New at DIRA : Queering Anarchism, Adressing and undressing power and desire. a donation from AK Press

What does it mean to « queer » the world around us? How does the radical refusal of the mainstream codification of LGBT identity as a new gender norm come into focus in the context of anarchist theory and practice? How do our notions of orientation inform our politics—and vice versa? Queering Anarchism brings together a diverse set of writings, ranging from the deeply theoretical to the playfully personal, that explore the possibilities of the concept of « queering, » turning the dominant, and largely heteronormative, structures of belief and identity entirely inside out. Ranging in topic from the economy to disability, politics, social structures, sexual practice, interpersonal relationships, and beyond, the authors here suggest that queering might be more than a set of personal preferences—pointing toward the possibility of an entirely new way of viewing the world.
« The divide is growing between the pro-military, pro-police, marriage-seeking gay and lesbian rights politics we see in the headlines every day and the grassroots racial and economic justice centered queer and trans resistance that fights to end prisons, borders, war and poverty. Queering Anarchism a vital contribution in this moment, providing analysis and strategies for building the queer and trans politics we want and need. » —Dean Spade, author of Normal Life

“Against the austerity of straight politics, Queering Anarchism sketches the connections between gender mutiny, queer sexualities, and anti-authoritarian desires. Through embodied histories and incendiary critique, the contributors gathered here show how we must not stop at smashing the state; rather normativity itself is the enemy of all radical possibility.” – Eric A. Stanley, coeditor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

New to DIRA anarchist library : Solidarity unionism Rebuilding the labor movement from below

Critical reading for all who care about the future of labor, Solidarity Unionism draws deeply on Staughton Lynd’s experiences as a labor lawyer and activist in Youngstown, Ohio, and on his profound understanding of the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The book helps us begin to put not only movement, but also vision, back into the labor movement. There is a blossoming of rank-and-file worker organizations throughout the world that are countering rapacious capitalists and labor leaders who think they know more about work and struggle than their own members.

To secure the gains of solidarity unions, Lynd has proposed parallel bodies of workers who share the principles of rank-and-file solidarity and can coordinate the activities of local workers’ assemblies. Detailed and inspiring examples include experiments in workers’ self-organization across industries in steel-producing Youngstown, as well as horizontal networks of solidarity formed in a variety of U.S. cities and successful direct actions overseas. This book is not a prescription but reveals the lived experience of working people continuously taking risks for the common good.

WOBBLIES ! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World

A vibrant history in graphic art of the Industrial Workers of the World.

The stories of the hard-rock miners’ shooting wars, young Elizabeth Gurly Flynn (the “Rebel Girl” of contemporary sheet music), the first sit-down strikes and Free Speech fights, Emma Goldman and the struggle for birth control access, the Pageant for Paterson orchestrated in Madison Square Garden, bohemian radicals John Reed and Louise Bryant, field-hand revolts and lumber workers’ strikes, wartime witch hunts, government prosecutions and mob lynching, Mexican-American uprisings in Baja, and Mexican peasant revolts led by Wobblies, hilarious and sentimental songs created and later revived—all are here, and much, much more.

The IWW, which has been organizing workers since 1905, is often cited yet elusive to scholars because of its eclectic and controversial cultural and social character. Wobblies! presents the IWW whole, scripted and drawn by old-time and younger Wobbly and IWW-inspired artists.

transgender warriors

Nouveau au DIRA – New at DIRA

« this is a fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit. » An addition to our LGBTQ+ section.

Barbecue annuel de DIRA ! DIRA Annual Barbecue!


bbq 2018

Dans la soirée suivant la première journée du salon du livre anarchiste, le DIRA organise son barbecue (végane) annuel, suivi d’une projection de sub.Media. Venez célébrez quinze ans d’humour noir (et rouge, vert, rose ou mauve) !

During the evening following the first day of the anarchist bookfair, the DIRA organizes its annual (vegan) barbecue, followed by a projection by syb.Media. Come celebrate fifteen years of black (and red, green, pink or purple) humor!

Un classique au DIRA – La conquête du pain

La bibliothèque DIRA possède aussi plusieurs classiques, dont le livre « La conquête du pain » de Pierre Kropotkine.

« Dans cet essai est proclamée l’idée qu’une société est possible sans capitalisme. Idée qui parait étrange au XXIe siècle où tout est censé être devenu une marchandise. Elle n’était pas moins étrange à la fin du XIXe siècle. Kropotkine décrit avec netteté et virulence le processus d’accaparement à la base du capitalisme. Main-mise sur les richesses naturelles, sur le produit du travail de nombreux siècles : depuis toujours des hommes ont travaillé, défriché, mis la terre en culture, édifié des villes, construit des routes et des ponts et, tout récemment alors, des voies de chemin de fer. Les ouvriers travaillent pour des salaires de misère, la protection sociale n’existe pas, l’enrichissement est assuré pour celui qui exploite le labeur des autres. De cette exploitation, Kropotkine fait un tableau terrible, montre que le corps de l’homme s’y épuise mais aussi que ses facultés naturelles et critiques s’atrophient. Projet d’une commune idéale, ‘La conquête du pain’ ouvre au citoyen du XXIe siècle des perspectives concrètes vers une société réellement libre et solidaire. »