Sunday, March 6 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Downstairs at St. Stephen’s Church
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington, DC

Spend an evening with author Kolya Abramsky, as he maps out a global class struggle for energy autonomy, independence, and a better world, against the fossil fools of the capitalist energy economy.

$5 at the door. Cosponsored by AK Press, and DC Rising Tide.

As the world’s energy system faces a period of unprecedented change, a global struggle over who controls the sector—and for what purposes—is intensifying. The question of “green capitalism” is now unavoidable, for capitalist planners and anti-capitalist struggles alike. From all sides we hear that it’s time to save the planet in order to save the economy, but in reality what lies before us is the next round of global class struggle with energy at the center, as the key means of production and subsistence.

There are no easy answers in this battle for control of the world’s energy system. Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution is not a book of sound bites. It unpacks the seemingly innocent terms “energy sector” and “energy system” by situating the current energy crisis, peak oil, and the transition to a post-petrol future within a historical understanding of the global, social, economic, political, financial, military, and ecological relations of which energy and technology are parts. The authors probe the systemic relationships between energy production and consumption and the worldwide division of labor on which capitalism itself is based?its conflicts and hierarchies, its crisis and class struggles.

Kolya Abramsky is a former visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science, Technology and Society, in Graz, Austria, where he received the Manfred-Heindler Award for Energy and Climate Change Research, and in 2006 was coordinator of the Danish-based World Wind Energy Institute, an international effort in non-commercial renewable energy education, involving different renewable energy centers from around the world.

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Thursday, February 10 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
DC Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW

cosponsored by Monthly Review Press, and SOA Watch

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Come join us in Adams Morgan to trace 100 years of revolutionary tradition in Mexico with James Cockcroft, author of the book Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now, as he takes particular note of struggles around migration, drug trade, and U.S. imperialism.

Written to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the first predominantly anti-capitalist revolution in the world, Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now is the perfect introductory text and one that will also sharpen the understanding of seasoned observers. Cockcroft provides readers with the historical context within which the revolution occurred; explains how the revolutionary process has played out over the past ten decades; tells us how the ideals of the revolution live on in the minds of Mexico’s peasants and workers; and critically examines the contours of modern Mexican society, including its ethnic and gender dimensions. Well-deserved attention is paid to the tensions between the rulers and the ruled inside the country and the connected tensions between the Mexican nation and the neighboring giant to the north.

Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now also explores the possibility of Mexico’s revolutionary history finally bearing the fruit long hoped for by the country’s disenfranchised—a prospect kept alive by the unyielding struggle of the last one hundred years. This is the definitive introduction to one of the most important events of the twentieth century.

“This timely book that marks the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence from Spain as well as the centennial of the Mexican Revolution provides a context for understanding the anti-imperialist resistance of the Mexican people and the current capitalist crisis that is creating economic refugees of hundreds of thousands of Mexicans. A passionate, beautifully written work that clarifies, informs, and calls for action.”

—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico

“By an eloquent historian, this work is key to understanding both the Mexican Revolution and the social movements which it inspired, from the Magonistas to the twenty first century Zapatistas.”

—Dr. Devra Weber, Department of History, University of California, Riverside

James D. Cockcroft is a bilingual award-winning author of forty-five books on Latin America, Mexico, Latin@s, culture, migration, and human rights. He is Internet professor for the State University of New York, a poet, three-time Fulbright Scholar, and an activist with la Base de Paix Montréal, among countless other organizations.



cosponsored by AK Press, SOA Watch, and Dream City Collective

November 12th, 7:30 PM
Christ Lutheran Church
5101 16th St NW


“Ben Dangl breaks the sound barrier, exploding many myths about Latin America that are all-too-often amplified by the corporate media in the United States. Read this much-needed book.”—Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

“Dancing with Dynamite dares to navigate the cloudy waters of Latin American social movements in the wake of the neoliberal wave, something which increasingly fewer thinkers and activists dare to do, but which turns out to be urgent.”—Raúl Zibechi, Uruguayan journalist and author of Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces


In the past decade, grassroots social movements played major roles in electing left-leaning governments throughout Latin America, but subsequent relations between the streets and the states remain uneasy. In Dancing with Dynamite, award-winning journalist Benjamin Dangl explores the complex ways these movements have worked with, against, and independently of national governments. From dynamite-wielding miners in Bolivia to the struggles of landless farmers in Brazil and Paraguay, Dangl discusses the dance between movements and states in seven different Latin American countries. Using original research, lively prose, and extensive interviews with workers, farmers, and politicians, he suggests how Latin American social movement strategies could be applied internationally to build a better world now.


