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(en) US, BAAM #35 of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement - Top 5 Reasons Why Anarchists Should Love/Frequent/Support the Papercut Zine Library! By Clara Hendricks

Date Sat, 07 Aug 2010 10:46:42 +0300

The Papercut Zine Library is a free lending library, located in Somerville, MA. Five years ago, BAAM members participated in the founding and setting up of the PZL, which now serves over 1,200 members. Their collection of over 13,000 independently published works includes everything from photocopied punk rock zines, to hand-crafted personal zines bound together with yarn. They also carry a selection of other independent media, including DVDs, VHS and cassette tapes. ---- Here are five reasons why Papercut is of use to anarchists: -- 1. Zines themselves are pretty much an anarchist endeavor. That is not to say that everyone who makes zines is an anarchist. Rather, the purpose of zines is to spread free information in a non-hierarchical manner. Zines are not copyrighted and usually the authors welcome the dissemination and re-dissemination of the information that they contain.

Independent publishing is so valuable because it can
free information up from capitalism and the
state’s control and put it back in the hands of
the people.

2. The Zine library is run by a collective.
But not only that, the zine library is run by a
collective (who make all their decisions hori-
zontally, based on consensus) that has been
around for over five years, has experienced
a large amount of turnover (only one original
member remains), survived an eviction and a
move to a new space, and STILL exists and
functions really well. That is pretty cool and a
demonstration of anarchist principles in prac-
tice. The library is always looking for new
collective members, but even if you don’t
have the time or resources to devote to this
project, it is a great reason to support us.

3. We have a space—and that is something
that Boston is short of. It may not be huge, but
it is a physical space where events can hap-
pen! Boston Anarchist Black Cross regularly
meets here, and we are definitely open to hav-
ing other groups meet, have events, etc. We
can host small afternoon shows, workshops,
skillshares, or whatever else you might come
up with.

4. Anarchists should be supporting ALL
libraries. Seriously, libraries are pretty much
the coolest thing ever. There are really not
that many other places where you can go,
hang out, read, use a computer, do your
homework, talk to people, and not have to
pay, or worry about staying too long, or buy
something. It is really cool that these places
still exist AND are filled with lots and lots of
free information. And the zine library is an
especially cool library because of what infor-
mation it contains.

5. Lastly, zines are not just about punk or
my summer vacation or how to make vegan
brownies. The zine library has countless
zines that are very useful in perpetuating and
strengthening our ideas, as well as making
our organizing more effective. It is extremely
important to learn from the people who have
organized before us, to learn from their expe-
riences and mistakes. It is also important to
see what other resources people have devel-
oped, so we can make use of them, rather than
reinventing the wheel. With an immensely
vast anarchism section—as well sections on
feminism, queer and trans issues, environ-
ment and animals, prisons, race, class, sex-
ual assault, and many many more—we have
something for everyone.

Some titles of particular interest:

-Anarchist Survival Guide for Understand-
ing Gestapo Swine Interrogation Mind Games
-A Brief History of the American Labor
-Explosive Voices: Radical Women of His-
tory in the Making
-Small Compilation of Anti-Oppression
Resources for Grassroots SocialChange
-Deportation 101
-Baby I’m A Manarchist
-Class struggle and the environmental crisis
-Survival Without Rent
-Archives of Anarchy journal, Slingshot,
Northeastern Anarchist, Fifth Estate, Barra-
cada, Earth First journal and more and more
and more and more and more! Seriously, over
13,000. You can check out our online catalog

So please do come and check out the zine
library. We are open Fridays, Saturdays, Sun-
days and Mondays from 2-7, and are located
at 226 Pearl St. in Somerville.
More info: papercut@riseup.net, www.papercutzinelibrary.org, 617-871-ZIN
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