drugwar

Drug wars are good business.

Though pillage, profit, and plunder have been a mainstay of war since precolonial times, there is little contemporary focus on the role of finance and economics in today’s “Drug Wars”—despite the fact that they boost US banks and fill prisons with poor people. They feed political campaigns, increase the arms trade, and function as long-term fixes to capitalism’s woes, cracking open new territories to privatization and foreign direct investment.

Combining on-the-ground reporting with extensive research, Dawn Paley moves beyond the usual horror stories, beyond journalistic rubbernecking and hand-wringing, to follow the thread of the Drug War story throughout the entire region of Latin America and all the way back to US boardrooms and political offices. This unprecedented book chronicles how terror is used against the population at large in cities and rural areas, generating panic and facilitating policy changes that benefit the international private sector, particularly extractive industries like petroleum and mining. This is what is really going on. This is drug war capitalism.

Dawn Paley is a freelance journalist who has been reporting from South America, Central America, and Mexico for over ten years. Her writing has been published in the Nation, the Guardian, Vancouver Sun , Globe and Mail, Ms. Magazine, the Tyee, Georgia Straight, and NACLA, among others.

Monday. December 15th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

ferguson

“Burn it down!” was the cry of Mike Brown’s stepdad, Louis, when he learned the pig Darren Wilson wouldn’t be indicted for the murder of his son. His cry was also a call, for those us who are sick of this shit. For many of us, “burn it down” is the only reasonable response to a system that stands for white supremacy, exploitation, oppression and death. We answered this call by rising up together over the past weeks: taking streets, bridges, roads, and highways, and seizing or wrecking the meaningless property that police and the ruling class value more than black and brown life.

It’s not only QuikTrips and dumpsters that are on fire. Many of us find the hope we once had in the system, in reforming or transforming it, is also up in flames. And now we need to work together, through the smoke, to organize and build a movement. Not only against the cops and their violence, but also against the politicians and non-profits that seek to co-opt our efforts and channel us back into the capitalist state, rotten to the core.

Join members of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee, Black Rose, the Brooklyn Solidarity Network, Take Back the Bronx, The Base, and Unity & Struggle for a discussion about justice, the police state, and revolution. We’ll present on several different projects going on in the city, socialize, and think through the possibilities of the present moment.

 

Friday, December 12th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

NuclearNation_Poster

Three years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, yet the effects of the disaster still persist: the meltdown continues to release radioactive material, contaminated water is flushed into the Pacific ocean, and both Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the Japanese government continue to spread misinformation on the extent of the nuclear crisis.

Nuclear Nation is a documentary that follows the daily struggles of Fukushima evacuees. The population is unable to return to their contaminated homes and subsequently forced to live in an abandoned high school in Saitama prefecture. Funahashi has documented the absurdity and frustration that these refugees continue to experience.

Through working and speaking with the evacuee community at length, director Funahashi aims to stand in solidarity with the survivors of the nuclear crisis. While the majority of Fukushima disaster has been presented as spectacles using images of the tsunami and apocalyptic scenery, this film distances itself from such “disaster porn” that exploits its subjects for the sake of sensationalism. Brechtian and observational in style, the film allows the audience to think critically about the situation presented in this current moment in a society which is not far apart from our own, both socially and politically.

http://www.nuclearnation.jp/

Sunday, December 14
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

kobane

Reports of practical anarchism have been flowing in from embattled Kobane in the region of Rojava. It seems the autonomy left to the Kurds in the North of Syria in 2012 resulted in the formation of autonomous councils, cantons and collectives that coordinate day-to-day matters. Even the ideological influence of Murray Bookchin on PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) member Abdullah Öcalan seems to have been at play.

Following a conversation on the topic of anarchism in Kobane, the group has decided to reconvene to construct a solidarity statement. Join us for a practical evening where we put this document together.

Sunday, December 7th
7:00 pm

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Brooklyn Solidarity Network is a growing project. We believe this is one of the more important organizing projects in NYC right now. This network is constantly engaging with a wide range of people in Brooklyn in increasingly personal and political ways.

As always we welcome new organizers and on this date we are having a training for new people to get involved, We encourage people to come enjoy a brief presentation and with their experiences to share.

Join us as we reshape Brooklyn. Until Brooklyn is ours! Until Brooklyn is no one’s!

Saturday, December 6
7 pm

prisoner

Feeling like you’ve hit a dead end with activism? Hate killer cops? Smash the state this holiday season with the NYC Anarchist Black Cross. Join us at The Base where we will be holding a postcard making workshop, lead by Alex and Becky Chipkin. You will learn how to make block prints that will be used to make postcards for political prisoners and US held prisoners of war.

Saturday, December 6th
3:00 pm

anarchism

Let the Fire Burn is composed entirely with archival footage yet unfurls with the tension of a thriller. Jason Osder’s documentary recounts the steps that led to a horrific atrocity on May 13, 1985, when a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and the controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax.

This film screening is part of the Anarchism Reading Series topical section on justice.

Friday, December 5th
7:00 pm

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
NOTE: NEW LOCATION
COST: Free

oso_leonard 2014

It’s supper time again, and we’re back at The Base for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner. As anarchists, it should come as no surprise that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving– we’ll take your damned day off from work, but not in exchange for commemorating the historic and ongoing genocide of indigenous folks and the 250 million turkeys who are killed each year. While we might be eating the fruits of the fall harvest, don’t confuse that with an acceptance of the Thanksgiving myth.

This Tuesday’s dinner will focus on two indigenous Political Prisoners: Oso Blanco and Leonard Peltier and we are fortunate to have guest speakers– Maggie from NYC Free Peltier and Ainsley B, a friend of Oso Blanco.

Oso Blanco was labeled “Robin the Hood” by the FBI for repeatedly expropriating funds from banks, only to give the money to folks in the hood and to the Zapatista rebels of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Also known as Byron Chubbuck, Oso Blanco is now serving 80 years in Lee, Virginia. For updates and ways to help, visit freeosoblanco.blogspot.com

Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement (AIM) warrior. In the 1970s, the United States government continued its legacy of decimating indigenous communities, focusing on those organized and prepared to challenge its authority. Peltier is imprisoned for the 1975 shoot-out between the FBI and AIM in which two federal agents and an indigenous man were killed. Four years after his imprisonment, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request released documents which prove Leonard Peltier’s innocence and the FBI’s targeting him. And still, Peltier remains imprisoned. For more information and ways to help, visit whoisleonardpeltier.info

If for some insane reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support the prisoners, you can write to them at:
Byron Chubbuck** #07909-051
USP Lewisburg
Post Office Box 1000
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837
*Address envelope to Byron Chubbuck, address letter to Oso Blanco.

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
Post Office Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521

The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the PP/POW Birthday Calendar.

kobane

Is Rojava an anarchist society and could it establish a radical left counterforce in the middle east?

Reports of practical anarchism have been flowing in from embattled Kobane in the region of Rojava. It seems the autonomy left to the Kurds in the North of Syria in 2012 resulted in the formation of autonomous councils, cantons and collectives that coordinate day-to-day matters. Even the ideological influence of Murray Bookchin on PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) member Abdullah Öcalan seems to have been at play.

The Tev-Dem’s programme confirms the intentional nature of these developments:
“The first task was to establish a variety of groups, committees and communes on the streets in neighborhoods, villages, counties and small and big towns everywhere. The role of these groups was to become involved in all the issues facing society. Groups were set up to look at a number of issues including: women’s, economic, environmental, education and health and care issues, support and solidarity, centers for the family martyrs, trade and business, diplomatic relations with foreign countries and many more. There are even groups established to reconcile disputes among different people or factions to try to avoid these disputes going to court unless these groups are incapable of resolving them….
They believed that the revolution must start from the bottom of society and not from the top. It must be a social, cultural and educational as well as political revolution. It must be against the state, power and authority. It must be people in the communities who have the final decision-making responsibilities.”

On the other hand, it seems that there are other groups interested in forming representational political parties and having a centralized government. There is a working parliament, which seems to work parallel to the councils.

We propose an evening of discussion to share knowledge about the military struggle underway in Rojava, what possibilities exist for anarchist organizing in the region, what current organization looks like, and what we can learn.

We have selected a few recent texts on the issue to give some recent analysis and background information. Please feel free to contribute more in the comments section, and join us for this open discussion.

Readings:

https://tahriricn.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/the-struggle-for-kobane-an-example-of-selective-solidarity/

https://libcom.org/blog/interview-kurdistan-anarchist-forum-kaf-‎-01042012

http://anarchistnews.org/content/response-article-rojava-anarcho-syndicalist-perspective-daf

Saturday, November 22nd
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

paranoid

Please bring your laptops and smartphones!

The means for the government to conduct mass surveillance on our communications is more advanced now than ever before. In the wake of recent revelations about the sinister level to which our every technological move is being watched, many want some way to protect themselves, particularly those seeking the destruction of the political and economic systems we are subjected to. Make no mistake, if you are a radical of any kind, you are being watched! Luckily, there are a number of relatively easy counter-surveillance measures one can take that makes this process a whole lot more difficult for our enemies.

In this workshop, we will do a step by step instruction on how to encrypt your communications including your e-mail, text messages, phone calls, and web surfing. We will talk about how these technologies work, how secure encryption really is, criminal investigations thwarted by encryption, and various myth-busting in relation to the effectiveness of these tools. If you are already familiar with the social aspects of “security culture” but neglecting the technological side of it, you are more vulnerable than you can or should be. This will primarily be a HANDS-ON workshop focusing on walking participants through the installation of counter-surveillance programs and how to use them, so please bring your laptops and smartphones!

Saturday, November 22nd
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

black_bloc

Anarchism Reading Series: “Wild Justice: Crime as an Anarchist Source of Social Order”

For this weeks Anarchism Reading Series, we’re reading “Wild Justice: Crime as an Anarchist Source of Social Order.” We’re continuing on with the topic of “justice.”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/bob-black-wild-justice#toc12

The Anarchism Reading Series was born out of the Introduction to Anarchism Reading Group at the Base. What began as an introductory, chronologic approach to studying anarchism transitioned into a more diffuse project, where readings were selected week by week.

The group has decided to take a large shift. The Anarchism Reading Series will now focus thematically on important political issues to anarchists and larger society, with a goal of rigorously understanding how to change the society we live in. This will be seperated into sections of study and will hopefully be used as strategy sessions for militants in NYC and beyond.

Project I: Justice

The first theme of the Anarchism Reading Series will be justice. Revolutionaries have long grappled with the idea of justice. We are familiar with seeing this broken into two categories; justice in revolutionary milieus and justice for broader society. The idea of justice in revolutionary communities obviously hinges on the notion that these models may be, or should be, applicable outside of revolutionary spaces. However, we have seen time and again that revolutionary justice becomes riddled with the same, or worse, authoritarianism that reactionary society is pervaded with.

