Infoshop Survey 2002 Results - What is your anarchist community doing well?

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At the end of December 2002 and throughout the month of January 2003, ran a comprehensive online poll of our visitors and what we hoped would be a cross section of the anarchist movement in the United States. Few polls have been done with anarchists as the subjects, so there is little empirical data on who anarchists are, how they live their lives, and what they think about stuff.

Below you will find the FINAL RESULTS from the survey (people are invited to take the survey, but results won't be included in this set of data).

The data below was taken from 922 surveys.

What is your anarchist community doing well?

Washington, DC: "Improving the infrastructure. Getting better at linking the local community issues to the global issues which are always protested here as it IS Washington DC."

Oklahoma: "So far, nothing."

South Dakota: "We do not yet look like asses. That's something we have over most anarchist groups. I mean, a lot of stuff people do is just idiotic ya know? Anyway, what we are really doing well is getting our message across to normal people, free of dogma, intellectualism, elitism.."

"We boondocks anarchists could really teach you folks a few things. Im serious, maybe we'll send some lessons your way later."

Rochester, NY: "Keeping our heads on and deprogramming local ISO kids, interacting with the real community."

Finland: "Propaganda, publishing stuff, heavy drinking and understanding the requirement of everyday working class struggle."

Boston: "Organizing, sustaining projects"

Arizona: "Lots of great propaganda work, building alliances with the community through a "soon to be" anarchist run comic store, a women's group has formed to empower local anarchist women, there are more and more people getting involved with local groups like the Phoenix Anarchist Coalition, and the various copwatch groups around town. More people are interested in not only polotocal prisoner support, but social prisoner support, radical literature distribution, and prison abolition. Quite a bit of anti?war, and no borders work is coming around as well."

Boston: "Publishing propaganda, building infrastructure, developing theoretically, pushing for a practical class struggle approach to activism."

Philadelphia: "Building relationships with many activist organizations, doing internalized oppression workshops, maintaining collective housing for years, the anarchists of color are getting more organized. building, building, building...."

Wisconsin: "anti-war organizing, distro."

Arizona: "Creating safe space for anarchists in many facets of life, work, school, housing etc etc"

Philadelphia: "Building local contacts through "cultural" and housing co?ops, art spaces and community gardens, publc protests that involve artistic expression (puppet shows, pagents, block parties etc..) community art projects."

Young American anarchist: "I have no community to speak of some of my friends and i are planning the revolt. I did a few direct actions at my school like bootlegging 5000 passes (normal price $1) and threw them all over school."

Kansas City: "building counter-institutions"

Montana: "The strength of our passion for anachism and mutual aid"

Southern Ohio: "internet community is making excelent plans for........a time of self defence"

Chicago suburbs: "forming functioning collectives, pooling resources to fight racism, and forming a network."

Ontario: "Holding meetings.. well no.. not always. Bitching about things."

Maryland: "We keep everything peaceful."

Maine: "Propaganda."

Ottawa, Ontario: "Free skools"

New Jersey: "active in radical non-ideological groups(ARA, FNB). Minority of community becoming more organized, getting involved in more social struggles in our region, effective given numbers when we can coordinate on projects"

Mexico City: "creating a counter-culture"

Omaha, Nebraska: "A month ago I would have said supporting our infoshop, but its not looking so hot anymore. Now days, we do alot of homeless feeding and provisioning."

Peterborough, Ontario: "Being relevant and practical. Many of us are members of the anti-capitalist (though not explicitely anarchist) Peterborough Coalition Against Poverty (an ally of OCAP and part of the Ontario Common Front) and/or our local branch of the IWW. Therefore, there isn't really an "anarchist ghetto" as we continuesly come into contact with new people, some of whom become radicalized. The work we do is real and meaningful on more than just a theoretical level. Though we don\'t frequently wave anarchist banners (literally or metaphorically) we do carry a strong libertarian radical message in everything we do and how we do it. Through the basic principles of being grass roots, using direct action, being anti?capitalist and anti?authoritarian we do create a distinctive identity which many people find a logical and intelligent response to what they see in their everyday lives. It also makes us distinct from other left currents like the social democrats. We also work together with many other local groups in our area of Ontario, who are also members of the Ontario Common Front (OCF). We support each other in actions, come out to each other's forums etc. Thanks to the OCF, which was originally organized by OCAP, we have an excellent provincewide network for solidarity, with many contacts across Canada; especially in Quebec and British Columbia."

Athens, Ohio: "Organizing. Getting out literature. Hosting speakers."

Indianapolis: "addressing gender issues and escaping the typical male-dominated atmosphere; exploring wide variety of issues, new projects and strategies; negotiating a compromise in dealing with the wider activist community; expanding."

Boston: "strong theoretical backing / focusing on housing and poverty issues effectively"

USA: "we are beginning to build collectives where we can study together, develop common politics, strategies and programs an have a level of trust and affinity that we can begin to do this work"

San Francisco: "Making an appearence, organizing events"

Edmonton, Alberta: "I think I'm developing strong bonds between everyone I meet. Not just entertainment or logistics, but compassion for those I meet. I tell them I\'m there for them, and not just a buddy to plan stuff with. If life deals them some lousy cards, I'm ready to pull them out and try to make things work. I love them all to death. But for me it's not about how fast I can get them to bed. I'm attracted to a girl's spirit, her will to overcome resentment of her joy and creativity, and war for justice. I hate those who oppress them, and I think they're the heart of Human hate. There are few people who won't ignore me when I find someone whom could seriously use help. And although I refuse no one who's in danger, I sure have no respect for those who think it interferes with their daily lives."

Terre Haute, IN: Talking.

Zaragoza, Spain: Bufff... We had worked well in some union topics and protests.

Phoenix: self-community building, self-education, self-support structures the anarchist community.

Edmonton: Outreach

Levis, Quebec: put in evidence the "Dark Side" of evil compagnies

Halifax, Nova Scotia: it's o.k. It could be much, much better.

Eugene, Oregon: Independent media, engaging with sexism, classism, homophobia and avoiding Green Anarchist arrogance.

Montréal: A lot of things: demo, organizing in community, action against gentrification, etc...

New Orleans: Providing a beautiful base of support and family and mutual aid to one another and making the quality of lives we live as anarchists the best they can be.

Washington, DC: incorporating political thought with eating, shopping, working one on one and in some cases good group process.

DeKalb, Illinois: anti-war demonstrations, copwatch

Hanford, California: Bouncing wonderful philosophies and theories off of each other.

Culpeper, Virginia: "There is none where I live."

Chicago: "The best thing is that we are above all friends. That alone creates a nurturing environment. Plus, we have a kickass infoshop here!"

Buffalo, New York: "Working with others."

Paris, France: "regarding the many lil' bookshops, cultural places and gigs, the lil' anarchist community is doing a great job in promoting a new vision of what life could be ."

Richmond, Virginia: "lots"

Tempe, Arizona: "COPWATCHING"

United States: "uniting"

Cochabamba, Bolivia: "to communicate with other people non anarchist."

Troy, Michigan: "making it known who is free and who isn't."

Tempe, Arizona: "copwatching, networking with the liberals while assuring that the anarchist message is not co-opted."

Lawrence, KS: "dedication and fallowing through with projects. Continually growing and building new projects. Lots of outreach to local community groups."

Ohio: "getting people out for events, decent work on certain single issues"

Waterford, California: "Food Not Bombs, stealing large amounts of food/books to give away for free, associating with other groups, turning tide against the war, through punk rock introducing people to new ideas..."

Salt Lake City: "See above answer."

Portland, Oregon: "Lately people have begun organizing social clubs like soccer, baking, knitting, etc."

Rural anarchist: "We have good relations with the non-anarchist community. This is extremely important for rural anarchist groups."

Springfield, Virginia: "Voting on issues well."

Connecticut: "good: we are expanding, have a good indymedia project, and are doing good antifascist work."

Alabama: "My few anarchist friends are spreading the true definition of anarchism (i.e., not "chaos and disorder")"

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: "There's an anarchist collective house and a Food Not Bombs group in south Florida."

Kansas City, Kansas: "Setting up programs to reach a variety of individuals and not just targeting embittered youth."

London, UK: "Social centers, community building, resisting police repression and getting stronger. [from below - priorities] Direct action seems to sum it up: the 'revolution' will be based upon practice, not theory....only by doing it ourselves can we 'overcome.'"

Modesto, California: "We are setting up an all ages club, and we spread the word well. Lots of shows and protests. The community has a lot of accepting venues."

