Against the Machine: Selected Writings From Plain Words
[For reading] [For printing]
Much of the theoretical writing submitted to Plain Words has been about information technology. This zine is a collection of those writings.
Rather than shame people for using their smartphones in public, these pieces are meant to demonstrate what we have to gain by fighting against the techno-nightmare. Specifically, they describe how these technologies impoverish our relationships, and dull our capacity for combative social struggle.
Reposted from Rififi Bloomington
This past week, we’ve felt stronger, inspired that teachers in West Virginia are struggling collectively, with dignity and without bowing to the union bureaucrats or cops, for their future and the future of the children they teach. The teachers are fighting for all of us, demonstrating the power of solidarity to push back against the relentless cuts to living standards threatening us all. Now it’s up to the rest of us to make sure they don’t fight alone by spreading the struggle. We hung this banner during rush hour as a small contribution to that process.
Reposted from It’s Going Down
As a small, anonymous gesture of complicity, we hung two banners to honor June 11, day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners. These banners are on the main north/south roads into and out of Bloomington. No matter how long he is held at FMC Carswell or in any other cage, we will make sure Marius isn’t forgotten here, especially given the vital role he played in defending the land and building a community of resistance in our region.
We receive and transmit:
In March of this year, an international call for solidarity during the week of April 17-23 was made for anarchists arrested for allegedly robbing banks in Aachen, Germany back in 2013 and 2014. The trial is underway as of this writing, and is expected to go run until May 22, 2017. Continue reading “So What If They Did Rob the Banks?”
ATTACK poster series is an attempt to keep acts of revolt alive. In a time of technological alienation and lobotomization by media, rebellious acts become just another entry in the police blotter or subject of social media temper tantrums. With this poster series, we seek to bring these acts into dialogue with our daily lives, allowing them to resonate beyond their initial moment.
Posters can be emailed to:
plainwordsbloomington [at] riseup [dot] net
The secret is to really begin…
Police & security vehicles attacked (PDF)
Sabotage in solidarity with anarchist prisoners & Indiana prison rebels (PDF)
Rainbow Bakery sabotaged for Feral Pines (PDF)
Cop cars attacked in solidarity with imprisoned anarchists (PDF)
General Gelina (PDF) (Prints 11×17)
General Gelina was a revolutionary, urban guerrilla, and graduate of IU. Born Angela Atwood in North Haledon, New Jersey, Gelina attended IU, majoring in education and singing in the Pickers, a musical group in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After moving to California and leaving her husband in 1973, she joined the Symbionese Liberation Army with two other IU graduates, Bill Harris and Emily Montague.
The SLA was an armed struggle group springing from relationships between rebellious prisoners and revolutionaries on the outside. They developed clandestine networks with prison rebels, executed a prison break, robbed banks to fund their activities, and carried out attacks on state and capitalist institutions and those who protect them. In their most memorable act, they kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, forcing her father to fund a massive distribution of free food to poor people throughout California. Gelina and five other SLA fighters were murdered by the FBI and Los Angeles police on May 17, 1974. The six refused to submit, only ceasing their fight when the house they were in burned down around them.
Gelina may be gone, but the revolutionary force of life continues: joyous, unrelenting, armed.
Bloomington People’s History is an ongoing project by local individuals that highlights the legacy of repression and resistance in and around Bloomington, Indiana. All of the posters can be found on to our poster page.
We encourage anyone who is interested to create their own People’s History posters and email them to us. Let’s keep the history of revolt alive!
Black Student Sit-In
Animal & Earth Liberation Actions (PDF)
Bloomington is Poisoned
I-69 Resistance (PDF)
Yellowwood Tree Sit (PDF)
The Black Market (PDF)