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Summer Press Update

While the third volume of PROPTER NOS is set for a late-Fall 2018 release, our collective would like to make a few announcements in the meantime:
 
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First off, members of our collective are bouncing around this Summer, so all mail submitted will not be responded to until late August / early September. This mostly pertains to imprisoned comrades on our mailing list. So, if you know any of our readers inside, please spread the word.
 
Please don’t let this deter you from sending us orders and your comments/questions. Upon returning next month we will fulfill all delayed requests for journals. Since April 2017, True Leap publishing collective has distributed OVER 200 copies of Propter Nos Vol. I and II to prisoners across the country (at no charge, printed on stock paper, using black toner, in grayscale).
 
We’ve ran ads and our communiqué in the newsletters of a handful of allied organizations, including Black and Pink: Chicago and in “The Abolitionist” published by Critical Resistance (national). These ads and statements in turn attract requests for literature made by these organization’s incarcerated readership. Feel free to circulate this communiqué [ https://tinyurl.com/ybj77j9v ] amongst your networks; a new one with a order form for pamphlets, zines, and the journal will begin circulating at the end of summer.
 
We also have some imprisoned comrades making photocopies and passing out the communiqué on their own, without any request to do so. This is fantastic news. Word is, imprisoned organizers in Penn, Cali, Texas, Washington, and Illinois are using the PROPTER NOS journal as a prompt for ad hoc study groups. If you know anyone incarcerated who would like a free issue, please print out and mail them this
PROPTER NOS is available for purchase in bound paperback form at 5 locations in Chicago, such as Quimby’s Bookstore or Women & Children First Bookstore, and one in San Francisco (34 Trinity Arts & News). If you know of or work for a bookstore, infoshop, or library who would like to sell or house a few hard copies, we are more than happy to split the sale on consignment.
 
Finally, we are a group that offers political education resources to everyone who requests it in good faith. WE DO NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR SUPPORT. We do not have the capacity to offer mutual aid in that way. We plan to eventually circulate a catalogue with an order form for our literature. WE ARE ALSO NOT AN ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION. Sharing intellectual resources is our collective’s primary objective at the moment, and likely in the foreseeable future.
 
Love and struggle,
 
True Leap Press
 
Art above by Kevin Rashid Johnson. Rashid is back imprisoned in Virginia. He continues to be targeted by officials due to his writings about abuse in prison, and so his address may change without warning. However, it is alleged he can currently receive mail at:

 

Kevin Johnson #1007485
Red Onion State Prison
P.O. Box 1900
Pound, VA 24279

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Propter Nos, Vol 2. Issue 1

INSURGENCY / EXHAUSTION

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This issue of Propter Nos offers a collection of essays, poetry, artwork, and prose that meditates on the interrelated phenomena of insurgency and exhaustion. We use the term “insurgency” to describe an approach to political struggle that is comprised of individuals, groups, units, and cells working together through decentralized networks, on multiple scales, and across different institutional sites to abolish a society structured in dominance. Some contributors use the term with a more specific meaning, referring to a form of counter-warfare in which clandestine and “above-ground” formations combine their political resources with the principled use of violence to achieve revolutionary strategic objectives. Yet while insurgency is a key thematic framing this issue, many contributors explore exhaustion as an inherent aspect of growing, nurturing, and sustaining opposition to the dominant culture—its state and military, its laws and mode of production, its moral and aesthetic values. What exactly are the long-term consequences of our most cherished approaches to organizing, education, and cultural praxis? Are the leading paradigms, strategies, and tactics of political work at all sustain­able? What if we admit that we are burnt out? Stress, fatigue, burnout, war-weariness, and emotional expenditure are all inherent elements of building mass movements against anti-blackness, white supremacy, colonialism, racial capitalism, and cis-heteropatriarchy. As in all aspects of life, without the proper diagnosis, healing, care, and rest, exhaustion weakens our capacity to effectively guard against the forces of counterinsurgency. In a moment when the World has become ever-so politicized, enraged, and emboldened, what would it mean if we made room to consider the effects of exhaustion in the pro­cesses of building anti-systemic insurgency? What direction would our struggles take if we troubled the insistence on an ever-approaching future plentitude?

