Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries: Survival, Revolt, and Queer Antagonist Struggle

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We present a compilation of historical documents, interviews, and critical analyses of STAR, a group of street queens in early 70s New York City who self-organized for survival and revolt.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.

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Dangerous Spaces: Violent Resistance, Self-Defense, and Insurrectional Struggle Against Gender

A collection of writings on women’s and queer violence, self-defense, and revenge.

Contents:
– “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

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Letter to the Anarchist Galaxy

From our introduction:

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?

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ASIF (Anarcho Surrealist Insurrectionary Feminist) Manifesto

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From the text:

THIS IS JUST A REMINDER
that when you put your fist through a glass window
IT BREAKS
We shall build our barricades with reinforced steel, and reinforced dreams
WE SHALL FIGHT WITH POETRY AND GUNS
ALL POWER TO THE IMAGINATION

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The Reproduction of Daily Life

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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 master-slave 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.

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On Organization

From the text:

The existence of the gangs derives therefore from the tendency of capital to absorb its contradictions, from its movement of  negation and from its reproduction in a fictitious form. Capital denies, or tends to deny, the basic principles on which it erects itself; but, in reality, it revives them under a fictitious form. The gang is a clear expression of this duality.

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In the Thick of It

From the text

Ultimately, we have only certain answers to give to numerous critiques formulated here and there, never the key to the problem, the magic formula, the pretentious claim to hold the truth of the struggle, solutions drawn out to completion. One thing, nevertheless, seems clear to us: The attacks must multiply, as true as to say that our revolts create our solidarities.

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More, Much More

From the text:

Participation in power’s projects has become more widespread and daily life is increasingly colonized. City planning renders police control partially superfluous and virtual reality destroys all dialogue. All this increases the necessity for insurrection (it certainly doesn’t eliminate it). If we were to wait for everyone to become anarchists before making revolution, Malatesta said, we’d be in trouble. If we were to wait for the delegitimation of power before attacking it, we’d be in trouble. But fortunately, waiting is not among the risks of the insatiable. The only thing we have to lose is our patience.

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The Undesirables

From the text:

The time has come again to attack the thousand nodes
of our misery and our submission — new hammer blows for
a luddism that is even more lucid and radical. Brothers and
sisters, the time has come for a new anonymous and seditious
solidarity without leaders or mediators. The time has come for
a new conspiracy.

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Uncontrollable: Contributions Towards a Conscious Nihilism

From the text:

The current nihilism amongst the youth is not arising from nothing. It is a reflection of the total failure of both resistance and capitalism. Many see no alternative and want nothing else other than the complete destruction of the beast that feeds them: the city.

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