Activist Journeys zine

If you’re familiar with one or more of the subjects below and are interested in writing personal stories that meander about general issues you’ve come up against surviving, growing, learning how to make change happen, for yourself and your adopted community. Have a read of the call out for my new zine project Activist Journeys.

There are many books, zines and essays advising how we’d ideally organize together, support, transform etc. Titles like ‘Organizing Social Spaces as If Social Relations Matter’ aim at critiquing a certain ethos, in the hopes of moving the movement in a certain direction.

I think a more general approach would be really useful in broadening the conversation, if people could read a person’s story of surviving abuse as one important part of a larger journey that might have even kick started something positive for them, like resilience, post traumatic growth. Personal is relatable, open questions like, what has your Activist Journey felt like at different times, looking back, what are you most happy about, how have you sustained yourself through thick and thin?

Anyway enjoy this resource, and please share it out, there are a lot of dead links floating around the interwebs since zinelibrary.info shut down, I managed to scoop these up from a bunch of archived sites in wayback machine, so they’re back from the brink. Plus now in an easy to copy and paste format.

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About Consent

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ask firstAsk First

Resources for Supporters, Survivors, and Perpetrators of Sexual Assault is a collection of resources dealing with the topic of assault and abuse. It explores consent, the dynamics of abuse, how to be a responsible partner, how to support survivors, resources for survivors, and resources for perpetrators.

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learning good consentLearning Good Consent

This is a very good zine on the topic of consent and should be required reading for everyone. It covers tons of important information: how we define consent, identifying abusive behaviour, consent in different types of relationships, how consent interacts with gender, and shares stories of consent in relationships. There is also an extensive “resources” list at the end for those who want to learn more.

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99Support Zine

By Cindy Crabb of Doris Zine.

” an anthology I put together about supporting abuse survivors. A lot of people have written to me and said that this helped them identify as survivors, and to find a way forward in their lives, find ways to change their patterns and find support and healing. This zine includes the consent questions that Andrea, Able and I came up with, and they are great way for people to start talking about consent, either with their partner(s) or with their friends.This zine is not just for survivors, but is also for people who are friends and partners with survivors, to help them understand. ”

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Let's Talk About Consent BabyLets Talk About Consent Baby

by the Down There Health Collective.

Let’s Talk About Consent is a short introduction to the topic of consent and how it functions/should function in the context of relationships. The zine opens with a series of questions about consent designed to get people thinking about consent. From there, the zine presents Antioch College’s “Sexual Offense Prevention Policy,” an excerpt from Our Bodies, Ourselves on communicating about sex, and lastly an article from Rolling Thunder called “We are all Survivors, We are All Perpetrators.”

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lets talk consent Let’s Talk Consent

Let’s Talk Consent, from the Hysteria Collective.

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CaptureNot Without My Consent

by Bullet Girl and the Enforcer

We are not exempt from being the oppressors– oppression is ingrained in our development. It is however scary to see in yourself that which you hate in society. Know what sexual assault is!

Realize the effect your actions have on people.

Let’s keep this shit far out in the open as we can

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consent philly stands upConsent

by Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up

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a street car named consentA Streetcar Named Consent

This zine explores tactics for sexual consent and delight for college and beyond. It uses accessible language, and is full of tools and tips for making consent fun and easier. It was originally made for incoming students at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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an interactive consentInteractive Introduction to Consent, An

Always wanted to know what the big fuss on consent is all about? Well now is your chance! Learn the basics of consent and how to express and implement it into life.

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don't rape each otherDon’t Rape Each Other!

Consent is a community issue!

brought to you by the Olympia Street Medics Collective

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Empower yr sexy self

Empower Yr Sexy Self A Workbook

A workbook zine from some cool folks at the Wench Collective in Kentucky.

About: sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, sexual health and reproduction, and seuxalization.

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Example Consent Policies from Medic Wiki

The purpose of this page is to collect Safer Space and Consent policies form a diverse array of events and collectives, so that organizers have a resource to find ideas, wording, and policies that fit their needs and context. Note that a lot of these poliies are centered around preventing and responding to sexual assault, but many contain much broader suggestions for making spaces safer and more accessible to all people.
Thank you to the Denver on Fire Collective for first collecting many of these policies.

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Resources for survivors of sexual assault

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forgiving myself and Healing Tips Excerpts from I’ve Got Angels in my Head

I will Survive: the African American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault
and Abuse by Lori Robinson

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

Soul Speak Out: Share your Survivor Story
Support New York: A Direct Action Survivor Support Network

The Sexual Healing Journey: a Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Wendy Maltz

The Survivor’s Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life after Child Sexual Abuse by Stacy Haines

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5 Herbs For Trauma

The format’s a little odd. The middle page of the zine takes up only 1/2 of a piece of legal paper. So the PDF will print two side-by-side copies of the middle page onto one sheet of legal paper. If you cut that in half, you’ll get two separate middle pages for every copy of the PDF printed.

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ZINE anactivistapproachAn Activist Guide to Domestic Violence

From Planting Seeds

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ZINE dejavuDe Ja Vu #1

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ZINE silencedeathSilence = Death

Provided by the Overground Distro.

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z my body my pleasureMy Body My Pleasure My Choice

A positive sexuality booklet for young people by Generation Five.

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Let's Talk: Feminist Communication...Let’s Talk: Feminist Communication…

With the full sub-title “Feminist Communication for Radicalizing Sex, Consent, & Interpersonal Dynamics,” “Let’s Talk” is a helpful zine exploring the connections between feminist communication, consent, interpersonal dynamics, and healing from abuse. Its focus on how we communicate with each other makes it worth reading, even for those already familiar with concepts of consent. It’s written in an engaging way and includes valuable information on gendered differences in communication, communicating boundaries and triggers, and consent. There’s also a number of activities aimed an encouraging further discussion and reflection.

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Strategies for SurvivorsStrategies For Survivors

This is a one page zine/pamphlet put together by the Philly Survivor Support Collective that offers suggestions for survivors and communities dealing with sexual assault. Specifically, it is about setting goals for what you’d like to accomplish and what healing could look like in a survivor’s life and in their community.

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and still I riseAnd Still I Rise

a Zine About Domestic Violence by Caitlin Grusauskas December 2003

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If I could live in hope.PNGIf I Could Live in Hope; Sexual Abuse and Survival

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rape reliefVancouver Rape Relief Does Not Support All Survivors

For a recap of the action where this pamphlet was distributed, see:

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/blog/flux/11077

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your beautiful byour beautiful brusied legs Issue #1

A zine of poetry and prose by Jeana Harris over a collage of personal treasures, letters, photographs and love notes. 22 doubled sided pages in black and white.

