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The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) will be awarding thousands of dollars to struggling writers in the form of grants late in February. The people receiving these grants, writing on antiauthoritarian themes, are folks with no institutional support. The funds we provide will aid them to do things like take time off work and hire childcare, so they can devote time to writing.

We are also preparing the new issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, on the theme of justice.  This issue will feature three essays by five folks who recently received writing grants. We hope to print the issue in March.

Finally, we are publishing Walidah Imarisha and adrienne brown’s new collection of essays, called Octavia’s Brood:  Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, in collaboration with AK Press, in April of this year, as well as Walidah’s next book, Angels with Dirty Faces, on the nuances of prison abolition, due out early in 2016.

To do all this, and more, we really need your help.  We recently lost our non-profit status, and as we struggle to regain it, we are depending on your help so we can continue to thrive.

The IAS is in its 19 year.  As we approach twenty years of supporting radical writers, as well as publishing Perspectives, our book series with AK Press called Anarchist Interventions, and our new series, starting with Octavia’s Brood, please take a minute, look at our indiegogo fundraising campaign, and make a generous donation.  We really need your support right now!

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Ready to Fight: Developing a 21st Century Community Syndicalism by Shane Burley

Consistent with the ‘strategy’ theme of the current issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory (No. 27), Shane Burley lays out what the anarcho-syndicalist tradition offers movements outside the workplace.

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There has been an effort by scholars and organizers alike over the last forty years to segregate anarcho-syndicalism from the rest of the broad anarchist movement. The labor movement dominated social struggles in the first half of the twentieth century, but as large business union bureaucracies were formed and new shop organizing began to diminish, the participation of anarchists in labor began to wane as community struggles around environmental issues, LGBT and women’s struggles, and housing justice took precedence. The syndicalist strategies that defined the earlier successes of anarchism internationally diminished to only the most hardcore adherents of a labor strategy, though these ideas have had spikes during periods of economic crisis. This shift away from syndicalism as a strategic foundation has robbed movements of some of their tactical inspirations, and organizers from the New Left forward attempt to reinvent the wheel every time, completely reimagining every struggle as though it was disconnected from the entire history of libertarian social movements. This is a loss as these developing community struggles can still look towards these syndicalist battles in the workplace as a model for how to democratically structure movements.

The idea of community syndicalism, bringing the syndicalist organizing strategy out of the workplace and into other aspects of life, can be a way to intentionally create a specific set of tactics. These tactical choices could take the form of solidarity structures that form as a union, which mean that they unite a set of interests against an adversary that is in control of a particular sector of society, such as labor, housing, or healthcare. These different sectors are the different puzzle pieces of social life that are all intimately affected by access to resources, and one in which a real element of class is present at all times. Since syndicalism in the workplace does not rely on simply one tactic, but instead on the use of solidarity, trying to utilize community syndicalism could simply mean a whole range of strategic points all building on some of the basic ideas of anarcho-syndicalism. The question then arises: what are the core elements of anarcho-syndicalism that can be boiled down and moved from the shop floor to the neighborhood, from workers issues to healthcare and environmentalism, and to all the sectors where class struggle takes place?

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Bring Octavia’s Brood’s Authors to Your Town!




Octavia’s Brood (IAS/AK Press, 2015) co-editors Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown, as well as many of the contributors, will be touring with the book in Spring and Fall 2015 and want to come to a campus, community center or bookstore near you!

All organizing is science fiction. A world where everyone has a home, a great education, community based transformative justice, nourishing food to eat and clean water to drink, where we are in right relation to the planet, to each other, where we are free to be and love ourselves as we are, to grow together?

We have never seen it.

But Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements (AK Press/IAS, 2015) can help us envision that world. Octavia’s Brood is an anthology of original science fiction from social justice movements written by organizers and activists. Each of the 20 stories reimagines the world we live in, putting forth compelling futures with new questions, new visions to explore.

More about the book is below, and also at the publisher’s website:

We will be touring April through June 2015, and then looking to Fall 2015 as well.

If you are interested in bringing visionary voices to your community, please contact Jen Angel

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IAS Grant Deadline January 15th!

Get us your grant applications!  The deadline is coming up fast.

New IAS Newsletter

Get our latest grant deadline, meet our new board members, learn how to submit to Perspectives on Anarchist Theory and read more exciting news here.

AK Press, in conjunction with the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) will publish Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction From Social Justice Movements!


