The Uncontrollables Present: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Disorientation Guide 2014-2015: Your Guide to Anarchy in the Academy


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radical rush week events...4
Post Radical Rush Week Speakers Series...7
On-Campus Groups...8
Off-Campus Groups...11
Save the dates: Days of Action & Remembrance...14
COUNTER-CARTOGRAPHErS Map of Chapel Hill & Carrboro...16
A Year in Review: Anarchy in the Triangle...18
Anarchy On the Web...28
upcoming Events...29
Isn’t having an anarchist group, like, an oxymoron?
The idea of people working together towards a common goal is not against anarchist
principles. If your group is based on generic
hierarchical power imbalances, where some
have more power than others, or the lack of individual autonomy, then it’s obviously against
basic anarchist principles. But historically, anarchists have been great organizers for various goals, from small labor rights campaigns
and strikes to large anti-state movements.
Modern state societies are based on persuasion, which is defined by a power imbalance. The state persuades you to do some
shit on the basis of its ability to force you into
action versus your ability to resist (imbalance
of power), and if you refuse then you receive
the blunt end of said imbalance. Within an
anarchic system, one doesn’t have to do anything one wishes not to do, so choosing to
group or not to group is both up to the individual and within the bounds of anarchic thought.
Check out “A Year in Review: Anarchy
in the Triangle” on page 18 for responses to
more Anarchy FAQs.



You are not a
student and this
is not a welcome
Dear “Student”:
You are coming to college because it’s supposed to be different. Soon the old monotony of high
school classes and the feeling of powerlessness against shitty teachers will be gone. In college, you
can do what you want. You’ll be free to learn what you want, go where you want, live where you want.
College will be the first time you finally feel like you’re in control of your life.
Except you won’t be.
It might feel like that at first. For the first week, the first month, maybe even the first year, you
might be overjoyed at the small concessions modern life has given you just in time for you to NOT
go crazy from the prison that was high school. But in time you’ll realize your life is a routine once
again. As the Luddites point out, your conversations will be mediated by your Heelmail and Google
Docs along with Facebook and Instagram; and as the Counter Cartography Collective will show,
your movements will be subtly monitored and controlled so you’ll only end up in the exact place they
want you to be. And those shitty teachers? They haven’t gone anywhere, and they’re still in control.
We want to break free from that.
This is not a welcome packet. This is a prison break manual. The histories, how-tos, and counter-information contained herein are intended to help you connect to others fed up with a mediated,
scheduled life. You’ve probably already met them. That graffiti in the bathroom stall, the one that
urges you to rebel? That poem that lit a fire in your heart?
That’s what UNControllables is all about.

- UNControllables CrimethInc Faction.


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Radical Rush Week
Schedule of Events
September 2nd
7:00 PM (FPG Student Union Room 3408)
A critical analysis of sex work from the perspective of a sex-working
anarchist/feminist; this discussion aims to transcend the discourses of
whore-bashing moralists, (to whom we are either brainwashed victims
or degenerates), and liberal industry-apologists, (who are reluctant to
aim a critical, anti-capitalist lens at the industry). We will discuss feminist
notions of empowerment, feminized labor, class, rape culture, political
praxis, autonomy, and self-organization, and how these all fit into the
context of sex industry work.
For more on the topic check out the zine Grin and Bare it All: http://
Bio: L is a late-20’s sex worker, writer, and anarchist living in the

September 3rd
6:00-8:00pm (FPG Student Union Room 3408)
Join the Counter-Cartographies Collective in an activity to collectively explore and countermap
UNC. We see this workshop as a co-investigation into some of the most pressing issues affecting the
university today, such as rising tuition, budget cuts, and labor precarity.

September 4th
7:00 PM (FPG Student Union Room 3408)
In 2003 produced its first anarchist film “Join the Resistance: Fall in Love!” inspired
by the writings of crimethinc. 10 years later and is still bringing anarchy to the screen
with its newest offering Street Politics 101 a video report on the militant battles of the 2012 Quebec
student strike.
A Decade of subversion will be a celebration of’s video sabotage, with picks from the
best videos from the over 200 it produced during the past 10 years and a talk by its founder Franklin
Lopez. The program will include clips from “It’s the end of the world as we know it and i feel fine”,
shorts about shoplifting, mash-ups, short docs and Street Politics 101.
Bio: Franklin Lopez is an anarchist filmmaker from occupied Boriken (Puerto Rico.) He has pro-



duced hundreds of videos and short films under the subMedia.
tv banner, a website he has been curating since 2000. He is
most well known for “It’s the end of the world as we know it and I
feel fine,” his snarky web news/comedy series followed by thousands. But his work also includes mash-ups, music videos and
political documentaries. In 2011 Frank toured around the world
with his feature film “END:CIV”, presenting it in over 150 venues in 18 countries. In 2013 he released “Street Politics 101”, a
documentary about the street actions that took place during the
Quebec student strike of 2012. Frank now resides in Montreal
and you may view all his films free of charge at

September 5th
6:00 PM (FPG Student Union Room 3411)
Real abolition has to go through haunting memories of how white supremacy’s beach-head on
the back of Turtle Island grew through centuries of the enslavement of Africans, “manifest destiny,”
and harnessing the new technologies of “1984” to induct John & Jane Q. Citizen/Activist into today’s
“America the Exceptional” patriotism.
Bio: Ashanti Omowali Alston is
a revolutionary, and former member
of the Black Panther Party and Black
Liberation Army. He spent more than
14 years in prison as a result of his
activism. Former northeast coordinator for the prison abolitionist organization Critical Resistance and
board member of the Institute for
Anarchist Studies. He is currently a
steering committee member of the
National Jericho Movement to free
U.S. Political Prisoners and an *Elder* co-parenting a 4 and 1 year old!
8:00 PM (The Nightlight, 405 W Rosemary St.)
Rubrics (Greenville, SC), Corporate Herpes (NC), + TBA
Plus DJs, a radical raffle, and awesome anarchist material for sale and donation!

