NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Minnehaha Free Space radical community calendar, September 6-16

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MFS Volunteer Opportunities: Library & Street Teams

Bookwormhole Library Team – Wednesdays, 6-8pm

Have you seen the new Free Space library?
At our new space, the library has it’s own room (“The Bookwormhole”… it’s a space pun), hundreds of new books and zines, and some great new plans. Many new books were donated from the Macalester Infoshop and from the late peace and justice activist Marv Davidov. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we now receive every new title from AK Press and PM Press.

You can view our entire catalog of books online using the computer in the Bookwormhole, or from home via minnehahafreespace.org. We’re working on cataloging our zines, and hope that soon you’ll be able to watch DVDs from our collection in the space as well.

Enter the Bookwormhole – Join Our Library Team

Helping out with the library is an easy, fun way to get involved at the Free Space. Library volunteers help catalog and organize books and zines, keep the library looking great, and have the opportunity to help plan events like readings and open mics. You don’t need any bookworm or computer experience to help out.

We meet every Wednesday from 6-8pm. New volunteers always welcome — Come by the space anytime after 6.

Street Team

Want to get involved in organizing with the Minnehaha Free Space but can only spare a couple hours per month? Excited about communications, art, and community organizing? –> The new MFS Street Team is the place for you!

The Street Team will do various kinds of outreach and publicity actions around the city—from designing and putting up posters and stencils to door-knocking, social mapping, and community relationship-building.

Join the Street Team at our next meeting on:

Wednesday, September 5th, 5:00pm-6:30pm, at the Minnehaha Free Space.

All are welcome to join! If you have questions, please email eli.meyerhoff@gmail.com


Figure Drawing Co-op – 9/6 – 7-9pm

Do you like to draw? Join others to draw together. There will be a model who will pose nude for the group to draw.

The figure drawing co-op will meet every other Thursday, 7-9pm, at the Free Space. The next meeting is 9/6.

Art Night on Sundays – 9/9 – 6-9pm

Art Nights are back!!!

Art Night is a time and space for anyone and everyone to come work on artistic projects. The projects can be traditional visual arts like painting and drawing, or any other creative project like music, writing, dance, sculpture, printmaking, knitting, etc.

The concept for this group is to gather creative people together to make work while feeding off of the energy of the group. There would be opportunity for collaboration and a limited amount of supplies will be provided (by donation).

During the art group there will be pot luck style food sharing. Bring something to share if you can.

Radfam Meeting – 9/11 – 5-7pm

Tuesday, Sept. 11

5-7pm at the Free Space

Radfam is a discussion group where you don’t have to justify your definition of family. The nuclear, biological family is not the norm here. Instead, we are interested in promoting individual autonomy in defining what family means. We discuss issues that are at the intersection of families and social justice. We are committed to supporting reproductive justice, queer politics and radical family planning, recognizing that these are concepts to be talked about and negotiated. We are interested in including, not excluding you so if there is something in this definition that raises a question for you, feel free to email radfamilies@gmail.com.

For more info, visit http://radfam.tumblr.com.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/374804225919591

Occupy Tactics Debate – Livestream Viewing Party – 9/12

Violence and Legitimacy in the Occupy Movement and Beyond

Watch the New York City debate between Chris Hedges and the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective on Tactics & Strategy, Reform & Revolution

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Potluck food & snacks starting at 5:30pm
Livestream begins at 6pm

Projected via livestream from NYC
at the Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis MN

Yes – there will be popcorn!

About the debate:

Since Occupy Wall Street took Zuccotti Park in September 2011, there has been a resurgence of social movement activity in the United States. As momentum has increased, age-old questions over tactics, strategy, and goals have returned to the fore.

What is violence? Who gets to define it? Do illegal actions have a place in our movements? This discussion never takes place in a vacuum or on a level playing field; rather, it occurs within the context of a struggle that is already in progress, where every statement has immediate ramifications for the participants. Differing tactical approaches often reflect fundamental differences in strategy and goals.

At the core of these issues is the question: What are we fighting for and how do we get there?

This moderated debate will feature:

Chris Hedges, Journalist
Chris Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies. He will speak to the perspectives behind his controversial article “The Cancer in Occupy” regarding black bloc tactics and anarchist participation in the Occupy movement.

B. Traven, CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective
B. Traven will support the case for a diversity of tactics in the Occupy movement and in broader anti-capitalist struggles worldwide, illustrating an anarchist critique of the status quo and a vision of social transformation. CrimethInc. has produced many books and articles, including “The Illegitimacy of Violence, the Violence of Legitimacy,” composed in part as a response to Hedges’ “The Cancer in Occupy.”
 
