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(en) US, NYC, The anarchist scene in a 12 million city population

Date Sat, 13 May 2006 11:28:48 +0300

Besides the anarchist reading groups at most universities in the city, and
besides the anarchist contingents at all the recent marches, and besides
all the social justice work that anarchists are individual involved in,
here's an incomplete list of some anti-authoritarian projects going on:
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives - At New York University's
Bobst library on the 10th floor, this archives houses probably the largest
collection of radical american history in the country! Amazing collection of
anarchist, socialist, communist, feminist, black, native, and labor movement
histories. http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/index.html

NY Independent Media Center
The NYC Independent Media Center is a grassroots organization committed
to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social
and economic justice in the New York City Area. The NYC IMC is one of
over 130 Indymedia chapters doing this work around the world.

Paper Tiger TV
Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) is an open, non-profit, volunteer video
collective. Through the production and distribution of our public access
series, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings
and grassroots advocacy PTTV works to challenge and expose the corporate
control of mainstream media. PTTV believes that increasing public
awareness of the negative influence of mass media and involving people
in the process of making media is mandatory for our long term goal of
information equity.

Bombs and Shields
Stories of resistance and struggle, from around the world, meant to
inspire strong hearts.

Left Turn
Collective, volunteer, anti-authoritarian magazine with two editors
based in nyc. Covers movements of resistance here and abroad. Quarterly.

Autonomedia is an autonomous zone for arts radicals in both old and new
media. We publish books on radical media, politics and the arts that
seek to transcend party lines, bottom lines and straight lines. We also
maintain the Interactivist Info Exchange, an online forum for discourse
and debate on themes relevant to the books we publish.

August Sound Coalition
The August Sound Coalition is a group of independent sound/transmission
artists, journalists, and musicians who initially converged to create
A-Noise, an autonomous media project coincident with the Republican
National Convention and protests in New York City. August Sound
Coalition survives as a collective based in New York, and will continue
bringing our unique broadcasts to the public. Over the course of the
next year we will work towards the development of new independent
community radio stations for Brookyln and lower Manhattan.

Libertarian Book Club
The Libertarian Book Club is an independent publisher and political
organization, founded in the late 1940s by a group that included Gregory
Maximoff, Sam Dolgoff and Valerio Isca. It has published original and
translated texts written from various anarchist and syndicalist
perspectives, and re-printed earlier texts that have influenced
left-wing politics. It also organized lectures, panels, and forum events
on libertarian socialism. It is most noted for its 1963 publication of
The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner. The book, a re-print of a 1907
translation by Steven Byington with a cover by the son of Rudolf Rocker,
revived interest in Stirner as an influence on anarchism and other
far-left ideologies. The Libertarian Book Club still exists as a small
press publisher based in Lafayette Street in New York City, and runs the
New York Anarchist Forum.

Institute for Anarchist Studies
Promoting critical scholarship on social domination and the
reconstructive vision of a free society

Art & Music

ABC No Rio
A community space with a computer
lab, darkroom, silkscreening lab, art
gallery & punk/hardcore matinees
156 Rivington abc@abcnorio.org

Rude Mechanical Orchestra
A radical brass band & entourage

Toyshop Collective
artists transforming the physical and
social structure of their environment

Visual Resistance
creating political art and innovative
projects aimed at raising awareness of
urgent social issues

World War 3 Arts in Action
artists using their work to protest
corporate globalization, economic
colonialism & the prison industry


Black Label Bike Club
tall bikes!

Brooklyn Critical Mass
2nd Friday of every month
Grand Army Plaza 7pm

Manhattan Critical Mass
last Friday of every month
Union Square North, 7pm

Time’s Up!
direct-action environmental group
using events & education to promote a
more sustainable, less toxic city, hosts
a free movie night and bike repair

Books / Zines

Vox Pop
IWW union organized radical bookstore, coffeeshop, community space in

ABC No Rio Zine Library
lots of independent, underground and
marginal publications
156 Rivington abc@abcnorio.org

feminist & radical bookstore, cafe,
activist resource center.
172 Allen & Houston

Clovis Press Books
Good selection of anarchist books and
zines, although they refuse to display
the RAT...
229 Bedford Ave. & N. 5th St

Housing Works Books
New/used books and volunteer cafe.
Proceeds go to housing, medical services
for those living with HIV
126 Crosby Street

MayDay Books
Anarchist infoshop on 1st ave

Community SPACES

Edith Garden
free computer classes, workshops,
and food to share with
the community, needs volunteers
836 Elton Ave, Bronx

LES Park
compost, greenhouse, grey water system,
sports area & solar energy area
1st Street & Avenue A

Nuevo Cabo Rojo
the 4th Cabo Rojo that has been created
since the 1st one was destroyed
162nd & Cortland, Bronx

Other cool gardens
E 6th St & Ave B
E 9th St & Ave C


Brooklyn Free School
radical free school with curriculum
based on students’ desires; no tests or
grades www.brooklynfreeschool.org

Guerilla Education Collective
working to bring about education and
political awareness in various forms

Libertad Skool Collective
an autonomously-run group of
unschoolers learning through radical
experimentation and intellectual
exploration shewillresist@riseup.net

Health Care & Services

Misled Youth
The Misled Youth Network combines elements of the youth liberation,
anti-prison, and mental health rights movements to address the problems
that arise when we allow for-profit industries to have control over our
future: children. We draw on many strategies and perspectives to
confront abusive institutions by empowering young people through
education, support networks, and youth-led programs that use creative
expression as a means for kids to gain understanding of ourselves and
the world around us. Misled Youth believes that youth need to be
presented with many options, opportunities, and ways of thinking rather
than only one – the mentality of cages and straight lines leading in the
same direction.

