Living & Fighting




ON JUSTICE AND ABOLITION: A CONVERSATION WITH NEVADA ON THE ABOLITION OF LAW

Nevada

A comrade and a friend wrote a wonderful book recently on the George Floyd Uprising. We decided to interview them about what’s in the book and on their process and experience of writing it.

The Friends Print Collective is a print and design collective out of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They published and printed Nevada’s The Abolition of Law.

We encourage you to check it out. Copies of the book are available here. 

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APRIL 2022

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QUEERING SHAKESPEARE: INTERVIEW WITH SHAKESQUEER

Shakesqueer

A rad and friendly Tucson based theatre project aims to shatter this shallow thinking within normative structures of storytelling and theatre. It would seem, our friends dare to set fire to this worn-out aesthetic in capitalist-colonialist theatre. By profaning the very heart of the tradition of western theatre – Shakespeare – our friends push the boundaries of not only theatre but the reality of where theater is drawn as a stage of combat.

This destituent project aspires to open Shakespeare’s plays to a queer reality.  Our friend’s project is called Shakesqueer. Within this loving recognition and experience of our friend’s blood, sweat, and tears. We could do nothing other than sit down and ask them about their beautiful and longstanding communal project.

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APRIL 2022

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THE BCC COOKZINE & COMMUNITY COOKBOOKS AS PEOPLE’S HISTORY

Wren Awry
Arroz

When you think of community cookbooks, the first thing that may come to mind are those spiral-bound volumes published by mainstream religious and charity groups, often found collecting dust at thrift stores. But the history of collaboratively-authored cookbooks is actually much richer and more interesting than you might expect: while certainly not all community cookbooks have radical roots, some do. They’ve been used for everything from fundraising for revolutionary causes to teaching people's history through recipes and headnotes (those paragraphs that go before a recipe) to functioning as acts of collective memory making in radical, revolutionary, and marginalized communities.

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MARCH 2022

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VISIONS: ON RETURNING & BECOMING

Anonymous 

Ten people lost their lives in 2021 as a result of the cruel, abusive supervision and careless procedures at the Pima County Jail in so called Tucson, AZ. A rally was held at the jail on New Years Eve to mourn the loss of life and envision a world in which our communities are truly made safer. A world in which care-based solutions to violence and harm are prioritized over institutions of punishment that harden and further destabilize those they claim to reform.

This poem was originally written for and shared at the opening vigil that evening as a reflection of current societal practices and possibilities of where we can heal and rebuild.

After the vigil, where attendees voiced their greif and rage, a playlist filled of FTP vibes began to blare while the crowd added their own melodies of clanging pots and pans and anything else within grasp. Through the jail windows, those held inside could be seen joining in by flickering their cell lights on and off while those in the streets danced under fireworks lit by protesters and families of those killed at the jail.

Another world is possible.

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MARCH 2022

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IT’S ALL IN THE LANDING: FRAGMENTS ON LA HAINE 

Blair Brechen

There is a rather painful apologetic tone in the drab history of cop films. Overproduced and excessively made within a lineage of white male Hollywood cinema, these police movies languish in their sentimentality. Forever aiming to affirm there is such a thing as a good cop, the genre is thick with a bastardized notion of the Stoics’ virtuous nature. These films appeal to a washed-out memory, a long burnt out feeling that there is such a thing called human nature. In the grunts of the apologetic reformist, one can witness the historical subject of the political economy loving the cop not as a figure, but as a mode of governance. This is seen in media soundbites about crime waves in New York, as if the police can save anyone from the crime they create. It is within this conditioned insanity that we inquire how cop films aid in the rendering of active minds into a passive subordination to the police?

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MARCH 2022





INTO THE FRAY: THIRD NOISE DEMO AGAINST PIMA COUNTY JAIL

ANONYMOUS 

Reflection on recent round of noise demonstrations outside of Pima County Dentention Center in so-called Tucson, Arizona. 

What follows is a brief reportback from the birthday noise demo outside the Pima County Dentention Center in Tucson on Friday, February 11th, 2022. A longer report on the struggle that has emerged around the jail in general is hopefully coming soon.

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FEBRUARY 2022

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NOTES ON NO FUTURE & MORE PLANNING 

ASH

1 the Event

There’s something indescribable about the POP of the first broken glass.

