Covid-19 Poster

As the world struggles with this new Pandemic; we thought here at Down and Out It might be handy to add some advice to the site in the form of a new poster. Please read carefully as this information could save lives.

Extension of Deadline ‘Identity is Crisis’

Due to some slowness in the editing and text writing process, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for submissions for the Identity is Crisis Journal to the end of March 2020.  Thanks to all those who already sent in submissions, we’re getting through them and will be responding shortly. <3 D&O KidZ

We find ourselves stuck inside a suffocating false dichotomy in the realm of (anti) politics as it relates to concerns around the topic of identity. On the one hand, we find that the desire to destroy civilization/society in its totality and to attack in the here and now, is occupied, claimed and recuperated by those only concerned in destroying the existent as long as such an existent does not include themselves. The denials of materialism and materialist reality ever present in the current insurrectionist and nihilist milieus, and the accompanying machismo, racism, rape culture and outright refusal to consider any identity based concerns. The branding of all identity based concerns and the accompanying trajectories as always and only liberal demands for recognition in the face of domination and the associated scathing critiques of all forms of organizing which draw any power from or relation to identity categories as ultimately worthless. On the other hand, the generalized rejection of insurrectional tactics, analysis, and praxis by many trans-feminist, queer, and identity based trajectories has lead to a transition from the simple desire to self actualize/articulate trans-feminism/queerness and its necessary demands ending in constructionist logics which hyper valorize, celebrate, and execptionalise the very identities in which our experience of oppression(s) is rooted. We experience a great degree of disappointment in this impasse- what we are searching is an (anti) politics, which both embraces and reckons with the every day realities and lived experiences of those who experience identity based oppression, whilst also squarely aiming our hostility at the totality of the world which creates them; we wish to present a critique which both acknowledges the very real consequences of identity in the here and now, and attempts to undo the entirety of its constructions. We agree, identity is entirely social constructed, it is the product of thousands of years of domestication, brutality, violence, domination, and one central building block of civilization; where we stray from the traditional insurrectional perspective is in rejecting the naivety of believing that by simply refusing to recognize identity or identity based concerns as important is enough to de-nature them as powerfully violent. Further we hold firm to the belief that fighting anti sexist/racist/colonial struggles is in fact a central field in war against ‘the existent’. The fact that identities are social constructs doesn’t mean they don’t need to be recognized and then destroyed- one cannot hope to destroy an enemy which one refuses to except even exists. When one declares war on society, one accepts the existence of society; our war on identity is inseparable from our war on society, from the war on civilization; but this takes understanding, recognition, and sometimes organization based around those very identities.’

We are hoping to bring together a series of texts, whose focus lies in the realm of identity abolition, but whose praxis is rooted in materialist understandings of and engagements with identity. We are searching for new and existing pieces which challenge readers to engage with the every day lived experiences of those who contend with identity based oppression(s), whilst also aiming hostility squarely at the identities themselves and the worlds which they create. Submissions can come in the form of texts, poems, artworks or any other medium you see fit and are not limited to a specific word count. Submissions should be in by the end of March 2020- and sent to downandoutdistro(at)riseup(dot)net; if selected, texts will be included in their entirety and not edited by us, though we reserve the right not to include any texts we feel do not fit the line of engagement we wish to highlight. The collection will include an editorial from D&O addressing our own understanding and critique of identity  as well as engagements with what we see as the failings in both insurrectional and identity based trajectories to deal with the topic. Other texts so far proposed  for the journal cover topics including migration, sex work, experience of racialised identities, and nihilist feminism.

Text can be Submitted in English, French, or Greek, though texts not in English will be translated by us and the Journal will only be available in English.

SEND US YOUR TEXTS 🙂

LAISSE.MOI.MOURIR (Traduction de Let.Me.Die)

 

Nouveau Traduction par BreakDown Editions:

“Quand l’on vit éternellement dans une cage, quand la possibilité même de la mortalité nous est dérobé morceau par morceau et que la réalité terrifiante d’une ‘humanité immortelle’ se rapproche de jour en jour, quand être à peine gardé en vie par ce monde est le prix à payer pour exister, et quand toute possibilité d’accès à la plus petite des libertés, la possibilité de réellement vivre, nous est volée sous prétexte de nous garder en sécurité/safe, il ne peut y avoir qu’une seule demande à faire à cette réalité cauchemardesque… LAISSE.MOI.MOURIR.”

