WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free
mayday2015NYC ABC has been busier than usual. For some, that might seem hard to imagine. However, between hosting a packed-house event with CrimethInc at The Base and the NYC Anarchist Book Fair the following day, it’s been a assiduous couple of weeks. And as we look forward, May Day is just around the corner. So, in honor of the Haymarket Martyrs, and anarchists imprisoned for their beliefs and actions, we focus this week’s letter-writing dinner on them. Instead of writing letters, this week we will be asking folks to come sign cards for the thirteen anarchist political prisoners we currently support. There will be plenty of time for eating food, socializing, and scheming to bring about a world in which we want to live.

If there’s absolutely no way you can come eat a ton of food 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 the PP/POW Birthday Calendar.

Directions:
Getting to The Base is simple:
From the M Train:
Central Avenue Stop: Walk east on Myrtle Avenue (away from Hart Street, toward Cedar Street). We’re about two blocks down on the south side of the street.

Knickerbocker Avenue Stop: Walk west on Myrtle Avenue (away from Harman Street, toward Himrod Street). We’re about three blocks down on the south side of the street.

From the L Train:
DeKalb Avenue Stop: Walk south on Stockholm Street (away from Wyckoff Avenue, toward Irving Avenue). We’re about four blocks down, at the intersection of Stockholm Street and Myrtle Avenue.

From the J Train:
Myrtle Avenue Stop: Transfer to the M train and follow the above directions.

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Disarm the NYPD has two immediate organizational goals. We will disarm the police of their guns and we will disarm them as a viable political/military entity in the neighborhoods they occupy. Disarm the NYPD seeks to monitor and pressure police, with the help of local communities and Copwatch groups, until they retreat from over-policed neighborhoods and then maintain these cop-free zones with alternative, community-based forms of conflict resolution.

Copwatches are an integral part of this campaign. This evening please join us to get training on making a copwatch in your neighborhood.

The training will be given by Jose LaSalle of CPU. Here’s what they do:

CPU seek to end police repression through directly monitoring police while they are engaging the public through questioning, detainment, or arrest. CPU spend their time walking the streets, observing police, witnessing and recording police interactions with citizens on camera, video-record, audio-record, and/or paper. CPU concentrate in areas where known trouble making cops are assigned or areas of high police activity (Impact Zones).

Saturday, April 25th
6:00 pm

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With the appearance of a contemporary anti-state region in Rojava, the vehemence of recent anti-police movement across the US, and global disengagement with/mistrust in hierarchical governance, the time seems ripe for anarchist systems of organization. We would like to call this convergence so that geographically separated anarchists can meet face-to-face and discuss their projects and ideas for driving the movement forward. We want to welcome groups and spaces from out of town and look forward to learning from you and sharing the strategies behind NYC-based projects.

We’ll have a very brief spokes council where people can talk about the projects they are working on, and then we’ll break out and have an opportunity to talk casually and make connections with other people working in tandem.

Sunday, April 19
11:00 am

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https://nycabc.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/bkny-friday-april-17-to-change-everything-an-anarchist-appeal

WHAT: Discussion On Anarchy, International and Local
WHEN: 8pm sharp, Friday, April 17th, 2015
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: FREE

Just one night before the 2015 NYC Anarchist Book Fair , NYC Anarchist Black Cross is hosting an event to encourage anarchy in our city. It’s happening at Brooklyn’s only anarchist social center– The Base.

Today, even the entrenched representatives of the status quo admit that it is necessary to change everything. But the best they can come up with is to appeal to the same authorities and values that caused these problems in the first place. What will it take to make a clean break?

In this discussion, a participant in the CrimethInc. Collective will explore the most provocative themes in their international multimedia outreach project To Change Everything, tying them into struggles taking place around the world and in New York City today. Please join us for a lively conversation!

More information at:
http://www.tochangeeverything.com/
http://www.crimethinc.com/

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free
abdul majid and robert seth hayesIn the announcements for our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinnersNYC ABC typically tries to draw attention to something not directly tied to our work in supportingpolitical prisoners. Maybe it’s a commentary on something trending in corporate media or the ridiculousness of pop culture. However, with the consistent attack on Black folks by cops, direct or indirect, we are unable to focus on much else. Whether it is a murder and attempted cover up by cops in South Carolina or the attempted murder by medical negligence of our comrade Mumia Abu-Jamal, the system and institutions of white supremacy are as strong now as they were seven years ago, seventy years ago, and since the inception of this country. With that in mind, we are writing to prisoners who resisted white supremacy as it bore down upon them– Robert “Seth” Hayes andAbdul Majid.

In 1973, following a shootout with police, Seth Hayes was arrested and convicted of the murder of a New York City police officer, and, while maintaining his innocence to this day, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Imprisoned for nearly forty years, Seth has long since served his sentence. Seth has ongoing health issues, including diabetes, that continue to be poorly managed by the Department of Corrections.

