About Us

The Alexander Berkman Social Club is a group of anarchists who want to talk about what anarchism is, how anarchists see things and what anarchy could look like. Named after the editor of San Francisco’s mighty The Blast, we hope to have continual monthly meetings that are open to all. If you come you’ll get a membership card, the chance to win thousands of dollars (alright – the odd book or two) and hopefully something to think about and act on. You failed the audition for “So You Think You Can Dance,” and you just don’t seem with it. Don’t worry. The ABSC will have you. See you there!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Exciting New Publication from the ABSC

The Alexander Berkman Social Club is pleased to announce our first publication, in cooperation with the Kate Sharpley Library:

The Tragic Procession: Alexander Berkman and Russian Prisoner Aid

We'll be at the San Francisco Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday March 13 selling as many copies as we can, come find us. But if you can't make it, copies are also available through the Kate Sharpley Library and AK Press
Original reprint of the collected Bulletin of the Joint Committee for the Defense of Revolutionists Imprisoned in Russia & Bulletin of the Relief Fund of the International Working Men’s Association for Anarchists and Anarcho-Syndicalists Imprisoned or Exiled in Russia

Reprinted here for the first time, this collection of bulletins—edited through the years by Alexander Berkman, Mark Mratchny, Milly Witcop-Rocker, Rudolf Rocker, et al.—chronicle the gradual slaughter of a whole generation of Russian anarchists and revolutionists. They also illustrate the astonishing effort of small groups of radicals who, living often in appalling conditions themselves, attempted to both highlight the vicious reality of the Bolshevik government and alert a wider public to the awful situation its prisoners found themselves in. Imprisoned, tortured, driven mad, and exiled to places so remote no contact with the outside world was possible, the prisoners disappeared into a totalitarian darkness. Each recorded name or initial printed here signifes a life that often had been spent in revolutionary commitment, a life systematically and carefully destroyed by erstwhile “comrades.” To remember them is the least we can do.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rebel Patagonia Movie Screening

November 19, 2009

Fundraising rally for the Anarchist newspaper of Venezuela El Libertario

Movie: The Rebel Patagonia

From 1920 to 1921, there was a peasant uprising in Patagonia led by anarchists. The army, led by Colonel Varela, reacted by executing some 1,500 people. Because of the remoteness of the region, the events did not become known in Buenos Aires at first. Once they did, the anarchist movement started a campaign against the "killer of Patagonia", as they called Varela. This led the Tolstoyan anarchist Kurt Gustav Wilckens to assassinate the colonel on January 23, 1923.

Place: AK Press warehouse (674-A 23rd Street Oakland, CA 94612)

Day: Novemer 19th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Type: Fundraising event

5 dollars entrance

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Upcomming events

While it might be a few months before there is another meeting of the ABSC, there is still a lot going on around the Bay Area and we thought you might be interested in the following events

November 13, 2009
Anarchism in Venezuela: Another Perspective on the Bolivarian Revolution
Talk and movie about the anticapitalist and anarchism perspective on the Chavez government and his contradictions, the truth behind a revolution was betrayed for one man.

November 13 Hour: 7:00 p.m.
Firehouse 51, 410 James Street. Modesto

Fundraising event in solidarity with Sabino Romero, indigenous leader in prison for fight against the coal exploitation in the indigenous communities and the anarchist newspaper El Libertario, bring your solidarity (money, magazines, newspaper or proposals)
Hosted by Modesto Anarcho Crew and El Libertario.

November 15, 2009
Anarchism in Venezuela: another perspective about the Bolivarian revolution
Conference and movies about the anticapitalist and anarchism perspective about the Chavez government and his contradictions, the true behind a revolution was betrayed for one man.
Movies: Venezuela 27 de febrero
Our oil and other tales
Day: November 15
Hour: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Station 40 (Mission 3030B 16th St San Francisco, CA 94103)
Type: Fundraising event in solidarity with Sabino Romero, indigenous leader in prison for fight against the coal exploitation in the indigenous communities and the anarchist newspaper El Libertario, bring your solidarity (money, magazines, newspaper or proposals)
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Invite: El Libertario and Station 40 crew

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October 29th Meeting: Chris Carlsson and FoundSF

It's that time again, time to let you know about our next exciting Alexander Berkman Social Club meeting. This month our featured guest will be Chris Carlsson, and he will be talking about his project FoundSF and anarchist history in San Francisco.

Chis Carlsson is an urban historian, political activist, author of Nowtopia (2008) and editor of Processed World (1981-1994, 2001, 2004-5), The Political Edge (2005), After the Deluge (2004), Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration (2002), Reclaiming San Francisco (1998), and Bad Attitude (1990).

This looks to be a great evening, so please come and join the conversation!
As always there will be snacks, raffles and friendly faces.

October 29th, 7pm
522 Valencia St
San Francisco
$5 (or $4 with membership)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics

Free screening of Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics this Thursday, October 8th at Bound Together Books. 8pm, don't miss out on this exciting event!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Special Message from Alex B

Hello everyone. Alex here.

I hope you can tear yourself away from Facebook and come and support some New Zealand anarchists who are having a bit of trouble with the state. Yes. That is right. New Zealand. We are going to skype one of them (don't worry. I do not think they can arrest you for it and nothing naughty is involved.) She is going to tell us details about the case and ask us to publicise it. As they say over there 'New Zealand: A Long Bloody way from anywhere" so it would be nice if all my friends can show up, have a drink and listen.

If you can't I may have to find you and carry out an attentat on your person. I do apologise but if you don't come you really do need a Fricking. Support your comrades. If it was a good enough strategy for Sabate it is good enough for you.
All proceeds from the event go to their defense costs.

That's it then. Off to have a sleep. All this permanent insurrection wears me out. See you.

Thursday 24th September. 7pm. My place. Tell all of your friends.

Monday, September 14, 2009

September 24th Meeting: New Zealand Anarchism and the 2007 Terror Raids

Our next meeting will be Thursday September 24.

We are very excited about this meeing as we'll be trying something new this month. We will be talking with anarchist Valerie Morse, live from Wellington, New Zealand using Skype. This will be an exciting opportunity to hear directly from other anarchists about the anarchist movement in New Zealand, and especially about the state of the movement following the 2007 terrorism raids in that country.

If you don't know much about the Terror Raids, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to come to our next meeting!

But in the mean time here is some background info:
The New Zealand Terror Raids
Aotearoa (New Zealand), Personal report of an anarchist of the 15th October 2007 17 arestees
2007 New Zealand Anti-Terror Arrests

Valerie Morse is a Wellington, NZ based anarchist, member of the anarchist publishing collective Rebel Press and author of Against Freedom: The war on terrorism in everyday New Zealand life.

Thursday, September 24
522 Valencia St.
San Francisco
$5 (or $4 with membership)