Radical Lit | Varyer
November 2020

These zines represent a time in the past that is still so relevant, and while jargonistic and sometimes out of touch, they've left the indelible marks of critical thinking, and philosophies of direct action and mutual aid that still informs much of liberation and radical movements unfolding to this day. Their state is representative of their content– a bit messy, wrinkled, and rough around the edges, but filled with so much more humanity, imagination, and compassion because of it.

As a member of the propaganda committee within an anarchist collective, it was our responsibility to source, produce, and distribute radical literature to the community at large. Sometimes (usually) that meant tabling at punk shows, and other times it was at anarchist conferences, in high schools performing counter-recruitment, during food and clothing redistribution - the fodder for our library was like-minded radicals and direct response to needs of the community. Due to the guerilla nature of zine copying, printing, and distribution, some are illegible xeroxes while others are slick self-published and designed originals - enjoy.

Oppression will not and cannot go away by the vote. Not in this system. Oppression will not go away by Whites looking the other way or Blacks acting as if they can deal with it. It has to be terminated outright and without compromise.

Ali Khalid Abdullah

grassroots revolution now grassroots revolution now

who is supposed to police the police? who is supposed to police the police?

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Any political movement that does not support its internees is a movement destined to fail. When power is challenged, it inevitably turns to violent repression and imprisonment to maintain itself.

"THE SHAPING OF AMERICA Contrary to general belief, the first African laborers to arrive in the English colonies did not come as slaves, and the first European laborers did not come as free men and women. The labor force in the 17th century was composed of indentured servants imported from both Africa and the British Isles. They were bonded for a specified period, usually seven years, after which they became legally free. The rulers of colonial Virginia were faced with two problems: in addition to the labor shortage, there was the question - who would police the laborers, who were not easily reconciled to conditions of servitude in a continent where land was available for the taking?"

–Noel Ignatiev

bigger cages, longer chains, bigger cages, longer chains,

the season of struggle is our season the season of struggle is our season