greece

Presented by a comrade from Athens.

From 2010-2015 Greece has been in a state of economic crisis as a result of punishing austerity measures imposed by leaders of the European Union. This discussion will present both the victories and losses of different revolutionary struggles resisting this precarious time in Greece. We will explore both popular reactions to this situation by the Greek people, as well as the resurgence of power for the far-right in Greece, and the many faces of anarchist intervention among all of Greek society.

Friday, September 4th
7:30 pm

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Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday
9/5
12-2pm
In front of the Base
basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 1st, 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

monfort

With the seemingly never-ending rise of police murdering and brutalizing people of color with unrepentant disregard, it should be a shock to none that some will defend themselves and their communities with whatever means they see fit.  This week we will be writing Christopher Monfort.

In 2009, Christopher Monfort waged a one man war against the Seattle Police Department.

On October 22, 2009, police vehicles parked in a vehicle maintenance yard in Seattle were firebombed. Several vehicles were destroyed and many damaged in the action. A communique was issued days later tying the incident to the beating of a young girl held in custody by Seattle Police.

Less that two weeks later, on October 31, 2009, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was killed and his partner, Britt Sweeney, was wounded. According to the Seattle police, Brenton was sitting in the passenger seat of a patrol car with Sweeney discussing a just completed traffic stop when a vehicle pulled alongside the patrol car and an occupant opened fire. Officer Brenton was instantly killed . Sweeney was grazed in the back by one shot, but able to get out of the patrol car, return fire at the fleeing vehicle, and call for additional units.

During the investigation, detectives and officers linked Monfort’s car to the crime, and attempted to arrest him at his apartment. When officers arrived, Monfort is said to have pulled a gun and opened fire. Monfort was shot by police and is now paralyzed as a result of the confrontation.

Since the start of court proceedings, Monfort has been doggedly outspoken about the role of police in society, specific instances of police violence, and has consistently called on other people in the United States to confront police terror in their communities and use armed tactics to do so if necessary.

Monfort was convicted of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of arson.  The state asked the jury to sentence him to be murdered by the state, but they instead sentenced him to life in prison.

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Christopher at:

Christopher John Monfort #209040021
500 Fifth Avenue
Seattle , Washington 98104

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.

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Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday
8/29
12-2pm
In front of the Base
basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

anarchist

These last few years have been important for the anarchist struggle. In the US, the reaction to police executions have manifested in riotous uprisings and the Black Lives Matter movement, both of which have exposed a new generation of people who defiantly reject subjugation and reformist solutions. A hunger for new social proposals is visibly spreading city to city, hood to hood. The time has never been more pressing for a complete shift in how revolutionary struggle is manifested.

Simultaneously, one of the most massive anarchist-inspired societies has come to fruition: the decentralized region of Rojava. While Rojavans engage in bottom-up, liberatory social practices, their fighters have successfully defended the Cantons against the brutal, reactionary IS. For anarchists around the world, the councils and communes they have instituted have become pragmatic examples for our own communities.

Anarchist resistance in New York has been growing at a steady pace. Through the infrastructure of the Base, new anarchists have gotten involved and together we’ve been able to generate wider public knowledge about radical left politics, while laying the foundations for new social organizations.

We are eager to expand the range of these projects.

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The crisis in housing is not only about the fact of 40,000 homeless people
in NYC, the increasing rents, displacement and gentrification of
neighborhoods, and the generalized insecurity of tenure faced by the 99%.
It’s also about the fact that there are presently enough vacant properties
throughout NYC to meet the needs of the homeless three times over (!) and
alleviate the housing shortage which allows for the absurdly high rents.

Squatting, or the un-permitted occupation, renovation and defense of
vacant spaces for the purposes of crating housing and social centers is
about realizing our human right to a home through direct action. This
workshop will offer the techniques, tactics and procedures for squatting
in NYC.

Join Us!

La crisis en la vivienda no es sólo sobre el hecho de 40.000 personas sin
hogar en Nueva York, aumento alquileres, desplazamiento y desalojo de los
barrios, y ante la generalizada inseguridad de la tenencia por el 99%. Es
también sobre el hecho de que existen propiedades actualmente bastante
vacías a lo largo de NYC para satisfacer las necesidades de las personas
sin hogar tres veces más (!) y aliviar la escasez de vivienda que permite
las absurdamente altas rentas.

