Emma Cray was a close friend of mine. Unlike most people I know she became more interested and involved in political ideas and action as she got older rather than giving up on them. She moved to London, to live with me at the beginning of 1995, helped with the distribution and did her own thing too. On the 14th of September 1995 she was crushed by a truck whilst she was cycling through Mile End, in East London. My memories of her are full of love and beauty as well as intelligence, enquiry, imagination and fun. We publish these pamphlets in her memory and with her spirit of hope and determination to do something worthwhile despite everything! There is no party line here or consistency of thought but there is a constant desire to find out what is really going on and what we can do about it. "Debunking" the mental status quo as Emma and I liked to say.
Pamphlets in this series so far;
The Abolition of Work, by Bob Black.
The classic anti wage slavery text. "A rosy description of a possible society and a partial analysis of the one we live in. An essential text."
Hunger Strike, by the 121 Bookshop.
The Individual, Society and the State, by Emma Goldman.
"The minds of men are in confusion, for the very foundations of our civilization seem to be tottering. People are losing faith in the existing institutions, and the more intelligent realize that capitalist industrialism is defeating the very purpose it is supposed to serve."
Mapuche, The People of The Earth, by Various authors.
Notes on Anarchism, by Noam Chomsky.
A succinct defence of anarchism written in 1973 Chomsky stands by this work to this day.
Revolutionary Women Stencils, originally by Tui.
Our own version of Tui's marvellous idea! A pamphlet full of stencils and text celebrating women who have made their mark though often have not been recognised for it. We have added a couple of extra women and intend to keep updating and improving this booklet as reprints allow.
SCUM, Valerie Solanas.
A version of this extraordinary work thats cheap enough to give away as a present to anyone you think needs to re-examine their attitudes to Patriarchy and the status quo! Thought provoking doesn't suffice!
Witches, Midwives and Nurses, a history of women healers. by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English.
This is a fascinating study of the European history of women as healers from the Middle Ages through to the Twentieth century. The authors show how women's roles in health are inextricably linked to our oppression as women, to the deep-rooted institutionalised class system and to monopolies of knowledge.
Writings in Graffiti, Part 1 (The Twilight Man) by Chris Bowsher.
Those of you old enough to remember might recognise ChrisÕs name as the vocalist from RDF. Here at last he has realised a long ambition to be published (however small scale it may be!) We bring you poetry and prose (call them lyrics and a story if you prefer!) of the Surplus People.