For many months now, we’ve been hard at work on a new anarchist outreach project that picks up where Fighting for Our Lives left off—drawing on everything we’ve learned since then and updating the contents and format. Now that work is completed—we just need your help to get it into the world.
To Change Everything is a full-color 48-page booklet. In fresh, accessible language, it explores the virtues of self-determination, illuminates why authoritarian power structures cannot resolve the crises they produce, and discusses how to weave our personal revolts together into a collective struggle for liberation.
We want to print 100,000 copies and circulate it for free, so as to reach the generations radicalized by the global movements and catastrophes of the past few years. We’ve worked with Submedia.tv to produce an accompanying video; we’re coordinating with comrades around the world so the text will appear simultaneously on at least three continents in at least a dozen languages. The video and text will be available in all those languages on a fully responsive website. With your help, we can accomplish all this by the end of 2014. Read more…
From Really Free Carrboro
On Saturday October 4, 2014, around 800 people celebrated a decade of Really Really Free Markets in Carrboro, North Carolina. From the first piñata breaking at the beginning to the last notes of kora music drifting through the night as the Carrboro Town Commons was cleaned, participants worked and played together to create a day long Carnival Against Capitalism.
We asked participants what their highlights of the festival were. The free market’s first Spanish language puppet show was often mentioned as a favorite; along with a short play about political prisoners. There was also a puppet show with puppets that were found at a previous free market and reused in yet another performance. One really really tolerant young person brought joy to many by dressing as a cop and allowing people to pie him for hours. The food has been named with reverence and awe, and no wonder with a cooperative kitchen cooking 300 homemade veggie burgers and a second kitchen bringing a dinner of curries and chilis to share. One of our DJs noticed a toddler bobbing among costumed dancers from the evening fashion show, another person tabling enjoyed chatting with a much older long term participant who said it was “the nicest time she had ever had.” Someone helping with the music stage liked seeing the different audiences drawn by the assortment of bands and solo musicians. The winner of the scavenger hunt loved her individually crafted trophy. Silk screening of the I Got It at the Really Really Free Market design lasted well after the last banner was taken down and was one of the most popular crafts. Read more…
Political Prisoner Tom Manning is scheduled to see the US Parole Board in November. In a recent letter he asks that people write letters supporting his release on parole. He writes “so if folks can just write their own letters expressing each ones ideas rather than all of them sounding like they read a form letter – so that they put their own voice down on paper.”
Please write a letter to support Tom!
Your letter should reference:
Thomas Manning #10373-016
and be sent to:
U.S. Parole Commission
90 K Street, NE, Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
Please make a copy and send it to:
Tom Manning 10373-016
PO Box 1600
Butner, NC 27509
Here is more about Tom Manning: Read more…
From Really Free Carrboro
This Saturday, at 2 pm, hundreds of people will converge at Carrboro’s Town Commons to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market. This event has been promoted for months and will surely draw some of Orange County’s most progressive and community-minded residents.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue has chosen this Saturday, at 2 pm, to hold a “Question and Answer Session” on the other side of town about why he believes it is necessary for the Chapel Hill Police Department to own and utilize military-style heavy weaponry.
This is no abstract question for Chief Blue. In November 2011, he ordered a military-style raid in the middle of downtown Franklin Street, sending men with loaded assault rifles to threaten and arrest peaceful demonstrators and passersby in response to the occupation of the long-disused Yates Building. This police raid generated tremendous controversy, provoking widespread outcry and several protest marches: for once, the systemic violence of the police, which is usually only obvious to the disenfranchised, was front and center in public discourse.
Even in this situation, Chief Blue never acknowledged any error. We can only conclude that military-style raids in which armored officers point assault rifles at passersby are part of his vision of appropriate policing in Chapel Hill. Ferguson is not so far away after all: if this is how he responds to protests on Franklin Street, how much more brutally will these weapons be used against poor people and people of color, those on the receiving end of most of the violence of the police?
From The New Yorker
In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party in the Belmont section of the Bronx. They walked along Arthur Avenue, the main street of Little Italy, past bakeries and cafés with their metal shutters pulled down for the night. As they passed East 186th Street, Browder saw a police car driving toward them. More squad cars arrived, and soon Browder and his friend found themselves squinting in the glare of a police spotlight. An officer said that a man had just reported that they had robbed him. “I didn’t rob anybody,” Browder replied. “You can check my pockets.”
The officers searched him and his friend but found nothing. As Browder recalls, one of the officers walked back to his car, where the alleged victim was, and returned with a new story: the man said that they had robbed him not that night but two weeks earlier. The police handcuffed the teens and pressed them into the back of a squad car. “What am I being charged for?” Browder asked. “I didn’t do anything!” He remembers an officer telling them, “We’re just going to take you to the precinct. Most likely you can go home.” Browder whispered to his friend, “Are you sure you didn’t do anything?” His friend insisted that he hadn’t.
At the Forty-eighth Precinct, the pair were fingerprinted and locked in a holding cell. A few hours later, when an officer opened the door, Browder jumped up: “I can leave now?” Instead, the teens were taken to Central Booking at the Bronx County Criminal Court. Read more…
From Really Free Carrboro
Carrboro Really Really Free Market Ten-Year Anniversary: Schedule and Programming!
This coming Saturday, October 4, we will celebrate ten years of Really Really Free Markets in Carrboro, NC! Here follows the schedule of events and programming.
There will be several stations operating throughout the event, starting at 2 in the afternoon and running into the evening hours:
-Carrboro’s Recyclery will operate a station repairing and giving away bicycles
-Really Really Free Health Services will offer blood pressure and hearing tests
-A Fairgrounds in which you can throw pies at authority figures
-A Sports and Games Area featuring Soccer, Relay Races, Water Balloons
-A Children’s Area with Giant Bubbles, Storytelling, and Toys
-A Sewing Station
-A Silkscreening Station
-The Inside/Outside Alliance will run a booth focusing on prisoner support
-Not to mention the usual book and literature distribution tables! Read more…
From Corporate Media
A man convicted in the shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper in a crime that still provokes strong emotion among law enforcement more than 40 years later was ordered released on parole by a state appeals court Monday.
Sundiata Acoli was known as Clark Edward Squire when he was convicted of the 1973 slaying of state trooper Werner Foerster during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Now in his mid-70s, he was denied parole most recently in 2011, but the appellate judges reversed that ruling Monday.
In a 28-page opinion, the panel wrote that the parole board ignored evidence favorable to Acoli and gave undue consideration to past events such as a probation violation that occurred decades earlier.
One of the three people in the car when it was stopped was Joanne Chesimard, who also was convicted of Foerster’s slaying, but eventually escaped to Cuba and is now known as Assata Shakur. Last year, state and federal authorities announced a $2 million reward for information leading to her capture, and the FBI made her the first woman on its list of most wanted terrorists. She and Acoli were members of black militant organizations at the time. Read more…