This group will grapple with these issues. How do we envision forms of justice that are liberatory? How do we look at justice outside of conventional models? Can we create social structures and relations that will become desirable to people outside of revolutionary groups? How do we use our findings in broader strategic ways during our campaigns?

http://anarchismreadingseries.wordpress.com/

Friday, November 21st
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

hungary

Group meets every other Wednesday to discuss writings by Castoriadis, philosopher, economist, psychoanalyst, revolutionary. For this meeting, we discuss the last two parts of “Marxism and Revolutionary Theory,” in The Imaginary Institution of Society, pp. 41-70:

:https://libcom.org/files/57798630-Castoriadis-The-Imaginary-Institution-of-Society.pdf

Since the Great Recession, the history of communist countries has faded into the background, and we’ve seen a revival of interest in theories that “prove” the system “has to” collapse. Does being a revolutionary mean having a deterministic theory that unlocks all riddles? Is capitalism a “rational” system that can be precisely calculated? Are the economy, “economic growth,” commodities, money, and value “real”? What if the infrastructure had its own “imaginary” infrastructure, one based on pure creation and signification, outside of any institutionalization? Cornelius Castoriadis raises these questions and more, anticipating a widespread commitment to the value of autonomy – which he interprets as grappling with Chaos without any pre-given norms or limits – and rejecting the claims of theories justifying hierarchy. He advocates the revolutionary organization of grassroots bodies to destroy private property and government, fundamentally transforming society from the ground up – not because theory proves it, but because it is a project that we have willed into being.

Wednesday, November 19th
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

rent is theft

Rent is Theft is a new anarchist publication with the goal of combating private property ownership in Brooklyn and beyond. The idea for this publication was born out a desire to fight the wave of gentrification in Bushwick. All though this is a modest contribution to the resistance in Brooklyn we hope the text will be used and treated as a call to action. We are struggling for permanent rent strikes in Brooklyn, the immediate formation of revolutionary tenants councils, and the communalization of all property in NYC and beyond. It is with these goals in mind that this publication is born and with these goals we hope to see you all on November 15th!

https://www.facebook.com/events/379046262258549/

Sat, November 15th
7:00 pm

abc

Our friends at NYC Anarchist BLack Cross are moving to the Base! November 11th is their next letter writing. There will be an update soon. Check here to learn more about the group:

NYC Anarchist Black Cross is a collective focused on supporting US-held political prisoners and prisoners of war and opposing state repression against revolutionary social justice movements. We are a Support Group of of the continental Anarchist Black Cross Federation.

gezi

The latest Global Uprisings film chronicles a year of resistance and repression in Turkey, from Gezi Park to Kurdistan.

Political struggles over the future of Turkey have left the country profoundly divided. Former Prime Minister, now President, Tayyip Erdogan, has fueled growing polarization through his authoritarian response to protests, his large-scale urban development projects, his religious social conservatism, and most recently, through his complicity in the Islamic State’s war against the Kurdish people in Northern Syria.

In the year after the Gezi uprising, protests continue against the massive development plans, against police repression, in response to repression of the Kurdish and Alevi populations, and in honor of the martyrs that lost their lives in the uprising. Most recently, angry protests and riots have spread across the country in solidarity with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units fighting against the Islamic State in Kobanê, Rojava. This film chronicles a year of uprisings, resistance and repression since the Gezi uprising in Turkey.

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism from around the world. Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh have been travelling, researching, and making short films about responses to the economic crisis and current uprisings.

Their short films detail social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turky Spain, Greece, the UK, the US, and Egypt. Their films cover strikes and demonstrations in the UK, the large-scale housing occupations and street mobilizations in Spain, the various general strikes, protests, and factory occupations in Greece, the revolution in Egypt, the Gezi Park uprising in Turkey, the 2014 social explosion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the revolt against austerity in Portugal, and the occupy movement in the United States.

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism from around the world. Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh have been travelling, researching, and making short films about responses to the economic crisis and current uprisings.

Their short films detail social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turky Spain, Greece, the UK, the US, and Egypt. Their films cover strikes and demonstrations in the UK, the large-scale housing occupations and street mobilizations in Spain, the various general strikes, protests, and factory occupations in Greece, the revolution in Egypt, the Gezi Park uprising in Turkey, the 2014 social explosion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the revolt against austerity in Portugal, and the occupy movement in the United States.

Sunday, November 2nd
7:30 pm

castoriadis

Group meets every other Wednesday to discuss writings by Castoriadis, philosopher, economist, psychoanalyst, revolutionary. For this meeting, we discuss the first two parts of “Marxism and Revolutionary Theory,” in The Imaginary Institution of Society, pp. 9-40:

https://libcom.org/files/57798630-Castoriadis-The-Imaginary-Institution-of-Society.pdf

Since the Great Recession, the history of communist countries has faded into the background, and we’ve seen a revival of interest in theories that “prove” the system “has to” collapse. Does being a revolutionary mean having a deterministic theory that unlocks all riddles? Is capitalism a “rational” system that can be precisely calculated? Are the economy, “economic growth,” commodities, money, and value “real”? What if the infrastructure had its own “imaginary” infrastructure, one based on pure creation and signification, outside of any institutionalization? Cornelius Castoriadis raises these questions and more, anticipating a widespread commitment to the value of autonomy – which he interprets as grappling with Chaos without any pre-given norms or limits – and rejecting the claims of theories justifying hierarchy. He advocates the revolutionary organization of grassroots bodies to destroy private property and government, fundamentally transforming society from the ground up – not because theory proves it, but because it is a project that we have willed into being.

Wednesday, November 5th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

200px-Socialism_or_Barbarism

Reading group meets every other Wednesday to discuss psychoanalytical texts and their political implications. This session we discuss “Psychoanalysis and Politics” by Cornelius Castoriadis, in World in Fragments. Photocopies available at the Base.

Wednesday, October 29
7:30 pm

primary1

A decade after being under heavy federal surveillance for exercising free speech in support of the underground Earth Liberation Front, Leslie James Pickering discovered that his associates were being questioned by the FBI, the US Post Office is copying his incoming mail and he was put on a secret list for maximum security screening at airports. Not only that but a federal grand jury subpoena was issued for records on him, his family and his bookstore, Burning Books.

Leslie has launched an extensive legal and public campaign to resist this surveillance, which he believes is aimed to repress Burning Books and the surge of activism and awareness that the bookstore generates, as well as harass and intimidate the radical environmental movement. This multimedia presentation will open eyes to methods used by the federal government to repress activists and freedom struggles, and how they can be resisted.

Burning Books & NYC Anarchist Black Cross will have a merchandise table on hand as well.

Saturday, October 25
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

society

In this series we are grappling with notions of justice and trying to learn how to look at models outside of traditional structures. For this next discussion we’ll read a few chapters from Pierre Clastres seminal work Society Against the State. We’re reading chpt 7, “The Duty to Speak,” chpt 10, “Of Torture in Primitive Societies,” and chpt 11, “Society Against the State.”

http://zinelibrary.info/files/Clastres%20-%20Society%20Against%20the%20State%20-%20Essays%20in%20Political%20Anthropology.pdf

The Anarchism Reading Series was born out of the Introduction to Anarchism Reading Group at the Base. What began as an introductory, chronologic approach to studying anarchism transitioned into a more diffuse project, where readings were selected week by week.

The group has decided to take a large shift. The Anarchism Reading Series will now focus thematically on important political issues to anarchists and larger society, with a goal of rigorously understanding how to change the society we live in. This will be seperated into sections of study and will hopefully be used as strategy sessions for militants in NYC and beyond.

Project I: Justice

The first theme of the Anarchism Reading Series will be justice. Revolutionaries have long grappled with the idea of justice. We are familiar with seeing this broken into two categories; justice in revolutionary milieus and justice for broader society. The idea of justice in revolutionary communities obviously hinges on the notion that these models may be, or should be, applicable outside of revolutionary spaces. However, we have seen time and again that revolutionary justice becomes riddled with the same, or worse, authoritarianism that reactionary society is pervaded with.

This group will grapple with these issues. How do we envision forms of justice that are liberatory? How do we look at justice outside of conventional models? Can we create social structures and relations that will become desirable to people outside of revolutionary groups? How do we use our findings in broader strategic ways during our campaigns?

http://anarchismreadingseries.wordpress.com/

Friday, October 24th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

egypt

Join Gus, a comrade from Unity and Struggle and the Houston IWW a for a talk and conversation. He will be discussing organizing in Houston, his experience helping to re-start the Houston branch of the IWW, his time in SDS as a student, working in a solidarity network, and the current situation in one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the country: Houston Texas. As a group we will also discuss strategies and challenges we are collectively facing as organizers in this precarious moment of crisis.

Unity and Struggle is a small anti-state and anti-authoritarian communist grouping with locals in NYC and Houston. Our work includes immigration militancy, solidarity networks, organizing around health and reproduction, and anti-police brutality. check out more here: http://unityandstruggle.org

Wednesday. October 22nd
8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

castoriadis

Group meets every other Wednesday to discuss writings by Castoriadis, philosopher, economist, psychoanalyst, revolutionary. First reading is “Modern Capitalism and Revolution,” p. 226 in vol. 2 of Political and Social Writings.

http://bookzz.org/book/1061674/1be009

Since the Great Recession, the history of communist countries has faded into the background, and we’ve seen a revival of interest in theories that “prove” the system “has to” collapse. Does being a revolutionary mean having a deterministic theory that unlocks all riddles? Is capitalism a “rational” system that can be precisely calculated? Are the economy, “economic growth,” commodities, money, and value “real”? What if the infrastructure had its own “imaginary” infrastructure, one based on pure creation and signification, outside of any institutionalization? Cornelius Castoriadis raises these questions and more, anticipating a widespread commitment to the value of autonomy – which he interprets as grappling with Chaos without any pre-given norms or limits – and rejecting the claims of theories justifying hierarchy. He advocates the revolutionary organization of grassroots bodies to destroy private property and government, fundamentally transforming society from the ground up – not because theory proves it, but because it is a project that we have willed into being.

Wednesday, October 22nd
6:30 pm to 8 pm

jane addams

This afternoon, the Jane Addams Circle will be having its open house. Come to this meeting to join the third circle, which will be meeting and working together over the next 8 weeks. This will be an opportunity to learn skills to help others and oneself and put those skills to use!

