After 15 months, 44 cities, and 72 events, the Another Politics Tour is done. I have been completely blown away by all of the inspiring people I’ve encountered, across North America, working diligently and creatively to build effective, visionary movements. I’ve learned so much from you all, and I hope I’ve managed to circulate some useful lessons coming out of our collective experiences. Many thanks to the University of California Press for publishing the book and to AK Press for helping to distribute it. Thanks too to my comrades in the Punch Up Collective, the Institute for Anarchist Studies, Upping the Anti, and Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar for their consistent support. And most of all, I offer tremendous gratitude to the hundreds of activists, organizers, visionaries, and fighters whose efforts made the four tour legs possible. I am awed by everyone who put me in touch with reliable local activists, set up events, spoke alongside me, offered childcare, provided food, oriented me in unfamiliar cities, hosted me in their homes, gave me rides, raised funds, invited me into their classes, received boxes of books in the mail, attended events, contributed thoughts to discussions, and/or shared experiences in late-night conversations. As some of you know, I take my motto from the radical German death metal band Heaven Shall Burn: “Nothing, just nothing, nothing will wipe this heart out.” This, I’m fully convinced now, is a heart that we sustain together.
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