The new issue features national and international content, and a story that is much closer to home – an article about the resistance to the Greenbridge development in Chapel Hill, NC.
The Inside Story of the Resistance to Greenbridge
The new issue of Rolling Thunder offers insight into a previously dark and mysterious chapter of Triangle area history: anarchist participation in the movement that ran the developers of Greenbridge into bankruptcy.
All around the US, combative struggles are emerging around the issue of gentrification. In San Francisco, protestors have begun blocking the buses that bring employees to work at Google, opposing the resulting gentrification. Here in Chapel Hill, we saw a protracted conflict over the building of Greenbridge, a multi-million dollar development in the historically African-American Northside neighborhood.
This conflict included town meetings, bomb threats, postering and graffiti all over town, and even a widely publicized “riot” in summer 2011. In the end, the investors went bankrupt, and developer Tim Toben declared in the Chapel Hill News that “the anarchists were right.” But until now, anarchist participation in these events has been a black box, with little public understanding of what happened or why people chose the tactics they did.
In the new issue of Rolling Thunder, we find an exhaustive account of the events from the perspectives of many different anarchist residents of Northside. Whatever you feel about the protests that rocked Chapel Hill and the acrimonious debates that surrounded them, this is an important window into a chapter of recent local history – and you’ll only find it here, at Internationalist Books.
In addition to this compelling article, the new issue features:
– An epic account of prisoner resistance from anarchist Sean Swain, who met the dreaded Extraction Team of Mansfield Correctional Institution in open battle and lived to tell.
– The central feature, “After the Crest,” analyzes the opportunities and risks in the waning phase of social movements, including case studies of Occupy Oakland and the 2012 student strike in Québec. We also present a narrative direct from the tear gas in Taksim Square, the epicenter of the uprising that rocked Turkey in June 2013.
– A fascinating interview with a longtime Israeli anarchist who reviews the history of anarchism in his region, from the Kibbutzim through punk and the animal rights movement to Anarchists Against the Wall, closing with some straight talk about nonviolence rhetoric in the Palestinian resistance.
– In the theory department, we offer devastating critiques of ally politics and of the ideology coded into digital technology.
– The issue concludes with a discussion of Eternity by the Stars, the book by the notorious insurrectionist jailbird Auguste Blanqui that became so influential on Nietzsche, Borges, and Walter Benjamin.
All this, plus the regular features, gorgeous artwork, and 16 pages in full color. At 128 pages, this is our thickest issue yet.