Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Like An Against Me! song that has lost its feel...

What drives me to drive, for ridiculously long hours, spend a couple hundred on a trip that almost guarantees no return of funds, and cramp myself up with people I could generally see on a day to day basis? Don't know, a desire to travel, to meet new people, to have fun, to spread ideas?

The Seattle Anarchist Bookfair didn't disappoint me because I had hardly any expectations of it. I see generally the same people each time I go out to a bookfair, at least the ones on the West Coast. The people from Little Black Cart, Eberhardt, AK and PM Press. We are part of this weird circus, that I think Aragorn! termed, "the traveling anarchist flea market." What is certain, there seems to be less and less NEW things coming out at bookfairs, and we all seem to have the same SHIT. Seriously, How exciting is it that half the tables have the same AK Press shit? Also, it's cool to bump into insurrectionary kids who are starting their own distros and getting stuff out there, but I'd really like to see stuff that they are working on. I didn't pick up one local publication while I was at the bookfair. The only group that I met at the bookfair that seemed to be engaging in any activity based on the street was the Seattle Solidarity Network. I'm sure there were other groups out there, but I didn't meet any. I had come to the Northwest to see what was happening; I found little.

I stopped in Eugene, to pay respect to one of the parental units of the new wave of anarchy, but found nothing happening in their town. I went to Tacoma, and heard about some projects in the works, and more ones that had fallen through. They have a new publication out entitled, Autonomy 253, which is interesting. It seems to be taking a local focus in the Modesto Anarcho vein, but needs some more work in presenting it to the reader. Perhaps an editorial column and some introduction paragraphs about each piece are in order? The design is nice though. The inside cover looks like a scene from Back to the Future. "Where we're going, we don't need zines." Olympia I didn't spend much time in, and I didn't get a chance to check out the infoshop, which looks interesting. I did speak at the University there, Evergreen. The talk I thought went ok. I really want to spend some time in the future writing some stuff out to read or go off on, not rely on notes. The other presenter from Fire to the Prisons did much better than I, but still, I thought that our presentation was engaging and good.

At one point one person in the audience stated that no female bodied people had spoken, and commented on the fact that both of the presenters (myself included) were male. One person in the audience then stated, "Dude, you've been talking more than anyone." Anyway, I guess the kid had a bad time, left with a friend, someone said he was crying, and came back and told me later that he felt that the event was not a safe space. I replied that maybe the person was just an asshole and that he should go talk to them about what they said. They said they didn't feel comfortable doing that. They then replied that we needed some sort of facilitation in the Q and A, I replied that was unneeded because Q and A is already facilitated. Anyway, that's what went down. There was a long discussion about the piece, "She Doesn't Give a Fuck About Your Insurrection," which was interesting because almost no one in the audience appeared to have read or understood the piece (myself being the latter), thus making the conversation one of generalizations and bickering about back and forth shit.

Picked up some good stuff though. The Bash Back people are awesome, check out Pink and Black Attack, Letters Journal #3, and thew new Politics is Not a Banana.

Also, check out www.modestoanarcho.org for massive updates.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SEATTLE!

What's more delicious than polyamori drama and better than not getting a disease at the next feral visions gathering?

It's me and two other people headed up to Seattle to knock your socks off and bring you the next Fire to the Prisons. Yes, that's right. Lock up your night clubs and point us in the direction of whatever it is you people call mexican food up there, cause we're coming.

I'm told that I'll be speaking at Evergreen University sometime on Sunday. Come out and see me do my thang. If you're around Seattle - hope to see you there.

HOLLA

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Upcoming Firehouse Friday Nights!


Friday, October 16th, 7pm. Stencil making night. Make stencils for shirts, patches, and other surfaces.

Friday, October 23rd, 7pm. Election sign making re-decoration. Bring a political sign in to redecorate.

Friday, October 30th, 7pm. Film showing and discussion of the comedic class, “Accepted.” About a group of dumbasses who occupy a vacant building and make a free school college.

Friday, November 6th, 7pm. Come out to make a movie! Video equipment is on hand - help create a script and shoot it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Fire to the Prisons Out Now!

"For Nothing, Against Everything"
Fire to the Prisons Issue #7
Fall 2009//An Insurrectionary Quarterly

This Issue features:

Table of Contents

BRIEFING Pg. 3
A subtle introduction.

PERMANENT POTENTIAL,
IN PERMANENT CONFLICT Pg. 4
Towards a revolutionary vagueness.

ON “BURNING OUT” Pg. 8
Disempowerment and the modern radical.

WE DEMAND NOTHING Pg. 12
On the Practical Necessity of Demanding Nothing.

A STATEMENT FROM THE UNDECIDED Pg. 23
The liberal/conservative false dichotomy.

ESCAPISM HAS ITS PRICE,
THE ARTIST HAS HIS INCOME Pg. 25
By Social Warhol from Non-Fides.

REPRESSION
(PRISONER + LEGAL UPDATES) Pg. 27
State attempts to constrain, contain, and silence.

STRUGGLE FROM THE INSIDE Pg. 37
A chronology of North American prisoner resistance.

NOTED DESTRUCTION Pg. 42
Anonymous + Anarchist resistance.

NATIVE CONFLICT Pg. 44
Reports on indigenous resistance

ATTACKING DECEPTION Pg. 49
A critique of spirituality and a short list of attacks on churches.

A REMINDER FOR A DELUSIONAL ERA Pg. 52
Against green capitalism, for earth liberation.

CAN’T STOP THE CHAOS Pg. 54
Riots at the G20.

THE SUMMER ANARCHY DIED Pg. 63
MANAGERS OR MARAUDERS OF THE
DESERT? Pg. 66
By Crudo

WORK Pg. 68
A brief description of dead labor.

SHOUT OUTS Pg. 70
Cool books, publishers, and info

Print copies are also available for 4 bucks a pop, or 2 bucks for orders of 5 and up. The print style for the new issue is hot. Get this shit.
Its also available for free to prisoner support groups, people currently incarcerated, or select projects on consignment. Paypal and money orders are both options. Please contact us via firetotheprisons (a) gmail.com

Also visit our website to view past issues of Fire to the Prisons, and links to other pdf downloads of the magazine.

www.firetotheprisons.com

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Agitating till the grave,

Hope you like it

Fire to the Prisons

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Contact Email

You can contact me now at : crudo@modestoanarcho.org

The crudo_vengeance@hushmail.com is silly since no one uses hushmail hardly ever anymore.

If you want a preliminary copy of Vengeance 4, which is really short and all personal stuff, hit me up. I'll be posting it up here in a while.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

on the road again

In the bay area. AK Press was largely a bust. Long Haul was pretty good; Aragorn had lots of great critique for us, as well as other comrades. Tonight is Station 40. My car was broken into last night. Always sad when you see lots of other rich cars right next to yours. Now I have to spend my wages on a window and a new stereo. What is is that RAUM said when their car was broken into? "Whatever happened to robbing the rich?" Guess my "Stop Broke on Broke Crime" sticker didn't help me with this one...