September 6th
2:00 PM (Carrboro Town Commons)
The Really Really Free Market is horizontally organized and adamantly anti-capitalist. One of the
proactive ways we can resist capitalism is by engaging in community events such as this—where we
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reviving our sense of community and trust in one another to never let anyone be left behind. Bring
something to share or find a cool gift on the first Saturday of every month. Mutual aid, not free trade!

Post Radical Rush
Speaker Series

September 7th
1:00-5:00 PM (621 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro, NC)
We constantly need help filling prisoner book requests. The work is very fulfilling:
read a letter from prisoners, find some books in our library and package them for
mailing. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time and you can stay for as long or
short as you wish!

September 8th
7:00 PM (FPG Student Union Room 3408)
A casual slideshow showcasing what two UNControllables members learned during their study
abroad trips last semester through 9 different Latin American countries and Morocco, respectively,
and what they discovered about the movements against hierarchy abroad. Free, exciting materials
from anarchists abroad will be available too!

September 9th
7:30 PM (FPG Student Union Room 3408)
From Occupy to the anti-war movement to the anti-globalization movement to the civil rights
movement, police in North Carolina have spied on activists through undercover officers, surveillance
cameras, and Facebook profiles. Journalist Eric Ginsburg will go into detail about the tactics used
against activists in North Carolina. There will be a discussion afterwards about the specific kinds of repression
UNC uses against troublemakers.
Bio: Eric Ginsburg is the associate editor and co-founder of Triad City Beat newspaper in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. The city of Greensboro tried
and failed to obtain a temporary restraining order to stop the distribution of an article he wrote in
2013 about police surveillance of activists and anarchists. Eric loves basketball, burritos and beer.

September 10th
6:00 PM (Peace and Justice Plaza, at the corner of Franklin St & Henderson St, Chapel Hill)

September 11th
12:30-2:00 PM (Fedex Global Education Center Room 4003)
With Marina Sitrin, Dario Azzelini, Michael Hardt, Liz Mason Deese, and others.

Monday September 15th

7:00-8:00PM (FPG Student Union Room 2422)
A member from the UNControllables explains anarchist resistance to cops, and why we believe
the best cop is an unemployed one.

Monday September 22nd

7:00-8:00PM (FPG Student Union Room 2422)
A member from the Prison Books Collective talks about resistance of the prison-industrial complex
and the authoritarian society that creates it.

Monday September 29th

7:00-8:00 PM (FPG Student Union Room 2422)
Hosted by the UNControllables and presented by the Luddites, “Against Technology” is a presentation debunking the new green myth that technology can fix our technological problems.

Monday October 6th

7:00-8:00PM (FPG Student Union Room 2422)
Learn all about anarchism, from its history and the debunking of stereotypes to an overview of the
new anarchism that sprouted in North America after the 1999 Seattle Riots.



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On-Campus Groups

face of recent attacks on public education and civil rights made by the NC state government.
For more information about the NC Student Power Union, check out
If you are interested in getting involved here on campus, look us up on Facebook or you can email
one of our members at

an anarchist group, the UNControllables recognize that revolution--or any kind of significant
change--won’t be led solely by one vanguard group. The struggle for liberation encompasses many
different issues, and some people feel called to focus on a certain kind of injustice that is particularly
important to them. In the spirit of total liberation, we include this list of other on-campus groups that
fight against oppression and believe in the connectedness of different liberation struggles. We also
think that solidarity between groups makes all of our struggles stronger, and we stand by the St. Paul
Principles of 2008 in how we choose to stand with other groups struggling at UNC:
The principles are:
1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups.
2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space.
3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.

The UNControllables

The UNControllables explore anarchism and other social experiments that organize against hierarchy and domination. We organize with the goal of disrupting the social order and systems that oppress and limit us all. We’re anti-authoritarians, anti-capitalists, and up-to-no-good do-gooders. We
seek a world without rulers or rules, founded on cooperation and mutual aid rather than competition.


We are a student-led organization made up of members from various campuses across North
Carolina. We’re building a coordinated grassroots statewide student movement to fight back against
the attacks on public education and all forms of oppression in our communities. We believe that
education should be free and accessible to all peoples and that it should empower and inspire them
to take control over their lives. United, we will retake our schools and remake society.
Here on UNC-CH campus, members of the NC Student Power Union are working to build a
coalition which can represent and fight for students with the goal of creating direct bargaining with
administration over issues of safety, affordability, and accessibility. This is especially important in the

The Luddites:

The Luddites were started last school year by students fed up with huge technological intrusions
in our lives. NSA spying, Facebook conducting secret psychological experiments, energy companies
getting away with coal ash spills, fracking polluting our waters... It was just too much for some of us to
handle. The Luddites are a group of people dedicated to speaking loudly about their anti-tech views
to facilitate connection between people with similar opinions. If you are interested in meeting other
luddites or would just like to learn more about us, email us at*


The NC DREAM Team is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and
allies. We are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement
in North Carolina. We aim to help undocumented youth recognize our individual and collective power
to activate our communities. We will escalate in our efforts to achieve a just reform that is acceptable
to, and guided by, the voices of those directly affected by our broken immigration system. We are not
responsible to outside stakeholders, investors, or politicians. We do not shy away from purposeful
direct action and civil disobedience in the pursuit of a more just future for our immigrant community.


