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1:07:16 – Lines In Sand: Three essays on identity, oppression, and social war – by Peter Gelderloos – MP3ReadPrint ArchiveTorrentYouTube

“…I think we all need to fiercely reject the Ally as a primary identity of
struggle. You cannot give solidarity if you are not struggling first
and foremost for your own reasons. To be only or primarily an ally is to
be a parasite on others’ struggles, with no hope greater than to be a
benign parasite; it is to refuse to acknowledge our interests and place
in the world out of a dogmatic insistence on identifying ourselves with
the system we are supposed to be fighting. Being aware of relative
oppression and privilege is vital, but emphasizing those differences
over the fact that all of us have common enemies and all of us have
reasons to destroy the entire system is deliberately missing
opportunities to make ourselves stronger in this fight.”

Lines in Sand is a collection by Peter Gelderloos that looks
critically at identity politics and anti-oppression politics. All of
them are very thought provoking and well worth reading. These aren’t
knee-jerk criticisms, but rather are thoughtful explorations of the
problematic aspects of identity and anti-oppression politics and
practice.

 

“…tokenization and paternalism are on any list of “fucked up” behaviors in
an anti-oppression practice, thus the practice protects itself from
open complicity with the very problems it creates. Human agency is a
fundamental component of freedom, perhaps the most important one;
therefore if someone is denied agency in their own struggle because the
most legit thing they can do is be an ally to someone else’s struggle,
it is inevitable that they will exercise their agency in the course of
supporting a struggle they view as someone else’s. To do so, they will
either look for any oppressed person who supports a form of struggle
they feel inclined towards, and use them as a legitimating façade, or
they will try to participate fully and affect the course of a broader
campaign or coalition in which they are pretending to be mere allies. In
other words, by presenting privilege as a good thing, anti-oppression
politics creates privileged people who have nothing to fight for and
inevitably tokenize or paternalize those whose struggles are deemed
(more) legitimate.”

Faggots & Their Friends – AudioZine

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The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions – by Larry Mitchell – MP3ReadTorrent ArchiveYouTube

In a joyous and perverse intermingling of fable, myth, heterotopian vision, and pocket wisdom, The Faggots and Their Friends tell us stories of the 70s gay countercultures and offer us strategies and wisdom for our own time living between revolutions.

From the 2016 introduction:

“These pages sketch a different shape to time and offer instructions for living within it. This story, like our own, plays out in liminal time. Not the time of revolution, and not after-the-revolution, the story occurs between revolutions. Being between revolutions: being enmeshed in slow entropy, in abandoned spaces, in lives forged without recourse to ‘winning’ or ‘after’. The faggots feel this disintegration, and live best when empires are falling.”

First published in 1977 by Calamus Books this Radical Faerie classic was reprinted last year.

“This is possibly the sweetest gay fantasy book written during the magical post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS epoch. It’s a series of poems/stories about fairy men living in a community, spending time together, wearing spangles, and mocking straight society. “ – a comment on Goodreads

Musical interludes: False Moon by Them Are Us Too

Revolutionary Echoes From Syria – AudioZine

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Revolutionary Echoes From Syria: Conversations With Two Anarchists From Aleppo – Published by Hourriya MP3PDF? (Coming Soon) ArchiveTorrentYouTube

The discussion below reflects an overview of the conditions experienced by individuals who are trying to liberate themselves from the system of social hypocrisy and the mentality of subordination. Our experience is still fragile, a newborn.

During the revolution and even now the difficulty lies in our inability to observe clearly the inherent authoritarian power within the society and the state. Consequently this prevented – and still prevents – us from stripping the layers they hide behind and fighting them raw and bare.

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“Have no Kalashnikov, Choose Molotov.”

Musical interludes:  Samih – (Ya Haif) Ya Hef –  سميح شقير – يا حيف,   Ibrahim Kashush – أغنية الشهيد البطل إبراهيم قاشوش

This Is Not a Dialogue – AudioZine

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This Is Not a Dialogue: notes on anti-fascism and free speech – by CrimethInc- MP3Read PDFArchiveTorrentYouTube

“Maybe you missed this, but you’re not in a dialogue. Your views are beside the point.  Argue all you want—your adversaries are glad to see you waste your breath. Better yet if you protest: they’d rather you carry a sign than do anything. They’ll keep you talking as long as they can, just to tire you out—to buy time.

They intend to force their agenda on you. That’s what all the guns are for, what the police and drones and surveillance cameras are for, what the FBI and CIA and NSA are for, what all those laws and courts and executive orders are for. It’s what their church is for, what those racist memes are for, what online harassment and bullying are for. It’s what gay bashings and church burnings are for.”

Musical Interludes: The sound of Richard Spencer getting punched by an anonymous hero,  Kersed by Ceremony, Legacy by Trial, Enough is Enough by Chumbawamba, TimeBomb by Chumbawaba, Police State by Dead Prez,  Antifascista  by ZSK

A Wager On The Future – AudioZine

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1:40:05 – A Wager On The Future – Josep Gardeneyes – MP3ReadImposed – TorrentArchiveYouTube

Anarchist organization, the Islamic State, the crisis, and outer space

“To have any possibility of destroying this prison society and averting
the horrible destiny that is unfolding around us, it is indispensable:
to stop conceiving of our weakness in terms of dissemination; to abandon
the practice of recruitment and the delirium of mass organization that
it represents; and to energetically criticize those currents that make
use of marketing and populism. But much more than attacking our errors,
we have to mark out other paths to follow, with actions more than with
words.

To start with, it cannot be a single path. No one practice is capable of
including all the activities necessary for a revolution. We must think
of revolt as an ecosystem. If we try to be the only species, we kill the
revolution.”

Here is a Spanish version of the text

Music – Don’t Mind Me – Nosaj Thing

Illyria Street Commune – AudioPlay

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2:13:21 – Illyria Street Commune – by Fredy Perlman – MP3ReadPrint Part 1 Print Part 2TorrentArchiveYouTube

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Illyria Street Commune is a play originally written and performed in 1979 in Detroit. It follows the inhabitants of a house over the years as it goes from isolated tenants to anarchist commune then devolves into in fighting and recuperation. Be sure to check out Revolutionary Purity Showdown another take on collective living and conflict, as well as the interview with Robby and Sylvie. (Musical interludes: Chopin – Spring Waltz)

*Sorry for background noise and quality problems our recording set up is not great for recording multiple voices and some of the intended content of the play is lost without a visual component. That being said it was a blast to record and we hope that you enjoy it! For the full effect of the play  gather together a bunch of people and put on a live performance of it. and if you feel so inspired videotape it and send it to us and we can link to it here 😉