Anarchist Studies Update
Every new year we
reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year and prepare
for the challenges ahead. We are especially excited about the
contributions the IAS will make in 2000 to the revitalization of
radical social theory.
In January, the
IAS decided upon two important changes. This year we are raising
our grant awards from $6000 to $8000 and we will also begin to
provide a monthly stipend for my position of general director.
It has always
been our intention to raise grants award amounts and we are
excited to be able to do this so soon. Raising our grant awards by
$2000 is a significant and satisfying development for the IAS. At
times it has been frustrating to receive more high quality grant
applications than we can support.
We have found it
necessary to begin providing a small monthly stipend to my
position of general director. For four years the IAS has been
operating completely on a volunteer basis. However, even the most
committed organizations are susceptible to traditional weaknesses
of the left. These include burn out due to asking capable people
to sacrifice too much, reliance on persons of privileged economic
status to do most of the work and dependence of an organization on
one person. This change will enable the IAS to grow in a stable
awards continued our mission to develop anarchist theory. Mike
Staudenmaier was awarded $1500 for his piece Toward a New
Anarchist Theory of Nationalism. His ambitious project aims to
address contemporary issues of nationalism and the anarchist
response. In view of the increasingly international nature of
radical politics, we were happy to award Alberto Villarreal $2500
for his Spanish translation of Remaking Society: Pathways to a
Green Future by Murray Bookchin. A Spanish translation will enable
thousands of new readers to take advantage of Remaking Society's
contribution to radical politics. A more detailed description of
the grant awards is on page 3.
we have supported come to completion is always gratifying for us.
So far, five projects have been completed and published and four
are in the publication process. The grant update section on page 3
reports on the progress of projects still in the works.
projects are not always easy to find once they are published. For
example, some projects result in various parts being published in
different magazines. We will being putting information on our
website about where to find published pieces we have supported.
grant awards and providing a small monthly stipend are ambitious
goals for this year. It also puts us in the position of having to
raise more money than we normally do. However, we have found it
necessary to spend a little more in order to give out a little
more, with the end goal of larger grant awards.
fundraising campaign will be our biggest undertaking yet. We have
set a fundraising goal of $20,000. This will not only help us
increase our annual grant awards to $8000 and begin to provide a
small stipend for the position of general director, but will also
ensure publication of Perspectives and maintaining regular
operations. We have already raised $10,000 thanks to generous
donations by two longtime IAS supporters but we will need the
sustained support of all IAS allies as well as new friends to
reach our year 2000 fundraising goal. See page 7 for more details
on our fundraising campaign and a list of our 1999 supporters.
We are yet again
gratefully indebted to Raven Used Books for providing the IAS with
fabulous books for all IAS donors. This year's books include forty
new titles in addition to carrying over six titles from last year.
Remember that IAS donors also receive a 20% discount on any
purchases made at Raven Used Books. Please see the insert enclosed
in this issue for a list of the exceptional books we are offering.
the IAS enters its fifth year of existence, we continue to do our
part for the revitalization of a radical movement. Due to
the recent events in Seattle, I am personally inspired by the new
possibilities for a radical movement. I hope the IAS' focus on
radical theory will play a role in these exciting developments.