Toward the Last Jubilee!: Midnight Notes at Thirty Years
Edited by Craig Hughes of Team Colors. Published by Autonomedia & Perry Editions
In November 2009, Midnight Notes Collective marked thirty years of work with MN30, a day-long conference held at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan that was attended by more than seventy comrades. This pamphlet, which includes essays by writers involved in or inspired by the work of Midnight Notes, developed from that gathering.
The short pieces in this pamphlet are characteristic of the crises – of capitalism, of the working class, of movements – that MN30 occurred in. The authors don’t mince words—not in their celebration and admiration of Midnight Notes, nor in their presentation of the very real difficulties of the period; not in their critiques of where the project has been and gone, and certainly not in their raising of the real pressing political issues we all need to grapple with.
Table of Contents:
- Craig Hughes: Introduction
- p.m: From Midnight to Dawn: Permutations of a Crisis and the
- Comedy of the Commons
- Steven Colatrella: Comments on Midnight Notes 30 Years
- George Caffentzis: Two Themes of Midnight Notes: Work/Refusal of Work and Enclosure/Commons
- Chris Vance: A Short Reflection on Midnight Notes
- Team Colors Collective: High Entropy Workers Unite!
- Sabu Kohso: An East Asian Mediator’s View of Midnight Notes Collective
- Jenna Loyd: Beyond Walls and Cages: State Violence, Racism, and the
- Possibility of Abolition Economies
- Manuel Yang: Elegy for Midnight Notes?
New World from Below Collaborative Book Party — at the US Social Forum
Come celebrate recent radical publishing with AK Press, Autonomedia, the Institute for Anarchist Studies, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Microcosm Publishing, Team Colors Collective, PM Press, author Jordan Flaherty and artist Seth Tobocman, and many others.
Friday, June 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
New World from Below Convergence Center
Located at the Spirit of Hope Church, 1519 Martin Luther King Dr., Detroit, MI 48208, at the corner of MLK and Trumbull.
A Collaborative Book Party
The New World from Below—the anarchists and antiauthoritarians at the Social Forum collective of collectives—is pleased to invite all U.S. Social Forum participants to a collaborative celebration of recent radical publishing with some of the most innovative presses around today. On Friday, June 25, following a full day of engaging workshops and before heading off to dance the night away at the Leftist Lounge, join us to mark the release of recent radical books that seek to enrich and enliven our radical minds!
Beer and wine will be served; books will be available for sale; and a short presentation from current radical authors will take place at 8:00 p.m., including the below authors and collectives.
Participating Authors and Collectives
- Benjamin Holtzman, editor of SICK: A Collaborative Zine on Physical Illness (Microcosm Publishing, 2010)
- Cindy Milstein, of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (AK Press, 2010)
- Jeff Conant, author of A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency (AK Press, 2010)
- Jordan Flaherty, author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena 6 (Haymarket, 2010)
- Josh MacPhee, editor of Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (PM Press, 2009)
- Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, authors of Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas (Microcosm Publishing, 2010)
- Seth Tobocman, author and artist of Understanding the Crash (Soft Skull, 2010)
- Team Colors Collective, editors of and contributors to Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States (AK Press, 2010)
- Turbulence Collective, author of What Would It Mean to Win? (PM Press, 2010)
The Team Colors Collective is pleased to announce that our first book—Uses of a Whirlwind—is now available for Preorder!
Published by noted radical publisher AK Press and edited by the Team Colors Collective, Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States explores current community organizing and struggle in the U.S. by bringing a diverse set of voices in encounter with one another. Uses of a Whirlwind will be released in June 2010.
You can visit the collection’s website to view advance praise for Uses of a Whirlwind, detailed chapter summaries, and the full text of Team Colors’ introduction to the book.
Pick Up Your Copy:
Of Friends and Whirlwinds Tour
Team Colors will be holding book events, many including contributors and friends, in
various cities across the U.S. in Summer 2010:
- June 22-26th – US Social Forum in Detroit, MI
- Monday, June 28th, 2010 – Boxcar Books in Bloomington, IN.
- Wednesday, June 30th – Location TBA in Chicago, IL
- Friday, July 2nd – Location TBA in Madison, WI
- Saturday, July 3rd – Location TBA in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Pacific Northwest, San Francisco Bay Area, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic Region events are being planned for July & August 2010.
Contact the collective to bringing us to your town.
How You Can Help:
- Circulate this announcement to friends, family, and colleagues.
- Carry Uses of a Whirlwind on your shelves and tables (see below for details).
- Interview the collective and the collection’s contributors for your magazine, zine, blog, or radio show.
- Distribute our amazing Posters and Postcards designed by Justseeds.
