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scott crow's Black Flags and Windmills 2nd ed—Out Now!


First edition named one of the “Top 5 Reads“ by The Progressive

Black Flags and Windmills—equal parts memoir, history, and organizing philosophy—vividly intertwines Common Ground cofounder scott crow’s experiences and ideas with Katrina’s reality, illustrating how people can build local grassroots power for collective liberation. It is a story of resisting indifference, rebuilding hope amid collapse, and struggling against the grain to create better worlds.

The expanded second edition includes up-to-date interviews and discussions between crow and some of today’s most articulate and influential activists and organizers on topics ranging from grassroots disaster relief efforts (both economic and environmental); dealing with infiltration, interrogation, and surveillance from the State; and a new photo section that vividly portrays scott’s experiences as an anarchist, activist, and movement organizer in today’s world.

“scott crow’s trenchant memoir of grassroots organizing is an important contribution to a history of movements that far too often goes untold.”
—Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!

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Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt-5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge— YES! Magazine

 

"Some of the things the DROM suggests you do to survive with little to no money are pretty radical. These include wearing only free clothes, getting food from shelters, and squatting in abandoned buildings.

But if those options are too hard-core for you, don't worry. There are some other options too. The DROM suggests you look into bartering networks and gift economies in your area. These alternatives are great because they allow you to trade your extra items, time, or skills for things you need without the exchange of cash. Large-scale examples of this include websites like Swap Right, Trash Bank, and the "free" section of your local Craigslist.

And when you need services rather than objects, consider joining your local time bank-a service that allows you to trade your own time for a carpenter's, plumber's, or whoever's time you need..."—Liz Pleasant, YES! Magazine

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A Conversation with Mystery Author Kenneth Wishnia on OmniMystery News


"Omnimystery News: How has Filomena Buscarsela changed over the course of four books?

Kenneth Wishnia: I can't imagine writing one of those series in which the character never ages or changes (she's a human being, for God's sake, not Superwoman). So my character, Filomena Buscarsela, goes from a wild and crazy female cop in the first novel, 23 Shades of Black (set during the Reagan era), to an ex-cop and single mom in Soft Money (George H. W. Bush era). She's unemployed and desperate in The Glass Factory (Clinton era), and in Red House, she's working for a private investigator (and some guy named George W. Bush is president).

"—OmniMystery News

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Listen to Ken read from Red House on CrimeWav
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Staughton Lynd's Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change in Anthropology Now

This class war has largely been one-sided—but not entirely. For the activist on your list who’s feeling a little down, what could be more energizing than the frequently inspiring collection of interviews and essays Jobs with Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices?

Forty contributors describe campaigns ranging from strikes and union organizing drives to health care, living wage, and anti-discrimination efforts, where the coalition Jobs with Justice has played a pivotal role in winning—tracing the group’s history and pointing toward what could be a promising future. Take heart: JwJ demonstrates that the workers’ movement is still lively, innovative, and capable of resistance.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/12/books-give-or-keep#sthash.KpZNQDBi.dpuf

This class war has largely been one-sided—but not entirely. For the activist on your list who’s feeling a little down, what could be more energizing than the frequently inspiring collection of interviews and essays Jobs with Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices?

Forty contributors describe campaigns ranging from strikes and union organizing drives to health care, living wage, and anti-discrimination efforts, where the coalition Jobs with Justice has played a pivotal role in winning—tracing the group’s history and pointing toward what could be a promising future. Take heart: JwJ demonstrates that the workers’ movement is still lively, innovative, and capable of resistance.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/12/books-give-or-keep#sthash.KpZNQDBi.dpuf

"As an academic discipline that draws its force from work in the field, anthropology has a long and complex relationship with movements for social change such as anticolonial and land claim movements as well as agrarian insurgencies. Some anthropologists use ethnography to voice concerns and draw attention to rural and urban struggles at the local and global scale.

Although they well may be committed to the support of, and solidarity with, social movements, more often than not their position is that of the “expert”—positioned outside. Researchers enter a location for an extended period of time but ultimately they return “home.” Home is, again, on the outside. That said, there are many intellectuals and researchers who are creating projects that challenge this position of outside expert; they attempt to produce research practices that involve working closely with the community, which in turn helps to set the direction, scope and goals of the research. There is much to learn from this approach to research practice and collaboration. And to learn, intellectuals are beginning to listen to voices rising from within social movements themselves.

