by Rebecca DeWitt
it seems that the most difficult thing we do is schedule our IAS
board meetings and this year's winter storms delayed our meeting
until the beginning of February. However, our board meetings are
always exhilarating, exhausting, and inspiring. This past meeting
was no exception and, among other things, we were pleased with the
success of the past year, we enthusiastically elected two new
board members and went through such an exceptional round of grants
that it was painful to send out some of the rejection letters.
were sad to see Maura Dillon leave the board yet happy that she is
pursuing satisfying projects in her hometown of Durham, NC. As
with most of the board members, Maura has been with the IAS almost
since the beginning and her thoughtfulness will be missed.
me introduce our new board members: Ashanti Alston and Brooke
Lehman. Ashanti is an active anarchist in New York City. He is a
former Black Panther member and was a political prisoner for 14
years. For some time now, Ashanti has been formulating anarchism
in terms of the African American community. Ashanti does a lot of
outreach to younger activists and brings to the IAS considerable
experience with persons of color radical writers and activists.
Brooke is very active with the Direct Action Network (DAN) and was
a founding member of the Continental DAN and NYC DAN. She
currently works with the NYC DAN as the spokesperson, organizing
monthly forums and activities, and facilitating the revolutionary
education of the anti-globalization movement. Brooke is also
studying for her MA at the Institute for Social Ecology.
grants, so far this year, are some of the best we've supported. In
particular, we were very pleased to be able to support two women.
Despite the anarchist ideals of equality, the gender bias is still
alive and well in radical politics and it has been difficult to
attract women applicants. This is something the IAS has worked
hard on, as individual board members, and through our printed
materials. In that respect, this round of grants is very
satisfying indeed. Another great aspect of this round of grants is
the contemporary nature of the projects combined with historical
critique, as seen in Andrés Peréz and Felipe del Solar's piece,
"Chile: Anarchist practices under Pinochet" and Will
Firth's translation of contemporary as well as historical Russian
quite some time now, we have been working on a new brochure that
we hope embodies not only the anarchist philosophy of the IAS but
also our accomplishments and growth over the past five years. In
particular, you will see a new section on grant priorities, the
things that we consider when making grant award decisions. These
grant priorities and the rewrite in general is a product of many,
many discussions and meetings. We welcome any comments anybody has
on the new brochure as well as anything that we do.
connections in the international community continue to grow with
translations of newsletter pieces. Chuck's interview with Janet
Biehl has just been translated into Turkish and my interview with
Todd May has just been translated into Spanish.
year marks the five-year point for the IAS! A fundraising campaign
during an "anniversary year" is especially inspiring to
us because we can reflect on the past with satisfaction as well as
hope for the future when we ask you to make a donation. Many of
our donors have been with us from the beginning, five years ago. I
can't say enough about how much we appreciate their support. Even
better, we have so much to show for it! And, we have, yet again, a
fabulous selection of books for you to choose from. John Petrovato
continues his generous donation of quality titles and this year,
we have 38 new books.
hope you enjoy the latest issue of Perspectives and thank
you everyone for your support of the IAS.
on Anarchist Theory -
Vol. 5, No. 1 - Spring 2001