Appalachian nomad: "Staying drunk."

Akron, Ohio: "We play well with others; as a result we are able to dialogue with other "mainstream" activists about anti-authoritarian politics without preconceptions that exist in other communities. Thanks goodness!"

Olympia, Washington: "Being isolated."

Boston: "Getting work done, building relationships with other communities, strategizing."

Hamburg, Germany: "The protests in Hamburg currently are very good. I hope we can keep this up. (I also hope I can get my ass up to help a bit. A friend of mine recently got beaten up by the police, so I have another reason to stand up.)"

Cleveland: "Being a (necessary) thorn in the (too) well-established liberal peace movement."

Alberta: "Little."

Quebec City: "Nurturing a ghetto."

Rhode Island: "haven't seem much of the movement where I live...but it is a middle class yea...but can't wait to get out and scroll some PT on those nice walls."

Montreal: "Starting to take seriously working in working class communities as members of that community, and getting serious about anti racist work."

Bellingham, Washington: "Not Much."

Philadelphia: "Organizing with a 2 year old federation NEFAC."

Iceland: "Introducing itself to youths."

Boston: "Making deliberate, sincere, and non-patronizing attempts to move from summit hoping to real community organizing."

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: "Organizing local actions."

Hawaii: "Regular well attended public discussion forums, being extra nice to each other not being dysfunctional."

Vancouver: "Some elements are becoming more militant and are taking action in a concrete way. Squatting is becoming more of a focus."

Rural western Pennsylvania: "Taking the initiative to organize events. Communicating and coordinating."

Peterborough, Ontario: "Culture-jamming and adbusting on campus."

Rural central Wisconsin: "I've been reading a lot."

South Carolina: "We are organizing against the schools and have a small band of about 10 rock solid activists."

Indianapolis: "Myself and a few friends have started a web site and are starting a small newsletter to distribute at local concerts and other places."

Columbia, South Carolina: "We kick ass at Food Not Bombs. 50+ people eat, and we get non-anarchists involved as well. I've noticed several of them coming to 'our side.'"

Arizona: "Most of our projects aren't anarchist per se, but center around Food Not Bombs, community supported agriculture, autonomous art, bicycle co-oping, know your rights, community/alternative media etc. we are highly connected within our community and I'd dare say that most of the folks I know working on anarchist projects would not consider themselves to be anarchists but find what we're doing and the manner in which we're organizing inspiring and attractive anyway."

Toronto: "Uprising Books Without Borders."

Detroit: "Sleeping..... and continuing to try, at what it isn't always clear."

Oberlin, Ohio: "Anti-oppression (working on sexism/classism/racism)."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Drinking & smoking pot. Our Food Not Bombs is top notch. It does have some issues, but there has been consistent Food Not Bombs sharings for 3.5 years now. Our Art/Culture community kicks ass also. Our friends built a gallery in their basement, which proven to be most excellent for the community."

Baltimore: "Anti-war, labor, bookstore, anti-globalization, community, anti-fascism."

Ireland: "Workers Solidarity Movement do great newspaper. Reclaim the Streets works well. We're all getting good at networking and getting to know each other."

Houston: "Protesting against the tyrannical actions of City Hall."

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: "Organizing efforts against the war."

Redondo Beach, California: "Through our local Food Not Bombs group, attempting to reach out to the community at large. To generate interest is tough, but we're trying."

Philadelphia: "Food distribution, Books through Bars."

Sudbury, Ontario: "Unity."

Victoria, British Columbia: "There are a lot of things going on in regards to the housing and poverty situation around here. Campbell's cuts and fucking everyone and there has been a lot of emphasis on these issues."

Omaha: "We have two Food Not Bombs crews and an infoshop."

Belgrade, Serbia: "The intra-organisational work."

Guelph, Ontario: "Propaganda, activism."

San Francisco: "Surviving in the face of massive gentrification and displacement."

Tampere, Finland: "We have had few squats over here and that has been handled very well."

Los Angeles: "Antiwar protests, feeding the poor and alternative media."

Portland, Oregon: "Mutual Aid. Dumpstered food is distributed widely and this is getting the attention of the folks living near us that aren't anarchists. Several collectives are starting to make clothing and give it away. Food Not Bombs feeds people 5 days a week."

St Paul, Minnesota: "Nothing comes to mind. I have not been active enough with the local folks to know."

St. Louis: "We are excellent at rehab! There are so many abandoned buildings in our city, and we are spending a lot of our energy in the creation and reclamation of these spaces. I think it is exciting to think about the possibilities and potential we have to transform our city once we have established ourselves through our spaces. And we are good bakers!!! Best rye bread in the city."

Maryland: "Chuck0!"

Galveston, Texas: "Promoting ourselves through art, whether it be music or writing. I guess we pamphlet the hell out of downtown to."

Columbus, Ohio: "Trotting around and protesting."

Windsor, Ontario: "Breaking apart whatever is left of the anarchist community. To be fair, I think that we can sometimes be good at writing and research. Not lately though."

New York City: "Depends on what my "anarchist community" is. I think within my city of residence and origin (NYC)... There are pockets of good community work, especially involving occupation or purchase of spaces (even though this is very difficult in NYC), especially in the outer boroughs. It seems that future success in the NYC anarchist "community" will depend more on organizing in pockets outside of the traditional "Downtown" scene. In fact, that is where the hope lies right now."

Newark, Delaware: "Nothing."

Colorado: "I'm the only active anarch/anarcho-syndicalist. I try to refrain from using the term anarchist because they tend to be ranters and diggers and only believe in the philosophy whereas anarchs practice anarchy in their day to day lives by doing anarchic things for those around them."

Inland Empire, California: "Promoting and talking anarchism."

Ontario, California: "I would say so, although I would call it less anarchist and more radical leftist. Not as much so as it'll slap you in the face, but so much as you can find a learned anarchist just walking around asking on a Friday night."

Montréal, Québec: "Propaganda. Housing Work. Popular education. General presence in social movements."

Ocala, Florida: "I don't really have a community like I said but as far as activist communities go in general just trying is ALL we CAN do! And that's going to have to be good enough!"

Virginia: "Not much."

Detroit: "Community?"

Madison, Wisconsin: "Running an infoshop, skills shares, coordinating in the Midwest."

Conroe, Texas: "The anarchists in Houston (the closest group) are closely associated with the ABC/F and do a lot of work for those imprisoned."

Modesto, California: "Talking, a lot, thinking less."

New Orleans: "Providing a beautiful base of support and family and mutual aid to one another and making the quality of lives we live as anarchists the best they can be."

Washington, DC: "Incorporating political thought with eating, shopping, working one on one and in some cases good group process."

DeKalb, Illinois: "Anti-war demonstrations, Cop Watch."

Hanford, California: "Bouncing wonderful philosophies and theories off of each other."

Athens, Georgia: "It's very welcoming and nurturing to individuals. There's a great crossover with the DIY punk world, and plenty of house shows so touring bands etc see our town at its best. There's little or no infighting or sectarian jibberish."

Beavercreek, Ohio: "We have organized several highly successful actions: banner drops, flyering inside the mall and at school, and we recently flew a 4 foot long remote controlled helium blimp through the mall carrying a banner that read "stop consuming start living" and on the other side 'sweatshops=slavery, buy nothing!'"

United States: "Organizing the outside community to understand forest issues."

Lexington, Kentucky: "There isn't one."

Seattle: "Fairly good bookstore, some attempts at communication."

Malden, Massachusetts: "Understand the importance of class struggle, anti-racism, women's liberation. Many anarchists intend to do effective organizing. Many local anarchists are organized internally (federated in NEFAC)."

Gainesville, Florida: "Happy little cultural space, for many, but not all anarchists."

Perth, Western Australia: "Getting new members and organizing without conflict. Reasoning with people on a personal level."

Longmeadow, Massachusetts: "Recruiting."

Berkeley: "Infoshop, newspaper, bookstores, ..."

United States: "Being non-corporate, non "not-for-profit" i.e. not being liberal posers using the feds for protection. Giving each other some more respect and space within the scene... not AS bad as the 90's."

Amarillo, Texas: "Spreading the word."

Tempe, Arizona: "Like I said above, we've done a lot for being in a city that is not historically very politically active, and we've only been around for maybe 3 years, if that. We had a fairly successful infoshop and we gathered a really large amount of pamphlets and literature like that. We could do more to get that out to people, but we table occasionally and pass things out at demos."

Juneau, Alaska: "The revolution of the two person living in isolation kind."

