Try Anarchism for Life!

March 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm

The Tower
778 Barton St E

This talk/discussion will explore the two meanings of “try anarchism for life.” We’ll dig into why it’s crucial, for those of us who embrace anarchism, to hold onto it for the whole of our lives, and yet why it’s often difficult to do so, both because of dynamics within our circles and due to the structural forces we’re up against. And we’ll grapple with how anarchism can and should be about creating life, in the most expansive of senses, from collective freedom and solidarity, to dignity, mutual aid, and love.

The emphasis here will be on how we, as anarchists, “try” or rather experiment, again and again, to embody the people we want to be, in the types of spaces and social organization we want to see. The hope is that together, we can share reflections on why a multigenerational anarchism is elusive, but also illustrations of the ways we’re intentionally trying to co-create and cultivate caring communities.

About the Facilitator:
Cindy Milstein is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (IAS/AK Press, 2010), the editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (AK Press, 2015), and the editor of Rebellious mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (AK Press, 2017). Cindy has been overly engaged in numerous collective projects aimed at creating autonomous spaces of resistance, reconstruction, and education across the US and Canada.


The Tower has a manual front door – measuring 33 inches wide – with no steps leading in to the main space. The Tower washroom is an individual stall open to all genders. However, this washroom is located down a flight of stairs in the basement. There is a McDonald’s across the street with gendered, accessible washrooms that visitors to our space use often and without issue.
The Tower is located along major bus routes.
There is a kids zone with mats, books, and toys for young people.