by John Petrovato
the Spring, 2002 IAS newsletter.. Much has happened at the IAS
over the past few months. We completed a successful 2001
fundraising campaign in which we were able to provide $8000 in
grants and the IAS also has a new home and a new general director.
As of February 15,
Rebecca Dewitt has stepped-down from the position of General
Director and has become a board member. Rebecca has done an
excellent job over the past couple of years as director and all of
us on the board thanks her for her work. The new general director
is John Petrovato. John has been a board member of the IAS for a
number of years and is very excited about his new role.
Professionally a bookseller in Amherst, MA, john has been involved
in the anarchist movement since the early 1980s. He also
co-organizes the annual “Renewing the Anarchist Tradition
Conference”, along with Cindy Milstein.
transition of directorship, the location of the IAS offices has
relocated to 98 Main street, Conway, MA. In addition to the
office space available, the IAS will have access to much more
additional space for other projects.
It is my intention
to have the IAS become more active over the years. Beyond giving
support to radical writers (which will always remain our primary
focus) it is my hope that the IAS will be involved with
organizing conferences and seminars, putting out publications, and
setting up speaking tours.
our newsletter, will continue to be published twice a year in
generally the same format as it has been. With this current issue
I sought to create a forum in which to open up dialogue on the
difficult questions and issues brought to light by the events of
September 11th. Anarchist writers, from different theoretical
backgrounds,had been approached to contribute an essay which
expressed specific issues which concerned them. They were to write
from whatever style they felt comfortable (theoretical, practical,
or personal) and what is published in this newsletter represents
those who submitted essays. The opinions expressed by such do not
represent the views of the IAS. But they do represent the many
ways in in which anarchists explore such issues. Lacking an
“official position”, anarchists create vibrant intellectual
debate. It is, after all, such which allows anarchism to remain
a relevant and contemporary movement.
The Board of
directors and myself would like to thank all the donors for their
continued generosity. Such generosity is truly inspiring and it
enables the IAS and the anarchist community to continue to have a
voice in contemporary debates. We encourage contributors, donors,
and others to contact the IAS with suggestions and comments and
look forward to hearing from you.
Perspectives on Anarchist Theory
- Vol. 6, No. 1 - Spring 2002