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NYPD Challenge Coins: Members Only
NYPD Challenge Coins: Members Only

An annotated collection of cop memorabilia that offers a look inside a culture usually kept unseen. 68 pp. 2017.

There are many stories about the origin of challenge coins, all probably apocryphal. What is certain, though, is their roots in American military culture, their rise in popularity after World War II, and their eventual adoption by law enforcement over the proceeding decades. When fellow service members or officers meet for the first time, they might “challenge” each other to show their unit’s or division’s coin as a way to verify that the other is not, in colloquial terms, a poser. Some coins commemorate historical events or “battles,” while others are merely inside jokes shared among friends and coded in obscure cop lingo and arcane insignia.

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The 2015 Baltimore Uprising: A Teen Epistolary
The 2015 Baltimore Uprising: A Teen Epistolary

An unfiltered, journalist-free quasi-oral history of the 2015 teenager-led uprising following the killing of Freddie Gray in the back of a Baltimore police van.
268 pp. 2015.

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Cats Hate Cops 
Cats Hate Cops

150 years of cats attacking cops. 62 pp. 2013.

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Jean Crones 100th Anniversary Poster
Jean Crones 100th Anniversary Poster

Commemorating the impending 100th anniversary of the chef Jean Crone's poison deed. 2014.

A Brief History of the 23rd Precinct
a brief history of the 23rd precinct

For the 45th anniversary of the East Harlem riots/rebellion. 120 pp. 2012.

“We walked off together up to Third Avenue and it was already starting to happen. Everywhere we looked were policemen. I saw a bottle thrown out of a window. It looked like a star and when it hit the street, it made a long path of bright yellow fire, a Molotov cocktail. Then I saw another, and another, and intermingling with its bright light were defined screams and crystal sounds of what seemed to be thousands of bottles being smashed in.... I saw the running of the crowds in and out of the blocks and blocks beyond, and each time they came back on Third Avenue, more were added. Just then, more Molotov cocktails were thrown out of windows and the sounds of smashing bottles were like weird sounds of a street symphony. It reminded me of when, as a young boy, I had read Dante’s description of the Inferno.”

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(“A Note on Communities, Precincts, & Space”)

Communiqué from an Ex-Cop
communiqué from an ex-cop

A heavily annotated edition of LAPD killer cop Christopher Dorner’s final statement to the world. Copious footnotes provide extensive historical context for Dorner’s grievances with, and criticisms of, the Los Angeles Police Department. From the rigged internal tribunals to the racket of police overtime to the invention of “suicide by cop” by the university-law enforcement complex, this zine discards the “rambling manifesto” frame advanced by the media and sincerely takes up Dorner’s challenge to journalists to investigate his allegations of an institution rife with corruption, racism, and brutality. 2013. 94 pp.

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Brutal Death Ends a Man’s Dream: And Other Stories of Cops Ruining Christmas
brutal death ends a man's dream: and other stories of cops ruining christmas

A century of cops ruining Christmas, including an uplifting 30-page epilogue of cops' Christmases being ruined. 124 pp. 2012.

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Rules for Picketing
Rules for Picketing

The disobedient strike begins with an unruly picket line.

Rules for Picketing was distributed at official union rallies and events during the ATU 1181 school bus drivers’ strike in New York City in 2013. It collects actual flyers made by various unions intending to stifle militancy among their own striking rank-and-file members: internal guidelines dictating long lists of increasingly absurd and condescending “rules” to be obeyed on the picket line. 26 pp. 2013.

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Superstorm Sandy and New York City’s Dark Recovery
SUPERSTORM SANDY AND NEW YORK CITY’S DARK RECOVERY, OR, THINGS TO BE SEIZED DURING THE COMING INSURRECTION

A dispatch from the flood zone. 5 pp. 2012.

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(“Construction Materials Expropriated from Luxury Developments in Manhattan, Delivered to Victims of Sandy”)
Welcome to Fear City
Welcome to Fear City

Reproduction of a 1975 pamphlet produced and distributed by the Council for Public Safety, a front group for NYPD police unions, during a contract dispute with the city. While intended to be semi-satirical, it serves as a cop's-eye view of urban space as a cesspool of crime and of a fragile society held together by sheer force of policing alone. 4 pp.

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Mayday 1971: or, How to Lose Street Battles and Alienate People
Mayday 1971: or, How to Lose Street Battles and Alienate People

A critique of the celebrated Mayday 1971 protests in Washington, DC told through original organizing documents, newspaper articles, and first person accounts from participants on the ground. The protests have since been heavily mythologized by nostalgic baby boomer activists as a triumph in radical organizing and direct action. In reality, the protests were a demoralizing failure. Aimless, white, easily crushed by police, Mayday 1971 signaled the death of the American antiwar movement. 90 pp. 2012.

(Review via UC Press)

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Danger Unheard
Danger Unheard

A collaboration with the author of Deafula on deafness and the police: “the danger, the struggle, the role authority plays, and the ways that awareness and training fall short.” 30 pp. 2014.

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Why Don't You Write
Why Don't You Write

A record of unreciprocity, 1905-1953. 64 pp. 2014.

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Why is Cooper Union Being Occupied?
Why is Cooper Union Being Occupied?

One of the nation’s last bastions of free education is under attack. This mini-zine, distributed to passersby during the initial 2012 occupation, contains the occupiers’ statements, leaked administration documents, and news articles explaining why Cooper Union was being occupied. 22 pp. 2012.

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(Cooper Union Update)
Riot Control
Riot / Control

74 pp. 2011.

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For the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resisters
For the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resisters

Examining the plight of the imprisoned Pacific Northwest grand jury resisters [now since freed], this zine also functions as a primer on grand juries in general. It includes the resisters’ statements, newspaper articles, primary documents, tips on how to handle grand jury subpoenas, and a detailed history of grand juries and their use as a tool to suppress political organizing and radical struggle in the US. 75 pp. 2012.

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NYPD: Guilty of Sexual Violence
NYPD: Guilty of Sexual Violence

Flyer. 2012.

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NYPD Precinct Map (Manhattan)
NYPD Precinct Map (Manhattan)

Flyer handed out at street demonstrations mapping the locations of every NYPD station house in Manhattan. 2016.

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Lucy Parsons Tote Bag
Lucy Parsons Tote Bag


2017.
Anticapitalist Zine Box
anticapitalist zine box

(R.I.P.)



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