How many of you are smirking at the thought? At the cliché? A cliché exists for a reason. This POP includes but exceeds the visceral surprise and excitement of the opening act of an event like the one many of us experienced on the night of May 29th, 2020. When paint on walls declared “No more waiting 4 now”. This POP of the now... Against an impossible future and an intolerable past, a small crowd struck out against the future laid out before us, rejecting it wholesale. Some small effort to tie us immediately to moments across time and space, which in that moment put me shoulder to shoulder with my friends in Virginia, in California, in Minnesota.  I hope they thought of me too.

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JANUARY 2022

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COMBATING ERASURE - AN INTERVIEW WITH AMBER ORTEGA

AMBER ORTEGA
CAITLIN COLIBRI

AMBER: My name is Amber Lee Ortega and I am a Tohono O’odham tribal member and Hia-Ced O’odham descendent and I go by she/they/them.

C: Thank you. I understand that you have a trial coming up and you’ve been through quite a few things leading up to this, too. Is there any back-story you’d like to share?

A: Well, actually, the trial already happened. The court date coming up was set for the judge to hear oral arguments to discuss RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). So, there was a trial that was held, and what has followed since has been the change in representation. My former lawyer was Paul Gattone, who helped guide the court case along. He’s the one that originally argued the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in court, and after the trial date, that is when a judge decided to take out the RFRA argument and only take it in part.

So, you asked about a backstory. So, before trial, there were many people speaking out. Before border wall construction began and during border wall construction, there were tribal members and there were environmental groups that were also defending the land and the biodiversity of the area, the landscapes, the water, so there’s been an ongoing effort for a long time to not only protect the lands, but to even have access.

There’s a whole history that has not been heard. There’s a story of the Hia-Ced O’odham that hasn’t been told, I’m sorry, that has been told by our elders. It’s a story that we as a younger generation must continue on to combat the government’s erasure efforts on our people, the Hia-Ced O’odham, specifically.

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JANUARY 2022

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TREAD LIGHTLY

SADIE BAT KALMAN

because in future’s tomorrow

the first fig, the lilac sticky&sappy&finger-dripping,

the bitter wave & the water bearer, and eyes open endless time,

the oleander yearning, the trails paced overgrown & easy,

the passing time carves souls gently, the gloaming & the ironweed,

and bittersweet, endless, always, real slow, seeds planted.

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JANUARY 2022

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OMNIA SUNT COMMUNIA: NOTES ON THE FUTURE OF TUCSON

ANONYMOUS

1. In 1525, during the Radical Reformation in Germany, millenarians and Anabaptists, followers of the revolutionary theologian Thomas Müntzer, summarized the goal of their peasant rebellion with three words: Omnia Sunt Communia. Everything for Everyone.

2. The Franciscans, a mendicant Catholic order founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi, sought a life of poverty, which they defined as “the voluntary abdication of ownership for the Lord’s sake.”
  •      a. In Defense of the Mendicants, written in 1269 by the medieval Franciscan St. Bonaventure, the author examines four relationships to earthly things: ownership, possession, usufruct, and simple use. Pope Nicholas III later added a fifth: simple de facto use.
  • According to Agamben, they sought “to think life as that which is never given as property but only as a common use.

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JANUARY 2022

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ROSE LEAF INK: AN OFFERING AND RECIPE

Desierto

Originally published in AmoRosa Vol. 1 organized by La Lunería.

I initially made this recipe as a tender gift to my partner, made from the leaves of a bouquet of baby pink roses they gave me for valentine’s day. It felt like a way to materially show how our love circulates between us in a never-ending spiral of gentle care and affection. The more I sit on this recipe, the more I realize how much it can offer by way of medicine but also remembering to honor the whole plant – we tend to hyper focus on the beautiful petals of the rose but what can the stem show us? What do their thorns teach us about boundaries? What can we learn from the leaves and their many veins about nourishment? Rose is an ancient ancestor filled with lifetimes worth of knowledge about the divinity of love, but also the liminality, the outer edges, of tending to the deep roots within our spirits.

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DECEMBER 2021

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ROME, OPEN CITY: AN INTRODUCTION AND REFLECTION

Ryan Fatica

Introduction

We are a generation raised by television and addicted to screens. My childhood in the 80’s and 90’s was dominated by Nickelodeon programming and a constant stream of high budget Hollywood movies that together helped teach how to live a human life. The script writers of the TV and film industries during that era were my unacknowledged mentors and spiritual advisors, providing guidance, solace, escape. Codes of conduct, affect, dress, morality and relationship models all flowed, punctuated by advertising, from images on the screen.

