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(en) Canada, Autonomy & Solidarity*, "Upping the Anti #2 - Introduction

Date Fri, 20 Jan 2006 16:41:11 +0200

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 of Upping the Anti.
* A&S - Autonomy & Solidarity is an anticapitalist antiauthoritarian
revolutionary network in Canada.
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