Benjamin Dangl has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for the Guardian Unlimited, The Nation, and the NACLA Report on the Americas. He is the author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia, and the editor of TowardFreedom.com and UpsideDownWorld.org.

Monday, September 27th, 7PM
at the National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle
Washington DC

AK Press, Appalachia Rising, & Dream City Collective present:
an event with Tricia Shapiro, author of the new book Mountain Justice; Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, for the Future of Us All

Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says: A mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, then pushed aside by giant equipment?all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. In recent years, local people fighting against MTR’s destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia’s coalfields to help them bring national attention to this shameful practice, and abolish it.

Since the Mountain Justice campaign began in 2005, dozens of local coalfield residents, students, Earth Firsters, and others have been arrested in nonviolent protest actions against MTR.

Tricia Shapiro has been closely following and writing about efforts to end large-scale strip mining for coal in Appalachia since 2004. She lives on a remote mountain homestead in western North Carolina, near the Tennessee border.


“This on-the-ground, insider report of a grassroots effort to end mountaintop removal in Appalachia is a fascinating account of why building solidarity across geographic, age, class, and philosophical lines in such struggles is so important but so hard. Shapiro allows the participants in this battle to speak for themselves about their motivations, hopes, and fears. And it is from these voices that we come to understand that their fight is our fight too.”

—Steve Fisher, editor, Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change

“In Mountain Justice Tricia Shapiro has told with great clarity and understanding the story of the heroic efforts of the people of Appalachia to save their mountains, streams, and communities from the destruction and savageness of mountaintop removal mining. Her account of the years of resistance to mountaintop removal by the courageous women, men, and children who have risked their lives on a daily basis is a story that must be heard all across America. Tricia Shapiro has told us the heart of the matter—the dignity, the strength, the loving kindness of the folk who have given all that they have to save a precious and enduring place on the Earth.”

—Jack Spadaro, whistleblower and former director of the National Mine Safety and Health Academy


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7pm Monday, Sept. 20
La Casa Community Center
3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW
(near Columbia Heights metro, 42, S2, S4 bus)

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At the end of the millennium, thousands of homeless people roamed the streets of Manhattan. A small group of them went underground. Invisible to society, they managed to start a new life in the tunnel systems of the city.

Acclaimed war photographer and cultural anthropologist Teun Voeten gained unprecedented access to this netherworld. For five months in 1994 and 1995 he lived, slept and worked in the tunnel. With him, we meet Vi…etnam veterans, macrobiotic hippies, crack addicts, Cuban refugees, convicted killers, computer programmers, philosophical recluses and criminal runaways. Voeten describes their daily work, problems and pleasures with humor and compassion. He also witnessed the end of tunnel life. The tunnel people were evicted in 1996, but Amtrak and homeless organizations offered them alternative housing.

Some succeeded in starting again above ground, while others failed. In this updated version of the book, Voeten tracks down the original tunnel dwellers and describes what has happened in the thirteen years since they left the tunnels.

Praise for Tunnel People (2010, PM Press):

“Teun Voeten has found yet another frontier in the great American experiment – the one underground, in the tunnels of Manhattan – and delivered it to us in an utterly charming and fascinating account. Part anthropologist and part journalist, Voeten dwells in a unknown world that most of us simply pass by in a hurry. To fully know America, one most follow Voeten into her depths. There is much there to admire and, yes, to learn from.”

–Sebastian Junger, War Reporter and author of The Perfect Storm.

“This book is so brilliant because it’s written from the perspective of an insider, from someone who actually lived in the tunnel they are writing about, someone who actually spent time in the darkness, scavenged for food out of the garbage and literally slipped between the cracks in the pavement and into a place of true invisibility. Veoten is not someone who just poked his head in and squeaked, “hello?” into the darkness.”

–Marc Singer, maker of the award winning documentary Dark Days.