On April 16th, 1981 a van was pulled over by NYPD. Two occupants exited the van and fired upon the cops—one was killed, the other injured. Despite claims by the police that the van was pulled over for connections to burglaries, the folder of “suspects” circulated by the cops exclusively consisted of former Panthers, not burglary suspects. Abdul Majid and his co-defendant, Bashir Hameed were arrested and tried three times. The first trial ended in a hung jury. The second trial was declared a mistrial by the judge immediately after the jury rendered a decision that acquitted Bashir on the murder charge. At a third trial, the state finally got its way—Abdul was convicted of murder and sentenced to 33 years to life. Abdul is expected to go before the parole board for the first time later this month.

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters (andsend books) to the prisoners:
Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

Abdul Majid #83-A-0483
Five Points Correctional Facility
6600 State Route 96
Caller Box 119
Romulus, New York 14541

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.

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NYC ABC is happy to co-sponsor this event with the National Lawyers Guild’s NLG-NYC Animal Rights Activism Committee, who, among other things, provide legal support and resources to animal rights activists.

Jake Conroy is a long-time activist, designer, and writer based in San Francisco, California. As a co-founder of Ocean Defense International, he helped lead the first ever disruption of a whale hunt in US coastal waters, putting himself between the hunter and the hunted. He also helped build the foundation of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA (SHAC USA), one of the most successful grassroots animal rights campaigns in history. Due to his involvement with SHAC USA, he was a co-defendant in the SHAC7 case and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. Jake is currently working at an international environmental non-profit campaigning against corporate polluters. He can also be found speaking around the US, and working on the projects he helped co-found— Bite Back Magazine, theAnimal Defense League San Francisco, and the blog Plant Based on a Budget.

Jake will speak about his involvement in SHAC USA and the repression they experienced from the US government and corporate investigators, as well by the Bureau of Prisons while incarcerated. He will discuss being the target of a multi-agency terrorism investigation, learning he was on a high-profile prisoners list, and navigating living a life branded as a terrorist in post-9/11 society.

Sunday, April 11th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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The first book on the Rojava Revolution is out!

“Two-and-a-half million people are trying to live without a nation-state, using direct democracy to build a society ruled from the bottom up. As the Syrian civil war rages, the Kurds and other ethnic groups of Rojava fight for autonomy, feminism, ecological stewardship, cooperative economics, and ethnic, linguistic, and religious pluralism.”

Please join us for an evening of discussion about the stateless social experiment going on right now in Rojava.

Friday, April 10th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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It is time for some material changes on the ground. By now it is clear that these changes will not come through the court system or street demos. This evening Disarm will propose ideas to end police tyranny in neighborhoods where they do the most harm.

Police are armed thugs that patrol our neighborhoods & streets to enforce an oppressive social order based upon exclusion, violence and mass exploitation. In this training we’ll cover the basics of participating in revolutionary copwatches.

Saturday, April 4th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN7pm sharp, Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions at link above)
NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

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March is one of those months where NYC ABC is lucky enough to host three letter-writing dinners in one month. This upcoming Tuesday, we will be writing a trio of radical Catholics. We know what you’re  thinking— is this some kind of April Fool’s joke? Radical Catholics exist? Let us assure you that they do and they have been trespassing at military sites and smashing up equipment belonging to the military and war profiteers for over 25 years now.

We will be joined by Carmen Trotta of the Catholic Worker, who will speak about the case.

The three activists we are writing– Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed, are from the Plowshares movement. In 2012, the three cut holes in the fence of  the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Once inside the “secure” area, they hung protest banners on a uranium storage site, poured human blood and spray-painted the walls with anti-war slogans. In May 2013, the activists were convicted on the charges of damaging property & intending to injure, interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of the United States. Walli and Boertje-Obed were sentenced to just over 5 years in federal prison, while Sister Megan is serving a 3 year sentence at nearby MDC Brooklyn.
More information: transformnowplowshares.wordpress.com

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters (andsend books) to the prisoners:
Megan Rice #88101-020
MDC Brooklyn
Post Office Box 329002
Brooklyn, New York 11232

Michael R Walli #92108-020
FCI McKean
Post Office Box 8000
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701

Gregory Boertje-Obed #08052-016
USP Leavenworth
Post Office Box 1000
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

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.

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This will be a weekly workshop where you can print etchings, Linoleum & Wood Blocks, Plexiglass and monoprints. These you can make street art, patches, stickers, and more! Don’t know to how to print? We’ll teach you! Come with ideas and projects in mind, develop skills and

collaborate with others. Cutting tools and ink are available. If you have your own materials, please bring them! Coffee, yummy treats, and music to keep you going will be provided! So join up this Sunday or come through any following Sunday at 6:30pm.

