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This Saturday, 12/6: Carrboro Really Really Free Market

soldFrom Really Free Carrboro

Saturday, December 6th

@ 2pm

@ The Carrboro Town Commons

Because there is enough for everyone

Because sharing is more fulfilling than owning

Because capitalists would rather see landfills overflow than anyone get anything for free

Because scarcity is a myth constructed to keep us at the mercy of the economy

Because a sunny day outside is better than anything money can buy

Because free trade is a contradiction of terms

Because no one should have to do without food, shelter, and togetherness

Because life should be a picnic, but it only will be if we ABOLISH CAPITALISM (more…)

A Day To Remember: 10 Year Really Really Free Market Anniversary

igotitatFrom 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. (more…)

This Saturday, 9/6: Carrboro Really Really Free Market

changeFrom Really Free Carrboro

Saturday, September 6th

@ 2pm

@ The Carrboro Town Commons

Because there is enough for everyone

Because sharing is more fulfilling than owning

Because capitalists would rather see landfills overflow than anyone get anything for free

Because scarcity is a myth constructed to keep us at the mercy of the economy

Because a sunny day outside is better than anything money can buy

Because free trade is a contradiction of terms

Because no one should have to do without food, shelter, and togetherness

Because life should be a picnic, but it only will be if we ABOLISH CAPITALISM (more…)

This Saturday: Carrboro Really Really Free Market

RRFM-FlyerSaturday, August 2nd

@ 2pm

@ The Carrboro Town Commons

Because there is enough for everyone

Because sharing is more fulfilling than owning

Because capitalists would rather see landfills overflow than anyone get anything for free

Because scarcity is a myth constructed to keep us at the mercy of the economy

Because a sunny day outside is better than anything money can buy

Because free trade is a contradiction of terms

Because no one should have to do without food, shelter, and togetherness

Because life should be a picnic, but it only will be if we ABOLISH CAPITALISM (more…)

Time does not always heal: state violence and psychic damage

Above all, I want to stress that the way in which the state uses time is a method of punishing, even before it seeks to actually penalize you, what I have elsewhere called ‘the weaponisation of time’.

This stretching out of time is a central feature of what punishment is, from the slowness of bringing someone to trial, to the trial process itself, to prison, the purest manifestation of time used as a weapon, against the very nature of what it means to be human.

My partner Alfie Meadows was nearly killed when a police officer hit his head with a truncheon at a demo. After Alfie was charged with 'violent disorder', I was so viscerally angry I stopped being able to feel temperature.

My partner Alfie Meadows was nearly killed when a police officer hit his head with a truncheon at a demo. After Alfie was charged with ‘violent disorder’, I was so viscerally angry I stopped being able to feel temperature.

By Nina Power/ From Open Democracy

The individual is only a symptom of the broader social whole. For decades now, (anti-)psychiatrists, activists and political thinkers have said that mental health cannot be dissociated from the pathologies of the culture in which individuals are deemed to be unwell.

Any supposed polarisation between ‘the mental’ and ‘the social’ is torn apart in situations where political activity puts you in direct confrontation with the state.

When the state’s actions are directly responsible for injury, stress and mental illness, it is imperative that we do not dissociate one from the other. We cannot continue to blame individuals for profound structural wrongs.

I want to talk about the personal impact of a serious, prolonged encounter with the criminal justice system, and the collective impact this continues to have on friends and family. Above all, I want to stress that the way in which the state uses time is a method of punishing, even before it seeks to actually penalize you, what I have elsewhere called ‘the weaponisation of time’.

This stretching out of time is a central feature of what punishment is, from the slowness of bringing someone to trial, to the trial process itself, to prison, the purest manifestation of time used as a weapon, against the very nature of what it means to be human. (more…)

Durham: Community Meeting – Tuesday, 3/4, 7pm

community meetingFrom Amplify Voices

COMMUNITY MEETING for family, friends, and supporters of people locked up in Durham jail

Have you had problems visiting your loved ones?

• Visitation times too short?

• Arbitrary times?

• Denied a visit?

• Wouldn’t accept your ID?

• No privacy?

Have you heard about problems inside the jail?

• Poor health care?

• Cold cells?

• Ban on pencils in cells?

• Abusive guards?

You’re not alone! We’ve been hearing stories about these problems over and over, from both visitors and inmates.

On our own, we feel powerless against the jail. Together, we can combine our power and make them change.

Join us to share your experiences, talk with others, and come up with plans for how we can end these problems.

Date: Tuesday, March 4th

7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Durham Main Library

300 N. Roxboro St.

In the Auditorium

Bail fund for people arrested by Durham’s Riot Police during the Dec. 19th March and Vigil

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Donate Here

Many of the people arrested on Dec 19th in Durham after the peaceful vigil and march for Chuy Huerta were teenagers whose parents don’t have many resources. We need to help out as a community to cover the costs of the bail. The total cost for bail for all people involved was 850 dollars. There are other people collecting funds too and if we reach the goal here and there is extra money we will use that money for more legal help and the creation of an emergency bail fund for future marches.

Please help out with as much as you can, even 2 dollars help!

In solidarity,

Organizers of the march and vigil and friends of the people arrested.