“Men, in general, seem to employ their reason to justify prejudices, which they have imbibed, they cannot trace how, rather than to root them out. The mind must be strong that resolutely forms its own principles; for a kind of intellectual cowardice prevails which makes many men shrink from the task, or only do it by halves.”
This week’s Pandemic Book is Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This is almost certainly the last book we will make with this gorgeous cover stock, bought from Ho Sun printers before they closed up shop. If you can tell me you have made a $10 donation to BWSS – Battered Women’s Support Services I’ll set one of the limited number of copies aside for you for local pick-up in Vancouver. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week: three zines about direct action. These are all open-copyright publications that discuss movements or strategies that function outside of electoral, regulatory, and legal systems to seek justice. Standing on the Land to Stand Up Against Pipelines was published in 2013 by the Unist’ot’ten Camp; Fuck Abuse in 2018; and What Will it Take to Stop the Police from Killing? was published this year. All three can be downloaded freely from the crimethinc.com website, but the first eight people who can tell us (email to email@example.com is good) they have made a minimum $10 donation to the Unist’ot’ten Camp will get a custom-made hard copy set of them, with surprise extras thrown in. The camp’s website is at unistoten.camp. Even if you don’t want the zines, donate anyway!
This week’s Pandemic Book is a pamphlet from 1995, Neo-Nazis and the War Against Women’s Reproductive Freedom. Reading this account of the links between fascism and anti-choice harassment and violence, it occurs to us that the names may have changed, but the methods remain the same in our current moment. Fascist organizers latch on to not only misogyny, but racism, homophobia, transphobia, and poor-bashing in right-wing movements, and are now often given support by politicians within “conventional” conservative parties.
I have made eight copies. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you have made a minimum $10 donation to BWSS (Battered Women’s Support Services) and I’ll set one aside for you to pick up locally in Vancouver.
Olaudah Equiano, known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa, was born in the Kingdom of Benin, and was enslaved as a child, eventually purchasing his freedom and becoming a leading advocate for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. This book has extremely small print by contemporary standards; it is an early-19th-century edition of his memoir, first published in the 18th century.
If you’re interested in picking up a copy of this book, please let us know (via email to email@example.com) that you have made a minimum $10 donation to Carnegie Community Action Project, and we’ll put a copy aside for you, and then we both can arrange a time and place for you to pick it up.