Text Ici: https://breakdown.noblogs.org/

PDF ICI: laissemoimourir

Mords la main qui te nourris

[Traduction par BreakDown Editions]

‘Je ne me sentirais pas capable de m’appeler une survivante avant que chaque client n’ai été tué.
Je n’aurais aucune pitié et ne ressentirais aucune culpabilité, mais si t’as vraiment besoin de te raconter une histoire, tu peux le voir de cette manière: tuer des clients n’est que légitime défense, on se bat pour nos vies.’

‘je ne suis pas née femme, je ne suis pas née lesbienne, je ne suis pas née pute, j’ai été exilée dans une femme, dans une lesbienne, et dans une pute. Et de mon exil j’ai embrassé la criminalité, et depuis mon exil je réduirais à néant le monde qui m’a nommé, genré, violé, a tué mes ami.e.s.’

PDF ICI: mords

Ka Najvećoj Queer Pobuni

Mary Nardini* Gang je queer pobunjenička formacija iz Milwaukeeja u državi Wisconsin, koja se s pamfletom ‘Ka najvećoj queer pobuni’ u javnosti pojavila kasnih 2000-ih. Banda je bila aktivna u mreži danas poznatijoj pod sloganom ‘Bash Back!’ ili ‘Uzvrati udarac’. Osim Mary Nardini Gang, poznati su i pod imenom Banda queer kriminalaca. U nizu tekstova i publikacija bave se aktivističkim strategijama, kritikom politika identiteta i liberalnih queer putanja sklonih asimilacionizmu queera kao ‘nestabilnog prostora postojanja’, pozivajući na beskompromisnu praksu totalnog društvenog konflikta sa svim institucijama bijelog muškog heteropatrijarhata. Queer i kriminalac ovdje nisu identiteti ili kategorije, nego prije alati pobune protiv identiteta i kategorija. Tekst ‘Towards the Queerest Insurrection’ pojavio se 2011. godine i u knjizi Bash Back Anthology u izdanju Ardent Press. (Preveo i priredio Boris Filipić)

citat iz teksta:

“Queer uključuje našu seksualnost i našu rodnost, ali je mnogo više od toga. Naša je želja i naša fantazija – uvijek veća i veća. Queer je kohezija svega onoga što je u konfliktu s heteroseksualnim kapitalističkim svijetom. Queer je potpuno odbacivanje režima Normalnog.”

PDF OVDE: nardini

New Year- ‘I’m Loving It’

Every new year, we are faced once again with the sense that the impending doom all around us draws closer and closer,  every single day might already be a nightmare, but what we all know deep, deep down; is that it can probably only get worse from here; the forests are burning, the waters rising, the air slowly choking us, the graveyard of debris circling the earths atmosphere (satellites and other useless space junk) grows exponentially, and the avenues of possible freedom are squeezed tighter and tighter, we could hope for the apocalypse, but lets face it we’re already there and it’s not that fucking great.

However, every now again there’s some good news; our personal highlight of 2019 is the knowledge that one french cop committed suicide every four days last year (we hope our poster helped in at least some of the cases)- with this in mind we decided to drop some new posters, to give us all a boost for the new years. With thanks to Ronald himself for the inspiration:

 

Callout for Submissions ‘Identity is Crisis’

