Welcome to 1968.
They say: time is a circle, history repeats itself. Fifty years later, we reflect on the past and our present, and how the future can be defined. Once again, the government lacks morality and we, the people, are FED UP. Again, we are angry and must stand up to create change.
Nineteen-sixty-eight was a year of seismic change, the “year that changed history.” After two traumatic assassinations, there was a toxin loose and invasive, a discomfort with the way things were—and the collection of all this energy, anger, drugs, and music came to a critical mass, leading to inevitable upheavals in daily life in America.
To cultivate a sense of upheaval in your world, today we present to you a special Lumpen, with collected stories from activists old and new, including a few reprints from AREA Chicago, The Hinterlands Ensemble, and past Lumpen issues. In these articles, we remember the great protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, as told from the perspective of an eleven-year old (Jim Duignan); of kids who shouted, as the police knocked them down, “the whole world is watching” (Jim DeRogotis); of a child who was lost and later found hanging out with Alan Ginsberg and Jean Genet, on the cover of Time (Mike Klonsky). We remember the people taking back their city during the May ‘68 rebellions in Paris (Madeleine Aquilina) and the points righteously demanded by the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords. If you don’t remember any of this, it’s 1968 and the future is now: start this issue at the En_psychlopedia of Chicago.
I am twenty-three, the same age now as the people who led the revolution fifty years ago. In the past few months of putting this Lumpen together, I’ve met legends like Mike and Susan Klonsky of Students for a Democratic Society, Bill Ayers of the Weather Underground, and Cha Cha Jimenez, a major founder of the Young Lords. We’ve worked to create a narrative that illustrates the power of these young adults and their continued activism.
As a first-time editor, I found myself noting how those who weren’t resisting didn’t make it into the history books. For example, the prosecuting attorney of the Chicago Seven Trial (a group of young adults who helped organize the masses protesting in Chicago, August 1968) was a man named Tom Foran. I Googled him and found that he doesn’t even have an established Wikipedia page: nothing! The defendants, by contrast, have thick Wikipedia entries with admiration accumulated over the years. Yeah, they had to spend some time in prison, but, more importantly those seven (originally eight) wrote history. It is true what they say, you know? Well-behaved [people] seldom make history.
We live in the age of social media, and the desire to make a mark—to be remembered—but there is a lack of depth and community momentum. As millenials, how can we transform ourselves into a generation that creates change and turns things around in America? Today, activism looks different, but nonetheless requires organization and fortitude.
In 1968, the nervous breakdown of a nation was spurred on by the power of television and young middle-class people who had the privilege of being heard. In 2018, with Trump’s imminent destruction of America and the proliferation of social media, we are again boiling under the surface. We will resist the system and create change.
Where were you in 1968? Where are you in 2018?
nora catlin, editor
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Nora Caitlin, Samuel Barnett, Jim Duignan, Michael Klonsky, Pat Thomas, Brian Mier, Fred Klonsky,
Lise Ross, Madeleine Aquillina, Mik DiGioia, The Hinterlands, Jason Lazarus, Chris Cilla, Clay Hickson, Eddy Rivera, Plastic Crimewave, Sage Coffey, Sara Leitten, Two Tone Comix.
And generous support by the Illinois Humanities Council
Lumpen #131 - The Comics Issue
The 2018 Comics issue was edited by Joe Tallarico and designed by Jeremiah Chiu of Studio Chew. With contributions and love from these amazing artists:
David Alvarado, Chema Skandal, Rylan Thompson, Kriss Stress, Mary Beth Brennan, Chloe Perkis, Sharmila Banerjee, Johnny Sampson, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Kevin Budnik, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Austin English, Krystal Difronzo, Margaux Duseigneur, Edie Fake, Leif Goldberg, Keith Herzik, Clay Hickson, Juliacks, Sarah Leitten, Ben Marcus, Marieke McClendon, Julie Murphy, Bred Rohloff, Ian Mcduffie, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Otto Splotch, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Eddy Rivera, Joe Tallarico, Mike Taylor, Tim Tvedt, Luke Snobeck, two tone comix, Anya Davidson, Joakim Drescher, Allie Drew, Carrie Vinarsky, & Sarah Squirm.
