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(en) Canada, Upping the Anti #2 of the Autonomy & Solidarity*

Date Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:48:52 +0200

The second issue of Upping the Anti will soon be ready for
distribution as it has been sent to the printers. We are printing 2000
copies of the second issue along with another 1000 copies of the first
issue in a "perfect bound" (paperback) format. The journal should be
back from the printers on December 15th. If you would like to
receive a hard copy of the journal or to distribute the journal in your
community or organizations, please email uta_distro@yahoo.ca so
that we can add you to our list of local distributors. The second issue
of the journal is 190 pages long and we are selling it for $5 plus $2
postage (where applicable). The full text of our first issue is available
here. http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/1277
Journal articles and PDF files will be uploaded to the website in
a staggered process over the next few weeks.

Our mailing address where you can send your $7 in well concealed
cash to for a copy of the journal is: Upping the Anti, 900 Dufferin
Street, P.O. Box 24144, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6H 4H6.




Welcome to the second issue of Upping the Anti. We would like to
start by letting you know that we have made new additions to the
editorial staff of our journal. Erin Gray of Toronto has joined our
editorial collective, and Dave Mitchell of Regina has joined us in the
capacity of reviews editor. We are excited to have our project grow
and develop, and in this issue we again provide you with a collection
of writings addressing a wide variety of issues and debates
concerning activists on the left in Canada. We begin this issue with
responses from a number of readers to our first issue. We welcome
this kind of feedback and encourage you to join in the discussions
and respond to the contributions of others in the pages of Upping the
Anti by email or regular mail.

Our editorial, the space in which we try to develop a common
political perspective for the journal, takes up the question of the
politics of “anti-oppression” within the Canadian context,
and outlines some of our thoughts on the historical development of
this perspective. In our next two issues we will take up and examine
the politics of “anti-capitalism” and
“anti-imperialism” as part of our project of critiquing and
developing our analysis of what we call the “three antis.”

In this issue we run three different sets of interviews with radical
theorists and organizers. We talk about questions of class and power
with Himani Bannerji, a Marxist and anti-racist feminist who has
made important contributions to understanding and transforming the
way we look at problems of oppression and domination. We also
conclude our interview with Grace Lee Boggs, a Detroit community
activist who talks about her experiences of organizing over the past
six decades, her experience of figures such as Jimmy Boggs and
CLR James, and her reflections of a lifetime of building political
organizations. Our third interview concerns one of the most
important education sector struggles to have occurred over the past
several years in North America - the two hundred thousand strong
strike by college and university students in Québec in the spring of
2005. We speak to Nicolas Phebus, a member of the Northeastern
Federation of Anarchist Communists, who shares his analysis of this
important struggle in Québec.

The article section begins with a piece by Tom Keefer in which he
looks at the genealogy of “socialism from below,” and
questions its usefulness in contributing to the renewal of socialist
politics today. Taiaiake Alfred and Lana Lowe provide an outline of
the historical and contemporary nature and role of indigenous
warrior societies in First Nations communities and struggles in the
Canadian context. We continue with a series of roundtables that
bring together various activists struggling in a number of important
campaigns. Mordecai Briemberg, Paul Burrows, Rafeef Ziadah,
Adam Hanieh and Samer Elatrash explore the problems and
opportunities confronting Palestinian solidarity activism today; Chris
Arsenault, Mike DesRoches, Derrick O’Keefe, Andrea Schmidt,
George ‘Mick’ Sweetman, Honor Brabazon & Jessie X.
discuss their experiences of the Canadian antiwar movement; and
Sarita Ahooja, Sima Zerehi and Harsha Walia talk about the state of
immigrant and refugee solidarity activism.

The final section of the journal consists of a series of reviews put
together by our book reviews editor Dave Mitchell. Adrian Harewood
assesses A View for Freedom: Alfie Roberts Speaks, an interview
with the late Alfie Roberts, a remarkable activist and organizer in the
Montréal area. Kirat Kaur reviews Judy Rebick’s latest book
Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution and
discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Rebick’s
understanding of the Canadian feminist movement. Karl
Kersplebedeb writes on Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body,
and Primitive Accumulation by Silvia Federici which provides a
historical account of the connection between patriarchy,
dispossession and the development of capitalism. Finally, Tyler
McCreary reviews J. Sakai’s classic Settlers: the Myth of the
White Proletariat and kicks off what we hope will be an ongoing
debate on the relevance of Sakai’s analysis to understanding the
relationship of race and class in North America today.

Finally, we can’t finish talking about this issue of our journal
without thanking our advisory board members and all the other
people that made the first issue of Upping the Anti a success, and
who have ensured the continuing viability of this project. To date we
have sold over 700 copies of our first issue and recouped our initial
publishing and mailing costs. Our many distributors ensured that
hard copies of Upping the Anti were available in every province and
in over 30 different Canadian cities as well as reaching countries as
far away as Australia, Argentina, Cuba, England, France, Norway,
Germany, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain,
and Venezuela. Copies of the journal were also distributed to several
US-based political prisoners and prisoners of war, and we also take
this opportunity to extend our greetings of solidarity to them.

With evidence in hand that a project such as ours can be financially
sustainable and politically relevant, we are reprinting 1000 copies of
our first issue and publishing this second issue in a perfect bound
format with a print run of 2000 copies. As we prepare the third issue
of the journal for publication in the spring of 2006 we welcome
further assistance in helping to distribute the second issue of the
journal even more widely than the first. To this end, we have put up
a web page with an up to date list of local distributors from whom
you can get hard copies of the journal. If you are interested in joining
this list of distributors please e-mail us at uta_distro@yahoo.ca to
make arrangements and to receive discounted bulk copies of the
journal. We are also open to running exchange advertisements with
other radical publications and catalogs. If you have a project that you
would like to promote in Upping the Anti, or if you would like to
publicize our journal please get in touch with us.

Copies of the first issue of the journal remain available for download
and distribution, and if you are using the PDF file of our first or
second issue for distribution, we would appreciate a note from you
letting us know where you are from and how you will be using the
journal. The deadline for articles and letters for the third issue of the
journal is March 15, 2006.

In Solidarity,

The Editors.
Letters to the Editors

Editorial: Anti-Oppression Politics


Himani Bannerji: The Politics of Race and Class

Grace Lee Boggs: Revolution as a New Beginning

Nicholas Phebus: The Strike of the General Assemblies


Tom Keefer: Marxism, Anarchism & Socialism From Below

Taiaiake Alfred & Lana Lowe: Indigenous Warrior Societies

Movement Roundtables:

Perspectives on Palestine Solidarity Organizing: Mordecai
Briemberg, Paul Burrows, Samer Elatrash, Adam Hanieh and
Rafeef Ziadah

Anti-War Activism: Chris Arsenault, Honor Brabason & Jessie,
Mike DesRoches, Derrick O’Keefe, Andrea Schmidt and George
‘Mick’ Sweetman

Non-Status (Im)migrant Justice in Canada: Sarita Ahooja, Harsha
Walia and Sima Zerehi

Book Reviews:

Adrian Harewood on A View of Freedom: Alfie Roberts Speaks by
Dave Austin and Alfie Roberts

Kirat Kaur on Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist
Revolution by Judy Rebick

Karl Kersplebedeb on Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body,
and Primitive Accumulation by Silvia Frederici

Tyler McCreary on Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat
by J. Sakai
* Autonomy & Solidarity is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
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