From the books editors, Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown: “We are so ecstatic to share the list of contributors to this project, and to thank the folks who have shared their work, their words, their vision with us and Octavias’ Brood: The book will include short stories from LeVar Burton, Terry Bisson, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alixa Garcia, Autumn Brown, Bao Phi, David Walker, Dani McClain, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Gabriel Teodros, Jelani Wilson, Kalamu ya Salaam, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Mia Mingus, Morrigan Phillips, Tara Betts, Tunde Oluniran, Vagabond, adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha, essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, as well as an introduction by Sheree Renee Thomas.

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Harsha Walia in Washington and Oregon!

Harsha speaking tour

Join us to hear Harsha discuss her recent book Undoing Border Imperialism, an Anarchist Interventions title published by the IAS and AK Press, as well as her extensive work building immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and radicalized empire. Harsha delves into the challenging questions that face us as activists and organizers today and explores strategies to overcome the borders within our movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance.

Sponsored and organized by: the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, the Institute For Anarchist Studies (IAS), PCC MEChA, Yakima County Dream Team, the Hella 503 Collective, Bring Them Home Oregon, Students for Palestinian Equal Rights, Yakima County Dream Team, Abolish Cops and Prisons, and the PCASC Prison Abolition Squad

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Dispatches Against Displacement Book Reading with James Tracy


Reading Frenzy

Sunday, October 19th at 6:00pm

3628 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227

Potluck and round-table style discussion.

San Francisco is being eroded by waves of cash flowing north from Silicon Valley. Recent evictions of long-time San Francisco residents, outrageous rents and home prices, and blockaded “Google buses” are only the tip of the iceberg. James Tracy’s book focuses on the long arc of displacement over almost two decades of “dot com” boom and bust, offering the necessary perspective to analyze the latest urban horrors. A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, Tracy puts the hardships of the working poor and middle class front and center. These essays explore the battle for urban space—public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns against gentrification in the Mission District. From these experiences, Dispatches Against Displacement draws out a vision of what alternative urbanism might look like if our cities were developed by and for the people who bring them to life.

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Perspectives Event in Portland, Oregon August 19th!

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, which has been published for over seventeen years by the Institute for Anarchist Studies, is proud to present an evening in Portland, Oregon with noted scholars and activists Walidah Imarisha, Tamara Lynne, and Lara Messersmith-Glavin. The theme of the evening is ‘strategy’ and will be held at People’s Coop (3029 SE 21st Ave) in the community room on Tuesday, August 19th from 6 – 8 pm. The event is to launch issue No. 27 of Perspectives on the theme of strategy.

The evenings featured speakers are:

Walidah Imarisha, speaking on “Sci Fi and Strategy.” Walidah will discuss the ways that visionary science fiction helps us dream up new worlds and create the strategies to bring them into existence. Walidah is the co-editor of the forthcoming Ocatvia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements (2015) and is one half of the poetry duo Good Sista/Bad Sista in addition to her organizing work.

Tamara Lynne,speaking on “Theatre of the Oppressed: Strategies of Transgression,” for which she reflects on her time in India, her work with Theatre of the Oppressed organizers there and lessons for organizing work here at home. Tamara will draw from her essay “Theatre and the Art of Transgression: Unlearning the Rules of Engagement” featured in the current issue of Perspectives.

Lara Messersmith-Glavin will introduce the work of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and the journal Perspectives on Anarchist Theory and will host the event. Lara is a co-editor of the recent book Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency (AK Press: 2013), is an IAS board member and Perspectives editorial collective member.  Lara wrote the introduction for the current issue. 

The last few issues of Perspectives will be available, including the new Strategy issue, the Care issue, the Movements issue, and the Politics of Climate Change issue.  Also available will be several of the books in the Anarchist Interventions book series co-published with AK Press, including Maia Ramnath’s Decolonizing Anarchism, Harsha Walia’s Undoing Border Imperialism, and Javier Castro’s Imperiled Life:  Revolution Against Climate Catastrophe.


$5 to 25 sliding scale donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

NYC Perspectives Event at Bluestockings Wed., July 9th at 7pm

With Jackson Smith, Maia Ramnath, and Javier Sethness Castro

Come discuss the viewpoints expressed in the latest issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory,  published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies since 1997. This issue (#27) is dedicated to revolutionary anti-authoritarian strategy. Beyond reflecting on the pieces provided by other writers to the issue, contributors to the journal will discuss their essays regarding gentrification on the Lower East Side, the social health work of the Black Panthers and Sandinistas, among other subjects.

Come on out and support the IAS in NYC and Perspectives journal!

At Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., New York, NY 10002

Wednesday, July 9th from 7 – 9 PM