The Jane Addams Circle
Is a small anarchist collective made up of professional social workers and psychologists who believe that to have a true and sustainable culture of resistance we must be able to maintain our mental health. We know everyone has sustained some emotional damage from this society and that we must find a variety of ways to undo this damage for us to be able to struggle effectively for our revolutionary dreams and passions with others. Struggling with emotional issues limits our ability to connect with others and to effectively enact the change we need in the world. Stigmatizing or refusing to deal with mental health issues in ourselves and in our community is weakens our struggle.

MAST is an open-source and evolving set of cognitive techniques aimed at promoting better emotional health for individuals in a non-hierarchical or medical model.
MAST draws heavily upon the techniques found in Rational Emotive Therapy, Existential Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Dialectical behavioral Therapy and related systems. Its focus is to teach techniques of thinking that can allow individuals to make positive changes in their emotional lives.

http://themastproject.wordpress.com/

Sunday, October 19th
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

capitalism

Brooklyn Solidarity Network is a growing project. We believe this is one of the more important organizing projects in NYC right now. This network is constantly engaging with a wide range of people in Brooklyn in increasingly personal and political ways.

As always we welcome new organizers and on this date we are having a training for new people to get involved, We encourage people to come enjoy a brief presentation and with their experiences to share.

Join us as we reshape Brooklyn. Until Brooklyn is ours! Until Brooklyn is no one’s!

Saturday, October 18th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

stop-and-frisk-infographic-ray-kelly2

One of Bill de Blasio’s main political talking points was his promise to end stop and frisk. However, with the implementation of the broken windows policy we have seen what amounts to an enhancement of stop and frisk. We would like to host an open discussion about policing in NYC. We intend for the discussion to focus on countering strategies, solidarity, and how we can grow as a movement in NYC and beyond.

This event marks the end of The Base’s fundraiser drive! Please donate online: http://thebasebk.org/donations

Sunday, October 12th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join our special week-long fundraising drive!

The Base, Brooklyn’s Anarchist social center, has been programmed from top to bottom for over a year. So far it’s been a nexus for radical study, a conduit to connect people and projects around the globe, and a center for workshops and skillshares. On a given night people can meet Brazilian Anarchists, learn how to make a successful squat, or join a conversation about Durruti’s exploits.

In our second year The Base is branching out into new trajectories. New organizing groups that have formed out of the space are beginning to build a very localized, militant new movement. Brooklyn Solidarity is building an ever-wider network of neighbors who support each others struggles. And more groups are getting ready to announce their projects in the coming months.

This fundraising week runs from October 4-11th. We’re looking for people who like and support the space to become regular donors. Our goal: 20 people donating $20/month. This will help cover the cost of keeping the lights on and the roof over our heads.

http://thebasebk.org/donations

zapatistas

For this anarchism reading series we’re reading about Zapatista governance and a Raul Zibechi text about self-defense in South America. These texts are part of the justice themed readings we are currently doing.

Zapatista: http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=805

Zapatista: http://interoccupy.net/blog/unlike-the-capitalistic-mexican-justice-system-you-cannot-buy-zapatista-justice-freedom-to-patishtan-libertadpatishtan/

Zibechi: http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/12676

Friday, October 10th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

makhno

The Base, Brooklyn’s Anarchist social center, has been programmed from top to bottom for over a year. So far it’s been a center for radical study, a conduit to connect people and projects around the globe, and a center for workshops and skillshares. On a given night people can meet Brazilian Anarchists, learn how to make a successful squat, or join a conversation about Durruti’s exploits.

In our second year The Base is branching out into new trajectories. New organizing groups that have formed out of the space are beginning to build a very localized, militant new movement. Brooklyn Solidarity is building an ever-wider network of neighbors who support each others struggles. And more groups are getting ready to announce their projects in the coming months.

We invite you to visit the space for this open house and get to know these projects firsthand and see the upcoming new classes. The people spearheading these groups, workshops, and projects will be there to share their experiences and build with you.

Come meet the good folks behind:
NYC Anarchist Black Cross
Jane Addams’ Mutual Aid Self Therapy
The ESL Workshop
The Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee
The Foucault Reading Group
Anarchism Reading Series
International Organization for a Participatory Society
Psychoanalysis and Politics
Unity and Struggle
Brooklyn Solidarity Network
Rent is Theft
Rethinking Communism

The Open House kicks off our fundraiser week, from October 4-11th. The Base is looking for people who like and support the space to become regular donors. Our goal: 20 people donating $20/month. This will help cover the cost of keeping the lights on and the roof over our heads.

Subscribe here: http://thebasebk.org/donations

For more info here’s the FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446639258890070/
Saturday, October 4
7:00 pm

 

Funeraloftheanarchistgalli

Struggle and Therapy
A multimedia presentation and open discussion on the politics of psychotherapy:

The conventional terrain of mental health, its definitions, its goals, methods, and “cures” do not compose a neutral field of study and application. Rather they are developed within terrains of struggle, contestation, cooperation, resistance, and force. The dominating institutions, economies, and ways of living that persist at present, articulate this field or terrain. We find and construct ourselves within this contestation. The goal of Jane Adams Collective is to not leave this struggle unattended, nor to neglect what we tentatively call psychological or mental struggle.

This presentation will focus on how the tools of psychology, psychiatry and different therapies have been developed, used, adapted for various and conflicting goals; repressing populations, fostering consumerism, enforcing military statecraft and maintaining bigotry while on the other hand also being with liberatory, revolutionary ambitions. We will examine approaches from the anti-psychiatry (e.g. Myth of Mental Illness), peer led projects (e.g. Icarus) and revolutionary approaches (e.g. Socialist Patients Collective) to the dialogue of psychotherapy.
When used explicitly within a political context, Jane Addams is interested in practical ways psychotherapeutic tools can defend and enact victories in our favor, in favor what can be done.

The Jane Addams Circle
Is a small anarchist collective made up of professional social workers and psychologists who believe that to have a true and sustainable culture of resistance we must be able to maintain our mental health. We know everyone has sustained some emotional damage from this society and that we must find a variety of ways to undo this damage for us to be able to struggle effectively for our revolutionary dreams and passions with others. Struggling with emotional issues limits our ability to connect with others and to effectively enact the change we need in the world. Stigmatizing or refusing to deal with mental health issues in ourselves and in our community is weakens our struggle.

Sunday, Sept 28
7:00 pm

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The forests are burning, the storms are coming, and the seas are rising. We too are rising. In the aftermath of the People’s Climate March, join eco-communitarian anarchist theorist and activist John Clark for a discussion on the looming climate catastrophe, revolutionary responses to ecological crisis, and how the social thought of Elisée Reclus can inform both. Reclus was the great French anarchist geographer, whose theories of social domination, the domination of nature, the Earth Story, and Humanity as Nature becoming self-conscious can inform new perspectives on our global ecological crisis, strategies for change, and paths toward a nature and a humanity free from domination.

John P. Clark is an eco-communitarian anarchist theorist and activist. He lives and works in New Orleans, where his family has been for twelve generations. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, most recently Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: Selected Writings of Elisée Reclus (PM Press, 2013) and The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism (Bloomsbury, 2013). He writes a column, “Imagined Ecologies,” for the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism, edits the cyberjournal Psychic Swamp: The Surregional Review, and works with Common Knowledge: the New Orleans Cooperative Education Exchange. His work can be found at loyno.academia.edu/JohnClark; www.johnpclark.info, and www.maxcafard.info.

Monday, Sept 22nd

8 pm

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Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the government throughout much of the 1970s—bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. The Weather Underground is a feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement, as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to “bring the war home.”

Thursday, Sept 18
7:30 pm

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For this weeks reading group we’ll read and discuss Peter Gederloos’ text “How Nonviolence Protects the State.”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-how-nonviolence-protects-the-state

Friday, Sept 12th

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Everyone talks about the Illuminati. You may have heard Jay Z and Beyonce are members of the Illuminati, and channel demons when they perform. You may have heard Obama is a member of the Illuminati, and plans to implant microchips in all U.S. citizens, to prepare for martial law. You may have heard the dollar bill contains secret symbols, which reveal the U.S. has been controlled by the Illuminati for hundreds of years.

Illuminati theory helps oppressed people to explain our experiences in the hood. Society throws horrible stuff in our faces: our family members get locked up for bullshit. Our friends kill each other over beefs, money or turf. Our future is full of dead-end jobs that don’t pay shit. We struggle to pay bills while others live in luxury. On TV, we see people all over the world dying in poverty, even though we live in the most materially abundant society in history. Most people act like none of these terrible things are happening. Why does this occur? We start looking for answers, and Illuminati theory provides one.

We believe Illuminati theory is wrong, and we wrote this pamphlet to offer a different answer. We wrote this pamphlet because we know people who think about the Illuminati usually want to stop oppression and exploitation. They’re some of the smartest people in the hood today. Forty years ago, Illuminati theorists would’ve been in the Black Panther Party. Today most of them sit around and talk endlessly about conspiracies. This is a waste of talent. The world is in a deep crisis, and big protests, rebellions and revolutions are happening. In Egypt, South Africa, Turkey–and even in the U.S.–these movements are already taking place. People who say we can’t do anything because no one else is fighting are simply refusing to join the fight themselves. With the right tools, we can participate in these actions, and make history with millions of others.

Saturday, August 23rd
4:30 pm

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What if everything we think we know about social change… is wrong?

Co-sponsored by NYC Anarchist Black Cross and Direct Action Everywhere.

The growth of the Arab Spring, global LGBTQ rights, and the animal rights movement in notable countries around the world (which have, in some cases, seen up to 15% vegetarian surges in a single year) are powerful examples of sudden and systemic change. Can we achieve the same incredible mobilizations for progressive causes in the US?

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) co-founders Wayne Hsiung (former behavioral law and economics scholar and long-time social justice activist) and Ronnie Rose (cinema expert and student of critical theory) are taking to the East Coast to answer that question.

Based on the pioneering work of the greatest thinkers in sociology, political science, economics, and psychology, their talk has already triggered incredible buzz out West, including at the national animal rights conference in LA. It just might upend your views on social change. Topics include:

- the essential elements of successful social movements;
- how the conventional wisdom in environmentalism, animal advocacy, and other progressive causes has fallen short (e.g. focus on individuals over systems, neglect of ideas, and fear of being unpopular);
- what Justin Bieber can teach us about social change (seriously); and
- what DxE has learned from successful movements to create empowered activist networks… and push toward real and permanent change

Whether you are a leafleter, an admirer of the ELF, or both, there will be much to learn and discuss. Moreover, there will be insights useful for both seasoned activists and newcomers. Please join us in thinking hard about how to make a better world!

