SLINGSHOT #416, free, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 16 pgs.

Jul 20, 2021

Let me start by saying that I know the people who produce Slingshot—who write for it, who publish it, and who arrange its distribution. I might even have been approached to contribute to its production as a volunteer. But I’ll admit here that this is the first time, for this review, I’ve read this long-running Berkeley, Calif., radical newspaper. If Issue 416 is any indication, Slingshot is undeniably a clear voice of countercultural dissent against the system that Berkeley is known for. In this issue are articles about People’s Park, understanding fascism, “the pigs,” media lies, environmental issues, and building solidarity. There are also interviews with Power Makes Us Sick (“an anti-national group that researches autonomous health practices and shares the good news about all the ways we can and do care for one another outside of and in opposition to the state and capitalism”) and It’s Going Down, the anarchist news media organization. Though the hippies may be long gone, Slingshot keeps that flame burning. –Gina Murrell (Slingshot Collective, PO Box 3051, Berkeley, CA 94703, [email protected])