Growing anti-authoritarian group publishes on campus

by Aformer Beacon / Beacon Correspondent • October 4, 2006

correspondent. "The people in the group that write for us are anything from animal rights activists, women's reproductive rights activists, anarchists."

Emerson Anti-Authoritarians works closely with Boston Anarchists Against Militarism (BAAM), a five-year-old Boston-based anti-authoritarian movement that meets once a month. The two groups jointly planned a parade.

"They helped us organize over the summer. It was the biggest funeral march in Boston's history. We followed almost the same route they took way back when they were tried unfairly just because they were anarchists," according to BAAM member Michelle Millette, who prefers to be called Mothra. Millette graduated from MassArt last year.

Carman said events over the summer included anarchist picnics and educational events, organized among many anti-authoritarian collectives throughout Boston, including one at Northeastern University.

BAAM and the Emerson Anti-Authoritarians also hold "skill shares," at which anti-authoritarians gather to instruct each other in various specialty skills.

"It's like a class," Millette said. "You can skill-share in anything from how to silkscreen your own shirts, how to make your own banners, how to fix your bike -people with a talent show other people how to do it. We also do flag making, street tactics, dealing with cops-anything any normal protestor would deal with."

Carman hopes the group can educate people about the true goals of anarchists.

"It's not about disorder," Carman said. "We see capitalism as chaos in a society based on competition, violence and warfare. We're actually increasing order, making everyone's voice matter."

The Urban Pirate, so named because of the pirate's symbol of a black flag, was launched in February 2006.

The newsletter was published four times last semester and once so far this school year.

"We're putting out our own news without anyone's oversight," Reinhardt said.