Here at BWM, we think it is important to recognize and let you know about folks who we think are worth doing so. Joel Olson was definitely the kind of person we wish we were able to work or organize with or even meet. Joel had a lot of wonderful things to say and we hope you read about Joel and his writings and pass them on to friends and family.
It has come to my attention that the esteemed activist, writer, and academic Joel Olson passed away while on sabbatical in Europe.
Joel was Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he specialized in political theory. A noted expert on racial politics and extremist ideologies, he was the author of _The Abolition of White Democracy_ (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) as well as numerous articles and reviews. Joel was working on a second book, entitled _American Zealot: Fanaticism and Democracy in the United States_, at the time of his death.
During the 1990s Joel was involved with Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation and later went on to form Bring the Ruckus! He was a well-known figure in the anti-racist and pro-immigrant movement in Arizona.
Details surrounding Joel’s sudden and very untimely death remain unclear, but it goes without saying that his comrades in the North American Anarchist Studies Network, and throughout the North American and international anarchist community, will very much miss him, and we give our love, sympathy, and solidarity to his family, friends, and loved ones during this most difficult time.”
Nathan J. Jun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Midwestern State University
STEP OUT WITH US: Join the Northern Arizona March for Human Rights!
April 28, 2012
Rally at Wheeler Park then March through downtown Flagstaff.
If you value environmental and cultural justice, please join us on Saturday April 28, 2012 in a march for Human Rights and environmental protection in Flagstaff, Arizona.
As the struggle to protect sacred sites and migrant rights escalates throughout Arizona we are calling on friends, neighbors, families, students, young, old, to march together for justice & healthy communities.
The Arizona state legislature continues to strip our communities of our right to learn and immerse ourselves in our cultures, have control over our own bodies, and provide healthcare and housing for everyone.
Indigenous Peoples’ religious freedom and cultural survival is threatened by desecration of Holy places such as the San Francisco Peaks, Mount Graham, Red Butte, & South Mountain. Forced Relocation and Coal Mining continues to destroy families on Black Mesa and further Global Warming. Greedy politicians & corporations continue to pollute our neighborhoods and steal precious water.
Thank you for helping to build the movement to protect mother earth and human rights!
Did you know that we sell zines in our online store? We want to work up to having an extensive book and zine section, but for now we have a few zines that we think are must reads. We just got in a new zine titled ‘Toward A Re-Cognition of Choice’. This zine is a collection of writings from political prisoner Eric McDavid, and also includes an exclusive interview between ex political prisoner / ELF activist Jeff Luers and Eric McDavid.
Eric McDavid is a political prisoner, currently serving a 20 year sentence in federal prison for “thought crime.” He was arrested in January 2006 (as part of the government’s ongoing “Green Scare” campaign against environmental and animal rights activists) after being targeted by an undercover informant who formulated a crime and entrapped Eric in it. Eric was targeted by the state for his political beliefs, and his case is important for everyone who dares to stand up.
We are really excited to tell you that every single penny funded by selling this zine will be going to Eric McDavid’s support fund. Pretty cool, right?
SUPPORT POLITICAL PRISONERS
Earlier this month, we were able to film author Kristian Williams while he answered these questions in detail while reading a chapter from an upcoming book called ‘We Are Many’ about the Occupy movement being put out by AK Press. We hope you enjoy this video, and we hope you help us spread this video around via your favorite social networking site!
The nationwide Never Alone tour will be crisscrossing the country in April 2012, featuring the usual suspects speaking about long-term anarchist prisoner support. Focusing specifically on the cases of Eric McDavid and Marie Mason, the tour will mark the spots where the events of these cases unfolded, using multimedia presentations to bring the facts of these cases to light.
As well as raising awareness and support for Eric and Marie, the tour will also feature strategizing about how to more effectively grow a culture of resistance that can breach the prison walls and sustain us and our friends for the long term, a security culture beyond 101 workshop (updated for 2012, now with extra tech!) and some awesome guest speakers. Truly, you won’t want to miss this.
When our friends and loved ones are snatched from us and held captive by the state, we become all too aware that we are never alone. The eyes of the state are always upon us, attempting to silence our voices and still our hands. To keep us from doing the work we know must be done. We must act despite this.
Because we also know that it is imperative that our friends on the inside know that they, too, are never alone. That we will stand by them throughout their time in prison, and welcome them with open arms when they return. That the struggles they were involved in continue on, and that they are empowered to continue on in struggle from inside the prison walls.
And we know that we can’t do this alone. We need the active support of our communities to give us the strength and courage to struggle for our friends and their freedom.
Our friends remind us of what is possible. They remind us that we don’t have to wait for permission to do what we know is right. They remind us that we are not powerless. Like Marie and Eric, we are tired of watching all that we love be destroyed by all that we hate. We know what needs to happen.
We are in it for the long haul.