By Maura James McNamara
Unbroken Chain Podcast
April 8th, 2020
Cindy Milstein is an anarchist organizer and writer long engaged in contemporary social movements and collective spaces. She is the author of “Anarchism and It’s Aspirations”, coauthor of “Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism,” and editor of the new anthology “Deciding for Ourselves: The Promise of Direct Democracy.” For the past couple years, Cindy has focused on doing support work for the J20 defendants and others facing state repression, touring extensively with her latest edited anthology, “Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief,” and co-organizing the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. Currently, Cindy co-organizes the Institute for Advanced Troublemaking and its Anarchist Summer School, and is honored, when called on, to do death doula and grief care. We talk about ways to step into the promise of anarchy in the crisis of our current times, the need for deep grieving in our culture of unnecessary losses, and the history of Mutual Aid projects past and present including the Zapatistas, Black Panthers, and Underground Railroad, among so much more.
You can find Cindy’s writing online at cbmilstein.wordpress.com and on facebook and IG @cindymilstein. Her crowd-sourced directory of Mutual Aid Pandemic Disaster Relief lives at mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/collective-care/. More podcasts where podcasts are found and at MauraJames.com and IG @maurajames.
[“Eclipse of All Love” – Linda Perhacs]