Sunday, March 29th
6:30 pm

 

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Jane Addams Circle is having its third 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.

 

https://themastproject.wordpress.com/

Sunday, 3/29
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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WHAT: Former Political Prisoner Kazi Toure Speaking Tour
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Saturday, March 28th, 2015
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Entrance is free, but we will be passing the hat to cover travel expenses.

As a member of the United Freedom Front (UFF),Kazi Toure was imprisoned for his role in 20 bombings combating Apartheid in South Africa and United States Imperialism in Central America. The UFF has been called “undoubtedly the most successful of the leftist [guerrilla groups] of the 1970s and ’80s” and struck powerful blows to South African Airways, Mobil, IBM, Union Carbide, & various courthouses and US Military targets.

NYC ABC is happy to host Kazi as part of a limited engagement speaking tour of the northeast. Kazi will discuss his experiences of living underground, being in prison, and continuing to be a revolutionary.

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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.

We welcome new organizers and on this date we are having a training for new people to get involved, We encourage people to come for 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!

Thursday, March 26
7;30 pm

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Civil war broke out in Spain in 1936 as the military and right-wing forces attempted to crush rising militancy on the part of the working classes. In the chaos, organized anarchists were able to play a preponderant role in a revolutionary movement that gained control of Barcelona and surrounding areas. From the beginning, the Spanish Revolution was hindered not only by fascists, but by the “collaboration” of other counter-revolutionary forces, including liberals, communists, Catalan nationalists, and committees of the syndicalist CNT. This reading group investigates what the Revolution achieved and where it failed. Open to all! Meetings take place every other Wednesday.

First reading: Félix Martí Ibáñez: The Sexual Revolution; Lucía Sánchez Saornil: The Question of Feminism; both in Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas

https://libcom.org/files/Graham%20R%20(Ed.)%20-%20Anarchism%20-%20A%20Documentary%20History%20of%20Libertarian%20Ideas%20Volume%20One%20-%20From%20Anarchy%20to%20Anarchism%20(300%20CE%20to%201939).pdf

and chapter VIII of Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution

https://libcom.org/files/Goldman%20-%20Vision%20on%20Fire%20-%20Emma%20Goldman%20on%20the%20Spanish%20Revolution.pdf

all short readings! A total of 20 pages.

Wednesday, March 25
7:30

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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.

Rojava Solidarity NYC is coming together to discuss strategies to promote knowledge of this intriguing social experiment as well as find way to provide support for it.

 

Tuesday, March 24
7:00 pm

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Join the families of people executed by the NYPD, Copwatch Patrol Unit, and Disarm for a talk and discussion.

People have had enough of the police invading neighborhoods, terrorizing hallways, executing people over minor disobedience. The massive protests these past few months let us know that it’s not just longtime political organizers who feel this way. There is massive popular support for real resistance to the police.

While these protests may have gotten quieter in the dead of winter, we never stopped planting seeds of dissent for the spring.

It is time for some material changes on the ground. By now it is clear that these changes will not come through the court system or street demos. This evening Disarm will propose ideas to end police tyranny in neighborhoods where they do the most harm.

Please join us March 21st at 5:30pm to discuss the conditions on the block and how these proposals could underscore the strength people have found to resist the bullying of the NYPD.

About the Speakers:
Carol Gray, mother of Kimani Gray.
On March 9, 2013 16 year old Kimani “Kiki” Gray was murdered by two plain clothes officers who failed to identify themselves. Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova shot at Kimani Gray 11 times, hitting Kimani with 7 bullets, three entering his back. These officers also have racked up five suits which cost taxpayers $215,000. These suits were for Civil Rights Violations, including Stop and Frisk and False Arrests.

Natasha Duncan, sister of Shantel Davis
On June 14, 2012 23 years old Shantel Davis was murdered by plain clothes detective Phil Atkin. Detective Atkins shot Shantel in her chest and then dragged her body into the streets where she bled out and died. Detective Phil Atkins, has seven law suits fingering him as a violent enforcer who skirts the law. Five of the law suits have been settled costing the tax payer $224,000.

Nicholas Heyward Sr., father of Nicholas Heyward Jr,
September 29, 1994 13-year-old boy Nicholas Heyward Jr. was shot by a police officer while playing cops and robbers with friends in a Gowanus Houses building stairwell in Brooklyn. Housing Officer Brian George thought Heyward was carrying a real gun and pumped a bullet into the boy’s stomach.

Danette Chavis, mother of Gregory Chavis
October 9, 2004 Gregory Chavis was shot and when police arrive they prevented him from receiving medical treatment for his gunshot wound despite being a block away from a hospital.