For (free) physical copies go to amindfullofyou.tumblr.com and send me a message with your address.

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your beautiful 2Your Beautiful Bruised Legs Issue #2

a poetry zine featuring writing by Alfredo Landa, Nicole Berenger, Spencer Hudson, Amanda Capps and Jeana Harris.

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your beautiful 3Your Beautiful Bruised Legs Issue #3

The latest issue of the collaborative poetry zine featuring writing by Cody Brown, Marisa Mejia and Jeana Harris.

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Resources for Supporters of Sexual Assault Survivors:

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A Peer Counseling Primer by Basil

“the basic premise of peer counseling, as I see it is that everyone is born in touch with their natural essence and divine path. but, through the process of socialization — abusive and oppressive or not — we have been thwarted from that path and connection to it.

counseling is a way to give us the space to be listened to in a non-judgemental way and the space for us to be able to experience and express our emotions openly. through this process we can reconnect with our divine nature.

peer counseling is the facilitation of this process with peers working in both roles of counselor and client. opposite to the relationship between a client and their therapist — someone who is paid for their services and someone who possibly has no connection to the clients’ life — peer counseling offers a way to build community while supporting the mental health of that communities members. ideally, it is a process where people support each other in our own autonomy and connections with our self and everything around us.”

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Active Listening Skills for Sexual Assault Survivor Support- from Medic Wiki

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supportingSupporting a Survivor of Sexual Assault: a Primer

a collective effort by Ubuntu and MARC (Men Against Rape Culture), published by BrokenBeautiful Press.

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Resources for People called out for Sexual Assault

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what to do wWhat to Do When You’ve Been Called Out

This trifold pamphlet provides an excellent basic idea of what to do when you’ve been called out for sexual assault, abuse, and other forms of sexual violence. It provides ideas on taking responsibility for your actions, learning how to support others, finding support for yourself, promoting personal and community healing, communicating about these issues, and identifying and addressing harmful behaviors. It’s a useful guide for helping folks who have done violence work towards building resilient, coherent communities in the wake of their violence; it also helps people who’ve done harm understand not only how they can avoid making the harm worse, but also how they can contribute to healing. Highly recommended!
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4What to Do When 1,122KB

A trifold pamphlet that lists steps that people who’ve been called out for sexual assault should take.

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what to do when 2What Do We Do When? #2

A zine about community response to sexual assault. Issue #2

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what to do when 3What Do We Do When? #3

Radical Community Response to Sexual Assault issue #3

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We Are All Survivors, We Are All Perpetrators / What To Do When...

We Are All Survivors, We Are All Perpetrators 679KB

This short zine combines to excellent resources on sexual assault: the article “We Are All Survivors, We Are All Perpetrators” from the Crimethinc publication Rolling Thunder and a piece titled “What To Do When Someone Tells You That You Violated Their Boundaries, Made Them Feel Uncomfortable, Or Committed Assault (A Start).” Both offer important ideas for beginning discussions about sexual assault from a perspective that brings the issue into the open rather than keeping it hidden in the shadows.

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Taking The First Step Suggestions To People Called Out For Abusive Behaviour 42KB

” We printed up some copies of this oldie but goodie zine on what to do when you’re called out for abusive behavior. There has been a lot of discussion around recent events and people associated with punk and activist circles in Richmond being called out for abusive behavior. We hope this might contribute to that conversation in a productive way.We’d recommend anyone read this, whether they have ever been called out for abuse or not. “

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Resources Specifically for Male-Identified Perpetrators

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3Men Unlearning Rape 2,277KB

Looks like a collection of article from other sources.

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2Men Can Stop Rape 1,279KB

by the Kansas Mutual Aid Collective

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On The Road To Healing #1On The Road To Healing #1 1,885KB

This is the first issue of a zine sub-titled “a booklet for men against sexism.” It features a number of essays looking at patriarchy and sexism and the role men have in upholding these institutions. The writings are grouped into four topic areas: 1) growing up male: writings on socialization and manhood; 2) changing ways: re-defining manhood; 3) men’s work: the work we can do to end sexism in our lives and communities; 4) getting to know yourself: some questions to aid in the process of self-discovery.

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    On the Road to Healing #2On The Road To Healing #2 4,118KB

    Sub-titled “a booklet for men against sexism,” this is the second issue of an older zine focused on critical theory and personal reflections on male socialization, sexism, and the concept of manhood. It has writings from several different authors on this broad subject who share their thoughts on manhood, male violence against women, father-son relationships, everyday anti-sexism, and demands from women.

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    Dealing With Our Shit: Six Years of Men’s Group and Accountability Work

    This zine is by Dealing With Our Shit, a men’s group for men and male-identified people from the Twin Cities who later took on the task of mentoring other males through accountability processes for sexual assault. It’s over 100 pages of interviews, reflections, and analysis about their history, their experiences, and their effectiveness. A great resource for anyone interested in working on community response to sexual assault outside the prison/court system. Lots of art, too!

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      Philly Dudes Collective: Year OnePhilly Dudes Collective: Year One 7,726KB

      In this zine, the Philly Dudes Collective—an anti-sexist “men’s group” that came out of the radical/anarchist and punk scenes in Philadelphia—gives an overview of their work during the first year of their existence. It includes a sampling of posters they used to promote their events, workshops and discussions they led, panels they participated on, etc. They offer good outlines for hosting conversations on masculinity and patriarchy and men’s roles in it. This is an excellent resource for anyone hoping to have conversations about masculinity, patriarchy, and gender in radical political and social scenes.

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      don't be a dick.PNGDon’t be a Dick

      DON’T BE A DICK is a zine about masculinity, rape, porn, and consent.

       

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      1Beginners guide to responsible sexuality 4,609KB

      The cover says “(for men)”, and it’s put out by a Denver Collective who “identify as experiencing male privilege.” You should download it and read it if your interested.

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      This zine contains three articles by Tod Augusta-Scott, a social worker who works with men who have battered, abused, or used sexual violence. He has a novel approach to leading the men to take responsibility for their own actions and be accountable. This approach is based in challenging gender essentialism, listening to the men, and helping them develop new stories for their lives. Cogent and insightful, Tod Augusta-Scott’s articles provide a practical model that should be useful to people involved in community-based accountability work.

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      sex a.PNGSex and Men

      a hot potato

      “This booklet has been put together by a small group of men. It’s an honest and open view of how a few men see sex, other men and themselves. It’s also about how different our lives in society have been, and how as men we are all linked to it’s controlling powers. We hope to follow this booklet with another sometime in the future called ‘Love and Men’. This will be more about our own feelings towards each other and how we refuse and abuse them. Any men who wish to become involved or just want to write then please do.”