En rescatando, o la ocupación no permitido, renovación y defensa de
espacios vacantes para los propósitos de encajonamiento centros sociales y
viviendas trata de darse cuenta de nuestro derecho humano a una vivienda a
través de la acción directa. Este taller ofrecerá las técnicas, tácticas y
procedimientos para ocupar edificios abandonados en Nueva York.

¡Acompáñenos!

Friday, August 21st
7:00 pm

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Seven years after his triumph in Cuba, Che (Benicio Del Toro) winds up in Bolivia, where he tries to ignite the same revolutionary fires as before. But, with the Bolivian army bolstered by CIA support, Che faces one defeat after another, finally meeting his end in the village of La Higuera.

Thursday, August 20th
7:00 pm

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 18th, 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

BlackAugustHopefully you’ve been training in preparation for Running Down the Walls 2015. The competition will be fierce, the food at the after party will be delicious, and the solidarity with our imprisoned comrades will be infinite. Please take this opportunity to get more folks to sponsor you as a participant and help build the ABCF warchest and help the Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine. As a lead in to this year’s run, we are hosting another of our every other week Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinners. This week, NYC ABC will be hosting a Black August card signing.

As Black August began in remembrance of fallen Black liberation prisoner, George Jackson, and the San Quentin prison uprising of 1971– a prison uprising that included recently murdered San Quentin Six member Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell, we honor Yogi with this dinner.

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 andprisoner-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 August marks the 15-year anniversary of direct action against the prison-industrial complex and arrest of hundreds of activists during the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. In response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance.

Join activist and author Kris Hermes for a discussion on his new book, Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000, an engrossing combination of social history and courtroom drama that explains the origins of contemporary protest policing and the creative political resistance used to overcome it. Hermes and a former RNC 2000 arrestee and Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM) member will discuss their experiences on the ground in Philadelphia and how they relate to the movement today. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion!

Kris Hermes is a Bay Area–based activist who has worked for nearly 30 years on social justice issues. Organizing with ACT UP Philadelphia in the late 1990s spurred his interest in legal support work and led to his years-long involvement with R2K Legal. Since 2000, Hermes has been an active, award-winning legal worker-member of the National Lawyers Guild and part of numerous law collectives and legal support efforts. Hermes has written extensively in his professional career as a media worker and as a legal activist.

Saturday, August 15
7:00 pm

 

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Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday
8/15
12-2pm
In front of the Base
basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

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Dolgoff’s analysis of the Cuban Revolution, its development and significance, presents an historical perspective on Cuba that arrives at new insights into social and political change. The text offers an anarchist critique of the revolution.

pp. 44-54

pp. 122- 210

https://libcom.org/files/Dolgoff,%20Sam%20-%20The%20Cuban%20revolution,%20A%20critical%20perspective.pdf

Friday, August 14
7:00 pm

che

Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) transforms from intellectual, asthmatic doctor to one of Latin America’s legendary revolutionaries. In the years before his famous 1964 visit to the United Nations, Che joins forces with Cuban exile Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir) and ignites a revolution that eventually brings an end to the Batista regime in Cuba.

 

Thursday, August 13
8:00 pm

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Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday
8/8
12-2pm
In front of the Base
basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 4th, 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

luke

If you missed our event last week on the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, you missed out on a a great deal of inspiring videos of antifa action and inspiring speakers discussing the way the state punishes those who take action against fascism across the world.

It is with fighting fascism in mind that we focus our next political prisoner letter-writing dinner onLuke O’Donovan. On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Luke was seen dancing with and kissing other men at a house party. Later in the night he was insulted with homophobic slurs, and attacked by several people. Luke unsuccessfully attempted to escape, at which point several witnesses reported watching between 5 and 12 men ganging-up on Luke and stomping on his head and body, evidently with the intent to kill him. Luke was called a faggot before and during the attack. Throughout the course of the attack, Luke and five others were stabbed. Luke was subsequently imprisoned and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as one count of attempted murder while none of the other individuals involved in the altercation were charged.

