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Apr 3, 18

RIP Paul Z Simons, May 3rd, 1960 – March 30, 2018

Long-time anarchist traveler and writer Paul Z. Simons has unexpectedly and sadly passed away. The following is a short eulogy from Anarchist News which includes an appeal for funds to move Paul’s body from Paraguay to the United States. To hear our podcast interview with Paul on the communes of Rojava, go here.

Our close comrade Paul Z Simons (PZS, el errante, etc) has passed away from an apparent heart attack. He is survived by his 5 children, including Nina, Hannah Simons, Max Errickson, and Tristan and Jack Simons.

He was born in Utah. He liked to say he was born an illegal, to an unwed mother, Ginger, in a state where is was a crime to have a child outside of wedlock. He was adopted by Daryl and Irene Simons at birth. He has 4 siblings, Steve and Robert Simons, and James and Elizabeth Ables.

Help his family deal with the financial burden of this death

“Paul was a complex person who was loved by his friends and family, and the dozens of communities he gave voice to through his writings and adventures as a journalist. Paul was a soul searcher to the end, a fearless adventurer, a rebel, a lover, a father to myself, Hannah, Max, Tristian, and Jack. He was a brother, a cousin, an uncle, a son. Paul’s death was very sudden and unexpected, he left very few worldly possessions behind. Because he was far from home when he died, there will be a substantial cost to bring his remains home. It will take the effort and contribution of his community to properly lay him to rest and give his friends and family the opportunity to mourn his loss.”

Paul was an editor at Modern Slavery journal ( where much of his recent journalistic writing can be found. His essays are also on The Anarchist Library ( He was involved in the Lower East Side scene in NYC in the 80s. Some of that time is collected in the book Black Eye published by LBC (

More memorials are to come but our friend Paul is going to be dearly missed and anarchy will be less for his departure.

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