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      men speaking outMen Speaking Out on Men and Sexism

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      soundtracks and survInterview with Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up

      An interview with Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up, two collectives that work to support survivors of sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable. From Heartattack zine.

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      Recourses Specifically for Female-identified Perpetrators

      404 Error! Either the internet hasn’t caught up, or there are no known material resources in circulation. I’ll include some helplines instead.

       

      call STOP IT NOW.org.uk on 0808 100 0900
      Help line aimed at adults who have abused or are thinking of abusing a child, family and friends of abusers and parents of children and young people with worrying sexual behavior.

      Respect: 0808 802 4040
      Respect runs a confidential helpline for domestic violence perpetrators (male or female). They offer information and advice to support perpetrators stop their violence and change their abusive behaviours.
      Helpline is open Mon – Fri, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.
      www.respectphoneline.org.uk

      London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
      020 7837 7324
      If you’re looking for any material in the mean time, you can catch up on any learnt bad habits through being socialised in the gender binary.

      what happened to sistedrhoodWhat Happened to Sisterhood?

      Cat fights, gossip, body policing, slut shaming, enough is enough! Be a better sista, the world is cruel enough without us being cruel to each other. You can’t smash patriarchy by yourself!

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      Accountability Processes, Communities Responding to Sexual Assault

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      The Broken TeapotThe Broken Teapot

      The Broken Teapot is a collection of three essays that explore the limitations of current anarchist models of “accountability” in situations of rape and abuse. The zine raises a number of important questions regarding the “accountability processes” that have been developed over the past ten or so years to deal with these issues within the anarchist space. It’s an important piece to consider when thinking about how “broken” we all are.

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      If a Man Commits Rape...If a Man Commits Rape…

      If a Man Commits Rape in Newtown and No One Knows How to Deal with it.. Then Did it Ever Really Happen? is a zine that explores what happens when rape happens in a radical/anarchist community (in this case, Sydney, Australia, although the patterns are similar almost everywhere). It covers the author/survivor’s experience, the response of the “community” in Sydney, and uses this to share valuable lessons and insights about the importance of helping survivors and addressing rape within radical communities. It includes helpful ideas for how communities should respond to allegations of rape, how communities should help survivors, dealing with rape apologists, outing rapists, and more.

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      BetrayalBetrayal

      A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures analyzes the ways in which rape takes place, is talked about, and is dealt with in anarchist subcultures. It looks at how anarchists often seek to “silence” discussion of rape by limiting it and/or preventing it and how those who do take the risk to talk about rape are often attacked and ostracized. There is also a critique of “accountability processes” and how they are often applied. Betrayal is a very critical zine to be sure, but it offers a lot for those who wish to move in new directions.

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      Accounting For Ourselves

      byCrimethinc
      This zine is a very good analysis of the impasse that seems to exist within the anarchist space around assault and abuse. Starting from where we are at now with a thoughtful discussion of the limits and failures of accountability processes, the zine presents an insightful account of where we are at and where the problems exist. In many cases, the criticisms are very insightful, even if the conclusions aren’t always the most comforting. In response to the current impasse, the zine presents some possible new directions including survivor-led vigilantism, prevention through gender-based organizing, prioritizing conflict resolution, and a concept of “concentric circles of affinity.” This is a very good zine that should ideally encourage a lot of substantive discussion.
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      dealing with conflictConflict Resolution Circles.pdf

      Conflict Resolution Circles.doc

      This is a handout from the Rock Dove Collective that provides an outline for an alternative model of dealing with conflict — no police, no state, no hierarchy, no jail. It’s community-based and centers around bringing people who are affected by a conflict into a facilitated circle to talk about the issues and feelings that arise from the conflict. A good beginning.

      Also included is a word document with an example script outline for facilitators, as well as an outline of what circles are and aren’t intended to do.

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      rock dove collective.jpgRevolution in Conflict: Anti Authoritarian Approaches to Resolving and Transforming Conflict and Harm

      This is a transcript of a recording of a workshop given at the 2008 NYC Anarchist Bookfair. The workshop title is Revolution in Conflict: Anti-Authoritarian Approaches to Resolving and Transforming Conflict and Harm.

      This workshop explores anti-authoritarian approaches to conflict resolution and transformation, and takes a look at methods like mediation and restorative justice from an anarchist standpoint. While we consider the long-term relevance of these options (replacing functions currently carried out by the state “after the revolution”), the main focus is on strategies we can use immediately to resolve disputes within our personal and political communities, and to begin to decrease our dependence on the state for intervention in the aftermath of harm. It talks about the anarchist theoretical context for these strategies and about practical next steps in our communities for meeting our own conflict resolution and transformation needs.

      The workshop, by the way, is fucking awesome.

      Hear the original recording at:

      http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/26976

      The workshop was presented by Danielle, who is a founding member of the Rock Dove Collective, a radical community health project in New York City. She is currently designing a pilot Restorative Justice project that will serve as a conduit into alternatives to incarceration for serious and violent offenders. She also works with young men returning from Rikers Island, and has engaged in anti- violent, empowerment-based programs with ‘at-risk’ youth since she was one herself. She has taught creative writing in prisons and jails in Illinois, Georgia, and New York. While in Atlanta, she created a project to teach conflict resolution through the arts in ‘inner city’ schools and juvenile detention centers, and did extensive gang intervention work in her community. She is currently part of a collective that offers trainings in consensus and facilitation, and has mediated conflicts using a variety of approaches for everything from two-person to large-scale community disputes

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      the revolution starts at homeThe Revolution Starts At Home Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities

      Denver On Fire is happy to present this incredible resource in zine format! Previous editions of The Revolution Starts At Home have been in full-page-booklet style (available at http://www.incite-national.org/index.php?s=114). This format is a bit more compact.

      edited by Ching-In Chen, Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

      Includes submissions from members of CARA, Philly’s Pissed, The Northwest Network, UBUNTU, INCITE! and more.

      Concrete tools for community accountability organizing.

      112 pages (28 double-sided sheets of paper in zine format)

      denveronfire.org

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      generation 5

      Towards Transformative Justice – Generation Five

      generation FIVE has spent the last decade, with allies across movements and across the country, developing Transformative Justice. Transformative Justice is an approach to respond to and prevent child sexual abuse and other forms of violence that puts transformation and liberation at the heart of the change. It is an approach the looks at the individual and community experiences as well as the social conditions. It is an approach that looks to integrate both personal and social transformation.

      Our aim was to develop intervention and prevention that aligned with:
      our analysis of child sexual abuse as both one of the symptoms and perpetuators of oppression and violence
      politics committed to systemic change and liberation our commitment to healing, agency, and accountbility
      the actual relationships and situations in which child sexual abuse happens the oppression and limitations of state responses. Through this we developed Transformative Justice. We will spend the next decade, with so many others exploring similar approaches, learning to apply the principles and practices of Transformative Justice.

