From the intro: …We’ve focused this account of Durham’s most recent march not on questions of “the political” like making demands or pressuring city officials, but rather on how we can continue building our own power as a diffuse but growing crowd-in-motion. When we blockade or occupy the streets or buildings of our city, what makes us powerful? What are the strategies used by the police to contain our rage during protests, and how can we defeat them? These are questions of social relations, the trust and communication we have or have not built between us, and they are also questions of infrastructure, tactics, tools, movement, and space. Even for those still committed to reforming the police as an institution, with whom we firmly disagree, these questions are crucial, as the only way even modest reforms will take hold will be if we can succeed in becoming an actual threat to those in power.
The article can be read online here. A pdf in zine format can be found by clicking on the title above.
A short text written by some of the arrestees from the fall/winter 2014 wave of anti-police protests in Durham, NC.
In the winter of 2013, after mutiple months of DPD killing black and brown people, and catalyzed by the death of 17-year-old Chuy Huerta in police custody, Durham rose up in anger against its police force. For months hundreds of people took the streets, carrying out small attacks against police cars and stations, marching without permits, and fighting back when cops teargassed downtown. From the intro:
This zine is a quickly compiled collection of writings released in the midst of these events. These pieces were written with different voices by participants who had overlapping but different understandings of what was going on, with little time and space for deeper reflection. Perhaps this collection can help to counter the dizzying array of media, liberals, and leftists who have, by ignoring the voices of actual participants, either condemned or downplayed the combative aspects of this struggle. Above all, it is our hope that by putting all these writings in one place this text might facilitate a deeper debate and analysis about how we can seize the moments of tension and rupture in which we increasingly find ourselves. We look forward with anticipation to reading and hearing the thoughts of new and old comrades alike with regards to the last few months of struggle that we have shared together.
This is the story of the occupation of a derelict building in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 12-13, 2011, told in the voices of a wide range of participants. While anarchists and corporate media have circulated news of this action far and wide, the experiences shared inside the building have remained a sort of black box. This report opens up that box, just as the occupiers opened up the building, to reveal a world of possibility.
This zine includes three pieces of writing. The first of these details the struggle at UNC in 2009 against a right-wing racist student organization called Youth for Western Civilization, while the second and third deconstruct arguments around “free speech rights” and present an anarchist alternative for understanding political speech and physical force, power, and the authority of the mainstream media.