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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!

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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!