From May 26 to June 1, 2020, a Black led multi-racial proletarian rebellion burned down police stations, destroyed cop cars, attacked police, redistributed goods, and took revenge for the murder of countless Black and non-Black people by the police. By the first week of June, everything seemed to have changed, everyone seemed to have forgotten that any of this happened, and instead we became good protestors, we became non-violent, and we became reformists. Instead of attacking police, we endured countless marches with no point other than to continue marching. From revolutionary abolitionists, we became reformist abolitionists. What happened?
Continue reading The Rise of Black Counter-Insurgency
We (Ill Will Editions) sat down with Richard Gilman-Opalsky, author of Specters of Revolt, to talk about a “politics against politics”, the continuity of revolt, and the George Floyd rebellion.
Continue reading The Eternal Return of Revolt – A conversation with Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Ill Will received this communiqué from some black friends in New York. We have republished it exactly as received. -IWE
Continue reading On the Black Leadership and Other White Myths – Communiqué from the streets of New York
I began this letter weeks ago. Many letters have come out since I started, and I’ve been humbled by the thoughtfulness and intelligence with which so many comrades all over are trying to think this moment.
Continue reading Quarantine Letter #10: Irreversible
In August of 2019, the collective author “consejo nocturno” [nocturnal council] released a chapter of their 2018 book Un habitar más fuerte que la metrópoli on the Artilleria immanente website. While we await the publication of the full work in English, ill-will-editions have taken the initiative to translate the chapter here, offering links to the books it cites in the notes below.
Continue reading There are no metropolitan revolts, only revolts against the metropolis
In March, my friends August and Kora spoke of a “jump-cut” when describing the interruption that COVID-19 has had on many of our lives.  I too felt this sense of disorientation in the first days and weeks of the pandemic, as the virus made its way first through my social media feed, before seeping into casual conversations and suddenly coming to structure our daily lives. The “inhuman velocity” of change made it impossible to grasp. Yet while the pace of events was indeed disorienting, it also seemed to present a window for previously radical ideas to take hold in ways we could have never imagined.
Continue reading Quarantine Letter #8: Shards – Stability is seductive in a world that is falling apart