I am the Slingshot Collective...
* Slingshot is a do-ocracy. The more work you do, the more influence you'll have over what is printed in the paper.
* We don't have individual roles like editor or layout artist, but rather, everyone comes to the meetings and does the work until the paper is done
* If you can't attend a meeting, ask someone to proxy for you, that way someone is there to advocate for your topics in your absence.
[All meetings listed are at the Long Haul Infoshop]
Issue #116 Schedule
- March 29, 3pm to firstname.lastname@example.org
Article Reading / collective editing process (drop in):
- March 29 Saturday, 3-6pm
- March 30 Sunday, 12-5pm
Article Decision Meeting – Round 1:
(you must have read the articles to contribute to this meeting!)
- March 30 Sunday, 5-7pm
Revision Requests Sent to Authors:
- March 30-April 3
- April 3,7pm email to
Revision Reading (drop in):
- April 3, 7-9pm
- April 4, 10-6pm
Article Decision Meeting – FINAL / & Page Assignments:
(you must have read the revisions to contribute to this meeting!)
- April 4 Friday, Dinner & group check-in at
- Meeting 7pm til late
Layout! Extra Artists Welcomed! (drop in)
- April 5 Saturday, 10am-late
- April 6 Sunday, 10am-late
Proofreading (drop in):
- April 7 Monday, 6pm-late
Mailing Party & Reverse Scavenger Hunt Distribution:
(if everyone puts in at least 2 hours, we can do this)
- April 13, noon-9pm
Just because a topic is on the list doesn't mean someone will write about it. If you want to see something in this issue of Slingshot, it’s up to you to make it happen.
Homelessness//Domain Awareness Center//Youth Invovlement//Radicalism in Pop TV//Keystone XL//Holdout Name Change//Labor//Local History//Self-criticism in the movement//consensus decision making//limits of PC//call out process in collectives//Organizing principals//War on poverty//Gentrification and real-estate speculation//Creative commons//Infoshop update//Poetry//Anti-tobacco laws//Resisting toxic gossip//Albany bulb//Six Californias//Economic practices in the Bay Area//Educational reform//Call out culture on internet//Comedy as a protest tactic//New types of bacteria hurting wildlife and prisoners//Personal perspectives: what inspires people to go against the grain and be engaged?//Reviews//Interviews//Traveller culture//Obituary for Baitline//How to deal with accused rapists in radical spaces//Collectives and the counter culture//People's park//Fukishima – does anyone still care?//Coal ash spill//Oil trains//Cell phone radiation//Radicals dealing with the Affordable Care Act//Deportations//Abortion law //Most dangerous states//Separation between church and state//RCA hot mess//Stay away garden //Report back from @ bookfaire//Pensacola FNB//ACT UP//Idle No More Refinery action in Richmond//Get $ out of politics//Grass//stand your ground laws//Drought in Calif//Ships in the Night race issue//Govts in danger of people toppled//Protests at the Olympics//Pussy riot general update//Police State Funnies//People in poor neighborhoods not digging invasion of radicals//Critique of anonymous//Whistle blowers//Edward Snoden//Releasing prison part of population in Calif//SHU hunger strike//Minimum wage increase//Summer direct action promos//Occupy//reclaim the streets//mayday//radical gatherings
5 ways to analyze a topic: social, economic, political, environmental, cultural
Order your next organizer now! Click here to see a list of local stores that carry the organizer, links to mail-order distro websites, and names of the 2014 cover colors.
Rumor control re: Walmart's website listing the organizer for sale November 26, 2013 by Slingshot collective
Slingshot collective does not sell the Slingshot organizer to Walmart. There is no reason to think that anyone can walk into a Walmart and purchase a Slingshot organizer. We think that Walmart's website lists the organizer for sale because their computer automatically lists every book that is available through the book distribution network on its website. We are certainly annoyed and embarrassed that their website lists the organizer, and we suspect that Walmart would be annoyed and embarrassed too, if they knew about it. But after looking into the situation, we are pretty sure that no human being from Walmart or from one of our distributors ever decided to put Slingshot on the Walmart website.
Slingshot collective distributes most of the organizers we print directly to a network of infoshops, food co-ops, and small independent bookstores that we've built up over the last 20 years. We also distribute about 20% of the organizers through the following small, independent distributors: AK Press, Buy Olympia, Small Changes, Microcosm, Pioneers Press, Vision Works, Last Gasp, Active Distro (London) and Kersplebedeb (Canada).
All of these distributors are collectives or small mom-and-pop operations that have long traditions in the alternative / counterculture scene. Some of these distributors have relationships with larger book distribution companies which is how we think the Slingshot ended up on the Walmart website, and other stupid places like Amazon, eBay, etc.
A few years ago, a Borders bookstore sent Slingshot collective an order for some Slingshot organizers. We decided at a meeting about the order that we would refuse to fill orders from capitalist fucks -- because we want to support independent bookstores and alternatives to the capitalist machine. We have never sent organizers to any big corporate entity. We don't know if there is a way to get Walmart to remove Slingshot from their website but we'll see if we can think of one. Until then, please ignore fucking Walmart and get an organizer from a small collective near you. Doing so supports that collective as well as our collective. Thx.