Madison: "We have a good Food Not Bombs group, and monthly anarchist potlucks. We also have a lot of DIY concerts."

Hartford, Connecticut: "We know what objectives that we have in common. For instance we are trying to do raise the radical bar on queer/feminist activism (again)."

Copenhagen: "Arranging demos, handling the police, keeping things non-violent. Cultural events, zines and workshops. Food Not Bombs, establishing a good local community. In some parts of Copenhagen, the initiative of the anarchist movement has sort of 'spilled over' to other parts of society..."

Gainesville: "We have an infoshop! I volunteered there every week for four hours a week for almost seven months, but quit because of politics."

New York City: "Putting out texts."

New Orleans: "Drinking heavily and doing stupid art projects."

United States: "We are getting to know ourselves and each other, and gaining strength for the big push. Making plans, gaining skills, getting our spirits clear and strong. Talking with each other about what it all means. Making strong networks."

Fredericton, New Brunswick: "Outreach and networking with sympathetic individuals and organizations."

Fredericton, New Brunswick: "Supporting one another and building trust together."

Moncton, New Brunswick: "I think we're getting the message out well right now. That's our strongest point as we're a very small group, but we have had several successful protests organized by anarchists."

Camdenton, Missouri: "I'm pretty new too calling myself an anarchist, and I don't see much any anarchist community here outside of maybe 4 friends. That's a problem."

Sparks, Nevada: "Food Not Bombs."

Boston: "Educating others about anarchism."

Ottawa, Ontario: "Education."

Phoenix: "Helping homeless."

Albany: "There is no community."

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "Food Not Bombs, anarchist study & research, gig, newsletter, buy nothing day, anti McDonald's campaign and more."

Adelaide, Australia: "With regard to the group I am in probably not much apart from releasing a zine and trying to do some outreach via zines, leafletting and electronic communication. Three out of four of us all work full-time and three of us study full-time or part time. I helped form the first group in our city, and we produced a regular zine but other members either disappeared, went overseas or interstate and those of us left are either in the group I am in, or another group, which although libertarian oriented is not explicitly anarchist. These guys have done some good actions. There is quite a few interesting things going on, but there is not much explicitly anarchist or libertarian socialist organizing."

Seoul, Korea: "Slowly growing, honest and frank discussion."

Reading, PA: "Jjust trying to talk to as many people as we can. The anarchist 'community' in Reading, PA is relatively non-existent."

Saginaw, Oregon: "They sure do a damn fine job of making the Eugene PD awful paranoid."

Lansford, PA: "No one really cares about much. Talking to anybody outside of who is selling weed at the moment is like talking to the floor."

Eugene: "For the people involved it seems to be very tight knit-- although I still don't feel I'm enough a part of the community to call it 'my' community."

Boston: "We have a great bookstore, despite what bob black thinks and we are finally starting to orient the anarchist movement here towards building solid campaigns in the housing struggle."

Philadelphia: "Growing."

Santa Cruz, CA: "Being an exclusionary scene."

Canberra, Australia: "(Local) Being very quiet and not causing trouble."

Singapore: "At the punk gigs and shows there might be someone giving out flyers and stuff."

Tallahassee: "We don't seem to have an anarchist community here."

Burlington, Ontario: "We seem to be very good at partying. Setting up free parties in small, forested areas right in the middle of a densely populated suburban neighborhood where people would never expect such a gathering. All the parties are held on public grounds. DJ's, bands, free food, and water are all part of the fun. Planning to get organized, which is at least a start. "

Minot, North Dakota: "A little bit of anti-war propaganda in schools and malls."

Louisville: "Creating successful long-term projects, i.e. the Brycc House."

Isleworth, UK: "Probably acting as individuals within own unions - member of UK IWW which is not wholly anarchist, but like minded individuals who are fairly scattered - organize by e-mail."

Durango, Colorado: "It is organizing a bit better. More communication is being opened up. Myself and other anarchists/anti-authoritarians are living together this summer. We hope to create some sort of radical space for the community. A zine with many anarcho-punk tendencies have been put out which is getting better with each issue. Also, I ordered 75 "Fighting For Our Lives" zines from Crimethinc. They've been passed out mostly at punk shows because the scene is young and essentially unaware of anarchism and radicalism in general. This has been positive in dispelling many myths about anarchism, as has the zine (Duck and Cover). Also, as I said earlier, many anarchists are involved in projects ranging from organic gardening to public arts projects to after school programs and soup kitchens. Anarchists are involved in their community, just not together and they typically leave their politics at home."

Los Angeles: "We try."

Calgary: "Education."

Wellington City, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "The 'clicks' are tight - everyone sticks together [not sure if that's a good thing though!!] sort of like 'friendy fascism' sometimes..."

Longwood, Florida: "Not much, except for the Jacksonville Anarchist Black Cross, and the several few in the region."

Washington, DC: "We're good at waving our ideology around on a stick. And being kind in general and accepting."

Berkeley: "Puppets and some small organizing, Food Not Bombs."

Auburn, Michigan: "About the only thing I have been able to do is support book and periodical publishers. Since I make very little money, I'm not even doing that very well!"

Maryland: "Sticking together."

Denver: "Anti-patriarchy for a small part of the youth-anarchists that are college age. The older, 20-somethings are working with the community space, breakdown. The older folk, are doing a lot of organizing against the Patriot Act, and the war. The most young, 15-17, are doing a lot of anti-poverty/Food Not Bombs and ARA work."

Toledo, Ohio: "Food Not Bombs, community gardens, potlucks outreach/solidarity with other @ communities, anti-war activism."

Danville, Indiana: "We exist, we talk, we act. This isn't a small thing in this town."

Rural Georgia, USA: "Stay in touch with surrounding communities."

Newport News, Virginia: "Learning."

Santee, California: "Kind of."

Venice, California: "I would like to write destroying capitalism, but realistically perhaps more of watching capitalisms self-inflicted downfall. Some environmental victories have come, others have disappeared. The developers keep on destroying everything in sight however."

Great Neck, New York: "Boycotting major corporate companies, including McDonald's and Nike/Disney for sweatshops. Also working against unfair/sexist rules in the school system."

Cornwall, Ontario: "Lots of books, I suppose."

Pittsburgh: "Creating alternative institutions, solidarity, growing greatly."

Los Angeles: "Organizing, anti-oppression, infoshops, arts in action, killradio."

Pensacola: "We have the "community" thing down pat. we eat together a lot."

Philadelphia: "Sustaining projects, keeping in solidarity."

Boston: "We are everywhere. Really. I'm constantly amazed at how many active anarchists there are here and the fact that the population keeps growing. In other words, I think we are doing a damned good job of being active, being visible, and (except NEFAC, see above) being very open to the activity and involvement of people who are either new to anarchism or are not in our personal social circles. This is definitely not true in other cities I've been in, but we do a good job of it here."

United States: "Being blamed for pre-emptive police violence."

Rowley, Mass.: "Maintaining ignorance."

Virginia: "Actively organizing large scale protests with new ideas. Activists participate in/organize around a wide variety of local issues and struggles, reaching out to the community."

New York City: "Running a bookstore, running a squat, solidarity with labor and other causes."

Cleveland: "Creating more of a communal lifestyle, organizing a buy nothing day, networking with other anarchists."

Boulder, Colorado: "Communicating and getting along."

Chapel Hill: "I don't think I am part of a community at the moment..."

Mobile, Alabama: "Forming a small collective. Distributing info. Creating an anarcho/punk zine. There is a lot of talk about a local anti-war protest. "

Yonkers, NY: "Complaining to one another about how things suck."

Glasgow, Scotland: "Producing a decent magazine."

Taftville, Conn.: "???"

Stormville, New York: "INFOSHOP. DISCUSSION"

Nevada City, California: "Anti-war, ecology. Not much else happening locally that I'm aware of (but I'm new here so maybe there's more)."

Austin, Texas: "we seem to be doing a decent networking with the outside community, and building infrastructure. but I'll wait and see."

Heath, Ohio: "Half/half."

New York City: "Hmmmm...that's a tough one. I'll say there are a number of people who care a great deal about the evils and oppression in the world. (but as far as actually successfully doing something about it...?)"

United States: "Our community is doing well at publishing free newsletters, free schools every month, free radical film nights every month, our militants are involved in various struggles not connected to our organization. We also have radical speakers come to our area to speak. We have organized an anarchist book fair which was very successful."

Canada: "Organizing grassroots political movements."

Dorchester, UK: "Introducing people to the ideas."

Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Spreading anarchist ideas and practices amongst the activist community."

Berkeley, California: "Well, there is Bound Together books and Long Haul."

Peterborough, Ontario: "We are all involved with areas of activism."

Edmonton, Alberta: "Making an effort to become more unified. The Edmonton anarchist book fair was a huge success."

Burlington, Vermont: "Very little..."

Los Angeles: "We're doing things, but I don't know if we're doing them 'well'."

Seattle: "Visibility."

Florence, Alabama: "Nothing."

Thunder Bay, Ontario: "Most anarchists attach themselves to non anarchist movements and try to influence them."

Spain: "Ecological thinking"

Arlington, VA: "Setting up an infoshop. Pretty much fitting the stereotype of being a product of a white-middle class background. Doing a food distro, getting Food Not Bombs on track again."

Calgary: "Food Not Bombs."

Canada: "Internally, yes."

Uxbridge, Ontario: "Nonexistent."

Ottawa, Ontario: "Two major protests were hosted here in Ottawa in the last year, and that really sparked a whole lot of people to get involved. Since then a new groups have formed and things like Cop Watch have started. In the past year the community has really come together and started to get active. I think everyone has sort of realized that while having a basic grounding in theory is great, it is essentially useless if we're not acting. So I think Ottawa has really started acting, and we've been seeing changes in the community already, and it only spurs on more action."

Newark, New Jersey: "Arguing. Generating self-marginalizing discourse and theory that goes nowhere beyond itself. But - also, making connections to anti-war efforts and working with the NY Social Forum and other projects (some people)."

Richmond, Virginia: "Creating a visible and outspoken anti-imperialist movement. Food Not Bombs: 9 yrs in the running and only one meal missed. Lift With Your Legs Affinity Group: a group which provides personal assistance 3x per day to a disabled member of our community."

Gardner, Mass.: "We've done nothing except spread the word"

Lecanto, Florida: "We are trying to publish several zines to gather awareness in the area. We throw punk rock shows and have some serious debates."

Belgrade: "It exists anarcho-syndicalist newspaper in Belgrade: Direct Action. That's good. "

Timisoara, Romania: "No community."

Charlotte, North Carolina: "I pride our small organized anarchist community (4-7 people) for putting lots of time and effort into on-the-street outreach, both person-to-person, agit-prop, and popular education. We're really moving beyond subcultures and connecting with people on more relevant issues like the police, the criminal justice system, drug abuse, and housing, which will hopefully bear tangible fruit in the near future."

Aurora, Illinois: "Were feeding each other, and being friends. We share our pathetic existences."

Washington, DC: "Support of one another...building some sort of network to figure out shit among ourselves...this is being worked on subconsciously I believe by each person."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Could be better, New Brunswick isn't liberated yet."

Healdsburg, California: "Appearing at and making anti-war demos."

Dousman, Wisconsin: "I think we (more like I) do well sabotaging and attacking symbols of capitalism and authority. I constantly am vandalizing school and state property with anarchy symbols. I'm not alone in this goal to deface every symbol of their control, but I'm afraid I'm the only one that understands what anarchism is."

Platte City, Missouri: "In some ways, yes. Kansas City, I think, has a lot of potential, and hopefully we'll be getting ourselves more organized. While the 'scene' in Lawrence is 'bigger', I would say it is at an immature stage (at least among the self-proclaimed anarchists). It will progress, as hopefully all human cultures do. But Lawrence gets a bit too weighed down with politics, gossip, sub-genius intellectualism, and a weird air of middle class conservatism."

Lisbon, Portugal: "Getting more people involved and fighting fascism."

Marion, Texas: "Nothing, I have no anarchist community."

Windsor: "Realizing the problems and trying to eliminate them."

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: "n/a."

Amesbury, Mass.: "Considering I'm the only one in town.... I don't think there is a "community" but I'm doing well if that counts."

Memphis, Tenn.: "Cooperative, communal efforts in housing, education, community bike co-op, Food Not Bombs, food co-op, media co-op, etc."

Halifax, Nova Scotia: "Uh... yes and no... The social justice and anti-capitalist movements seem to be gaining strength, which is good for anarchists, but the anarchist movement itself... uh... what movement?"

Martin, South Dakota: "Although we don't have an "anarchist community' as such, we do have various grass roots prodjects which are often blocked or undermined due to the neeed to have economicl relief. the one area that does well is spiritual practices . we have attempted "restorative justice", talking circles (for recovery from alcoholism) we are now talking about attemping "popular education" to see if we coudn't build on it like they did in elsalvador."

Mt Prospect, Illinois: "Producing brink scientific thought."

Washington, DC: "Nurturing a very positive, supportive community. (Admittedly, this only exists within a part of the DC scene, but it is there and is beautiful.)"

East Lansing, Michigan: "Educating themselves on issues."

Spring, Texas: "Getting info out about rallies and what not."

Midland, Texas: "Promoting serious inquiry and understanding of Anarchism through online and offline education."

Eugene, Oregon: "If I knew, I'd say. It's sad really."

Chicago, Illinois: "Giving out food and information."

Charlotte: "Popular education. Right now we are working towards getting a collective house, organizing a Time Dollar network, and publishing pamphlets and newsletters."

Borås, Sweden: "Not much really. Most work is militant antifascist actions. Some RTC's has been organised."

Madison, Wisconsin: "Networking among intentional communities and autonomous projects."

Canberra, Australia: "Keeping on going. Could easily have fallen apart and never found each other again."

Richmond: "Resisting sectarianism. Cooking. We're all becoming excellent cooks. By the way, I'm not going to answer most of the questions that require hierarchical superlatives like "most important or relevant", etc."

Madison, Wisconsin: "Food Not Bombs, infoshop mainly; others do peace activism, animal rights, labor rights, etc in Madison, University of Wisconsin communities."

Madrid, Spain: "Very good work done by squatters organizing with local community networks."

Kirksville, Missouri: "Feeding each other, knowing each other personally."

Boston: "Making our presence known, starting to actually show some base in the community. "

College Park, Maryland: "Routinely pissing off the local and national authorities."

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin: "nothing."

Washington, DC: "Lots of good projects. Infoshop, food distro, cafe, demos. Good community among some."

Laurel, Maryland: "Grass roots movements and helping poor and homeless."

Orlando: "I'm not part of one."

Minneapolis: "Creating opportunities for people to speak; dialogue."

Quesnel, British Columbia: "Our community is doing a lot of awareness well. For example we recently started up an Anti-Racist Action. Other than that we're good at drinking and carrying on."

Chicago: "Since I don't know anyone or even of an anarchist community here I can't say."

Boston: "We are well organized and have a distinct anarchist presence which many locales lack."

Baltimore: "Attracting people together for events, shows, parties, and major campaigns."

Washington, DC: "Organizing benefit concerts, flyering and postering, good listserve communications."

Richmond: "Bringing new activists in and keeping them, participating in a broad array of local and global struggles, learning new skills and making new connections. Broadly speaking, we're doing a good job of creating cadres and building relationships that could one day emerge as a mass social movement with revolutionary potential."

Cincinnati: "An infoshop just opened here, and while not an anarchist affair, Cincinnati had a great anti-war protest recently when Bush came."

Sarasota, Florida: "We organized a Food Not Bombs group, but it has not been very successful."

Orlando: "The closest anarchist community I've been able to contact in any way is still not local enough to me to warrant activity, so I can't really comment on it."

London: "Local groups are starting to be formed more and more, people are changing their focus more towards community/work than big demos."

Tampa: "Nothing at this time."

Vancouver: "The anarchist community here is good at working with and helping to radicalize larger groups that are not specifically anarchist such as Spartacus Books and the Anti-Poverty Committee."

Indianapolis: "Informing others that there is a better way to live. We are not real are not doing this that well."

Chicago: "Sustaining ourselves, trying to work on building for unity."

Prague, Czech Republic: "Some parts of anarchist 'movement' don't ignore the problems mentioned above; are open and don't depend on 'holy anarchist family'; strong criticism of bolshevism-Trotskyism (but, unfortunately, too often based on moralism)."

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: "Outreach and collaboration with other progressive and religious groups."

Raleigh, North Carolina: "I have no idea..."

Boston: "Making their presence known to other communities."

New York City: "Nothing."

Minneapolis: "Working individually towards a common, broad based goal."

Birmingham, UK: "Meeting and carrying out what we say we'll do at the meetings. Haven't got round to doing anything else yet. Oh, hating the left..."

Stevens Point, Wisconsin: "Propaganda via spray paint."

