This is a list-in-progress of links I use for information, analysis, guidance, and inspiration. I’ve divided it into four categories: news & analysis, organizing resources, projects & organizations, and writers & thinkers.
News & Analysis
Developing a practice for “staying informed” is an ongoing process for me. Currently, I follow news with daily summaries from the Daily Beast and Democracy Now!, and I try to keep up with the Globe and Mail and the Guardian. My main radical hubs for news are Colorlines, Earth First! Newswire, Electronic Intifada, Labor Notes, Libcom.org news, the Media Co-op, Popular Resistance, rabble.ca, RankandFile.ca, Ricochet, Upside Down World, and, locally, The Leveller.
For radical analysis, I regularly read The Abolitionist, Briarpatch, The Dominion, Jacobin, Make/Shift, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, ROAR Magazine, and Upping the Anti, and I regularly listen to Against the Grain, Behind the News, Black Sheep, The Ex-Worker, Rustbelt Abolition Radio, Talking Radical Radio, and Who Makes Cents. When I can, I pick up Against the Current, Dollars & Sense, the Earth First! Journal, Labor Notes, Monthly Review, and Z Magazine. Online, I look to Abolition, Advance the Struggle, Black Rose Anarchist Federation, The Feminist Wire, GUTS, INCITE!, Insurgent Notes, Interface, Organizing Upgrade, Plan C, Recomposition, Socialist Project, three way fight, Waging Nonviolence, and Znet.
In doing activism and organizing, there is no need to reinvent the wheel! For tips on tactics, strategic planning guides, resources for working with power and privilege, help with media messaging, sample workshops and trainings, and much more, I turn to Beautiful Trouble, Build the Wheel, Joshua Kahn Russell’s resources for organizers, Lisa Fithian’s resources and trainings, and the rabble.ca activist toolkit. Each of these sites is a gateway into a wealth of organizing experience and advice that we can use to build smarter and stronger movements.
Projects & Organizations
We are living in a time of many impressive radical initiatives, though we need many more and we need them at much bigger scales. Projects and organizations that I respect and learn from include AK Press, Black Rose Anarchist Federation, Catalyst Project, Certain Days, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Critical Resistance, Decarcerate PA, Defenders of the Land, El Kilombo Intergaláctico, the Freedom Archives, Generation Five, the Halifax Radical Imagination project, INCITE!, Interference Archive, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Labadie Collection, No One Is Illegal, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, PM Press, Project South, QPIRG Concordia, Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, Rising Tide North America, the Rural Organizing Project, the Seattle Solidarity Network, Solidarity Halifax, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Team Colors Collective, and the Zapatistas.
Writers & Thinkers
Some radical writers and thinkers manage both to tap into and propel our movements. They help us to understand and act. Those who have particularly shaped my thinking include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Ella Baker, Mikhail Bakunin, Himani Bannerji, Murray Bookchin, Kate Bornstein, Noam Chomsky, Eli Clare, Harry Cleaver, Angela Davis, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Max Elbaum, Barbara Epstein, Silvia Federici, Leslie Feinberg, Paulo Freire, David Gilbert, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Emma Goldman, Antonio Gramsci, Matt Hern, John Holloway, bell hooks, Joanna Kadi, George Katsiaficas, Robin Kelley, Gary Kinsman, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Marx, Midnight Notes Collective, Maria Mies, Vijay Prashad, Marcus Rediker, Retort Collective, Andrea Smith, Starhawk, Leo Tolstoy, Howard Winant, and Howard Zinn.