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(en) US, AK Press: Celebrating 15 Years of Anarchist Publishing

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Date Tue, 25 Jan 2005 07:29:20 +0100 (CET)


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Hey wonderful AK friends, customers & comrades. --- OUT WITH THE OLD
A slightly belated welcome to the new year! Unfortunately, it ain't all that
different from the old year. The state-corporate war machine is still chewing
its way through the population of Iraq: www.iraqbodycount.net puts the current
civilian death toll at over 17,000 since January 2003. Last week, we witnessed
the re-coronation of our imperial president. While the Democratic challenger to
the throne hadn't promised to be any less imperial, this recurring nightmare
definitely means there won't be much rest for us weary rebels. And, of course,
the usual horrors of capitalism and authoritarian state power continue unabated,
ravaging ecosystems, communities and individual psyches with equal ferocity.

Without some fundamental social change, there will never be much to
distinguish one oppressive, greedy, unjust year from the next.


AK PRESS ANNIVERSARY

Not wanting to be a total downer, AK Press can offer at least some
positive new year information: 2005 marks our 15th year of anarchist
publishing and distribution! Back in 1990, during the reign of Bush the
Elder, we were a operating out of a bedroom in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today,
we're a bona fide international threat, with eleven collective members in
Edinburgh, Oakland (California), and lovely Purgitsville (West Virginia).
Soon, we'll make it an even dozen (see the job announcement below). We're
publishing about 20 books, CDs and DVDs every year--and distributing
around 3000 other titles put out by small independent publishers around
the world.

We're not blowing our own horn here. AK's growth isn't just testament to
the hard work of dozens of collective members, volunteers and supporters
over the last decade and a half, it's a sign of the incredible, and
ever-growing, demand for anarchist and other radical literature out there.
>From our perspective, more and more people are seeking out the tools
needed to understand and, more importantly, change the world. If you're
getting this email, you're probably one of them--part of the reason not
only that AK has been around so long, but also that the ruling class has
to fight
tooth-and-nail to impose its twisted agenda on the rest of us. So thanks
on several counts!

Stay tuned for special anniversary events, including blowout parties and
benefits, magazine profiles, sales, promos, etc. We'll keep you posted.


HOW YOU CAN HELP (EVEN MORE)

One of the ways we keep putting out books and other media is through the
help of the "Friends of AK." To become a Friend, you agree to pay a
minimum of $20 per month (or as much more as you can afford). In return,
you receive a copy of every book, CD and DVD we put out during the course
of your membership, plus a 10% discount on every other title we
distribute. All the money we receive goes directly into our publishing
projects. The more people who become Friends of AK, the more
world-altering material we can
produce--and, believe us, we have a HUGE list of great things we want to
publish, but can't afford at the moment.

What exactly do Friends get? Well, besides that sweet 10% discount, last
year's Friends got 20 AK Press titles--18 books, an Arundhati Roy DVD, and
a 6-disc box set of Howard Zinn talks--with a retail value of $400. The
next 12 months will be the same great deal. If you sign up in January,
you'll get the new releases listed below. Also, check the upcoming titles
list below for what's due in the near future--plus we've got a Chomsky
DVD, several CDs, and many more books in the works.

And, hey, if you can afford to donate more than $20 per month, please do
so! There are so many amazing books out there just waiting to be printed.

To become a Friend of AK Press today, please go here:
http://www.akpress.org/programs/friendsofak


NEW TITLES

Here's what we've published since last month's email:

NESTOR MAKHNO--ANARCHY'S COSSACK: THE STRUGGLE FOR FREE SOVIETS IN THE
UKRAINE 1917-1921, Alexandre Skirda
Available for the first time in English, the gripping story of the
Ukrainian anarchist. Skirda chronicles the life of a legend and the
insurgent army that struggled against both Russian counter-revolutionaries
and the Red Army. More than just the exploits of an incredible guerilla
revolutionary, it's the tale of a people, and the organizations and
practices of anarchism, literally fighting for their lives.
http://www.akpress.org/2003/items/nestormakhnoanarchyscossack

