After nearly four years of readings, discussions, listening and learning, the Practical Anarchy book discussion group is drawing to a close. We thank everyone who participated for sharing their insights, experiences, and wisdom.

For people  interested in continuing the discussion, we recommend checking out the book discussions at The Base (http://thebasebk.org/) (http://anarchismreadingseries.wordpress.com/).

The CUNY Graduate Center is also host to an anarchist book discussion group. Check them out here: http://anarcuny.wordpress.com/

 

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August 31: Translating Anarchy by Mark Bray

Practical Anarchy NYC is taking the month of July off but we’ll be back on August 31 for a reading and discussion of Mark Bray’s Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. Please join us!

Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary. By “translating” their ideas into everyday concepts like community empowerment and collective needs, these anarchists sparked the most dynamic American social movement in decades.”

 

jhp51de5e8e90d74What:Reading and discussion of  Translating Anarchy

When: August 31, 2:30

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

** Have suggestions for future readings? Let us know here: https://practicalanarchynyc.wordpress.com/books-you-would-like-to-read/

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AIP_1Thanks to everyone who participated in the Anarchist Interview Project – with your words, your pictures, and your thoughtfulness, candor, and care.

If you were unable to join us in the interview booth at the Anarchist Book Fair but would like to interview, please let us know: practicalanarchynyc@riseup.net.

Click here for more information about the project and for updates

UPDATE JULY 2013 – The first round of transcriptions are finished and while we’re figuring out what the next steps are, check out these excerpts of word and art

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June 29 Book Discussion: The End of the World as We Know It?

Please join us at Bluestockings on June 29 at 2:30 to discuss The End of the World as We Know It?: Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity edited by Deric Shannon. From the cover:

The End of the World as We Know It? explores the origins and effects of the capitalist crisis that began in 2008. . . Weaving together a global network of stories and analyses, editor Deric Shannon creates an outline of what real and effective opposition to the forces that are destroying our lives and our planet might look like. From solidarity networks to revolutionary unionism, student strikes, and ever-new forms of state and corporate control, The End of the World as We Know It? is a guide to the future of anticapitalist struggle.

endoftheworldWhat:Reading and discussion of  The End of the World as We Know It?

When: June 29, 2:30

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

** Have suggestions for future readings? Let us know here: https://practicalanarchynyc.wordpress.com/books-you-would-like-to-read/

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May 25: Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred

Please join us at Bluestockings on May 25 at 2:30 to discuss Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred.

In Kindred (1979) – a “grim fantasy” according to the author – Butler explores themes race, gender, power, oppression, community and mutual aid through the eyes of Dana Franklin, a person transported from 20th century LA to a Maryland slave plantation in 1815. The book is a powerful and poignant narrative of the trauma of slavery as experienced by the time traveling Dana that, according to one reviewer, is “brilliant [], utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing”.

OctaviaEButler_KindredWhat:Reading and discussion of  Kindred

When: May 25, 2:30

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

** Have suggestions for future readings? Let us know here: https://practicalanarchynyc.wordpress.com/books-you-would-like-to-read/

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April 27: Towards Collective Liberation by Chris Crass

Please join us at Bluestockings on April 27 at 2:30 to discuss Chris Crass’ Towards Collective Liberation:  Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy. In this collection, Crass explores ways of transforming divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and movement building in the United States today. Towards Collective Liberation examines the anarchist movement of the 1990s and 2000s, through which tens of thousands of activists were introduced to radical politics, direct action organizing, democratic decision making, and the profound challenges of taking on systems of oppression, privilege, and power in society at large and in the movement itself; and white anti-racist organizing efforts from the 2000s to the present as part of a larger strategy to build broad-based, effective multiracial movements in the United States.

Crass.TCLWhat:Reading and discussion of  Towards Collective Liberation

When: April 27, 2:30

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

** Have suggestions for future readings? Let us know here: https://practicalanarchynyc.wordpress.com/books-you-would-like-to-read/

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March 30: Goldman’s Anarchism and Other Essays

Please join us at Bluestockings on March 30 to discuss Emma Goldman’s Anarchism and Other Essays. Published in 1910, Anarchism and Other Essays collects Emma Goldman’s writings on issues as relevant then as now – from essays such as “The Traffic in Women” to “Prisons: A Social Crime and Failure”; from “Francisco Ferrer and The Modern School” to the oft-cited “Anarchism: What it Really Stands For”. We hope you can join us. 

Goldman_AnarchismWhat: Reading and discussion of  Anarchism and Other Essays

When: March  30, 2:30

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

** Have suggestions for future readings? Let us know here: https://practicalanarchynyc.wordpress.com/books-you-would-like-to-read/

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Feb. 23: Undoing Border Imperialism

Please join us at Bluestockings on February 23 to discuss Harsha Walia’s Undoing Border Imperialism. Undoing Border Imperialism situates immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, and provides the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization. Drawing on the author’s experiences in No One Is Illegal, this work offers relevant insights for all social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation.

undoing-border-imperialism[1]What: Reading and discussion of  Undoing Border Imperialism

When: February 23, 2:30

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/

*Need help finding the book?  Email us for suggestions: practicalanarchynyc [at] riseup.net

** Have suggestions for future readings? Let us know here: https://practicalanarchynyc.wordpress.com/books-you-would-like-to-read/

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