A Day Mournful & Overcast...

by A Member Of The Iron Column, A Revolutionary Militia Active In The Spanish Civil War

I am an escaped convict from San Miguel de los Reyes, that sinister prison, which the monarchy set up in order to bury alive those who, because they weren't cowards, would never submit to the infamous laws dictated by the powerful against the oppressed. I was taken there, like so many others, to wipe out an offence, namely for revolting against the humiliations to which an entire village had been subjected. In short for killing a political boss.

I was young and still am young, because I entered the prison when I was twenty-three and was released, thanks to the anarchist comrades who opened the gates, when I was thirty-four. For eleven years I was subjected to the torment of not being a man, of being merely a thing, a number!

20 Ways To Sabotage Your School

by an unknown author

1. put a rotton apple or stale sandwich in the teachers desk.

2. steal the attendance book. add in and rub out ticks, and replace or just burn it. same goes for unguarded conduct sheets or reports. don't miss your chance.

3. fill a syringe (minus needle) with mixed epoxy & alcohol. you now have 30 minutes to fill locks, etc., before the glue hardens. you can also use cement, super glue or even bits of wood, nails, etc.

4. another use of the syringe is to pretend to shoot up when the teacher is watching. explain that that you have to do it because school is so horrible

5. phone the school at random times. try flood, fire or bomb warnings. disguise your voice and hold a handkerchief over your mouth.

A Future Worth Living

by Chaz Bufe

We live in a world which is deeply unsatisfying for most people, a world in which many of our most basic needs--for love, peace, freedom, security, and meaning in life--are not being met. Most of us face constant worry about economic survival, loneliness and isolation, or fear of it, and a constant feeling that there's never enough of anything good to go around, be it love, sex or money.

As well, for many--probably most--people, there's a constant fear of violence. And for even more, there's a feeling of powerlessness. The end result is hopelessness, apathy, and often bitterness, meanness, and, all too often, outright sadism.

A Brief History Of The Democratic Party

by William P. Meyers

Genocide, Hickory and Slavery: The Origins of the Party
After the U.S. Constitution came into effect the voters and elected officials, then consisting by law of property-owning white men in most states, divided largely into two parties. The Federalist Party favored a strong national government ruled by a wealthy elite (themselves). The Democratic-Republican Party favored dispersing power more broadly among white male property owners. By 1820 the Federalists had run out of steam and the Democratic-Republican Party had moved towards the center, so that the U.S. essentially had only one political party. In 1824 all four major candidates for the Presidency were Democratic-Republicans.

The Democratic Party, as a party distinct from the Democratic-Republican Party, began with the beliefs and ambitions of one man: Andrew Jackson. Nicknamed Old Hickory, he became the President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. However, had not Jackson's ideas and ambitions appealed to many Americans in the 1820's and 30's, the Democratic Party would never have formed around him.

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

by an unknown author

This article is intended as a basic history of the colonization of the Americas since 1492, and the Indigenous resistance to this colonization continuing into 1992. The author admits to not having a full understanding of the traditions of his own people, the Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw); as such the article lacks an analysis based in an authentic Indigenous philosophy and is instead more of a historical chronology.

Trial Statement of New Afrikan Revolutionary Kuwasi Balagoon

At the opening of the Brinks Trial

by an unknown author

But now Kuwasi's gone, and the beat goes on, and we who knew and loved him can only eulogize him and constantly scan the horizon wondering how long, how long will it be, before another giant such as he comes along again.
- Sundiata Acoli 12-16-86

Dedicated to Kuwasi Balagoon
They say (BLA) (Black Liberation Army) Harsh words, Evil Looks and dirty stares don't kill pigs, but bullets, knives, and bombs do!
- Ojare N. Lutalo

Until All Are Free

The Trial Statement of Ray Luc Levasseur

by an unknown author

On Sunday 4th November 1984, a crack police task force surrounded a van in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The 50 officers, armed with submachine guns and shotguns, arrested the van's 5 occupants: for years, they had been among the most wanted people in the USA. Their photographs and descriptions had been circulated all across the country. The warrants for their arrest listed a number of bombings that they had carried out against military, judicial and economic institutions. Together with 2 other defendants, they became known as the Ohio 7.

But their real 'crime?' was much greater than any number of bombings: together they had seen through the lies and illusions of 'the American way of life' a way of life that is worldwide. They had come to realize through their own experiences that this way of life has nothing to do with 'democracy' 'freedom' and 'justice'. That it is a way of life based on brutality, exploitation and repression. And, most importantly of all, they had come to believe that this way of life could and should be changed. It was for this belief that they were seized back in 1984.

10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained

by Brad Templeton

2) 'If I don't charge for it, it's not a violation.'
False. Whether you charge can affect the damages awarded in court, but that's essentially the only difference. It's still a violation if you give it away -- and there can still be heavy damages if you hurt the commercial value of the property.

3) 'If it's posted to Usenet it's in the public domain.'
False. Nothing is in the public domain anymore unless the owner explicitly puts it in the public domain*. Explicitly, as in you have a note from the author /owner saying, 'I grant this to the public domain.' Those exact words or words very much like them.

We Never Sleep

Newsletter Of The Anarchist Prisoners' Legal Aid Network

by An Anonymous Woman Prisoner In Oregon

Anarchist and anarchist-friendly prisoners within the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) gulag have been and are being subjected to a steadily worsening crescendo of censorship of incoming mail and publications. This fascistic activity cannot be allowed to continue unchallenged or it will not be long before all material deemed anarchist related will be censored, with the terminology 'anarchist related', like 'beauty', being in the eye of the oppressor.

Currently, barring simple ineptitude oil the part of the authorities, any piece of mail of publication displaying a 'circle A' symbol or an anarchist black cross symbol is being rejected wholesale. This has held true even where, the offending symbol is displayed in a news article photograph in a globally distributed magazine. This policy alone results in the rejection of most anarchist oriented publications. However, rejections sometimes are based upon, 'Security Threat Group content' (anarchists he' been identified by ODOC as a 'Security Threat Group') without any reference to what content is actually threatening or why.

Security Culture

A Handbook For Activists

by an unknown author

Agitators; liberationists; abolitionists; union organizers; revolutionaries... From large uprisings challenging the entire political structure, to isolated environmental and social struggles, people have always worked to create a better world. For government the response has usually been to jail activists and revolutionaries through use of the courts and police forces.

As direct action movements become more effective, government surveillance and harassment will increase. To minimize the destructiveness of this political repression, it is imperative that we create a security culture within our movements.