To celebrate the launch of our new website and quarterly magazine, we are sharing a free PDF version of our inaugural double issue, Building Power.
Welcome to the new ROAR Magazine!
We should probably be honest with you: we are trembling with excitement as we type these lines.
Five years ago, on the cusp of the revolutionary wave of 2011, we started a measly WordPress blog with the ambitious aim of creating an online platform where activists from around the world could come together to share grassroots perspectives on the global struggle for real democracy.
Since then, that volunteer-run platform has mushroomed into an international publication with hundreds of contributors and a monthly readership of nearly 100,000. Now, as our movements mature and we collectively look to new horizons, we feel the time has come to take this project to the next level — by turning ROAR into a real print publication.
Today we are very proud to present our first steps in that direction: the launch of a new website and the inaugural issue of our quarterly magazine.
Inaugural double issue:
To celebrate the launch of the new ROAR, we are sharing a free PDF version of that (digital-only) inaugural issue, Building Power.
At 284 pages, Building Power is a fully illustrated and beautifully designed double issue that brings together reflections from leading radical thinkers and influential grassroots activists on some of the most important questions facing our movements and the democratic anti-capitalist left today.
The new print Magazine:
And that’s only just the beginning! Issue #0 is your digital introduction to the new ROAR. Starting in Spring 2016, we will also start publishing an actual print magazine.
The print magazine will be released four times per year. The issues will all have a thematic focus — Issue #1 will be on the political form and revolutionary potential of the commune — and each of them will be fully illustrated, carefully edited and beautifully designed like Issue #0.
Excited already? You can now subscribe to the print magazine here!
The new ROAR website:
In addition to the print magazine, the new ROAR website will allow us to intensify and diversify our online presence as well.
The new site consists of four main sections:
- Essays: The essays section will be a continuation of our regular reflections, including the type of critical analysis and grassroots reporting you have come to expect from ROAR over the years.
- Films: The film section will bring together the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe. We have just partnered up with the wonderful folks at Cinema Politica — the largest independent screening network of political documentaries in the world — who will be maintaining a special series on the site.
- Blog: The blog section will serve as an aggregator of some of the most exciting multimedia content and some of the most inspiring revolutionary brainfood on the web — from front-line footage of the latest general strike in Athens to upcoming events, suggested reads and new book publications.
- Magazine: In the magazine section you will find all articles from our quarterly issues. We are committed to open access publishing and aim to eventually make most magazine content freely available on the website. Still, subscribers naturally receive priority access, and only they will be able to read the full issues hot off the press.
The new website continues to be a work-in-progress. In the next weeks and months you will undoubtedly notice the addition of a number of new pages and functionalities. The responsive version for phone and tablet is also still in beta, so you can expect further improvements on that front too. And of course we will keep testing the whole site for remaining problems.
If you encounter any bugs yourself, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to:
The new ROAR was made possible thanks to the heroic efforts and creative genius of Bojan Kanižaj, our designer, and Mario Janković, our developer, who managed to complete a truly Herculean task under immense pressure. We are extremely grateful for all the time and energy they have poured into the project, and for sticking with us through this long and difficult journey.
But before we could even get started on the website and the issue, we received an overwhelming show of support and solidarity from over 200 readers who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign back in 2014. We would like to thank all of you for your generosity and your patience!
If you donated to this campaign, please get in touch at email@example.com as we would like to make a small comradely gesture in return.
We especially want to thank the Foundation for Democracy and Media in Amsterdam for the faith they have shown in this project by providing us with a starting grant for the new website and the first few issues. We are very honored by the Foundation’s support and we proudly share its unwavering commitment to democratic values and practices in the face of creeping authoritarian tendencies in Europe and elsewhere.
Our friends Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh — makers of the truly unique Global Uprisings documentary series — deserve special mention for their continuous support all along the way. We are proud to be the co-founders of a shared umbrella organization: the Foundation for Autonomous Media and Research.
Last but not least, we wish to thank Peter Emanuel, our web master, for all his help in getting the site up and running; Myrssini Antoniou for her invaluable advise on editorial design and visual identity; Mirko Rastić for his epic cover illustrations for Issue #0; Ioannis Ikonomakis for his designs and Andrés Cornejo for his video production for the crowdfunding campaign; all our contributors for their inspiring content; our regular readers for their continued interest and curiosity; and all the friends, comrades and family members who have had our backs throughout — as well as everyone else who has expressed faith in this project from the start.
How to support ROAR:
We are a very small group of activists trying to get by as precarious academic researchers and freelance journalists. ROAR is our labor of love and our contribution to the struggle for a better world. We run the project on a volunteer basis even if it takes up most of our available time.
We are committed to this struggle because we strongly believe in the capacity of working people to govern themselves democratically and to run their workplaces and shape their everyday lives autonomously — “from below and to the left,” as the Zapatistas put it.
If you share this belief with us, or at least consider it a cause worth supporting, we really need your help to sustain and expand our important independent publishing project.
ROAR lives purely by virtue of its readers and its contributors. The best way to ensure the continuity and growth of this self-managed initiative is by getting a subscription, starting at just €20/year. More than just buying yourself a beautifully illustrated magazine full of revolutionary reflections to carry you through the next cycle of struggles, your subscription will help build our collective power as a movement.
If you sign up to the print magazine now, Issue #1 — Revive la Commune! — should be landing on your doormat by early Spring 2016. Don’t miss out on this one; it’s already promising to be one hell of an issue.
In the next years, as the crisis of global capitalism resurfaces and the authoritarian tendencies of the nation state are laid bare once more, popular struggles are bound to intensify across the board. As usual, ROAR will be there to reflect on them. We hope you will join us too!
In gratitude and solidarity,
Jerome Roos & Joris Leverink
On behalf of the ROAR Collective
P.S. Of course we also warmly welcome donations. The option to donate to ROAR will be added to our webshop at some point over the coming weeks. Until then you can use an easy service called Transfer Wise, for which you will only need our editorial email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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