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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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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



Building a Revolutionary Anarchism

August 13th @ 7pm
Red and Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214

How can we build the popularity and influence of anarchist ideas in movements for social and economic justice in the United States? What’s the point in a specifically anarchist organization? What lessons can we draw from the anarchists of South America? What benefits would be gained by the development of a nationwide anarchist organization? What would that organization do and how can we get involved?

Building a Revolutionary Anarchism will share lessons and perspectives from activity in anarchist organization in the US and Argentina. Informed largely by the project and organizing model of especifismo coming out of South America, the presentation focuses on the necessity and current on-going efforts to build nationwide anarchist organization in the United States.

In 2007, Colin O’Malley traveled from Buffalo, New York to Buenos Aires, Argentina to learn from workers that were taking over their closing-down workplaces to run worker owned and operated cooperatives. Coming from a city devastated by the loss of industry and the decades long rustbelt economic crisis that followed, Colin wanted to know what was so different about workers and their organizations in Argentina that there could be a such a drastically different reaction to workplace closures. There he spent time with some of the members of Red Libertaria, an Argentine anarchist organization.

On his return to Buffalo, he helped to found Buffalo Class Action, and with them built the presence of organized anarchism in Buffalo while advocating the creation of a citywide tenants union. Through BCA, he joined Common Struggle/Lucha Comun regional anarchist organization. In 2011, he moved to Rochester, New York and helped to found Rochester Red & Black, another local anarchist organization. As part of these organizations, he has been involved in the Class Struggle Anarchist Conferences, the In Our Hearts Network, and has recently been advocating and helping to build a nationwide class struggle anarchist organization. He is also an active member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Together, let’s talk about what it means to take anarchism seriously as a revolutionary force and what it takes to get it there!

Unsettling Anarchism: Bringing Decolonization Home


August 17th, 7:30pm @ Red and Black Cafe ~ 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214

RSVP here.

Within anarchism, the topic of decolonization has yielded much useful terrain for examining themes like identity and national liberation, solidarity and self-determination, and the right of the oppressed to their own priorities. Far less developed are how this shakes the very foundations of the way anarchism is constructed and who and what determines its contours. We will briefly explore and discuss this transformation through the lenses of South Asian social movements, the literature of US/Third World feminism, and emergent Arab anarchist movements.

Maia Ramnath is board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, serves on the steering committee of the South Asian Solidarity Initiative, and is the author of The Haj to Utopia and Decolonizing Anarchism.

Theresa Warburton is teaching and learning about feminism, anti-racism, anarchism, and Indigenous solidarity. She is the co-founder of the Buffalo Prison Abolition Reading Group and organizes for prison abolition and prisoner support. Her forthcoming article Transforming Alliances: Anarchism, US/Third World Feminism and the Politics of Make Believe was completed with support from the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

Joshua Stephens is a board member with the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and has been active in anti-capitalist and international solidarity movements across the last two decades. He’s spent much of the last two years covering antiauthoritarian movements from New York City, to Athens, Cairo, Palestine, and Mexico for Truth-Out, AlterNet, NOW Lebanon, Jadaliyya, and others.

Endorsed by: Gente Indigena (Blazing Arrow Organization); Oregon Jericho; PDX Anarchist Black Cross; Radical Prisoner Support Portland; the Hella 503 Collective; Portland Rising Tide; Parasol Climate Collective; Rosehips Medic Collective; and Culture of Resistance (CoR).

Childcare Available

A Beautiful and Radiant Thing

Last November, IAS board members Maia Ramnath and Joshua Stephens were interviewed for the Horizontal Power Hour radio show, run out of Wesleyan University, mostly on the topic of anarchism and decolonization. Toward the end of their conversation, the host asked about their relationship to the academy, as an institution — a question likely on the lips of a good number of people interested in the work of the IAS. The discussion that followed was ultimately cut from the final broadcast of the interview, but parts of the raw audio form the basis for this trailer created to announce and promote our website reboot.

In keeping with this spirit, we’re teaming up with Bluestockings Activist Bookstore & Cafe in NYC to offer a series of introductory courses in the anarchist tradition, over the course of the next year, beginning this September. More info coming soon. For now, enjoy the video!