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4 - Introduction
7 - Editorial: Upping the Anti
15 - Grace Lee Boggs: Revolution as a New Beginning
30 - Ward Churchill: Indigenism, Anarchism, and the State
41 - Gar y Kinsman: Learning from Autonomist Marxism
51 - Chris Hurl: Anti-Globalization and "Diversity of Tactics"
65 - Selma James: Race, Sex and Class

Movement Roundtables
76 - Junie Désil, Kirat Kaur, and Gary Kinsman Anti-Oppression in Anti-Capitalist Movements:
89 - Robbie Mahood, Jeff Shantz and Indu Viashistink The Question of Revolutionary Organization:

Book Reviews
110 - Erin Gray on "Undoing Gender" by Judith Butler
115 - D. Oswald Mitchell on "Multitude" by Hardt and Negri

Uping the Anti - a journal of action and thory

Editorial Committee

Aidan Conway, Tom Keefer, Sharmeen Khan.

Advisory Board
Aaron Kolezar, Charlottetown;
Ali Sauer, Toronto; AK Thompson, Toronto;
Caelie Frampton, Vancouver;
Caitlin Hewitt-White, Guelph;
Chris Hurl, Victoria;
D. Oswald Mitchell, Saskatoon;
Deanna Ogle, Vancouver;
Erin Gray, Toronto;
Gary Kinsman, Sudbury;
Irina Ceric, Toronto;
Kheya Bag, London, England;
Kirat Kaur, Vancouver;
Krisztina Kun, Vancouver;
Leila Khaled-Mouammar, Montreal;
Lesley Wood, Toronto;
Mac Scott, Toronto;
Macdonald Stainsby, Montreal;
Mike rito, Toronto;
Mike Leitold, Toronto;
Tyler McCreary, Saskatoon;
Willie Sutton, Toronto;
Valerie Zink, Calgary.

The editorial was written by and reflects the political perspectives
of the editorial committee. Unless otherwise stated, articles express
the individual opinions of their writers, and not those of the advisory
board, editorial committee or the A&S network as a whole. If you
want to reprint articles or the complete journal for distribution please
contact us.

Contact Information
Mailing Address: 900 Dufferin Street, P.O. Box 24144, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada M6H 4H6. Email: uppingtheanti@gmail.com.
Website: http://auto_sol.tao.ca/. Distro: uta_distro@yahoo.ca.

Production Credits
Layout and Design: T0m Keefer. Cover graphic by Tania Willard, Secwepemc
Nation, taniawillard@shaw.ca. Cover design by AK Thompson.
Number 1 Version 1.02 March 31st, 2005


Welcome to the first issue of Upping the Anti. We have been
working on bringing you this issue since September of 2004. We
have been torn between the desire to get something out according
to our original timeline (February of 2005) in order to establish the
journal as a timely and viable project, and our wish to produce the
most politically relevant publication that we can. In this, our first
issue of the journal, we feel that we have done our best to strike an
appropriate balance between these two objectives. So here is Upping
the Anti, our first effort in an ongoing project of trying to engage with
and understand the political conjuncture facing radical activists in the
Canadian state today.