SPEAKER BIOS

Wayne Hsiung is an attorney, co-founding organizer of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), and coordinator for Animal Liberationists of Color. He was lead organizer of the international Earthlings March (which mobilized thousands of activists in 17 countries), served as a law professor at Northwestern (where he co-authored research with Harvard’s Cass Sunstein), and has organized for social justice issues since 1999, including programs for low income youth and against capital punishment. Wayne studied behavioral economics as a NSF Graduate Fellow at MIT and an Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and blogs at The Liberationist about social change. He has spoken on animal rights issues at Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and Stanford and recently presented on the science of social change at the national animal rights conference. Prior to DxE, Wayne was an attorney at two national law firms where he litigated consumer fraud class actions and maintained a pro bono animal law practice. Despite holding two graduate degrees, he is regularly outwitted by his four furry companions.

Ronnie Rose is a writer, videographer, and co-founding organizer of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). His video short “It starts with you…” launched DxE with a viral bang in 2013, and he recently organized and led DxE’s West Coast speaking tour. He has been interviewed about DxE’s work by RGB vegan, blogs for The Liberationist, and cares for a feral cat colony in San Jose. Ronnie has undertaken investigative videography at animal abusing enterprises, graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he was a student of literature and critical theory, and spends too much of his free time watching pretentious European films.

ABOUT DxE

Direct Action Everywhere is an animal rights network working to stop violence and discrimination against animals. Beginning in 2013 in the Bay Area with only a few activists and ambitious ideas, the DxE network has grown exponentially with its flagship campaign, “It’s Not Food, It’s Violence,” reaching 41 cities across 12 countries and generating national news coverage.

DxE works with Animal Liberationists of Color to highlight voices that have been traditionally underrepresented in the animal rights movement and has mobilized activists in cities as far-flung as Chennai, India; Antalya, Turkey; La Paz, Bolivia; and Vancouver, Canada. DxE is strongly committed to building diverse, intersectional movements.

ABOUT THE TOUR

Organizers from the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Providence, and Philadelphia chapters of Direct Action Everywhere will speak about the origins of the network, its organizing principles, and its current campaigns. This will also be a place for discussion, where we will trade ideas. The second day of each tour stop will be a day of action, where we will collectively plan and implement a creative demonstration. We hope to build intersectional activist networks through face-to-face interaction.

Until every animal is free.

Main Tour Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/816435451714026/
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Website: www.directactioneverywhere.com
Facebook: facebook.com/directactioneverywhere
Instagram: @directactioneverywhere
Twitter:@DxEverywhere (https://twitter.com/DxEverywhere)
Email: dxe@directactioneverywhere.com
Campaign Video: http://youtu.be/-xfZgCuUKQ0

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El tema “Comunicacion”
Con los subtemas que de la comunicacion puedan surgir,
Provocar que de la comunicacion se crea el aprendizaje y el conocimiento colectivo
Es decir que de la colectividad surgen los principios de apoyo mutuo
la comunicacion como alternativa de dialogo y escucharnos

Al immigrante se le hace propaganda de “invasor” para que el pueblo o el otro inmigrante “legalizado” de le vea como enemigo. Lo vea con odio, lo vea con desprecio, lo vea como una amenaza
Por lo tanto la frontera se cierra, la puerta de le cierra, y las pocas alternativas de ayuda a ese nuevo inmigrant, Se le cierran, se le persigue, y se le difama.
Porque ya en la desesperacion el migrante trae consigo todo ese cargamento que los gobiernos preparan para el mundo. El odio y la desesperanza, mas el desprecio. Buscando tambien nuevas alternativas de vida, trae consigo el interes de unirse a otros pueblos y asi luchar juntos contra todo eso que hace que los inmigrantes existan.
los medios y los gobiernos Evitan que la gente se relacione, por que se unen y luchan juntos contra todos los que estan
en el poder.
la comunicacion como lucha social, la comunicacion, la unica alternativa de la unidad de las pueblos y sus diferentes luchas.
re-accion libre!!!

 

Saturday, August 16
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Since 2007 one of the biggest crises in the history of capitalism is sweeping the earth. Right wing movements are mobilizing many people, despite opposition from leftist movements.

Many of these right wing groups, such as the Tea Party, are a phenomena of the crises caused by capitalism. Exploitation, the gender inequality in domestic work, wage labor, sexism, racism, and more nessecitates the fight against capitalism.

During the mobilization against the G8 Summint in Heiligendamm (Germany), a new alliance between groups in Germany and Austria was founded: “…ums Ganze!”, an anti-authoritan communist alliance which articulates a deep critique of capitalism, and works to build a new revolutionary movement.

“Beyond Europe” is one of the results of this process. It is an network with the goal of creating “international anti-nationalism”. Comrades from Germany will discuss their experiences and their implications.

Monday, August 11th
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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We are a new learning collective called GoCollective, and we are setting up a drop-in program for unschooling families. We want to offer the families a place to come and meet others who share their vision for learning, and to be part of a growing community. We believe that community is an essential factor in the learning process, and that learning is simply a part of living and being together. The young people in our program will have the freedom to choose their own activities and follow their passions with supportive learning guides.

We are starting a daily program on Monday, September 8, for young people ages six through twelve, though we are open to making arrangements for other ages. Our day will begin at 8:30 AM, and end at 3 PM. From 3 until 4 PM each day we will have a special, free of charge hour for unschooling families and young people in the neighborhood. GoCollective’s homebase is The Base, at 1302 Myrtle Avenue, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

In this public Community Interest meeting we want to hear what families want, and so families can talk privately with us if necessary. Each member of our collective is committed to helping learners explore their interests and to find ways to build groups around similar enthusiasms. We all have experience in teaching, administrating, and parenting at free schools, although we have decided that our program will be an alternative to schooling.

http://gocollective.org/

Sunday, August 10th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

the gatekeepers

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Wednesday, July 30th,
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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WHAT: DAM! An Evening of Skills and Stories from Earth First!
WHEN: 8:00pm, Saturday, July 26th
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221
COST: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Sponsored by NYC Anarchist Black Cross
With the long-awaited release of the 3rd edition of the EF! Direct Action Manual(affectionately known as the “DAM”), Earth First! organizers are hitting the road to share direct action skills and get the manual into people’s hands.

The presentations will consist of a presentation and slideshow with stories about Earth First! and radical environmental history that contributed to the skills compiled in the DAM.

Along with a chance to get a copy of the book, the event will also be an chance to pick up the newest EF! Journals, and learn about direct action efforts in your region.

Saturday, July 26
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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Who is Jock Palfreeman? Jock is an antifascist prisoner in Bulgaria. Originally from Australia, he came to the aid of two Roma men being attacked by a mob of neo-Nazi football hooligans, and in the intervening fight one of the attackers was killed. After a biased trial, Jock received a 20-year sentence, which he is serving in a notoriously rundown prison in Sophia. Bulgaria. The Bulgarian government has refused to allow his transfer to Australia to serve his sentence, despite international agreements, unless his family pays a massive ransom.

This evening we’ll talk a little about the situation of the Roma, show a documentary about Jock’s case, eat popcorn, and write letters asking that Jock be transferred to Australia. At his request, we’ll be taking donations for the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, which he is chair of; they will be used for a legal aid defense fund and for lawyers to protect prisoners against punishments of the prison.

Hosted by NYC Anarchist Black Cross:

http://nycabc.wordpress.com/

For more information on Jock Palfreeman:

http://freejock.com/

http://facebook.com/WhoIsJockPalfreeman

http://brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html

Freedom for Jock Palfreeman

For more information on the July 25 Day of Solidarity:

http://torchantifa.org/?p=379

Friday, July 25
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

_A PRISON CYPHER_ BKBase event 7_24(1)

Die Jim Crow is a concept album about the effects of prisons on Black america. All of the songs are written and performed by former and current prisoners. Come to The Base for a hip hop cypher with artists on the album, both in and out of prison. Following the cypher there will be an open mic session with a focus on prison and liberation.

Hosted by Mic “OG Law” Tabon

Thursday, July 24th
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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They flew me to Canada, and boy are my arms tired!

Dane Rossman speaks about his experience being extradited to Canada for actions during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. Dane is an anarchist living on occupied Tohono O’odham land in Tucson, Arizona.

He’s been involved for several years in anti-colonial, No Borders, and prison/police abolition movements, and will try to situate his experience of incarceration and extradition within that history, with an emphasis on ongoing struggles in Arizona.

Members of the local support crew for current G20 extraditee prisoners will also be on hand to discuss their cases and provide updates on Joel, Kevin, and Richard.

Dane hopes to use this opportunity to raise funds for the other G20 extraditees still being held by the Canadian state, so bring cash if you can.

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This Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fanzine Reaktor, embracing change and a new facet the project, launches its latest zine by the name REACION LIBRE! They’re eager to share a night of comradery with a discussion on Magonismo, Zapatismo y pensamiento libertario.

El Fanzine Reaktor, es una publicación autónoma, colectiva y autogestiva editada en la ciudad de Nueva York por el Colectivo Reaktor, el cual está conformado por un grupo de mexicanos trabajadores, estudiantes, músicos, pintores. Reaktor circula gratuitamente en las calles de Nueva York y desde 2012 circula libremente por internet.

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For more than 500 years, the indigenous pueblos of Mexico have been resisting, and continue in struggle. For more than 500 years, while displacement, exploitation, disregard and repression persist, we keep on saying YA BASTA! ENOUGH!

In 1994, while President Salinas was celebrating the beginning of another new year, the year in which the infamous NAFTA would begin and with that, the consolidation of the capitalist system with the new neoliberal proposal in Mexico, a group of rebel indigenous peoples from southeast Mexico appeared, forever changing the history of Mexico and the world. The EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) would burst onto the scene and into the Mexican reality and consciousness with the cry of YA BASTA! WE’VE HAD ENOUGH! and from that moment on, a new era of struggle for the Mexican pueblos would begin, becoming the greatest example of resistance against the capitalist system in the world today.

Today, our reality, our world seem increasingly more catastrophic. It seems that finding alternatives to truly build another world is more and more difficult and challenging. La Universidad de la Tierra (University of the Earth) from Oaxaca, Mexico and the collective Veredas Autonomas (Autonomous Trails), together with The Base extend the invitation to this encuentro where we will revisit the historic path of social struggle in Mexico that has brought us to today and to the current Zapatista struggle. We invite you to an open space of discussion, reflection and idea exchange, using the history of Mexican struggle and the Zapatista struggle for the construction of autonomy as a framework, seeing this as the clearest example we have today of another reality possible, to believe that it is truly possible to build a way of life different than the capitalist one.

