Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Roundtable: From “Another World is Possible” to the Possible End of the World, 1999–2019

The following conversation between myself, Aaron Lakoff, and Sharmeen Khan is from issue 21 of the Upping the Ante journal, and can be found for free online at https://uppingtheanti.org/journal/article/21-the-long-memory-is-the-most-radical-idea. +++ … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

BAR Book Forum: Cindy Milstein’s “Paths toward Utopia”

The conversation below was published as part of Black Agenda Report’s Book Forum, edited by Roberto Sirvent, on January 29, 2020, and can be found online at https://blackagendareport.com/bar-book-forum-cindy-milsteins-paths-toward-utopia *** In … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Knitting with a Messy Ball of Yarn

Note: This piece was written for and is published in the 2020 edition of Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, a joint fund-raising and educational project between outside organizers … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tree of Life “Mourner’s Kaddish”: 7 Days of “Backward” Shiva

[These musings were written and posted on my Instagram, after sunset, for the seven days leading up to the one-year anniversary of the Tree Life synagogue murder, in which 11 … Continue reading

October 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Two Reviews of “Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief”

Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief, edited by Cindy Milstein (AK Press, 2017) *** Reviewed by Nadia de Vries, Mortality 24, no. 1 (2019): 116. How do we navigate the … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mutual Fire Brigade

In mid-November 2018, smoke from the hellfires of so-called California drifted to my home base, so-called Michigan, as humans and nonhumans on the West Coast struggled to breath, struggled not … Continue reading

March 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neither Day Nor Night, Hope Nor Despair

Yesterday I looked up, out from under the bundle of winter-clothing layers that cuts one off from the world, raising my eyes from constantly surveying the ice-bound sidewalks to find … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Prologue to “Paths toward Utopia”

[Note: The essay below was written by me as a prologue for the picture-essay book Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (PM Press, 2012), a collaborative project between myself and … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

From an Alley to Unist’ot’en: Solidarity

The alleys of so-called Montreal (aka Tio’tia:ke) are a special joy, even in the dead of winter and capital/state-fueled climate catastrophe. They are spaces where people engage in decommodified life … Continue reading

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Our Bones Remember the Pain

January 7, 2019/5779.  Enforcers of colonialism and capitalism bear down, with menace, on the Wet’suwet’en territory in “an extension of the genocide that Wet’suwet’en have survived since contact,” to borrow … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment