11/21/20 5:00pm Virtual Winter Reading Group

Join us this Saturday at 5pm for the first installment of Building the Commune’s virtual monthly winter reading group!

Guns and cars are central figures of American society. How has their increasing presence on the streets transformed how we understand politics, tactics, and strategy? Please read At the Wendy’s: Armed Struggle the End of the World and Guns, Cars, Autonomy: On the Finer Points of the Recent Revolt in Ferguson, MO and come prepared with at least one question, comment or paragraph to share. @buildthecommune for details.


On Sunday, April 19, we will be joined by historian Robert Ovetz, who will discuss his recently published book, When Workers Shot Back. Class Struggle from 1877 to 1921. The main reading will be the introduction to the book, available here: Ovetz – When Workers Shot Back – Intro

Condensed versions of the chapters on wildcat strikes and the Seattle 1919 general strike can be found here:



We will meet at Floods Hall. Bring snacks!

This event is sponsored by Railway Workers United.


Between now and March, we will be reading several texts around the themes of the undercommons, destitution, and relations of fugitivity and denaturing, in anticipation of the conference in Bloomington, IN. If you’d like to join us, write to worldsapart@riseup.net (or DM us through Twitter) for meet up times, as they may not always be circulated publicly. With the exception of the book on Trump, which we haven’t found a pdf for yet, the texts are collected in a .zip file here.

Dec 10, 7pm: Infrastructure and Insurrection


With the end of the revolutionary party, political struggles have become increasingly centered around place-based, local antagonisms. What does it mean to read our current situation with a lens to its potential openings, to imagine possibilties of rupture within its apparently seamless structures? This week, we will read two texts on the relation between industry, infrastructure, and revolution, using them as provocations to rethink our relation to Chicago’s own existing faultlines. Readings:

Eyal Weismann, “How to Reinhabit the House of Your Enemy” | READ

Angry Workers World, “Insurrection and Production” | READ || PRINT

Dec. 10th, 730pm at Floods Hall, 1515 E. 52nd Place, Chicago. Bring snacks to share!