Hertencia Petersen, aunt of Akai Gurley
November 20, 2014 Akai Gurley, had done nothing more than enter the stairwell in the Louis H. Pink Houses, a housing project in East New York, Brooklyn when he was gunned down by police officer Peter Liang who failed to follow proper procedure and protocol. Police officer Peter Liang for four minutes argued with his partner over whether to tell their superiors about shootting Akai Gurley. Peter Liang said “I’m going to be fired,” and instead of calling for an ambulance he decided to call his union.

Jose LaSalle
Copwatch Patrol Unit
CPU seek to end police repression through directly monitoring police while they are engaging the public through questioning, detainment, or arrest. CPU spend their time walking the streets, observing police, witnessing and recording police interactions with citizens on camera, video-record, audio-record, and/or paper. CPU concentrate in areas where known trouble making cops are assigned or areas of high police activity (Impact Zones). CPU also advise people of their rights and listen to their stories and documents those stories.

Disarm the NYPD
Disarm is a campaign that is calling for the immediate disarming of the police department and the demobilization of the police from our neighborhoods.

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The Spook Who Sat by the Door is a 1973 film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Sam Greenlee. It is both a satire of the civil rights struggle in the United States of the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. 

Dan Freeman, the titular protagonist, is enlisted in the Central Intelligence Agency’s elitist espionage program as its token black. After mastering agency tactics, however, he becomes disillusioned and drops out to train young Chicago blacks as “Freedom Fighters”. As a story of one man’s reaction to white ruling-class hypocrisy, the film is loosely autobiographical and personal.

The novel and the film also dramatize the CIA’s history of giving training to persons and/or groups who later utilize their specialized intelligence training against the agency – a process known as “blowback.”

Saturday March 14th
8-11pm

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Rising inequality has sparked social unrest worldwide. So unavoidable is this reality that even the most bourgeois of institutions is trying to cash in on our collective desire for revolution. In this series we will be watching films from the 20th and 21st centuries that depict class conflict. Following each film we will have an open discussion in how these films depict class struggle, how realistically the conflict is depicted, how closely related the films are to our own society, and whether the films ultimately favor or criticize class struggle. We hope this event will provide a fun and easy entry point for those new to revolutionary studies, and less dense discussion material for those who are more experienced but fried their brains hitting the books too hard. Come through for a fun movie night with some revolution on the side.
First movie: Snowpiercer (2014) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX5PwfEMBM0

 

Sunday, March 8th
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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For the anarchism reading series we are researching insurgency and counterinsurgency. We are trying to develop a strategic understanding of asymmetric warfare. For the next few weeks we will read military strategist, David Galula’s foundational text, “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice.” This week we’ll read the first and second chapters.

http://louisville.edu/armyrotc/files/Galula%20David%20-%20Counterinsurgency%20Warfare.pdf

For background on Galula:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Galula

http://www.annrachelmarlowe.com/2009/10/11/forgotten-founder-the-french-colonel-who-wrote-the-books-on-counterinsurgency/

Friday, March 6
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

So cops in Chicago now function like the thugs of the CIA by having a black site where they torture and disappear folks they arrest. Let that set in for a minute. Chicago cops, with a storied history of corruption and brutality, operate an off-the-books compound where they interrogate folks. Ask many of the prisoners we support and they’ll describe similar torture during their detentions and/or imprisonments. Speaking of supporting political prisoners, it’s time again for the every-other-week NYC ABC political prisoner letter-writing dinner. In this month of women’s history, we offer our solidarity to female rebels.

Come find out more about Debbie, Janet, and Janine Africa, Maya Chase,Chelsea Manning, Rev. Joy Powell, Megan Rice, and Rebecca Rubin. We’ll also have other political prisoner news, so come enjoy a meal with friends (new or old).

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters to the prisoners:

Debbie Sims Africa #OO6307
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403

Janet Holloway Africa #OO6308
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403

Janine Phillips Africa #OO6309
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403

Maya Chase M44710
Dixon Correctional Center
2600 North Brinton Avenue
Dixon, Illinois 61021
*Address envelope to Jared Chase.

Chelsea E. Manning 89289
1300 North Warehouse Road
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027-2304

Reverend Joy Powell #07-G-0632
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 1000
Bedford Hills, New York 10507-2499

Megan Rice #88101-020
MDC Brooklyn
Post Office Box 329002
Brooklyn, New York 11232

Rebecca Rubin #98290-011
FCI Dublin
5701 8th Street – Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568

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.

