The Deprived and Depraved
Written in solidarity with residents standing up in Chicago’s Lathrop Homes
By Hybachi LeMar
Introduction by Anthony Rayson
LeMar’s 2015 book of Black anarchist theory/practice/philosophy does not forget that in order to confront this society one must start with one’s own self. It moves through self-deprogramming of social conditioning which surrenders power to authorities, hierarchy, and capitalism at the expense of our own empowerment, singularly and collectively, to concrete examples of applying theory and practice in the Lathrop Homes and Chicago school occupations during the Occupy movement. He participated in opening autonomous spaces in neighborhoods neglected and rejected by both the ruling class and its authorities and white anti-authoritarians that cling to complacent familiar milieus. This is an inspiring reading that overlaps with prison abolition and prisoner support, worker and poor unemployed solidarity, Black liberation and anarchism, neighborhood self organization, and more.
“This book is dedicated to the cutter and the contemplator of suicide; the ideological odd-ball; the oppressed prisoner sitting on the edge of their bunk; all I’ve wronged before becoming socio-politically aware (except the State); to those who’ve made their life a personal revolution in itself and to the have-nots of society who, like me have had so much taken from us that we literally feel that we have nothing to lose”—Hybachi LeMar
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