Denver: "Creative new playful means of resistance such as bicycle gangs (go dino-riders!!) Successful Food Not Bombs operation in Denver, community building, community hang out spots for youth and political peoples. Alternative housing, open and welcoming to traveling kids including train riders, hitchhikers, rubber tramps, occasional traveling kids, homeless youth, homebums in the metro area, and the such."

Montreal: "We are slowing building a strong anarchist community. We are getting involved in many issues and have a great anarchist book store."

Oakland: "I don't know."

Madison, Wisconsin: "We have tons of educational resources to further A knowledge and foster growth in the movement."

Salem, Oregon: "Supporting one-another, working on outreach, developing as humans."

West Virginia: "The anarchists we do have are working with other organizations, going to marches, writing to human rights abusers and prisoners of conscience, educating ourselves and others."

St. Louis: "The small amounts of anarchists we do have are living in very very cheap housing co-ops, and working on the C.A.M.P. building (community arts and media project), and/or holding anarcha-feminist meetings and trying to get the small apolitical punk scene that we have here radicalized, and reaching out to other 'scenes' other than just punk scenes."

Tucson, Arizona: "Maintaining a few Tucson long-term projects-BICAS, a bicycle salvage project; the Earth First! Journal."

Philadelphia: "They take care of their own, which can be a bit exclusive sometimes."

Marshall, Wisconsin: "They're doing well at not committing to rebellion."

Los Angeles: "A small group of us have a community space that is well received by the local community."

Cliffside Park, New Jersey: "We have a Food Not Bombs only."

Iowa City, Iowa: "Having fun and making activism based around our own needs and the communities."

West Hartford, Conn.: "Food Not Bombs, getting some information out there like pamphlets and leaflets and whatnot. There are some nice cafes and bookstores and indy record stores that help with some things."

Calgary: "The only anarchist organization that once existed in my city, to my knowledge, was an anarchist club for the local university. However, it has disbanded a few years ago, apparently."

Oakland: "A lot of different people are doing good things as individuals, but not everybody together."

Walbridge, Ohio: "We pretty much fail to have one."

Salem, Virginia: "Opening people's minds, and changing people's perceptions of anarchism and anarchists."

Madison, Wisconsin: "Socializing amongst ourselves, slowly building anarchist community, representing at liberal demos."

Minneapolis: "Very little."

Salem, Virginia: "Few that are here spread the words of anarchy and communism."

Greensburg, Penn.: "Trying to start up a movement against the teachers in our school...and an anarchist paper is in the making for our is a big problem."

Concord, Mass.: "Changing popular ideas about anarchy."

San Francisco: "Thriving."

Kansas City: "Food Not Bombs, and protest organizing."

London: "Producing prop."

Saginaw, Michigan: "We are just getting started."

San Francisco: "Yup."

Austin, Texas: "I like to think so."

Elyria, Ohio: "Sitting on our collective ass."

London: "Our newsletter gets carried by quite a few local shops, and we deliver each issue door-to-door. Our occasional public meetings get a decent turnout. There's never been any serious hostility between any of us. We manage to split up tasks fairly evenly and rotate responsibilities better than most groups, I think."

Newton, Massachusetts: "There isn't one to speak of."

Wise, Virginia: "Having fun."

Washington, DC: "They have opened an infoshop, hold regular meetings, and disseminate information effectively. Even though I am not an active member, I think they are doing an excellent job."

Maple Ridge, B.C: "Several more people who would state their political view as anarchist."

Halifax, Nova Scotia: "Not much, living for free, and not even doing it all that well for that matter."

Portland, Oregon: "Alternative institutions, forest defense, organizing among migrant communities, turning out for protests."

Santa Cruz, California: "I just moved back to SC after an 18-month absence and don't know much of anarchist activism in the area."

Wilkes-Barre, Penn.: "Flyering of the city with local groups and centers they can call if they witness homelessness, sexism in practice, racism in practice, etc. etc. (so in short, networking education)"

Connecticut: "Nothing right now."

Plymouth, Mass.: "Helping its members survive."

Malta: "We are succeeding to raise public awareness in many cases."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Sustaining itself, but not expanding."

Laguna Niguel, California: "Wheat paste is going well. Distribution of leaflets is common public remodeling projects are under way."

Bowling Green, Kentucky: "Nothing."

Miami, Florida: "Education, propaganda, mutual aid."

Vancouver, Washington: "Organization."

Denver: "Major propaganda attack! Wheatpasting, flyering, informing."

Yorktown Heights, New Jersey: "Anarchist community? What?"

Palm Springs, California: "Creating a class struggle union and community organization, that can gan working class power."

Austin, Texas: "Dunno that we even have such a community."

Somerville, Mass.: "Those parts that work with not specifically anarchist groups contribute a lot and help give campaigns a more grassroots character."

Toronto: "Groups like OCAP rely heavily on their anarchist members. It's unfortunate that the anarchists are not able to create and support an independent anarchist group."

Sandy, Utah: "No, one hardly exists in one of the most conservative states in the Union (Utah), but I think one could be built from what little exists."

Waukegan, Illinois: "Our Anarchist community is doing very well in many things. Since beginning our agitation and organizing, our community has seen many new developments. We have formed a fairly large collective (about 20 people) for the size of our city (90,000) and we have also begun to organize Anarchist social functions in which we see other people. Our numbers are growing with each show we put on and each function we organize. Being from a place where minorities are the majority seems to be making it easier for us to find more people who sympathize with us despite the misconceptions. We will struggle on."

Montreal: "Nice meetings and workshops."

Canada: "I don't feel I am part of a community - I feel I act mostly independently, or with a few like-minded friends. The community that does appear to exist in the urban areas has been rather difficult to locate and doesn't seem welcoming/inclusive (or at least that's the impression that I get. Maybe they're just not "organized".)"

Sheffield, UK: "Frequent direct action, good close friends."

Reno, Nevada: "Distrubuting food (Food Not Bombs) as well as other materials, but we reach very few people."

Milwaukee: "Food Not Bombs is flourishing."

Homeless anarchist: "Nothing."

Los Angeles and Santa Cruz: "The group I work with that does not directly call themselves anarchist, but do lots of anarchistic work are amazing folks working on a community center and a health food store in the barrio."

Kaukauna, Wisconsin: "In a small town, you are the local anarchist community."

Seattle: "Maintaining bookstore, Food Not Bombs, several bike libraries, culture, fun."

Edmonton, Alberta: "Organizing events, mobilizing for large protests."

Buena Park, California: "Notta."

Vergennes, Vermont: "Public awareness, homeless shelters, Food Not Bombs, Demonstrations and independent acts."

Thunder Bay, Ontario: "Out of the ashes of the old anarchist groups/discussion groups came Indymedia, the I.W.W., several successful direct actions/protests, a renewed radical presence in the city (if not always specifically anarchist). I should also add, that we are keeping the authoritarian socialists from organizing. Most common activists here understand our hatred for the ISO, and our jokes about Trotsky. I guess you would call that spreading political literacy. We also know how to have a good time!!!!"

Sydney, Australia: "We're pretty small so we at the moment tend to be pretty tight, so I would say were co-operating well with each other, and that's hopefully getting better."

Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Some of us have formed a new organized anarchist group! Hopefully the idea will catch on."

Storrs, Connecticut: "Fighting with one another and not getting shit done fighting the war. Working with bullshit liberals w/o engaging them in why their platform is problematic."

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: "Anti-war organizing, protests, etc."

Morton Grove, Illinois: "Not much right now."

St. Louis, Missouri: "Hiding from me, apparently.


Stockton, California: "Nothing, as I know no anarchists in my city, nor have I seen any evidence of such."

Oakland: "Trying to figure those big problems out."

New York City: "Trying to change that."

Kingston, New York: "Focusing on opening up a free space, since there are not any places to meet or hold events."

Toronto: "Strong sense of solidarity."

Larne, Northern Ireland: "Not existing."

New York City: "Organizing."

Merritt, British Columbia: "Banner-drops. That's about it so far. But we're getting there."

Warsaw, Indiana: "We're not."

Amarillo, Texas: "Being invisible."

Montréal: "Paradox : political party."

Chicago: "Interesting the open minded."

Arlington, Massachusetts: "Nothing, as of right now. As for the below question, "What types of projects and action should be highest priority for the anarchist movement?" I think that groups of people should work on projects that they feel are important. If we say 'this is what all anarchist feel is important and all anarchist must work on this', then it just defeats the purpose."

Philadelphia: "Lots of collective projects, as well as a community center, a book store and many other initiatives."