We find ourselves stuck inside a suffocating false dichotomy in the realm of (anti) politics as it relates to concerns around the topic of identity. On the one hand, we find that the desire to destroy civilization/society in its totality and to attack in the here and now, is occupied, claimed and recuperated by those only concerned in destroying the existent as long as such an existent does not include themselves. The denials of materialism and materialist reality ever present in the current insurrectionist and nihilist milieus, and the accompanying machismo, racism, rape culture and outright refusal to consider any identity based concerns. The branding of all identity based concerns and the accompanying trajectories as always and only liberal demands for recognition in the face of domination and the associated scathing critiques of all forms of organizing which draw any power from or relation to identity categories as ultimately worthless. On the other hand, the generalized rejection of insurrectional tactics, analysis, and praxis by many trans-feminist, queer, and identity based trajectories has lead to a transition from the simple desire to self actualize/articulate trans-feminism/queerness and its necessary demands ending in constructionist logics which hyper valorize, celebrate, and execptionalise the very identities in which our experience of oppression(s) is rooted. We experience a great degree of disappointment in this impasse- what we are searching is an (anti) politics, which both embraces and reckons with the every day realities and lived experiences of those who experience identity based oppression, whilst also squarely aiming our hostility at the totality of the world which creates them; we wish to present a critique which both acknowledges the very real consequences of identity in the here and now, and attempts to undo the entirety of its constructions. We agree, identity is entirely social constructed, it is the product of thousands of years of domestication, brutality, violence, domination, and one central building block of civilization; where we stray from the traditional insurrectional perspective is in rejecting the naivety of believing that by simply refusing to recognize identity or identity based concerns as important is enough to de-nature them as powerfully violent. Further we hold firm to the belief that fighting anti sexist/racist/colonial struggles is in fact a central field in war against ‘the existent’. The fact that identities are social constructs doesn’t mean they don’t need to be recognized and then destroyed- one cannot hope to destroy an enemy which one refuses to except even exists. When one declares war on society, one accepts the existence of society; our war on identity is inseparable from our war on society, from the war on civilization; but this takes understanding, recognition, and sometimes organization based around those very identities.’

We are hoping to bring together a series of texts, whose focus lies in the realm of identity abolition, but whose praxis is rooted in materialist understandings of and engagements with identity. We are searching for new and existing pieces which challenge readers to engage with the every day lived experiences of those who contend with identity based oppression(s), whilst also aiming hostility squarely at the identities themselves and the worlds which they create. Submissions can come in the form of texts, poems, artworks or any other medium you see fit and are not limited to a specific word count. Submissions should be in by the end of February 2020- and sent to downandoutdistro(at)riseup(dot)net; if selected, texts will be included in their entirety and not edited by us, though we reserve the right not to include any texts we feel do not fit the line of engagement we wish to highlight. The collection will include an editorial from D&O addressing our own understanding and critique of identity  as well as engagements with what we see as the failings in both insurrectional and identity based trajectories to deal with the topic. Other texts so far proposed  for the journal cover topics including migration, sex work, experience of racialised identities, and nihilist feminism.

Text can be Submitted in English, French, or Greek, though texts not in English will be translated by us and the Journal will only be available in English.

SEND US YOUR TEXTS 🙂

New Bootleg: ‘The Bullet or The Bullet’

The latest text in our bootleg series, ‘The Bullet or The Bullet- Killer Cops Make Cop Killers’ Is taken from the “Thought Box” section from the Guerilla Funk Recordings website and is claimed by Paris. The text offers a sweeping critique of racist policing tactics in the U.S.A. and proposes a radical and armed response to the seemingly endless tole of murders against Black and Racialised people by the police. The text also proposes a critical engagement against liberal and pacifist trajectories which uphold the belief that non violence is a viable tactic in the face of an institutionally violent, racist, and heavily armed adversary. The second half of the text, offers some basic suggestions on how to engage with the police in situations of detention, arrest and search; although many of these suggestions may not be relevant outside of the specific context in which they were written, we have made the editorial decision to include them, both for the sake of not editing the original text and further because some sections may be useful in many contexts.

Quotes From the Text:

“We’ve voted. We’ve marched. We’ve trusted in the System. Joke’s on us. It’s all fun and games ’til somebody gets hurt…”

“I reject that. And many others do too. So what’s the proposed solution?

Armed resistance against unwarranted aggression.