Dispossessed Network
An anarchist collective helping “urban
nomads” (train-hoppers, crusty kids,
teenage runaways, travelers...) get access
to social services in NY

The Door
offers young people (12-21) comprehensive
educational, health, nutritional
and counseling programs, as well as
legal services for young people in need
of civil legal representation
555 Broome St (btwn Varick & 6th)
www.door.org 212 941 9090 x 3247

The Icarus Project
a place for people struggling with
‘bipolar disorder’ to connect and build
an alternative support network

Medical Activists of New York
referrals to activist-friendly
healthcare 1-888-744-7856

NYC AIDS Housing Network
collective of people living withHIV/
AIDS, working on social justice issues,
free space for meetings, showers
80A 4th Ave, Brooklyn, 718 802 9540

Streetwork L.E.S.
Offers food, showers, counseling, needle
exchange, medical & legal services
for homeless youth 13-24
33 Essex St (btwn Hester & Grand.),
646 602 6404


Food Not Bombs
serves vegan food in Tompkins Square
Park, Fri & Sun @ 3:30pm, volunteer
at ABC No Rio after 1pm, Fri or Sun
fnb@abcnorio.org, 212 254 3697

Just Food
developing a just and sustainable food
system in NYC by linking small farmers
with city dwellers


People’s Law Collective
an anarchist collective with knowledge
of the legal system, provides advice and
legal support

National Lawyer’s Guild
the largest public-interest human
rights legal organization

Community Action

New York Metro Anarchist Alliance (NYMAA)
NYMAA is a broad organization of anarchists and anti-authoritarians who
live in the New York metropolitan area. NYMAA is a social revolutionary
organization. Thus, our ultimate aim is to eradicate all forms of
authoritarianism, hierarchy, and domination and help build a genuinely
liberatory, self-managed, directly democratic society. To that end our
immediate aim is to bring anarchists together on a common plane of
struggle for the purpose of growing and expanding the movement and
spreading our ideas.

Estacion Libre
People of Color Zapatista solidarity group. Since its inception,
Estacion Libre has organized 16 delegations of people of color to meet
and dialogue with communities in resistance in Chiapas. Delegations have
included students, teachers, and community organizers aged 18-56 years
old, from various cities in the US and Canada. We have also hosted
groups organizing their own delegations and projects. Delegates receive
a comprehensive orientation on the situation in Chiapas and visit a
number of indigenous communities where they learn first hand about the
Zapatista struggle and the repression people face in this context.

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
Anarcho-syndicalist union, making a comeback from 100 years! Working on
organizing starbucks, fresh direct, amersino workers and more.

Critical Resistance
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement
to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief
that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that
basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what
really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of
global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success
of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected
by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support
any work that extends its life or scope.

Activism Center- Wetlands
Preserve works on a wide range of
projects addressing the impacts of an
economic system and social structure
that reduces all life to commodities or
waste products

Anarchist People Of Color
engaging in dialogue to continue
working in our communities
(for people of color ONLY,
to foster an environment of trust)

In Our Hearts Collective
zines and wild anarchy!

NY Friends of Jeff Luers
providing monetary, legal, and social
support for politcal prisoner Jeff Luers

More Gardens!
a direct action group rescuing
land from developers and yuppies

strengthening community among
women, fighting for mother’s and
children’s rights

Mutual Support Network
puts out the free events calendar
1 888 365 0000 x 1942

New York City Books Thru Bars
sends books to prisoners
212 254 3697 x 323

New York Youth Bloc
A coalition of high schoolers fighting
for peace, justice & empowerment.

Queer Fist
seeking to undermine the assimilationism
of the LGBTcommunity into
conservative consumerist culture

Radical Cheerleaders
a collectively-run squad open to anyone
interested-no tryouts involved

Radical Reference
librarians who support activists by
providing research support, access to
information, and fact-checking workshops
for independent journalists

free transportation for ladies and
trans folk to get HOME safely in
North Brooklyn, LES, & East Village
Saturday nights from 12-4:30 AM
www.rightrides.org, 718 964 7781

Shift-Control Collective
brings tech to the activists & activism
to the techies; computer security
skillshares info@shiftcontrol.org
Surveillance Camera Players
conducts free walking tours of heavily
surveilled neighborhoods

Jericho Movement
Jericho is a movement with the defined goal of gaining recognition of
the fact that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of
the United States despite the United States’ government’s continued
denial ... and winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.

Curious George Brigade
Rhe Curious George Brigade is an anarchist collective (or, as it styles
itself, an "elusive anarchist thinktank"). It is a part of the larger
CrimethInc. network. The CGB produced the book Anarchy in the Age of
Dinosaurs, a meditation on anarchism which displays tendencies of
post-left anarchy along with videos, articles and a zine about urban

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)
NYCoRE is a group of public school educators committed to fighting for
social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing
and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with
community, parent, and student organizations. We are educators who
believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we
must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for
justice does not end when the school bell rings.

Sista II Sista
A collective of black and latina mothers, based in Bushwick, which works
together to strengthen community resistance against police brutality,
domestic violence, and patriarchy. They also do delegations to argentina
and chiapas to learn about other forms of social organizing outside of
the non-profit sphere.

NorthEastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC)
The Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC) is a
bi-lingual (French and English) organization of revolutionaries from the
northeastern region of North America who identify with the communist
tradition within anarchism. We oppose all forms of oppression and
exploitation, and struggle for a classless, stateless, non-hierarchical
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