… Mara Cagol Memorial Library …

As the Arm The Spirit Issuu Site does not allow for downloads any longer, I’m starting to put some material, old and new, up on the Internet Archive, as the IA does allow for downloading.

mara2aHere is what is up on the Internet Archive as of April 4, 2020:

“The Split Of The Weather Underground / Struggling Against White And Male Supremacy” .. 1977 … 44 pages

“The Tupamaro Guerrillas / The Structure and Strategy of the Urban Guerrilla Movement” … 1972 … 203 pages

“Action Directe / Ultra Left Terrorism In France 1979 – 1987” … 181 pages

“Build A Revolutionary Resistance Movement / Communiques From The North American Armed Clandestine Movement 1982 – 1985” … 1985 …  56 pages

“Terrorism In Germany / The Struggle For What?” … 1988 … 95 pages

“Burn It Down Anarchism Activism and the Vancouver Five 1967 – 1985” … 2016 …  278maraonethreeA pages

“Herstory Of Revolutionary Cells And Rote Zora” … 16 pages

“Writings Of The Vancouver Five” … 46 pages

“Towards People’s War For Independence And Socialism In Puerto Rico: In Defense of Armed Struggle” … 1979 … 100 pages

“Europe’s Red Terrorists: The Fighting Communist Organizations” … 1992 … 255 pages

Resistance Means Attack! A Selection Of Communiques 1992 – 1995 … 45 pages

ResistanceNo9Spring1985_0000Arm The Spirit / Autonomist /  Anti-Imperialist Journal / No. 17 –  Winter 1999 / 2000 … 64 pages

The Vancouver Five A Story Of Struggle To Protect The Earth … 1986 … 140 pages

Off The Pigs! The History And Literature Of The Black Panther Party … 1976 … 419 pages

Three Essays By Action Directe Prisoners … 2001 … 36 pages

Anti-Fascist Resistance In France / Solidarity With Imprisoned French Anti-Fascists / Documents From The Francs Tireurs Partisans … 1999 … 12 pages

Resistance: Documents And Analysis Of The Illegal Front, No. 9 … 1985 … 16 pages

De Pie Y En Lucha … Fall 1981 / Winter 1982  …  78 pagesBuildARevResMvmtCommuniques_0000

Bulletin – Long Live FALN … 1980 … 16 pages

Endless Struggle, No. 12, Spring / Summer 1990 … 36 pages

Antifascism In Canada … 1996 … 48 pages

Devrimici Sol, No. 3, March 1994 … 40 pages

Arm The Spirit, No. 16, Fall 1993 … 36 pages

Reality Now, Number 8, Winter 1988 / Spring 1989 … 84 pages

La Lotta Di Classe E Il Motore Della Storia / Class Struggle Is The Motor Of History … 1989 … italian / english … 21 pages 

Message To The Black Movement / A Political Statement From The Black Underground thevancouverfiveastoryofstruggletoprotecttheearth/ Coordinating Committee – Black Liberation Army … 1975 … 36 pages

Osawatomie, Autumn 1975, No. 3 … Weather Underground Organization … 32 pages/

Political Statement Of The George Jackson Brigade … November 1977 … 28 pages

Front, No. 2, June 1992 … 124 pages

Ligne Rouge, No. 15, July 1985, 30 pages

The Heart Attacked: Terrorism And Conflict In The Italian State … 1989 … 306 pages

L’internationale, No 5, March 1984 … 16 pages

Textos para el DEBATE en el movimiento revolucionario europeo Seleccion y traducciones: PCE(r) Partido Comunista de Espana (reconstituido) … 1987 … 132 pages

On The Black Liberation Army … 28 pagesResistance7Cover

Enemies Of The State An Interview With Anti-Imperialist Prisoners David Gilbert, Laura Whitehorn, Marilyn Buck … 76 pages

500 Years Of Indigenous Resistance … 60 pages

SDS / WUO Students For A Democratic Society and the Weather Underground Organization … 44 pages

Arm The Spirit, August – December 1992, Number 14 / 15 … 36 pages

Resistance / Documents And Analysis Of The Illegal Front, Issue No. 7, Spring 1984 … 100 pages

… on Mara Cagol …


From “Strike One To Educate One Hundred”:

On June 4, 1975 during a search for Chianti wine magnate Vittorio Gancia, kidnapped a few days earlier, a carabinieri patrol surprised Mara Cagol and other BR comrades in a farmhouse near Acqui. A brief firefight broke out in which Mara was badly wounded, captured, and then executed on the spot by the carabinieri. At first Mara’s identity was not known by police but BR quickly acknowledged that the Gancia kidnapping was their operation and that the woman comrade killed at Acqui was Mara.

On June 5, 1975, the BR published a brief message honoring the fallen Mara, who had been the political-military commander of the Turin BR column formed in early 1974 and co-founder of the BR. The full text of the BR message:


To the comrades of the organization, to sincerely revolutionary forces, to all proletarians. MARGHERITA CAGOL, “MARA,” communist leader and member of the executive committee of the Red Brigades, has fallen in combat. Her life and her death are an example that no fighter for liberty can ever forget. Founder of our organization, “MARA” gave an inestimable contribution of intelligence, self-denial and humanity to the birth and growth of workers autonomy and the armed struggle for communism. Political-military commander of a column, “MARA” was able to victoriously lead several of the most important operations of the organization.

The liberation of one of our commanders from the prison at Casale Monferrato speaks for all of them. We cannot permit ourselves to shed tears over our dead, but must learn from them the lesson of loyalty, consistency, courage and heroism!

War, in the last analysis, decides the question of power: revolutionary class war. And this war has a price: a high price certainly, but not so high as to make us prefer the slavery of wage labor, the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie in its fascist or social-democratic variants. It is not the vote that decides the question of power; freedom is not conquered with a ballot. Let all sincere revolutionaries honor the memory of “MARA,” reflecting on the political teaching which she was able to give through her choice, her work, her life. That a thousand arms may reach out to grasp her rifle! We, as a last salute, say to her: “Mara, a flower has bloomed, and the Red Brigades will continue to cultivate this flower of freedom until the final victory!”


June 5, 1975



… Mara Cagol Memorial Library  theme song …


… footage: Red Dragon Print Collective … the clandestine publishing arm of the Weather Underground Organization … published “Prairie Fire: The Politics Of Anti-Imperialism” (1974) and “Osawatomie” (6 issues from 1974 to 1976) …


Leer para estudiar
Leer para aprender
Leer para liberar


Yo leo a Marx
Yo leo a Fidel
Yo leo al Che

Read to study
Read to learn
Read for liberation


I read Marx
I read Fidel
I read Che


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