Slingshot is a quarterly, independent, radical newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988.
This issue almost didn’t come out. We went into our layout weekend-hell with fewer articles than usual and weaker ones (we still cut over half the stuff we received) and with the number of collective members at an all time low due to bad luck and lots of valued people who’ve drifted away.
Then, at the most stressful point, a horrific, bitter argument about politics, philosophy and process stopped the critical meeting cold. Almost half of us walked out. At one point we wondered if the issue would ever come out much less if the Collective would survive.
Well, we’re not dead yet. We have a lot of processing to do but enough people came back that we finished this issue.
It’s ironic that the collective is this weak when the Organizer project is so popular these days (we’re working on the 2001 edition.) More than ever before, we need some new members and some new energy if we’re going to go on.
Earlier in our process, we had lots of great dreams about how we could expand and improve the paper: regular columns, more articles about what we want, not just what we’re against, better writing and more vision. It’s up to you.
Slingshot accepts unsolicited articles, art, photos and letters. No poetry! Please send a disk if you can. Also, this is expensive, send $20 now!
Editorial decisions about Slingshot are made by the Slingshot Collective. Articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of everyone in Slingshot. We welcome debate, discussion and criticism.
Slingshot Volunteer Meeting
Volunteers interested in getting involved in Slingshot can meet with us on September 10, 2000 at 4:00 p.m. at the Long Haul in Berkeley (see below).
Article Deadline & Next Issue Date
The projected deadline for article submission for issue #70 is October 5, 2000. Issue #70 is expected to be out on October 20, 2000.
Printed June 22, 2000