      The goals of Transformative Justice are:
      Safety, healing, and agency for survivors
      Accountability and transformation for people who harm
      Community action, healing, and accountability

      Transformation of the social conditions that perpetuate violence – systems of oppression and exploitation, domination, and state violence

      The principles of a Transformative Justice approach to addressing all forms of violence include:

      Liberation
      Shifting power
      Accountability
      Safety
      Collective Action
      Respect Cultural Difference/ Guard against Cultural Relativism
      Sustainability

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      world without 2World Without Sexual Assault: For A Community Response to Sexual Assault

      This is the second newspaper put out by the World Without collective based out of Melbourne. Their new website, different from the one listed in the newspaper, will be http://www.worldwithoutsexualassault.org/ though it is not yet online. World Without also runs a distro at http://www.myspace.com/bottlesandbonesdistro, and they have an email address: worldwithout@lists.aktivix.org

      The newspaper has articles on topics like grieving and mourning, myths about sexual assault, restorative justice, consent, and support.

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      About sexual assualt, rape, sexism and racism

      • Brutal from Slug and Lettuce.

      Archive

      • Trapped by the sex worker solidarity collective

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      Ladders + hipsLadders and Hips: An Open Letter to the Boys in My Life

      A zine on self-injury, eating disorders, and sexualized violence. This zine lays open the author’s struggle with internalized sexism by looking at the ways patriarchy has manifested itself in the author’s body. Other articles connect her personal experiences with a broader, intersectional exploration of power within activist and punkrock communities she both embraces and attempts to hold accountable.

      TRIGGER WARNING: this zine deals explicitly with self injury, eating disorders, and sexual assault. read with care.

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      rape consent and pRape, Consent and Patriarchy

      We all know what it is, now it’s time to get off our asses and do something about it.

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        With Allies Like These: Reflections on Privilege ReductionismWith Allies Like These Reflections on Privelage Reductionism

        This zine explores the origins of anti-oppression politics and their current position within the both the anarchist space and the leftist space. Coming from a highly critical perspective, the authors of the zine (members of the Common Cause anarchist group) explain the origins of anti-oppression activism within the university and the failures of the movements for liberation in the 1960s. The zine critiques the theory and practice of anti-oppression politics while looking at ways in which it often serves to limit struggles by focusing on the individual, sub-cultural “safe spaces,” and limiting militancy. Far from being a simplistic dismissal, this zine is a well-researched and well-considered piece that should help foster important and challenging conversations.

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          Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial ComplexAccomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

          This zine presents a strong critique of the political identity of “ally” and the activists who have built an “ally industrial complex” based on their anti-oppression credentials. Written from the context of indigenous struggles, this zine criticizes and explains several different types of “allies”: those who wish to “save” oppressed people, those who wish to use oppressed people to advance their own interests, academics, self-proclaiming allies, and more. Rather than “allies,” the zine argues instead for “accomplices” who attack colonial structures and ideals and who are realized through mutual consent and trust.

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          Social DetoxSocial Detox 1

          This zine is a good, basic introduction to patriarchy and sexism and the role of men in perpetuating it. It works well as a means of starting conversations about the role of men in perpetuating and fighting patriarchy. There are definitions and exploration of patriarchy, reflections on men’s anti-sexist discussion groups, reflections and discussion on the concept of masculinity, immediate step men can take to change, and a list of suggested readings.

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          Said The Pot To The Kettle Feminist Theory For Anarchist Men

          Said the Pot to the Kettle provides a basic introduction to feminist theory for anarchist men. This zine was written by a man and is targeted towards other men who sleep with women. It covers a wide-range of topics including patriarchy, gender identification, women-only and safe spaces, language and pronouns, sexual assault, powder dynamics, body image, and more. Obviously, the discussion to each of these points is relatively short, but it’s a very helpful zine. The author has two goals: 1) to help men deconstruct patriarchy within themselves for the sake of women’s liberation 2) to help men deconstruct patriarchy within themselves for the sake of their own liberation.

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          Lines in SandLines in Sand

          With the sub-title “Three essays on identity, oppression, and social war,” 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.

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          Dangerous FoundationsDangerous Foundations

          This zine—sub-titled “An Argument Against the ‘Identity’ in Identity Politics”—presents a solid critique of “identity politics” and organizing strategies based solely on identity. It isn’t just a simple rejection, but offers a substantive critique of the limits of identity and offers an alternative perspective based on the “politics of affinity” that takes as its starting point our connections and commonalities in terms of goals for the future and types of resistance, rather than maintenance of fixed identities.

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          Dismantling the Boys Club

          This zine is aimed towards men within the anarchist space to explain how patriarchy works and men’s role in maintaining it, both within the anarchist space and in the larger world. There are essays explaining patriarchy, discussing gender, and sexism in the anarchist space. Along with this, there is a helpful list of terminology and definitions, tips for starting a group for men against sexism, and a detailed questionnaire designed to push men towards exploring how patriarchy manifests itself in their lives. It’s one of the better and more recent zines on the topic.

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          A Compilation of Anti-Oppression ResourcesA Compilation of Anti Oppression Resources

          This zine was compiled for the Earth First! Trans’ and Womyn’s Action Camp in 2009. It is a basic overview of anti-oppression principles. It explores white privilege, male privilege, gender, transphobia, homophobia, ablism, classism, and ageism. It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to be a better ally.

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          Whiteness is not a culture. There is Irish culture and Italian culture and American culture—the latter, as Albert Murray pointed out, a mixture of the Yankee, the Indian, and the Negro (with a pinch of ethnic salt); there is youth culture and drug culture and queer culture; but there is no such thing as white culture. Whiteness has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with social position. It is nothing but a reflection of privilege, and exists for no reason other than to defend it. Without the privileges attached to it, the white race would not exist, and the white skin would have no more social significance than big feet.

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          “An Anarchist Introduction to Critical Race Theory” by RACE (Revolutionary Anti-Authoritarians of Color)An Anarchist Introduction to Critical Race Theory

          RACE (Revolutionary Anti-Authoritarians of Color)

          Critical Race Theory starts by asking the same questions about race, racism and power that a myriad of academic disciplines and activists have pondered for the past century. It draws upon critical legal studies and radical feminism in the formation of its approach. While it is primarily concerned with the legal arena, it is activist in nature and has come to include political science, education, American and ethnic studies and more.

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          “Hot Pantz: DIY Gynecology / Herbal Remedies” by Isabelle Gauthier & Lisa VinebaumHot Pantz DIY Gynecology Herbal Remedies

          Isabelle Gauthier & Lisa Vinebaum

          Patriarchy sucks!

