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  • IAS Welcomes New Board Members
  • Perspectives on Anarchist Theory
  • IAS Twentieth Anniversary
  • New Anarchist Intervention Titles Coming
  • Organizing Against Climate Catastrophe
  • Another Politics Book Tour
  • IAS Board Member is a NLG 2015 Honoree
  • Contact Us
  • Support the Institute for Anarchist Studies
Upcoming Grant Deadline

Our next deadline for writing grants is January 15th, 2016. Get your applications in! Fill out the application here
We've recently added three new board members, James Birmingham, Kristian Williams and Tamara Myers!

James Birmingham

James Birmingham is a recent PhD dropout who just moved back to sunny Florida. He is a co-founder of the All Power to the Imagination! conference hosted at New College of Florida that he remains involved in to this day. His interests include anarchist archaeology and the opening of a long term social centre.

Kristian Williams
Kristian Williams is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination, and Fire the Cops!, as well as one of the editors of Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency. He received a grant from the IAS in 2009 to support his research into Oscar Wilde's Anarchism and is a member of the Perspectives on Anarchist Theory collective. Kristian is a member of the National Writers Union (UAW local 1981).

Tamara Myers

Tamara Myers is an educator and organizer who recently completed her graduate school journey in Seattle, on Duwamish land, where she also lives. Through her dissertation project, Teaching Toward Utopia, she explored how social movement educators foster radical imagination in learning communities and why. Her involvement with various anarchist collectives, intentional communities and social spaces, anti-authoritarian networks, study groups, street demonstrations, and classrooms over the past two decades have left her inspired and full of questions. She’s especially curious about how we can build on anarchism's commitment to bold visionary dreaming in ways that also shine a light on concrete strategies for change. She teaches part time in a dynamic interdisciplinary program at the University of Washington and is thrilled to join the IAS board. 

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory 

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory on Justice and, upcoming, on Anarcha-Feminisms

The current issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, N. 28 on Justice, is out. This issue features essays on organizing against the prison industrial complex; problems and possibilities in movement based accountability processes; confronting domestic violence without relying on the cops; interviews with folks living and struggling in Ferguson in the aftermath of the recent uprising; a critique of Deep Green Resistance; interviews with US veterans who became anarchists while in the military; and so much more.

Perspectives is available at your local bookstore, or from AK Press here

Our next issue is on the theme of anarcha-feminisms, and will be available early next year. Each issue is produced by the Perspectives’ crew, which includes: Paul Messersmith-Glavin, Maia Ramnath, Lara Messersmtih-Glavin, Sara Rahnoma-Galindo and new members Carla Bergman and Kristian Williams. Layout and design is done by Josh MacPhee, of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and printed by Charles at Eberhardt Press, in Portland, Oregon. Keep your eyes open for the current and next issue, and encourage your local bookstore to stock Perspectives via AK Press if they don’t already!

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And be sure to get our current issue on the theme of Justice, available from Powell's Books  and AK Press.

Next Year is Our 20th Anniversary

Next year is The Institute for Anarchist Studies twentieth anniversary. Watch for information on how you can help us celebrate 20 years of supporting anarchist writing and scholarship. 

New Anarchist Intervention Titles Coming

At our September board meeting, the IAS chose two new books for our Anarchist Interventions (A.I.) book series, one on Joyful Militancy and the other on class-based organizing informed by an understanding of the intersections of various forms of oppression. The books will be formally announced late this winter, in collaboration with our comrades at AK Press, and will likely appear in 2017. These two titles will join the six that the IAS has already published over the last five years.  The whole set is available from AK Press for $20 off the total price here 


Another Politics Southwestern Ontario and U.S. Midwest Tour

IAS board member Chris Dixon is soon heading on tour through Southwestern Ontario and the U.S. Midwest, speaking and facilitating workshops related to his new book, Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements. Between November 3 and 19, he will be stopping in Hamilton, Guelph, Detroit, Toledo, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

Find the full schedule here:

Drawing on interviews with dozens of experienced organizers, Another Politics engages the convergence of antiauthoritarian radicalism and broader based movements in the US and Canada over the last two decades. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from Occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. These efforts combine antiauthoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Another Politics explores these efforts and distills lessons for building effective, visionary movements.

Organizing Against Climate Catastrophe

Lara and Paul Messersmith-Glavin, IAS board members, editors of Perspectives and organizers with the Hella 503 Collective in Portland, Oregon, will discuss the lessons from a recent grassroots climate organizing effort. The talk is called Organizing Against Climate Catastrophe and will be held at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, on Tuesday, October 20th, at 7pm. This project involved doing a door-to-door canvass in the St. John’s neighborhood to determine people’s understanding of the realities of climate change. Most of the participants from the working class neighborhood – the place that is key to much of the Northwest’s fossil fuel export and site of the recent bridge blockade of the Shell contracted ship The Fennica, which was blockaded for about 30 hours by folks suspended from the St Johns bridge and in kayaks – felt that climate change was happening and when asked, said they would support illegal action to stop it, as long as no one got hurt. Many took a CD disk with a short curriculum on climate change and capitalism, and some attended a follow-up study group.

Lara and Paul will discuss how this kind of activism can help us to envision a world that is  “grounded in sharing and care for each other, in which all its members are supported in actualizing their full potential; a world where social and economic organization is informed by ecological thought free of social domination, where political decisions are made directly by those affected by them, and in which human activity no longer changes the planet’s climate.”

The event will take place in the Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center.

This discussion is co-sponsored by:  Allied Students for Another Politics!, Corvallis, OSU Center for Civic Engagement, and the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative.

For more information:  please contact Joseph Orosco at 541-737-4335 or or click


Sarah Coffey, IAS Board Member, Wins Legal Worker Award

Congratulations to IAS board member Sarah Coffey on being an National Lawyers Guild 2015 Honoree!

From the National Lawyers Guild
Sarah Coffey has done movement legal support for 15 years and was a founding member of the Midnight Special Law Collective. She answered the call for NLG Legal Observers in Ferguson a week after the death of Mike Brown and stayed for six months. During that time Sarah trained scores of Legal Observers, helped grow the St. Louis Legal Observer program and along with other activists, co-coordinated over 100 non-lawyer volunteers to offer legal support for protests that spanned months. Sarah is a board member of the Detroit and Michigan Chapter of the NLG and the Institute for Anarchist Studies. She works locally in Detroit on water rights, land justice and closing the digital divide, and nationally, to create a paradigm shift in power.

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