I’ve been looking to find zines written by straight edge people or just about reasons for not drinking/smoking/doing drugs. I really really like it when these issues are discussed in anarchist circles. I wish there was more crossover between the straight edge scene and the anarchist scene. A lot of straight edge kids are mainstream politically (or even conservative- like the anti-abortion hardcore kids) and I think that turns a lot of anarchists off of the idea of straightedge.
It is hard to be straightedge in anarchist and punk scenes. Most people don ‘t get it, I definitely catch a lot of shit for it, and it can be isolating.But another major issue is that even when people do get it and sympathize I still have to watch my friends do horrible things to their brains and bodies that are hurting them and their communities. It is sad, bottom line. ANd it makes me mad, but I trynot to yell at them because then they put me in the stereotype box of an angry unaccepting straight edge kid. Sorry for not wanting to see my friends a) get hurt, b) have emotional and mental issues, c) face addiction, d) turn into fuckwads who don’t DO anything with their lives.
Some Zines I have seen so far that deal with substance abuse issues:
Towards a Less Fucked Up World
I’m going to try to start carrying copies of straight edge zines if available, and I have also written briefly about it in CUddle Puddles and Hot Pants Issue #1, which is available at Approaching Apocalypse ZIne Distro (www.myspace.com/approachingapocalypse). The next issue should also contain a longer article about straightedge, drugs, and anarchists.