Luke’s trial concluded on August 12, 2014, when he accepted a plea deal. While initially facing over 100 years in prison, the deal Luke accepted includes two years in prison and eight years on probation. At the time of sentencing, the judge added to the negotiated plea that Luke will be banished from the state of Georgia, except for one small county away from his home, family, and friends, for the eight years of his probation.

While we expect to see you on Tuesday, if you can’t make it, please take the time to write aletter to Luke:
Luke Patrick O’Donovan #1001372271
Washington State Prison
Post Office Box 206
Davisboro, Georgia 31018

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.

prison

This week we’re continuing our discussion on prison, abolition, and prison society. This week we are reading an essay from Fire to the Prisons #10 titled “Take Your Mark, Get Ready, Ablate: Three Positions Against Prison.”

https://antiprisonvancouver.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/take-your-mark-get-ready-ablate-3-positions-against-prisons-august-oclairre/

Friday, July 31
7:00 pm

radiation

All five boroughs of New York City are situated within 50-mile radius of Indian Point, an aging nuclear power plant with increasing frequency of accidents. Come learn about nuclear energy and radiation – where it comes from and how it affects life. This workshop consists of presentation about radiation monitoring, short films, stories from Fukushima, and vegan sushi (while supplies last). Come learn how to protect yourself and your your community from potential nuclear crisis. Presented by Sloths Against Nuclear State.

Sunday, 7/26
5:30 pm

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WHAT:
Cinema
(Watch fascists get what’s coming to them!)

Snacks
(Delicious & Vegan!)

Speakers
(Learn about anti-fascist movements from around the world and the comrades in jail for fighting the good fight!)

Solidarity
(Sign cards that we will send to all antifa prisoners!)

COST:
Free, but donations are appreciated.

 

More information on the July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners:

Antifascists fight against those who—in the government or in the streets—dream of imposing their fascist and other Far Right nationalist nightmares on the rest of us. Throughout the world, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and racist bigotries are on the rise. Antifas are on the frontline in confronting these reactionary politics, and we will not forget our comrades imprisoned in the course of this struggle.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian who is imprisoned in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans. Groups around the world took action: holding demonstrations, benefits supporting the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, writing to Jock, and talking about the plight of the Romani and Sinti people in general.

In 2015 we would like to expand this day of solidarity to all antifascist prisoners around the world. We encourage groups to take the day to plan an event of their choice—whether it is a letter writing, demonstration, benefit, or other action—and to focus on the prisoners and related issues that are of most importance to them locally.

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

Saturday, July 25th
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

For a list of prisoners, endorsing groups, and updates, please check:https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/

 

marius

 

We are pleased to announce the opening of the “Marius Mason Wing” at the Lucy Parsons Library, a radical lending library located at The Base, an anarchist social center in Brooklyn, NY.

Marius read these books in prison and wanted to share them with other activists. Thanks to the fine folks at The Base, these books are available to everyone for free—all you need is a Lucy Parsons Library card! We encourage everyone to check out these books and to write Marius afterward with your thoughts!

Here is a list of what is currently available:

Decolonizing Anarchism by Maia Ramnath

Black Flame: Counter-Power Volume 1 by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt

Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections edited by John Zerzan

Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation by Beth E. Richie

From the Redwood Forest: Ancient Trees and the Bottom Line: A Headwaters Journey by Joan Dunning

Future Primitive Revisited by John Zerzan

Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serano

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Women on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

Sewing Freedom: Philip Joseph’s Transnationalism and Early New Zealand Anarchism by Jared Davidson

¡Presente! Edited by Cristina Tzintzún, Carlos Perez de Alejo, Arnulfo Manríquez

The Russian Anarchists by Paul Avrich

Dispersing Power: Social Movements are Anti-State Forces by Raúl Zibechi

The Industrial Workers of the World: The First 100 Years by Fred W. Thompson and Jon Bekken

Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly by Peter Cole

Still We Rise: A Resource Packet for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People in Prison by Transgender, Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project

Replenishing the Earth by Wangari Maathai

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare

On Gandhi’s Path by Stephanie Mills

Anarchists Against the Wall edited by Yuri Gordon and Ohal Grietzer

Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism by Michael Schmidt

http://supportmariusmason.org/2015/07/21/announcing-the-marius-mason-wing-of-the-lucy-parsons-library-at-the-base-in-brooklyn/

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Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday
7/25
12-2pm
In front of the Base
basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

 

squash

When is urban gardening a revolutionary act?

