Atlanta's Burning 6 + Letter from the Editors
April 26, 2013
Atlanta’s Burning Number 6
After nearly 3months, the 6th issue of Atlanta’s Burning is finally out! Please feel free to print and distribute however you please. We are posting this online as a pdf that is able to be printed on 8.5×11 paper, although we print ours on 11×17. To print, simply print on both sides of the page in the order they appear to you on the file.
- Reportback: Egypt Solidarity Demo
- Reportback: V-Day Noise Demo
- Reportback: Anti-Nuke Demo
- Riots in Brooklyn
- The Cost of a Hip Downtown
- Account from Memphis Antifa Demo
- Communique: Attack on CCTV Camera
- Anti-Rape Demo
TO THE COMMUNARDS AND HOODLUMS WHO HAVE MADE THIS SPRING WORTH LIVING: A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS
This issue of Atlanta’s Burning is about a month behind schedule, as we are sure some of you have noticed. This project, which began in August of 2012, has featured articles and communiques about contemporary anarchist and anticapitalist struggles here in Atlanta. We hope that this has created a culture of reflection and, to some extent, pride amongst our comrades. We know that, although it was not our original intent per se, this publication has reached the hands of the anarcha-curious and others in the Atlanta area and outside. Thus far, the project has been exciting and fulfilling.
That said, things are changing.
When we began the publication, anarchists and others were nearing the end of a protracted anti-police struggle that grew out of the Occupy movment and a string of “officer involved shootings.” At the time, there was much fragmentation between anarchists. The stress from repreesion coupled with the frustration of the post-occupy doldrums (not to mention interpersonal conflict) had contributed to an environment of infighting and a general lack of communication between cliques. We hoped that the newsletter could serve as a medium to link our struggles in the pursuit of developing some shared perception.
Cliquishness has broken up a bit as each autonomous section of the struggle has begun asserting itself. This has made us much stronger and now, I believe, we are beginning to see the results. This past month, April 2013, has been excitingfor everyone: an anti-police riot in Edgewood Court, a nocturnal attack against a neo-nazi, and a public demonstration against white supremacists. This, in addition to the ongoing projects we have nurtured for some time already.
So why is none of that stuff in this newsletter? The short answer is that it is going to be in the next one (which will be released soon.) The longer answer is that we think it is important for us to reflect, analyze, and build on the momentum leading up to the activity in April. The practices and thoughts reflected in the articles of this issue – almost all of which was written in March – have helped to create the context that allowed anarchists to participate in the unfolding struggles in the ways we have.
Rather than trying to recreate particular events, we should focus on echoing certain melodies, on reproducing the tension of revolt.
From this, all else will follow.