We work on mapping in order to: render new images and practices of economies and social
relations, destabilize centered and exclusionary representations of the social and economic, and
construct new imaginaries of collective struggle and alternative worlds. We seek to create collaborations for engaged research and cartography--transforming the conditions of how we think, write and
map and the conditions about which we think, write and map.
Our affiliations cross disciplinary, institutional and national boundaries. We work with artists,
independent scholars, grassroots communities and university folks, in a range of settings including:
cartographic collaborations, exchange of material, hosting and visiting, conference and publication
participation, convergences, direct action organizing, and as much as our imagination and own capacities can deal with... we are open to improvisation.
Contact us for further information on possibilities for collaboration at countercartographies (at)
gmail (dot) com



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Feminist Students United (FSU) is a progressive feminist organization which affirms that no form
of oppression can be overcome until all aspects of racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism are
dismantled. We acknowledge intersecting identities and strive to be mindful of these intersections
in all our work. We endeavor to create an environment which is non-hierarchical and supportive in
nature, and we work to bring about change in our community through education, outreach, direct
action and community organizing.


A movement of community members seeking to promote dialogue and critical awareness regarding the monuments and buildings in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area through providing access to
information that transcends standard narratives and promoting Sam critical thinking about how the
past shapes the present. Our interest is not in erasing the legacy of inequity and discrimination of our
communities. Quite the opposite, our intention is to ensure that we acknowledge our wrongs to gain
the perspective necessary to collectively build a more just future.


C-PAW is a group dedicated to helping the condition of the 65,000 animals in laboratories across
UNC-Chapel Hill. If you want to play a part in helping the condition of these animals, spreading the
word about animal testing, or learning more for yourself, feel free to attend one of our meetings or
interest sessions. Email if you have any questions or want to get involved.



Off-Campus Groups

Carrboro’s RRFM started in 2005, just after the anti-globalization movement and the creation of
other RRFMs. The RRFM is horizontally organized and adamantly anti-capitalist. One of the proactive ways we can resist capitalism is by engaging in community events such as this—where we
create a temporary gift economy. In doing this, we begin the foundation of reviving our sense of community and trust in one another. Check it out on the first Saturdays of every month at the Carrboro
Town Commons from 2-5pm!


We are a radical bookstore, resource center and physical space for
events and meetings. Founded  by Bob Sheldon in 1981, Internationalist Books became a non-profit, volunteer-run collective after his death in
1991. Internationalist Books has been a site for community building and
resistance for over 30 years. Come volunteer, plan an event, find great
books and zines, and help us continue a decades-old radical stronghold in
our new home at 101 Lloyd Street, Carrboro, NC! (or until mid-September
at 405 W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC)


NC HEAT is a youth-led organization. It uses peer education and organizing campaigns to
advocate for youth liberation. This often means defending schools against destructive cut-backs,
privatization and austerity. It further aims to end to the school-to-prison pipeline, promote safety &
security for LGBTQ students, and secure resources and equality for immigrant youth.
In 2011 NC HEAT launched a boycott of Variety Wholesalers Stores, which are owned and operated by the leading conservative donor in NC, Art Pope, who is also President of Americans for
Prosperity and works with the Koch brothers, a major Tea Party funder.
Currently NC HEAT is in the process of building a coalition to launch a Campaign for a Moratorium
on Out-of-School Suspensions.


The OCRCC works to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education, and advocacy. OCRCC provides crisis intervention services to survivors
of sexual violence and their loved ones in Chapel Hill/Carrboro and throughout
Orange County. Their services include a 24-hour Help Line, support groups, work-



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shops, and therapy referrals, as well as educational  programs to raise awareness about sexual
violence and prevention skills. All services are available to UNC students, and the Center also offers
many volunteer opportunities to participate in the movement to end sexual violence. To find out more
or get involved, visit or call the office at 919-968-4647. For confidential support, you
can call the 24-hour hotline at 1-866-WELISTEN or  919-967-7273


We are individuals drawn together by common principles
and a great love for the natural communities of North Carolina. We generally meet in Raleigh, Chapel Hill or Durham. 
Earth First! is not an organization, but a movement.  The
only offices we occupy are those we storm during actions.
Our version of green technology is the equipment we devise
to blockade roads and lock ourselves to machinery. We carry
grassroots organizing, home demonstrations, climbing gear,
and bike locks in our tool bag. Our actions attempt to deliver
an appropriate response to the violence  against  the living
Our group focuses on defending the wild communities
of the Piedmont of North Carolina, but because problems like climate change have no boundaries,
we sometimes have to fight projects outside of our home. This area is being overwhelmed by new
development and is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.  Extending towards the
coast, the region where we live is the last haven for numerous imperiled species, such as the piping
plover, loggerhead sea turtle, red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as numerous endemic freshwater
fish and clams.
The principles that unite all Earth First! groups are direct action, eco-justice, respect for all life, and
a “no compromise” stance.



The ReCYCLEry is a non-profit bike shop that values community involvement, responsibility,
and alternative transportation. Volunteers, regardless of previous experience, are welcome to come
build or fix a bicycle free of charge, as well as participate in the numerous bike-centric events hosted
by the ReCYCLEry each month.
108 N Graham St. Chapel Hill


SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age,
culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. SONG envisions a sustainable South that
embodies the best  of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation
of our  economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. We build, sustain, and
connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform  the region
through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our
communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, intersectional analysis,
and organizing.


A community center located in the barrio, the HRCC provides activities for youth, community
workshops, and supporting community members who experience  discrimination. The HRCC provides college students courses in human rights, immigration, poverty, and inequality that highlight
experiential learning. or



The Prison Books Collective is a locally based anti-prison group that sends hundreds of books to prisoners in the South each month, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine catalog, widely distributes a monthly
poster promoting political prisoner support, and publishes prisoners’ art and writing. We also work to
raise awareness about the prison-industrial complex
in our own community and connect with others seeking to abolish this brutally racist system. Come volunteer with us every Sunday to mail books and letters to those held captive by the state.