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Issue #130 • Summer 2017
The Municipalism Issue
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With Contributions by:
Alan W. Moore, Brian Mier, Christina Sanchez Juarez, Jerry Boyle, Jim Newberry, Robby Herbst
Barcelona En Comú, Betty Marin, Heather M. O'Brien, John Duda, John McKim, Keefer Dunn, and Marianela D'Aprile
and Comics by:
Andy Burkholder,Ben Marcus, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Jessica Campbell, Johnny Sampson, Kriss Stress, Danielle Chenette, Nate Beaty, Rylan Thompson, Sarah Leitten
Building a Municipal Movement
At the beginning of the year we released our 100 Days of Trump issue, a salvo on how our community could respond to the unbelievable election of Donald J Trump. Some nine months into his (p)Residency we find ourselves relentlessly assaulted by the Orange One’s rhetorical actions, moral inactions, and the existential dread that his words cause in the mediaverse.
But we’re done with it. We are not going to focus on his shit anymore. Because he really isn’t the problem. The problem is us. Trump is a clear manifestation of how rotten we have let the political system become. Trump didn’t disenfranchise millions of voters. Trump didn’t deregulate all of our industries. Trump didn’t invent corporate welfare. Trump didn’t allow the media to become a monopoly while abdicating it’s role as the fourth estate. But he is doubling down on these efforts and making things worse, everywhere. He is the result of the Right Wing led privatization of public services thats been happening over the last 4o or so years. Trump is the cherry on top of Neoliberalism gone amuck. And he is just the lewdest money grubbing beneficiary of the 1%, gobbling every financial, economic, and cultural advantage they can while we sort through recovery, grasping at turds dropped from their platinum toilets.
As his administration and the DemoPublican Party system continue to devise ways of destroying the facile protections that were put in place to protect the environment, police the banks, and support the rights of workers, we are hunkering down here in The Community of The Future looking for answers and strategies on how we can battle the insanity of this age.
One of these answers came to focus while researching a movement most of us know nothing about. It’s called Municipalismo. Or Municipalism.
This movement of movements has sprung up after decades of work done by progressive activists and people looking for alternatives to Top Down governing and the effects of globalization. Their first victory took place in the city of Barcelona, Spain. This movement went Super Local. And their strategy is to take over city governments one at a time. And they did it. And its working. And we think something like Municipalism can work here.
The recipes for taking over a city are out there on the web ( and printed here) and can manifest in your local school council or neighborhood alliance or local Democratic Party organization. It’s just up to you to be present, to be a part of your local movement, and investigate the potential of this evolved strategy of organizing for political power. And then you can help spread the word and organize others to help assist a progressive takeover of the political system here in Chicago and Cook County.
It makes sense. If we can take over one city at a time we can bring social cultural and economic justice and equality to many more segments of the population. It’s not going to be a utopia. Some people will still suck, but at least we can participate in our own local governance and be the change we want to see, one town, one city at a time.
So this issue of Lumpen is dense and by no means comprehensive. It’s just an entry point into the ideas of making a Resistance City happen. Perhaps good old fashioned feet on the ground organizing will lead to the progressive Now which will defeat the oligarchic forces crushing this world.
In the meantime, while we engage in our real world person to person social organizing, Lumpen will continue to use every resource we can to network with our allies, amplify their ideas and present stories and inspiration about the hard working people all around us trying to make another world possible. Listen in to our radio station, WLPN-LP 105.5 FM in Chicago. Come to our space and support a fundraiser by a local community group. Help us spread the word by sharing the ideas in this edition of Lumpen Magazine. If you won’t, who will?
On January 20th 2017 we released the “Our First 100 Days” issue of Lumpen Magazine.
We did a call for work after the election and asked our community to respond to the Billionaire Gang’s plans for the Trumpocalypse.
Consider this issue our first salvo for an updated and lean introduction to the struggles, tactics and strategies that will forge a more positive way ahead. We hope these slivers of hope, these prescriptions for defensive measures and inspired
kernels of wisdom will activate you and your friends and family to join the Front Against Trump.
