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Welcome to Luke Hauser’s Direct Action: An Historical Novel. You can read the novel in any format except papyrus scrolls and clay tablets (coming soon!):

Please help spread the word by forwarding a link to friends, comrades, social contacts, newsgroups, church newsletters, party propaganda organs, etc. Scrawling it on bank walls is also much appreciated. Author and publisher thank you in advance for doing our promotional work for us!

Read Online – easy links

  • Foreword by Starhawk
  • Prologue (beginning of book)
  • Chapter I (June-December 1982 – Livermore blockade)
  • Chapter IIa (Jan-May 1983 – Vandenburg protests)
  • Chapter IIb (June 1983 – Livermore blockade) – coming soon!
  • Chapter III (July-December 1983 – SF Financial District) – coming soon
  • Chapter IV (Jan-April 1984 – SF Financial District) – coming soon
  • Chapter V (July-August 1984 – SF War Chest Tours) – coming soon
  • Epiplog (September 1084) – coming soon

What is this book?

In the early 1980s, over 7000 people were arrested in a series of nonviolent direct action protests in California – a movement that helped shape today’s activism, from Seattle WTO to Occupy and beyond.

The novel recounts the actions, the lessons, the love lives, and the misadventures of a radical Bay Area community experimenting with political and artistic direct action, consensus, nonhierarchy, feminism, and a host of other social issues and practices.

“Brought back the experiences so vividly that I could smell the unwashed bodies, feel the cold and the rough wool of the blankets, and taste once again that inimitable combination of spam and fruit cocktail that the guards called ‘The Empire Strikes Back!'” — Starhawk, from the Foreword

Includes over 300 photos and images from the Direct Action newspaper archives, plus a 35-page direct action handbook.

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