the defenestrator


The defenestrator is Philly's sporadic newspaper for resistance, creative revolution, and action. To defenestrate Power means total refusal of its tools and tentacles. Like the Hussites who had their oppressors thrown down from the Prague castle into the angry mob below, the defenestrator wrestles power and privilege from its highest and most protected strongholds and casts the beast out of the window and down into the angry hands of the people.

The defenestrator doesn't adhere to a strictly defined ideology, but we generally derive our ideas from an anarchist or autonomist tradition, which proposes a revolutionary transformation of society, the abolition of property and of all hierarchies and coercive power.


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The Struggle for
Dr. Monteiro's

October 8, 2014

“Being the only black person in a room can become violent,” Kai Davis remarked, an English and African American Studies honor student at Temple University, in a poem of hers which she recited at a rally on May 8th on the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Ave.

Her stark words, which echoed off the newly constructed, monolithic Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall, expressed her frustration as a black woman towards a white classmate’s defense of the university as a “non-white school.” read more

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Reparations: A Long Overdue Moral Obligation

While most discussions of reparations have focused on the period of chattel slavery leading up to 1865, the Kenya lawsuit against Great Britain compels us to expand the time frame to include the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras. read more

By Ron Lester Whyte

October 8, 2014

Excerpt from A Guide for 21st Century Solidarity: The White Volume

The truth is that the covert and overt violence that black folks live with, move through the world with, and play out on each other because of systems in place that reinforce the devaluation of our bodies is deeply woven into the fabric of this place we call “home”. read more

By Melissa Moore

October 8, 2014

West Philly Food Not Bombs: A Tradition Continues

Every Friday for the last ten months, groceries have been brought out to Malcolm X Park for community residents to take home. Not even our winter of brutal snowstorms brutality managed to derail the 4:30 afternoon distro. Every week, veggies, fruits, and bread are free for the taking, and a hot dish is shared. But the latest incarnation of West Philly Food Not Bombs has definitely raised some eyebrows. read more

By Tony L.

October 8, 2014

(Beyond) Grad School & Survival

I believe that a radical approach to debt is necessary, one that goes beyond individualistic approaches to a systemic problem. And of course, debt and survival are inextricably linked. Why can't we even begin to have a serious conversation about this? read more

By Matt Dineen

October 8, 2014

The Value of Torture

I transformed, in a second, from a journalist on the ground who has a social status and people look at me in a certain way—I have my familial and social values and status—to a humiliated person stripped down forcefully, very naked, helpless. read more

By M.W. II

October 8, 2014