Atlanta: "Staying away from me."

Tacoma, Washington: "Lots of anti-war demo's and they address capitalism as one of the main causes of war, which turns the protests into anti-war/anti-capitalist demonstrations, some militant anarchists cause damage to local businesses (very superficial but it tells them that we're not taking their consumerism anymore)."

Hackettstown, New Jersey: "Small local activism, occasional trips to protests, vegetarianism, DIY housing."

Sacramento: "Graffiti in nearby suburbs and cities and community dinners with friends and family weekly. We are out in the woods far enough away from big cities and suburbs that we have the capability of a tightly knit community who can take care of each other and live outside government and economic forces."

Calgary: "Not much, small distribution of info."

Eugene, Oregon: "Keeping hope."

Bannister, Michigan: "There is no anarchist community here to speak of."

Williams Lake, British Columbia: "Remaining undetected."

Minneapolis: "Getting information and propaganda out. All though this could always improve. Haven't created hierarchical structures that I've seen in the past dominate radical communities (such as my group is doing this and that what about your group?)."

Berkeley, California: "People are accomplishing a few things, and outside of college campuses, anarchists far outnumber communists in this area. There were about 400 of us in a black bloc that really hurt the INS building on Market Street in SF, and no one got arrested. Situationist things like Reclaim the Streets and Critical Mass have the very highest numbers, but other tiny groups such as Prison Literature Project which I'm in do a good job with smaller tasks."

Atlanta: "Media work. ARA. Sewing cool patches."

San Francisco: "Making extremist positions look silly."

Austin, Texas: "There is an active infoshop, a Critical Mass group, and a collective freespace but very low key and not many people know of it."

Portland, Oregon: "Keeping the pot stirred, at least for those paying attention."

Los Angeles: "Don't know."

Frederick, Maryland: "Building the movement."

Los Angeles: "The world is in a sad state at this moment. While I can say that the writ-small anarchist community is doing well, the anarchist community called planet earth is holding on with life-support."

Simla, Colorado: "Gathering the truth."

Vancouver, Washington: "Well we have been working on starting a Food Not Bombs. Also at the local college some of us are working on the student book collective, which works on textbook lending. Some of us are also in the process of forming an ARA group."

Brisbane, Australia: "Environmental activism and being brave to be an individual in whatever form one can own."

North Platte, Nebraska: "Mutual aid, voter de-registration, anti-killing."

Midwest, United States: "When local anarchists do come together they truly put things into action. Things are debated thoroughly and then CARRIED OUT. Many organized groups cannot accomplish this. (Not to say we don't need work in this area as well) Literature publication, infoshops etc. are doing well. Distribution to the general public could improve."

Tucson, Arizona: "Organizing, solidarity."

Hereford, UK: "Producing a news sheet."

Oxford, UK: "Graffiti, murals, involvement in children's projects, organizing gigs/ helping with free party. Mostly involvement is in radical liberal projects. Other creative energy goes into stuff is culturally orientated, mostly underground free party/festival stuff."

New Westminster, British Columbia: "Setting up a space for social interaction."

Dundee, UK: "Informing people on the Internet about anarchism and politics in general."

St. Paul, Minnesota: "Greater anarchist community (those who organize in an anarchist fashion) doing well."

Fernwood, Pennsylvania: "communication, unifying for protests. Showing love, flyering and gazetting, dressing artfully, drinking and getting high and making love."

Los Angeles: "The community has made itself heard over the DEAs raid on medical marijuana."

Edinburgh, Scotland: "Good claimants support, good in publishing/writing, good in maintaining a community centre through multiple financial crisis…"

Aurora, Colorado: "When needed it will organize well. Food Not Bombs. "

Manchester, UK: "Developing as a real community."

Toronto: "Planning and executing actions."

Portland, Oregon: "Worker owned co-ops, solidarity."

Toronto: "Anti racist action, Toronto society for animal rights."

Philadelphia: "Having talk with others and explaining our views and trying to show how anarchy actually works and tell them what is not posted on CNN or is on the local news."

Ontario: "Post-revolutionary discussion, participation in demos, lifestyle changes that support/agree with anarchism, education, strong communal support and solidarity."

Oxford, UK: "Supporting more mainstream groups, e.g. Stop the War coalition."

Tempe, Arizona: "Showing their faces."

Washington, USA: "BITCHING."

Portland, Oregon: "Once again, I'm somewhat removed, but I believe the anarchist community in Portland is very visible and non-violent."

Ankara, Turkey: " come together relatively in a short time. sustain the community spirit despite of individuals' different anarchistic point of views."

Stockholm, Sweden: "Work within the Swedish anarcho-syndicalist union SAC."

Los Angeles: "Some outreach. Staying alive. Occasional good black blocs."

Dublin, Ireland: "Publicity (paper, public meetings, etc.) Community organising (non-payment of local government service charges)."

Cork, Ireland: "Creating awareness. Existing and being."

Southern Orange County, CA: "Working well w/ each other, having very open minded discussions and organizing, learning self-sustainable techniques, hanging out together and relaxing together, learning to discipline ourselves, reading together, building a community garden projects. Mostly having a group of people of color instead of just white kids in our collectives, attending different cultural events that indigenous people in our area put on and helping out in any way we can, respecting a diversity of tactics at events."

Pittsburgh, PA: "We are doing well at organizing local actions. Food Not Bombs has been running here for years. The community has an infoshop and show space."

Israel: "Nothing that I can think of."

Stockbridge, Massachusetts: "Trying to bring anarchist sentiments and theory to the less radical left."

St. Louis: "We have some great projects going. We do a good job with the St. Louis IMC. Black Bear bakery (run by anarchists) is amazing. The Community Arts and MEdia Project are going to rock. There is a lot of creativity. There are a bunch of kick-ass bike activists that ride in a bike-unfriendly town."

Oxfordshire, UK: "If you extend that to the 'activist' community, there's plenty of peace stuff going on right now at grassroots level - I know this from friends and also seeing the flyposters and 'professional' quality graffiti."

Sherbrooke, Québec: "Solidarity work with various non-anarchist progressives. We have had no other choice though, so I don't know if this is a positive."

Falun, Sweden: "We have a cafe every other week, with discourse. It has worked well, and I have big expectations on the next cafe about Argentina, we have promoted it well."

San Francisco: "Persevering, being open to change."

San Francisco: "A lot of good work by some on inking issues and dealing with issues of oppression. Good fledgling anti war work."

Tucson, Arizona: "Cross border discussion- English/Spanish."

Philadelphia: "Being outraged at the state of the world and attempting to counter it through protest."

Idaho: "We don't do much for promoting the anarchist movement necessarily, we just try to open people eyes to the variety of alternatives. And to show what is really going on in this capitalist system, what they can do about it and that, yes, there are other people in town that are making an effort."

Boston: "Attempting to do outreach."

Oakland: "Organizing!"

San Francisco: "There are many anarchists and anti-authoritarians working in the broader left, community based orgs, social service, teaching, unions and so on. There are also many folks who work in explicitly anarchist groups. I believe that this helps us build a broader movement, build more collective power and learn from many others besides anarchists in the process of working for liberation."

Sonoma County, California: "We are working really well together if you ask me - little to no major problems - we are just growing and learning to accept each other WITH OUT clicks - realizing that anarchist does NOT mean -punk rock music, black clothes or obnoxious behavior..."

St. Louis: "Studying theory.


Brooklyn: "Getting out in public where people can see us."

Prague, Czech Republic: "Organizing protests,(Anti-NATO platform was great) getting heard (press releases, etc), zines, lots of news sources, (A-kontra, CzechoSlovakian Anarchist Federation, Alarm, more...). "

Newark, New Jersey: "Comrades are very unafraid to take major risks and are wise enough to minimize them to the best of their ability. Generally speaking, we have built more democratic infrastructure than most anarchist communities I have seen. Also, there is a really strong sense of community and comradeship."

Los Angeles: "Some community spaces and reading groups, but other than that, people could be doing a lot more. I don't fuck with the punk movement because it tries to encompass everything into itself instead of respecting differences."

Australia: "Involving new young people in politics."

Santa Cruz, California: "Supporting each other and building DIY institutions."

Brisbane, Australia: "Media - indy & community radio, green direct actions (i.e. highgate hill gully and narangba anti-nuke blockades)."

Glassboro, New Jersey: "Utilizing 'creative fucking antagonism'."

Brisbane, Australia: "Media activism. Lock-ons and direct action. The Green anarchists are great for this, the rest of us are a bit slack."