 

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August Communiqué

True Leap Press is a radical publishing collective based in Chicago, Illinois. We support the intellectual struggle and advocate for the building of mass-based projects for antiracist, anticapitalist, and antipatriarchal political education. Our collective encourages any-and-all forms of revolt and insurrection against global anti-blackness, white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy. We also aim to facilitate the growth of a progressive political consciousness that is deliberately antipatriotic and against all forms of U.S. nationalism.

In the coming years, we hope to increase our number of publications, establish infrastructure for printing and distribution, and grow our capacity to work across prison walls. Our current (soon to be print) publication is entitled PROPTER NOS. It offers a platform for Black and radical antiracist theoretical and cultural work—such as poetry, short essays, experimental writing, artwork—and will also increasingly serve as a source of commentary and analysis from imprisoned activists and grassroots abolitionist organizations.

Referring to the collective sense of “We” that inspires the mobilization and identity formation of a People, the Latin phrase “Propter Nos” is the title we chose for our first publication. This is because we believe that one of the central tasks of building consciousness amongst colonized, imprisoned, working class, and poor peoples is to build spaces where a core set of political principles can be cultivated amidst the contradictions and antagonisms inherent to revolutionary movement building.

True Leap Press believes that establishing a clearinghouse for the formulation of a vision of mass insurgency among differently situated communities of struggle is a necessary (and urgent) task in the present moment of white nationalist resurgence and patriotic liberal counterrevolution. We therefore obstinately oppose the mythology of U.S. exceptionalism and white manifest destiny, and do not presume that American liberal democracy is an inherent “good.” Instead, we hope PROPTER NOS will serve as a forum for works that invigorate a different sense of common political consciousness, one rooted in the historical experiences of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Queer movements mobilizing against the white capitalist civilization and nation-building project of the United States.

The works included in each volume of PROPTER NOS loosely operate in accordance with the Black Liberation Army’s principle of “unity-criticism-unity.” This concept refers the “process of the members of a group, unit or organization united on a set of principles and objectives to struggle internally, behind closed doors among themselves.” This process is carried out in practice by working together with comrades, “observing and analyzing each other’s errors, and then offering constructive criticism to each other to correct errors and overcome any shortcomings.” The unity-criticism-unity approach is meant to “strengthen each other and thus advance the group, unit or organization” towards its revolutionary objectives. This type of practice also means remaining open to forming larger strategic networks and fronts.

By labeling an insurgent collaboration “strategic,” we simply mean a relationship formed between two or more groups based on a purpose that is contingent on the short- or long-term goals of participant organizations, cells, or even between differing movements. Networks and fronts aligned by shared strategic objectives—if practiced in a principled manner—hold the potential for facilitating the creation of dynamic forms of insurgency that operate simultaneously on different scales, across multiple institutional sites, and amongst a broader formation of insurgent cells working towards their own unique political ends. We also urge differently situated groups, units, organizations, and movements to not only engage in these strategy-driven configurations and joint processes of reflection, but also to approach mass political education and the art of movement building in a way that maintains awareness of how we are all complicit (albeit to varying degrees) in the ritualized and programmatic violences that constitute American social and gendered racial formation. This is a principle developed over the last two decades by the national antiviolence organization INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.

Our publishing collective is itself aligned by a shared understanding of the U.S. regime of policing and imprisonment as a fundamentally anti-Black regime of physiological, psychic, and cultural violence that is traceable to the epoch of plantation slavery. We are quite deliberate in our efforts to maintain a political line that works critically and reflexively in collaboration with “above-” and “underground” organizations in the movement to abolish domestic warfare and the prison industrial complex. Our intention here is to support intellectual and cultural work that is directly connected to and relevant for the project of abolition. If, as abolitionists have argued for decades, the racial carceral-policing regime is not only a domestic military apparatus but a rigorous cultural production, then our enemy-in-struggle is also the mythologies, norms, and collective sense of “We” that has driven the last five-hundred-years of settler land-ecological conquest, racial chattel slavery, (proto)genocidal warfare, and empire.

         For a print copies of PROPTER NOS, please send a request by snail-mail. We try to respond to mail as quickly as possible, but during our editing cycles and around certain deadlines our replies might be slightly delayed. We thank you for your patience in advance and hope to continue facilitate the dissemination of sharp criticism and analysis for the road ahead. To download PN in digital format please follow the link on our site.

