Welcome to the November 2008 edition of the irregularly published Team Colors E-Newsletter. Now that the Whirlwinds project has come to a close our next edition will focus on future projects, which are still being finalized – more on that soon!


    Team Colors Collective |

Conor Cash, Craig Hughes, Stevie Peace & Kevin Van Meter  


Tucson, AZ ~ Brooklyn, NY ~ Twin Cities, MN ~ Portland, OR

  www.warmachines.info ~ teamcolors@warmachines.info



Team Colors

1.      Final Call for Whirlwinds Surveys.

2.      Still time to make a donation toward our Whirlwinds matching fund.

3.      New Article (Available Soon): “Of Whirlwinds & Wind Chimes”  

4.      Video, Audio and Texts Added to the Website. 



5.      Political Prisoner & Whirlwinds Contributor Daniel McGowan Moved, Again

6.      Issue #6 of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Out Now

7.      Call for Submissions: Zine on Physical Illness

8.      New Collective in Portland, OR – Creating Communities of Care. 




As participants in the Whirlwinds project – editors, readers, event attendees, supporters, and donors – we at Team Colors are very interested in your thoughts and opinions on the project. You will find a copy of our “Survey of Readers & Participants” via the link below and we respectfully request that you fill it out and return it to us in the next few days.  To access the Whirlwinds survey: http://www.scribd.com/full/6389000?access_key=key-xtmikx3urpk8yno2n9m




Although Whirlwinds is a free online publication there have been considerable expenses in launching this one-off online journal. We are still fundraising toward our goal of $3,000.00 to cover project expenses. Every dollar donated toward our $1,500.00 matching fund will be ‘matched,’ so we ask those who haven’t and are able to please consider making a contribution.


Please visit our donation page to make secure online donations and to find out more about the costs incurred in the production of the journal.  Donation page: http://www.joaap.org/donate.html   



3. NEW ARTICLE (Available Soon): “Of Whirlwinds and Wind Chimes”   

“Of Whirlwinds & Windchimes (or ways of listening): Movement Building and Militant Research in the United States”a Team Colors article addressing the Whirlwinds project and current movement composition – will appear in German in the next issue of Arranca! out of Berlin. Arranca! is a movement publication for the FELS group, both can be found at:  http://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/fels/.  Additionally, Team Colors is currently seeking an English language publisher for the article and will post publication information in the near future.     



Team Colors has updated its website with new texts from collective members. We’ve also posted audio from Kevin’s Whirlwinds radio interview and Craig’s presentation on DIY and movement given this summer in Indiana. Also posted is a video from the Of Friends and Whirlwinds event in Portland, OR, that includes presentations from Kevin & Stevie from Team Colors, Estaban Lance Kelly from Philly Stands Up, Kristi from Counterbalance Zine and Krisytn Leach from Stonewall Youth. 


Additional Team Colors projects & writings, Whirlwinds survey responses and other materials will appear on the site periodically. Visit Team Colors materials at: www.warmachines.info/interventions.html




Team Colors had planned on including a call for support and letters for current political prisoner and friend of the collective Daniel McGowan. But we received word from his support group today that he has been moved yet again. Please read more about Daniel below, at his support website and check back there for updates as to his new address. 


Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist. He was charged in federal court on many counts of arson, property destruction and conspiracy, all relating to two incidents in Oregon in 2001. Until recently, Daniel was offered two choices by the government: cooperate by informing on other people, or go to trial and face life in prison. His only real option was to plead not guilty until he could reach a resolution of the case that permitted him to honor his principles. As a result of months of litigation and negotiation, Daniel was able to admit to his role in these two incidents, while not implicating or identifying any other people who might have been involved. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison on June 4, 2007 and began serving his time on July 2, 2007.


Visit the Friends & Family of Daniel McGowan support site for additional information about Daniel, regular updates and for more information about writing to Daniel: www.supportdaniel.org



6. ISSUE #6 OF THE Journal of Aesthetics and Protest OUT NOW:

From our friends at the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest:


Journal of Aesthetics & Protest issue #6, edited by Marc Herbst, Robby Herbst and Christina Ulke; book design by Jessica Fleischmann released in coordination with the California Biennial.