Recently, we built two 10ft x 5ft raised beds for vegetables, herbs, indigenous wildflowers & edibles. We will gather to discuss our ongoing experiences with guerrilla & traditional gardening, what we’re growing and how this group can evolve.

For this night workshop, we will discuss moon cycle planting, the benefits of night watering & over night seed soaks. Taking a recent spray paint cue, there will be an opportunity to tag & stencil our new garden boxes. We may make seed bombs, we may venture out. 

All experience levels necessary, amateurs encouraged to drop by. Harvested mint tea served.

Our workshop will continue to have formal & spontaneous meetings as we tend to & defend our gardens in public space. If you would like to host a workshop or get more involved email: radgardening@gmail.com

Wednesday, 7/22
8:00 pm

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 21st, 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
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This week we are writing to Albert Woodfox, who is one of what is known as the Angola 3.  If you’ve heard Albert’s name lately, you may be confused about why we are writing him because in June he was ordered to be released without the possibility of retrial.  This order was over four decades late as Albert has been in solitary for 43 years for allegedly stabbing a prison guard.  In actuality Albert, along with Herman Wallace and Robert King Wilkerson, were targeted with these charges in response to them organizing prisoners to build a movement within the walls to desegregate the prison, to end systematic rape and violence, for better living conditions, and worked as jailhouse lawyers helping prisoners file legal papers.  This targeting continued the day following the release order when the Louisiana Attorney General filed for a stay of his release while he appeals the ruling.  Albert Woodfox is still in prison.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to dinner, please take the time to write Albert:

Albert Woodfox #72148
West Feliciana Parish Detention Center
PO Box 2727
St. Francisville, LA 70775

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.

ypjfighters

This Sunday July 19th, Rojava Solidary NYC will be presenting on the current state of the Rojava Revolution- perhaps the most exciting radical event of our generation. They will discuss the latest developments and screen a video of an anonymous recounting by a foreign fighter who traveled from the West to join the Rojava Revolution.

We will be giving updates on how to support imprisoned British activist Shilan Ozcelik, who is currently facing a lengthy prison sentence for allegedly attempting to support the forces of Rojava against the fascist and femicidal ISIS cabal. Unfortunately, we have also just received word that some Spanish comrades have recently been imprisoned for supporting Rojava, and so we will be discussing their situation as well. We will close our evening’s event with a call to write letters to folks who are currently incarcerated for supporting the Rojava Revolution.

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 19th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

nikos

This week we’ll be discussing prison, its effects on the revolutionary movement and its function in society. The primary text for this week is “Hunger Strike,” by Greek anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos.

Secondarily, we’ll be reading Alfredo Bonanno’s text, “Locked Up,” and Peter Gelderloos’s text “The Function of Prison.”

Nikos Romanos:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/nikos-romanos-hunger-strike

Bonanno:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/alfredo-m-bonanno-locked-up

Gelderloos:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-the-function-of-prison

Friday, July 17th
7:00 pm

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Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday
12-2pm
In front of the Base

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebasecompostcrew/

basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

born in flames

Already in 2015 there are over 15 documented cases of queer and trans people–most of them people of color–who have been murdered because of their gender expression or sexuality.  We know there are others who have been murdered.  We know there are countless others who have been beat, raped, assaulted, harassed, threatened, and traumatized.  We’re tired of watching this happen to us and or communities.  We have tried waiting for legislation and law enforcement, but after just 6 months 2015 has a record high for an annual trans-death toll.  WE ARE READY TO FIGHT BACK!
Join a growing group of working class and poor trans*folks and women who are training in self-defense karate right here in Bushwick to watch BORN IN FLAMES, the 1983 fictional film that features the “Women’s Army”, a multi-racial group of women and queers who use direct action to defend themselves and build resistance.  Can we build something like the Women’s Army today in New York for all gender-nonconforming and queer people?  Can we build the knowledge especially of trans and black and brown people so that we never have to hear about another murder like Mercedes Williams, Islan Nettles, or London Chanel?  Can we learn to defend ourselves so that we never have to hear about another Charleston?

