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Resistant Strains tabloid
March 28, 1996

Resistant Strains is an alternative media project examining historical and
ongoing resistances to political, social, and economic domination. The
project works to combine information, analysis, art and activism in
politically useful and accessible ways.

The first component of the project, a series of posters focusing on the
Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, is currently in production.

The second component is a tabloid newsprint publication by artists and
activists to be produced in mid-October. The piece will be distributed
through activist networks and a variety of public venues.

We would like you to contribute work for the resistant strains tabloid. If
you work in an activist organization, community group, etc., please pass
this along to anyone in your networks you think might be intersted to
participate. Also post to web sites, listserves, etc. (Thanks.)

At a time when mainstream political and media systems encourage defeatism,
promote bootstrap forms of "empowerment," and offer a frenzy of elections
as the inalienable forum for our alienation from the political process, we
must assert the need for collective action-to disrupt, transform, and
overturn present systems and to build new political cultures.
        The resistant strains tabloid will counter prevailing
disinformations about the futility of opposition by focusing on practical
resistances to class, racial, economic, gender, political and sexual
repression; the ways in which power responds to such resistances; and how,
in turn, people adapt, strengthen and continue-"resistant strains."
Scheduled for distribution prior to the '96 U.S. vote, the tabloid will
examine, support and propose strategies which refuse the sanctity of
dominant political formations (and the cynical, static position of loving
to hate them) and which struggle to take new directions.

We are looking for visual artworks, manifestos, rants, short writings, etc.
-address specific instances of self-determination, local action and radical
democracy, particularly in context of "free and fair elections"
-question the bogus concept of political involvement promoted during
election events
-oppose the repressions inherent in the neoliberal free-market model of
white supremacist capitalist patriarchy now being enforced around the world

-document practical strategies which explode the myth that neoliberalism
has no alternatives and which propose other models of political and
economic participation
-expose the fears that sustain this myth (critical analysis of present
crises and attendant media, propaganda, policy)
-consider resistance from a personal perspective
-illuminate historical precedents/practices

Please submit proposals for page layouts: single page, two-page spreads, or
work that is placed sequentially over a number of pages. Page dimensions
are 16x21 inches. All work is black and white. Collaborations and
non-"English only" works encouraged. Send a mock-up (xerox, drawing, laser
print, etc.) and written description. Include SASE if you want materials
returned. If your proposal is selected, we will provide detailed specs for
finished work.

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 20, 1996. 
ÁPlease distribute this call to others!

Send proposals to David Thorne, Box 153b, Glover, VT 05839,
email to <baseline@igc.apc.org>, or call 802-525-8853 to arrange fax/modem

If you have questions or need more information, please call or email.


Cheryl Brown, Chris Myott, Graciela Monteagudo, David Thorne, Karen Topper

             ++++ stop the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal ++++

"Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe
that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires.... But what
history really shows is that today's empire is tomorrow's ashes, that
nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own
oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to
resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the
human spirit."
                                                        - Mumia Abu-Jamal

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government censoring of the internet!+++
             +++ABORTION on demand and without apology!+++

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