Trans Discussion Group is every other Wednesday at 8 pm. One night a month is
open to anyone, and one is only for folks who identify as transgender/gender non-conforming/gender queer. Open to all ages and communities. People can contact ibooks@ for specific dates and info.

Girls Rock! NC

GRNC’s biggest program is Summer Rock Camp for Girls, a one week summer
program in which girls form bands, write original music with their peers, attend workshops, and perform their songs for the community at a concert at the end of the
week. We also have a fall and spring After School Program, Women’s Rock Retreat
Weekend for adults, and a forthcoming Teen Action League. No musical instruments or experience
are necessary to participate in any of these programs! We invite individuals who self-identify as female, trans or gender variant to apply for roles with direct contact to the campers during Rock Camp.
This includes band managing, camp counseling, and workshop instruction.


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Days of Action & Remembrance
October 13 - Anniversary of the start of Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro &
Indigenous Resistance Day (Fuck Columbus)
Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro, along with the other Occupy camps across the country in 2011,
was a physical space that was opened up to imagine better ways of distributing society’s wealth than
capitalism. During the course of Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro some people put their imaginations
into action by occupying the empty Yates Motor Company building on Franklin Street, until the usual
party poopers raided the building with guns drawn and forcibly removed those inside.

October 22 - Day Against Police Brutality
If you can’t punch a cop in the face, at least write a letter to someone who has.

November 17 - Anniversary of the death of Jesus “Chuy” Huerta.
On this day in 2013 the Durham Police arrested 17 year old Jesus “Chuy” Huerta, who later that
night was “found” shot in the back of a patrol car with his hands still handcuffed behind his back. A
series of 3 fierce protests against the DPD followed in which people held a prayer vigil at the site
of Chuy’s death (the Durham Police station), attacked the headquarters of the DPD, and held the
streets against police threats and attacks.

November 20- Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed
due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. However, violence is only the tip of the iceberg when it
comes to gender policing. Safety includes living without the fear of violence, but it also means the
freedom to explore and express our genders without the restrictions of arbitrary binaries or attitudes
that normalize them.

November 28 - Buy Nothing Day
“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism
and ditch the planet.” – Fawzi Ibrahim

December 31 - Noise Demonstrations outside of prisons all around the
The prison industrial complex is modern day slavery. Let prisoners hear that solidarity with their
struggles exists on the other side of the walls that hold them captive.



February 21 - Bob Sheldon Day/Anniversary of Bob Sheldon’s death
Bob Sheldon founded and ran Internationalist Books up until his murder during a closing shift on
February 21, 1991. The murderer has never been identified, but radicals in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
use this day to honor Bob’s legacy of fighting against oppression and injustice.

March 8 - International Women’s Day
“Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression. Feminist struggle takes place anytime and
anywhere any female or male resists sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. Feminist movement happens when groups of people come together with an organized strategy to take action to
eliminate patriarchy.” -bell hooks

March 19 - Anniversary of the War in Iraq
The beginning of the War in Iraq catalyzed some of the largest protests in human history, but even
these couldn’t stop the US invasion. Obama got elected by declaring he would end the war, but as
this guide goes to print he just authorized new air strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan. Almost 12 years into the
conflict in Iraq, it should be obvious that asking for change from the government or voting in a new
president won’t stop the killing--we have to overthrow the whole system.

April 15 - Steal Something from Work Day
Does your boss work less than you but take home a bigger paycheck? If the corporation is making
money at the end of the day, that means they’re not paying you the full value of your labor – that’s
where corporate profit comes from! So if you need something in your workplace, take it. You earned

May 1 - May Day!
Celebrated around the world as a day of rest or struggle for the working class, historically May Day
began as a way to commemorate the Haymarket anarchists, some of whom were executed for their
labor agitation. Anarchists celebrate May Day not only for the liberation of the working class, but as
a day to struggle for total liberation of all of us who are on the losing side of power.

June 11 - Day of solidarity with long term anarchist prisoners
The crime they punish is freedom. Just wanting a world not based on greed or privilege threatens
those in power, and occasionally they lash out with repression and police and prisons. It doesn’t matter if you’ve actually broken the law or not--if your activism threatens the legitimacy of the law itself
or the wealth it serves to protect, they will find a way to lock you up. That is why it’s crucial to support
political prisoners: if we’re serious about revolution, then any one of us could end up behind bars.

June 19 - Juneteenth
Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of
Texas in 1865, but more generally celebrates the black struggle for freedom throughout the history
and territory of the United States.


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A Year in Review:
Anarchy in the Triangle
Over the last year, members of UNControllables joined with other radicals from Chapel Hill and
the Triangle area to protest injustice, build solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized, circulate
radical ideas, and build communities in resistance to capitalism and the state. From rallies against
police violence to an anarchist bookfair, from prisoner support to protests against environmental
destruction, we found countless opportunities to take action. We also hosted a ton of events on
campus, including last year’s Radical Rush Week, talks by anarchists from Turkey and Brazil and
Texas, discussions on the basic ideas of anarchism, and even an attempt to frack the Old Well. It
was a lively year... and we can’t wait to see what unfolds over the next one!