- Contact your local radical bookstore, infoshop, and bookseller and ask them to carry Uses of a Whirlwind; click for a copy of the One-Sheet.
- Include Uses of a Whirlwind in your college course or study group; contact AK Press Wholesale for bulk copies.
- Donate to Team Colors to assist us in promoting the collection and ensuring that Uses of a Whirlwind reaches the audience it deserves.
- Keep in touch by signing up on our low-traffic email list (right hand column), or join us on Facebook and Myspace.
Get in touch to participate.
For Stores, Distribution & Bulk Copies:
- Available for bookshops, infoshops, and tabling projects through AK Press Wholesale (42% discount with credit account, 45% discount with prepay); contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
- Available to the trade via Consortium Book Sales & Distribution/Perseus, as well as from Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and most other wholesalers. In Canada, the books are available through PGC (Publishers Group Canada).
- Here is a copy of the Uses of a Whirlwind One-Sheet for ordering the title.
We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming Team Colors edited collection Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States is now available for pre-order via our publisher AK Press!
The exhibit will run throughout the month of May
Red and Black Cafe – 400 SE 12 Ave @ Oak St. Portland – www.redandblackcafe.com
Throughout the month of May print and design work from Eberhardt Press will be displayed at the Red and Black Café, a worker-owned vegan café in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Posters, propaganda, books, zines and other printed materials—which enliven and educate—will be exhibited. Additionally, copies of Eberhardt Press titles will be available for sale. To view the exhibit, donate and purchase titles please visit during the Café’s open hours—9am to 11pm, 7days a week.
Friday May 28, 2010, 7pm at the Red & Black Café.
Featuring Free Beer from Ninkasi for all attendees!
$5 – 20 suggestion donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Join friends and colleagues at the Red and Black Cafe on Friday May 28th, 2010 for a benefit and exhibition featuring the publishing and printing of Portland’s own Eberhardt Press. Celebrating its fifth year as a radical publisher and provider of low-cost quality printing to do-it-yourself and radical projects, Eberhardt Press has printed countless posters, postcards, zines, books and album covers. Opening party will include a short presentation on Eberhardt Press, an excerpted reading from the press’s new publication on “Tramp Printers” and testimonials on its place in the future of radical publishing and politics.
The show will be exhibited throughout the month of May with numerous prints and projects of the press will be on display during the Red and Black Cafe’s open hours, and many of the work available at affordable prices – including a special edition poster and the “Tramp Printers” pamphlet. All funds raised during the event will go to the next phase of Eberhardt Press – a new printing press and additional titles!
Contribute & Contact:
To make a contribution toward this fundraising effort or to find about more about Eberhardt Press visit: www.eberhardtpress.org.
This exhibit and event has been organized by a group of friends and supporters of the Press, such as Team Colors, and can be contacted at kevin (at) warmachines (dot) info.
Eberhardt Press, established in 2004, is dedicated to bringing anarchist and anti-authoritarian voices to print. We publish original titles as well as classic revolutionary texts that are out of print and in danger of fading from memory. By operating a small-scale offset printing and bindery facility, we can produce publications at a fraction of the cost of paying a commercial printer. Therefore we are able to offer our hand-crafted books and pamphlets less expensively to the public.
Eberhardt Press subsidizes its publishing operations by providing offset printing and bindery services to the local community. Since its founding, Eberhardt Press has printed more than a quarter million zines, books, notebooks, postcards, posters, and other projects for independent publishers, artists and activist groups in Portland and throughout the country.
The Team Colors Collective is pleased to announce that our most recent article – titled “Abandoning the chorus: checking ourselves a decade since Seattle” – is appearing in the first issue of a new journal from the Groundswell Collective. The first issue of the Groundswell Journal is called “Crisis Folklore” and includes contributions from Team Colors friends Gavin Grindon and City Life / Vida Urbana in addition to our own.
A note from the Groundswell Collective and a link to obtain the journal follows.
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This first edition focuses on crisis folklore, and includes contributions by
Groundswell, Gavin Grindon (the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination), Susan Sakash (RadKidCare), John Hulsey and collaborators (City Life/Vida Urbana), Karl Fitzgerald (Real Estate 4 Ransom), Team Colors Collective, and Chris Kennedy (basekamp/The Institute for Applied Aesthetics).
Copies are available in select book stores (see below) and are coming soon to the rest of the country and the UK! If you’re interested in helping to distribute copies, please contact us.
You can also buy copies from the bookstores below.