Issue 129 of Lumpen Magazine was designed by Studio Chew. It was copy edited by Mairead Case.
It features contributions by:
Alan Moore, Aya Lafillette, Carol Morency, Catherine Uehara, Dimitre Samarov, Eva Pilch, Industry of the Ordinary, Jason Geistweidt, Jerry Boyle, Jesse Navarrete, Jimmy Pivo, John Wilson, Justin Cholewa,
Lauren Gallagher, Matt Muchowski, Michael DiGioia, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Mother Goose Luz, Rebecca Ridge, Scott Bufis, Sebastian Villarreal, Seth Kim-Cohen, Tom Torluemke, Victor Grigas, & Virginia Montgomery
With comics by:
Ben Marcus, Bobby Sims, Chema Skandal, Eddy Rivera, Grant Reynolds, Johnny Sampson, Kriss Stress, Krystal Difronzo, Lyra Hill, Mary Beth Brennan, Nate Beaty, Rylan Thompson, Sarah Leitten, & Two Tone Comics.
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Mash Tun Journal Issue 009 Release:
4/16/16 at Maria’s,
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Mash Tun Journal Issue 009 is here. Get your sweet
heinies to Maria’s on 4/16/16 from 3-7pm for the release of issue 009. Attendees will receive a free copy of the journal, tasty Mash Tun-curated suds, and grilled Ko-Po fare for your belly. Maria’s will be featuring beer by brewers who are profiled
in the latest issue, offering pours at the bar for purchase and complimentary samples + Ko-Po grub on the patio. Maria’s will also be exhibiting work by Ryan Duggan, our featured artist in the new issue.
Issue 009 tells the story of C.H.A.O.S.
Brew Club’s diaspora, profiling homebrewers who made their liquid dreams a reality. C.H.A.O.S. vets include folks from Begyle, Louis Glunz Beer Inc., Arclight, Begyle, Goose Island, Breakroom, Horse Thief Hollow, Vice District, and Marz. Raise a glass
with us to their achievements.
Join us for complementary Korean-Polish fare at 4pm (grilling starts at 3pm).
Enjoy some special suds from our special C.H.A.O.S. Diaspora Draft list (beer for purchase):
Begyle J-Bird Pale Ale
Goose Island 2015 Bourbon County Stout
Marz Bubbly Barrel-Aged Duchess de Bridgeport
Urban Legend The King’s Tree Coffee Stout
With Beer tasting samples from:
Arclight Moe’s IPA
Vice District Far From Ordinary Session English
Issue 009 features work by Calvin Fredrickson, Edmar, Zak Rotello, Doug Veliky, Alex Bach, Clarence Boddicker, Paul Durica, Tim Lange, Chris Quinn, and Mike Smith.
Join us for some art and activism as we release issue # 127 of Lumpen
Magazine. The ho down is this Friday March 11, from 7-10pm. We will have some refreshing media and beverages for you to enjoy.
This event will also be the last time you can check out the beautiful Typeforce 7 exhibition. If you haven't seen
it you should.
In this issue we’ve highlighted some people and organizations that are engaged in activism and non-profit work to try to make this city a better place to live.
It features work by:
Rob Hager, Lila Nordstrom, Jerry Boyle, Joe Collier, Amanda Scotese, Kyle Gaffin, Dan Sloan, Chris Hedges, Charlie Festa, Leah Menzer, Ben Marcus, Grant Reynolds, Jessica Campbell, Johnny Sampson, Kevin Budnik, Max
Morris, Nate Beaty, Sarah Leitten, Two Tone Comix
The issue of Lumpen has been designed by Jermiah Chiu of Studio Chew. It ushers in a new transition for Lumpen Magazine as we enter our 25th year of publishing.
Lumpen 126 Third Annual Comics Issue
We are super pleased to release the third annual all-comics issue of Lumpen magazine, including comic work by groundbreaking local and international artists. This issue has a loose theme of "Radio" which correlates to the launch 105.5 WLPN,
a brand new non-commercial radio station based out of Bridgeport that showcases underground and innovative programming and feature distinctly curated music from a variety of genres as well as cultural commentary, not unlike the variety of comics and
artists in Lumpen magazine.