Protests Over the Death of Chuy Huerta

On November 19th, 2013, 17-year-old Jesus “Chuy” Huerta was killed while in police custody.
Officer Samuel Duncan of the Durham Police Department arrested him on the grounds of having a
trespassing warrant out against him. Only a few people know who what truly happened that night,
but one thing is for sure: a fatal
gunshot wound to the head on
that chilly November night left
Chuy the third young person
of color to die at the hands
of Durham law enforcement
within four months. Despite the
fact that Chuy was handcuffed
behind his back at the time
he died, the gunshot wound
to his head was, incredibly,
ruled a suicide by authorities.
Durham police withheld crucial
information, including the videotape from inside the police
cruiser, from both the Huerta
family and the public at large,
compounding public outrage
against the senseless death of
a well-loved teenager.
A week after his murder,
demonstrations were organized to commemorate Chuy’s
life and protest his death, as
well as the litany of recent po-


lice assaults against young people of color in the area. Protestors converged at CCB Plaza in Durham, as friends and family of Chuy shared their memories of him and denounced the
racist policing regime that cost him his life. Charged with grief
and anger, a diverse crowd of over 150 marchers took to the
streets; banners, chants, and drums mixed with fireworks and
spray paint. As the crowd reached the police station, furious
protestors smashed out windows as the family attempted to lay
a wreath at the site of Chuy’s death. Panicked police attempted
to regain control, arresting three, but the
crowd stayed together and marched back through downtown
and dispersed from the plaza.
Weeks later, a second demonstration of over 100 people
took place, despite efforts by media and politicians to divide
the resistance as well as heavy police control and harassment.
At the end of the march, the Durham police department fired
round after round of tear gas at the backs of dispersing protestors, turning the streets of downtown into a war zone. The
utterly unprovoked assault marked the first time at least since
the Civil Rights Movement that the city of Durham has used
chemical weapons against its own people.
Between the demonstrations, anarchists organized solidarity benefits to raise money for the arrestees, distributed
information on self-defense in the streets during protests, and
challenged the mass media narratives that attempted to divert
attention from police violence and structural racism on to criticism of the tactics used during the demonstrations.
Religious groups, working in tandem with the murderous
police to pacify the anger of the demonstrations, organized a
prayer vigil in January at the Catholic church formerly attended
by Chuy, insisting that demonstrators abandon the streets and
instead seek “forgiveness.” Vigil organizers claiming to speak
on behalf of the Huerta family condemned marchers who refused to toe the line set by the police and religious groups,
despite a statement of support for staying in the streets from
Evelyn Huerta, Chuy’s sister. When Durham Police Chief Lopez arrived at the vigil, in blatant disrespect to the family whose
child died under his watch, Evelyn Huerta stormed out alongside friends and supporters. A feisty march took to the streets
despite the liberal attempts to derail the protest movement,
eventually arriving at a police substation where angry marchers attacked windows and several police cars.
While the movement in the streets has died down for now,
the people of Durham have not forgiven and not forgotten. The
protests marked a new level of militancy unseen in North Car-

The cultural portrayal of anarchy is
that of chaos, with scenes of great disorder or social violence described as
Most people inherently recognize
that the state is the monopoly on the
legitimate use of force. In other words,
government is violence. Aside from government and media propaganda, one
reason people think anarchy means chaos is they imagine that if the government
were to disappear, suddenly there would
be a decentralization of the violence by
which it orders society. But just because
the state organizes society along lines
of violence and power doesn’t mean we
have to.

So like, what do
anarchists want?
Monarchy is rule by one person, a
king or queen. Patriarchy is the supremacy of men over women. An-archy is
the absence of domination—freedom.
Anarchists seek to replace rules and
coercion with voluntary association and
Anarchists don’t all agree on how their
“ideal world” would work. There are at
least as many kinds of anarchy as there
are hierarchy. But whereas hierarchy
tends to be centralizing—governments
are always competing to bring more
people, land, and power under their control—anarchies can coexist and flourish
in a decentralized way.
Anarchists, most simply put, seek to
abolish oppressive systems. Anarchists
advocate a self-managed, classless,
stateless society where everyone is a
participatory member and takes collective responsibility for the health and
prosperity of their community.


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olina in recent years, and the enthusiasm demonstrated in particular by young marchers and classmates from Chuy’s high school indicates that a new generation of radicals has begun to emerge. In
April, skaters and friends of Chuy organized a skateboard competition called “Shred for Chuy” at
the skate park across the street from the police substation where marchers had vented their rage.
Dozens of young people came together to skate, remember their friend, and continue to build the
connections forged in the previous months of anger, grief and resistance.
One anarchist reflecting on the protests summed up how Chuy’s murder and the protests are
really a microcosm of the world in which we live: “This ongoing tragedy is yet another example of why
anarchists desire a world without police or any of the other institutions that impose white supremacy
and inequality. We invite you to join us in the struggle to abolish them.”

Get Active!

Read “Unforgiving and Inconsolable,” an analysis compiled by local anarchists active in the
Huerta protests; you can find the text online from the North Carolina Piece Corps at ncpiececorps. To learn tactics for staying safe during street demonstrations, stay posted to local
anarchist outlets for forthcoming workshops to take place in the area!

a New Chapter for Internationalist Books

Since 1981, Internationalist Books
and Community Center has served
as a hub for radical ideas and action
in Chapel Hill and beyond. And this
year, after nearly two decades on West
Franklin Street, this volunteer-run
collective bookstore, venue, meeting
space and beacon for troublemakers is
moving into a brand new space! In early fall, the Internationalist will open its
doors at 101 Lloyd Street in downtown
Carrboro to reveal a fully restocked inventory of radical books, magazines, pamphlets, posters, and
lots more, plus expanded seating and more space for events.
Last year, the Internationalist continued to work towards their mission of amplifying marginalized
voices and supporting local and global movements for social justice. An Israeli anarchist “refusenik,”
renowned feminist zinester Cindy Crabb, and a revolutionary poet from Egypt’s Arab Spring were
just a few of the speakers who came through to speak. A transgender discussion night met every two
weeks, while a monthly event co-sponsored by the Prison Books Collective brought people together
to write birthday card and letters to political prisoners across the country. Beyond the special events,
day in and day out the Internationalist offered space to exchange ideas, find classic and cutting
edge radical texts, meet other activists from a litany of different movements, or just hang out in a
supportive atmosphere.

