The Berkeley Anarchist Study Group is one of the longest running (if not the longest running) anarchist study groups in North America. We meet every Tuesday night from 8-10pm at The Long Haul in Berkeley, CA.

Newcomers are always encouraged to stop by regardless of your familiarity with anarchist ideas or activity. We warmly welcome new participants and encourage them to make the group their own in the same manner we all do. To this effect, we try to cultivate a convivial and approachable atmosphere where everybody can contribute in whatever ways and to whatever degree they each feel comfortable. We do not, however, incorporate fixed practices aimed at creating an artificial “safe space” or prioritize the voices of certain participants as a way of bringing about contrived parity. We have no membership, no criteria for participating, and no fixed codes of behavior. In lieu of prearranged standards for relating to each other, we leave it to each individual to find a balance between making their voice heard and hearing those of the rest of the group, between disagreeing passionately with each other and accepting our divergences without necessarily needing to resolve them. We eschew inflexible rules for interacting, preferring to ground our mutuality in our shared affinity for anarchy and for each other.

The study group organizes an annual event called the <a href=”http://sfbay-anarchists.org/conference”>BASTARD conference</a> (Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory & Revolutionary Development). The conference consists of informal discussions of autodidactic anarchist theory presented by participants in the study group along with guests and accomplices from around the globe.

[Note: The anarchist book fair which typically takes place on the same September weekend as the BASTARD Conference has been cancelled for 2019 and moved to April for 2020 and subsequent years. Consequently, we have had to come up with a new plan if we want to continue the BASTARD tradition this year. We will be announcing the particulars very shortly…]

In addition, the group has acted as an incubator for many initiatives, texts, and actions in its over 10 years of existence. Many attendees have and continue to be integrally involved in projects that have left lasting impacts on the North American anarchist milieu over the years.

Does any of this spark your interest or make you curious? Then join us every Tuesday evening from 8-10pm at the Long Haul Infoshop (3124 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley). We pick the coming week’s reading at the end of each session, after which it will be posted here. If you have a text you want us to read, make the case for it then, but be prepared to introduce/summarize it for the group and kick the discussion off by giving your thoughts. We hope to see you soon!

Forward, for the destruction of the lie and of the phantoms!
Forward, for the complete conquest of individuality and of Life!
Toward the great and sublime conquest of Nothingness!
Toward Anarchy!

    • Allison
    • June 23rd, 2010

    Hi There,
    I’m interested in attending one of your meetings, is it okay if I just stop by sometime and observe? I’m a student whose interested in anarchist theory and I’d love to see what your meetings are like. Thanks,

    • leona
    • July 6th, 2010

    the reading group is open. you don’t have to ask permission.
    that said, people don’t usually get a good sense of the group unless they come more than once; three or four times is usually a good sampling (’cause different people come each week, and different readings are exciting to folks, etc).

    long story short, sure! come hang out.

    • Rob
    • January 10th, 2011


    Quick question: I’m new to the area and interested in attending one of the study group sessions, but I’ve noticed that there are no readings posted for tomorrow (Jan. 11/2011). Should I assume that the meeting is not happening?


    • leona
    • January 11th, 2011

    no, there is always a group. just sometimes people forget to post the reading. (and don’t answer posts in time either. sorry.)

    • Eli
    • January 27th, 2011

    What times do you guys meet? I’d love to come and check it out and get to know some other people interested in anarchist theories.

    • Ashley
    • March 26th, 2011

    Hi I am a student doing an informative speech on anarchy and I am trying to have at least one reliable statistic. I was wanting to have a number of active anarchist groups in the U.S. but the only thing I can find is the SPLC report which I find to be highly unreliable in the sense that they group hate and racists groups in with it. Any help I could get on another way to go about getting even an apprx. number would be quite useful!

    • Zack
    • May 10th, 2011

    Hi, I am interested in starting an anarchist study group and was wondering how y’alls is organized. Would anyone here have any advice for me since you seem to have kept this group going for quite a while from what it sounds like.

  1. The HTML in your bastard link is b0rked.

    BASTARD conference

    should probably just be:

    BASTARD (”http://sfbay-anarchists.org/conference”) since the HTML is not rendered.


  2. @Eli

    The posted time(s) are usually 8pm for reading and/or 7pm for “potluck” when they happen?

    • leona
    • October 1st, 2011


    • CH33tA
    • July 14th, 2018

    Still going? I was thinking of dropping by for 1st time. Familiar with the Long Haul already.

    • daniel
    • October 2nd, 2018

    Every Tuesday, 8-10pm. Hope to see you soon.

    • Jack
    • February 10th, 2019

    Might you have the rest of these chapters online somewhere?


    • Robin
    • June 2nd, 2019

    Is the meeting this week scheduled for Tuesday (6/4) or Wednesday (6/5)?

    • daniel
    • June 2nd, 2019

    Whoops! Thanks for bringing this mistake to my attention! We always meet on Tuesdays from 8-10pm, so it will be 6/4. Hope to see you there!

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