Victoria, British Columbia: "Lots of stuff. Food Not Bombs is running extremely well in Victoria. APOV is rocking. There is a social forum on economic justice issues being held this weekend which was organized by several who I consider part of the anarchist movement in town. We are learning to communicate and organize better. We are also learning to support each other and honor each other's opinions. There is a strong spirit of love and hope in the community in Victoria."

Corvallis, Oregon: "I would say that Corvallis doesn't have an anarchist community. So, to the extent that I am nurturing it, I try to be a good representative of anarchist politics within the student, progressive, and left activist circles that I do travel in."

Willimantic, Connecticut: "Drawing attention to the often overlooked element of radical queers in the movement and connecting to non-radical queers in our community."

Tel-Aviv, Israel: "Preaching to itself, writing on Indymedia."

New York City: "We have a diversity of groups with a diversity of projects, and a good focus on infrastructure although we need to build more of it."

Lansing, Michigan: "antiwar work currently, supporting each other, doing good outreach into local antiwar groups and broadening people's approach to social struggles. Helping build a regional anarchist federation (FRAC)."

Pasadena, California: "Anti-war organizing. Working with youth of color in high schools...working on issues that deal with mixed queer womyn of color"

Melbourne, Australia: "Organizing a couple of really big militant events/actions a year."

Melbourne, Australia: "Growing in numbers. Identifying problems in current society and thinking of solutions and alternatives."

Corvallis, Oregon: "The apoc (anarchist people of color) group is connecting the dots and bringing people together to exchange ideas and information in space generated and maintained by people of color. Even if it is damned 'cyberspace' I have already in about 2 months met 2 people on the list and am organizing ideas with one of those people. The discussions are great and if I feel like I wanna dialogue on something, find some good updates and info, ask questions, etc I feel like the apoc list is helping facilitate these things well. Some people on the apoc list are organizing a apoc conference this summer to bring us together face to face and step things up."

Berkeley, California: "Environmental direct action, ecological-revolutionary art/writing, and Food Not Bombs."

Ashland, Oregon: "Fucking each other."

Tucson, Arizona: "Making a bad name for @ in the larger community."

Thunder Bay, Ontario: "We are in early stages of organizing and working together as anarchists."

Arkansas: "Lovin' each other."

East Lansing, Michigan: "Anarchism is the something activists are identifying with. The extent of this is shocking."

Tucson, Arizona: "Having fun and organizing."

Córdoba, Argentina: "Yes, is growing up slowly."

Portland, Oregon: "Getting noticed."

Calgary: "Organizing anti-war activities."

Tempe, Arizona: "Organizing along decentralized and inclusive lines. Creating organizations and projects that last, without (re)creating rigid and bureaucratic formal organizational institutions."

Brisbane, Australia: "Indymedia, Food Not Bombs, Supporting people in general."

Champaign, Illinois: "Media, building counter-institutions."

North Carolina: "Helping each other meet basic needs, propaganda, building personal relationships, challenging personal obstacles to liberatory interaction, having fun, learning skills..."

Eugene, Oregon: "Supporting treesitters, Forest Action Camps, etc. Restarting Food Not Bombs. Annual Against Patriarchy conference. Subversive Pillow Theatre (weekly anarchist films). Cascadia Alive (weekly anarchist cable-access TV show). Break The Chains/Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner Support. Peer-Run Psychiatric Survivor Drop-in Center (Springfield, OR). Blair Housing Co-op. Growers Market Food Co-op. Cafe Anarquista (free coffee in the morning - on hiatus). Green Anarchy zine (quarterly). Copwatch. Many other zines. Lots of people doing lots of things all the time."

Southern California: "In being resilient and networking, gaining trust in the community."

Toronto: "Not much. they participate as individuals in movements. no collective interventions."

Lancaster, PA: "Anti-war activities, Anti-globalization actions."

Phoenix: "Organizing some good protests, having an Infoshop."

Montréal: "Fight for Housing, the damn condos will never pass!"

Washington, DC: "Raising money, getting some people interested."

Scottsdale, Arizona: "There are lots of weblists to keep people informed."

Berkeley, California: "Study groups and conferences."

Chicago: "We're keeping a space open. And trying to overcome our differences."

Houston: "I couldn't name anything."

Shipyard, Maine: "Not all being punks. Getting along."

Germany: "Surviving."

Philadelphia: "Good food. Some good community organizations (radio station, indymedia, a-space, co-op, bookstore, etc)."

Houston: "DIY punk lifestylism."

Somerville, Massachusetts (socialist): "There are several independent anarchist coops in our area, which I think are doing quite well. Even the larger groups that I complained about above do truly get it together when demos come, etc., and have been reasonable about working with other groups in coalition sometimes."

Chicago: "Again, I don't agree that there is an anarchist community. The movement here has effectively dealt with the fascists, has decent political discussion, does impressive political art, created a collective affiliated to FRAC, initiating community and workplace projects."

Los Angeles: "community organizing, our Anarchist community better reflects our city's demographics: lots of Latinos and women involved."

Anonymous: "existing; starting things, full of ideas, potential vitality."

Monterey, California: "We are doing Food Not Bombs, started an environmental group to battle the school administration, working in a coalition with other student activist groups (Mecha, BSU) to fight the many injustices on campus. We also have literature tables at many school events and discuss anarchism and other issues with people regular people (parents of perspective students for instance)."

Bristol, UK: "The Bristloian newspaper ( which as a weekly circulation of 20,000 and is a populist, non-profit and volunteer run media outlet."

Oslo, Norway: "Running a cafe with vegetarian (and Vegan) food, which is open six days (one day is 'Food Not Bombs' and free. Others are x-tremely cheap, or free if u got no money) a week on a volunteer basis."

Peoria, Illinois: "Food Not Bombs, dumpster diving, anti-war protests, Crimethinc literature."

Urbana, Illinois: "Infoshop/media center, group houses, social gatherings."

Philipsgrad, Netherlands: "Working towards the Electrification of the Ma$$e$!!!"

Amsterdam: "Making noise."

Austin, Texas: "It's running a pretty damn good bookstore on consensus...and it plays some pretty damn mean soccer."

Oslo, Norway: "Building momentum through successful actions, coming together and networking, taking initiative on setting up stuff like indymedia/ local community centers, etc."

Greensboro, North Carolina: "Connecting with other people and organizations within the community and connecting with other anarchists outside the community."

Oslo, Norway: "I'm not part off any community, as I have yet to find people who I wish to become a community whit. Also, where I live, I think I'm the only anarchist."

United States: "Food Not Bombs, anti war organizing."

Salamanca, Spain: "I don't know"

Portland, Maine: "There are plenty of events and nice sized demonstrations for such a small population density. Plenty of pissed off workers, too, who kind of casually fall into some aspects of what's going on."

San Diego: "Very supportive of those that are already a part of it."

New York City: "Put out some literature. Created an infoshop."

Chicago: "We're good at getting really drunk (ha!). I don't know, there are a lot of good ideas and a lot of true heart felt desires -- and very little muscle thrown behind them."

Blairsville, Pennsylvania: "I support Food Not Bombs, men stopping sexism, anti communist, antiwar, anti racist, anti homophobe, a lot of ideas but there isn't much to do around here."

Portland, Maine: "There are a lot of seriously committed and non-dogmatic people involved in independent media, prisoner support, anti-war organizing, and community organizing / education."

Boston: "Building community among ourselves with the goal of creating world community."

Halifax, Nova Scotia: "organizing around homelessness and poverty issues."

Brussels, Belgium: "Direct Action."

Providence, Rhode Island: "Growing support for squatter/marginal artist community. Growing links with progressive groups based in Black and Spanish-speaking neighborhoods. Improving local Anarchist paper (the Nor'easter)."

San Francisco: "Maintaining anarchist mainstays (Food Not Bombs, Critical Mass, infoshops...)"

Mechelen, Belgium: "People's kitchens, Reclaim the Streets, periodicals."

Olympia, Washington: "Creative projects, particularly educational and, lately, affinity-group building projects."

Berlin, Germany: "There are diverse communities. 'Mine': relaxed & open general meetings (IWW alike) which include warm meal, socializing, games, singing those old songs .....this atmosphere is very important for me since a) comrades of my age tend to 'privatize' through half-secret careers in jobs of academic qualification and 'disappear'; b) I work 70 hours 'self-organized' a week (though I still want to abolish work) and couldn't stand any more meetings on texts or demo-events and tense discussion only."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Contributions to regional/national struggles and organizations. Plus, new jersey IMC...Food Not Bombs...local IWW...etc. are all starting points for local initiatives."