Get Active!

The store at 405 West Franklin Street will be closing its doors this fall, and the brand new In-

ternationalist Books and Community Center will be opening at
101 Lloyd Street in downtown Carrboro. Stop by to say hello,
browse the shelves, or check out an event; you can find details
online at
The Internationalist always needs volunteers to staff shifts
and to work on publicity, fundraising, events, and outreach.
Stop by to pick up a volunteer application and become part of
a vital radical institution!

Internationalist Prison Books Collective

The Chapel Hill
Prison Books Collective is a prisoner solidarity project
affiliated with Internationalist Books
and Community
Center. The collective sends books
and literature to thousands of prisoners in Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina. Beyond simply offering reading material to pass the time, the organization aims to equip prisoners
with the resources and knowledge to educate themselves and
radically critique the system that has imprisoned them. Over the
past year, volunteers with the Prison Books Collective mailed
hundreds of packages weekly and expanded to create a sibling
collective in Durham, concentrating on outreach to women’s
prisons. Collective members corresponded extensively with
prisoners around the state and generated a regular newsletter of North Carolina prison news, mailing it to hundreds of
politicized prisoners of despite state attempts at censorship.
In response to announcements and requests from folks on the
inside, the Prison Books Collective organized demonstrations
outside prisons across the state to support prisoners in struggle against oppressive conditions. From fighting mail censorship with legal challenges, to flooding wardens with calls to
improve conditions to supporting cell block reading groups with
dozens of radical pamphlets, the Prison Books Collective used
a wide toolbox of actions to help the incarcerated build their
power in resistance to the prison industrial complex.

Get Active!

Swing by 621 Hillsborough Rd. in Carrboro (about a 10-15
minute bicycle ride from campus) any Sunday afternoon from

Why don’t you
like hierarchy?
Oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or
unjust manner. It can be the action of
weighing down on someone’s mind or
spirits. Hierarchy causes oppression.
Those with power are able to continue
oppressing others in a cruel or unjust
manner and this is exactly what anarchists are against.
Wherever there is hierarchy, there
is oppression and these hierarchies
support one another and continue discriminating against the minorities usually
in more than one way. As you probably
already know, anarchists basically seek
to have no more rulers. But anarchism
deals with much more than just abolishing leaders. Anarchists are looking to
abolish any sort of system that governs
by the use and abuse of power in any
way. These systems that use and abuse
power do so by oppressing others.

Does anarchy mean
breaking the law?
Those who say anarchism is seditious
and dangerous are right to an extent.
Fulfilling the ultimate goal of taking down
the government invariably involves illegal activity.
The law most certainly was not written
by anything more than living, breathing human beings; the law could have
been written by your neighbor! Moral
value cannot be derived from following
the law, that which another person has
prescribed unto others, which may be
(and in many statutes of the law, literally
is) no more than that person’s own morality being imposed on you. Given that
the moral authority of the law is only a
certain group of other peoples’ moral
beliefs, it can never be more morally imperative than that which has undergone
careful consideration and owes its moral grounding to the only entity that has
control over our actions in the first place:


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1 to 4 PM for the weekly Prison Books Collective workdays. No experience necessary - just drop by,
and they’ll show you the ropes! The Prison Books Collective also seeks donations of used paperback books, packing materials, money for postage, and volunteers for special events. Find out more
online at

Anarchist Book Fair Weekend

On Saturday November 23, the fourth annual local festival of anarchist books and periodicals was
nestled into a packed weekend of education, agitation, and entertainment. The festivities began on
Thursday, November 21, when UNControllables sponsored an event titled “The Gezi Park Uprising
in Turkey,” in which a Turkish anarchist shared vivid stories and photos from the protests that rocked
Turkey from May to June 2013. The night before
the bookfair began, many participants attended the
demonstration in response to Chuy Huerta’s death,
and a venue in Durham hosted a free dinner and
film screening. Some of Saturday’s tablers included UNControllables, the CrimethInc Ex-Worker’s
Collective, Combustion Books (New York City),
the Wooden Shoe (Philadelphia), Untorelli Press
(Bloomington, IN) and others from as far off as California, Canada, and France. Throughout the day,
workshops took place on computer security, southern history, queer resistance to prisons, and radical struggles in France, Turkey, and Brazil. After a scrumptious dinner, the community came together
for an Anarchist Primer Competition, combining expositions of newly produced propaganda with
collective stand-up comedy, and a raucous dance party late into the night!

Get Active!

Organizers have announced that this year’s anarchist book fair will go down on November 22nd,
so mark your calendars. If you want insight into global rebellions and strategies for resistance, a lively mix of literature, art, workshops, and entertainment, and an entryway into a passionate community
of activists and thinkers, don’t miss it. More information is available online at

The Really Really Free Market Continues... and Spreads!

The Triangle’s favorite family-friendly anti-capitalist festival, the Really Really Free Market,
continued to take place on the first Saturday of
every month at the Town Commons in Carrboro.
Since its founding in 2004, Carrboro’s Really
Really Free Market has survived efforts by the
town government bureaucracy and local police
to suppress it. Over the last decade, thousands
of local residents have engaged in a small-scale
demonstration of life beyond capitalism, giving


and sharing goods, services, skills, and ideas, without exchanging a single cent. In addition to Carrboro’s famous Really
Really Free Market - by now, the longest running one of its kind
in North America - this last year saw local anarchists kick off
a new monthly Free Market festival in Durham. This October
4th marks the ten-year anniversary of Carrboro’s Really Really Free Market, with a weekend-long festival of life beyond

Get Active!