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On May 1, 1909, an anarchist march was brutally repressed in Buenos Aires, leaving in its wake dozens of dead and wounded. Months later, the police chief who ordered the violence was killed as his carriage passed through the city streets. Simón Radowitzky, an eighteen-year old Ukrainian immigrant, was charged with the crime and imprisoned in the “Argentine Alcatraz,” deep in the heart of Patagonia. Radowitzky became a symbol of the anarchist movement in South America and his daring prison escape captivated millions. Simón: hijo del pueblo uncovers the story of this young immigrant, whose fight for a egalitarian world still marks Argentina today.

Monday, March 2nd
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Following the murder of Mike Brown, the protests and riots in Ferguson sparked a national rebellion against police brutality. In New York, many of us participated in the largest demonstrations, unpermitted snake marches, and confrontations with police the city had seen in years. We watched as Oakland and Berkeley followed suit. And beyond the major cities, many smaller actions were not widely reported on, but had an equal impact on local levels. As the movement has ebbed in the last few months, many of us are now left wondering: what next?

The Houston-based group, Out of the Flames of Ferguson (OOTFF), is one example of what is possible beyond demos and marches. At this event, OOTFF organizers will report back on the movement in Houston and will offer insights and lessons for continuing the struggle after the large mobilizations. Join organizers from OOTFF and the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee, for a discussion on what is possible for the anti-police brutality movement in Houston, in New York, and nationally.

More info on OOTFF: https://www.facebook.com/OOTFF

Sunday, March 1st
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Join Mitchell Abidor at The Base in Brooklyn, NY for a reading and discussion of his new edited volume, Anarchists Never Surrender: Essays, Polemics, and Correspondence on Anarchism, 1908–1938, which provides a complete picture of Victor Serge’s relationship to anarchism. Come on Saturday, February 28th at 7pm to The Base, 1302 Myrtle Ave @ Stockholm in Bushwick, NY. Please click on the web event link below for more info.

Anarchists Never Surrender contains writings going back to Serge’s teenage years in Brussels, where he became influenced by the doctrine of individualist anarchism. At the heart of the anthology are key articles written soon after his arrival in Paris in 1909, when he became editor of the newspaper l’anarchie. In these articles Serge develops and debates his own radical thoughts, arguing the futility of mass action and embracing “illegalism.” Serge’s involvement with the notorious French group of anarchist armed robbers, the Bonnot Gang, landed him in prison for the first time in 1912. Anarchists Never Surrender includes both his prison correspondence with his anarchist comrade Émile Armand and articles written immediately after his release.

The book also includes several articles and letters written by Serge after he had left anarchism behind and joined the Russian Bolsheviks in 1919. Here Serge analyzed anarchism and the ways in which he hoped anarchism would leaven the harshness and dictatorial tendencies of Bolshevism. Included here are writings on anarchist theory and history, Bakunin, the Spanish revolution, and the Kronstadt uprising.

Anarchists Never Surrender anthologizes Victor Serge’s previously unavailable texts on anarchism and fleshes out the portrait of this brilliant writer and thinker, a man I.F. Stone called one of the “moral figures of our time.”

Praise

“One of the most compelling of twentieth-century ethical and literary heroes.” —Susan Sontag

“I can’t think of anyone else who has written about the revolutionary movement in this century with Serge’s combination of moral insight and intellectual richness.” —Dwight Macdonald

“To me he has seemed a model of the independent intellectual in Europe between the wars: leftist but not dogmatic, political yet deeply involved with issues of cultural life, and a novelist of very considerable powers.” —Irving Howe

Mitchell Abidor is the principal French translator for the Marxists Internet Archive and has published two collections of his translations, The Great Anger: Ultra-Revolutionary Writing in France from the Atheist Priest to the Bonnot Gang and Communards: The Story of the Paris Commune of 1871 as Told by Those Who Fought for It. He is currently working on translations of further unpublished works by Victor Serge and Daniel Guérin.

Victor Serge (1890–1947) was born to Russian anti-Tsarist exiles living in Brussels. As a young anarchist firebrand, Victor was sentenced to five years in a French penitentiary in 1912. In 1919, Serge joined the Bolsheviks. An outspoken critic of Stalin, Serge was expelled from the Party and arrested in 1929. Nonetheless, he managed to complete three novels (Men in Prison, Birth of Our Power, and Conquered City) and a history (Year One of the Russian Revolution), published in Paris. Arrested again in Russia and deported to Central Asia in 1933, he was allowed to leave the USSR in 1936 after international protests by militants and prominent writers like André Gide and Romain Rolland. Hounded by Stalinist agents, Serge lived in precarious exile in Brussels, Paris, Vichy France, and Mexico City, where he died in 1947.

Saturday, February 28th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

la haine

The Charlie Hebdo shooting brings to light the question of alienation. The alienation of European born, working class Muslim youth, forced into poverty and living on the margins of society. The alienation of being looked at with suspicion, while being criminalized and harassed at the hands of the state. Join Tanzeem Shaneela (Take Back the Bronx, Unity and Struggle) on Friday February 27th at 7pm for a screening of La Haine and a discussion on the issues facing the Muslim population of Europe.