          It’s robbed us of our autonomy and much of our history. We believe that it’s integral for women to be aware and in control of our own bodies. The recipes we present here have been known for centuries, passed down from mother to daughter, and have survived the censorship of the witch hunts. Our intent is simple and practical: to help break away from the medical establishment’s tentacular grip on our bodies and our approaches to health and healing.

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          “Queering Anarchism” by Deric Shannon & Abbey WillisQueering Anarchism

          Deric Shannon & Abbey Willis

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          Queering anarchism means complexifying it. Concretely, we propose that we can apply some of the ways that we (might) love to the ways that we think about political theory. Thus, we build the metaphor of ‘theoretical polyamory’ to suggest that having multiple partners (or political theories) is a way of constructing more holistic and nuanced movements than might be implied by solely relying on anarchism for the answers to the complex questions surrounding the political project of undoing all forms of structured and institutionalized domination, coercion, and control.

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          You are a woman in a capitalist society. You get pissed off: about the job, about the bills, about your husband (or ex), about the kids’ school, the housework, being pretty, not being pretty, being looked at, not being looked at (and either way, not listened to), etc.Anarcha-feminism’s response:
          We build autonomy—the process of ever growing synthesis for every living creature. We spread spontaneity and creation. We learn the joys of equality—of relationships without dominance among sisters. We destroy domination in all its forms.
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          “Understanding Patriarchy” by bell hooksUnderstanding Patriarchy

          bell hooks

          Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life. Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained. Many men in our nation would not be able to spell the word or pronounce it correctly. The word “patriarchy” just is not a part of their normal everyday thought or speech. Men who have heard and know the word usually associate it with women’s liberation, with feminism, and therefore dismiss it as irrelevant to their own experiences.

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          I began to count the ways in which I enjoy unearned skin privilege and have been conditioned into oblivion about its existence.

          My schooling gave me no training in seeing myself as an oppressor, as an unfairly advantaged person, or as a participant in a damaged culture. I was taught to see myself as an individual whose moral state depended on her individual moral will.

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          Book coverClean, Green and Cruelty Free The true story of animals in New Zealand

          Aotearoa New Zealand is often promoted as a peaceful land of blue skies, pure streams, and rich pastures — “clean and green” paradise. In reality, our society is based on the sounds, smells and blood of the slaughterhouse. Every year New Zealanders kill over a hundred million animals for food or profit. Over two million battery chickens are crowded into tiny, stinking cages, and thousands of pregnant sows endure boredom and frustration in cramped dark stalls. Animals suffer for our amusement in circuses, zoos, racetracks and rodeos, or are bred and hunted for sport. Hundreds of thousands of animals endure pain in laboratory experiments every year, while many more are trapped, shot, or poisoned because they have been defined as pests.

          Clean, green and cruelty-free? explodes the myth of New Zealand as a pristine and animal-friendly environment. Designed as a resource for animal advocates, it will be of interest to anyone concerned about animal suffering.

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          Seen not heard

          This was a zine done by Melanie Gauthier. In Melanie’s own words this is a zine zine, which means she interviewed the people who did zines as these folks never got the credit for what they did. There is a straight edge, vegan, and animal rights focus to the zine.

          Melanie inteviewed:

          – Al Quint about Suburban Voice
          – Sam McPheeters about Dear Jesus
          – Kent McClard about No Answers
          – Daisy Rooks of Not Even zine from Bethesda with the “Chicks Up Front posse” concept
          – Chrissy and Stacey of Budget zine out of Simi Valley, california;
          – Eric about Cloudbreak from Springfield, Missouri
          – Jhon of Cunchface from Akron, Ohio
          – Gabe about Good ‘n’ Plenty from Illinois
          – Dave Mandel about Indecision from Woodland Hills, California
          – Fred Hammer about It’s Alive from Oxnard
          – John about Reality Control of Carpenteria, california

          In addition there was some great photo spreads, some vegan recipes, and a column on being straight edge and having animal rights ethics.

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          49ALF A,B,C’s

          by Bite Back Magazine

          The Animal Liberation Front (A.L.F.) consists of individuals and small autonomous groups of people all over the world who carry out direct action according to the A.L.F. guidelines.

          Because A.L.F. actions are against the law, activists work anonymously and do not have any centralized organization or coordination. The A.L.F. is non-hierarchical in its structure, which allows for only those people involved directly in the action to control their own destiny.

          The Animal Liberation Front directly disrupts the practice of animal abuse by rescuing animals and imposing real financial and social costs to animal abusers, usually through the damage and destruction of property.

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          2The ALF Primer

          A Guide To Direct Action And The Animal Liberation Front, Third Edition

          Members of the Animal Liberation Front act directly to stop animal suffering, at the risk of losing their own freedom. Direct action refers to illegal actions performed to bring about animal liberation. These are usually one of two things: rescuing animals from laboratories or other places of abuse, or inflicting economic damage on animal abusers. Due to the illegal nature of ALF activities, activists work anonymously, and there is no formal organization to the ALF. There is no office, no leaders, no newsletter, and no official membership. Anyone who carries out direct action according to ALF guidelines is a member of the ALF.
          Animal Liberation Front Guidelines

          1. To liberate animals from places of abuse, i.e. fur farms, laboratories, factory farms, etc. and place them in good homes where they may live out their natural lives free from suffering.

          2. To inflict economic damage to those who profit from the misery and exploitation of animals.

          3. To reveal the horror and atrocities committed against animals behind locked doors by performing nonviolent direct actions and liberations.

          4. To take all necessary precautions against hurting any animal, human and non-human.

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          UntitledTotal Liberation Freedom for Both Nonhuman and Human animals!

          2 Page Trifold Pamphlet

          “A veganarchist critique of liberal veganism.”

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          againt seperatism.PNGAgainst Separatism

          anarchism and identity politics

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          arms and the womenArms and the Women

          “Jeanne Charles” was the pseudonym of Françoise Denevert. This article, under the title La critique ad mulierem, originally appeared in the journal Chronique des Secrets Publics (Paris, 1975). This new translation by Ken Knabb supersedes the 1975 version included in Public Secrets.

          text from here: http://www.bopsecrets.org/PS/women.htm

          puttingthesexybackinfeminazi@riseup dot net

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          Breaking the manaclesBreaking the MANacles

          an anti-patriarchy reader

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          exuse me can you pleaseExcuse Me, Can You Please Pass The Privilege?

          A primer on privilege for the privileged by someone with privilege.