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WHAT: scott crow: Black Flags and Windmills
WHEN: 8:00pm, Friday , June 20th
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221
COST: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Sponsored by New York City Anarchist Black Cross
http://nycabc.wordpress.com

Black Flags and Windmills: Creating power from below
This visual and engaging presentation drawn from scott crow’s book Black Flags and Windmills illustrates through stories, analysis and diverse political movement histories how individuals and communities can create collective liberation to change their own worlds by creating power from below. It covers how the ideas, philosophies and practices of anarchism have grown shaping and influencing modern political movements and tendencies from the post-Seattle alternative globalization movements to the Common Ground Collective after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, environmental and animal rights movements and beyond. It also covers the rise of the surveillance state and the implications of political activism being labeled ‘terrorism’. The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and power and dares us to rethink how we engage in creating sustainable and liberatory futures.

scott will have copies of his book, Black Flags and Windmills, on hand for sale.

http://www.scottcrow.org/

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Friday, June 20th
8:00 pm

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What started with small camps at Europe’s southern borders in Greece and Bulgaria which aimed to raise awareness about the brutal regime of border enforcement and how it kills and excludes those who don’t have the privilege of papers or money, soon became a large movement which experienced pivotal events in central/northern European cities such as Cologne and Stockholm during which the movement split as well as faced existential critique. Is there a future for the European No-Border movement as such, how does it look like, and what form of (self-)organization would it entail? This info-talk shares the stories of various No Border Camps and discusses different ideas for a struggle against borders and for the freedom of movement.

Thursday, June 19
8:30 to 10:00 pm

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This series will look at various historical revolutions in order to gain knowledge for creating full communisim in our lifetime.

We will welcome suggestions and are looking for input on what others want to discuss and learn.

To start we will look at Maoism and the beginning of the Chinese Communist Revolution.

From Mao’s Collected Works pages 51-123 (read the articles that interest you)
http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/collected-works-pdf/volume-1.pdf

Loren Goldner’s “Notes Towards a Critique of Maoism”
http://libcom.org/history/notes-towards-critique-maoism

Mao’s “A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire”
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-1/mswv1_6.htm

Tuesday, June 17
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Dan La Botz teaches American, Latin American, and Labor History. He is a member of Solidarity: A Socialist, Feminist, Anti-Racist Organization, an editor of New Politics (newpol.org) and of Mexican Labor News and Analysis (http://www.ueinternational.org/MLNA/). He was a founding member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU). He is the author of several books about labor in the U.S., Mexico, and Indonesia.

He will be speaking about Ricardo Flores Magon and the Mexican anarchists of the Mexican Liberal Party (on June 16) and about the American Anarchists Emma Goldman, William C. Owen, and Voltairine de Cleyre (on June 30). Draft chapters of his book in progress Riding with the Revolution: The American Left and the Mexican Revolution have been posted on The Base website.

This is the reading for this meeting:
Chapter 2 – The Mexican Liberal Party

Part 1 – http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/2938
Part 2 – http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/3032

And an article on “U.S. Socialists and the Mexican Revolution,”

http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/3103

Monday, June 16
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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The Florence Johnston Collective (Flo Jo) hosts a screening of Born in Flames, a science fiction film that takes place in the United States during a socialist democracy. Two feminist groups in New York City utilize different strategies to deal with class-based oppression, sexism, racism, and homophobia in this alternate reality. A discussion will follow the screening. Come enjoy light refreshments and hang out with us!

Thursday, June 12th
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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For this Anarchism Reading Series we’re reading Chapters 3 and 4 of Guy Debord’s “Society of the Spectacle.”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/guy-debord-the-society-of-the-spectacle

The Society of the Spectacle is a work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Situationist Guy Debord. It was first published during 1967 in France.

Debord traces the development of a modern society in which authentic social life has been replaced with its representation: “All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.” Debord argues that the history of social life can be understood as “the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.”

This condition, according to Debord, is the “historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonization of social life.”

Friday, June 6th

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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A Late-Capitalist Vocabulary of Culture and Society

Under the pressures of everyday life and activism, it’s easy to take for granted the words we use to communicate about struggle. However, even common words like “oppression,” “community,” and “politics,” are marked by considerable historical ambivalence. Through the course of neoliberal market expansion, economic crisis, and renewed rounds of global austerity, words have remained important sites of contestation. Following in the tradition of Raymond Williams, Keywords for Radicals is a multi-contributor project designed to assess the significance of individual words in movement practice and broader processes of social transformation alike, and to consider how our current vocabulary shapes the political imaginary of today’s radical left.

In this session, Keywords for Radicals editors Clare O’Connor and AK Thompson facilitate a participant-driven discussion about the challenges and opportunities that arise from contemporary contests over word usage in the radical milieu.

Clare O’Connor is a Los Angeles-based writer and activist. She served on the editorial committee of Upping the anti: a journal of theory and action (2008-2012) and is an editor of the forthcoming project Keywords for Radicals.

AK Thompson got kicked out of high school in 1992 for publishing an underground newspaper called The Agitator and has been an activist, writer, and social theorist ever since. His publications include Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (2010) and Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements / Social Research (2006). Between 2005 and 2012, he served on the editorial committee of Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action

Saturday, May 31st
7 pm to 9 pm

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Parche Punk invites you to:

Autonomous Punk DIY Fair

A free space WHERE YOU CAN BRING your records, tapes, fanzines, t-shirts, art, pins, etc… and trade, sell and buy.

Special guests:

• Sin Temores Records
• Death/Traitors
• Histeria Records
• Discos Huayno Amargo
• No Ego Discos

…more TBA

+Music from vinyl, punk videos and enjoy the The Lucy Parsons Library!

Thursday May 29th, 2014
7PM to 11PM – ALL AGES
Free entrance (PLEA$E donate to THE BASE, Anarchist space)

LOVE MUSIC /// HATE FASCISM!

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El Parche Punk lxs invita a la:

Feria Punk Autonoma

Espacio libre donde TU PUEDES TRAER tu discos, cintas, fanzines, camisetas, arte, pins, etc… e intercambiar, comprar y vender tu material.

Invitadxs especiales:

• Sin Temores Records
• Death/Traitors
• Histeria Records
• Discos Huayno Amargo
• No Ego Discos

… y más.

+Musica desde vinilo, videos punk y disfruta de la Biblioteca Lucy Parsons

Jueves 29 de Mayo, 2014
7PM a 11PM – TODAS LAS EDADES
Entrada libre (Por Favor dona $ dinero para LA BASE, espacio Anarquista)

AMA LA MUSICA /// ODIA EL FASCISMO!

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Friday May 16, 8:00 pm

Anarchists are no strangers to state repression. For decades movements have been supported by following the dictum: Nobody talks and everybody walks. From a strategic perspective, a movement will not succeed without uncompromising solidarity. Yet when it comes to the lives of our close comrades, this theory becomes concrete. How many revolutionaries have been kept from the hands of the state by someone simply remaining quiet, whatever the consequences?

We are proud to announce the first speaking engagement of Grand Jury resister Jerry Koch since he has walked tall out of the Metropolitan Department of Corrections in what the judge called, “endless contempt”. He will be in conversation with his indomitable lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen. Together they will be speaking about repression, grand jury resistance, their personal experiences, and the precedent set for the future of struggles in New York City.

Timed to happen simultaneously with the Anarchist Bookfair, we invite local and out of town comrades to engage in this important conversation and brainstorm how revolutionaries all can work together towards stronger movements and prisoner support.

“The State has never had legal credibility. The norms of its legitimacy are seized by force. In this sense the reality of the courts is a ridiculous farce which should not interest us. The balance of power-if we are able-can be reconstituted elsewhere. In the real movement. Otherwise, any trial is a losing one from start to finish.” –AB

 

 

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This week we’re continuing with Alfredo Bonanno. This week we are reading “And We Will Still Be Ready To Storm The Heavens Another Time: Against Amnesty.” This text makes a compelling case against demanding amnesty from prison in the Italian struggle in the late 70′s.

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/alfredo-m-bonanno-and-we-will-still-be-ready-to-storm-the-heavens-another-time-against-amnesty

Friday, 6 pm — 8 pm
May 9th

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Since ancient times, and throughout the world, the time of May has been a time to mark new life and new beginnings, the spring carnival when we can break free from dreary habits, admire beauty, laugh at death, and connect with our surroundings. The pagans who danced around the maypole had no interest in working for a wage, respecting a boss, or producing for someone else’s profit.

This spirit of freedom continued when in May 1886, tens of thousands of US workers participated in a general strike, refusing to be exploited and making the modest demand that their misery at the workplace be reduced to no more than eight hours a day.

At the time, many anarchists felt that this was too petty a request (and how much more timid such a demand seems today, well over a century later!), and urged social revolution instead: “We are the birds of the coming storm!” insisted August Spies, one of several anarchists murdered by the US state as punishment for taking part in the class war that was then raging.

Strikers were shot by police, a bomb exploded in Haymarket Square in Chicago, killing police and protesters, and the government, rather than recognize the struggle against work, tried to make anarchists responsible for the social upheaval.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the anarchist organizer Lucy Parsons, May Day became a day to remember this worldwide struggle and those who died in its course. Naturally, those states and organizations that claim to “represent” the workers quickly tried to absorb the subversive potential of such a day, to turn it into a legally sanctioned “celebration of labor,” rather than a time to reject and destroy all wage-based work.

In 1928 the anarchist Nestor Makhno reminded us that May Day is no mere celebration for workers, but rather the occasion “to gauge the measure of their strength and assess the possibilities for direct… struggle against a rotten, cowardly, slave-holding order rooted in violence and falsehood.”

In the spirit of Makhno and Spies, we from the Base will be at Union Square on May 1st to march against a world designed for work. Instead, we look forward to an economy and social relationships that stem from the communization that could only arise when each of us are able to choose our own paths.

In the US and New York City, May Day has also become a time to further the struggle of immigrants and all those who despise states and borders, and call for an end to state violence and terrorism, deportations and prison. Rooted in the historical anarchist tradition we shall continue to struggle until every prison, every border, every nation-state is abolished and every individual desire can be fulfilled in its most feral aspirations!

Details:

12pm – Table at Union Square followed by a contingent in the march

5pm – March

10pm – After Party at the Brass Bottle: 1288 Myrtle Avenue

 

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You’ve probably been working too many hours a week to even notice the full-blown war being waged against you by the ruling class. It is real and it is continuing. And of course there is another war– the war against folks imprisoned for their political beliefs and actions. And here’s where we bridge the two. This week NYC ABC will be hosting our seventh annual May Day card-writing night. We will be sending greeting cards to anarchist political prisoners and there’s an easy (too easy? POSSIBLY!) way for you to help. Just come by, eat some food, sign some cards, maybe meet folks you don’t already know, and show some base level solidarity with those behind bars.

