From 1895-1904, The Firebrand existed as an anarchist newspaper started by a family of farmers in Portland, Oregon. Along with serving as a radical hub of the West Coast they promoted civil disobedience, free love and women’s rights. As the second incarnation of the Firebrand Collective we hope to pay homage to our political ancestors and keep the candles lit with our passion for freedom, equality, art and education.
Between 2014-2018, the Firebrand Collective opened a radical hub in North or Northeast Portland called Anarres Infoshop. The infoshop was intended to serve as an inclusive social and political multi-use center, available for people living in the city to utilize for their projects and needs. It also functioned as an archival library for music, radical literature, and information about resources in the city.
In addition to being a physical location for groups to meet and for access to information, Anarres is also an all-ages music venue, event space, and social center. Anarres Infoshop strives to maintain a political atmosphere that stands in opposition to capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, transphobia, discrimination against the differently abled, and other systems of oppression and hierarchy. The infoshop aims to create a space that meets the needs of our community while also focusing on the needs of those most affected by systemic violence.
In 2019, Anarres Infoshop & Community Space became a legally recognized entity with non-profit status. We are currently looking for a permanent location to reopen our doors, and continue our mission of providing a safer space for creative expression, radical politics, and anti-oppressive collaboration.