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          from the kitchen 2From the Kitchen: Sexism Anarchism and Men

          In what is perhaps a first for Aotearoa Pakeha anarchists (please let us know if that isn’t the case) ‘From the Kitchen’ is a zine devoted to the discussion of anarchist mens relationship/response to the feminist movement(s) and our own sexist behaviour. The zine isn’t about pointing fingers but instead is done in the style of critical self-reflection by the authors about sexism in their own lives.

          Topics in the first issue include:

          Me(n) and Pornography
          Slugs in the Sandpit – The Gendered politics of the garden
          Meat Robots Unite
          Some thoughts on masculinity, authoritarianism and emotional intelligence
          What is to be done- some reflections on current sexism in the anarchist movement.

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          gay shameGay Shame Opposes Marriage in Any Form

          Gay Shame Opposes Marriage in Any Form

          Critique of the reformist/capitalist gay marriage movement, and the patriarchal nature of marriage in general.

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          sex race and classSex Race and Class

          by Selma James

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          sexuality as staSexuality as State Form

          An essay bringing together anarchist and post-structuralist thought (esp Deleuze & Guattari) to question the very idea of ‘sexual orientation.’ It aims to make it clear why sexuality is an anarchist issue. Originally published as:

          Heckert, Jamie (2011). “Sexuality as State Form” in D. Rousselle and S. Evren (eds.) Postanarchism: A Reader. Ann Arbor/London: Pluto Press.

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          privilege politicsThe Promises And Pitfalls Of Privilege Politics

          Put together by some anti-state pro-revolutionaries for a workshop panel discussion at the 2012 NYC Anarchist Bookfair.

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          Trapped

          This is a short essay, by a canadian sex-trade worker. It’s really, really good.

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          moral revolution coverMoral Revolution

          Resistance is Fertile!!! A brilliant zine by Kriti Sharma about creating an ethics of love, a livable world, a yes in creation response with each other (based on Sarah Lucia Hoagland’s Lesbian Ethics).

          Also see this political education agenda for an idea of how to use this magic in your community!

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          frictionlines.gifVoices from the Friction Lines

          As part of the DIY series at Charis Books and More, the oldest feminist bookstore in the Southeast, a half-dozen brilliant activists, thinkers and artists created a zine to respond to the literal and metaphorical drought that our planet, progressive movements, and our bodies are suffering. This zine provides resources towards wholeness, a spell, a word-search, do it yourself interviews for elders and young folks, poetry, a recipie and beautiful artwork. Defying the stories about scarcity all around us, this abundance of joy was created in only 2 hours.

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          outlawvision.gifOutLaw Vision: Reclaiming, Truth, Power and Justice For Ourselves

          A zine about responding to violence without reaffirming the biases of the law created in ONE HOUR (!!!!) by participants in an UBUNTU workshop at the Allied Media Conference. This zine includes strategies for response, examples of how people are organizing for transformative justice, a review of a one woman show, vision maps, an interactive advice column and more!

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          watermelaninremix.gifThe Watermelanin Remix

          This zine is a compilation of student poems and prose pieces in conversation with Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle. Remixing the poems in main character Gunnar Kaufman’s poetry collection Watermelanin, the students examined their own relationships to racism, gender, family, class, oppression and freedom. This edition also includes literary readings of each poem by fellow students and photos of the poets performing their pieces for an unsuspecting audience of bus-riders. This zine is highly recommended as a teaching tool for any class reading Beatty’s important work.

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          Such a Fucking Problem

          This poetry ‘zine created by POMK is a prelude to the website of the same name suchafuckingproblem.blogspot.com. Full of irony, rage and social critique this zine calls out assimilationist pressure, a culture of silence around sexual violence and apathy of all kinds.

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          sex.gifS.exual E.xperience X.posed

          This ‘zine presents a diverse array of sexual experiences from the point of view of female and women-identified individuals. The content of this ‘zine is specifically for grown folks, and the author hopes that this publication will find its way to women’s organizations, rape crisis centers and women’s shelters to send the message that we should all be able to tell our sexual stories without shame!

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          doubleconsciousness.gifDouble Conciousness

          This ‘zine by Michelle Oyeka provides a contemporary exercise in “double-consciousness” a term coined by W.E.B. DuBois’s in 1903 to explain the difficult, but important position of people of african descent in the Americas. Oyeka uses this concept to embrace her experience as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, immersed in African-American culture and to create an aesthetic in which multiple views are valued. Oyeka’s zine features guest pages by Elisabeth Michel and Stephanie Darand.

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          blackleaders.gifBlack Leaders: Misleading the Black Community

          This ‘zine by Jade Miller critiques the tactics of conservative black leaders and uses the work of figures as varied as Aaron McGruder and Barack Obama to imagine what effective black leadership could look like. This is a useful conversation starter for conversations about the 2008 national and local elections.

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          infection.gifInfection Confirmed

          This ‘zine created by a team of pre-medical students of color seeks to examine and uncover the health disparities experienced by people of color in the United States. Including pieces on the significance of race and genomics in contemporary healthcare, the immigrant heathcare debate as well as disturbing facts and useful remedies, this publication seeks to infect the minds of its readers towards a transformation of the medical field.

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          Learn Cursive

          Download this handy-dandy self-explanatory zine by Jaime Danehey to learn or teach someone to write in cursive. Hear tell they’re not teaching this in school anymore. Keep writing!

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          My Name is Me and Keeping it real

          “My Name is Me” and “Keeping It Real” were both created by a multicultural group of women who respond to sexual violence in their everyday work in communities of color in consecutive 90 minute workshops at the CARE Annual Multicultural Gathering. Download these publications and open yourself to the range of knowledge and energy these nurses, rape crisis responders, teachers, filmakers, advocates, students, counselors and activists have shared!

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          Hope and Vision The Persuit of Happiness in Times of Crisis

          created at the Miami Workers Center, Miami FL

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          Co/modified Bodies: A Collaborative Zine About Transformation

          Created at University of North Carolina, Greensboro

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          MPressed The YESPP! We Can Edition

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          gender agenda easterGender Agender Lent 2012

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          gender agenda 14Gender Agenda 2014

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          gender agenda christmasGender Agenda Michaelmas 2014 BAD

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          anarchicideAnarchicide

          A zine about responsibility and intent in anarchist social circles. Plus fun illustrations. 12 pages.

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          playing with firePlaying with Fire

          Anarchist ideas are not dead things, to be viewed as a logical conclusion of certain ideas of justice, equality or “humanity.” There is no logical series, no precise and irrefutable argument that must convince a rational person.

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          thenew connections manifestoThe New Connections Manifesto

          Call for a new radical networking journal based on (Dis)Connection.

          Pilot issue which includes a call for submissions, South Side ARA Anti-Fascist Scene Report, Combat Emasculation of M.L. King by Mondo we Langa, a Three Sisters Companion Planting tutorial, and information on political prisoner Tsutomu Shirosaki.