Friday, February 27
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Making attractive, highly visible, and broadly distributed street art has long been a part of radical organizing. We won’t let technical ability get in the way! Join us for a series of workshops where we will get our hands dirty making posters and zines and put some distribution techniques to the test.

For this workshop, we’ll be doing printmaking. Please join with ideas and ready to get your hands in the ink!

This will be an ongoing skillshare series – if you have a skill you’d like to share, please drop us a line and we’ll get the workshop up!

Sunday, February 22nd
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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The Mexico-US Solidarity Network presents:
“Maiz y el Pais: Political Violence in Mexico and Corn’s Lessons for Justice”
featuring Luz Rivera Martinez of the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC) 

Headlines about Mexico are wildly divergent. While business magazines proclaim “the Mexican Moment” emerging from a slate of recent reforms, news of the murder and disappearance of nearly 50 rural teacher’s college students by police quickly silenced the applause.

Attacks on the Zapatistas, imprisonment of indigenous leaders defending water, and cover-ups of military executions all point to a rise in extra-judicial violence. Add to this the fact that the recent “reforms” were no less than the privatization of oil, communications, and education resources left pending after NAFTA, and you can see the extent of the turmoil.

But instead of a “troubled neighbor south of the border,” Mexico is home to inspiring movements building autonomy and justice with dignity against great obstacles.

Join Luz Rivera Martinez as she speaks about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. She works with peasant families in Tlaxcala, Mexico – a state where corn originated, whose name means “place of the corn tortilla,” and where 52 natural varieties of corn are planted. This bountiful grain was created over thousands of years, primarily by women, and has now come to feed the world.

Just as corn is a gift of sustenance and rejuvenation Mexicans have given to all of humanity, Mexican movements such as Luz’s Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC) are guiding us toward daybreak after the long, cold night of neoliberalism.

Luz established CNUC in the early 1990s to coordinate resistance to the impending North American Free Trade Agreement, especially regarding its dismemberment of Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution, which enshrined the Mexican Revolution’s battle cry that “the land belongs to those who work it.” Luz and the members of CNUC knew that NAFTA would decimate the small-scale agricultural sector that the Revolution had established at such a great cost.

As CNUC’s lead organizer, Luz has worked tirelessly to demand government accountability, defend family farms, resist the use of GMO seeds, and build inspiring, community-based autonomous projects. CNUC has a long history of disposing of corrupt leaders, democratizing the budget, coordinating community-driven infrastructure projects, including peoples’ history in education, and expanding access to healthcare.

CNUC also joins voices with organizations around Mexico and around the world denouncing State-sponsored violence and rebuilding the social fabric. As an adherent to the Zapatistas’ Sixth Declaration – an international network of organizations struggling against neoliberalism and for autonomy from the grassroots – Luz and CNUC fight tirelessly to build “a world where many worlds fit,” a world for the people of all the colors of corn.

Saturday, February 22
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

the battle

This week as part of the Insurgency and Counterinsurgency section of the anarchism reading series we’re watching “The Battle of Algiers.” We’ll have a short discussion at the end of the film.

“The next theme for the Anarchism Reading Series will be on Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency. The state uses many tools to destroy and disrupt revolutionary movements and since the fall of the Soviet Union authorities have begun employing counterinsurgency strategies in vastly wider terrains. The era of conventional warfare has halted for the time being, the war of the flea has become more common place, and as anarchists we should begin examining how do we exist politically in the current terrain.

In this series we are going to look at counterinsurgency as not exclusively a matter of the state’s response to crises — involving early morning raids, riot police, hit squads, and internment camps — but also as a set of policies implemented during peaceful, quiet times; as a means of preserving normalcy. Through this series we will analyze the bludgeon as well as the carrot. In this series we’ll look at community policing and troop movements; the NGO’s and stop and frisk; Iraq and Vietnam and Brooklyn and Salinas.

Hopefully through a series of talks, readings, discussions, and film screenings, we can begin thinking about how we, as anarchists can begin understanding our place in the political framework in America. We can use these events as a way of thinking about how repression is constant — it’s destructive and productive. But it’s not omnipotent. The entire struggle is a struggle for legitimacy. The state’s legitimacy is constantly waning. Through this group we can learn how to make important headway into the future.”

Friday, February 20
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Can you name one thing that’s more important than a celebrity publicly criticizing another celebrity? It’s as if cops weren’t indiscriminately murdering folks and landlords weren’t looking to kick folks out into the street to make a buck. Meanwhile the state fabricates legislation to repress dissent. But by all means, corporate media, distract us with what some musician rants about. The crew in NYC ABC sees through the bullshit and refuses to lose focus on supporting imprisoned revolutionaries.