Over 300 pages of contemporary action and thought!


Crafted & collected for 7 months, this sober eyed jumbo sized brick of a book explores current cultural resistance practices, antiwar activism and contemporary critical theory in three distinct sections. The book comes with in depth analysis of activist and art projects as well as resolute analysis of cultural conditions by people we want you to read.


I Love To We
Amy Franceschini, Fritz Haeg, Bonnie Fortune, Brett Bloom, Julianna Parr, Mark Chamberlain, Charlotte Sáenz (aka Lozeh Luna), Kelly Marie Martin, Aviv Kruglanski, Kate Rich, Ben Schaafsma, Aimee Le Duc, Lisa Ann Auerbach, Veronica Wiman, Town Hall Meetings (Daniel Tucker, Nato Thompson and LA Participants)


Antiwar Survey Respondents:
Andrew Boyd, Ashley Hunt, Alexandra Juhasz, Steve A Anderson, Veterans for Peace, Art for a Democratic Society, Janet Weil (of East Bay Code Pink), Center For Tactical Magic, Eric Estenzo, Ehren Tool, Hillary Mushkin, Jene Despain, Keith Hennessy, John Carr (of LA VS WAR), Lizabeth Eva Rossof, Melissa Day, Scott Campbell (of Direct Action to Stop the War), Sandy Wood


Another Theory Section
Sharmina Afsana Hossain, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, J Cookson, Dorit Cypis, Karla Diaz, Mindy Faber and Open Youth Networks, Marc Leger, Ami Motevalli, Renaming Bush Street, Mark Rodriguez, Gregory Sholette, Greg Smithsimon, Steve Stuffit, Tran, T. Kim-Trang, Annette Weisser, Grant Wahlquist, Rebecca Zorach


Go here to order the new issue and to preview the design: www.joaap.org




From our friend Benjamin Holtzman:

I am currently seeking submissions for a zine/pamphlet on physical illness. This project aims to give voice to the experiences of people living with illness, serve as a resource for those who are diagnosed with illness, and further the dialogue around issues related to support and illness. While I am principally seeking submissions from those who have experienced or are currently living with a serious physical health problem, I am also very interested in submissions from those who have indirectly experienced illness: caregivers, community members, partners, family members, etc.


Some possible topics include:
Personal narratives of living with illness • Illness and support within left / radical / DIY scenes • Intersections of race / gender / sexuality / class / culture and illness • Experiences with doctors, hospitals and treatments • Body image / identity and illness • Disempowerment / empowerment of illness • Mental health and physical illness • Suggestions for navigating the world of being a ‘patient’ • The experiences of being a caregiver • Suggestions for providing support to someone living with illness • Creating and sustaining community support networks • How life changes after a diagnosis • Living with multiple diagnoses • Illness as taboo • Insurance • The financial burden of illness • Sex and illness • Illness and creativity • Illness and isolation • The invisibility of illness


The deadline for submissions is December 30, 2008.


Please be in touch with questions and submission ideas: illnesszine@gmail.com




Kevin from Team Colors is involved with an amazing group of people and a new collective in Portland, Oregon.  The Dicentra Collective is actively organizing around issues of care and has a just launched a monthly event series, read a blurb about the collective and visit the website below.  


Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building.  With a focus on the Portland area – and interlinking with struggles across the United States and planet – Dicentra hosts workshops and discussions; initiates practical interventions around the provision of care, communication, and relationships in radical communities; produces knowledge and shares information about care in our communities and in society as a whole; explores positive practices around consent, interpersonal relationships, sexual relationships, and radical therapy; and provides space for the vast spectrum of experiences and stories effected by issues of care and support to express their voices and resonate with others.


More about Dicentra & for upcoming Portland, OR area events visit: www.dicentracollective.org