Download, print, share and circulate our statement in PDF form HERE

*A version of this communiqué will appear in Issue #28 of The Abolitionist.

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Propter Nos. Vol. 1 Issue 1

The inaugural issue of our journal, Propter Nos.

Vol. 1 Issue 1 (Fall 2016): Reflections on the “Movement Moment”


Download link: Propter Nos Vol 1 Issue 1

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The goal of this first publication is to produce a space for commentary and reflection on the last half-decade of an emergent Black protest movement. Forgoing a paternalistic posture or the assumption that a “pure” form of political consciousness is attainable, our publishing collective sees the role of this publication as merely a tool among many other tools. With this publication we only wish to 1.) problematize the discourse that frames and informs the popular movement’s terms of engagement, 2.) generate modes of analysis that demystify the circulation and consumption of images of racial and sexual violence in the media, 3.) revise and revisit the three-pronged cultural project of the Black arts, aesthetics, and studies movements, 4.) provide an outlet in which information from counterintelligence operations for the Black movement against the racist capitalist state can be recorded, accumulated, and disseminated.


 

Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin | Anti-Fascism in the Trump Era

#Chicago

Lorenzo Komboa Ervin will be giving at talk titled “Anti-Fascism in the the Trump Era.” It is a massline political education event, so bring your family and friends. He will tell the history of Black anti-fascism & explain how any worthwhile struggle against racial capitalism must be led by (& based on the material demands of) oppressed Black, Brown, & Indigenous people.

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Special thanks to members of People’s Response TeamOr Does It Explode: Black, Brown, and Indigenous Crew, and Black Lives Matter Chicago.for making a lot of this happen. The event location is: *The Breathing Room* space @ 1434 W 51 St. ~ 5pm – 6:30

Groups will be tabling in the back and there will be a donations basket and zines by Kom’boa for sale as well.

 

Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison

Warrior Publications

Bismarck, ND – Red Fawn Fallis, a political prisoner arrested during the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, was sentenced today in federal court by Judge Daniel Hovland. Fallis was sentenced to 57 months (4.75 years) in federal prison. She will receive a credit of 18 months ‘time served’ taken off of her sentence, from time spent in North Dakota jails before trial proceedings began. Fallis is expected to serve a total of 39 months in prison followed by 3 years probation.

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Propter Nos ~ Now Available @ New Locations

Paperback copies of our periodical publication PROPTER NOS

are NOW AVAILABLE for purchase at the following locations:

The Armadillo’s Pillow 
Women & Children First Bookstore
Quimby’s Bookstore 
Volumes Bookcafe
Blood Fruit Library & Coffee
34 Trinity Arts & News (San Francisco)

PN now for sale!

 

You can also order individual copies via snail-mail:

True Leap Publishing Collective, P.O. Box 408197 Chicago IL, 60640.

Please enclose $15.00 per book requested.

We can do bulk orders up to 10 copies, but books must be purchased up front. 

 

Don’t worry, PN is also always available for free download on our website

https://trueleappress.com

January Study Packet (2018)

The below list of materials is abolitionist food-for-thought. Each collective-author pushes the limits of what a mass struggle to abolish white supremacist domestic warfare and the U.S. prison industrial complex could look like. These can be shared electronically, printed out, mailed to friends/comrades, memorized, or otherwise circulated freely.

All items reproduced for educational purposes and are not the creation of True Leap Press

 

Reading List for January 2018:

Angela Davis –  Are Prisons Obsolete?

Angela Davis –   Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex

Angela Davis & Cassandra Shaylor –  Race, Gender, and the Prison Industrial Complex

Liz Appel –   White Supremacy in the Movement Against the Prison-Industrial-Complex

Frank Wilderson – The Prison Slave As Hegemony’s (Silent) Scandal

> Courtesy of Ill Will Editions

Julia C. Oparah –   Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-Oppressed Activists in the Anti-Prison Movement

> Found in Smith & Stanley’s Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland & Edinburgh: AK Press, 2011.

