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We believe we can’t have radical action without radical thought. A journal of theory and strategy for Occupy movement.
We believe we can’t have radical action without radical thought. A journal of theory and strategy for Occupy movement.
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Tidal is a magazine and action group created from Occupy Wall Street. Released in December 2011, the first issue offered theoretical and strategic visions of how to transform existing power structures. The second issue, Spring is Coming, looked towards May 1 and the history of the General Strike in America and beyond. In August, we completed our third and latest issue, Year II, and are working to distribute it throughout New York City.

Through mass distribution teams, Tidal is appearing in the streets, the subways, and every other space we occupy. We also host an open website, where each issue can be downloaded in PDF form. While every issue is freely availble online, a major distinguishing quality of Tidal has been that it is distributed physically, both at OWS actions and assemblies, and in public spaces to the world at large. In advance of OWS' historic reclaiming of May Day, 50,000 copies of Issue 2 were circulated throughout New York City. Indeed, the process of distributing Tidal has been a form of tactical direct action in its own right, as documented in the video producted by Team Tidal. In both its intellectual rigor and its large-scale distribution, Tidal has been recognized as a force to be reckoned with not only by allies on the Left, but also by influential Right-Wing outlets such as Andrew Breitbart's talk show The Blaze.

We volunteer our time to produce Tidal, and rely solely on donations for printing and distribution costs. As one of the only radical journals of its kind, we think it is critical to sustain momentum within the Occupy movement. Your donation will go toward the printing and distribution of 12,000+ copies of a fourth issue of Tidal. And by donating, you will help carry the word of the movement throughout the world.

About Issue 3, Year II

In addition to prominent theorists David Graeber and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Year II features contributions from members of the Direct Action and Strike Debt committees within the Occupy movement. Year II focuses on the issue of debt, both personal and international, as a tool of oppression.

With a $15 donation, we will send you a copy of Year II anywhere within the United States. ($20 for international shipping.)

"The last thing the 1% wants, as the world economy continues to teeter from crisis to crisis, is to give up on one of their most powerful moral weapons: the idea that decent people always pay their debt." —David Graeber

"The citizen cannot afford to be taken in by the old slogans: job creation, small is beautiful, freedom from state control, economic growth and heritage. The vanguard has sold out to unregulated capital in flow; putting all kinds of debts together and selling them at high risk. Student loans, like women's micro-credit, are features of this." —Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

About Issue 2, Spring is Coming

Featuring pieces from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and philosopher Judith Butler, Spring is Coming ponders the history of the General Strike and other forms of labor activism — what we can learn from past actions, and how our present conditions are different.

With a $25 donation, we will send you both Spring is Coming and Year II. ($30 for international shipping.)

Both issues are 32 pages, printed on 8x10.5", bright white newsprint. Half the pages appear in full color with accompanying posters and graphics, and thoughtful editorial design.

Posters

We're also offering two beautiful posters from our latest issue. Choose either one with a $60 donation or more. 16x20" or 24x36".

Join the Resistance!
Join the Resistance!
99 Revolutions Per Minute: S17. Designed by RISD alum Zak Greene.
99 Revolutions Per Minute: S17. Designed by RISD alum Zak Greene.

We hope you will support this important journal of radical thought. Support Tidal!

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