Come for the film, stay for refreshments and discussion!  And learn more about the upcoming July 24th Self-Defense Training that will be especially geared towards genderqueer and trans*masculine people, as well as other upcoming opportunities to train. If you are interested in the training, please call 718-418-9892 to register and for more info! You can also email selfdefense.brooklyn@gmail.com

garden

When is urban gardening a revolutionary act?

Beginning Saturday June 11th from 1-3PM we will gather to discuss our experiences with guerrilla & traditional gardening, what we plan to grow and how this group can evolve.

We will break ground in front of the Base and build two 10ft x 5ft raised beds.

Plan on getting your hands dirty sowing shade loving seeds for a fall harvest as well as transplanting native wild flowers & edibles.

If you have tools, plants or seeds to share please bring them.

If you have access to building materials, soil or fertilizer please email radgardening@gmail.com

Hit me up if you want to become more involved or if you have questions & ideas.

Recommended link on regrowing plants from food scraps (Save & regenerate in our garden) http://www.reclaimgrowsustain.com/content/foods-you-can-grow-kitchen-scraps

 

 

solidarity

 

The Brooklyn Solidarity Network organizes around housing and workplace issues. We are not a charity or a service. We are a group of committed dissidents who are building a culture of resistance against the landlords and bosses in Brooklyn. A core function of the solidarity network is that as we help people, they join the network to help others. Through this method we can grow our strength exponentially. BSolid is an open network with many levels of involvement that anyone can plug into: from participating in pickets, to flyering, to educating.

Tuesday, June 30th
7:30 pm

food

 

Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday, June 27th
12-2pm
In front of the Base
basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 23rd, 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

Copy of neb2

This week we are writing to the Mondo We Langa and Ed Poindexter, also know as the Nebraska 2– former Black Panthers framed for the bombing death of a cop in 1970.The Two were charged and convicted of the murder of an Omaha cop who died when a suitcase containing dynamite exploded in a North Omaha home on August 17, 1970. A second cop was also injured in the explosion.

Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice) were members of the Black Panther Party, and their case was, and continues to be, controversial. The Omaha Police withheld exculpatory evidence at trial. The two men had been targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program), that operated against and infiltrated anti-war and Civil Rights groups, including the Omaha Black Panthers. The US section of Amnesty International recognizes we Langa and Poindexter as political prisoners. The state’s parole board have recommended the men for release, but political leaders have not acted on these recommendations. For more information, visitn2pp.info

If, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to dinner, please take the time to write the Two a letter:
David Rice* #27768 
Nebraska State Penitentiary 
Post Office Box 2500 
Lincoln, Nebraska 68542-2500 
*Address card to Mondo Eyen we Langa

Ed Poindexter #27767
Nebraska State Penitentiary
Post Office Box 2500
Lincoln, Nebraska 68542


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.

marcos

We are reading the Zapatista text “I Shit on all the Revolutionary Vanguards of this Planet.” In this text Subcomandante Marcos has a dialogue with the Basque guerrilla group ETA.

Secondly we’re reading Alfredo Bonanno’s text “Why a Vanguard?”

Zapatista text:
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/mexico/ezln/2003/marcos/etaJAN.html

Bonanno text:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/alfredo-m-bonanno-why-a-vanguard

Friday, June 19th
7:00 pm

eat

In our quest for a struggle against private property, landlords, and capitalism in general, we’d like to invite everyone to an open meeting. We’ll meet for about an hour to two and and introduce you to the project. Come join us!

