About

Mission

Agency promotes contemporary anarchist perspectives and practices through commentary, media relations, and educational campaigns. Our mission is to:

Engage the public and the mainstream media about anarchist ideas, practice, and action.

Ground our work on two basic ideas: first, that anarchism is the most liberating political theory and practice and the least harmful way of approaching the world, and second, that all of society would benefit from a greater public understanding of what anarchists believe and how anarchy works.

Facilitate the media and public in finding and accessing a multitude of anarchist perspectives, through both pro-active and re-active efforts as well as through acts of cultural intervention. We do this by combining our shared knowledge and experience in public relations and communications work with the writing, speaking, organizing, and awareness-raising skills of contributing writers and activists. By creating original, accessible materials written for a broad audience including anarchists and non-anarchists alike, and promoting anarchist perspectives on a wide range of current events, we amplify the reach of existing anarchist voices and projects.

Distribute a diversity of anarchist positions that adhere to an anti-state, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression framework. We acknowledge that there are many different anarchist perspectives and visions, and this project’s aim is to make the public aware of a range of anarchist beliefs, in a spirit of solidarity and non-sectarianism.

Who We Are

Agency was created by a group of anarchists with experience in communications and public relations work for anarchist projects, activist movements, non-profits, and for our waged jobs. It is organized by a managing collective and a more informal advisory panel that involves a cross section of US-based anarchists and anarchist groups. Our day to day work-load is managed by a coordinator.

If you are interested in working with Agency, please contact us here.

Managing Editors:
Jen Angel and Ryan Only

Project Coordinator:
Jen Angel

Design and Tech Support:
Jules Cowan
Tannie Low

Section Editors:
Hillary Lazar
Critical Voices
Tannie Low
Anarchists in the News

Agency Advisors:
Carwil Bjork-James
Eric Laursen
Hillary Lazar
James Murphey
Kris Hermes
scott crow

 

About Us

Carwil Bjork-James lives in Tennessee and is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. His work focuses on researching strategies of grassroots autonomy and disruptive protest in Latin America, with a focus on Bolivia’s urban and indigenous movements. He is an experienced participant and occasional trainer in horizontally organized mass actions challenging war and corporate power. He has collaborated in both anarchist and directly democratic organizations including Anarchist People of Color (APOC), the Independent Media Center, Direct Action to Stop the War, and Free University of New York City.

Eric Laursen lives in Massachusetts is an anarchist organizer, writer, and scholar. He has been active in the movements against war and imperialism and for global economic justice and as an organizer of the New York City Anarchist Book Fair.

Hillary Lazar lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She has identified as an anarchist for more than 20 years and been involved in numerous anti-authoritarian, radical education, and social justice projects over the decades. Currently, she is involved in efforts to organize grad students at the university where she is in a PhD program in Sociology.

James Murphey lives in Chapel Hill, NC is a student with over a decade of experience in anarchist organizing. He has helped organize protests against war and corporate globalization, as well as traveling bookmobiles alongside the concerts of Rage Against the Machine, Bad Religion, and Anti-Flag. He has also written and produced internationally distributed anarchist propaganda, including anti-election papers and popular anarchist radio programs. James looks forward to completing his degree soon and getting back to his full-time, unsalaried job of being a revolutionary anarchist.

Jen Angel lives in Berkeley, CA and has worked in media and communications since 1999. She was a founder of Clamor magazine and currently works with Aid & Abet and the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair.

Kris Hermes is a U.S.-based activist, author, and media worker who for the past 20 years has engaged with movements to resist grand juries and political repression, provide mass demonstration legal support, defend high-profile criminal cases, and combat HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Ryan Only lives in Washington, D.C. and has worked professionally in media and communications since 2002. He has worked with many anarchist or progressive activist projects since the 1990s, such as Positive Force DC, The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop, The Mintwood Media Collective, and The Washington D.C. Anti-Capitalist Convergence. He has organized mass protests against war and corporate globalization, contributed to conferences such as the National Conference on Organized Resistance as well as political prisoner support projects, and a variety of progressive and radical publications.

scott crow lives in Austin, Texas and is an anarchist speaker, author and organizer who has spent his varied life as a musician, coop business co-owner and political organizer, focusing on issues of prisons, cooperatives, animal liberation, environmental issues, autonomy and anarchism.  Since 1986 he has worked in media communications in various capacities including appearing as subject and commentator in international media. He authored the books Black Flags and Windmills and Emergency Hearts, Molotov Futures:  A scott crow Reader and is a contributing writer to the books Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab, The Black Bloc Papers, Witness to Betrayal and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation.

Submissions

Guidelines for Commentary Pieces for Agency
Agency publishes commentary on current events from an anarchist perspective that is written for a broad audience and written by self-identified anarchists.

 

Pieces Should Be:

  • Written to speak to the general public and mainstream media
  • In a non-self referential fashion – do not assume readers are familiar with anarchist culture or jargon. Avoid undefined terminology or abbreviations.
  • Written in an outward facing and not inward facing tone. Don’t speak to the choir. Don’t assume there is a choir.

 

Other Criteria

Style Guide

In general, we follow AP style. To view AP style guide online, go to www.apstylebook.com.


Word Count

Content may range from 500 – 1,500 word commentaries or analyses (give or take). Word count is something our editors will discuss with you in advance of a project.


Sources

Use footnotes to include your sources.


