This is a list-in-progress of links I use for information, analysis, guidance, and inspiration. I’ve divided it into three categories: news & analysis, organizing resources, and writers & thinkers.
News & Analysis
Developing a practice for “staying informed” is an ongoing process for me. Currently, I follow news with daily summaries from the Daily Beast and Democracy Now!, and more in-depth coverage from the CBC and the Guardian. For Ottawa news and views, I read The Leveller.
For radical analysis, I regularly read The Abolitionist, Briarpatch, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, Pinko, Spectre, and Upping the Anti, and I regularly listen to Against the Grain, Behind the News, Belabored, The Ex-Worker, The Lit Review, Movement Memos, New Dawn, Rustbelt Abolition Radio, Talking Radical Radio, Treyf, and Who Makes Cents.
Online, I look to Abolition, Canadian Dimension, Earth First! Newswire, Electronic Intifada, Insurgent Notes, Interface, In These Times, It’s Going Down, Jacobin, Labor Notes, n+ 1, The New Inquiry, New Socialist, Notes from Below, Organizing Upgrade, Organizing Work, Popular Resistance, rabble.ca, RankandFile.ca, Ricochet, ROAR Magazine, Salvage, Spring, Socialist Project, three way fight, Viewpoint Magazine, and Waging Nonviolence.
In doing activism and organizing, there is no need to reinvent the wheel! For tips on tactics, strategic planning guides, resources for working with power and privilege, help with media messaging, sample workshops and trainings, and much more, I turn to Beautiful Trouble, Build the Wheel, Joshua Kahn Russell’s resources for organizers, Lisa Fithian’s resources and trainings, and the rabble.ca activist toolkit. Each of these sites is a gateway into a wealth of organizing experience and advice that we can use to build smarter and stronger movements.
Writers & Thinkers
Some radical writers and thinkers manage both to tap into and propel our movements. They help us to understand and act. Those who have particularly shaped my thinking include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Ella Baker, Mikhail Bakunin, Himani Bannerji, Murray Bookchin, Kate Bornstein, Noam Chomsky, Combahee River Collective, Eli Clare, Harry Cleaver, Angela Davis, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Max Elbaum, Barbara Epstein, Silvia Federici, Leslie Feinberg, Paulo Freire, David Gilbert, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Emma Goldman, Antonio Gramsci, Matt Hern, John Holloway, bell hooks, George Katsiaficas, L.A. Kauffman, Robin Kelley, Gary Kinsman, Winona LaDuke, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Marx, David McNally, Midnight Notes Collective, Maria Mies, Vijay Prashad, Marcus Rediker, Retort Collective, Vandana Shiva, Alexis Shotwell, Dean Spade, Starhawk, Leo Tolstoy, Harsha Walia, Howard Winant, A.J. Withers, and Howard Zinn.