The InterActivist #30 / Free / 28L / email@example.com /
The InterActivist is a zine that I have never seen before, but this is probably due to the fact that I do not make it to Athens, Ohio all that much. This issue reminds me a lot of the now-defunct Clamor magazine, which means that there are a lot of social justice pieces. While it seems like some of the pieces in this issue are taken in large part from social justice group press releases (such as Amnesty International, in the piece â€œExtraordinary rendition: Maher Aharâ€. Regardless of where the pieces are coming from, some issues are given some space that would normally be left off the newspapers and magazine racks. The layout for this issue is pretty clear, with black text on white pages. However, the most interesting piece in this issue has to be an interview with Peggy and Art Gish, who are two Christian commune dwellers that are active in agitating for social change throughout the world. The couple has been to Nicaragua, Iraq, and Palestine, and attempt to right policies that went wrong and act in a way closer to the teachings of Jesus than many other Christians would. This magazine has been around since 2003 and has a whole set of strong pieces; whether individuals struggle for native rights, abortion rights, or freedom of speech in the military, there will be a piece for them. The writing style is clear without being dumbed-down, interesting without being too dense. Pick up this zine if you make it down to Athens anytime soon.