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          antidrugmanAnti-Drug Mun Meetz His Match Drug Duel Comix

          Apparently, part of this comix zine I put up elsewhere got censored, likely due to politically incorrect content. When I can, I will put up the last 4 pages of the zine.

          But for now, you get a look at the best part of the work, with an ending that you get to guess at for now!

          He he he!

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          I want to let you in…

          …to the shower of my heart.

          The second in a series of anarchist personal ads.

          This is for my friend Bobby and five anarchists in Cleveland.

          from the Institute Experimental Freedom / Liam Sionnach

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          rob’s revolting #2 eugene – city of doom!

          this is a text-only revision of a zine i made in the winter of 2009, telling of my crash-and-burn after being released from prison.

          not a happy tale, but things have only gotten worse since then. i do not recognize the optimistic person who wrote this – thinking it would be the first step in a healing process that would enable him to once again feel like part of a revolutionary movement.

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          letterssix letters addressed to you

          First published in 2010 this zine is composed of six handwritten letters addressed to unnamed recipients on a variety of topics ranging from Machiavelli and loneliness to Christianity and nature to addiction and unhealthy relationships to anarchy and nihilism to animals at the zoo to love and friendship.

          http://patrokolos.tumblr.com

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          the year of the firethe year of the fire

          This is in large part a personal zine with letters reflecting on the past year, which ended up being transitional in nature for many of our authors. There was job loss, fires, relationships endings, and a general sense of hardship to overcome.

          The zine also includes some winter recipes for chili, soup and vindaloo. Some DIY gift ideas, and radical christmas carols.

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          disorganisationRuckus UW Seattle Disorientation 2011

          This is the Ruckus (dis)orientation guide to the University of Washington. It is an inversion of college orientation guides: it orients you about communities and cool activities around UW, and the things that are actually useful to know. It disorients you from the university administration’s intended plan to sell you an alienated mass-production education while draining you like the capitalist vampires they are. We made this because we feel it took years for us discover many great things around this campus; so we’ll pass along the results from years of accidents and serendipity.

          Includes articles on survival, campus organizing, the Seattle music scene, polyamory, consent, tuition hikes, anti-Sodexo sit-ins, the Canadian tar sands, poverty, Joe Hill, unions, Seattle newspapers, DIY publishing, anti-sweatshop organizing, El Salvador, the School of the Americas, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, and a community calendar.

          Ruckus is an independent newspaper for the University of Washington community by the Ruckus Collective. We are for participatory democracy, social justice, collective liberation, and resistance to killing the planet.

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          Carcass in Our HeadCarcass in Our Heads, The A Mic Check

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          the chimpanzineChimpanZine

          -Contribution #1 by Pam Troglodytes (the meaning of life)

          -A Question of Violence

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          do you suffer from alienationDo You Suffer From Alienation?

          from Autonomy//253 Distro

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          CaptureNonviolent Communication Zine

          Collaged with love for you by Liberty

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          wake up teenageTeenagers Wake Up

          resist to exist

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          Community Struggle – Empowerment

          ZINE womens self defenceWomens Self Defense #2

          Stories & strategies of survival.

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          self defenceFighting Back: Self Defense for Women and Girls

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          intimate violence zineThoughts About Community Support Around Intimate Violence

          Thoughts About Community Support Around Intimate Violence

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          Community How To by Sage

           

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          tiqqunTiqqun – Theses on the Terrible Community

          Everyone knows the terrible communities, having spent time in them or being within them still because they are always stronger than the others. And because of that one always stays, in part – and parts at the same time. Family, school, work, and prison are the classic faces of this form of contemporary hell. But they are less interesting as they belong to an old form of market evolution and only presently survive. On the contrary, there are the terrible communities which struggle against the existing state of things that are at one and the same time attractive and better than “this world.” And at the same time their way of being closer to the truth – and therefore to joy – moves them away from freedom more than anything else.

          The question we must answer in a final manner is of a more ethical than political nature because the classic political forms and their categories fit us like our childhood clothing. The question is to know if we prefer the possibility of an unknown danger to the certainty of a present pain. That is to say if we want to continue to live and speak in agreement (dissident perhaps, but always in agreement) with what has been done so far – and thus with the terrible communities – or, if we want to question that small portion of our desire that the culture has not already infested in its mess, to try – in the name of an original happiness – a different path.

          This text was conceived as a contribution to that other voyage.

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          How To Put Together Your Own Consent WorkshopHow To Put Together Your Own Consent Workshop

          The title of this zine, How To Put Together Your Own Participatory, Community-specific, Radical Consent Workshop, is pretty straightforward and a great description of the zine’s contents. In addition to the general theme of how to put together a workshop on consent, the zine also provides tips on facilitation, space and accessibility, and additional resources. The bulk of the zine is an outline with ideas on what to say, activities to do, and materials to include.

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          Toolkits and personal stories of winning

           

          Indigenous Young Women Lead: Our Stories, Our Strengths, Our Truths. Edited by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network

          Through our work at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network across North America and during this process we have come to understand that our expressions of ideas and emotions are so much more complex and beautiful than even English allows us to show. Films, photos, spoken word, poetry, painting and storytelling – all are here and create a connected picture of Indigenous women’s leadership on this land. They speak about traditional roles before colonization began, how it continues and the creative ways we are finding to understand and implement those roles now – something we feel is absolutely central to addressing the challenges we face as Indigenous peoples.
          This publication is part of a larger collaborative project called Indigenous Young Women: Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths.

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          Our Communities, Our Words: Stepping Up for Racialized Girls’ Empowerment

          Our Communities, Our Words, simply put, is the documentation of the best practices, reflections on programming, stories and experiences that have been shared by our Community Colleagues who are working for and with racialized girls and young women. The intention of this guide is to share frameworks, tools, and resources to support programming, and address the needs and experiences of the racialized girls and young women we work with.

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          Start Something Fierce: A Young Woman’s Guide to Grassroots Organizing

          Do you want to start a project? Organize an event? This zine introduces the key concepts from young women who have done it themselves. Get information on topics like collaboration, leadership styles, fundraising, anti-oppression organizing, evaluation, communications, and growing your project. In addition, there are also inspiring stories, tips and resources!

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          Zine Thrivin’

          A collection of stories, art and profiles from and by (mostly canadian) young women of colour who work it.This zine consists of a variety of stories, art, and profiles from and by young women of colour, which shows how growing up in the Canadian diaspora can be HARD and how we deal with it. The goal of this zine was to celebrate racialized girls and young women but you do it yourself. In your art, in your communities, in your activism, in your cooking, with your grandma, in your languages. We thrive just by living on and by moving on.

