Call for Submissions - Burning the Ballot: Feminism Meets Anarchy

from anon.

Call for Papers for Burning the Ballot: Feminism Meets Anarchy
A Special Issue of Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power

Guest Editors: Tammy Kovich & Adam Lewis (Canada)

Anarchism’s engagement with the question of gender is at once ambiguous and contradictory. Historically, the anarchist response to the “woman/sex question” was mixed. During the period of ‘classical anarchism’ (1840-1939), women took on active roles in anarchist movements – they were active in anarchist organizations, publications, and projects across the globe. They took part in uprisings, rebellions, and revolutions, as well as in the work of day-to-day anarchist organizing, propaganda, and more. While many (though not all) rejected the label of feminist, they nonetheless spoke out against sexual subordination and called for the emancipation of women with the overthrow of all forms of social, political, and economic hierarchy. At the same time, many others were at best ambivalent to the idea of sexual equality and at worst outright hostile to it. Frequently credited as the founding father of anarchism, Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) was an outright misogynist who spoke out against the idea that women could (or should) ever be anything other than wives and mothers, and claimed that the only option available to women outside of the family was prostitution

Belarusian Uprising Revisited

from The Final Straw Radio

This week on The Final Straw, we spoke with Vasili and Maria, two Belarusian anarchists living abroad about the aftermath of the 2020 Uprising in their country of birth, lessons learned, the current political prisoners and the Lukashenko regime’s attempts to attack dissidents abroad.

On Sexual Murder and Police Sadism

by Anonymous

The reaction in the UK to the murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old white woman, by Wayne Couzens, an off-duty specialist-firearms cop, has shown the usual mixture of lightning-rod rage and Spectacular media-trance. Anarchists have quickly suggested that people like Couzens are all over the police, that the police as a whole are the problem. Yet the police themselves quickly arrested Couzens and the courts convicted him – virtually unknown in Britain in cases of police murder. The main new information which has been released after the trial is that this was carried out as a bogus arrest. Sarah Everard was breaking lockdown, and submitted to handcuffing, believing she was being arrested – at which point, she lost any chance to fight or flee. The case is horrifying, as people (especially white women) become suddenly aware that police might kidnap them off the street for purposes of rape and murder. Likely the number of people resisting, fleeing or arguing an arrest will increase greatly, just at the time such “offences” are being more severely criminalised.

ToTW: Beyond Left and Right

The Right and The Left are no more nuanced than any of the other identity terms that many anarchists recognize as superficial and massifying. That said, models for groups of people can be helpful, so what are better models to use? Obviously anarchists are familiar with color-coding (red, green, etc). What if that were made more interesting? Shading? Hues? Polka dots? What would your creative and generous model be for how to understand and talk about differences and similarities?


from Nudism as an Illegalism

What happened at Wi Spa was part of a larger story as soon as that went viral. It was, in fact, for at least a brief moment, The Story for both the “gender-critical” and anti-fascist commentariats, in the United States at least. This is what led to the rallies, which I am sure would have had various negative effects if left unopposed (difficulty for staff just working a job at Wi Spa, difficulty for many customers but certainly customers who are trans or might look trans, a sense of victory for the anti-trans side and/or their buddies the Nazis and the “Western chauvinists”), and so then there was also counteraction (widely framed as “antifa”), with all of its inherent risk for the side that, on other days of the week and/or with every breath, also happens to oppose the police, the colonial state, capitalism (of all kinds), the American flag, etc.

New Eric King Poster Fundraiser!

via It's Going Down

Announcing a new poster to benefit anarchist prisoner Eric King.

Friends at Radix Media in Brooklyn, NY have created an amazing poster with a piece of Eric King’s poetry! It is a fundraiser and proceeds will go to Eric’s support fund. You can order at the link below. with some details about the poster.

Rendezvous in GARE

via Enough14 from Athens Indymedia

Athens: Rendezvous in GARE (on the occasion of the trial for the first cop raid)

Athens. Greece. Translation of a text by comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis written last September on the occasion of the trial for the first eviction of the GARE squat. The trial was then postponed until 29/9/2021. We therefore publish the translation in view of the trial today.

State of War

via It's Going Down

State of War, an Excerpt from “The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism & Abolition” by William C. Anderson

Saying “stop killing us” and asking an oppressor not to oppress is not going to work. Taking the life of the system we’re up against through abolition is much more complex than simply fighting people in the streets

Post Covid Riot Prime Manifest


Twenty necessary points on the current conflictualities and perspectives

One: All governments are bad. Right, left, far right… all of them. They do not act in our interest, the people from below, as the Zapatistas would say. Covid-19 has expressed, like through a burning glass, the fundamental antagonism between those who need to recreate the world in such a way that there can be a world at all, and those who, in different forms, hold on to the existing world, the world of doom, participate in its consistency.

Call for Submissions to “The Anarchist Feminist Turn: Embodying Care, Engendering Love”


From Outside the Circle by Cindy Milstein

Call for Submissions to “The Anarchist Feminist Turn: Embodying Care, Engendering Love” an anthology edited by Cindy Milstein

The aspirations of anarchism have always, at their heart, revolved around what could be understood as “feminist” ethics—self-determination, voluntaristic and consensual association, egalitarian relationships, and loving freely as well as queerly, to mention a few. Moreover, the bulk of what we anarchists have actually done in practice, and still do, imperfectly and yet beautifully, falls under the banner of self-organized collective care, freely gifted—or again, what could be seen as feminist ethics.


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