Tuesday, 6/16
7:30 pm

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 9th, 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
june11_heart_final
What’s less surprising, that a cop stole a dead man’s credit card to buy a diamond ring or that chimpanzees can cook? You’re right, it’s a draw. Also not surprising is that it’s again time for NYC ABC’s every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner (the acronym,PPLWD, just rolls off the tongue). This week, in honor of the call for a June 11th International Day of Solidaritywith Marius MasonEric McDavid, and long-term eco and anarchist prisoners, we will be sending letters to several imprisoned comrades. Thankfully this year, we won’t be sending a letter to Eric, who has been released.

Three days later, join us, with members of Marius Mason’s local support crew, for a rousing night of Punk Rock Karaoke.

We’ll be joined by a member of Marius’ local support crew and will have information about the other prisoners. If you don’t already know about the folks to whom we are writing, make sure to check out our Illustrated Guide To Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War.

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.

drop off

Food Scrap Drop Off with the Base Compost Crew
Saturday
12-2pm
In front of the Base
basecompost@gmail.com

We are collecting food scraps from the Base’s programs, visitors and the community.These scraps will be taken to a local community garden and used for gardening and for street trees.

**Store and transport your food scraps with reusable containers or paper bags. To eliminate odors, store in the freezer or refrigerator.

What we accept:

YES
v Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
v Coffee Grounds
v Filters, & Paper Tea bags
v Bread & Grains
v Eggshells & Nutshells
v Stale Beans, Flour, & Spices
v Cut or Dried Flowers

NO
X Meat or Fish Scraps
X Dairy Products
X Fats, Grease, or Greasy Food
X Pet Feces or Litter
X Coal or Charcoal Ashes
X Metal, Glass, or Plastic (Recycle it!)
X Diseased or Infested Plants

We will be bringing the food scraps you drop off to a nearby community garden in order to turn it into COMPOST. We want to reduce the amount of garbage thrown out and produce soil for local
community gardens and trees. Please join us!

france

Jean Jaurès was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated in 1914 for trying to use the international socialist movement and industrial action to prevent the outbreak of war. Published just a few years before his death, his magisterial A Socialist History of the French Revolution, has endured for over a century as one of the most influential accounts of the French Revolution ever to be published.

Mitchell Abidor’s long-overdue translation and abridgment of Jaurès’s original 6-volumes brings this exceptional work to an Anglophone audience for the first time.

Written in the midst of his activities as leader of the Socialist Party and editor of its newspaper, L’Humanité, Jaurès intended the book to serve as both a guide and an inspiration to political activity; even now it can serve to do just that. Abidor’s accomplished translation, and Jaurès’s verve, originality and willingness to criticise all players in this great drama make this a truly moving addition to the shelf of great books on the French Revolution.

About The Author
Jean Jaurès (3 September 1859 – 31 July 1914) was a French Socialist who became the leader, in 1902, of the French Socialist Party, which opposed Jules Guesde’s revolutionary Socialist Party of France. The two parties merged in 1905 in the French Section of the Workers’ International (SFIO). An antimilitarist, Jaurès was assassinated at the outbreak of World War I, and remains one of the great historical figures of the French Left.

Mitchell Abidor (Translator) books include an anthology of Victor Serge’s writings on anarchism, Anarchists Never Surrender and the correspondence of Louis-Ferdinand Celine, as well as the forthcoming Voices of the Paris Commune; Death to Bourgeois Society, a collection of writings by the propagandists of the deed in France and Argentina; and the novella A Raskolnikoff by Emmanuel Bove. He lives in Brooklyn.

Saturday, June 6th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

black panther

For this anarchism reading series, we’re reading one chapter from Ward Churchill’s book “Agents of Repression.”

Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement is a book by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, first published in 1988. It describes government campaigns to disrupt the legal political activities of the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement, especially through actions of the FBI.

This study gives a chilling account of the government attack against the American Indian Movement and the Black Panther Party, placed in the context of the traditional use of the FBI for domestic political repression. It is a powerful indictment, with far–reaching implications concerning the treatment of political activists, especially those that are Black or Native American, and the functioning of our political institutions generally.

