Late February 2008

Team Colors is coming off a six month hiatus due to personal issues and concerns.

First on our agenda is to publish and circulate a number of articles that we have been sitting on – these are out for publication now and will be circulated and posted on the TC Website and TC Myspace Page when available. This will be followed by a few events we are putting together in Tucson, AZ and New York, NY; a publication that will seek to intervene in the organizing leading up the Convention protests later this year; and we will launch a proper website in the coming months.

Jodi Tilton: A Life

After battling serious illness since the early spring – friend, partner, and fellow activist – Jodi Tilton passed away in July of 2007. Team Colors has been on hiatus caring for Jodi and dealing with the aftermath of her passing; we love and miss her dearly. Team Colors member Kevin Van Meter has written on her life with a piece titled Jodi Tilton: A Life. Take a moment to read about this amazing young womyn and activist from Long Island and Brooklyn, NY.

Distribution of Turbulence’s “Move Into the Light”

Team Colors is proud to be the US distributor for the publication Move Into the Light from UK based collective Turbulence: Ideas for Movement. Team Colors sent copies of the publication to 22 infoshops and radical bookstores all across the United States, as a way of building relationships and cross-communication between movement here and in Europe; the full PDF of the publication and previous Turbulence interventions are available through the links above.

In the Middle of a Whirlwind

Team Colors will announce shortly our plans to produce a publication titled In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement, and Movements, which will seek to intervene in and around the upcoming protests against the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. A Request for Proposals will be circulated and sent to authors and organizations we will seek to commission articles from; this RFP will be distributed as soon as publishing details are finalized. Read the full post here.

Team Colors member in upcoming publication: “The Worst”

Team Colors member Kevin Van Meter will be appear in an upcoming one-off zine on grief and radical politics called <a href=” http://www.myspace.com/theworstcompilationzine
“>“The Worst”; to be released in the coming months. An excerpt from his article “The Moment I Cannot Escape: Care, Death, Mourning and the Struggle Against It All”, will be included in this collection, and discusses the intersection between care work, death, mourning and radical politics utilizing a narrative from his own life. The full article will be published on the TC Website and TC Myspace Page when available; and he is currently seeking publication of the full article in US based print and online journals.

Team Colors member in upcoming publication: Rolling Thunder

Team Colors member Craig Hughes will appear along with a co-author in a future issue of <a href=” http://www.crimethinc.com/rt/
“> Rolling Thunder: an anarchist journal of dangerous living with a piece on trauma, mutual aid and radical communities.

Additional Team Colors Writings

Team Colors members are currently working on a set of articles on struggles taking place in New Orleans after Katrina, writing on their organizing experiences in suburban Long Island over a ten year period, and are finalizing a long over-due interview with American Autonomist Marxist Harry Cleaver on the (continued) importance of class composition. All these publications will be circulated when the they are available.

New Publications and Support Our Friends

There are three incredible new books out by friends and colleagues of Team Colors so take a look below, and we ask that you all take a few moments over the coming weeks to send a note to political prisoner Daniel McGowan. And finally for all your printing needs check out Eberhardt Press.

New Collection with Corresponding Maps:
An Atlas of Radical Cartography
Lize Mogel & Alexis Bhagat (Editors); Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press
– An Atlas of Radical Cartography is a collection of 10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration. The map is inherently political– and the contributions to this book wear their politics on their sleeves.

New Book:
Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture
Jack Z. Bratich; SUNY Press
– While most other works focus on conspiracy theories, this book examines conspiracy panics, or the anxiety over the phenomenon of conspiracy theories. Jack Z. Bratich argues that conspiracy theories are portals into the major social issues defining U.S. and global political culture. These issues include the rise of new technologies, the social function of journalism, U.S. race relations, citizenship and dissent, globalization, biowarfare and biomedicine, and the shifting positions within the Left. Using a Foucauldian governmentality analysis, Bratich maintains that conspiracy panics contribute to a broader political rationality, a (neo)liberal strategy of governing at a distance through the use of reason.