If there’s absolutely no way you can come eat a ton of pizza and sign a lot of May Day cards, but still want to support political prisoners, please consider sending some books from their wish lists.

The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to thePP/POW Birthday Calendar.

Tuesday, April 29th, 7 pm

Sponsored by New York City Anarchist Black Cross

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Capitalism is again reshaping the landscape, this time forcing inner-city residents to the suburban and rural peripheries as it (re)appropriates the major metropolises for the ultra-rich. Today’s gentrification—neocolonialism and/or class war—is not only violently destructive of lives, homes, and cultures; it erases memory of what came before. Cindy will share some first-person tales of displacement but especially resistance in San Francisco, and then frame questions for an evening of story-swapping dialogue—as one practice of collective reclamation. In particular, let’s explore what it might mean to discover our own power to stay.

For some bedtime reading in advance, see “The Power to Stay: Magical Realism from SF’s Mission, http://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/the-power-to-stay-magical-realism-from-sfs-mission/.

Cindy Milstein is currently engaged in anti-eviction organizing in her SF neighborhood, the Mission, where she’s also a collective member at Station 40, a ten-year-old social center. She blogs at cbmilstein.wordpress.com, and is author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (IAS/AK Press) and coauthor with Erik Ruin of Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (PM Press).

April 17, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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An open conversation about the new cycle of collective activity and self-organization in Spain. With Haizea Miguela Alvarez and Ernesto García López.
In Spanish, with English translation.
Brought to you by Marea Violeta NYC :)

Monday
April 14
7:00pm

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In the age of expensive private classes or software programs, join us as we improve our language skills the old-fashioned way – speaking!

En la edad de los programas de software y clases privadas carísimas, únase a nosotros para mejorar sus habilidades lingüísticas de la manera clásica – ¡hablando!

Language exchange classes will take place every (Saturday from 1pm til 4pm or whenever??) and consist of native English speakers pairing with native Spanish speakers and having conversations in each language in a relaxed atmosphere of mutual aid. We hope to learn more not only about grammar and vocabulary, but also about cultures, histories, and our communities.

El intercambio de idioma tendrá lugar cada sábado de 1:00 a 4:00 y constará de hablantes nativos de español emparejados con hablantes nativos de inglés, teniendo conversaciones en cada idioma en un ambiente relajado de ayuda mutua. Esperamos aprender no sólo gramática y vocabulario, sino también acerca de las diferentes culturas, historias, y el uno al otro.

April 12, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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This Friday we’ll read “The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism” by Fredy Perlman.

“Nationalism has been revived not only by the so-called right, but also and primarily by the so-called left. After the national socialist war, nationalism ceased to be confined to conservatives, became the creed and practice of revolutionaries, and proved itself to be the only revolutionary creed that actually worked.

Leftist or revolutionary nationalists insist that their nationalism has nothing in common with the nationalism of fascists and national socialists, that theirs is a nationalism of the oppressed, that it offers personal as well as cultural liberation.”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/fredy-perlman-the-continuing-appeal-of-nationalism

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This Wednesday at 8pm come join NYC Anarchist Black Cross and The Base for a discussion with “FOIA Street Fighter” Ryan Shapiro.

Will Potter has called Ryan Shapiro “The FBI’s Worst Nightmare,” and a recent article about Shapiro’s work opened by declaring, “Depending on whom you ask, Ryan Shapiro is either the country’s ‘FOIA superhero’ or a ‘threat to national security.’” Shapiro is a longtime radical social justice activist and now also a PhD candidate in MIT’s Department of Science, Technology, & Society (HASTS). Shapiro’s research focuses on the political functioning of national security and the policing of dissent. To this end, he currently has over 700 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in motion with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and National Security Agency (NSA), as well as numerous ongoing lawsuits against these agencies for failure to comply with his FOIA requests. The FBI is even now arguing that Shapiro’s dissertation research on FBI campaigns against animal rights and environmental protesters is itself a threat to national security.

Just last week, Shapiro and his attorney filed a law suit against the NSA, FBI, CIA, and DIA for their failure to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests filed shortly after the death of Nelson Mandela. In this particular series of FOIA requests, Shapiro is trying to determine the role the United States played in Mandela’s 1962 arrest, and to answer why the U.S. government kept Mandela on a terrorist watch list until 2008 and what qualified him as a terrorist in the first place.

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This Monday April 7th at 7pm!

“OK I do a lot of dumb events but seriously come to this one OK?!” -Jarrod Shanahan, actual author Join Jarrod and Nate for a book party and tour kickoff event to celebrate their illustrated prose collaboration It’s A Tough Economy!. Featuring special guest readers, light refreshments, and copies of this and other boo…ks by “the dynamic duo of existential prose comics featuring Satan making out with the author” (The Village Voice). One part fantasy noir, one part all-too-real workers’ inquiry for the perennially underemployed, It’s A Tough Economy! plumbs the psychological depths of the current economic crisis through surrealist imagery and claustrophobic prose.

The sophomore collaboration of Brooklyn writer Jarrod Shanahan and Pittsburgh artist Nate McDonough, whose “Satan Was So Over It” (Grixly Press 2013) explored similar themes with much fewer words. Jarrod Shanahan is writer, truck driver, politico, and general eccentric living in Brooklyn. He is the founder of Death Panel Press, curator of Brooklyn’s Death Panel Reading Series, and a contributor to Vice, Gothamist, The New Inquiry, and other embarrassing hipster outlets. He released his first prose chapbook “Shh… It’s A Secret” on Death Panel Press in 2011, and his second, “Satan Was So Over It”, illustrated by Nate McDonough, on Grixly in 2013. Death Panel Literary Digest volumes 1-4 are currently out of print, never to returrrrrrn.

Nate McDonough is an illustrator living in Pittsburgh, where he has released dozens of comics and books under the Grixly banner, and the graphic novel Don’t Come Back, on Six Gallery Press. He is a permanent resident at Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ house. He is a fellow.

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The recent hunger strikes in Washington and Texas are only the latest in a string of protests, acts of civil disobedience, and direct actions to come out of the US anti-deportation movement.

This movement is dynamic and intricate, comprising large liberal nonprofits and NGOs, smaller and more radical groupings and individuals, and most importantly, the families and communities of those detained and deported. At the heart of it all is the desire to stop deportations and send the message that nobody is illegal.

This coming Saturday, a national day of action to stop deportation (#not1more), join a group of local activists for an informational discussion on what this movement is at the present moment, what it indicates for the future of class struggle, and how you can get involved.

Saturday, April 5th
2 pm

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Freud’s views on society and politics have often been described as “pessimistic”—according to psychoanalysis, the human psyche is fundamentally anti-social in many ways, and a large role is assigned to hatred, aggression and guilt-feelings in social life. At the same time, psychoanalysis has been seen by some as holding out the possibility of greater individual self-understanding, creativity and autonomy. Can one have an autonomous society without autonomous individuals? Can we understand and combat social authority without understanding the effects of child-rearing practices and smaller social units like the family? What impact do the “non-rational” and unconscious motivations have on political phenomena? What kinds of mental suffering are caused by modern social arrangements? If Freud didn’t directly attack bourgeois patriarchy, did he at least provide some tools for describing it? (And what can we say has changed since Freud’s time?) What about the post-Freudians who altered and developed psychoanalytic theory?

Without reducing everything to biology, or resorting to a facile social constructivism, psychoanalysis invites us to look at another reality, obscure, fragmented and complex, with a tremendous influence: the psyche. The goal of this reading group is to be undogmatic and critical, to raise questions and upset assumptions, both those of conservatives and “radicals,” feminists and non-feminists. The proposed readings are:

Sigmund Freud – Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
Wilhelm Reich – “The Development of the Character-Analytic Technique”
Melanie Klein – “Notes on Some Schizoid Mechanisms”
Jacques Lacan – “The Signification of the Phallus”
D. W. Winnicott – “The Concept of the False Self,” “The Mother’s Contribution to Society”
Jean Laplanche – “Aggressiveness and Sadomasochism”
Nancy Chodorow – “Conclusions on Post-Oedipal Gender Personality”
Julia Kristeva – “Psychoanalysis—A Counterdepressant”
Cornelius Castoriadis – “Psychoanalysis and Politics”

First session meets April 2nd to discuss Chapters 1-4 of Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, text online here:

http://www.bartleby.com/290/

We’ll meet every other Wednesday at 7 pm.
Starting April 2nd!

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This new study group will focus on historical struggles and revolutions. We will look at a particular struggle each week and attempt to learn the intricacies and circumstances that make each struggle special.

For the first week we’ll look at Palestine with a focus on the Palestinian struggle in the Jordanian Civil War. We’ll also watch a short documentary during the meetup!

This is a link to the text:
Edward Said: The Question of Palestine pp 83-181

https://www.mediafire.com/?ht34v3wt682s9ww

This is a link to the video:
PLO History of a Revolution – Episode 2 Black September

Monday, March 31
7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Richard Greeman has been an activist since the fifties (civil rights, labor, anti-war) in both US and France (as well as Latin America and Russia). Like Victor Serge, whose novels he has translated and whose biography he’s writing, he has been attracted to both Marxism and anarchism, but appalled at the sectarianism that keeps proponents of these two necessary components of truly liberterian and liberatory socialism attacking each other rather than learning from each other.

Saturday, March 29th, 7 pm

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“The Abolition of Work” is an essay written by Bob Black in 1985. It was part of Black’s first book, an anthology of essays entitled The Abolition of Work and Other Essays published by Loompanics Unlimited. It is an exposition of Black’s “type 3 anarchism” – a blend of post-Situationist theory and individualist anarchism – focusing on a critique of the work ethic.

Although “The Abolition of Work” has most often been reprinted by anarchist publishers and Black is well known as an anarchist, the essay’s argument is not explicitly anarchist. Black argues that the abolition of work is as important as the abolition of the state.

The essay, which is based on a 1981 speech at the Gorilla Grotto in San Francisco, is informal and without academic references, but Blacks mentions some sources such as the utopian socialist Charles Fourier, the unconventional Marxists Paul Lafargue and William Morris, anarchists such as Peter Kropotkin and Paul Goodman, and anthropologists such as Marshall Sahlins and Richard Borshay Lee.

Please come to discuss this great text!

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/bob-black-the-abolition-of-work

Friday, March 28th, 6:00 pm

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Right now The Base is doing a little offer for the next 5 people who sign up for a $20/month recurring donation:
Donate here: http://thebasebk.org/donations

Subscribe now and you will receive a book/item each month from Combustion Books (The unique publishers who brought us ‘A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex’)!!!

The first title you will get is ‘A Country of Ghosts’ by Margaret Killjoy:http://www.combustionbooks.org/products-page/fiction/a-country-of-ghosts/

And thank you making this space happen!!