It’s the elephant in the room and needs to be seriously considered by those of us who value our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Malcolm X said that selfdefense is common sense, and that’s a credo we should all stand by. Can’t take cops to court? How about court in the streets?
We’re dying anyway. And I’ve said it a thousand times
the only language America speaks and understands is
violence especially as it relates to people of color and
those on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.
Maybe we should talk.”

PDF HERE: Bullet

‘Let. Me. Die. (Pandas, Technology, and the End of the World’

[UPDATED]

When one ‘lives’ eternally in a cage, when the possibility of mortality is piece by piece stolen and the terrifying reality of an ‘immortal humanity’
comes closer every day, when being kept barely alive by this world is the cost of existing at all, and when all possibility of realizing the tiniest freedoms, the possibility of actually living, is stolen on the premise of keeping you safe, there can be only one demand to make of this nightmarish reality…. LET. ME. DIE.

Let. Me. Die (Pandas Technology and the End of the World) is a new original text in our distro from Bellatrix Black- the text takes the imaginary character of the Panda and it’s fight against enforced reproductive futurority at the hands of humans as a theoretical base-point for understanding the totality of the horror we are all trapped inside of. With limited actual reference to pandas, it addresses questions of death vs “Immortality”, the impositions of technology and the brutal world it imposes, the war between those claiming to provide safety and those hoping to live dangerous, as well as a critique of the potential rise of Eco-Fascism or Techno-Fascism incubating inside the collapse of the current epoch.

Quotes From the Text:

“The maintenance of ‘life’ at the cost of living. Safe and protected from the dangers of the outside, is building tighter and tighter confinements as to what living means, the whole civilization becomes a ‘life support machine’ and in exchange we except to exist entirely comatose.”

“Individuals of this epoch must face the fact that nowhere is ‘safe’, and that anyone promising to provide safety is in fact only (re)producing captivity.”

“The technophiles and modern day prophets of climate change denial dream of emergent colonies on mars, humanist expansion with technological aid, new life born off planet but inside the same civilization[10]; whilst a haphazard brigade of similarly dreamy ideologues on the so called left[11] fight an increasingly meaningless discursive battle against extinction- preaching moderation and ‘ecology’ in the name of continuing the species.”

“To allow oneself to dream of a self after society is almost as dangerous as dreaming of a society after society- No Future is not merely an expectation or an understanding of the current reality; but also a direct threat towards it.”

PDF HERE: letmedie

New Bootleg- ‘The Belly of the World: A Note on Black Women’s Labors’

The latest title to be added to our bootlegs series ‘The Belly of the World: A Note On Black Women’s Labors’ by Saidiya Hartman. Cited in the Afro-Pessimist trajectory, this text analyses the implications of chattel and racial slavery on the lives of Black Women historically and presently and the specificities of the experience of Black Womanhood (in the United States and beyond). Concerned particularly with  the difficulties of inscribing Black Women a place in the insurrectional and revolutionary histories/narratives of black people in the United States and beyond and in understanding their position as compared to the Black populous more generally; the text attempts to follow the traces of the lives and practices of struggle of Black Women through the centuries including and proceeding slavery.

Quotes from the text:

It has proven difficult, if not impossible, to assimilate black women’s domestic labors and reproductive capacities within narratives of the black worker, slave rebellion, maroonage, or black radicalism, even as this labor was critical to the creation of value, the realization of profit and the accumulation of capital. It has been no less complicated to imagine the future produced by such labors as anything other than monstrous. Certainly we know that enslaved women fled the plantation, albeit not in as great numbers as men; poisoned slaveholders; plotted resistance; dreamed of destroying the master and his house; utilized abortifacients rather than reproduce slaves; practiced infanticide rather than sentence their children to social death, the auction block, and the master’s bed; exercised autonomy in suicidal acts; gave birth to children as testament to an abiding knowledge of freedom contrary to every empirical index of the plantation; and yearned for radically different ways of being in the world.”

The sexuality and reproductive capacities of enslaved women were central to understanding the expanding legal conception of slavery and its inheritability. Slavery conscripted the womb, deciding the fate of the unborn and reproducing slave property by making the mark of the mother a death sentence for her child.”

PDF HERE: Bellyof