Life During Wartime Summer Tour 2013

Team Colors Collective member Kevin Van Meter will join author-activist Kristian Williams on a tour of the southwest and west coast for the release of the new AK Press collection Life During Wartime.

Facebook RSVP here.


August 4th: Tucson

2pm @ Revolutionary Grounds – 606 N 4th Ave.

w/ a local activist speaking about border militarization and resistance!

5th: Phoenix

7:30pm @ Boulders on Broadway (Bar & Grill) – 530 West Broadway Rd. Tempe

6th: Los Angeles

7pm @ The Public School – 951 Chung King Road

7th: San Francisco

7pm @ Station For-té – 3030B 16th St. near the corner of Mission St.

w/ Claude Marks (former U.S. political prisoner and is the director of the Freedom Archives, as well as a lifelong activist).

8th: Berkeley

6pm @ La Peña Cultural Center – 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley

w/ Jenny Esquivel (has worked with Sacramento Prisoner Support since 2006. She has gone on tour multiple times speaking about Eric McDavid’s case, entrapment, and political prisoners. She is a co-author of the book Government Repression, Prisoner Support) & Evan Tucker (who has done support work for political prisoners and is a co-author of the book Government Repression, Prisoner Support).

9th: Sacramento

7:30pm @ The Lavender Library – 1414 21st St.

w/ Jenny Esquivel & Evan Tucker

18th: Portland

7pm @ The Red and Black Cafe – 400 SE 12th Ave.

w/ editor Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Jenny Esquivel, and others.

About the book:
Counterinsurgency (COIN) has existed as the state’s implicit strategy for a generation, and increasingly this strategy is becoming explicit. In this chilling collection of sociological and political essays, fifteen writers examine the application of domestic counterinsurgency tactics within the United States, and seek to equip the left with a more nuanced understanding of state repression – and how to fight back.

Order the book here and copies will be available at the events!

About the Event:
COIN functions as the underlying logic that intersects with a number of key political realities currently: community policing / police brutality and the prison industrial complex, Global War on Terror, border militarization, the NSA / Snowden scandal and government spying, and repression of social movements.  This talk will explore the domestic application of counterinsurgency strategy and community policing methods, which are predominantly directed at poor communities of color in the US.

Kristian Williams will provide an overview of policing and the domestic application of COIN.  COIN has its origins in police / FBI operations against social movements in the 1960s and 70s as well as various post-Vietnam conflicts.  Drawing on various pieces in the collection and his prior work (in Our Enemies in Blue), Williams will describe how a military logic has been used by police forces and other state apparati over the past three decades.  By extension of Williams’s talk, Kevin Van Meter will explore the currently campaign of repression directed at radical environmentalists, animal rights activists, and others, referred to as the “Green Scare”.  Drawing on a particular case from 2001-2004, Van Meter will describe this cycle of government repression and the efforts of activists to combat it.

Speakers Bios:
Kristian Williams is a member of the Committee Against Political Repression, in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America (Soft Skull, 2004; South End, 2007), American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination (South End, 2006), and Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy (Microcosm, 2012). In 2009 he received a grant from the Institute for Anarchist Studies to support his research on Oscar Wilde’s anarchism.

Kevin Van Meter is a member of the Team Colors Collective and has just relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to complete his doctorate in Geography. Van Meter, with Team Colors, co-edited the collection Uses of a Whirlwind (AK Press, 2010) and co-authored Winds from below (Team Colors / Eberhardt Press, 2010). Van Meters’ collaborative and single-authored work has appeared in various radical publications.