—Noam Chomsky

http://propagandhi.com/wp-content/empires/Ward_Churchill.pdf

Friday, June 5th

7:00 pm

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 26th, 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

oscar through the yearsIn 2014, at our last letter writing dinner for the Puerto Rican political prisoners, we wrote letters to Norberto González Claudio and Oscar López Rivera. Since then, Norberto was released from prison and returned to Puerto Rico leaving Oscar as the last remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner.

On May 30th to mark the anniversary of Oscar’s 34th year in prison, and to demand his immediate release, a broad and vocal contingent of community organizations, churches, labor groups and more are organizing a huge rally and march. So, in a lead up to this event, NYC ABC is focusing on Oscar for our upcoming political prisoner letter-writing dinner.

Oscar López Rivera, regarded as a member of the FALN and a champion in the fight for Puerto Rican independence, was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives. In 1988 he was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to escape from prison. In 1999, clemency was offered to Oscar and 13 others but he refused, citing that it was not offered to his two co-defendants (Carlos and Haydee Beltran Torres). Oscar has been denied parole but continues to speak out and write on salient topics.

We will be joined by Benjamin Ramos, of ProLibertad who will provide information about Oscar, recent events in Puerto Rico, and the struggle for a free and independent Puerto Rico.

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters to Oscar:
Oscar López Rivera #87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

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.

z 2

Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z (Yves Montand), a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises troubling questions. Though it’s too late to save Z’s life, a postmortem examination suggests that the ruling party was behind his death. As the facts leak out, those who tell the truth pay the price for their honesty.

Thursday, May 28th
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

1604700_602132886538054_822781848_n This evening is the final training session in the series. 
We will be helping groups organize to begin their own street forays. We will help create neighborhood-specific Copwatch teams that will monitor police encounters.

Come through to find collaborators and do a final training session in the field!

With the help of local communities and Copwatch groups, Disarm the NYPD seeks to monitor and pressure police 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 intergral part of this campaign and an integral part of changing the social fabric of New York.

Saturday, May 23rd
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

all power

All Power to the People! examines problems of race, poverty, dissent, and the universal conflict of the haves versus the have nots. U.S. government documents, rare news clips, and interviews with both ex-activists and former FBI/CIA officers, provide deep insight into the bloody conflict between political dissent and governmental authority in the U.S. of the 60s and 70s.

Friday, May 22nd
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

rojava

Hot off the presses from Combustion Books, this is the first book about the stateless, revolutionary social experiment in Rojava, an autonomous region to the North of Syria.

Rojava Solidarity NYC has seen how eager people here are for information on the new social structures. This reading group is starting to help spread information about what exactly is happening in Rojava and to pose the question of whether this type of social organization could become the new model for stateless revolutions.

Here is a description of the book:
“Between language barriers, cultural barriers, and an international trade embargo, it can be hard to understand what is happening in Rojava and how to support the people there in their revolution. But in this short book, scholars and militia fighters alike explore and explain the situation in plain language. They discuss the Rojava principles that bind the region together and what it means to be in solidarity with those fighting in Rojava.”

The Base library will have a few copies of the book on hand, but if it’s financially possible, you can purchase the book here:

http://www.combustionbooks.org/products-page/non-fiction/a-small-key-can-open-a-large-door-the-rojava-revolution/

All profits from the sale of the book will be used to send donated books on anarchism and anti-authoritarian politics to The Mesopotamian Academy: Pirtûkek bo Akademiya Mezopotamyayê – Donate a book to Mesopotamia Academy and The People’s Library in Kobane.

Thursday, May 21st
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

carlos1

Young Venezuelan Marxist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (Edgar Ramirez) is recruited by the leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization (Ahmad Kaabour) to perform several jobs in Europe in the early 1970s, culminating in the audacious kidnapping of several OPEC oil ministers. From that small-scale beginning, he becomes an infamous international terrorist for hire, known in the media as Carlos the Jackal, who performs violent acts across the globe for a wide variety of nations and organizations.

Saturday, May 16th
7:00 pm

anarchists against ISIS 2

In coordination with the Tev-Dem, the people of Rojava insist on horizontality, self-sufficiency, and autonomy. Even in this transitional phase, it seems that this has become the most widespread example of anarchism in practice. 

