SLINGSHOT #111: free, 17 ½” x 22 ½”, newspaper, 15 pgs.

Mar 07, 2013

Slingshot is a radical anarchist newspaper that runs out of Berkeley, CA on a quarterly basis. Seeing as I live on the East Coast, this is the first time I have ever read an issue, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. While a lot of the articles in the paper were strictly West Coast events, there were a good amount that had broader topics. This issue’s articles mainly cover the aftermath of the Occupy movements that were going on earlier in 2012. There were a few first-hand stories of run-ins with the law. There was also an article somewhat criticizing the Occupy movement, which is really nice and somewhat rare to see. (Personally, the Occupy movements were nowhere near what they could/should have been.) I also really liked the article on “White Privilege and Capitalism.” It touched on racism issues that most try not to jump into, but it remained genuine and I agreed with it for the most part. There are also articles accounting for shootings by police officers in July, Prop 37 and GMO research, sitting/laying bans on sidewalks in Berkeley, and the PDX Bike Swarm. This issue also has a reviews section and some absolutely sick centerfold art. Given the fact that this is free, there is no reason you shouldn’t pick it up if you can. –James Meier (Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA94705)