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Voces libertarias: Los orígenes históricos del anarquismo en Puerto Rico
"A book about the history of Puerto Rican radicalism and anarchism"
My name is Jorell A. Meléndez Badillo. I'm an independent scholar interested in the history of radical ideas. I am also a history teacher by trade, an anarchist by conviction, and a punk rock singer for kicks. I've published several articles on the history of anarchism in Puerto Rico and I've presented on the topic in different spaces in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico. I was one of the organizers of the 3rd Annual North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference in San Juan and I'm currently an active member of the Coléctivo Autónomo C.C.C., which runs a Centro Social/Infoshop in the town of Santurce (www.infoshopsanturce.wordpress.com).
I am trying to gather funds in order to publish a research that I've been doing for the past three years. Originally, it was a M.A. thesis project called "El anarquismo en Puerto Rico: Su influencia en la cultura proletaria puertorriqueña durante las primeras dos décadas del siglo XX". Its aim was to make a contribution to the history of radical ideas in Puerto Rico by presenting anarchism as a historical reality, contrary to what was presented by official Puerto Rican historiography which dealt with the topic from a distance.
The publication of this book will help expand the field of anarchist studies in the island and would open a space for a Puerto Rican anarchist historiography. Given the nature of the project, the ideas presented in it, and my own ideological concerns, the funds gathered here would help me publish it in the spirit of D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) politics. My friend Chris Clavin will help distribute the book on his "Secret Sailor Books".
What We Need & What You Get
The first run would be of 250 copies. The printing house I've consulted charges $3.93 for each copy (softcover + black&white) = $982.50. This quantity does not include shipping & handling nor the cost of setting up the book and other trivialities. That's what the extra $217.50 (minus $84 for the IndieGogo charges) are for.
With your funds not only will you be helping in the construction of a collective history of anarchism on the island, that will be of crucial importance in building an encompassing movement, but you will get a few perks in return of your solidarity (not charity). You will get stuff from zines published by our own Colectivo Autónomo C.C.C. to posters, thanks, and/or a night out in San Juan (when in the area).
If the goal is not met, even though my heart will be broken, you will still get your perks (not including the book), and I will save the money until I get enough to publish it. Once I do, the people who were getting a book will do so.
Other Ways You Can Help
In the spirit of mutual aid and solidarity, which is the backbone of the anarchist ideology, you can also help in other ways that do not necessarily include money.
You can tell your friends about the nascent anarchist movement on the island.
You can send letters to the Colectivo Autónomo C.C.C.
You can go out and create your own radical projects and/or researches.
You can invite a few friends over, cook a meal, skip work, and engage in real conversations with real people.
Meet your neighbors.
Create allies and know your enemies.
Fall madly in love to fuel your rage.