Moderated by Sujatha Fernandes, CUNY Graduate Center
Sujatha Fernandes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of several books on urban politics and culture; the latest is “Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation” (Verso). She has written about the Occupy movement and recent global uprisings for The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Opening remarks by Sarah Leonard, Dissent Magazine
Sarah Leonard is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, with particular interest in Left politics and the cultural effects of technology. She is an editor of The New Inquiry and N+1, Associate Editor at Dissent magazine, and a co-editor of Occupied!: Scenes from Occupied America.

Co-sponsored by: CUNY Graduate Center, CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective, Aid & Abet, The Sparrow Project, Occupied Media, The Indypendent, PM Press, Bluestockings Bookstore

For more information: 
www.crimethinc.com/occupytacticsWe Are Many: Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation – 9/13 (on U of M campus)A critical reflection and discussion on the Occupy movement and beyond.

Margaret Killjoy, will talk about his experiences with the Occupy movement, drawing analysis from a new AK Press book that he co-edited: _We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation_. Also, Kevin Van Meter from the Team Colors collective will speak about their contribution to the collection.

“We Are Many is a reflection on Occupy from within the heart of the movement itself. Examining key questions—

what worked? what didn’t? why? how? is it reproducible?—the authors and activists in this collection point toward a movement-based framework for future organizing. We Are Many is a celebration of what worked, and a thoughtful analysis of what didn’t.”
(see http://www.akpress.org/wearemany.html).

Margaret and Kevin’s presentations will be followed with a participatory discussion. Bring your own reflections and invite your friends!

Note that this event is at the U of M,
on the West Bank campus,
Blegen Hall – room 150

Map: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/BlegH/

Thursday, 9/13
6:30pm-8:00pm

FREE!

Invite your friends! (If on facebook, RSVP and invite them here: http://www.facebook.com/events/277295325710006/ )


Festival of Anarchy and Anarchist Bookfair – Schedule of Events 9/10-9/16

[Please note, this is the tentative schedule – for updates, see http://tcanarchist.org]

The Festival of Anarchy Schedule of Events

inspired by Victoria Anarchist Bookfair’s Festival of Anarchy, in the weekdays leading up to the bookfair (September 10-14) we will have our own Festival of Anarchy:
full of diverse, autonomously organized, anarchist-themed events.

Radicalizing Children’s Libraries
Mon. Sept. 10 // 2pm // Meet at Minneahaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave)
We’ll print some radical children stories / images and go through local libraries to intersperse them in the children’s section. From slipping in a few copies of The Secret World of Terijian or putting radical cut-outs inside popular titles.

Prison Support Letter Writing
Mon. Sept. 10 // 5pm // Minneahaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave)
Using the PP/POW birthday calender for September we’ll write birthday letters to imprisoned comrades. Materials provided – bring extras if you have to share.

radfam Discussion Group
Tues. September 11 // 5pm // Minneahaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave)
Radfam is a discussion group in minneapolis where you don’t have to justify your definition of family. The nuclear, biological family is not the norm here. Instead, we are insterested in promoting individual autonomy in defining what family means. We discuss issues that are at the intersection of families and social justice. We are committed to supporting reproductive justice, queer politics and radical family planning, recognizing that these are concepts to be talked about and negotiated in community.

Anarchist Writers Bloc
Wed. September 11 // 4pm // University of Minnesota (Pillsbury Hall, at the big arc entrance on the stairs)
An informal discussion of anarchist fiction, story-telling, poetry, literature of our own making or the making of others. Bring writings to share aloud, we can exchange writings to enjoy or critique, talk about what story-telling and creativity means to each of us as individuals and anarchists or explore the possibility of a collaborative project.

Occupy Tactics Debate – Livestream Viewing Party
Wed. September 12 // 5:30pm // Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave)
Watch the NYC debate between Chris Hedges and the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective on Tactics & Strategy, Reform & Revolution. Potluck food & snacks starting at 5:30pm, livestream begins at 6pm.

About the debate: Since Occupy Wall Street took Zuccotti Park in September 2011, there has been a resurgence of social movement activity in the United States. As momentum has increased, age-old questions over tactics, strategy, and goals have returned to the fore.