Political satire

Join Simon Critchley, A.M. Glittlitz, and Jarrod Shanahan for an evening of political satire!

This event is part of The Base’s month-long fundraising drive that is looking to raise $1,000 a month which will sustain us for practically the entirety of The Base’s 3 year lease.

To donate visit:
http://thebasebk.org/donations

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We’re going to read this text for the meetup at the Base on
March 14th at 6 pm. Hope to see everyone there!

Italian insurrectionary anarchist Alfredo Bonanno’s most notorious text, 1977′s Armed Joy is a call to militant, playful action. It was ordered to be destroyed in Italy following its publication.

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/alfredo-m-bonanno-armed-joy

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Join us this Thursday, 3.13, for Chapter 2 of Neil Smith’s New Urban Frontiers (don’t worry if you havent read the first chapter!):
http://www.mediafire.com/view/xht52qusy4q3bbu/the-new-urban-frontier-neil-smith.pdf

We’ll also look at The Bushwick Initiative:
http://www.upfromflames.brooklynhistory.org/uff_resources/images_resources/HPD%20Bushwick%20Program%20Guide.pdf

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The Evil Empire Dance Party is the age old struggle between good and evil.

We urge you to beware the temptation of pride, the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all, and instead come out and enjoy a night of evil!

“Revolutionaries often forget, or do not like to recognize, that one wants and makes revolution out of desire, not duty.”

And on-going, being/party, a set of rhythms… Without so many questions, so contemplative, ponderous, so tedious… Something which convinces in a different register; something… for the intuitive and not discursive.

Growing familiar, days and days… the awkwardness, the romance of a new affair; the letting go, taking in; the ecstatic…

“…but what is dance other than the liberation of the body from its utilitarian movements, the exhibition of gestures in their pure inoperativity?”

This night is hosted by The Base and Desiringmachine Soundsystem.
Featuring DJ Themistoklis

This party is one of many events to support the fundraiser campaign we are currently running! Please support us with a recurring donation!

http://thebasebk.org/donations

The Brass Bottle: 201 Central Ave and Myrtle Ave

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The long-awaited, heavily anticipated library at The Base, known as The Lucy Parsons Library is finally opening!

Please join us for an evening of festivities and celebrations to kick it off. Hear a talk about the great anarchist Lucy Parsons. And for the first time ever, issuing library cards for people who would like to check out books!

Eat, drink , celebrate with us and bring some new ideas and research to the struggles you are engaged in. A little knowledge in the study going a long way in the streets!

This library opening is part of month-long festivities and programming in support of our fundraiser drive.

https://www.wepay.com/donations/thebasedrive

The Base is looking to raise $1,000 a month which will sustain us for practically the entirety of The Base’s 3 year lease. We are looking for 25 people to donate $20 a month. And 50 people to donate $10 a month.

To donate:
1. Click the dollar amount you would like.
2. A new window will open
3. Under the ‘Recurring’ option at the bottom, select ‘Donate $XX’, then click the drop down window to select ‘Monthly’
4. Click ‘Next’ to enter payment information

* Starting February 25th, in celebration of the March 1st, Grand Opening of the Lucy Parsons Library:

The first 5 people to donate $20 a month to the recurring donations will get a free library membership card, a Teresa Ponza poster, and a classic Fire to the Prisons mag.

The first 10 people to donate $10 a month to the monthly recurring donations drive will get a free library membership card and a Teresa Ponza poster.

*** Please email us any questions, or inbox us, and when you donate please message us to arrange gift pickup!

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Friday, February 28th, at 8:30 pm come to a talk with Rod Coronado

The Hunt Saboteurs will be holding a speaking tour with Rod Coronado to raise awareness on the Wolf Hunts, Hunt Saboteurs and other topics happening now.

We ask that anyone planning to video or record the presentations please make that known and get it cleared first.

Some background on Rod-

In 1986, Rod and another activist, David Howitt, sank two ships, the Hvalur 6 and Hvalur 7, accounting for half of Iceland’s whaling fleet. Before scuttling the ships, Coronado and Howitt caused $2 million worth of damage to the Icelandic whaling station.

In 1995 Rod Coronado was convicted on felony charges for an arson attack on a Michigan State University animal research facility, part of a string of facilities targeted by the ALF in their campaign duly titled “Operation Bite-Back.” He was sentenced with 56 months but the damages to the fur industry were substantial. Aside from the direct impacts of the action he was imprisoned for, he has been credited for research and inspiration which lead to many more actions, freeing thousands of animals—mink, fox, coyotes—who actually have a fighting chance to re-wild themselves and survive upon release. Not to mention millions of dollars lost to economic sabotage, dealing a crippling blow to the whole industry.

In 2001, Coronado visited the site of the Little Bighorn battle in Montana and stole a cavalryman’s journal during his visit, a defiant act in retaliation for the theft of hundreds of indigenous histories throughout the West and as, in his own word, “a reminder of indigenous discontentment with the treatment of our heritage and culture by the u.s. [lowercase his] government.”

In 2004, he was indicted on felony charges for an Earth First! hunt-sab in Sabino Canyon just outside of Tucson where he dismantled a lion trap, spread lion urine to confuse the hunting dogs, and was found guilty of felony conspiracy to disrupt a forest officer. He got 8 months for that.

He was a crew member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and a member of the editorial collective of the Earth First! Journal and the author of Flaming Arrows. Strong Hearts, Rod’s prison writings, are available to read on the Talon Conspiracy website as is Memories of Freedom.

The NYC event is co-sponsored by South Brooklyn ABCF and the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project.

https://www.facebook.com/events/511387218982040/

 

Six months ago we opened The Base with some modest and some ambitious intentions. We wanted to create a venue where young people and the broader populace could engage with anarchist and revolutionary ideas and organizing models in a respectful and open way. We also wanted to create a model and platform where revolutionary modes of organizing could spread beyond the space and interact with the city/country/world in new ways. So we found a storefront and have created the only public anarchist space in NYC.

We’ve attempted to create a unique organizing structure where The Base is a skeleton for groups to grow independently without the burden of outside pressure. We were partially drawing off the social center models from Europe and South America, and we hope to eventually be able to connect with other spaces around the country and the world.

Every week now we have talks, several workshops, film screenings, organizing projects and are we are opening one of the best revolutionary libraries in the city aptly named: the Lucy Parsons Library.

Everything we do at The Base is free for the public, built on mutual aid, and our confidence in the value of the projects that are developing.

So now at this point we’re asking for supporters, politicos, occupiers, comrades, and friends who have been using the space, growing with us, and interested in liberatory politics to contribute to our recurring donation drive and become sustainers of The Base.

We are specifically looking for 25 people to donate $20 a month. And secondly, 50 people to donate $10 a month. That will give us $1000 a month and will be adequate for practically the entirety of the space’s 3 year lease.

So for the next month, we’re asking for your help with a small recurring donation and help sharing this fundraiser on social media outlets and other avenues.

During this fundraiser month, please join us for talks, parties, and an open house to celebrate what’s happened so far and glancing toward the future of what may be possible.

Thanks friends! In solidarity we’ll keeping marching until we reach a borderless, stateless world where the beauty of cooperation and solidarity prevail.

Donate here:

https://www.wepay.com/donations/thebasedrive

Thank you so much for your support and for becoming a sustainer of the Base!

 

A brief list of some of the projects now at The Base:

NYC Anarchist Black Cross

Jane Addams: Mutual Aid Self Therapy

International Organization for Participatory Society

Introduction to Anarchism Reading Series
Countering Gentrification Reading Series

The Brooklyn Solidarity Network

New York Year Zero/Affect Group
Learning in Exile: Radical Teachers Meetup

Durruti in the Spanish Revolution

Spanish for Revolutionaries

Mutant Legal: No Your Rights Training

Neighborhood to Neighborhood

Presenting Marx

Philosophy Against the Grain

Graphic Design Reading Series

 

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Every week now we at The Base have talks, several workshops, film screenings, and organizing projects – from Introduction to Anarchism to Mutual Aid Self Therapy to monthly potlucks to a brand new Solidarity Network.

Finally, we are bringing people from each of these classes and projects under the same roof at the same time. Please join us for the first Base Open House, where you can meet the people behind the projects, learn what each of them have been doing, and potentially find some to link up with.

This event kicks off our month-long fundraising drive! We’re asking for your help with a small recurring donation. We are specifically looking for 25 people to donate $20 a month. And secondly, 50 people to donate $10 a month.

https://www.wepay.com/donations/thebasedrive

Come celebrate a strong six months of Base programming!

And join us in our unrelenting march toward a stateless world where the beauty of cooperation and solidarity prevail.

Participating Projects:
NYC Anarchist Black Cross
Jane Addams: Mutual Aid Self Therapy
Strike Debt
NYC Affect Group/Year Zero
Countering Gentrification Reading Group
Introduction to Anarchism Reading Group
The Brooklyn Solidarity Network
Neighborhood to Neighborhood
Graphic Design Reading Group
Presenting Marx
… and more!

fundraiser

This month-long fundraising drive is looking to raise $1,000 a month which will sustain us for practically the entirety of The Base’s 3 year lease. We are looking for 25 people to donate $20 a month. And 50 people to donate $10 a month.

How to Donate:
1. Go to this address: https://www.wepay.com/donations/thebasedrive

2. Select the dollar amount you would like and a new window will open.

3. Under the ‘Recurring’ option at the bottom, select ‘Donate $XX’, then click the drop down window to select ‘Monthly’

4. Click ‘Next’ to enter payment information

About The Base:
The Base is a sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of revolutionary left ideas and organizing.

History:
Six months ago we opened The Base with some modest and some ambitious intentions. We wanted to create a venue where young people and the broader populace can engage with anarchist and revolutionary ideas and organizing models in a respectful and open way. We also wanted to create a model and platform where revolutionary modes of organizing can spread beyond the space and interact with the city/country/world in new ways.

Every week now we have talks, several workshops, film screenings, organizing projects and are developing one of the best revolutionary libraries in the city.

Everything we do here is free and built on mutual aid and our firm belief in the projects that are developing.

So now at this point we’re asking for supporters, politicos, occupiers, comrades, and friends who have been using the space, growing with us, and interested in liberatory politics to contribute to our recurring donation drive and become sustainers of The Base.

We are specifically looking for 25 people to donate $20 a month. And secondly, 50 people to donate $10 a month. That will give us $1000 a month and will be adequate for practically the entirety of the spaces 3 year lease.

So for the next month, we’re asking for your help with a small recurring donation and help sharing this fundraiser on social media outlets and other avenues.

During this fundraiser month, please join us for talks, parties, and an open house to celebrate what’s happened so far and glancing toward the future of what may be possible.

