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Dreams of Black Revolt : A reflection on the 2 year anniversary of the George Floyd Rebellion and its meaning from a Black Anarchist

This essay was sent to us our way by a friend of a collective member, we hope you enjoy the reflection and that it helps sharpen your analysis. As always a zine version is available here

Note: A lot of people seem to be writing about the rebellion. However, there aren’t enough black anarchist voices (or black revolutionaries in general) publicly reflecting on it. Our input matters the most right now in my opinion. Shoutout to the Anarkatas, Lorenzo, Saint from Haters, the comrades who wrote BAJ, and all my homies who I talk to about this stuff. I hope this gives yall a taste about what’s been on my mind the past two years. I’ve been involved in a variety of writing projects but this one is really just a mostly personal reflection on how I’ve been feeling. One day I’ll be back on twitter but I hope this one essay helps shape the discourse a bit more, haha. It isn’t meant to be a full critique of anything. It’s just a few ideas that been bouncing around in my head.

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7 Reasons to Hate Election Season by Tanze Vatt

This is a piece from the first issue of Haters Magazine, tho the author would write the piece differently if written now, they have decided to leave it unedited since some people have found it useful. You can find a zine version of the essay here.

It’s 2020, and it’s that time again. Election season—and hate is in the air. Finally, many leftists in favor of voting are beginning to slide away from this bias, hopefully ready to lay down the last vestiges of liberalism, or even move past the left. What’s more likely, however, is that a shiny new candidate—a Bernie 2—will come along and, provided elections continue, they’ll fall back into their old campaign-obsessed ways. This isn’t addressed to them alone. The following essay is also for those who ask, “Why wouldn’t you vote?”; who say it’s harmless; who say it’s a “strategy.”

Voting: it’s the reason for the season (election season). And we hate every second of it.

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RIPPLES AND WAVES: Notes on Ukraine in the Long Crisis

This long-form essay was sent to us for publication by “some communist study group“. It discusses the historical role of Ukraine in the contemporary political economy, the response from radicals in the West towards the Russian invasion, and the material effects on the global political economy emanating from the disruption of a major bread basket, specifically with an eye towards revolt. The questions raised here are important not just for the current moment, but also for any social movement that desires to truly engage with “present state of things.”

As always, a zine version is available on the zines and agitprop section. Please feel free to print and distribute as you see fit!
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A Love Letter From the End of the World by Saint

Zine version of this essay is available here 

The Apocalypse in Greek; simply means an unveiling. An unveiling of what was unseen and is now seen. Oftentimes apocalyptic writings come from religious and philosophical writers. Something that comes to my mind is in the Christian tradition in the book of Revelations where the writer tells of a vision he has that results in the end of the world. This idea of the Apocalypse in Christianity is tied to Jesus’s preachings of bringing God’s kingdom to Earth. This is something we see in Christian Cults all the time. Christian cults believe that the End of the World is here and they are the only ones that know how to survive it. The idea that everything is political is not a new one. Every aspect of our lives, even our crises, and ultimately the end of the World is political. I want to show how the Politics of the Apocalypse rules our lives; how anti-blackness, the state, and colonialism put us in a state of a constant Apocalypse, and one of the ways we can counteract this.

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Another Response to Black Armed Joy

Here we have another response to Black Armed Joy that was emailed to us. We hope that it further continues the conversations sparked by the original piece. Again, we want to emphasize this does not necessarily align with the views of the “haters collective”, we are not the authors, and we have no intention to speak for the author.

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Against Carceral Communism, For Abolition Communism! by Simoun Magsalin

Written for Haters Magazine by Simoun Magsalin. To be featured in the forthcoming second issue. Zine version is available in the zines and agitprop section.

This text is dedicated to the communists who are abolitionists and the abolitionists who are communists.

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Fragments Against Reparations

Some folks West Philly sent this zine to us to share around with friends and comrades. You can read the text here and download the well-designed pdf for printing here, and as always it’s available on the zine and agitprop section.

“This text is written with the intent to provoke critical discussion about reparations. Most of the criticisms of reparations that have been circulating have come from an anti-Black and often pro business as usual perspective. This text, instead, aims to criticize reparations as a way of moving towards Black liberation.”

You can contact the author at this email: falsehope [atriseup [dot] net

An Enthusiastic Response to “Black Armed Joy”

Here we have a response that was emailed to us with the author asking us to publish it on our site. We saw no reason not to do so as we hope to see more critical engagements (they don’t always have to positive!) with Black Armed Joy. Of course, we want to emphasize this does not necessarily align with the views of the “haters collective”, we are not the authors, and we have no intention to speak for the author.

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Black Armed Joy: Some Notes Towards a Black Theory of Insurrectionary Anarchy

Note from haters cafe: This essay was submitted to us by a group of Black anarchists that wish to remain anonymous, the haters collective are not the authors. As always, you can find a zine version of this essay here, please feel free to print and distribute it.

Pour une traduction française, cliquez ici

This essay is dedicated to the memory of our revolutionary elder, theorist, and warrior Russell Maroon Shoatz 

This essay was inspired partially by one of our comrades while we were discussing the failures of non-violence as a tactic and philosophy. She said something along the lines of “I was raised by radicals from the 1960s and 1970s. If you were a Panther and you got caught, you were doing something wrong”. The zine is a product of a variety of conversations among Black anarchists in the post-George Floyd rebellion  although many of these strands of thought have existed prior to this moment. We have three questions we hope to address in this zine.

What would an insurrectionary anarchist position thoroughly rooted in black radicalism and black revolt mean? How does the current white insurrectionary anarchist milieu fail? How can Black revolutionaries extend the insurrection?

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The Interregnum: The George Floyd Uprising, the coronavirus pandemic, and the emerging social revolution

This is a piece written collectively by a group called “Your Lazy Comrades” and sent to be published by Haters Cafe. A poster and zine of this text can be found here, please feel free to print and distribute this text.

Puedes leer la traducción al español en el proyecto CHUSMA CHUSMA

We believe that 2020-21 is a period of generalized social struggle that, for the first time in at least five decades, has pushed the so-called United States to the brink of revolutionary transformation. We have been thinking of this struggle as The Great Refusal*. We offer these theses as provocations and building blocks for further elaboration and action.

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