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(en) Institute for Anarchist Studies - Welcome to spring 2004 issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory!

From <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://www.anarchist-studies.org/article/articleview/64/1/8/}
Date Wed, 2 Jun 2004 11:27:32 +0200 (CEST)


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The last six months have been full of change and excitement for
the IAS. We are pleased to announce that we reached our 2003
fundraising goal of $23,000 US! This was no small task, but
thanks to the generosity of over 100 individuals and organizations
we met our goal. To all our supporters old and new, thank you!
In addition to this feat - which we are very proud of - the
IAS has continued to grow as an organization. We are excited to
report that the IAS adopted three exciting new programs at the
last meeting of our Board of Directors.

One of these is the IAS’s Latin American Archives Project.
This is a collaborative effort between the IAS and two important
Argentinian archives: the Biblioteca Archivo de Estudios
Libertarios and the Biblioteca Popular José Ingenieros. This
project, which is coordinated by IAS Board member Chuck
Morse, will make available important documents from the history
of Latin American anarchism by digitalizing them and posting
them on the internet (see page 4).

We have also joined forces with the organizers of the annual
Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference, Cindy
Milstein and John Petrovato, who also are IAS Board members,
with the hopes of helping further this important project. The RAT
conference, now a project of the IAS, aims to provide a scholarly
space in which to both reexamine and reinvigorate the social and
political tradition of anarchism (see page 24).

Lastly, we have joined forces with another exciting project: The
New Formulation (TNF). For those who do not know TNF, it is a
biannual journal containing comparative book reviews which
examine the value of recent publications to the development of a
contemporary anarchist theory and politics. It is the IAS's hope
that by taking on TNF we will be able to help develop this
important journal while pursuing our mission of supporting the
development of anarchist theory.

In addition to the expansion of IAS programs, there has been
some changes on the IAS Board of Directors as well. I am sad to
say that Rebecca DeWitt and Paula Emery, both longtime Board
members, have stepped down from the Board. Rebecca, who also
served as IAS Director for 2 years, is moving on to focus more of
her energy within the artist community of North Adams,
Massachusetts. Paula is stepping down in order to focus more of
her energy into the Institute for Social Ecology where she serves
as a Board member. Although Rebecca and Paula will no longer
be members of the IAS Board, both remain strong allies of the
organization. We all wish Rebecca and Paula the best of luck with
their important work.

The IAS has also brought on a new Board member, Andréa
Schmidt. Andréa, an organizer based in Montréal, Canada,
has worked with several organizations including: La Convergence
des luttes anti-capitalistes (Montréal's Anti-Capitalist
Convergence); Montréal Direct Action Workshop; Action
Committee for Non-Status Algerians; and was a founding
member of Montréal´s No One Is Illegal Campaign.
Besides being a compulsive organizer, she is committed to
engaging difficult theoretical issues from a movement-based,
practical perspective. Currently, Andréa is in the midst of a
three month stay in Iraq, where she is working on behalf of Iraq
Solidarity Project, a Montréal-based initiative providing direct
non-violent support to Iraqis struggling against the occupation.
Andréa will also serve as a member of The New
Formulation´s Editorial Committee, with IAS Board member
Chuck Morse and myself. The IAS is very happy to welcome
Andréa aboard.

We were very excited to learn soon after we went to press with
the previous issue that Perspectives was nominated for an Utne
Independent Press Award in the category of General Excellence:
Newsletters. Although we did not win the award, thank you to all
our readers who voted for our publication.

This issue of Perspectives includes several articles which focus
on how anarchism grapples with issues of race and racism.
Included herein is an historical overview of how anarchist have
struggled against racism into their work for a free South Africa;
an account by Ashanti Alston of his political migration from the
politics espoused by the Black Panther Party to anarchism; and
finally an interview with four participants of the Anarchist People
of Color Conference on the significance of this event and how
APOC are organizing today. On a different track, we asked Chuck
Morse and IAS grant recipient Marina Sitrin to reflect upon the
health of the anti-globalization movement.

Enjoy!

Michael Caplan


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