Book Reviews

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    Confronting Injustice

    From Individual Activists to Collective Organizers

    Precisely at a time when we need it most, bold and imaginative activism has made itself difficult to find. It is not the case that activism in general is short in supply. One finds, in fact, that activist ideals and vocabulary have securely made their way into everyday life. But this has happened in…

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    Undocumented: Making State Violence & Professional Complicity Visible

    Undocumented is a powerful book that leaves you feeling uncomfortable. Pages are filled with sketches by author Tings Chak, who documents the interior and exterior of migrant detention facility spaces which are usually unseen or invisible within Canada and other nation-states. Chak’s drawings are…

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    Resurgence not Recognition

    My experience with Indigenous struggle has been through solidarity and support work as a member of migrant justice, anti-capitalist, and queer movements in Toronto. So when I was asked to contribute a review of Dene scholar Glen Coulthard’s book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politi…

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    Critique and Experimentation: Anti-Authoritarian Organizing Strategies in Anglo-America

    The world is running amok. Police-based, economic, military, political, and environmental crises assault the masses of humanity with increasing frequency and intensity. People are struggling. From police shootings of racialized youth to people losing their homes, from the disproportionate burden of…

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    Liberation as Medicine

    Lessons from Radical Health Workers

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    Gay Gentrification and the Thin Pink Line

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    Making Alternative Worlds: Journeys into Third Space

    In many of the anarchist and feminist spaces of which I have been a part, narratives of the rise of women of colour feminisms were uncritically adopted from mainstream feminist history. Because of this, the work of feminists of colour was often articulated as “anti-racist feminism.” As I studied…

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    Organizing From a Place of Love

    One of the defining historical challenges for left social movements has been our capacity to engage shifting material and political conditions, which not only create new political terrain to negotiate but also generate new forms of class contestation and social divisions. In the United States, white…

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    Black Revolutionary Communism Today

    “If each generation does not produce another George Jackson, let us produce at least someone among us who will remind the world of him.” -Kumasi, a San Quentin comrade of George Jackson and founder of Black August. Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson certainly reminds me of George Jackson. He was lumpeni…

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    Against Representation

    Today, hardly anyone wants to talk about a “diversity of tactics.” Given the debate’s frequently abstract, ideological, and circular nature, that’s probably a good thing. At the height of the alter-globalization movement (AGM) in the early days of this new millennium, the principle of a “d…