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          Make Some Noise

          Get started in video, photography, radio and interviewing, cyber activism, hip-hop, spoken word and poetry!

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          Zine Step It Up: The Young Women’s Guide to Influencing Public Policy

          This zine introduces the policy process and gives ideas for how to influence public policy at the municipal, provincial and national levels. Packed with information and inspiring stories, this zine is part of a Toolkit Series to help girls and young women take action on the issues that matter to them the most. Download zine pdf format (6.85 MB) This zine is designed to be printed out 2-sided, on legal sized (8.5×14) paper.

          Look Closer: Girls and young women taking action against poverty

          Think youth today are inactive and apathetic? Think again!
          Look Closer! celebrates girls and young women who are changing the world.

          This comic book zine was a part of the 2007 National Day of Action awareness raising campaign.

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          Zine Dreams to Action (2005)

          Make your dream a reality! This zine is a youth-friendly guide to learning the basics of community organizing. From Dreams to Action includes inspiring stories from other young organizers, as well as tips on fundraising, networking, evaluation, strategy, communications and links to other amazing resources
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          Sex Militant

          Archive

           

          more than who fuckthis is about more than who we fuck (and who fucks us)

          This zine was born out of one part desire for a writing project and one part desire for more writing to be out there about the place of personal relationships in the struggle (against authority, oppression, domination…). The things that destroy us aren’t just the cops and the prisons, but the models of relationships that are implicit, taken for granted and sap us of our ability to imagine something different. These writings, in different ways, attempt to lay out some glimpses into fights against the things the writers were taught about sex, love and close relationships

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          more than who fuck 2This is about more than who we fuck (and who we don’t) #2 REAL

          We said before that this zine was born partly out of our desire for more writing to be out there about the place of personal relationships in the struggle (against authority, oppression, domination, and all the bullshit). I think the same holds true this time around. We’re still fighting against all the things we’ve been taught about relationships, and we’re still figuring out hot to have radically different kinds of relationships than those we were taught to desire, and still figuring out how to bring politics into our relationships and relationships into our politics, and this zine is just a few people writing about that fight.

          Please email us with thoughts, comments, etc.
          morethanfckng@gmail.com

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          dangerous spacesDANGEROUS SPACES: Violent Resistance, Self-Defense, and Insurrectional Struggle Against Gender

          A collection of communiques and theory surrounding issues of women’s and queer violence, self-defense, and revenge.

          Untorelli Press untorelli (at) riseup.net untorellipress.noblogs.org

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          Toward The Queerest Insurrection

          Negative feminism, anti-social queer theory and the politics of hope

          ‘Do We Scare Ya’ Cuz, We’re Not Afraid To Fuck’? Queer-feminist Punk Countercultures, Theory, Art and Action

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          for a safer worldFor a Safer World

          by the sali distro project

          a guide to local groups, online resources, zines, books and films on trauma, survivor support, communication, mental health, community accountability, anti-sexism, addiction, and conflict mediation.

          para un mundo mas sano und quid a los grupos locales, recursos de internet, “zines”/ revistas, libros y peliculas sobre la trauma, el apoyo de sobrevivientes, la comunication, la salud mental, la resonsibilidad comunal, anti-sexismo, la adiccion y la mediacion de conflictos

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          Enemies Rapists

          Rapists, part 4 of the Enemies poster series from the Institute Experimental Freedom

          From the opening paragraph:

          THE RAPIST IS NOT A DEVIANT. RAPE IS THE NORM. RAPE IS NOT A CRIME OF PASSION; IT IS QUITE POSSIBLY PASSION’S FARTHEST OPPOSITE. PASSION’S CRIME PAR EXCELLENCE IS MURDER; WE MURDER FOR HATE OR FOR LOVE. MURDER IS AN ACT THAT VIOLATES “THE RIGHT TO LIFE” THAT IS PROMISED BY GOVERNMENTS; ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION IS “PURE MURDER,” A VIOLENCE WITHOUT OBJECT. RAPE HAS ONLY ITS OBJECT. RAPE’S LOGICAL CONCUSSION IS “PURE DISTANCE.” THE RAPIST DOES NOT HATE OR LOVE ITS OBJECT; THE RAPIST ONLY FEELS DISTANCE. AT LEAST PERVERTS HAVE THEIR IMAGINATION TO FEEL AT HOME WITH. RAPISTS ARE ALONE EVEN WHEN THEY ARE WITH THEIR THOUGHT. THEY ARE THE SADDEST CREATURES TO WALK THIS EARTH.

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          Delete me, I’m so ugly | New text on Madness & Despair

          Forty years ago, the Socialist Patients Collective, embarked on a project to turn illness into a weapon. To hold on to the fear and paranoia that dresses our despair in its most vibrant colors; to claim that experience as valid, and as the very condition on which modern capitalism reduces sense, claim bodies as its subjects, and functions to generalize alienation. The gun followed shortly.

          Three stories separated by almost a century links the terror of woman. In Daldry’s The Hours, Mrs. Dalloway lives and continues to reveal the tragedy of our world. There is nothing comforting that calls on the bodies marked dysfunctional to restrict their desire toward death. The body wants to fall, to submerge, to cough, to inhale the dark liquid and dissolve.

          The house wife goes on strike, alone, acting as does the marginal factory or service worker. Stealing no longer keeps despair at bay; cheating can’t bring back the years of doomed performances ahead. The future is always bleak. Addiction, a slow death. She drowns her children, she murders herself. She interrupts, in the most grotesque and elementary form, reproduction, and she assaults the meaning of this world. Minus one.

          Madness, addiction, dysfunctional positionalities. I am terrified by the pen mark of the doctor, and of the indifference afforded to me by the consciously depressed. I want to make sense of it, but I can’t. My texts, my speech, constantly acquiesce to the demand for rational discourse, molds into another author-function—disciplining her, and making room for me, and repeating the operation that gives encouragement to others who want to play with power. My experience drifting through twelve step programs will always remind me of a sense that there are those who want to hurt us, and then repair us. Who want to manage our despair, and reproduce the addicted-rock-bottom-body, the broken-mad-body, as a petri dish on which to make a different functional subject. While it’s important not to equate madness with addiction, the scandal of these dysfunctional subjects is nevertheless similar. The sadness provoked by the realization that these experiences find analogous homes in what could be called an emotional commons requires unblinking eyes, and, in the days we can get out of bed, collective self-organization of care. Should it surprise anyone that this “care” has come and will come again in the form of “force?” We chose to publish Delete Me, I’m so Ugly in order to contribute to a reading of our times through the lens of despair, to hone in on the intelligence of madness, and to continue to ask “Of what does our congregation consist?”

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