This Tuesday’s dinner will focus on two Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoners– Jaan Laaman and Tom Manning. Both are imprisoned for actions carried out by United Freedom Front (UFF), a clandestine revolutionary organization active in the United States in the early 1980s. The group targeted government institutions and major corporations that had ties to the South African Apartheid system or right-wing paramilitaries in Central America. This included taking actions directly against the South African and United States governments. The UFF carried out targeted bombings of corporate buildings, courthouses and military facilities as well as bank robberies to fund revolutionary projects. Both men were deeply involved in anti-South African apartheid organizing.

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters to Jaan and Tom:
Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016

USP Tuscon

Post Office Box 24550

Tuscon, Arizona 85734

Thomas Manning #10373-016

FMC Butner

Post Office Box 1600

Butner, North Carolina 27509

Stay up to date by visiting: 4StruggleMag

 

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.

 

Tuesday, February 17
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

TREE

New York City Anarchist Black Cross (NYC ABC) presents:A benefit for AETA defendants Kevin Olliff & Tyler Lang.
Film screening of ‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’
The Base, 1302 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

8pm
Entrance is free but we will be requesting donations for Kevin and Tyler’s legal defense fund.
RSVP to
https://www.facebook.com/events/785472974856760/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff are two animal rights activists who, in 2014, were arrested in Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.” After a traffic stop, cops alleged they found bolt cutters, muriatic acid, ski masks, and camouflage clothing in their car. Tyler pleaded to 3 months time served while Kevin received a 30 month sentence in state prison. In July 2014, both were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) and are accused of liberating animals from fur farms in 3 different states. They face up to 10 years in prison.

We will be screening If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front a film that focuses on our friend and New Yorker, Daniel McGowan. He was arrested in 2005 by federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front– a group the FBI has called America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” The ELF operated in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership and had launched spectacular actions against dozens of environmentally destructive businesses: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge at Vail, Colorado.After the film, there will be time for questions and answers with special guests, including Rachel Meeropol
(CCR attorney on Kevin and Tyler’s legal team) and Jenny Synan. NYC ABC will have a table with information and merchandise on political prisoners.For more information:
http://supportkevinandtyler.com/
nycabc.wordpress.com
 

Friday, February 13,
8:00 pm to 11:00 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.

Rojava Solidarity NYC is coming together to discuss strategies to promote knowledge of this intriguing social experiment as well as find way to provide support for it.

Tuesday, February 10th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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The next theme for the Anarchism Reading Series will be on Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency. The state uses many tools to destroy and disrupt revolutionary movements and since the fall of the Soviet Union authorities have begun employing counterinsurgency strategies in vastly wider terrains. The era of conventional warfare has halted for the time being, the war of the flea has become more common place, and as anarchists we should begin examining how do we exist politically in the current terrain.

In this series we are going to look at counterinsurgency as not exclusively a matter of the state’s response to crises — involving early morning raids, riot police, hit squads, and internment camps — but also as a set of policies implemented during peaceful, quiet times; as a means of preserving normalcy. Through this series we will analyze the bludgeon as well as the carrot. In this series we’ll look at community policing and troop movements; the NGO’s and stop and frisk; Iraq and Vietnam and Brooklyn and Salinas.

Hopefully through a series of talks, readings, discussions, and film screenings, we can begin thinking about how we, as anarchists can begin understanding our place in the political framework in America. We can use these events as a way of thinking about how repression is constant — it’s destructive and productive. But it’s not omnipotent. The entire struggle is a struggle for legitimacy. The state’s legitimacy is constantly waning. Through this group we can learn how to make important headway into the future.

For the first week we’ll look at Kristian Williams text “The Other Side of COIN: Counterinsurgency and Community Policing.” We’ll also have a brief presentation about insurgency and counterinsurgency. Future events will be listed soon.

https://www.indybay.org/uploads/2013/12/10/the_other_side_of_the_coin_-_counterinsu_-_kristian_williams.pdf

https://anarchismreadingseries.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/insurgency-counterinsurgency-and-the-quest-for-legitimacy/

Fri, February 6
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Tuesday 1.20– Letter-writing to David Gilbert and Maliki Shakur Latine

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

This year has already brought us immense joy and sadness. Just days into 2015, we’ve welcomed home our comrade Eric McDavid and continued to mourn the loss of Phil Africa. The state is a monster that acts as a god, both giving and taking lives. As anarchists, we struggle to see the god of state, as with all gods and masters, utterly annihilated. So, hot on the heels of our New Year’s Eve Noise Demo, we in NYC Anarchist Black Cross want the start of this year to show our commitment to the political prisoners and prisoners of war closest to us. These are comrades who deserve, short of the full freedom we all desire, a minimum of strong solidarity. We enter 2015 focusing on folks held behind New York State walls.