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DECEMBER 2021

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ON THE POLICE AND THE MURDER OF RICHARD LEE RICHARDS

Anonymous 

On Saturday, November 4, we called for a protest to meet at the corner of 4th and Broadway in response to the murder of Richard Lee Richards, the brutal assault of two people in a restaurant parking lot by Tucson Police Officer Robert Szelewski, and the news of yet another death in the Pima County Jail—the tenth person to die behind its walls this year.

The protest was called by a coalition of individuals and groups in Tucson who are concerned about the effect that law enforcement and their violence have on our communities.

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DECEMBER 2021

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GILA MONSTER

Anthony Walent

The name Gila monster elicits fantastic images of brute beasts such as werewolves, vampires, and mummies stalking, haunting, and preying on our fears of the night. In the remote span of blackness, you can hear howls and fits of sardonic laughter sailing through the belfry of an abandoned and decrepit church. Trailing off in the fog a group of mummies ascend from their crypts, mute and ready to wreak havoc on those who dare to block their way.

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NOVEMBER 2021

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THE MATRIX

Anonymous

All good dystopian fiction can be interpreted as either a description of the present or a warning for the future, and while the most fruitful treatment of The Matrix must surely still be as a powerful, flexible, and metaphorical allegory, it’s rather stunning how much an entirely literal reading of the movie plays on the anxieties of life in 2021. Are we living in a simulation? Will A.I. pose an existential threat to humanity? I don’t believe these questions were being asked seriously in the public sphere when I first saw The Matrix, but then, I can’t really be sure what was happening in the public sphere at that time. I was ten years old, and I had to get special permission from my parents to see a movie with so much violence.

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NOVEMBER 2021

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COMMUNISM, THE WORD

Jean-Luc Nancy

Not the word before the notion, but the word as notion and as historical agent.

“Communism” is a word with a strange story. It is very difficult to rigorously trace its origin. Nevertheless, it is sure that the word “communist” existed already in
the XIVth century, with the meaning of “people having in common a property belonging to the category of main morte – that is, not being submitted to the law of heritage”: a monastery belongs to the community of the Monks, which is, as community, independent from the individuals. It seems that at the same time and even before, from the XIIth century, the same word designated some aspects of
communal law and was linked to the communal movement which expanded as the beginning of a bourgeoisie.

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NOVEMBER 2021

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MY REVOLUTION: HOW AN AFRICAN CHICANO BECAME A REVOLUTIONARY

Zachariah Jazz

Have you ever loved something with all of your heart regardless of all its obvious flaws and abnormalities? An ugly pet, someone suffering from addiction or maybe someone that has an eleventh toe? That's what Albuquerque is for me. The type of place that none of the weird things I witness in a day surprises me anymore. Fucking Albuquerque, right? But it's also a place suffering from sickness. I no longer flinch when I hear gunshots nor am I surprised at used needles on the ground or unhoused people camping in the cut. It's always been a part of this place and yet I love it with all my heart and will do everything I can to heal it.

This is a story of how an African Chicano Burqueño became a revolutionary.

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OCTOBER
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EMERGENCE & EXCESS: A CONVERSATION ON FASHION, AESTHETICS, AND ADORNMENT

Ash, Lazz, & Nika

We sat down with a couple of the people responsible for putting on this year’s Swamp Cooler Fashion Show in Tucson to think through fashion, the show’s theme of “emergence,” and communal experience during a pandemic and our tumultuous times. Lazz and Nika are only parts to what Fred Moten might call (via jazz, Édouard Glissant, and others) an ensemble, speaking only from their perspectives which contribute to, but do not define, a whole. We agree that what Swamp Cooler is, is what emerges from the various visions of what it is and what it could be.

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OCTOBER 2021 

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‘IT WAS A NIGHTMARE’: PIMA COUNTY JAIL DEATHS REACH DECADE HIGH

Ryan Fatica

TUCSON, ARIZONA — When Frances Guzman didn’t hear from her son for two days, she knew something was wrong. She checked the Pima County Jail’s website and found that her son, Cruz Patiño Jr. III, 22, had been arrested July 30 and was being held in the county jail. She scheduled a visit for August 3 at 1:30 p.m.

“I scheduled that visit so I could make sure my son was okay,” Guzman said.

Just a few hours before her scheduled visit, Guzman got a call from a detective with the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, informing her that her son had been found unresponsive in his cell and transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. When she arrived at the hospital, doctors told Guzman that her son was on life support and was not expected to live. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead.

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OCTOBER 2021

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IN THE BLISTERING HEAT: GREEN TECHNOLOGY WILL NOT SAVE THE DESERT


Ocotillo

The land is alive.

