EARTH FIRST! September/October 2015: $6.50, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 72 pgs.

Feb 01, 2016

For some reason I was projecting some serious anarcho-pomposity on the Earth First!zine before I read it, surely because of my association of the movement with the two-year-long consensus meeting that was my own baby anarchist period. But I’m glad to discover that the folks behind this are self-aware from the first page, from which an editor beseeches me to “run with the shadows of the night in the company of owls, foxes, and other charismatic non-humans!” So that’s a good start. What follows are seventy solid pages of thorough reporting and analysis of some of the recent developments in environmental activism. There’s coverage of the Rising Tide protests against Arctic drilling that took place in Portland a few months ago, a celebratory piece on the impending doom of Sea World, and plenty of other reports on activism in Finland, Germany, China, Argentina, Guatemala, and dozens of other places around the world. There’s also a very relevant piece on white people dreads and the defensive arguments most commonly employed by those who are white and dreaded. Oh, and a crossword puzzle. This issue closes with the article “No Cutting Trees Down March,” a report on preschooler Lemon’s first foray into anti-clearcutting direct action. It is now my favorite article about radical politics. –Indiana Laub (Earth First! Journal, PO Box 964, Lake Worth, FL 33460)