Brooklyn: "Engaging with and energizing the peace movement."

Richmond, Virginia: "Tons of energy and creative ideas. Working on getting a functional collective with strong tactical/political vision together. Creating community space and food coop."

Palo Alto, California: "Breaking things, graffiti, and black bloc protests!"

Ottawa, Ontario: "Effective militant action while working on a common front basis with allies, and avoiding anarchist vanguardism. The provided answers to question 'are you an anarchist' seem to deny the role of anarchists in organizing on a common front basis (i.e. with those who may not self-identify as anarchist). In any event, my anarchist community includes those who organize in a way which is conducive to self-determination and autonomy, and which rejects reformist or statist projects. Note that this may include many who don't refer to themselves as 'anarchist' or necessarily any other '-ist'."

Washington, DC: "I don't feel like I belong in the 'anarchist community'."

Maryland: "Getting people energized, conscious of oppression and injustice, and empowering us to act on these feelings."

Portland, Oregon: "Not a whole lot."

Vancouver: "More social connections are emerging. There's a good culture of practical anarchy."

Madison, Wisconsin: "There isn't much of a community for it, it seems, at least... but the 'underground punk scene' here is pretty good, so I'm sure it wouldn't be *too* hard to get something started, but I don't know if anyone knows where to start, or if they're even interested."

Guelph, Ontario: "Raising awareness around our housing crisis."

Brooklyn: "Stickering. Critical Mass."

Antwerp: "Organizing concerts and cooking food. A healthy self-criticism of some of the anarchists. A heart at the right place of most. Being original in what they do and totally different from boring radical-leftist parties which only try to sell bad newspapers with even more badly translated articles coming right from the London-office of SWP. Being innovative in tactics, but not really in thought. Incorporating new struggles fastly and sometimes outward beautifully, like sexual/animal liberation. Although this sometimes has a negative impact too."

Iowa City, Iowa: "Food Not Bombs, graffiti."

Washington, DC: "Surviving as members of the larger anarchist community, but not pulling together as people of color."

Tallahassee, Florida: "No. We live in the dredge of political and authoritarian domination."

Midwest, USA: "hmmm...."

San Francisco: "Hard to say. Seems to be a growing number of anarchists involved in various types of activism, but little specifically anarchist-defined activism."

Zephyrhills, Florida: "Passing out literature."

Montréal: "Organizing and mobilizing around big summits (G8, FTAA) and around anti-deportation actions (refugees, immigrants solidarity)."

Melbourne, Australia: "We are just coming out of the lull caused by s-11 due to a rampaging backlash against the war."

Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Very little, but at least it has a bookshop and office and one functioning anarchist communist group."

United States: "Looking at computers."

Columbia, Missouri: "Being seen...and heard..."

Zagreb, Croatia: "Organizing small actions where no new people would appear."

Ottawa, Ontario: "Unity."

Lafayette, Indiana: "Working with other groups."

Milwaukee: "Drinking. A lot."

Amsterdam, Netherlands: "Squatting."

San Francisco: "Education. A sustained presence gets it every time."

Great Barrington, Massachusetts: "We are well-organized and quite democratic in our decision-making structures. The vast majority of anarchists known to me in my region are part of the Berkshire Alliance for Direct Democracy, which meets weekly to coordinate our participation in community struggles (We are currently working on a tenant organizing campaign). BADD has been a great tool in clarifying and making public our political analysis and in bringing together anarchists and allies to engage in concrete community struggles that attempt to win real gains in the lives of working and oppressed peoples while building 'anarchist dual power'. We have been involved in our first year in a community polling project, a Living Wage campaign and a tenant organizing campaign, with moderate success on all fronts. Through these campaigns, we have popularized the ideals of anarchism, helped radicalize many in our community, built the size and reputation of BADD, learned much upon reflection, and hopefully built some permanent counter-institutions. We are conscious of the need to create bonds of solidarity with others struggling for liberation in our region, particularly folks of color and poor folks. We are beginning to build trusting relationships now with a few organizations representing these oft-overlooked constituencies."

New Brunswick, Canada: "Specific actions a work well when publicized and done in a non-threatening way."

Dallas: "Spreading most (as much as we can) of the truth on the war, world, school etc."

Philadelphia: "Protesting fur shops, government-funded events, etc..."

Kansas City: "Small projects and arts here and there. Some billboard liberation and at least one community anarchist-related music related show."

Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Organisin' with the Bush/Iraq crisis many of us have been involved in protests etc..."

Lawrence, Kansas: "We organized a peace march with a turnout of 600+ people."

East Los Angeles: "Keeping isolated. Having a variety of events."

Louisville: "networking, doing outreach, creating autonomous spaces, gradually bringing up our numbers, and convincing travelling/crusty types that they should settle down here."

Jaffa, Israel: "Media, videos and orint getting the message out in Hebrew."

Lisbon, Portugal: "Building up our strength."

Ankara, Turkey: "Before any demo or any event related with anarchists people may gather easily (Ankara anarchists) but unfortunately in times when there is no event or else this does not happen."

Oakland: "Literature, books and study groups."

Cambridge, UK: "Direct action protests are more and more well-organized. We are making connections with people across the country, and having a decent effect organizing against the war, and getting 'normal people' involved to some degree."

Burlington, Vermont: "Hiding, so it would seem."

Clyde, California: "Throwing out pointy-headed ideas in place of action."

Charlotte, North Carolina: "We are very good at popular education. We put out a newsletter which we, for the most part, write ourselves. We gear the articles towards the concerns we continually hear form people when we table. Having been involved in other projects, we decided to move out of our comfort zones and table in areas that we are not normally used to. The response has been overwhelmingly positive!"

Rochester, New York: "We are very involved in the anti-war movement in Rochester. We are well read in different ideologies and philosophies and support each other. We enjoy the physical aspects too, biking, martial arts, and downing pints."

Victorville, California: "I do everything I can which has amounted to many plans and life style changes, but my actions and lifestyle haven't had much impact, that I know of. Those who respect my intellect have picked up the spirit. I hope some of my wheatpastings have educated people, or at least make them think a little."

Springfield, Missouri: "As a group we support each other emotionally and are always attempting to figure out what exactly it will take to get us to act on our beliefs."

Torrance, California: "There is a Food Not Bombs in nearby Venice Beach, and someone is posting anti-gov flyers at the community college."

California: "teaching self-defence for wimmin and also trying to start up a free martial arts course..."

Boulder, Colorado: "Good intercommunity support. Whenever people do come to plan and organized projects or actions things usually work out."

Toronto suburbs: "Well, it's pretty fuckin small...too small for any ideological base, which I think is a good thing. All a platform can provide is dogma, something we can do without."

Erie, Pennsylvania: "Reaching across different lines to work with radicals and revolutionaries of diverse focuses without stumbling over what we call ourselves... little identity politics here- otherwise we'd have 20 groups of one member each!"

United States: "Copwatch, Food Not Bombs, flyering?, clothing program."

San Antonio: "Giving out food."

Madison: "Education (direct action trainings, talks, graf/visual art), integration into local community (few folks are anarchos and anarchos alone; many are actively involved in other groups), networking nationally (a la recent meetings, conferences)."

Indianapolis: "In the past two years there have been more and more folks coming together to challenge our state of existence and work towards a positive change. "

Rochester: "I wouldn't say so as I haven't met any yet in my area. There's been protests, there's a Food Not Bombs around here, but I haven't seen any other direct action, or any meetings announced, etc. in my area."

Salem, Indiana: "Growing."

St. Louis: "Criticizing itself and everyone else."

Portland, Oregon: "Taking baby steps to deal with the above issues. Certain collectives are excellent at outreach. "

Park Forest, Illinois: "Letting people know what we stand for and spreading our propaganda. That's it."

Baltimore: "There's a pretty good Food Not Bombs group here."

Dearborn Heights, Michigan: "From what I know of the community around me (nothing near my house, honestly) we\'re doing quite well just spreading word and opening eyes and minds."

Berkeley: "Working in existing community structures like student housing co-ops, punk clubs, and (to a much smaller degree) unions. Providing a radical element to the local anti-war movement, though that is dying. Producing schedule planners. Food Not Bombs. Critical mass. Indymedia. Beginning networking among various local anarchist and anarchisty projects. Complaining."

Thousand Oaks, CA: "Not fighting amongst ourselves, putting out a newsletter, and other small things."

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