Thanks friends! In solidarity we’ll keeping marching until we reach a borderless, stateless world where the beauty of cooperation and solidarity prevail.

http://thebasebk.org/donations

* You can also donate anonymously if you like. There’s a privacy option.

Thank you so much for your support and for becoming a sustainer of the Base!

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‘Future Suspended’ is a documentary of the research project www.crisis-scape.net. It is a film on Athens and crisis, starting from the days of the 2004 Olympics to the current authoritarian complex, the film explains how the capitalist crisis was manufactured in the city of Athens in order to create the conditions of exception in Greece. Q&A will follow.

It is being screened for the first time this week in 6 countries.

* Filmed and edited by Ross Domoney
Co-edited and script by Jaya Klara Brekke
* Music composed, performed and recorded by Giorgos Triantafyllou
* Assistant editing by Antonis Vradis, Christos Filippidis and Dimitris Dalakoglou
* Research by Christos Filippidis, Dimitris Dalakoglou and Antonis Vradis
* Produced by Ross Domoney, Jaya Klara Brek

Saturday, February 15, 7 pm
The Base
1302 Myrtle Ave
Central AVe M
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The next Introduction to Anarchism reading series is on Friday, February 14th at 6 pm. We’re going to read some texts about illegalist anarchism!

Doug Imrie, “Illegalists”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/doug-imrie-the-illegalists

Emile Armand, “Is the Illegalist Anarchist our Comrade”

http://www.marxists.org/archive/armand/1911/illegalism.htm

Secondary reading:

If you have time this is one of the best illegalists texts out there about the Bonnot Gang.

https://libcom.org/files/Richard%20Parry%20-%20The%20Bonnot%20Gang.pdf

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Living in New York City right now we all have a direct experience of the so-called gentrification process. While questions swirl in radical communities about individual participation in the process, forces of capital, civic policy, and private development plow on toward further rent hikes, displacement, and entrenched policing strategies.

This group will seek to analyze these forces and their application in specific detail by reading the book ‘The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City’ by Neil Smith. This book will cover historical instances such as the battle for the Lower East Side and Harlem, and look at historical shifts that have created the moment we are working with.

For each meeting we will read one chapter (about 30 pages) and look at a news article about current development in areas like Crown Heights and Bushwick. We will use the academic investigations and theoretical postulations of Smith’s book as a launching pad to understand the current situation and potentially brainstorm how to counter these capitalistic forces and the propaganda machines that back them up.

Link to the book:

http://grr.aaaaarg.org/txt/image/detail.php?id=51c5856f6c3a0e090ce40500

or try:

http://www.4shared.com/office/4X7FiAdHce/the-new-urban-frontier-neil-sm.html

Thursday, February 13th, 7 pm
The Base
1302 Myrtle Ave
Central Ave M Stop
Dekalb L Stop

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Twenty years ago the Zapatistas emerged from the forests and mountains of Chiapas to occupy the major cities of that Mexican state and to recuperate for the landless hundreds of thousands of acres of land from the big landowners. During the 1990s the Zapatistas became known as the most effective example of the claim that “another world is possible.”

Since then the Zapatistas have worked to turn that claim into a reality. Starting in August, 2013, they have invited thousands of people from all over the world to a program called “escuelita” allowing these visitors to learn from rank-and-file Zapatistas what freedom and autonomy mean to them in practice. To do this they have turned the state of Chiapas into a “little school house” or “escuelita” in Spanish.

Come to listen to and discuss what three students (George Caffentzis, Dan Coughlin and Peter Linebaugh of the Midnight Notes Collective), who went to the forests and mountains of Chiapas with thousands of others to be part of the experience, learned.

Saturday, February 8th, 7 pm
The Base
1302 Myrtle Ave
Central Ave M Stop
Dekalb L Stop

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Join Mutant Legal Collective and other groups for a monthly Know Your Rights primer at the Brooklyn Base. Get the basics on how to deal with police in the streets, in vehicles and in your home. Learn some security culture that can keep you, your community and your movements safer. If you think you know your rights, it’s always useful to brush up as supreme court decisions and policing policies change. The second Saturday every month, and feel free to request a workshop for you and your collective.

Saturday, 1 pm, at the Base
1302 Myrtle Ave
Central Ave M Stop
Dekalb L Stop

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Tomorrow, February 2nd at 2pm, the Jane Addams Circle will be having its next 8 week open house. You should definitely come to this meeting to join the next circle. Its really a great group! The description is below.

MAST is an open-source and evolving set of cognitive techniques aimed at promoting better emotional health for individuals in a non-hierarchical or medical model.

MAST draws heavily upon the techniques found in Rational Emotive Therapy, Existential Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Dialectical behavioral Therapy and related systems. Its focus is to teach techniques of thinking that can allow individuals to make positive changes in their emotional lives.

The Jane Addams Circle

Is a small anarchist collective made up of professional social workers and psychologists who believe that to have a true and sustainable culture of resistance we must be able to maintain our mental health. We know everyone has sustained some emotional damage from this society and that we must find a variety of ways to undo this damage for us to be able to struggle effectively for our revolutionary dreams and passions with others. Struggling with emotional issues limits our ability to connect with others and to effectively enact the change we need in the world. Stigmatizing or refusing to deal with mental health issues in ourselves and in our community is weakens our struggle.

1302 Myrtle Ave at Stockholm
Brooklyn
Central Ave M Stop
Dekalb L Stop

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For this week’s Introduction to Anarchism we are reading some texts on Propaganda of the Deed! The reading will be a bit lighter this week as well.

The two primary texts to read are:

Sergey Nechayev, “The Revolutionary Catechism”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/sergey-nechayev-the-revolutionary-catechism

Émile Henry’s Defense:

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/emile-henry-emile-henry-s-defense

If you feel the impetus these are good as well for secondary readings:

Paul Avrich, “Review of Luigi Galleani’s ‘The End of Anarchism?’”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/paul-avrich-review-of-luigi-galleani-s-the-end-of-anarchism

Howard Zinn, “Sacco and Vanzetti,”

http://libcom.org/history/sacco-vanzetti-howard-zinn

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Saturday, January 25th 2013, 7PM
The Base
1302 Myrtle Avenue, NY 11221
$3 Suggested Donation

Come hang out with us Saturday at the Base at our first communal dinner and potluck of the new year. As always, we’ll cook a simple vegan meal, but encourage others to bring something to share as well: fruits, vegetables to cook or eat raw, breads and cheeses, wines and juices, sweets–whatever. We ask for a small $3 suggested donation to help cover the costs of the dinner.

These dinners are part of a strategy to resist what our lives have and will become if we don’t get organized: atomized and dispersed; individualized and isolated; precarious and vulnerable: defeated. This means initiating and following-through with a set of practices and relations; being consistent and reliable; establishing the material foundation for a new form of life. To organize collectively around our needs and desires with friends, comrades, lovers, roommates, neighbors, co-workers and family members will be the basis for our communes.

We want to share some moments together; we want to find each other; we want to move towards collectively sustaining ourselves outside of our individual relations with the marketplace and state.

While these dinners are not meant to be formal assemblies or meetings, we expect and encourage comrades to discuss current and future struggles in New York City and beyond. We’d like this to happen outside of the traditional structures and temporalities of activism, with its specialization and professionalization of the political. Resistance and struggle will be part of life itself, or not at all.

Saturday, January 25th 2013, 7PM
The Base
1302 Myrtle Avenue, NY 11221
$3 Suggested Donation

http://year0.org/2014/01/21/january-solidarity-dinner-potluck-at-the-base/

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ANARCHISTS BUILDING POPULAR POWER IN CHILE

Chile has a long history of working class struggle in shanty towns, factories, mines, community organizations, and schools. In the 20 years after the US supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende’s government, much of the organizing was done underground. However after the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, there was a new rise of mass popular organization in the country. Anarchists have been a major force in the social movements, strategically organizing to build power. This has manifested in solidarity for the Mapuches, anarchists winning the student union elections at the University of Chile, militant pro-abortion actions, and libertarian labor organizations.

This national tour brings three individuals involved in these struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres. From January to the end of February, the speakers will be traveling throughout the country and we hope that you can spread the word and hear about the important work that is happening in Chile.

January 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday Night!

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Jason Kirkpatrick has flown in from the UK to present clips from his film Spied Upon, a documentary about his close relationship with undercover agent Mark Kennedy:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kennedy_(police_officer)

This is not only an intriguing story of love and betrayal, but a cautionary lesson for every activist!

Here’s some background:
http://www.occupy.com/article/jason-kirkpatrick-film-spied-upon-digs-world-fbi-informants

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This Saturday, January 18, Ryan Harvey is playing a benefit show at 8pm for The Base and IOPS at the excellent Brass Bottle, right next door.

Come by for a good times!

$5, though no one will be turned away

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Come by this Friday 6pm for a section on Emma Goldman and Lucy Parsons!

Here are the texts we’ll be drawing on for the discussion:

Emma Goldman, “The Psychology of Political Violence,”
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/goldman/psychology.html

Keith Rosenthalm, “Lucy Parsons, ‘More Dangerous than a Thousand Rioters,”
http://joanofmark.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/lucy-parsons-more-dangerous-than.html?m=1

Jacob McKean, “A Fury for Justice: Lucy Parsons and the Revolutionary Anarchist Movement in Chicago,”
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/jacob-mckean-a-fury-for-justice-lucy-parsons-and-the-revolutionary-anarchist-movement-in-chicag#toc7

Emma Goldman, “My Disillusionment in Russia,”
http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/goldman/disillusion/toc.html

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On February 2nd of the New Year the Jane Addams Circle will be having its next 8 week open house. You should definitely come to this meeting to join the next circle. Its really a great group! The description is below.

MAST is an open-source and evolving set of cognitive techniques aimed at promoting better emotional health for individuals in a non-hierarchical or medical model.
MAST draws heavily upon the techniques found in Rational Emotive Therapy, Existential Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Dialectical behavioral Therapy and related systems. Its focus is to teach techniques of thinking that can allow individuals to make positive changes in their emotional lives.

The Jane Addams Circle
Is a small anarchist collective made up of professional social workers and psychologists who believe that to have a true and sustainable culture of resistance we must be able to maintain our mental health. We know everyone has sustained some emotional damage from this society and that we must find a variety of ways to undo this damage for us to be able to struggle effectively for our revolutionary dreams and passions with others. Struggling with emotional issues limits our ability to connect with others and to effectively enact the change we need in the world. Stigmatizing or refusing to deal with mental health issues in ourselves and in our community is weakens our struggle.

Unfortunately, we lost the previous posts here due to a slight problem. We’re going to continue updating the site regularly though!