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(en) US, The Friendly Fire Collective* Newsletter - July 2009

Date Fri, 10 Jul 2009 09:02:41 +0300

Welcome to the July 2009 Friendly Fire Collective Newsletter! Greetings! ---- It's summer!
How the hell did six months of 2009 go by so damn quickly?! Here we are again to present
you the latest thoughts to emanate from our keyboards. We're excited by the possibilities
of the season and are looking forward to what the rest of the year brings. As you'll see
below we've got another good collection of various forms of media you may find beneficial.
Here we go! ---- We've got a new original article entitled "I'm Going to Pittsburgh but
I'm Not Sure Why: Advancing Beyond Tactics and Developing Anarchist Strategy," written by
collective member David Zlutnick. In it David examines his desire and ambivalence in going
to Pittsburgh for the G20 protests, and through this takes a critical look at
anti-authoritarian organizing and its tendency to focus on tactics rather than the
development of long-term strategy.

In our suggested reading this month, we are happy to offer up "Anarchism, Violence, and
Brandon Darby's Politics of Moral Certitude," an original article put forth by a friend of
ours, "M.J. Essex," analyzing the events surrounding Brandon Darby (activist turned
informant), and the interpretations of violence, anarchism, and state cooperation that are
put forth by the media. Additionally we offer two other pieces, one by Cindy Milstein and
another by Chris Spannos, both of which we found to be very interesting and useful in our
own thoughts on organizing. All of those pieces you can find below.

Last month we proudly presented a great event, "Confronting the Police State and Imagining
Alternatives: A Bay Area Strategy Discussion," involving panelists from six Bay Area
police accountability organizations. In this newsletter we're thrilled to put out the
audio of that event--recorded by dave id of indybay.org--that we hope you will find of

As always we have our Bay Area Radical History poster series, this time the ninth edition:
Los Siete de la Raza. In addition to that, we also have produced a wild and crazy
propaganda poster for the G20 protests (go get em Pittsburgh!). Both are available below
formatted for web viewing and printing.

And lastly, we have a collection of videos for you to check out for your entertainment and
education. Hopefully you'll find them both fun and informative.

The rest of this year we hope will prove to be quite exciting for us in FF, both
individually and as part of a greater movement. The summer is always exciting as people
seem to have a little spring (no pun intended) in their step, especially when it comes to
organizing resistance. Maybe it's the warm weather--or for us in San Francisco, the coming
and going of the fog and the cool breeze. Either way, we're glad to be here and with all
of you fighting the good fight.

Enjoying sunshine and light fog,

-The Friendly Fire Collective

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