Mariame Kaba –  On Self-Defense

> To learn about Mariame’s work, see: US Prison Culture (blog) or follow her on twitter: @prisonculture

Butch Lee –  The Re-Biography of Harriett Tubman

> This book is originally published by Kersplebedeb, and can be purchased at https://www.leftwingbooks.net

Critical Resistance –  The Abolitionist Toolkit

> Learn more about Critical Resistance and follow them on twitter: @C_Resistance

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Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation (BRRN) –   Below & Beyond Trump: Power & Counter-Power in 2017

Federación Anarquista Black Rose / Rosa Negra (BRRN) –  Bajo Trump y más allá: Poder y contrapoder en 2017

J. Sakai –  On Fascism

>This book is originally published by Kersplebedeb, and can be purchased at https://www.leftwingbooks.net

Dylan Rodríguez –  On the Fascism Problematic

Dylan Rodríguez –  Genocide and/as American Social Formation

Sub.Media –  What is Race?

Andrea Smith –  Three Pillars of White Supremacy

Denise Ferreira Da Silva –  Toward a Global Idea of Race

Seminario Permanente de Teoría y Crítica –   Book Review: Toward a Global Idea of Race

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image courtesy of: Black Autonomy Federation

all items reproduced for educational purposes 

and are not the creation of True Leap Press

Bibliography of Hortense J. Spillers

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We are avid readers of Hortense J. Spillers and believe this bibliography of her life’s work will be a useful tool for people interested in reading and learning. Two summers ago our collective held a reading group, exchanging our thoughts on Spillers’ collection of essays Black, White, and in Color (2003). Through that experience we became most familiar with her work. Professor Spillers is a Black radical literary and cultural theorist who is oft cited for her essays “Interstices: A Small Drama of Words” (1984) and “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” (1987). Yet, her life’s work in papers, essays, speeches, and interview transcript spans over FOUR DECADES, and she is writing and teaching to this present day. Please take some time to get to know and appreciate her philosophical outlook. Below is a list of every work (to our knowledge) that she has published since 1970. We’ve also attached a zip file for ya’ll to download most of the titles listed below. Enjoy. 

download link:  Spillers Essays, Interviews, and Book Reviews

If there are any missing essays, articles, interviews, or titles that you find,
please contact our collective and let us know.
None of the materials are original creations of TLP,
but are republished online for educational purposes only.

 

 

Hortense J. Spillers

Working Bibliography and Source Book

[last updated 7/3/17]