What is violence? Who gets to define it? Do illegal actions have aplace in our movements? This discussion never takes place in a vacuumor on a level playing field; rather, it occurs within the context of a struggle that is already in progress, where every statement has immediate ramifications for the participants. Differing tactical approaches often reflect fundamental differences in strategy and goals. At the core of these issues is the question: What are we fighting for and how do we get there? (more info at: crimethinc.com/occupytactics)

Solidarity Against State Repression
Thurs. September 13 // 12-1pm // Minneapolis City Hall (350 S 5th St)
Come out to show resistance to state repression and let our friends know we support them in these difficult times. This is an event in solidarity with subpoenaed comrades and their refusal to cooperate in the Pacific Northwest as well as with local Occupy Homes comrades who are also currently engaged in grand jury resistance. (more info at saynothing.noblogs.org // www.stopfbi.net)

We Are Many – Reflection on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation – Margaret Killjoy & Kevin from Team Colors
Thurs. September 13 // 6:30pm // University of Minnesota (Blegen Hall, room 150)
It’s been almost exactly a year since Occupy Wall Street took over Liberty Plaza in downtown New York City, and radical politics in the United States has not been the same since.

We Are Many is a new book from AK Press that asked over 40 Occupy activists what it is we’ve learned as organizers, anarchists, or simply as people concerned with social change and/or rupture. The strategies presented as diverse as the contributors, as diverse as occupy itself.

Editor Margaret Killjoy and contributor Kevin from Team Colors will be presenting the book and the ideas held within.

Midwest Trans Prisoner Pen Pal Project Hosts A Letter Writing Night
Thurs. September 13 // 7-9pm // Boneshaker Books (2002 23rd Ave S)
MTPPP seeks to connect Midwest-based incarcerated trans/gender non-conforming people with other trans/gender non-conforming and allied community member pen pals. Come write letters to prisoners and share some snacks!

Ride On The Prisons: A Visit To CeCe
Thurs. September 14 // 11am // Meet at Modern Times (3200 Chicago Ave S)
Ride on St. Cloud prison in solidarity with CeCe McDonald and all prisoners. Organized by CHAINBREAKER! abolitionist motorcycle tour with help from the CeCe Support Committee. Family and friends of prisoners especially encouraged to attend regardless of ride status. 11am gather at Modern Times in South Minneapolis. Leave at noon. For further information or to offer /obtain ride space contact chainbreaker@riseup.net. More on CeCe at supportcece.wordpress.com.

Really Really Free Market
Fri. September 14 // 2pm-6pm // Powderhorn Park Stage
Bring what you can, take what you need. No buying, no selling, no barter, no trade – all free!

It’s like a swap meet, a potluck, and a block party all rolled into one! Bring stuff you want to share, take whatever you need. Everyone has old stuff lying around, taking up space, and never getting used. Why not share it with someone? Bring food, clothes, books, zines, toys, games, furniture, art, a skill to share, a song to sing, a joke to tell, anything! Note: Everyone is individually responsible for the items they bring.


The Anarchist Bookfair Schedule of Events
The Anarchist Bookfair is an inclusive, anti-authoritarian event.
Guerilla workshops / skillshares encouraged.

What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower: Rapid Consensus Decision-Making w/ Fantasy
Margaret Killjoy // Sept. 15 // 11am
Join author Margaret Killjoy for an interactive reading of What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower, his radical steampunk choose-your-own-adventure novel. Become the drunken fop of a protagonist as he gets embroiled in anti-colonial struggle between goblins and gnomes in the undercity of 19th century France! Practice your rapid consensus decision-making skills!

Anarchy As A Relationship
Ian Mayes // Sept. 15 // 11am
This workshop is based on the famous quote by Gustav Landuer that goes: “The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behaviour; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently toward one another.” Based on this understanding, we will discuss different ways that people can approach interpersonal relationships, living arrangement relationships and economic relationships that more closely embody the Stateless/anarchy mode of behavior that Landuaer talks about.

Women, Destruction and Animal Liberation
Kim Socha // Sept. 15 // 12pm
Focusing on themes from Kim Socha’s recent book, we will discuss application of anarchist thought as an (a)political frame through which the animal liberation movement can cohere. We will also consider the particular role of women within a new ideological perspective that will call for the destruction of current cultural institutions, considering whether destruction is always violence and how women can become part of a destructivist view of anarchy and liberation without feeling restricted by heteronormative male gender attributtes (i.e. violent and destructive).

Anarchist Writers Bloc – Discussion Group
Loso Autumn // Sept. 15 // 12pm
A workshop for all interested anarchist writers of fiction (literature, theatre, film, poetry, etc.) to come together, meet each other and discuss fiction writing projects.

