With nine months left to save the world, no one wants to be part of a generation that gives Nixon a second term this time around. But as we face the reality of another rigged coin toss, the existential crisis tempts even the best of us to withdraw into apathy. One way or THE OTHER… everyone is ready for a riot. Let’s not forget how crazy things will get this year, how absolutely absurd they are, and how much worse they will become. But most of all, let’s not forget that this is the time for action. Not alone, not on the internet, but together, in the streets, in the forest, in solidarity.
While there is a lot of work to get done at The Insurgent, we had an amazing start with the help of our outgoing editor Laurabell Harlow and researcher Mary Bogen. They are the reason we could jumpstart this radical paper into its 30th year and why we could hit so hard against a runaway Board of Trustees bent on privatizing our public university. We have a great team of contributors that produce quality information on forest defense, labor solidarity, and social justice, and who are on the ground at direct actions across the country. Many people are excited to see The Insurgent grow into a center of radical thought and an engine for mass action.
We changed format, and monthly we distribute 5,000 issues at UO and across Lane County. Soon the Eugene Tech Collective will expand our capacity for prisoner support through the creation of a unique Prisoner Submission Archive and our action support through anonymous drop box capability.
Our staff is unable to collect stipends for the amazing work they do. But I have to thank ASUO Senator Brian Sun for his support in funding our printing by “special request” and our significant pizza budget for staff projects. The Insurgent is an open radical publication, so if anyone has 500 words they want to say against power or hate, come join the team…Yes we have vegan pizza.