Cindy Milstein (seated at right, even though she’s on the left) is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (IAS/AK Press, 2010); the picture-essay collaborative book with Erik Ruin titled Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (PM Press, 2012); and editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (AK Press, 2015). Cindy has been overly engaged in numerous collective projects aimed at creating autonomous spaces of resistance, reconstruction, and education, including the decentralized Institute for Anarchist Studies (www.anarchiststudies.org) — focused on projects such as the Lexicon pamphlet series, IAS/AK Anarchist Interventions book series, and curating anarchist theory tracks; Station 40, an anarchist(ic) home and social center in San Francisco; Interference Archive in Brooklyn; Occupy Philly; and Black Sheep Books in Montpelier, Vermont. She also taught at the “anarchist summer school” called the Institute for Social Ecology, and has long been involved in community organizing and social/political movements from below. Most recently she has been doing anti-cop organizing and fighting evictions, including her own, in San Francisco’s Mission, and is starting work on a related story-picture book on displacement and resistance to it, along with another edited collection titled Public Works of Grief: Unsettling Loss, Reinhabiting Humanity.
Her essays appear in several anthologies, including We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation, Realizing the Impossible: Art against Authority, and Globalize Liberation. She’s currently embracing displacement. That means she moves around and travels (frequently, and thankfully followed by her paid freelance editing work!) to do public speaking and popular education around topics related to anarchism, direct democracy, anticapitalism, contemporary culture, and other political interventions, to encourage critical thought and prefigurative politics, and to do indie media as a sort of anarchist political correspondent/commentator, such as spring/summer 2012 during the Quebec student strike in Montreal. She spent late summer 2012 to October 2013 mostly in mid-Michigan, caretaking her two sick and dying parents, who died well on May 16 and October 3, 2013; that experience has prompted her to write about love, sickness and caretaking, death and dying, and caring communities from a politico-personal point of view.
Cindy is always glad for folks to subscribe to her blog. She is also overjoyed to get invites to speak anywhere and everywhere, and can be reached at email@example.com.
To download the Lexicon pamphlet series as PDFs, you can can print, assemble, fold, staple, and distro (for free!) far and wide, head over to http://www.revolutionbythebook.akpress.org/ak-tactical-media/ias-lexicon-pamphlet-series/
To order Cindy’s Anarchism and Its Aspirations book, or other titles in the Anarchist Interventions series by the IAS/AK, click here for an honest-to-goodness version of a book that you can hold in your hands: http://www.akpress.org/anarchism-and-its-aspirations.html
or here, for the e-book (still in your hands, but just not as comfy): http://www.akpress.org/anarchismanditsaspirationsebook.html
To get a copy of Cindy’s collaborative experiment in picture-essays with Erik Ruin, Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, follow this link: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=412
To order a copy of Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism, edited by Cindy, head over to this link: http://www.akpress.org/takingsides.html.
Photo at top: Awkward “self-portrait” for upcoming Platform Cooperativism symposium in NYC in November 201; photo at bottom: Cindy at Private, Public, Commons Teach-in at the occupation in Philly, October 22, 2011 (photo by Dave Onion).