Guides on building emotional relationships between free people in a free society.
Sexual assault and abuse continue to plague anarchist scenes. This essay examines the context in which community accountability models emerged and analyzes the pitfalls we’ve encountered in trying to apply them. To move beyond the impasse around sexual violence within our scenes, we’ll need to challenge the idea of community itself and take our resistance in new directions.
Addiction culture and strategies for sobriety
Ineficient and ineffective meetings can leave people feeling drained, exhausted or discouraged, rather than inspired and energized. Good meetings help build strong, effective organizations and successful projects. Here are some foundational tips and suggestions that can have big impacts on your meetings!
anarchism, direct-action, relationships
Authors: Esteban Kelly, Jenna Peters-Golden, Kiran Nigam, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Tyrone Boucher
Publisher: Aorta Collective
Date: Spring 2014
The mainstream portrays perpetrators as hopeless cases, who care about nothing in life other than power and control. While it is certainly clear that those who sexually assault, abuse, or rape others do care quite a bit about power and control, it is disingenuous to declare that those are the only things they care about.
This zine is a guide to assisting others with issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault towards the liberation of all people.
A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures
Where Kink and Radical Politics Meet
This is a handbook on group process for egalitarian collectives. Its focus is on the often unrecognized negative dynamice that can occur when people try to work collectively.
An essay on consensus processes and how they might be improved.
Perspectives on polyamory and other forms of non-monogamous relatinoships
An anarchist-feminist perspective against BDSM
It's one thing to 'organize,' it's another to form an organization. For over a decade, post-leftists have criticized the organization in unflinching terms. The response has been muted. Everyone knows organizations are problematic, but nowhere are the terms clear. In this essay, William Gillis breaks down the often unspoken utility of organizations, their inherent nature, as well as their dangers and limitations.
Community Response to Substance Use
A chart summarizing the relationships between a variety of types of privilege
Guidelines for Responsible Open Relationships
Publisher: Untorelli Press
This zine is about setting goals for what you’d like to accomplish and what healing could look like in your life or in your community. Here are some things we’ve learned from our experiences supporting survivors, communities, and each other in dealing with sexual assault.
Suggestions to people called out for abusive behavior
The Egocrat — Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Kim Ii Sung — is not an accident or an aberration or an irruption of irrationality; he is a personi cation of the relations of the existing social order.
Confronting partner abuse in activist communities
consent, introduction, privilege, relationships
Authors: Alisa Bierria, Ana Lara, Anida Ali, Bran Fenner, BrokenBeautiful Press, Ching-In Chen, Eboni Colbert, Emily Stern, Gina de Vries, Jai Dulani, Jill Aguado, Karen Lee Asherah, Kay Barrett, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarahinha, Onion Carrillo, Peggy Munson, Sarwat Rumi, Shale Moulana, The Northwest Network, Theryn Kignamasud'Vashti, Timothy Colman, Vanessa Huang, Xandra Ibarra, Ziggy Ponting
Editors: Ching-in Chen, Dulani, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarahinha
Publisher: Communities Atainst Rape and Abuse
Born into poverty and plagued by it her entire life, educated by nuns in a convent school, chronically ill, the survivor of a nearly successful assassination attempt, and dead at a tragically early age, Voltairine de Cleyre doesn't seem a likely candidate to become what Paul Avrich called 'a greater literary talent than any other American anarchist.' But de Cleyre was undeniably one of the most important anarchist thinkers in the US or any other country. Greatly admired by her contemporaries for her brilliant writing and tireless schedule of public speaking, her ability to approach the most complex issues with a mixture of common sense, passion, and clarity makes her works as relevant today as they were a century ago.
Sobriety and Anarchist Struggle
Some anarcha-feminist notes. Much of this text focuses on power, as well as the connecte issue of various forms of constraint on human action, with a particular focus on women.
Feminism, Anarchism, and Organization. The unstructured group has an important role to play in building for change. But at times it can be dominated by informal structures and elites, and it is often prone to internal arguments and insularity. How far, then, should the leaderless principles be taken?
What to do when someone tells you that you violated their boundaries, made them feel uncomfortable, or committed assault