One such voice—actually a pair of voices—is that of Staughton and Alice Lynd."—Chris Kortright, Anthropology Now

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World War 3 Illustrated: 1979–2014
SKU: 9781604869583
World War 3 Illustrated: 1979–2014
Founded in 1979, World War 3 Illustrated is a labor of love run by a collective of artists and activists working with the unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics, and stirring personal stories.
$29.95


The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980–1984
SKU: 9781604865165
The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980–1984
With a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, punk music became self-sufficient and considerably more aggressive, blending a DIY ethos with activism to create the perfectly bleak soundtrack to the zeitgeist of a discontented British youth.
$24.95


Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years
SKU: 9781604864892
Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years
A celebratory—if not uncritical—examination of a group who would become mired in controversy while playing a role in transforming punk into something genuinely threatening—and enormously funny—told using dozens of interviews, photos, and artwork.
$17.95


New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class Struggle Unionism
SKU: 9781604869569
New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class Struggle Unionism
This book documents workers' struggles within an international scope, examining radical unions in the Global South and North. The tangible evidence marshaled here serves as a handbook for understanding the obstacles and opportunities for workers challengi
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The System
SKU: 9781604868111
The System
A sleazy stockbroker is lining his pockets. A corrupt cop is shaking down dealers. A mercenary bomber is setting the timer. A serial killer is stalking strippers. A political scandal is about to explode. The planet is burning. And nobody’s talking.
$19.95


Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980–1984
SKU: 9781604867480
Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980–1984
The true story of the UK punk scene from '80–84 told by the bands and record labels that created it. It profiles legendary bands like Vice Squad, Angelic Upstarts, Blitz, Anti-Nowhere League, Cockney Rejects, the UK Subs, and more obscure groups.
$24.95


Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective, Second Edition
SKU: 9781604864533
Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective, Second Edition
A memoir of resisting indifference, rebuilding hope amid collapse, and struggling against the grain. This edition includes new discussions with activists and organizers on disaster relief; infiltration and surveillance from the State; and new photos.
$20.00


Raising Hell
SKU: 9781604868104
Raising Hell
“Raising Hell“ takes a poke at Christian fundamentalists and corporate CEOs through an account of the fight to improve working conditions in Hell, with the help of Jimmy Hoffa, John L. Lewis, and César Chávez. Plus an interview and more.
$12.00


Blood Lake
SKU: 9781604864304
Blood Lake
Wishnia provides a novel rich with the sights, sounds—and dangers—of Ecuador, and a compelling look at the provenance of one of mystery fiction's most dynamic heroines.
$17.95


Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers
SKU: 9781604863161
Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers
This is the story of the Blekingegade Group who over a period of almost two decades sent millions of dollars acquired in spectacular heists to Third World liberation movements.
$19.95


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Pamphlets

Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks
SKU: 9781604864205
Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks
Combining history and theory with the groundbreaking practice of the model by Starbucks workers, Lynd and Gross make a compelling case for solidarity unionism as an effective approach to winning a voice on the job.
$4.95


Self-Defense for Radicals: A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle
SKU: 9781604862041
Self-Defense for Radicals: A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle
Mickey Z. shows you how to use your head. Literally! An invaluable guide for those moments when violence must be countered by force.
$4.95


Ned Ludd & Queen Mab: Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons of 1811-12
SKU: 9781604867046
Ned Ludd & Queen Mab: Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons of 1811-12
Peter Linebaugh enlists the anonymous and scorned 19th century loom-breakers of the English midlands into the front ranks of an international crew of commoners resisting dispossession in the dawn of capitalist modernity.
$6.95


Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis
SKU: 9781604864434
Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis
A pamphlet for anyone who wants to build a movement with the resiliency to navigate one of the most rapid transitions in human history.
$6.95


Abolish Restaurants: A Worker's Critique of the Food Service Industry
SKU: 9781604860481
Abolish Restaurants: A Worker's Critique of the Food Service Industry
A 60-page illustrated guide to the daily misery, stress, boredom, and alienation of restaurant work, as well as the ways in which restaurant workers fight against it.
$5.95


The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy
SKU: 9781604860436
The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy
Follow the money and find how the prison-industrial complex fits into the New World Order of free trade and imprisoned people, the war on drugs, and capital flight.
$3.00


Cointelshow: A Patriot Act
SKU: 9781604861150
Cointelshow: A Patriot Act
A cheerfully creepy tour of declassified government surveillance documents!
$4.95


I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent: A Facsimile Reprint of the Nineteenth Edition (1923) of the "Little Red Song Book"
SKU: 9781604869507
I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent: A Facsimile Reprint of the Nineteenth Edition (1923) of the "Little Red Song Book"
A Radical Labor Classic
$5.95


“Venceremos”: Víctor Jara and the New Chilean Song Movement
SKU: 9781604869576
“Venceremos”: Víctor Jara and the New Chilean Song Movement
Featuring interviews from key figures and lyrical analysis, “Venceremos“ gives insight into how the New Chilean Song Movement’s revolutionary anthems came to be.
$5.95


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