POST-SCARCITY ANARCHISM, Murray Bookchin
Part of the AK Press "Working Classics" series, this is perhaps Bookchin's
most influential collection of essays (including the legendary "Listen
Marxist" and "Ecology And Revolutionary Thought"). His utopian vision,
rooted in the realities of contemporary society, remains refreshingly
pragmatic. Includes a new preface by the author.
http://www.akpress.org/2004/items/postscarcityanarchism


UPCOMING TITLES

And here's what you can expect over the next months:

CHOMSKY ON ANARCHISM, Noam Chomsky
Chomsky's speeches and writings on the anarchist principles that have
guided him since he was a teenager. Includes pieces that have never been
published anywhere before, interviews available in English for the first
time, as well as rare material that first saw the light of day in
hard-to-find pamphlets and anarchist periodicals. Covers his life-long
involvement with the anarchist community, his constant commitment to
nonhierarchical models of political organization, and his hopes for a
future world without rulers.

OTHER LANDS HAVE DREAMS: LETTERS FROM PEKIN PRISON, Kathy Kelly
An extraordinary narrative giving voice to the cries of people afflicted
by military and economic warfare. In this fiercely eloquent book, Kelly,
twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, tells of protesting the School
of the Americas, and of the efforts of Voices in the Wilderness to deliver
medicine to Iraq and act as human shields.

FREE WOMEN OF SPAIN: ANARCHISM AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE EMANCIPATION OF
WOMEN, Martha Ackelsberg
Yup, we've been promising this one for a while, but we finally sent it to
the printer a few days ago, so it'll be out very soon. A comprehensive
study of the Mujeres Libres (Free Women) who created revolutionary change
in their daily lives by mobilizing over 20,000 women into an organized
network to strive for community, education, and equality for women during
the Spanish Revolution. Combines interviews with the women themselves and
analysis connecting them with modern feminist movements.

THE TROUBLE WITH MUSIC, Mat Callahan
Callahan unravels and elucidates the crises facing music today as well as
its liberatory potential. Includes discussions of: technology and its
effects on music making and listening; superabundance and the absence of
critical thought; the development of radio; music criticism; copyright;
the digital domain and the internet; labor and music making; and the
special relationships between words, dance, politics, and music. A
brilliant evaluation and powerful critique of the music industry.

THE BLAST: COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE INCENDIARY SAN FRANCISCO BI-MONTHLY
ANARCHIST NEWSPAPER FROM 1916-1917 THAT GAVE VOICE TO THE WORLDWIDE
ANARCHIST MOVEMENT, Alexander Berkman (editor)
This historical facsimile reprint of the complete 29 issues in their
entirety (typos, ads and all!) features articles, letters, news and
editorials by Berkman and his revolutionarily-minded contemporaries.
Topics include the political trial of labor activists Mooney-Billings, a
profile of Pancho Villa, the imprisonment of the Magon brothers, the
arrests of Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger for birth control agitation,
and
anti-conscription actions. Complete with the original powerful political
artwork and photos.

STARLIGHT ON THE RAILS: A SONGBOOK, Utah Phillips (4 CDs)
The most complete collection of Utah Phillips's songs. Spanning over 30
years of studio, live, and unreleased recordings from "The Golden Voice of
the Great Southwest," this definitive set of his career includes recorded
and unedited personal reflections about each song from Utah himself. 4
CDs, 68 songs, over 200 minutes.

CONFRONTING THE CRIME OF SILENCE: EVIDENCE OF U.S. WAR CRIMES IN
INDOCHINA, Ward Churchill and Natsu Saito (editors)
A comprehensive, two-volume look at American war crimes in Indochina,
assembled from some of the most powerful documents of the Vietnam era.
Fully annotated, with extensive commentary by the editors. A chilling view
of the moral and legal issues surrounding US military engagement, with
testimony from Noam Chomsky, Jean Paul Sartre, Bertrand Russell, Gabriel
Kolko, Tariq Ali and more.