With comics by:
David Alvarado, Sharmila Banerjee, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Mark Connery, Krystal Difronzo, Margaux Duseigneur, Edie Fake, Sarah Ferrick, Leif Goldberg, Keith Herzik, Andrew
Holmquist, Clay Hickson, Lyra Hill, Emily Hutchings, Juliacks, Blaise Larmee, Sarah Leitten, Ben Marcus, Marieke McClendon, Ian Mcduffie, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Jason Overby, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Eric Rivera, Aaron Renier, Joe
Tallarico, Mike Taylor, Matthew Thurber, Tim Tvedt, Two Tone Comix, Lale Westvind, Gina Wynbrandt, Leslie Wiebeler, Mickey Zachilli
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Lumpen 125 ( Summer 2015 ) Placetakers and Placemakers
Lumpen #125 takes a look at the issues of gentrification, development and revitalization in our communities. Using the lenses of Placemaking and Placetaking we hope to provide advice
to those of you working towards building healthy neighborhoods and spaces.
What is Placemaking and Placetaking?
Placemaking is a community-based approach to urban revitalization and the shaping of public spaces. It brings together artists, designers, planners and neighbors in order to create places that
help build healthy and vibrant communities.
Placetaking refers to the processes of gentrification and displacement that so often arise when placemaking projects are implemented. It occurs when these projects pander to the wealthy and privileged, such that the disadvantaged find themselves
forced out of their neighborhoods and public spaces.
Issue 125 Editorial Team: Kyle Gaffin, Sara McCall & Dan Sloan
Contributors: Nate Beaty, Danielle Chenette, Julia Cole, Matt David, Crystal DiFronzo, Charles Festa, Kyle Gaffin, Brandon Howe, Nance Klehm, David Krueger, Jason Kunesh, Benjamin Marcus, Brie McGuire, Charlie Megna, Brian Meir, Jessi Meliza,
Kelly Reaves, Krisann Rehbein, Eddy Rivera, Sean Starowitz, Trubble Club, Charles Vinz, Lale Westvind.
Designed by Alex Dougherty
Lumpen Radio (WLPN) is a non commercial
radical radio station from Chicago ( on 105.5fm) that showcases innovative ideas, plays highly curated music, and broadcasts commentary on the issues of our day. WLPN spotlights the hidden parts of the city we love, amplifying its voices and sounds.
We are a station for the people that live and work in the city, people everywhere that love Chicago's underground cultures, and people who love the idea of freeform radio wherever they are.
Do you want to help build the most radical radio station in Chicagoland and the world? Did you know we are a non profit, all volunteer station? We need your help to make the best community radio station since Pump Up the Volume. Please help
us to make Lumpen Radio Live On The Air.
PMI must raise just over $100,000 to create the FM radio station and pay a part time staff to coordinate programming, business development, and manage the technology and engineering to maintain the
radio signal and web radio stream. The good news is that since 2001 Public Media Institute has been a 501(c) 3 non profit corporation that may receive tax-deductible charitable contributions from individuals and corporations.
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Issue #24 : The Lumpen Field Guide to Chicago Jagoffs
Tuesday, February 26, 2015 • 6pm ti 2am
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W 31st Street Chicago Il 60608
Join us election night (Tuesday, Feb 24) as we launch issue #124: the Lumpen Field Guide to Chicago Jagoffs. Come hear contributors from across Chicago read their entries about the people, places, and practices (past and present) that constitute
representative jagoffery. The night will feature up-to-the-minute political commentary by our panel of pundits as the elections unfold. And original art for sale by Dmitry Samarov produced for the Guide will be on display and for sale. Please
stop by and grab few copies or a bundle and share the Jagoff guide with your friends.
The Guide was edited by Bill Savage and Paul Durica who crowd sourced contributions from across the city.
