Joshua Stephens

Joshua Stephens

Joshua Stephens is a board member with the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and has been active in anticapitalist, international solidarity, and worker-cooperative movements across the last two decades. He currently divides his time between the northeastern U.S. and various parts of the Mediterranean.



Joshua Stephens

Joshua Stephens is a well-known and beloved anarchist and activist.

Protesters detained today in Thessaloniki. Photo: Alexandros Avramidis

Today, the world learned of the stabbing death of Greek antifascist hiphop artist Pavlos Fissas, who performed under the name MC Killah P, at the hands of thugs affiliated with the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. His death is just the most recent since the party’s rise in recent years, but may have tipped a country teetering on the brink of civil war into incredibly volatile territory.

An anonymized speaker in Dirty Wars, the new documentary from investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and filmmaker Rick Rowley, describes the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) – an elite unit spanning all four branches of the US military -- as something of an extraordinarily effective hammer, for which he foresees a process of continually seeking out “nails”. Afghanistan. Yemen. Pakistan. Somalia. Indonesia. Thailand. And so on.

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A little over a year ago, I found myself sitting in a newly-opened kitchen-café space in the Petralona area of Athens, sharing reflections on Occupy Wall Street with Greeks from the neighborhood's Popular Assembly. Popular Assemblies sprang up all across the city during the 2008 uprising sparked by the police murder of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

"Occupy Gezi" Action in NYC.

In recent weeks, a parcel of land that had been vacant for two decades in the southern portion of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was seized by New York City environmental direct action group Time’s Up, and converted into what the collective called the “Nothing Yet Community Garden.” It was an action that fell within the group’s quarter-century history, recalling collaborative work to defend community gardens similarly establis

May Day 2013 in NYC Photo By: Joshua Stephens

It was still mild enough such that light sleeves or a hoodie were sufficient, when Occupy Wall Street first stepped out with the major labor unions as Fall stretched its legs in 2011. The jog between Foley Square and Zuccotti Park can be put at spitting distance, without much exaggeration, but a march was staged between the two, nonetheless.

Zapatistas march in Ocosingo, December 21, 2012. Source:

On December 21st of last year, as many across the world were speculating about the end of the Mayan calendar, 40,000 actual Mayans marched silently into five cities in Chiapas, Mexico, putting the Zapatistas and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) back into the forefront of grassroots political discourse the world over, and mainstream political discourse in Mexico. A stream of provocative communiques from the EZLN's spokesperson, Subcomandante Marcos, have followed.

Protestors in a neighborhood adjacent to Ofer Prison. Photo By: Joshua Stephens

By now, the world is beginning to hear about Arafat Jaradat. A young Palestinian father, imprisoned three months without charge, in the notorious Israeli Megiddo Military Prison. Allegedly, he'd been involved in throwing stones. Two nights ago, he died, still in custody. Still without charge or trial.

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Over the past weeks New Yorkers have been gathering to discuss how to fight the neo-Nazi party, which recently announced it was opening an office in Queens.

Books for Thought -- Photo By: Joshua Stephens

This story comes in two parts.The first is a presentation (audio format) with activist and writer Joshua Stephens, at The London Action Resource Center. This is one of two talks that Stephens gave this year, while traveling abroad. They focus on the intersections between Buddha's teachings and anarchist politics. The talks are titled: "Self and Determination: An Inward Look at Collection Liberation". In the second part, Stephens is interviewed by Indyreader. The questions are inspired from his recorded presentation.

"Self and Determination: An Inward Look at Collective Liberation" -- A Conversation with Joshua Stephens
The New York Fight Against Golden Dawn and Fascism: Where Vertical and Horizontal Come Together
"We Will Win One Hundred Times Over": Translating the Zapatista Resurgence
A Death and a Thousand Cuts: Postcards from Palestine
The Forest for the Trees: New York and May Day, Post-Zuccotti
Of Public Space and Perpetual Motion: Istanbul, NYC, and Elusive Lessons
Localizing Direct Democracy: A Matter of Survival?
A Dinner Date and "Dirty Wars": Our Permanent State of Exception
Anti-Fascist Struggle and Race in the Face of Golden Dawn: A Greek Anarchist Responds
Becoming the Media: An Interview with Joshua Stephens