New Book:
The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All
Peter Linebaugh; University of California Press
– This remarkable book shines a fierce light on the current state of liberty and shows how longstanding restraints against tyranny–and the rights of habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process of law, and the prohibition of torture–are being abridged. In providing a sweeping history of Magna Carta, the source of these protections since 1215, this powerful book demonstrates how these ancient rights are repeatedly laid aside when the greed of privatization, the lust for power, and the ambition of empire seize a state. Peter Linebaugh draws on primary sources to construct a wholly original history of the Great Charter and its scarcely-known companion, the Charter of the Forest, which was created at the same time to protect the subsistence rights of the poor.

Support:
Political Prisoner Daniel McGowan
– Daniel McGowan is friend of Team Colors and an amazing activist, husband, brother, son, and uncle from New York who is currently serving a seven year sentence for politically motivated actions. He is always in need of your letters and support. Read more about Daniel and the Green Scare at the link above; and take a few moments to send him a postcard or letter, tell him about your activities, your life and community. Send him a note at:
Daniel McGowan
#63794-053, Unit I
FCI Sandstone
P.O. Box 1000
Sandstone, MN 55072

Anarchist Publisher and Printer:
Eberhardt Press
– Eberhardt Press is an amazing publisher and printer out of Portland, OR who printed the posters for the AK Press collection Constituent Imagination (in which Kevin and Craig from Team Colors have a contribution along with a friend and co-author), and more recently printed a memorial vegan cookbook for friends of Jodi Tilton. If you need offset printing and binding done, look to them as Charles and Ester are amazing and incredibly dedicated people. They are also a publisher “dedicated to bringing anarchist and anti-authoritarian voices to print. We publish original titles as well as classic revolutionary texts that are out of print and in danger of fading from memory”, so check out their titles as well.

Contact Team Colors:
Team Colors Website: www.WarMachines.Info
Email Team Colors: teamcolors@warmachines.info

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February 22, 2008

Team Colors will announce shortly our plans to produce a publication titled In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement, and Movements, which will seek to intervene in and around the upcoming protests against the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. A Request for Proposals will be circulated and sent to authors and organizations we will seek to commission articles from; this RFP will be distributed as soon as publishing details are finalized.

Organizing:

Activists are already organizing toward holding protests and direct actions at the site of the conventions in the Twin Cities (RNC) and Denver (DNC).
Unconventional Action: National Organizing
Recreate 68:: Denver Organizing
RNC Welcoming Committee:: Twin Cities Organizing

On the Publication:

In the Middle of a Whirlwind seeks to intervene in the organizing around and through the 2008 convention protests by providing strategic commentary and analysis of contemporary class composition and movement strength.

These protest actions provide opportunities for inquiry into the political composition of the working class and an analysis of the state of current movements in the context of the current technical composition of capital, the regime of biopower and the society of control. Through this analysis, we hope to identify sites for intervention and movement within movements.

Taking a cue from our friends and comrades in Turbulence: Ideas for Movement – http://www.turbulence.uk.org – we are commissioning articles focusing on the United States and drawn from counter-globalization, counter-cultural, anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist and community-organizing movements.

The purpose of this publication is not only to intervene at the site of the convention protests, but in the organizing leading up to the actions, as well as in the everyday struggles taking place across the United States. Each essay will address the issues of movement, working class power and composition, and/or give strategic insight into strengths and weaknesses of current movement/s in the U.S.

Background:

“This is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it. One can be, indeed one must strive to become, tough and philosophical concerning destruction and death, for this is what most of mankind has been best at since we have heard of man. (But remember: most of mankind is not all of mankind.) But it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.”
– James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

The “crime of which I accuse my country” that James Baldwin speaks of – of racism and prison, state violence and hunger – is still very much part of daily life in the United States, and since these words were first published in 1963 a fire has raged across the country and the planet. This fire moved throughout the south, finding its way north, and through the movements that marked the cycle of struggles that became just embers by the beginning of the 1980s.

Since then we find not a fire but a whirlwind. Small gusts have circulated across the United States, through cities, borders, fields, homes and workplaces throughout the past three decades. More recently, these whirlwinds sent off storms: in Seattle, in New Orleans (here the hurricane and the states winds are countered by the winds of activity after Katrina), in May 2006 with the Si Se Puede movements and in various other moments.

In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements explores these whirlwinds as they cycle up to travel towards the 2008 convention protests; focusing not only on these actions themselves, but on the organizing activities and strategies that blow around and though our everyday lives.

Contact Team Colors:
Team Colors Website: www.WarMachines.Info
Email Team Colorw: teamcolors@warmachines.info

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