For this talk, we’ll describe in vivid detail how councils and collectives function in both the autonomous Cantons of Rojava and the area known as Northern Kurdistan. We’ll chart the development of cooperatives and we’ll look at the complex social relationships that have resulted in pluralism. 

For the discussion, we would like to consider Rojava as a model for liberatory socioeconomic practices, and discuss if and how these bodies could be recreated in New York.

Friday, May 15th
7:30 pm

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 12th, 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
bill dunne + casey brezikWe’ve been told that last week a historic fight took place, but those who keep talking about it seem confused. The real fights have been taking place in Baltimore, in Seattle, in Ferguson. And these fights still rage. We in NYC ABC are fighters, too. We fight for those comrades who are imprisoned and this week we are focusing our every-other-week political prisonerletter-writing dinner on two such folks. This week we are writing to anarchist prisoners Casey Brezik and Bill Dunne.

In 2010, anarchist Casey Brezik tried to assassinate the governor of Missouri. In June of 2013, he was convicted and sentenced to a dozen years on each of three counts – assault and two armed criminal action charges – and seven years on a second count of assault. All sentences will run concurrently.

Bill Dunne is an anti-authoritarian sentenced to 90 years for the attempted liberation of comrades from Seattle’s King County Jail in 1979 and for attempting to break himself out of Leavenworth Penitentiary in 1983. Dunne was charged with possession of an automatic weapon, auto theft, and with aiding & abetting the escape. Charges further alleged the operation was financed by bank expropriations and facilitated by illegal acquisition of weapons and explosives. Bill went before the parole board in the winter of 2014, was rejected and given a 15 year “hit” (meaning he cannot go back to the board for that time period).

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters (andsend books) to Casey and Bill:
Casey Brezik #1154765
Jefferson City Correctional Center
8200 No More Victims Road
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

Bill Dunne #10916-086
FCI Herlong
Post Office Box 800
Herlong, California 96113

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.

syria

For this anarchism reading series, we’ll continue reading about insurgency and counterinsurgency.

We’ll read chapter two in The Syria/ISIL report from the Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare: “The Seemingly Quixotic, but Remarkably Effective, Journey of a Small Band of Extreme Islamists And Why It Seems As If They Are Winning, When They May Not Be.”

http://isiw.noblogs.org/files/2014/11/ReleaseEdition.pdf

Friday, April 8th
7:00 pm

rojava

Hot off the presses from Combustion Books, this is the first book about the stateless, revolutionary social experiment in Rojava, an autonomous region to the North of Syria.

Rojava Solidarity NYC has seen how eager people here are for information on the new social structures. This reading group is starting to help spread information about what exactly is happening in Rojava and to pose the question of whether this type of social organization could become the new model for stateless revolutions.

Here is a description of the book:
“Between language barriers, cultural barriers, and an international trade embargo, it can be hard to understand what is happening in Rojava and how to support the people there in their revolution. But in this short book, scholars and militia fighters alike explore and explain the situation in plain language. They discuss the Rojava principles that bind the region together and what it means to be in solidarity with those fighting in Rojava.”

Meet ups will be every other Tuesday to discuss a chapter or two from the book. We’ll be reading the book straight through, but don’t worry if you miss a meeting, we’ll catch you up!

The Base library will have a few copies of the book on hand, but if it’s financially possible, you can purchase the book here:

http://www.combustionbooks.org/products-page/non-fiction/a-small-key-can-open-a-large-door-the-rojava-revolution/

All profits from the sale of the book will be used to send donated books on anarchism and anti-authoritarian politics to The Mesopotamian Academy: Pirtûkek bo Akademiya Mezopotamyayê – Donate a book to Mesopotamia Academy and The People’s Library in Kobane.

Thursday, May 7th
7:00 pm

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

ac

 

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

tce

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

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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

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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

rebel

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.

kobane

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

drugwar

Drug wars are good business.

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

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

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

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

ferguson

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

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

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

 

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

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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

prisoner

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

Saturday, December 6th
3:00 pm

anarchism

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

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

Friday, December 5th
7:00 pm

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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