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John Curl, author of For All the People interviewed by Cooperative Vermont

John Curl has been a member of Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop in Berkeley for over thirty years, and has belonged to numerous other cooperatives and collectives. His historical writings includes History of Work Cooperation in America (1980). Memories of Drop City (2007) is his memoir of the 1960s commune movement. He is a translator and biographer of Inca, Maya and Aztec poets in Ancient American Poets (2006). He is the author of For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America, 2nd ed.

"It is indeed inspiring, in the face of all the misguided praise of 'the market', to be reminded by John Curl's new book of the noble history of cooperative work in the United States."
 —Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States 

Buy For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America, 2nd ed.


 Postivie Force: DC Activism in Huck Magazine


“The destructive urge is also a creative urge!” Robin Bell's new documentary about DC punk activist group Positive Force reveals the radical possibilities of a subculture.

“Revolution has to begin in the ruthless criticism of everything existing.”

Or so says the Marx quote that opens Robin Bell’s new documentary More Than a Witness about Washington DC-based punk activist organisation Positive Force. It’s summoned by one of the organisation’s co-founders Mark Andersen, who goes on to quote Bakunin too: “The destructive urge is also a creative urge.”

Combined, suggests Andersen, these quotes form the essential politics of punk. “It’s an all-out assault on business as usual,” he says, animatedly on camera, “on society, on the state, on religion, on the family. All of the sacred cows are subjected to the withering, truth-seeking gaze of punk.”—Shelly Jones, Huck Magazine


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Anarres Project interviews Chris Crass: Social Justice and Hope on Earth First! Journal

"Anarres Project: What do you think are the most significant obstacles to social justice in the future? 

Chris Crass: The U.S. left has a strong aversion to power. Many of us see power as something to avoid, something that always corrupts, something that we must always be in opposition to. I think we need to be moving towards a flexible and experimental approach to winning, creating, and exercising power to help govern our communities, families, workplaces, schools and overall society to help achieve a Left agenda of racial, gender, economic, disability, immigrant, environmental and social justice...."—by Anarres Project and Chris Crass, Earth First! Journal


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Watch Chris Crass interviewed on Truthout
Buy Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy

Watch Clif Ross and Marcy Rein, authors of Until the Rulers Obey talk at OSU


Until the Rulers Obey brings together voices from the movements behind the wave of change that swept Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century. These movements have galvanized long-silent—or silenced—sectors of society: indigenous people, campesinos, students, the LGBT community, the unemployed, and all those left out of the promised utopia of a globalized economy. They have deployed a wide range of strategies and actions, sometimes building schools or clinics, sometimes occupying factories or fields, sometimes building and occupying political parties to take the reins of the state, and sometimes resisting government policies in order to protect their newfound power in community.

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Review: Booklist
Review: Upside Down World
Buy Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements

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Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life
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Theory and Practice: Conversations with Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn (DVD)
SKU: 9781604863055
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Howard Zinn, in one of his final interviews, and Noam Chomsky talk with Against the Grain's Sasha Lilley about their lives, motivating politics, and tumultuous times.
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END:CIV Resist or Die (DVD)
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Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: "If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?"
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This is What Democracy Looks Like (DVD)
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This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a co-production of the IMC and Big Noise Films, weaves the footage of over 100 videographers into a gripping document of what really happened on Seattle’s streets in November 1999.
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Zapatista (DVD)
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The Fourth World War (DVD)
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From the front-lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, and the War on Terror in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq, The Fourth World War is the story of men and women around the world who resist being annihilated.
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Crossing the American Crises:  From Collapse To Action (DVD)
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Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet (DVD)
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