This notion sounds simple and perhaps even obvious, but in practice the land is often treated as if it is a dead mass waiting for human development. This is especially true in the desert where we see a long stretch of abstraction born into reality - the U.S.-Mexico border wall. But the land is inundated with organisms living and breathing together in time with the rhythm of the soil. It is alive and not because we will it to be and not because it aligns with human ideas of progress - the land is a body with its own agency, its own choices, and its own way of being that is both intrinsically tied to and independent from people.

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OCTOBER 2021

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IN THE WORLD AS A JEW

Chava Shapiro

It was not on my mind in the lead-up to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that I’d be confronted with my own Jewishness. I had a background in antifascist organizing that was informed by my Jewish lineage and family experience on a metalevel, but my deeper motivation for a counter-demonstration or even disruption was tied to my politics. I felt a sense of duty as an anarchist to participate more than I felt an obligation as a Jew. It was anarchism compelling me to resist white supremacist Richard Spencer’s efforts to unite the fascistic Right under one banner.

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SEPTEMBER 2021

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BLOOD ON THE SAND: THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATES THE PHOENIX PD

Anonymous

A look at the counter-insurgency role of the Department of Justice in investigating the Phoenix Police in the wake of the George Floyd rebellion.

On August 5th, 2021 the Department of Justice announced that it would be conducting an investigation into the Phoenix Police Department, citing concerns over excessive use of force, violations of first amendment rights, and poor treatment of the houseless, amongst other things.

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AUGUST 2021

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WITH A STUTTER-STEP OF HESITATION 

Anonymous

-Tiwa Pueblo Land (Albuquerque, New Mexico)-

In terms of militancy, the events in New Mexico began with a stutter-step of hesitation that lagged behind the other regions of the country. I can see no other reason for the subdued temperament in the streets than the fact that black people comprise a meager three percent of New Mexico’s population, while every other social grouping helps to sustain a particular kind of anti-black racism that is peculiar to the state’s archaic caste system.

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AUGUST 2021

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TIERRA ANÓNIMO

Zauache III

Tell me, or better yet, tell yourself that I might better hear you…how do you legitimize communion? Is it something we do? Is it something that happens to you? Is it easily categorized and where does it live in your body? I will not be proposing any perfection of methodology here. The devastation that is Imperialism and the American colonial project has worked tirelessly to physically and psychically divorce BIPOC (Black/
Indigenous /People Of Color) from traditional practices of union: with land, with kin, and consequently ourselves.

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AUGUST 2021

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PUNK ANARCHISM

Jacques Fradin

Power corrupts. Fixed power -- Stable, durable, “perfect” power, imagined to bring “harmony” -- transforms corruption into architecture, for an established despotism. It will not be enough for “true democracy” to be deployed against the State; it cannot suffice for it to be anarchy. “True democracy” not only must deconstruct the State but must deconstruct every state, every posited stability or every installed institution, even the “most perfect” among them. “True democracy” is an-archy, the permanent combat against all the supposedly “best” and firmly established institutions, the permanent combat against the marvelous and supposedly eternal utopias. Including the “anarchist institutions”.

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AUGUST 2021

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DISMANTLING THE WEST: CHRISTIANITY & EMPIRE 

Anonymous

When we think about the West we’re bound to think about Christianity. The West doesn’t define itself as a geographic territory, but rather as a metaphysical orientation distributed worldwide. Like the philosophy inaugurated by Plato and Aristotle, Christianity is an essential component of this orientation. If we were to designate all the domains that the notion of Christianity covers, at the intellectual or practical level, we would have to include nearly all of reality and all our history. 

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JULY 2021

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NEWLY OBTAINED DOCUMENTS REVEAL SURVEILLANCE OF TEENAGE ACTIVISTS IN TUCSON, AZ

Ryan Fatica

Documents newly obtained by Perilous Chronicle demonstate an effort on the part of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), in collaboration with the Tucson Police Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to surveil and compile intelligence on protestos fighting for an end to police violence and racism in Tucson.

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JUNE 2021


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PHOENIX RISING:INSURGENCY & COUNTER-INSURGENCY IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN

Anonymous

Phoenix, Arizona - like many places across America and the world - erupted in the summer of 2020 after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Despite being the fifth largest city in the country, however, the scale of the eruption paled in the  comparison to many other cities, notably Minneapolis itself, Portland, Atlanta, among others. Nonetheless, in a city that has not been considered a hot bed for radical action in a decade or more, the rupture that occurred in Phoenix was significant.