Drop in on the first Saturday of the month to the Carrboro
Town Commons (301 W. Main St) between 2 and 4 PM to
see the gift economy in action. Or take the Robertson bus and
check out the Durham Really Really Free Market on the 3rd
Saturday of each month at 2 PM in Northgate Park (300 W.
Club Blvd).

Ecological Destruction, Ecological

Last year was a grim one for the environment in North Carolina.
Two catastrophes struck in early February: first, a frozen wastewater pipe in Burlington cracked and released 3 million gallons
of raw sewage - the
of six Olympic-size
pools - into
the already
Haw River. As if
that wasn’t
enough, a broken pipe underneath a waste containment pond
run by Duke Energy in Eden, North Carolina released an estimated 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash and up to 27 million
gallons of water into the Dan River in northern North Carolina - the third-largest coal ash spill in US history, according to
EcoWatch. And to add insult to injury, Governor Pat McCrory
signed a bill into law June 4 that allows the environmentally
devastating form of gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing - better known as fracking - to begin in North Carolina as early as

Has anarchy ever
Many kinds of anarchy are not referred
to as such. For most of our history, humans have lived without government or
capitalism. Taoism, one of the oldest
philosophical and religious traditions,
emphasizes refusing to assert authority over other people or the earth. The
anarchist revolution in Spain from 1936
to 1939, which made heavy use of syndicates and federations, is another example. The Zapatistas, a revolutionary
group of peasants in southern Mexico,
collectively control their own autonomous villages without private property.
Many indigenous societies around the
world share significant traits with anarchism. Unlike Marxism, because there
has been so much anarchy not referred
to as anarchism, anarchists don’t have
a dogmatic ideology. Instead, anarchists
try to learn from many different liberation
and anti-authoritarian struggles.

Anarchists are people who believe in
anarchy. By this definition, it’s clear that
anyone can be an anarchist. It doesn’t
depend on what music you listen to,
what you look like, or even how many
anarchist books you have or haven’t
read. All being an anarchist means is
you stand against domination and coercion.

For more info,
check out...
- UNControllable! Questions and Answers About Anarchy, from which these
excerpts were selected, available wherever other Radical Rush materials can
be found
- the Hx800 section of Davis library



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next spring.
And the state continues their campaign to
protect the polluters and repress any resistance.
As UNC students returned from their summer
breaks and scrambled to register for classes,
agents from an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
were paying a visit to the home of an activist in
Maryland in connection with an anti-fracking action that took place on July 8 in North Carolina,
and attempted to speak with their family. And
in the aftermath of the Dan River coal ash spill,
journalists exposed how the NC Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) had known
since at least August 2013 that Duke Energy was illegally polluting the river with coal ash; but not
only did the agency do nothing about it, but they used devious legal maneuvers to prevent citizen
groups from taking action to stop the polluters. The Southern Environmental Law Center tried to sue
Duke Energy under the Clean Water Act three times, only to be thwarted by DENR. As one of their
attorneys explained, “They did everything they could to hinder our ability to be effective.”
But resistance to the destruction of the state’s land and water continues. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League organized numerous events across the state to educate and mobilize
resistance to fracking. Local anarchists traveled to the Earth First! Organizers’ Conference in Florida
and the national Rendezvous in Oregon to connect with other environmental activists and learn skills
for the struggles back home. A “Living in Climate Chaos” reading group met over several sessions at
the Internationalist to examine the realities of climate change and how we can resist it. Even a small
group of radicals can impact the efforts of the powerful to get rich while the rest of us lose access to
clean water. On July 1st, a handful of drum-playing protesters outside a public hearing on fracking
regulations rattled the big shots inside, who wanted to get a quiet rubber stamp for their nefarious
efforts. Mining and Energy Chairman Jim Womack complained, “The ‘drummers’ out front played
incessantly through most of the EMC public hearing. I personally could not hear most of the other
speakers’ comments and I received complaints from more than a dozen other attendees after the
session... The drums and whistles were simply too intrusive.”

Pit and a presentation
by two Bangladeshi
workers in April.
Folt almost completely ignored SAW
during the occupation.
Obviously this struck
a cord for some people, because a few
days later SAW was
informed by the Daily Tar Heel that the
window of Chancellor
Folt’s office had been
broken. SAW’s leadership decided to put other anti-sweatshop activists at risk by offering, in a public
statement, “to work with the Chapel Hill Police Department in their efforts to solve the crime.” Although the statement also claimed that “SAW rejects violence in all forms,” SAW decided to side with
the police, whose power relies on nothing if not the sole legitimate use of violent force. But the problem goes beyond SAW’s moral inconsistencies. Collaborating with the police hurts our movements
by familiarizing them with how we organize, alienating anybody who does not have the privilege to
risk contact with the police, and creating a division of “good protestor”/”bad protestor” that can ultimately be used against any kind of resistance the authorities deem illegitimate. It’s not like occupying
an office isn’t a crime either...
Another group in North Carolina fighting against worker exploitation is the Farm Labor Organizing
Committee, who waged a powerful multi-year campaign against the Mount Olive Pickle Company
that ultimately secured improved conditions for many North Carolina farmworkers. Their current
campaign targets the huge NC-based tobacco conglomerate RJ Reynolds for their complicity in
exploitation of workers in tobacco fields. Last November, UNC system students and community
activists held a protest at the UNC Board of Governors meeting in Raleigh to demand that Reynolds
lobbyist David Powers resign from the board.

Get Active!

Get Active!

UNC Students Protest Worker Exploitation

Protests, Protests, and More Protests!

Stay tuned to for more opportunities to piss off the powerful and interrupt
their efforts to play roulette with our health and our ecosystems!

