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Plain Words is a website that seeks to spread news and analyses of interest to anarchists, radicals, and others in struggle in and around Bloomington, Indiana.

Bloomington, IN: Plain Words #6

Anarchist publication Plain Words out of Bloomington returns with a new issue. After a summer vacation, Plain Words is back! The autumn issue features discussions on activism, accountability, art, Christianity, court support, elections, and...

Plain Words #5

Plain Words is an anarchist publication from Bloomington, Indiana. The fifth issue of Plain Words is out, with reflections on anarchist publishing, a debate on art, an overview of local gentrification, analysis of struggles against police...

Community Response to the Police Murder of Ricky Ard

In August of 2017 Evansville, Indiana resident Ricky Ard was gunned down by an EPD officer and a federal security guard outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Evansville. In the following interview, the...

Cops, Cameras, and Condos: Bloomington Is Getting Worse

by Barney Szyalak Bloomington is increasingly becoming a place meant for rich and middle class people. In order for that to happen, the city government is cracking down on the presence of poor people in...

Plain Words #4: Anarchist Counter-Information in Bloomington, IN

The Winter 2017/2018 issue of Plain Words is here! This time around, we present articles on anarchist prisoners and grand jury resistance, social media and television as obstacles to revolt, local eco-action, animal resistance to techno-society,...

Bloomington, IN: Plain Words #3

Plain Words is back with issue three, featuring news of resistance in Bloomington; report backs from efforts of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners, imprisoned anarchist comrade Eric King, and those arrested on the January 20th demonstrations against the...

Bloomington, IN: Noise Demo Against Social Cleansing

In the last week of June, dozens of houseless people were removed from Peoples Park and numerous other public spaces by the Bloomington Police Department. After evicting people who stayed at the park, the...

Solidarity from Bloomington with #DefendJ20 Defendants Facing Felony Charges

This past week, there have been initiatives taken in Bloomington and around the world for the Week of Solidarity with J20 Defendants. The J20 Defendants are 211 people arrested in DC during Trump’s Inauguration on January 20th, who...

Bloomington, IN: June 11th Report Back

In the month leading up to the June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners, we set up two tables at Boxcar Books with an array of free...

An Introduction to the Affinity Group

From 1890’s Spain to present day Bloomington, anarchists of varying stripes organize ourselves and take action together in what’s called an “affinity group.” Central to anarchy is not only respect for autonomy, but the...