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MAY 2021

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“WHAT I SAW WAS NOT TUCSON”: THE GEORGE FLOYD UPRISING IN TUCSON, ARIZONA 

Ash Yebo

Summer 2020 ignited into the most potent rebellion in a generation. For the purposes of this text, our basic position is that since the summer there has been a massive effort to make us forget.

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APRIL 2021

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REMARKS ON THE TRIAL OF DEREK CHAUVIN 

Ryan Fatica

1. It is extremely rare for a cop to face murder charges.

a. From 2005-2019 (a 14 year period) 104 cops were charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty killings. 1 We can estimate that in that same period of time, cops murdered at least 14,000 people and the true number is likely much higher. 2 During that period of time 0.7% of cops faced charges for murdering people. Of those who faced charges, only 35 were convicted of any crime and only 4 were convicted of murder.

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APRIL 2021

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THE MAGIC OF THERMAL INSURGENCIES

On Tucson’s Summer of Fire

Blair Brechen

I — Joy

Late in the evening on May 28th, in the balmy throws of a Minneapolis night, a destituent spell was caste. A spell which took the nation by storm, spreading its insurrectionary currents to the streets of Portland, Atlanta, Bogota, Paris, Lagos and now Bristol. Each of their own accord yet connected by the magic of flames created by the rebels who burned the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct to the ground.

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APRIL 2021

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COMMUNE TIME 

Monroe Marigold

Mortified in the mix
drifting components, contemplate
Never gonna be complete
Never gonna be contained

The world is a million breaks
Fragmented, dreamlike, rush
Find me in the us of the in between beat
Singularity-being as a plurality-become

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FEBRUARY 2021

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GNOCCHI ON THE PICKET LINE

Wren Awry

Strikes, occupations, and labor revolts swept across northern Italy in the 1960s and 70s. In 1969, workers and student collaborators marched toward the Fiat factory in Turin—which they later occupied—shouting, “What do we want? Everything!” Six million people were on strike simultaneously in 1973 and, six years later, the Italian state persecuted dozens of Workers’ Power affiliates, many of whom fled the country. And, at some point in the 1970s, on a picket line outside a Cremona brick factory, Selvina Bertuzzi and her compagnas ladled out gnocchi topped with a tomato-meat ragú.

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DECEMBER 2020

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BITTERSWEET NOTES FOR OUR SEASON: TOWARDS A CARTOGRAPHY OF THE FRAGMENT & AN END TO THE SOCIAL

Unvereinbar

Why this piece? Why this scattered scope of linking concepts? Why any essay at all? Is it another rancorous rapture from a sad eyed liberal whining over the loss of state sanctioned rights or some lack in peaceful protests? Or yet another tirade from fringe seeking far-right isolates who consistently confuse their rhetoric and tactics as something other than counterrevolutionary and niche? The aim here is to circumvent both of these camps of depoliticization and partied lifestyle-ism. We find Fred Moten and Giorgio Agamben to be extremely referential in this uprising. We seek to find a pathway through, with a myriad of thinkers and works, to better connect our positionality to that of a generalized insurgency of fragments. We aim to initiate and build a new cartography of the fragment: understanding that our maps and relations cannot cover everything.

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OCTOBER 2020

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UNVEREINBAR FILM #2: NO ELECTION LIKE NO ELECTION

Unvereinbar

They say our time for political involvement is now. We say the spectacle repeats a rotation and comes home to Dogville. They say voting is our civic duty. We say building power is more than placing faith in a politician. They say ignore what you want to beat what you don’t. And with that, the election has returned home. The four year ritual of being forced to believe more lies. The ultimate strategy of concession operating as a program of counterinsurgency. 

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OCTOBER 2020

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UNVEREINBAR FILM #1 ~ A.L.I.E.N.S.

Unvereinbar

A first statement from Unvereinbar, a bastion of irreconcilable multiplicities, an ecosystem of fragments and fugitive planning. Crafted in the year prior to the summer of 2020, this first effort reflects the malaise and isolation of the vast and warming landscapes of the so-called American Southwest. In longing anticipation for the wave of revolts from Beirut to Hong Kong, Santiago to Port-Au-Prince, to come crashing on the shores of this continent, the virus revealed Happytown to be just what it was, a mirage. From within the piece, one can feel something coming, a reckoning for Dogville that would arrive in late May of this year. The riots have indeed come. The wagons are being circled. The decisive battles are still ahead. Sharpen your truths.