– Red Emma’s (Baltimore, MD)
– Bluestockings (NYC, NY)
– Lucy Parsons Center (Boston, MA)
We are writing to you today to invite you to attend two upcoming Team Colors events – one at Bluestockings in New York City on March 18th and another at the Red & Black Café in Portland, Oregon on the 25th – the details of which follow.
Additionally, the collective is pleased to announce the final list of contributors to our forthcoming AK Press collection Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, & Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States that will be released at the US Social Forum in June 2010.
Look forward to seeing many of you in New York, Portland or on our book tour this summer!
Team Colors Collective
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New York – Thursday, March 18th at 7PM
Engaging Contemporary Movement
On Thursday, MARCH 18th at 7PM please join Team Colors as they reflect on organizing in the context of current capitalist and movement crises, and discuss the uses of militant research and inquiry into radical movements in the U.S. They will explore the intention, method and content of their new pamphlet “Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible” and their forthcoming AK Press collection “Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States.”
Team Colors is a national militant research collective. Their approach has developed from involvement in community organizing projects, resistance activities and radical research efforts for more than a decade. Their forthcoming pamphlet “Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible” will be available for sale at the event.
Coming to New York for the Left Forum or based in the New York area? Have something to contribute to this discussion or share about your radical community organizing project? Contact Team Colors to participate in a short go around following the presentation and before open discussion.
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Portland, OR – Thursday, March 25th at 7PM
A Exploration of Contemporary Autonomist Politics
Red & Black Café – 400 SE 12th avenue (at Oak)
An evening with Autonomedia, Minor Compositions and the Team Colors Collective.
Join us for an evening with two autonomist authors and organizers from Portland and London in exploring contemporary politics, the continued imposition of work, current struggles in the University and elsewhere, militant and co-research, and in celebrating the release of their recent books. In the U.S. and across the planet struggles against enclosures, the dismantling of the University, for public and community space, against “the endless imposition of work”, and against a form of life that is increasingly precarious – are currently taking place. By “reading” these and neighboring struggles we seek to create a world in which many worlds fit. A discussion on these issues and other topics will follow short talks.
“This is Forever” is a discussion series based in Bluestockings Books (NYC) and currently expanding to other cities around the United States.
Stevphen Shukaitis | Autonomedia / Minor Compositions. Shukaitis is the author of the recently book Imaginal Machines: Autonomy and Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life (Minor Compositions, 2009), an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.
Kevin Van Meter | Team Colors Collective. As member of the militant research collective, Van Meter has been involved in editing the collectives forthcoming collection Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States (AK Press, 2010), co-authoring Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible (Pamphlet, 2010), and has participated in radical community organizing initiatives for more then a decade.
Copies of Imaginal Machines and Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible will be available at the event.
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will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind?
This was asked of organizers, activists, artists, & theorists to begin to understand the current composition & strength of radical movements in the United States. Using the metaphor of a whirlwind to describe the myriad of struggles taking place currently & those blowing across the planet this past decade, Team Colors conducted an inquiry and examination of movements in the United States – resulting in a set of case studies, movement strategies, theoretical analyses, & interviews. These winds seek a return to radical community organizing – toward making a revolution possible.
Contributors include Malav Kanuga | Bluestockings Books & Activism Center, Direct Action to Stop the War, Roadblock Earth First!, Starbucks Workers Union – IWW, Marina Karides | United States Social Forum, Student / Farmworker Alliance, City Life/ Vida Urbana | Picture the Homeless | Take Back the Land | United Workers, Harmony Goldberg | Domestic Workers United & Right to the City Alliance, Basav Sen, John Peck| Family Farm Defenders, Brian Tokar, Benjamin Shepard, Julie Perini, Dorothy Kidd, Daniel Tucker | AREA Chicago, Maribel Casas-Cortes & Sebastian Cobarrubias, Brian Marks, Michael Hardt & El Kilombo Intergalactico, George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, Peter Linebaugh, & Chris Carlsson. Interviews with Robin D.G. Kelley, Ashanti Omowali Alston, & Grace Lee Boggs. Artwork: Kristine Virsis | Justseeds Artists Cooperative. Foreword: Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press. Preface: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Andrej Grubacic.
Engaging Contemporary Movement: Inquiry and Radical Organizing in the United States
Thursday, March 18th 2010, 7pm
Bluestockings Book, Cafe and Activist Center – 172 Allen St. LES, NYC
Join Team Colors as they reflect on organizing in context of current capitalist and movement crises, and discuss the uses of militant research and inquiry into radical movements in the U.S. They will explore the intention, method and content of their new pamphlet “Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible” and their forthcoming AK Press collection “Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States.”
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Team Colors & friends will be at the Red & Black Cafe in Portland, OR Thursday, 25 March 2010, 7pm. Details to follow!