A personal zine. From the first page:
this zine is about hope.
it’s about how i hope i have made something better.
it’s entirely about true stories of sexual and domestic violence.
We first found this zine in 2013, and now, two years later, are excited to bring out a second edition. 23 is a personal story about accountability within social movements and survivors’ experiences in society at large, written by an anarchist social worker with an incredible talent for storytelling.
In our work on the book A Small Key Can Open A Large Door: The Rojava Revolution, we found ourselves collaborating with the remarkable group Rojava Solidarity New York City. They do a lot of great work.
Maybe most importantly, they’re working directly with two different places in Rojava in need of books, including English language books and ebook readers (particularly Kindles). This, then, is a call for solidarity. Rojava Solidarity NYC needs books and it could use more money for the postage to send the books.
The Mesopotamian Social Sciences Academy
The Mesopotamian Social Sciences Academy is the first autonomous university in Rojava. They are looking for non-fiction books on radical history, political science, theory, philosophy and culture. Also, they’re looking for ebook readers (Kindle would be ideal–if you or anyone you know has an old Kindle you’re not using anymore, send it to student in Rojava). They are also looking for server space and web hosting.
The People’s Library of Kobane
The PLK is a library effort started by volunteers after the existing library in Kobane substained damage and was set on fire by ISIS thugs. It will be a place for the young in Kobane to access books and ideas. They are looking for graphic novels, comics, and children’s books, all of which that are somewhat political or at least not reactionary.
To contact Rojava Solidarity NYC with questions, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Books and ebook reader donations can be mailed to:
c/o The Base
1302 Myrtle Avenue
Bushwick, NY 11221
Lawful Ain’t Good
In most editions of the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, there are nine “alignments” a character may choose between, roughly aligning to that character’s moral compass. For better or worse, this system has influenced untold thousands of players, at the table and beyond.
Herein we reproduce two essays to further our understanding of this system: “The Nine Alignments” and “Lawful Ain’t Good.”
The first, an anonymous essay from a long-extinct corner of the internet, is arguably the most complete understanding of the nine alignment system. The second, first published by Anarcho-Geek Review, makes the bold claim that there are only eight alignments. Lawful Good, as it argues, is an oxymoron.
In the wider scheme of things, this doesn’t matter at all. But for those of us who grew up imagining ourselves as warriors and witches, slaying dragons and evil kings, the alignment system is one of the cornerstones of our ethical understandings. For us, the incongruity between Law and Good is vital to our understanding of the world.
Hi, I’m Luna Celeste! I’ve been stripping for about five years, and into all this anarchy stuff for about fifteen. In this zine I’ll be speaking with some authority on my own experiences, and to some degree, on those of my co-workers and friends who perform other kinds of sex work. However, subjective experiences of sex work, and even just stripping, vary depending on one’s location, gender (identity/presentation), particular line of work, working conditions, socialization, class, race, etc. I am no authority on every aspect of the sex industry, but have spent a lot of my free time thinking, reading, and writing about the industry from an anarchist and feminist perspective.
Special thanks to C.B. Daring, Heather, Margaret Killjoy, and Nikita for the edits, and so many more friends who gave me feedback and support in writing this.
by Fanny M. Bystedt and Margaret Killjoy
A 6-page comic short that first appeared in the Accent UK anthology 2OMBIES. Now available as a zine!
Part 1 (60 pages)
Part 2 (44 pages)
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A Country of Ghosts
Less than a year after the release of Margaret Killjoy’s utopian novel A Country of Ghosts, we’re proud to bring you the zine version! It didn’t fit in a single volume, so it’s two thick zines.
Propaganda of the Dead: Anarchist Lessons for the Zombie Apocalypse
I was in a med study when the zombie outbreak began. That’s right, a master’s degree in philosophy and the only way I could come up with to pay rent was to sell my still-living body to capitalist science. I know, I know… in retrospect I should have studied something useful, like small engine repair.
Oh, and I wasn’t just in any med study when the zombie outbreak began, I was in the med study where it began. The researchers were testing some kind of acne medication, looking to see if there were any adverse side effects when it was used on healthy adults. There were. Thanks, capitalist society, for pretty much ending the world.
I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.
—Emma Goldman, 1931
Life Without Law
An Introduction to Anarchist Politics
An anarchist is someone who rejects the domination of one person or class of people over another. Anarchism is a very broad umbrella term for a group of political philosophies that are based on the idea that we can live as anarchists. We anarchists want a world without nations, governments, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia… without any of the numerous, intersecting systems of domination the world bears the weight of today.
There is no single perfect expression of anarchism, because anarchism is a network of ideas instead of a single dogmatic philosophy. And we quite prefer it that way.
We’ll be tabling the 2013 Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair alongside our friends at Combustion Books! We’ll also be entering at least one new zine into the anarchist primer competition.
We’ll have new zines, old zines, new books, old books… you know, the stuff we table. Come say hi!