Twin Cities radicals and activists will lose one of their most beloved meeting grounds when the Jack Pine Community Center closes its doors this week. Citing a lack of “sufficient energy to make the Jack Pine financially feasible,” the group has decided against renewing the lease to its East Lake Street location.
Opened in April 2006, the Jack Pine sought to provide “a child-friendly and sober radical space” and resource center. Along with frequent meeting and events, the Jack Pine was home to a bi-weekly food share, prisoner letter-writing nights, Food Not Bombs, and a library with free Internet access. The space also hosted organizing and networking events for individuals planning to protest at the upcoming Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
The last full day of operation for the Jack Pine will be Friday, March 21, with a closing party to be held on Saturday.