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Tobi, Anarchist Compañero from the Biblioteca Social Reconstruir, Passes Away

Tobi, Anarchist Compañero from the Biblioteca Social Reconstruir, Passes Away

From It's Going Down

A translated statement from Noticias de Abajo and the Biblioteca Social Reconstruir (Social Reconstruction Library – an anarchist library and social space in Mexico City), on the passing of longtime anarchist organizer Tobi.

Obituary: Alexandre Skirda (1942-2020)

Obituary: Alexandre Skirda (1942-2020)

From Freedom News UK, Dec 30th

The influential French historian and translator, best known for his research on revolutionary Ukraine in the early 20th century, died on Wednesday December 23rd.

Alongside his extensive series of works on Russian radicalism, the Makhnovtchina and Krondstadt, Skirda published Facing the Enemy: A History of Anarchist Organisation (Autonomie Individuelle et Force Collective: Les Anarchistes et l’Organisation de Proudhon a nos Jours), the as yet untranslated biography of Jan Vaclav Makhajski Le Socialisme des Intellectuels and a number of highly critical works on Leninism, listed (in French) here.

David Graeber: The Anarchist Anthropologist-Provocateur 1961-2020

occupy everything!

From Politico By TIMOTHY NOAH 12/26/2020

The economics profession can tell you everything there is to know about money except what money is. If you want to stump an economist, or a Wall Street banker, or a Washington economic policymaker, just ask, “What is money?” You might as well ask a fish to define water.

David Graeber, who died in September at age 59, from necrotic pancreatitis, was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. It’s the job of an anthropologist to explain to a fish what water is, and in that spirit Graeber defined money as an overly precise tool to measure the debt around which all societies are organized.

Bob D’Attilio is Gone

Bob D'Attilio Tribute, Kate Sharpley Library

The American "Memory” of the Sacco and Vanzetti Case

For many years Robert (Bob) D’Atillio was an inexhaustible source of material on the Sacco and Vanzetti case. His loss is a tremendous one to those of us interested in the nuances of anarchist history. Mentored by Raffaele Schiavina (Max Sartin) he devoted much of his life to the search for undiscovered material on the case. He helped us on numerous occasions with patience and humour and he is a great loss to the movement as this beautiful obituary by Luigi Botta shows. A final thought. Perhaps there are people near you who were involved in the movement. Talk to them. Get their memories in writing or on tape. We can’t afford to lose them. Vale, Bob D’Attilio.

R.I.P. Jerimarie Liesegang, Transgender Revolutionary Anarchist

Jerimarie Liesegang, who died of cancer Nov. 3 at the age of 70, was a tireless advocate for transgender rights in Connecticut. She is being remembered online and on the streets with glowing tributes from the Hartford transgender community she helped transform.

Diane di Prima, prolific Beat poet, dead at 86

from Datebook

Diane di Prima, a prolific poet who pursued the life of a Beat and rose to the position of San Francisco poet laureate, died Sunday, Oct. 25. Di Prima was born Aug. 6, 1934, in Brooklyn, raised in the Italian-American neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. Her father was a lawyer and her mother a schoolteacher. She told The Chronicle her grandfather spoke Italian to her and taught her to be an anarchist, a political leaning she supported ever after. “My mom was fearless,” Dominique DiPrima, a talk radio host and activist, told The Chronicle. “She taught us to question authority and believe in the power of our creativity. She was truly a pioneer.”

Gary Sisco, 1954-2020

Seven Days

Lifelong activist worked to improve the human condition

Sep 28, 2020

Gary Sisco (June 27, 1954-September 17, 2020) was a dedicated partner of 27 years to Bronwyn. "Crispo," as he was known to friends, was a lifelong lover of music, horses, and the struggle to improve the human condition against the unrelenting oppressive forces of capitalism, totalitarianism and authoritarianism.

The sad dilemma of "A" anarchist magazine

via El Libertario, English translation by Anarchist News

The news, in itself, is simple, though unpleasant: after forty-nine years, "A" Rivista Anarchica ceases its publications. The first Italian publication "in alphabetical order" will no longer reach its subscribers and its interlocutors, leaving a hole where every month it was possible to read a fairly exhaustive review of themes and ideas from the varied libertarian world. The story is known and tinged with legend: Fabrizio De André's favorite monthly forum (who supported it financially), the voice that denounced the "state massacre" in Piazza Fontana, promoter of the campaign for the liberation of Pietro Valpreda, always with the intimate conviction that "there are no good powers" and that, therefore, anarchy is not an extreme position, but the only truly acceptable one.

In Memoriam: David Graeber, 1961-2020

In Memoriam: David Graeber, 1961-2020

From C4SS by Kevin Carson

It’s conventional to start an obituary article with a brief biographical summary, so here it is.

One of David’s pet peeves was being referred to as an anarchist anthropologist, so I’ll say that David Graeber, an anarchist and an anthropologist, died at age 59 Wednesday, September 3rd in Venice of as yet unreported causes

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