A comprehensive collection of writings from the Canadian eco-anarchist group Direct Action. Includes retrospective interviews, communiques from attacks by the group, theoretical essays, and prison writings.
War on Patriarchy, War on the Death Technology: The Collected Statements, Writings, and Communiques of Direct Action and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade
Thanks to everyone who has written about our zines being inaccessible due to zinelibrary’s non-existence. We are working on redesigning all of our older publications (which were designed when we had zero layout skills) so they are more paper-efficient, neater, and easier to read.
We will upload the redesigned zines directly to this site as we finish them. We are, of course, very busy with non-publishing projects, so this may take a short while. We apologize for the inconvenience and are very happy comrades are interested in distributing the publications we create.
We have an array of new publications planned for the next few months and we are excited to share them.
A collection of histories, speeches, and interviews with members of The George Jackson Brigade and Men Against Sexism. These stories give inspiration for the multiform queer struggle against prison, capitalism, and the state.
I hate the fucking Pope, and I hate John fucking Cardinal fucking O’Connor, and I hate the whole fucking Catholic Church. The same goes for the Military, and especially for Amerika’s Law Enforcement Officials – the cops – state sanctioned sadists who brutalize street transvestites, prostitutes and queer prisoners. I also hate the medical and mental health establishments, particularly the psychiatrist who convinced me not to have sex with men for three years until we (meaning he) could make me bisexual rather than queer. I also hate the education profession, for its share in driving thousands of queer teens to suicide every year. I hate the “respectable” art world, and the entertainment industry, and the mainstream media, especially The New York Times. In fact, I hate every sector of the straight establishment in this country – the worst of whom actively want all queers dead, the best of whom never stick their necks out to keep us alive.
In a lot of ways, AIDS activists are like those doctors out there: they’re so busy putting out fires and taking care of people on respirators that they don’t have the time to take care of all the sick people. We’re so busy putting out fires right now that we don’t have the time to talk to each other and strategize and plan for the next wave, and the next day, and next month, and the next week, and the next year.
And we’re going to have to find the time to do that in the next few months. And we have to commit ourselves to doing that. And then, after we kick the shit out of this disease, we’re all going to be alive to kick the shit out of this system, so that this never happens again.
We can no longer stand by idly while we are robbed of our mouths, our anuses, our sexual members, our guts, our veins… just so they can turn them into parts for their ignominious machine which produces capital, exploitation, and the family. . .We can no longer stand by idly while they control, regulate, and occupy our mucous membranes, the pores of our skin, the entire sentient surface of our body. . .We can no longer stand by idly while they use our nervous system as a relay in the system of capitalist, federal, patriarchal exploitation, nor while they use our brain as a means of punishment programmed by ambient power. . .We can no longer not “come” or hold back our shit, our saliva, our energy according to their laws with their minor, tolerated infractions. We want to explode the frigid, inhibited, mortified body that capitalism wants so desperately to make out of our living body.
First appearing 325 Magazine, this interview with Jean Weir (of Insurrection magazine and Elephant Editions) features a critical and humble reflection on prison, insurrection, and anarchist publishing. We reformatted this for distribution as a small contribution to insurrection and as a continuation of the anarchist publishing world Weir has contributed to so significantly.
We present a compilation of historical documents, interviews, and critical analyses of STAR, a group of street queens in early 70s New York City who self-organized for survival and revolt. Contained within are pamphlets distributed by STAR, as well as interviews with and speeches by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Additionally, we are excited to include a critical essay by Ehn Nothing on STAR’s legacy, the enemies of queer insurrection, and the war against gender.
A collection of writings on women’s and queer violence, self-defense, and revenge.
- “Anarcha-Feminists Take to the Streets”
- “Safety is an Illusion”
- “Notes on Survivor Autonomy and Violence”
- “Dysphoria Means Total Destroy”
- “An Insurrectional Practice Against Gender”
+ 14 communiques
From our introduction:
The following appeared online November 2011 and quickly made the rounds of the usual anarchist websites. The anonymous critique is aimed incisively at the growing tendency within international insurrectional anarchism that posits a new guerrilla warfare. Unlike the guerrilla warfare of the New Left, this guerrilla is diffuse, anarchist, and for a total
rupture with the existent. While it is natural for those of us who desire the destruction of civilization to smile widely at consistent news of anarchist armed struggle, we must also remain critical. Much of this debate should be formulated face-to-face by each group of individuals taking action against control. However, space remains for open critique and counter-critique within insurrectional circles. The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire themselves push an idea of a new critique, one attached to notices of attack, through which we may formulate new methods and strategies. While the authors of this piece may disagree with the necessity of each critical text coming in the form of a communiqué, one agreement
stands: we must remain active in our search for paths toward the active destruction of domination and control.
The questions remain:
-Does insurrectionary anarchism mean the conscious intensification of attack by individuals and groups? Or is it the generalization of revolt – its tools and skills – to every part of society? Are these two mutually exclusive?
-What is the point of the named group? Does this merely invite repression? Does group coherency really matter?
-Can anonymity help mitigate state repression? Can it prevent our attacks from being recuperated into the Spectacle? Can it mean the negation of political identities and an assertion of an individualism that evades subjectivity?
-Can guerrilla warfare truly be separated from vanguardism, specialization, and formalism? Is the anarchist guerrilla a totally different breed?
I offer these questions because I do not have answers. While named
groups stir up visions of arrogant Leninism, I cannot hold back my smile
when I hear of any blow against domination. I want to envision a path toward
rupture, toward the total destruction of the existent. What that means is
unknown. We publish this text not as a condemnation of our comrades of the
anarchist, anti-civilization, and nihilist armed struggle, but as a small contribution
to that struggle.
Solidarity always to those who attack domination, named or unnamed.
From the text:
THIS IS JUST A REMINDER
that when you put your fist through a glass window
We shall build our barricades with reinforced steel, and reinforced dreams
WE SHALL FIGHT WITH POETRY AND GUNS
ALL POWER TO THE IMAGINATION
by Fredy Perlman
From the text:
The everyday activity of slaves reproduces slavery. Through their daily activities, slaves do not merely reproduce themselves and their masters physically; they also reproduce the instruments with which the master represses them, and their own habits of submission to the master’s authority. To men who live in a slave society, the masterslave relation seems like a natural and eternal relation. However, men are not born masters or slaves. Slavery is a specific social form, and men submit to it only in very particular material and historical conditions.