“Finally, after countless portrayals of one of the most highly publicized existences, Voeten is to be commended for his honest and explicit view of New York’s underworld. I salute his efforts and sacrifices to the highest. ”

–Bernard Monte Isaac aka Lord of the Tunnel, former tunnel resident.

Co-Sponsored by Positive Force DC, Dream City Collective, and We Are Family


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September 4 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
La Casa
3166 Mt. Pleasant St., NW
Washington, DC

September 1-4 2008, in the twilight of the Bush era, DC activists joined the thousands who converged on St. Paul, MN. Some went to protest the Republican National Convention, others went to shut it down. 2 years later, just ahead of the RNC8 conspiracy trial, we’re hosting a fishbowl discussion looking back at the action, the lead-up, and the aftermath. For people who participated and for anyone else who’s interested in reclaimi…ng people power in city streets, this is a conversation not to miss.

The Day 1 Swarm-Sieze-Stay action was the largest urban mass-action in years and the last significant attempt at a Seattle-style shut down to-date. Anarchists in the Midwest spent 2 years building for the action and organizing an incredible temporary infrastructure to support the action (including an emergency health clinic and medic dispatch, legal office, and mass food and housing operations).

For many, the RNC was a rallying point to strengthen networks and build capacity in the anarchist and anti-authoritarian movement. In DC and elsewhere, affinity groups gathered and the Unconventional Action network organized and trained for the action. Other groups prepared for peace marches, concerts, counter-conventions, and the Poor People’s March for Economic Human Rights.

Police repression came down hard with pre-emptive raids and brutality on the streets and in the jails escalating during the 4 days of action. As the state began to lay charges on protesters, a disturbing conspiracy of FBI-infiltrators and provocateurs was revealed. And the biggest conspiracy trial since the Chicago 8 (1968 DNC protesters) is just beginning.

Where are we now? What have we gained? What can we learn from all this? And where are we going from here? Come help figure it out Saturday, 7pm at La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St., NW. Refreshments and good people guaranteed.

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“Black Women, be ready, White Women get ready, Red Women, stay ready, for this is OUR TIME.”

Join Dream City for a screening of the radical feminist cult film Born in Flames!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 9:00pm
Black Cat Nightclub
1811 14th St. NW

10 years after a peaceful “socialist” revolution in the United States, the government seems to have all social unrest under control. But when the founder of feminist guerrilla group the Woman’s Army is mysteriously killed in police custody, women from all races, sexes, classes and sexualities rise up to blow the System apart.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. There will be plenty of awesome feminist and radical literature to peruse before and after the film, so come out and support the creation of a new anarchist space in DC.

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Friday, April 23, 2010
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Auditorium of St. Stephen’s Church
1525 Newton Streen NW

On January 12th, 2010, a 7.0 Earthquake shook Haiti and destroyed much of the country. Nearly 100,000 people in a country of 10 million are feared dead. How did it get to this point? Examining nearly two centuries of military intervention, United States government foreign policy in propping up dictators, and neo-liberalism brings us to today.

Please join us for an Educational Benefit event with Nathaniel Miller, who travelled to Haiti one year ago as part of a Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) delegation. They will explore the recent history of capitalism and US military intervention in Haiti, show pictures of their travels, and a 20 minute movie.

The Confederation of Haitian Workers (CTH) invited an Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) delegation to Haiti to learn about their fight against “le plan neoliberal” and recruit help in the form of material aid and solidarity. The delegation was in Haiti April 24 to May 5 2008, two weeks after the country erupted in mass protest at burgeoning food prices. This video shares the stories and experiences. To read more, visit http://iwwinhaiti.blogspot.com

Donations will be accepted at the door. 50% of donations recieved that evening will go towards Partners in Health, An organization that has been bringing modern medical care to poor communities in Haiti for 20 years.

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a St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser for DC Radical Space!

wind that shakes the barley

8:00pm, Wednesday, March 17
Black Cat
1811 14th Street NW

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support us with a film showing of Ken Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley in the back room at the Black Cat.

Plot Summary:
“Ireland 1920: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless “Black and Tan” squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland’s bid for independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom.”

Come at 8pm, browse our selection of used and new radical books, used clothing, custom silk-screened t-shirts, radical periodicals, then stay for the movie at 9.

I hear the Black Cat has Guinness on tap!