This week we will be writing , David Gilbert and Maliki Shakur Latine. We’ll be watching a couple of short interviews and are fortunate to have a guest speaker– “Tessa Through” from Through the Walls.

David Gilbert, a longtime anti-racist and anti-imperialist, first became active in the Civil Rights movement in 1961. In 1965, he started the Vietnam Committee at Columbia University; in 1967 he co-authored the first Students for a Democratic Society pamphlet naming the system “imperialism”; and he was active in the Columbia strike of 1968. He went on to spend a total of 10 years underground, building a clandestine resistance. More information: j.mp/DavidGilbert_PP

In 1969, Maliki Shakur Latine and his brother joined up with the Black Panther Party (BPP). The government’s tactics against the organization forced many members to go underground, including Maliki Shakur Latine and his brother. Plans to challenge the influx of deadly drugs entering his community in Harlem were cut short by a gun battle with police on July 3rd, 1979. The altercation resulted in arrests and some arrestees became career informants for the government. A month later, on August 7, 1979, Maliki Latine was arrested in St. Albans, Queens, by a joint task force investigating a series of bank expropriations. Maliki Latine and Jose (Hamza) Saldana were indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property. On October 1, 1981, the two were sentenced to 25 to life. More information: j.mp/MalikiLatine

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to the David and Maliki:
David Gilbert #83-A-6158
Auburn Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 618
Auburn, New York 13021

Maliki Shakur Latine #81-A-4469
Clinton Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 2000
Dannemora, New York 12929

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.

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In this weeks reading group we’re reading and discussing the revolution in Kurdistan and the influence of anarchism in their organizing. We’ll be reading these three texts:

“The New PKK: Unleashing a Social Revolution in Kurdistan,” by Rafael Taylor,

http://roarmag.org/2014/08/pkk-kurdish-struggle-autonomy/

“No. This is a Genuine Revolution,” By David Graeber and Pinar Öğünç

https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/no-this-is-a-genuine-revolution/

“Impressions of Rojava: a Report From the Revolution,” by Janet Biehl

http://roarmag.org/2014/12/janet-biehl-report-rojava/

Friday, January 16
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story.

Saturday, January 10th
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.

With the entire region under siege, it’s timely for those involved in anarchist social experiments to find ways to support and learn from what is happening in Roajva. Please join us for a screening of an array of short videos about the Kurdish struggle in general and Rojava itself. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

Friday, January 9th
7pm to 10pm

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WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

First: Happy New Year! If you didn’t get a chance to come to the New Year’s Eve noise demonstration we organized, expect a reportback soon. To hear nearly so many people calling out the names of comrades locked behind walls as we stood outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center was motivating. Much of that energy still lingers, pushing us to continue the work of supporting our comrades who are still in prison. By now, you probably know that one way we do that is through every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners. We’ve lost count, but this week’s dinner will be about the 195th we’ve hosted. This week we are focusing on the Cleveland 4.

The Cleveland 4 are four Occupy Cleveland activists— Brandon, Skelly, Connor, and Doug. They were arrested on April 30th, 2012, days before national May Day protests. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. However, the real story is that FBI informants and undercover agents had a heavy hand in creating the alleged plot, produced the explosives, and coerced the four into participating. For more information, be sure to visit cleveland4solidarity.org

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter (or send a book) to the Four:
Brandon Baxter #57972-060
FDC Oakdale
Post Office Box 5010
Oakdale, Louisiana 71463

Skelly* #57976-060
USP Tucson
Post Office Box 24550
Tucson, Arizona 85734
*Address envelope to Joshua Stafford.

Connor Stevens #57978-060
FCI McKean
Post Office Box 8000
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701

Douglas L. Wright #57973-060
USP Coleman 1
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.

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How is the education system imposing and reinforcing capitalism?
How can we combat capitalism by radically changing our approach towards education?
What would education be like in a society without the state and without capital?
How can one educate without recreating the systems of hierarchy, obedience to authority and indoctrination that are responsible for the long lasting nature of the capitalist system?

At this workshop we will discuss these ideas and put some of them into practice by teaching each other a simple skill and making zines. Come with thoughts and tools!

DIY WORKSHOP
The DIY Workshop is an event where we can share knowledge. You can learn to do something yourself, or you can teach someone to do something themselves. We help each other and spread information in a non-institutional, non-authoritarian and non-commercial environment.DIYW brings proficient people and interested people together in order to fight for freedom of information and the end of academic elitism and consumerism.

We believe that education is not something to be acquired, but instead something to be experienced whenever possible.

 

Saturday, January 3rd
3pm to 6pm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

weather-underground

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

gelderloss

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

how-cover

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

east coast

 

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

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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!