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“Distilling the lessons of the past and traversing the distance from today’s struggles to

the movements of the future, Team Colors has created a vital resource for anyone con-
cerned with struggles for justice and liberation. Taking inspiration from the most ex-
citing organizing happening in the US today, and avoiding pitfalls such as the nonprofit
industrial complex and vanguard leadership, they have created a document of resistance
and hope.”—Jordan Flaherty, Left Turn

USES OF A WHIRLWIND
Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States
edited by the team colors collective
In the midst of a moment defined by international crises, community
devastation, increasing injustice, and ruptures in the fabric of every-
day life, winds of resistance continue to emerge and to circulate.

Uses of a Whirlwind is more than just a snapshot of current activity, organizing, ideas, and questions
circulating among today’s radicals. It’s an opportunity for organizers, theorists, strategists, and move-
ment elders to share and connect, to speak honestly of the challenges before us, to articulate new
demands and possibilities in the ongoing war against state and capital.

Team Colors Collective invites voices from today’s myriad currents, and in so doing generates common USES OF A WHIRLWIND
understandings of radical community organizing, movement building, and the impetus and inspiration Movement, Movements, and Contem-
toward making a revolution possible. The essays collected here come from very different places: farms, porary Radical Currents in the US
forests, bookstores, streets and street corners, homes, corporate chains. Their authors organize in very
different ways: art and media, mapping and research, theory and discussion, popular education, and ISBN: 978-1-84935-016-7
road blockades. Yet they are all moved by the same desire: to create new worlds and new ways of be- September 2010
ing, and demanding nothing less. We are in the middle of a whirlwind of struggle and opportunities for
fundamental change abound; it’s just a question of how we use them. 6 X 9, 432 pages
$19.95
Contributors: Malav Kanuga | Bluestockings Books & Activist Center, Direct Action to Stop the War, Roadblock
Earth First!, Starbucks Workers Union, Marina Karides | United States Social Forum, Student/Farmworker Alli- CONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS/
ance, City Life/Vida Urbana, Picture the Homeless, Take Back the Land, United Workers, Harmony Goldberg | Do- SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
mestic Workers United & Right to the City Alliance, Basav Sen, John Peck | Family Farm Defenders, Brian Tokar,
Benjamin Shepard, Julie Perini, Dorothy Kidd, Daniel Tucker | AREA Chicago, Maribel Casas-Cortes & Sebastian
Cobarrubias, Brian Marks, Michael Hardt & El Kilombo Intergaláctico, George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, Peter
Linebaugh, & Chris Carlsson. Interviews with Robin D.G. Kelley, Ashanti Omowali Alston, & Grace Lee Boggs.
Artwork: Kristine Virsis | Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. Foreword: Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press.
Preface: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Andrej Grubacic.

“Those who would like to hold sway over our lives seek to convince us that the constraints of our current situation
are inescapable. In any case, they tell us, we cannot do anything about them. This book is a testimony to the fragil- For more information or to
ity of those constraints. It documents a variety of current struggles against intolerable forms of power, offering both request a review copy, please
inspiration and strategy for everyone who, in one way or another, is subject to exploitation and oppression--that is contact:
to say, nearly everyone.”—Todd May, author of Our Practices, Our Selves, or, What It Means to Be Human
Kate Khatib
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