Our goal is to use this website as a tool to help create a broader social project that works against the insularity of radical circles and towards the sharing of ideas and information among those who are not satisfied with the status quo.
FireWorks is a Bay Area anarchist newspaper that aims to cultivate revolutionary solidarity and communication in the Bay among full-fledged rebels, closet antagonists, old-school revolutionaries and budding insurgents. What you will find in these pages is a concoction of the efforts and contributions of a broad array of radicals in the Bay Area. It is directed at anyone who opposes capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy. We aim to create a forum in which people can continue to strengthen their affinities with each other, as well as their hostilities towards a system that has exploited and dominated every aspect of their lives. We want the content we publish to facilitate critical and inspiring conversation and action; we believe the only way this can occur is if the project attempts to avoid the restraints of financial, bureaucratic, and powerful political interests. Many of our public news sources of information are tailored to the interests of investors, developers, corporations, politicians, and the upper-middle class. Having alternative sources for information and critique is one step towards resisting capitalism’s total dominion over our lives.
FireWorks is dedicated to anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-capitalist principles.
We live on Native land that was stolen by Spanish conquistadors; this legacy of colonization continues today through rampant gentrification and the constant occupation of our neighborhoods by the police. In starting a newspaper that is relevant to social struggles in the Bay Area, we place this history of colonization at the center of our analysis. This project also begins with a critical engagement with race, gender, class and sexuality, without privileging one aspect of experience over another. We reject liberal delusions of progress. Despite having a black man as President, an Asian woman as the Mayor of Oakland, and diverse crowds of yuppies in hip downtown bars, this world is as racist, classist, and gendered as ever. Politicians tell us that they can remedy these injustices, but the deep-seeded inequalities of society cannot be remedied by the very systems that created them. The state and capitalism secure the prosperity and safety of a privileged few while ensuring the failure of the rest of us. The police and prisons do not keep us safe, but function to maintain the gross inequities already engrained in society. We are dedicated to a persistent antagonism against these systems that protect the future of the rich and powerful while obliterating our own.
FireWorks is built on a commitment to collective and autonomous self-organization.
The contributors and editors of this paper, are not a fixed group of people. We don’t agree on everything, but we agree on a few things and we think that’s what matters. We aren’t concerned with Anarchism and Communism as much as we are concerned with anarchy and the commune. The contributors came together in recent years through a wide range of shared experiences and struggles. We understand surviving in this world is violent but necessary, and we are not content with the bleak future of mere survival. In this urban landscape we struggle to survive while also conjuring the possibility of a future where our dreams and desires can run wild.
For this to truly be a social project, print will be the most effective publishing form.
In the digital age, technology mediates our personal interactions and masks the alienation of everyday life. When we never raise our eyes from the screen of our cell phones or never have a moment to look up from our work, we’re unlikely to see all of the people around us, let alone talk to them. Were we to look up more often, we might find that the strangers around us are not always our enemies. Make this newspaper an assault on the digital age by having face-to-face conversations with people. Give copies to your friends and comrades. Give a copy to your family, your neighbors, to the grocer, to the guy at the corner store, to the librarian, to your parents’ weird friends who were revolutionaries, panthers and draft dodgers in the 60’s, to your teachers, to your students, to your grandma, to the person at the coffee shop, to the stranger on the bus.