The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics
Anthony Nocella // Sept. 15 // 1pm
A book release on The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics and conversation on anarchist economics and the Occupy Movement.

Lunch // Sept. 15 // 1pm
Lunch will be provided on Saturday & Sunday by Sister’s Camelot. Folks who would like to help prepare, serve, and clean up these meals are welcome and greatly appreciated. Please consider taking a shift or two during the weekend.

Anarco-Disability and The Rise of Eco-Ability
Anthony Nocella // Sept. 15 // 2:30pm
In this interactive engaging critical workshop participants will be involved in collaborative discussions and activities that will challenge the concept of being an individual, normal, dominant, and right. This workshop will also introduce the new concept of eco-ability, which interweaves animal, dis-ability, and ecological liberation together. This workshop will argue that nothing in nature is normal, but rather are different and that the philosophy of the ecological world and dis-ability studies/liberation are similar, which are both opposed individuals, independence, competition, equality, categorizes, labels, and sameness.

Intro To Coops
Sept. 15 // 2:30pm

Coop Praxis
Sept. 15 // 3:00pm

To Research For Revolution
Will Munger, Kevin Van Meter, Raechel Tiffe // Sept. 15 // 2:30pm
This panel will explore the importance of the written word and engaged research to movement building. When revolutionary movements incorporate research practices, knowledge development, and self-education they strengthen their participant members as well as intensify the effects their organizing and strategies can have. Topics such as the anarchist pedagogy, co-research strategies, counter counter-insurgency research, using the library for research, utilizing the university for radical ends, and the importance of research for radical organizing campaigns will be discussed. Five ten-minute presentations will be followed by a two tier discussion period: the first will explore specific questions for current campaigns, this will be followed by open discussion. Come prepared to participate with questions from your own organizing.

Hip-Hop and Detention Abolition: Dismantling The School to Prison Pipeline
Save The Kids // Sept. 15 // 3:30pm
This workshop critically examines the representation of formal traditional schooling and teaching in hip hop as social justice education. The current (flawed) system disserves poor youth of color, making hip hop music one of the only forms of expression for the voices of this marginalized population. Hip hop, a Black urban youth culture in the U.S., started in the 1970s to lyrically articulate the experience of oppression and liberation. Through the lyrics of Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Nas, Public Enemy, Dead Prez, KRS-One, and other political rappers, hip hop activists, and hip hop social justice educators an argument in support of massive education and criminal justice system transformation to end racism, classism, and the school-prison industrial complex

We Are Many – Reflection on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation
Margaret Killjoy & Kevin Van Meter // Sept. 15 // 4:30pm
It’s been almost exactly a year since Occupy Wall Street took over Liberty Plaza in downtown New York City, and radical politics in the United States has not been the same since.

We Are Many is a new book from AK Press that asked over 40 Occupy activists what it is we’ve learned as organizers, anarchists, or simply as people concerned with social change and/or rupture. The strategies presented as diverse as the contributors, as diverse as occupy itself.

Editor Margaret Killjoy and contributor Kevin from Team Colors will be presenting the book and the ideas held within.

Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education // Sept. 16 // 11:30am
A talk with Robert Haworth – This discussion will be based on the edited book entitled, Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education, (published on PM Press). The author will focus on anarchist pedagogies as a dynamic concept of developing and negotiating mutual, voluntary, non-hierarchical and radical learning spaces. Additionally, we will look at specific historical landscapes, contemporary movements and highlight proposals for new ways in which we can develop more challenging theoretical tools to actively engage in and critically reflect on anarchism and education; thus, creating potential to form radical educative innovations and creative struggle.

Love & Struggle: David Gilbert Book Event
Sept. 16 // 12:00pm
A discussion of David’s book and work in anti-imperialist struggle.

Lunch // Sept. 16 // 1pm
Lunch will be provided on Saturday & Sunday by Sister’s Camelot. Folks who would like to help prepare, serve, and clean up these meals are welcome and greatly appreciated. Please consider taking a shift or two during the weekend.

Radical Mental Health Supporting
The Icarus Project // Sept. 16 // 2:30pm
The Minneapolis Icarus Project will start an open discussion about radical approaches to mental health. Based on these understandings, we will also talk about what people can do to practically support each other.

Anti-Repression Assembly // Sept. 16 // 3:30pm

Dinner // Sept. 16 // 6:30pm
Dinner will be provided Sunday night by the MARS Collective at The Minneahaha Free Space.


The Minnehaha Free Space–3747 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis MN
presented by the Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective

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