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.
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
Philosophy Against the Grain
Graphic Design Reading Series