Students at UNC-Chapel Hill took action in solidarity with workers on campus and around the world
over the last year. In April, on the anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza Factory in Bangladesh that killed over a thousand workers, activists with Student Action with Workers (SAW) staged
a demonstration at South Building in support of garment workers overseas. Students chanting “Hey,
Folt! Step off it! Put people over profit!” briefly occupied Chancellor Folt’s office, demanding that the
university take action to secure safety for workers overseas who produce UNC apparel. The demonstration built on a yearlong campaign, including November’s “1200 Lives Cut Short” display in the

Get in touch with Triangle Jobs with Justice to plug in to worker solidarity actions in the area…
and any lawyer will tell you this: just don’t talk to cops, like ever.

Beginning in April 2013, the state legislature in Raleigh
saw massive weekly protests as part of the so-called “Moral Monday” movement, condemning the Republican-controlled legislature’s efforts to further concentrate wealth in
the hands of the rich, cut education and social programs,
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mained docile, but they couldn’t shake the fear
of anarchists whose disobedience might not
be so... well, civil. NAACP President and Moral Monday spokesperson William Barber attempted to buy legitimacy for the movement at
the expense of its most radical voices when he
insisted in an email, “We are not anarchists”;
meanwhile, General Assembly police chief Jeff
Weaver revealed during trials for the arrested
demonstrators that police had collected intelligence on anarchists and trained his officers to
pre-emptively arrest anyone who fit their profile of being “against government.”
The state legislature didn’t fancy having so many people up close and personal to the workings
of power, exposing the bankruptcy of representative democracy (even if they mostly filed politely into
the arms of the police like lambs to the slaughter). So in May, our leaders passed new regulations
changing the rules restricting where and how protests can take place around the legislative building,
putting limits on how large they can get and clamping down on signs and banners. “Free speech,”
But that didn’t stop anarchists from getting into the streets and making our voices heard. Anarchists and other rebels banged in the new year in a loud and festive noise demonstration outside the
Durham jail on New Year’s Eve, and returned on June 13th for a protest in solidarity with long-term
anarchist prisoners. Rallies took place at the women’s prison in Raleigh on Mother’s Day and again
in July in response to prisoner protests around broken air-conditioners and poor conditions. Local
anarchists also took part in demonstrations in Raleigh and Durham against the brutal Israeli war
against the Palestinian people in July.

and beyond, The Failure of Nonviolence. Editors of the locally produced anarchist journal Rolling
Thunder presented their 11th issue, sharing articles ranging from the history of anarchism in Israel
to a critique of digital utopianism. And all summer, anarchists organized the Durham Free School,
a full calendar of free workshops and skillshares on topics ranging from herbalism to local radical
history to woodworking.

Get Active!

A good source for info on upcoming protests is the TriAnarchy blog at

Popular Education for Resistance

Another dimension of local anarchist activity involves exploring
ideas, theories, and strategies for resistance. Last August, Earth First!
sponsored a debate titled “The Issues are not the Issue,” which paired
the author of a text of the same name with an editor from the Earth
First! Journal in a lively debate about the tactics, strategy, and direction of the radical ecological movement. In January, the authors
of a ‘zine titled “Self as Other” hosted a talk and discussion on the
theme of “Beyond Self Care: The Subversive Potential of Care” in
Durham. Various reading groups met at Internationalist Books to discuss Silvia Federici’s anti-capitalist feminist classic Caliban and the
Witch, an article analyzing local anti-gentrification struggles, and Peter Gelderloos’s incisive analysis of tactics in the Occupy movement

Get Active!

Got an idea for a workshop, or a skill you’d like to share? Call Internationalist Books at 919-9421740 to set up an event; email the Durham Free School at; or just
show up at a Really Really Free Market (see above) and share what you’ve got to offer!
This year in review really just scratches the surface. Behind the glamour of street protests and lively gatherings, the real work of anarchism takes place in our daily lives. We bridge the gap between
this world and the ones we dream of not only in the streets, but in our efforts to dismantle hierarchies
in our relationships and our organizations, in our refusal of gender roles and social norms, and in every act of resistance to the daily alienation that separate us from each other. Whenever we organize
to share the information, skills and resources we need among ourselves, without the market or the
state; whenever we create our own institutions rather than relying on authority to tell us what to do;
whenever we refuse to numb ourselves to the pain and misery we see around us and take a stand
against it; we’re living anarchy not as a distant goal, but a daily reality.
Stay tuned to the events and meetings and protests, but remember that those are only a few steps
along the journey. And the only person who can define that path for you is yourself. Educate yourself,
question assumptions, disobey authority, challenge conformity, do it yourself... but remember that
you’re not alone. Reach out and find others, take risks and experiment, dare to dream your wildest
dreams and bring others into them - and who knows how wild next August’s “Year in Review” might


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An audio strike against a monotone world! This twice-monthly podcast


explores a wide range of anarchist ideas and action. In each episode, we
take an in-depth look at a different topic, introducing various manifestations
of the struggle for liberation, and round it off with news, interviews, profiles
of current anarchist projects, reviews, and more.

Awesome, inspiring videos about anti-capitalist resistance from around
the world. They also produce a “The Daily Show but for anarchists” show
called It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine. Hilarious
and entertaining!

Like, but from an anarchist bent. These folks always have a
new entertaining article on the latest pop-culture or subculture phenomena.

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For over 8 years, the Internationalist Prison
Books Collective has been sending books and
resource guides, by request, to thousands of
prisoners all over the South. Whether a prisoner
is teaching themselves to read, filing a grievance,
or organizing on the inside, we are a lifeline.
And we need your help! Due to an increase
in requests, we desperately need people to help
open prisoners’ letters and fill packages. It’s a
simple and fulfilling way to make a difference
and show people they aren’t forgotten.

EVERY SUNDAY @ 1pm | 621 Hillsborough Rd. |







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