Check Out Our Content

See our existing content on www.anarchistagency.com to get a feel for the pieces we have run to date.


Other Tips Before You Turn Something In:

  • Have you spellchecked?
  • Have you had a friend read it?
  • Please edit your drafts before you submit anything to save time and energy.

Once submitted, all pieces will be reviewed by our team and thoroughly edited before anything is published.

 

Our Process

  1. You submit first draft
  2. Our team reviews – we decide who will serve as lead editor
  3. We will send you notes / edits asking you to approve and do a second round of work
  4. You submit your next draft
  5. We review and make final edits and comments
  6. You sign off on final
  7. We do final copy-edit, proof and publish.
  8. We send you a note when the piece is live.

 

New Contribution Requirements:

If you are a new contributor, please send:

  • A 1-3 sentence bio, including mention of any media outlets, blogs, orgranizations or other projects you are associated with, and the city/state you live in.
  • A brief synopsis of the written content including where and why it fits with the objectives of Agency.
  • The content itself in a Microsoft Word file attachment.
  • A hi-res photo / head shot of you OR your organization’s logo if you the piece is authored by a collective, such as CrimethInc.

Returning contributors are only required to submit the written content itself.

 

  • We do not pay for contributions that we publish. This is a volunteer project.
  • We prefer exclusive content but are willing to consider cross-submitted content in certain situations for our Critical Voices section. If you are sending a cross-posted-submission that has been published elsewhere, please inform us where it was originally published.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to working with you.

In the Media

The following is an archive of media coverage generated by or about Agency. This list is separate from our larger archive of stories and coverage of #AnarchistsintheNews, available here.

 

2016

May 4, 2016 | Celebrating scott crow’s Little “a” Anarchism | Nick Ford | Center for a Stateless Society

Apr. 25, 2016 | Some Unimaginative Anarchists Think the May Day Smashfest Is Going to Be Awesome | Ansel Herz | the Stranger

2015

Jan. 30, 2015 | Drones For Good, Rebranding Anarchism & Immortal Technique Breaks the Set | Abby Martin | Breaking the Set | RT

Jan. 26, 2015 | Episode 70: Interview with Agency and Fireside Chats with Dead Eastern Europeans | Free Radical Radio

2014 

December 11th, 2014Rethinking Anarchism: An Interview with ‘Agency’ | by Devon Douglas-Bowers |  The Hampton Institute

December 4, 2014 |  An Anarchist Response to Ebola | By Carwil Bjork James with Chuck Munson | Featured/Reprinted: Truth Out | CrimethInc. Ex-Worker Podcast #32 |Films for Action

 

For Anarchists

Agency is coordinated by a group of US-based anarchists from different tendencies to influence how anarchism is discussed in US mainstream media, with the ultimate goal of promoting a greater understanding of anarchism by the public.

We welcome the participation and feedback of anarchists in a variety of ways:

  • We track mentions of anarchists and anarchism in the mainstream media, and encourage anarchists to respond to these mentions through commenting online and sending letters to the editor. You can follow these posts here, or let us know of something we should include by contacting us here.
  • We reprint and circulate commentary by anarchists on current events that is accessible to the public. We also solicit new commentary. You can read this commentary here, and contact us about reprinting something or writing a new piece here.
  • We create resource guides for members of the media and the public on various issue topics. You can read these here.
  • Agency is a closed collective. If you are excited about this project and would like to talk with us about joining as a managing editor or an advisor, please email us.

Anarchists Available for Interview

Agency maintains an extensive network of U.S. anarchists who are willing and able to talk with members of the press on a wide variety of topics related to current events, including our contributing writers.

Our commentators can provide political perspectives on topics such as Washington budget talks, Hurricanes/natural disasters, Gun rights/Gun control, US policy in the Middle East, Austerity in Europe, Detroit bankruptcy, Fukushima, Obama, Tea Party, Labor movement, Energy policy, Indigenous peoples’ struggles, Racism, Sexism, Trans-issues, surveillance and government spying.

If you are a member of the media and are seeking an anarchist perspective, quote for a story, or interview subject, please contact us.

If you are an anarchist and would like to serve as a source for the media in your area of focus, please contact us.

What is Anarchism?

Anarchism is a longstanding political, economic, and social tradition based in struggle against top-down systems and institutions, such as states, capitalism, and racial and gender domination.

Anarchists aim to build an ecologically sustainable and deeply participatory society in which all people have access to the things they need, decisions are made by those most directly affected by them, and all people are free and equal.

Some of the core tenets of anarchism are mutual aid, direct action, voluntary association, decentralization, and self determination.

“Anarchy” is often attributed to Greek words meaning “without rulers.”

 

Learn more

To learn more information about anarchism and anarchist ideas check out some of these introductory materials from others in the movement:

Books

  • Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism – Peter Marshall
  • Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction – Colin Ward
  • Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940 – Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt
  • ABC of Anarchist Communism – Alexander Berkman
  • The Dispossessed – Ursula K Leguin
  • Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  • The Fifth Sacred Thing – Starhawk
  • Anarchy Alive – Uri Gordon

The following are Agency’s internal organizational documents that outline how we organize various aspects of this project. Although these are primarily available here for internal organizational reference, if you have any questions about how we organize, feel free to contact us.

Description of Roles

Project Coordinator
Commentary Editor

Editorial Sections – Purpose and Process Guidelines

Commentary (Coming Soon)
Critical Voices
Anarchists in the News (Coming Soon)

 

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