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AUGUST 2020

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ABUNDANCE AND OTHER LESSONS ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE

Wren Awry

The stairwell that led to ABC No Rio’s second-floor kitchen was dim and dusty and, as I made my way up it, my worn high-tops kicked at brightly-painted plaster fallen from the mural-covered walls. But at the top of the stairs, sunlight streamed through the kitchen window and illuminated the landing. My friend Sebastían and I stepped across the threshold and into the kitchen, where a table piled high with dumpster-dived vegetables and donated bags of bread was surrounded by a half-dozen volunteers. The year was 2006 and we were both seventeen-years-old, two queer kids who attended Catholic school in the nearby suburbs and took the train to the city on the weekends to go to punk shows and protests. We volunteered with Manhattan Food Not Bombs at ABC No Rio–a radical social center housed in a Lower East Side tenement from 1980 to 2016–every other Sunday throughout that school year.

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JUNE 2020

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CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR GEORGE FLOYD AT THE DUNBAR PAVILION - TUCSON, AZ

your local Pan-Africanist

we have to rid ourselves of contradictions. why would any event be co-hosted with the enemy?
no space should be given to the pigs ever, but especially not in this moment.
the very reason we’re out here is to protest them. as Kwame Ture has made abundantly clear, “there is no middle ground.” it’s fuck the police. straight like that.

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JUNE 2020

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REFORM ISN’T ENOUGH: MAYOR, COUNCIL MUST MOVE TO LIMIT TPD

Francisco Cantu

In recent weeks, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus has swatted away calls to defund TPD by painting a “forward-thinking” portrait of his department. During a June 9 study session with the mayor and City Council, Magnus boasted that TPD had signed onto the much-lauded “8 Can’t Wait” campaign years ago, enacting a series of measures that promise to “reduce police violence by 72%.

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JUNE 2020

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WHAT THE VIRUS SAID

Anonymous

“I’ve come to shut   down the machine     whose emergency brake   you couldn’t find.”

You’d do well, dear humans, to stop your ridiculous calls for war. Lower the       vengeful looks you’re   aiming at me. Extinguish the halo of terror in which you’ve enveloped my     name. Since the bacterial genesis of the world, we viruses are the true continuum of life on Earth. Without us, you would never have seen the light of day, any more than the first cell would have come to exist...”

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  MAY 2020

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QUARANTINE LETTER #10: IRREVERSIBLE

Dakota

Friends,

I began this letter weeks ago. Many letters have come out since I started, and I’ve been humbled by the thoughtfulness and intelligence with which so many comrades all over are trying to think this moment. 
I.

No one is immune to the confusion and disorientation of our current moment. Still, in our case it’s been at least a bit surprising. After all, we’re no strangers to rupture and crisis: most of us intervened during Ferguson, Baltimore, Charlottesville, during hurricanes, at Standing Rock, and so on.

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MAY 2020

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COMMUNIST ONTOLOGY 

A talk by our friend Robert Hurley presented in Washington state in 2016.

Imagine the world that we live in, exactly as it is right now...

...First I should say, I’m not a scholar, like we have among us. But I am a book person. For a long time, I’ve translated books that speak to the trouble of our epoch, which has not managed to establish any durable normality. Deleuze, Foucault, Bataille, Pierre Clastres, and currently Tiqqun or Invisible Committee. 

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JAN 2018
 

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UNITED STATES v. SCOTT DANIEL WARREN

Liz Kinnamon

The criminalization of humanitarian aid at the border enacts a fantasy of desolate individuation. Scott Warren’s felony trial reiterates the necessity to keep reaching out.

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JUNE 2019

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PHOENIX: REPORT BACK FROM MARCH AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE

Anonymous

Over 1,000 people took to the streets of Phoenix on a hot Friday night to protest numerous issues associated with the police in the wake of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.  While the march took to the streets, it was largely self-policing, aside from a notable confrontation with a Trump supporter who had to be escorted from the rally by police after he was knocked to the ground.

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JULY 2016

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BABA YAGA BURNS PARIS TO THE GROUND

Wren Awry

Carter was among the first to imitate fairy tales in her fiction (a little tome called The Bloody Chamber, anyone?), and her work highlighted the patriarchy and violence of the classic stories. While the myths Carter re-tooled came from story books, history is also rife with myths that made the world — myths that are ripe for turning inside out. It is these historical myths, and their connections to fairy tales, that fascinate me. I’m especially intrigued by one of them: that of the pétroleuses, fire-wielding women who supposedly set Paris ablaze during the Commune of 1871.

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SEPTEMBER 2015

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