In every issue of the journal, we begin with an editorial in which
we try to work out a collective perspective on pressing issues of the
day. In this, our first editorial, we outline the impetus for the project,
and reflect upon the strengths and limitations of such concepts as
anti-capitalism, anti-oppression, and anti-imperialism in building new
radical movements in Canada and internationally.
We are very pleased to bring you two important interviews that
we think will have relevance for activists seeking to understand past,
present and future struggles. Grace Lee Boggs is a social justice
activist who for the past six decades has paired tireless community
organizing with a long-term commitment to reassessing and renewing
radical ideas. She has worked with political figures such as Malcolm
X, Kwame Nkrumah, CLR James, and Jimmy Boggs, as well as taking
part in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. Our second
interview is with Ward Churchill, an indigenous scholar and activist
who is today the subject of a massive attack on academic freedom by
neo-conservative forces in the United States. Churchill has tirelessly
chronicled state repression and genocide in the Americas and brings an
important perspective for people thinking about radical social change.
We bring you an interview we did with him two years ago in which he
speaks about the anti-globalization movement and the potential for
effective resistance to the war at home and abroad.
In the first of three essays in this issue of the journal, Gary Kinsman
provides an introduction to autonomist Marxism and outlines how
this current provides useful political tools for understanding and
conceptualizing strategies of revolutionary change based on working
class self-emancipation. In our next essay, Chris Hurl chronicles the
development of the radical anti-capitalist wing of the anti-globalization
movement and critically examines the concept of "diversity of tactics"
as an approach to organizing. Finally, we reprint an essay by socialist
feminist Selma James, written some 30 years ago, that remains an
important contribution to discussions taking place today around the
intersections of race, gender and class.
This issue also launches the first of a series of roundtable
discussions with activists on specific issues of concern to radical
movements. Sharmeen Khan brings together Gary Kinsman, Kirat
Kaur, and Junie Désil to discuss the politics of "anti-oppression,"
while Aidan Conway draws together a series of interviews on the
"organizational question" with Robbie Mahood, Indu Viashistink, and
Jeff Shantz who offer reflections from different Marxist and anarchist
communist perspectives. In our next issue we look forward to bringing
you other similar discussion forums looking at anti-war organizing,
Palestinian solidarity activism, and advocacy and activism in defense
of immigrants and refugees.
We close with reviews of two important books, Judith Butler's
Undoing Gender, and Michael Hardt's and Antonio Negri's Multitude.
Undoing Gender is an important political contribution to debates
and discussions taking place within the feminist and transgender
movements, while Multitude is Hardt and Negri's follow-up to their
influential and controversial book Empire.

We should stress that our approach to the project has not been to
produce any kind of "party line" on the questions facing radical activists
today. Instead, we see Upping the Anti as a space to discuss ideas currently
being expressed and elaborated in contemporary social movements. In
particular we want to explore what we see as emancipatory Marxist
and anarchist contributions firmly grounded in feminist and anti-racist
politics. In so doing, we are aware that a wide range of contrasting and
even contradictory political ideas and approaches will be put forward
in the pages of this journal. For example, in our interviews with Ward
Churchill and Grace Lee Boggs, it is clear that there are a wide range
of political questions upon which these two activists are divided, and
we have our own disagreements with some of their perspectives. We
do not share Grace's enthusiasm for the potential of a revitalized wing
of the Democratic Party in the US under the leadership of Dennis
Kucinich, and we are skeptical of a number of Ward's formulations
regarding the nature of the revolutionary project in North America.
However, we offer these divergent political opinions in the spirit of
opening up principled discussion and debate on the radical left. We
encourage you to write us letters, polemics and articles engaging with
points of view that you find provocative, and to make a contribution
to these debates. Our goal is to create a lively and non-sectarian forum
for debate and a tool that can be appropriated and effectively used
by those interested in rethinking how we organize and build effective
radical movements for social change.
Due to the prohibitive costs of producing and distributing
versions of this journal in a conventional format, we are experimenting
with a model of production and distribution based on a central PDF
file, available online. Distributors can print Upping the Anti wherever
they are, and in whatever quantities they see fit. This first issue is
being distributed in more than a dozen different cities, and in most
Canadian provinces. If you are interested in getting hard copies or
becoming a distributor of the journal in your area, please get in touch
with us or check out our web site for details.
In closing, we would like to thank all the members of our advisory
board who have assisted us in the production of this first issue of the
journal. We look forward to producing our next issue for Fall 2005 (the
final deadline for submissions to the next issue is July 1, 2005).
In autonomy and solidarity,

Aidan Conway, Tom Keefer, Sharmeen Khan. March 26, 2005.
* A&S - Autonomy & Solidarity is an anticapitalist antiauthoritarian
revolutionary network in Canada.]

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