Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday July 16th: Joint Release Event for Visiting Day and Hard Crackers #3

2pm @ Freddy's Bar and Backroom
627 5th Avenue in South Brooklyn 

Join us Sunday July 16th at 2pm to celebrate the joint release of Hard Crackers: Chronicles of Everyday Life #3,and Visiting Day, a new zine about the visitation process in the New York City jail system. In addition to the New York crew, Hard Crackers editor Noel Ignatiev and Visiting Day illustrator Nate McDonough will both be visiting from out of town. We will have copies of both publications on hand, and a few mercifully short readings. 

About Hard Crackers #3:
A unique publication: political but not absorbed in elections or program, literary but not inflated, scholarly but not scholastic. Includes “Into the Hollows,” a report from someone who campaigned for Barack Obama in Pike County in 2008 -- raw material for those seeking to understand how popular consciousness can change in a short time. Previous issues can be purchased online, and selections are available to read on the Hard Crackers website.

About Visiting Day:
In the summer of 2016 zinesters Maud Pryor (Marmalade Umlaut) and Nate McDonough (Grixly) visited their pal Jarrod Shanahan (Hard Crackers) while he was locked up at Rikers Island. Maud and Nate documented the visit from the visitor’s perspective, and Jarrod from the inmate’s. The result is Visiting Day, the story of their experiences and an illustrated first-person guide for visiting (and being visited by) loved ones at Rikers.The zine can be downloaded in its entirety for free.

Friday, June 2, 2017

*Updated* Visiting Day, a new zine by Maud, Nate, and yours truly

Update: Visiting Day is now available online as a high-res PDF

When I was locked up last summer my zinester pals Nate and Maud came to visit me. Our idea was to document the visitation process at Rikers from both sides. Over the last year we have compiled our experiences into the zine Visiting Day, an illustrated story of our experiences, and a guide to visiting (or being visited at) Rikers Island. Our goal is to share the entire zine online for free, and we'll do that as soon as we find a good host. If you'd like a shiny paper copy, Maud and I will have copies at the 8-Ball Zine Fair in Manhattan on Saturday 6/3. If you can't come out for that, pick up a copy online thanks to our friends at Gnarly As I Wanna Be!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CUNY Struggle at Left Forum / Hard Crackers #3

At this year's Left Forum, CUNY Struggle will be presenting our analysis on the CUNY system and the way forward for a militant public university movement. This is a slight variation of the panel we did at HM, which was received very well. Check out this generous essay by Louis Proyect on the HM panel.

The panel is Sunday at 3:40. I'll be joined by comrades Andy Battle, Claire Cahen, Chris Natoli, and Sonam Singh. Click here for the details.

Also, Hard Crackers is doing a bit of crowdfunding for our third issue, which we hope to be out by the end of the summer. If you like HC and in the very likely case I just gave you a free copy and told you not to worry about it, check out the Go Fund Me page we've set up.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Debate on the Future of CUNY Unionism

Last week I had the privilege of joining four comrades from CUNY Struggle in a debate with the incumbent New Caucus slate at the Graduate Center. The debate featured a good amount of inside baseball that might not be terribly interesting to folks not engaged in day-to-day labor organizing in the CUNY system, but we were able to cut through the minutia and outline a different vision for how workplace organizing can function at CUNY. I'm not saying we definitively won, but let's just say only one slate is publicizing the existence of this video. Check out the rest of the literature from our election here, and come see CUNY Struggle on our panel at the Historical Materialism conference on Saturday, April 22nd, where I will be expanding on the closing remarks presented at our debate.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New piece in The New Inquiry #59: ABOLISH

I'm honored to have a new piece in The New Inquiry entitled "Days Spent Doing Too Much of Fucking Nothing". It's an essay on Lil Wayne's Gone 'til November that situates the book's mind-numbing banality in the history of a facility near and dear to my heart, the Eric M. Taylor Center at Rikers Island. Check it out here, and consider subscribing to TNI! 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

CUNY Struggle Slate in the Graduate Center Election

I am running for office in my union, on a platform of hope and change! Check out the info on our slate here, and stay tuned to in the coming weeks for a more detailed platform.

Update 3/17: Here is our latest piece on how to transform the way our union fights, and the rest of CUNY along with it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

*Updated* Insurgent Notes Conference Sunday 2/5

Update 2/27: listen to conference here. Thanks to the 100+ people who came out and participated!

This coming Sunday join Insurgent Notes for a day-long series of discussions around the Trump presidency and the way forward for the revolutionary left. In addition to co-organizing this conference I will be offering some prepared remarks along with comrades Shemon Salam and Amiri Barksdale on the panel "Against Whiteness Again". Here is the day's program:

Agenda for Insurgent Notes Public Meeting 
Sunday, February 5, 2017
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue/Room 5409

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee/Registration/Introductions

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Getting Started—Welcome and Review of Agenda

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Making Sense of the Election Campaigns & Their Results: A Conversation
Claire Cahen, Loren Goldner, Arya Zahedi

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Anti-Fascism and the Alt-Right: Presentation by Matthew Lyons, Three Way Fight

1:15 PM -- 1:45 PM Lunch & Informal Conversations

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM For Women’s Liberation in an Age of Reaction: A Conversation
Zhana Kurti, Wilson Sherwin

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Against Whiteness Again: A Conversation
Amiri Barksdale, Shemon Salam, Jarrod Shanahan

3:15 PM -- 3:45 PM Brief Reports on Organizing Projects

3:45 PM -- 4:30 PM Open Discussion—Reactions to the Meeting/Unanswered Questions

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Wrapping Up—Possible Next Steps

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Social Gathering

Please note:
1. At least half of the time in all sessions will be reserved for participant discussion.
2. Lunch will be catered; we’d like to ask participants not to leave the building during lunch.
3. The Graduate Center is wheelchair accessible.
4. We will have a video connection—via google hangout— to enable remote participation. There will be an easy sign-in by way of a web link. Interested individuals should send a message to by January 31, 2017 to request the link.
5. Contributions will be solicited to cover meeting costs.
6. A picture ID is required for admission to the Graduate Center.
7. Pre-Registration—we strongly encourage pre-registration. Send an email message with name, best email address and cell phone number to Preferably by January 31, 2017.
8. We hope to have audio, and possibly video, recordings of the presentations and discussions. 9. If you have any difficulties getting to the meeting, please send an email to the editors’ address on February 7th to obtain assistance.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hard Crackers Event 1/21: Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn

Ted Hamm discusses Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn: {Hard Crackers Literary Event}
Hard Crackers is honored to be hosting historian Ted Hamm for a release of his book Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn. Join Ted and the New York editors of Hard Crackers for a reading and discussion. Copies of the book will be available. 

Saturday, January 21st
4pm - 6pm
Freddys Bar and Backroom
627 5th Avenue, Brooklyn

Wednesday, December 14, 2016