  1. “Letters to The Black Scholar (with Paul F. Johnson and Robert Boyd.” The Black Scholar 2:3 (1970): 53-54.
  2. “Martin Luther King and the Style of the Black Sermon.” The Black Scholar 3:1 (1971): 14-27.
  3. Fabrics of History: Essays on the Black Sermon. Dissertation. Brandeis University, 1974.
  4. “A Lament.” The Black Scholar 8:5 (1977): 12-16.
  5. “Ellison’s “Useable Past”: Toward a Theory of Myth.” Interpretations 9:1 (1977): 53-69.
  6. “A Day in the Life of Civil Right.” The Black Scholar 9:8/9 (1978): 20-27.
  7. “Gwendolyn the Terrible: Propositions on Eleven Poems.” In Shakespeare’s Sisters, edited by Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert, 233-244. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979.
  8. “Formalism Comes to Harlem.” Black American Literature Forum 16 (1982): 56-63.
  9. “Black American Literature and Humanism edited by R. Baxter Miller (review).” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology 82:4 (1983): 583-586.
  10. “A Hateful Passion, a Lost Love.” Feminist Studies 9:2 (1983): 293-323.
  11. “‘Turning the Century’: Notes on Women and Difference (review).” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 3:1/2 (1984): 178-185.
  12. “Interstices: A Small Drama of Words.” In Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, edited by Carol Vance, 73-101. London: Routledge, 1984.
  13. “Kinship and Resemblances: Women on Women.” Feminist Studies 11:1 (1985): 111-125.
  14. “An Order of Constancy: Notes on Brooks and the Feminine.” The Centennial Review 29:2 (1985): 223-248.
  15. “Chosen Place, Timeless People: Some Figurations on the New World.” In Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, edited by Marjorie Pryse and Hortense J. Spillers, 151-174. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
  16. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Diacritics 17:2 (1987): 64-81.
  17. “Moving Down the Line.” American Quarterly 40:1 (1988): 83-109.
  18. “The Permanent Obliquity of an In(pha)llibly Straight”: In the Time of the Daughters and the Fathers.” In Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women, edited by Cheryl A. Wall, 127-49. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989.
  19. “Changing the Letter: The Yokes, the Jokes of Discourse, or, Mrs. Stowe, Mr. Reed.” InSlavery and the Literary Imagination, 25-61. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.
  20. “Notes on an Alternative Model—Neither/Nor.”In The Difference Within: Feminism and Critical Theory, edited by Elizabeth Meese and Alice Parker, 165-187. Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1989.
  21. “Black, White, and in Color, or Learning How to Paint: Toward an Intramural Protocol of Reading.” Paper presented at the “Sites of Colonialism” retreat, Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania, 1990.
  22. “Who Cuts the Border? Some Readings on America.” In Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, edited by Hortense Spillers, 1-25. New York: Routledge, 1991.
  23. “Reading the Future, Future Reading.” The Women’s Review of Books 8:5 (1991): 20-21
  24. “Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Post-Date.” boundary 2 21:3 (1994)
  25. “Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory (review).” African American Review 1 (1995)
  26. “All the Things You Could Be by Now, If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother”: Psychoanalysis and Race.” boundary 2 23:3 (1996): 75-141.
  27. “HORTENSE SPILLERS.” interviewed by Tim Haslett for the Black Cultural Studies web site collective in Ithaca, NY February 4, 1998. url: http://www.blackculturalstudies.net/spillers/spillers_intvw.html
  28. “Race Men (review).” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire. 2:3 (1999): 63.
  29. “Uber Against Race (review).” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire 3:2 (2001): 59.
  30. “Roundtable: Restoring Feminist Politics to poststructuralist Critique (with Susan Lurie, Ann Cvetkovich, Jane Gallop, Tania Modleski, Hortense Spillers and Carla Kaplan).” Feminist Studies 27:3 (2001): 679-707.
  31. Faulkner Adds Up: Reading Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and Fury.” In Faulkner in America, edited by Joseph R. Urgo and Ann J. Abadie, 25-44. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.
  32. “The Little Man at Chehaw Station” Today boundary 2 30:2 (2003): 5-19.
  33. “Peter’s Pans: Eating in the Diaspora.” Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, 1-64. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
  34. “Traveling with Faulkner.” In Critical Quarterly 45:4 (2003): 18-34.
  35. “Topographical Topics: Faulknerian Space.” Mississippi Quarterly 57:4 (2004): 539-568.
  36. “A Tale of Three Zoras: Barbara Johnson and Black Women Writers.” diacritics 31:1 (2004): 94-97.
  37. “The Idea of Black Culture.” CR: The New Centennial Review 6:3 (2006): 7-28.
  38. “First Questions: The Mission of Africana Studies: An Interview with Hortense Spillers.” Callaloo 30:4 (2007): 1054-1068.
  39. ‘“Watcha Gonna Do?”: Revisiting “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book”: A Conversation with Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Shelly Eversley, and Jennifer L. Morgan.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 25:1/2 (2007)”: 299-309.
  40. “Imaginative Encounters.” In Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory, edited by Marleen S. Barr, 3-5. 2008.
  41. “Views of the East Wing: On Michelle Obama.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 6:3 (2009): 307-310.
  42. “Long Time”: Last Daughters and the New “New South.” boundary 2 (2009): 149-182.
  43. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe, Too.” Trans-Scripts 1 (2011)
  44. “A Transatlantic Circuit: Baldwin at Mid-Century opening Keynote Address.” Callaloo 35:4 (2012): 929-938.
  45. “African American Women and the Republics.” In Reconsidering Social Identities: Race, Gender, Caste, and Class, edited by Abdul R. JanMohamed, 19-41. London; New York; New Delhi: Routledge, 2011.
  46. “Destiny’s Child: Obama and Election ’08.” boundary 2 39:2 (2012)
  47. “Discomforts.” boundary 2 41:2 (2014)
  48. “Writing and States of Emergency.” In The Power of Writing, edited by Christiane Donahue and Kelly Blewett, 57-73. Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2015.
  49. “Art Talk and the Uses of History (review).” Small Axe 19:3 (2015): 175-185.
  50. “Racial Blackness and the (Dis)continuity of Western Modernity by Lindon Barrett (review).” Modernism/modernity 23:1 (2016): 251-255.

 

 

 

If there are any missing essays, articles, interviews, or titles that you find, please contact our collective and let us know. We want to make this work accessible as possible.