Cindy Milstein (seated at right, even though she’s on the left) is a collective member of Station 40’s event committee in San Francisco and 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. She is also the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (IAS/AK Press, 2010) and the picture-essay collaborative book with Erik Ruin titled Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (PM Press, 2012). Cindy has been overly engaged in numerous collective projects aimed at creating autonomous spaces of resistance, reconstruction, and education, including Interference Archive in Brooklyn, Occupy Philly, and before that, 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. She currently lives and fights evictions, including her own, in San Francisco’s Mission, where she’s also starting work on a coedited anthology with Mia Amir, titled Transforming Grief: Personal and Communal Loss in the Work of Remaking the World.
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. When not at home, she travels (frequently) 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 currently resides, precariously alongside so many others because of hyper-capitalist displacement, in San Francisco, and always is 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
Photo: Cindy, on the right-hand side, at Private, Public, Commons Teach-in at the occupation in Philly, October 22, 2011 (photo by Dave Onion).