Decades ago, Malcolm X eloquently stated that communities have the legitimate right to defend themselves “by any means necessary” with any tool or tactic, including guns. This wide-ranging anthology uncovers the hidden histories and ideas of community armed self-defense, exploring how it has been used by marginalized and oppressed communities as well as anarchists and radicals within significant social movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Far from a call to arms, or a “how-to” manual for warfare, this volume offers histories, reflections, and questions about the role of firearms in small collective defense efforts and its place in larger efforts toward the creation of autonomy and liberation.
Featuring diverse perspectives from movements across the globe, Setting Sights includes vivid histories and personal reflections from both researchers and those who participated in community armed self-defense.
Dennis Banks (former leader of the American Indian Movement), Kathleen Cleaver (former leader Black Panther Party), Ward Churchill (author), Subcomandante Marcos (Spokesperson for the Zapatistas), Mable Williams (former Civil Rights NAACP leader), Ashanti Alston (former member Black Panther Party, Black Liberation Army), Antifascist Action UK, Paul Avrich, Kalika Baruti, Lamont Carter, David Cecelski, Nikki Craft, J. Clark, Helge Döhring, Laura Gallery, Gord Hill, Mo Karnage, Chad Kautzer, Erick Khafre, Gabriel Kuhn, Ian Lavelle, Peter Little, George Ciccariello-Maher, North Carolina Piece Corp, Leslie James Pickering, Gustavo Rodriguez, Alexander Reid Ross, Simón Sedillo, Suncere Shakur, Neal Shirley, Shawn Stevenson, Redneck Revolt, Dr. Akineyele Omowale Umoja, Michele Rene Weston, Western Unit Tactical Defense Caucus, Kristian Williams