NYC ABF Celebrates the Life and Fight of Russell “Maroon” Shoatz

Maroon Shoatz (August 23, 1943—December 17, 2021) was a founding member of the Black Unity Council, a member of the Black Panther Party, and a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He was convicted for the murder of a police officer and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, in which he was placed in solitary confinement for two decades. Shoatz was arrested after the killing of a young Black child in 1970 by the Philadelphia Police Department.

He is our comrade in freedom and liberation, people like him will never die. He will always be with us.

Punk Epistemology: Punk As A Revolutionary Mindset

Punk epistemology can be summed up as the incredulity to all forms of perceived unjust power and the subversion of normalizing power, which despite ideological differences, is held together by the desire to be subversive, non-conformant, and DIY ethics. In four words, it consists of solidarity, horizontality, individuality, and transgression, otherwise known as S.H.I.T!  It is a crucial part of punk's revolutionary potential and is a unique medium of resistance in that it does not, in itself,  require significant material actions. All it demands is an internal paradigm shift towards an incredulity towards all figures in power. Punk epistemology offers an alternative ideology to that which is enforced by state power, for the simultaneous preservation of associations and individuality—an epistemology that produces and reproduces community and solidarity, while maintaining individuality. In order to develop a theory of punk epistemology, it is useful to look at two writers who are frequently shunned by modern academia. 

Max Stirner, a prominent anarchist philosopher, and developer of egoist theory is arguably the first to hold this epistemology. In his opus, The Unique and Its Property, Stirner writes “I am and will always remain, with regard to myself, more than the State, than the Church, than God, etc., and thus, infinitely more than the association also.” Stirner also famously critiques the school system, the dominant ideological state apparatus, and provides an alternative pedagogy "The starting point of pedagogy ought not to be the civilizing vocation, but the calling to shape free personalities and sovereign characters: thus, there must be an end to the sapping of a will hitherto brutally ground down. From the moment that the yearning for learning is no longer sapped, why go on sapping the urge to desire? If the former is cultivated, so too must the latter be cultivated" Although this prompts inquiries into fields other than anthropology, Stirner could be a source of theory for a punk pedagogy in a post-capitalist society.  

“Armed Love” (Ben Morea)

Walking through his former stomping grounds on the Lower East Side*, Ben Morea charts the evolution of Up Against the Wall/Motherfucker—the network of action-oriented radicals, freaks, and street fighters that emerged out of the group surrounding the journal Black Mask during the late '60s in New York City.

*Located between the Bowery and the East River, the neighborhood traditionally extended from 14th Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. Recent maps have shifted the northern boundary south to Houston Street, but for many residents the area known today as the East Village still belongs to the greater Lower East Side.

December 31, NYC Anarchist Black Cross: “NYC/NYE – Noise Demo Against the Prison Industrial Complex, In Solidarity with PPs and POWs “

Our comrades at the NYC Anarchist Black Cross are organizing the following protest:

WHAT: Noise DemoWHEN: 9:00 pm, Friday, December 31stWHERE: Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC, the federal prison in Brooklyn); meeting at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 30th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11232 (D/N/R to 36th Street or R to 25th Street). NOTE: we are not encouraging folks to take public transit or other risks. Please recognize your comfort level with attending this event)BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!

Blog—interview with Shiri [one of the founders and members of anarkoartlab]

Shiri Mordechay’s visions envelop you and pull you in through their dark and absurdist gravity. Threatening, mysterious, sometimes violent and abuse figures from your dreams or nightmares find their ways to Mordechay’s watercolors and large-scale drawings. When looking at them you are looking at yourself. Psychologically these visions are unsettling, culturally they run parallel by Hieronymus Bosch, Edgar Allan Poe, and absurdist poetics of Samuel Beckett.

Tribute to Toyen (Anarchist/Dadaist)

Toyen (21 September 1902, Prague – 9 November 1980, Paris) was a painter, drafter, illustrator and a member of surrealist movement. He adapted name Toyen in 1923 and used male pronouns for himself (some art historians insist on using female pronouns). His chosen name Toyen can be understood as “to je on” meaning this is ...

ANARKOARTLAB Art Gallery

The AnarkoArtLab is a collective of new-media, visual artists, performers, musicians, dancers, poets, filmmakers,etc. For the past years has been conducting experimental, interdisciplinary art happenings. The collective grew to be a large amorphous group that presented live and participatory events; we create a CONCEPT and it becomes a LIVE, collaborative, multi-media art experience that is immersive and participatory. The AnarkoArtLab has grown into a vibrant community exchanging and experimenting with ideas about art, equality, collectivity and anarchy in action!

BLM Solidarity Event

infoshop cafe byulkkol

We held an event to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement. We discussed the BLM movement, made silkscreens, and distributed them.

One Billion Rising Collaborative Printmaking Project

The One Billion Rising Collaborative Printmaking Project was initially proposed by the activists of Gangjeong village (a village in Jeju Island, South Korea, that has been fighting for more than 10 years against the construction of a naval base). We conducted 13 workshops all around Korea, and created a 13-meter banner from them.  

“One Billing Rising Resistance” was an international joint action initiated to end violence against women. Given that one in three women in the world experiences violence or rape in their lifetime, the total number reaches one billion. The participants of “One Billion Rising Resistance” danced together to show the survivors as they are and to inform people of the injustices they face, as well as the reality in which no one is penalized for these acts. Through dancing, we expressed aspects of life and solidarity that do not succumb to violence.

Hong Kong Solidarity Event

We made a poster and t-shirts and sold them to donate funds in solidarity with the Hong Kong struggle (2019).