Affinity booklet complete

The Affinity booklet is now complete, and available for download here. The booklet contains the previous issues of Affinity along with some new articles on the topics of work and prison. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the project.

We welcome feedback, comments, responses and criticisms. We don’t pretend to have all of the answers, and recognise that the road to a life of freedom, autonomy and dignity will be full of complications, tensions and contradictions. We are interested in having conversations about these.

Please contact us as well if you would like a print copy of the booklet.

You can email us at blackirispress[at]riseup[dot]net.

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Callout for contributions to Affinity booklet

Black Iris Press are a small, DIY publishing collective who produce a zine series called Affinity, conceived as a space for critical discussion and personal reflection on different strategies for resisting and struggling against the dominant culture. We have decided to wrap up this zine series, and in so doing are compiling a booklet collating all of the issues published so far along with new articles. We would like to invite responses and reflections to material we’ve published, as well as articles covering new topics. In particular we are interested in exploring the topics of work and prison, originally planned as two separate issues but which will now be combined into this booklet. We are open to other relevant subjects, and also welcome more general overviews and perspectives on strategies and aspects of political resistance in the UK. Our own ideas and perspectives are firmly rooted in anarchist and anti-authoritarian traditions, and we are interested in hearing from people who roughly share a common starting point. We would also be particularly interested to hear from people who don’t identify primarily as male. The only editorial guidelines are that articles are not too long and include the personal reflections and perspectives of the author. We would also be happy to receive images and artwork.

The deadline for submissions is 1 January 2013.

All of our previous issues can be found at

If you would like to contribute to the booklet, or have any further questions, please email blackirispress[at]

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Affinity – issue #4: patriarchy

This is the fourth issue of Affinity, exploring the importance of challenging patriarchy in our struggle against the dominant culture. Many thanks to the contributors. The pdf can be found here.

Please be warned, this zine includes descriptions of sexual and physical abuse.

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Affinity – issue#3: mental health

The third issue of Affinity explores the complexities of mental health, providing two personal perspectives on how the struggle to maintain a healthy mind can affect our battles for dignity and freedom against a sick society.

A pdf copy can be found here.

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Dangerous Conversations

Dangerous Conversations is a project born out of the struggle to end systems of domination. Our involvement in movements described as anarchist, activist, horizontalist, and so on has been at times inspiring and at other times disillusioning and frustrating. This zine is not aimed at Anarchists or Activists but at anyone who struggles against the many forms of domination that blight our lives: ableism, ageism, authority, capitalism, civilisation, caste and class systems, heteronormativity, islamaphobia, male privilege, speciesism, transphobia, white supremacy (and others still unrecognised).

Dangerous Conversations is intended as an intervention in business as usual. We hope to collect texts and viewpoints that challenge the status quo in a way that, rather than (or perhaps as well as) provoking hostility, provoke constructive responses and discussion. We hope that, as mush as possible, the zine becomes a place to converse and to deepen affinity. By showing solidarity with others who also see the struggle as their own struggle, even when we differ on the details, we can become stronger as a movement. Ours is a strength that comes through diversity and empathy for different viewpoints rather than the imposition of dogma and distrust.

These conversations are dangerous to oppressors because they threaten their privilege. They sometimes seem dangerous to us too because they threaten our own privilege. Because of this, they are important conversations to have.

This first issue  (‘What next?’) is to be a collection of different viewpoints on where this struggle should go next. We are inviting a range of contributors who we think have interesting and sometimes conflicting ideas on how we should proceed.

We hope that readers will want to respond to and involve themselves in the project by contributing to this conversation in whatever way seems appropriate.  There are no guidelines for what is and isn’t an appropriate way to express yourself here. Submissions for future publication, participation in the editorial collective, criticism and ideas are all very welcome. Contact us at dangerousconversations(at)riseup(dot)net.

Please submit your articles for the first issue by the start of March 2011.

A pdf of the completed zine can now be found here.

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Affinity – issue#2: violence

Here is the second issue of Affinity, exploring the role of violence in resisting the dominant culture from three different perspectives.

Subsequent issues will cover the topics of patriarchy and mental health. We very much welcome contributions which can be sent via email to blackirispress[at]riseup[dot]net

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Affinity – issue #1: privilege

The first issue of Affinity, an irregular zine providing space for analysis and critical reflection on strategies for resisting the dominant culture, is now available in both print and online formats. A pdf of the zine can be found here . If you’d like to be sent a print copy, please email blackirispress[at[riseup[dot[net.

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