Contributors include: Randy Bushwa, Chris Brotherton, Jerry Boyle, Joe Bryl, Andrés Carrasquillo, Paul Dailing, Amy Beth Danzer, Charlie Davis, John Dudas, Paul Durica, Marc Fischer, V. Francone, Amy Friedman, Pawel Grajnert, Honna Eichler George,
Peter Hand, Ed Herrmann, Hugh Iglarsh, Nick Jaeger, Yana Kunichoff, Matt Lauritzen, Carol LaChapelle, Ian Morris, Jarrett Neal, Max Norton, Robert O'Connor, LuAnn Paladino, Joseph S. Pete, Christopher Peterson, Rachel, Greg Salustro, Dmitry Samarov,
Bill Savage, Tom Schneider, Christopher Sholes, John Shuster, August Spies, W.R. Logan Sq. , Jamie Trecker, Vincent Truman, Katharine Uhrich, Shanna van Volt, Sam Weiner, Julie Welsh, Mary Zerkel and others.
Comics by: Andy Burkholder, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, Eddy Rivera, George Porteus, Nate Beaty, Sarah Leitten, Grant Reynolds, Kevein Budnik, Krystal Difronzio, Mike Carretta and Nate McDonough.
While the results are slowly coming in on election day, Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar will also be hosting it's own Mayoral Brew Ha-Ha, where we will feature a specialty designated drink for each of the major candidates involved. Every
specialty candidate drink consumed will be given one vote for that candidate. We will tabulate the votes at midnight and name the winner of the Mayoral Brew Ha-Ha. We cannot say if these results will reliably reflect either the popularity of the
candidates or the drinks. The Rahm-ifications are endless.
Lumpen Magazine #123 : Meet Your Makers
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This is our "Makers" edition of the magazine and focuses on the work of some rad local small manufacturers, artists and artisans.
We are entering our 24th of year of making this little family magazine and it was edited by a new crop of Lumpens: Sara McCall, Emma Saperstein, and Dan Sloan.
The issue features interviews with: Angela Venarchik, Johnny Wator (Daredevil Pedals), Julie Ghatan, Doug Kaplan & Max Allison of Hausu Mountain, Kelsey Dalton & Andrew McClellan of Heart & Bone Signs, Dusan Katić of Katić Breads, Coyote
DeGroot of Labrabbit Optics, Dave Rand of Local Foods, John Taylor Wallace & Emily Moorhead of Metal Magic Interiors, Nancy Klehm of The Ground Rules, Pablo Ramirez of Pilsen Outpost, Jes Skolnik of Pure Joy, Dan Salls of The Salsa Truck,
Shirley Kienitz & Jenny Stadler Wolfbait & B-Girls, Marie Akerman of Working Bikes and Blake Sloane formerly of Rebuilding Exchange.
Lumpen #123 also features the usual world class comic art you expect from us including ork by: Andy Burkholder, Ben Bertin, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, David Alvarado, Eric Rivera, Grant Reynolds, Jason T Miles, Joe Tallarico, Krystal DiFornzo
Leslie Wiebeler, Nate Beaty and Sarah Leitten.
Lumpen Publishing presents:
Slow Ride - By Brian Mier - ISBN: 978-0-9905023-0-2
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We are pleased to announce the occassion of printing our first Lumpen novel. It is by Brian Mier, a long time contibutor and Editor of Lumpen magazine.
Brian Mier grew up on the North Side of Chicago and has lived in Brazil since 1999. He is currently a policy analyst at the Centro de Direitos Economicos e Sociais. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the national directorate of the Brazilian
National Urban Reform Forum (FNRU). He has worked with the Landless Peasants Movement (MST) and was a two time speaker at the World Social Forum. Brian has written extensively on Brazilian news and culture for the underground press over the
years. His writing has appeared in Lumpen and Vice, and elsewhere.
A double-trailer rig winds its way slowly through the Brazilian countryside. Zeca, an old-fashioned, macho truck driver decides to break up with his wife. As he drives along, his niece ridicules his sexist ways. Slow Ride is an anti-adventure
travel story created through mixing audio transcriptions of a real truck ride with fictional and expository passages. Inspired by Sam Miller's "Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity", it finds the humor in mundane events and offers a window
into Brazil, a country struggling to reconcile the old with the new.
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