DREAMS OF FREEDOM: A RICARDO FLORES MAGON READER, Ricardo Flores Magon The
first English translations of the most important writings of the man who,
along with Emiliano Zapata, is regarded as one of the leading figures of
the Mexican Revolution. A lengthy historical overview, chronology, maps,
images and bibliography provide context.

THE MODERN SCHOOL MOVEMENT: ANARCHISM AND EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES,
Paul Avrich
Based on extensive interviews with former pupils and teachers, this
Pulitzer Prize-nominated work is a seminal investigation into the
potential of educational alternatives. Between 1910 and 1960 anarchists
across the United States established more than twenty schools where
children might study in an atmosphere of freedom and self-reliance in
contrast to the formality and discipline of the traditional classroom. A
lively historical tale including such participants as Emma Goldman,
Margaret Sanger, Alexander Berkman, and artist Man Ray.


WANT TO WORK AT AK?

As mentioned, we're looking to hire our 12th collective member. The job,
like every job here, involves a range of responsibilities--from changing
light bulbs to editing books--but the specific position includes both
accounting and computer/web duties. If you have such skills, share our
anarchist sensibilities, and are ready for the joys and headaches of
self-managed labor, check out the full job description here:
http://www.akpress.org/about/jobopening. Women and people of color are
especially encouraged to apply.


WANT TO STUDY WITH AK?

Zach and Jeff, two of our hardworking collective members, have decided to
put even more on their plates by facilitating a class this Spring on
"Anarchist Economics." If you live in the Bay Area and have Wednesday
nights free, read the details here:
http://www.anarchistlibrary.org/calendar_event.php?eid=2005011711290472.
Or email sea@anarchistlibrary.org for more info. If you show up, your
classmates will probably include half our collective!


POLITICAL CALENDARS & ORGANIZERS

It being the New Year and all, how's about some items to keep you
up-to-date and organized...or at least keep track of the appointments
you've missed?

SHEROES 2005: WOMYN WARRIORS CALENDAR
A new edition of the "great womyn of Herstory"--womyn who have challenged
their societies and have advanced the struggle of the oppressed and
exploited. Harriet Tubman, Zora Neal Hurston, Mourning Dove, Helen Joseph,
Mary Read and hundreds more.
http://www.akpress.org/2001/items/sheroes2005

AUTONOMEDIA CALENDAR OF JUBILEE SAINTS: RADICAL HEROES FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM!
As ever, every day is marked with a hero of our time, and previous times,
and glorious times gone by. Josephine Baker to Samuel Beckett.
http://www.akpress.org/2001/items/autonomediacalendarofjubileesaints

2005 FREEDOM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS & PRISONERS OF WAR CALENDAR
Packed with informative, educational, and downright inspirational articles
and information, as well as writings by former and current political
prisoners. Proceeds benefit the New York State Task Force On Political
Prisoners, DRUM, and a host of smaller political groups.
http://www.akpress.org/2004/items/2005freedomforpoliticalprisoners

ZAPATISTA MURALS CALENDAR
Recent Zapatista murals painted in the rebel zones of Chiapas by the
communities and KIPTIK activists. All profits go to support KIPTIK
projects in the autonomous zones.
http://www.akpress.org/2004/items/zapatistamuralscalendar2005

2005 SLINGSHOT ORGANIZER
A handy pocket calendar with space to write your engagements, addresses
and notes. Each week is sprinkled with historical dates, reasons to riot
and inspirational events, and laid out with that oh so funky Slingshot
style. http://www.akpress.org/1996/items/2005slingshotorganizer


REMEMBER THE EGGPLANT

And, as always, when checking out our snazzy new web site, don't forget
that it's due to the wonderful work of our pals at Eggplant Active Media,
a worker run collective that provides new media and communication services
to businesses, communities, organizations and individuals. Like AK Press,
the folks at Eggplant are dedicated to promoting an ecological and
egalitarian society with political, economic, social and civil freedoms
for all people and communities. Check them out at:
http://eggplant.coop

Thanks for your support,

The AK Press Collective
www.akpress.org


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