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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…)

Countdown to the Really Really Free Festival!

rrfm10-1From Really Free Carrboro

The first fliers are finished announcing the ten-year anniversary of Carrboro’s Really Really Free Market this coming October 4!

Please print and circulate these widely. We are expecting participants from all over the region, making this a day to remember.

In addition to a variety of booths, installations, and the usual cornucopia of free materials, the festival will feature several different tracks of programming: bands, DJs, puppeteers, workshops and discussions, games, and more. If you would like to speak, perform, or organize some other activity, please email carrbororrfm (at) riseup (dot) net.

We have confirmed that the Recyclery will be there fixing bicycles—and giving them away! A licensed massage therapist has signed on, too, alongside other participants. Really really free bicycles, really really free medical care—the sky is the limit. What can you bring?

We will be publishing a preliminary schedule of events and performers shortly. (Alternatively, you could plan to surprise everyone!) There will also be at least two competitions—birthday cakes, and piñatas.

See you this October!

Celebrate the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market!


freemarketbetterCelebrate the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market!

Save the date: 2 pm, Saturday, October 4, 2014

Carrboro Town Commons in Carrboro, North Carolina

A wild party! The Carrboro Really Really Free Market is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a massive festival! You’re invited for a whole weekend of really really free activities. We’re hoping comrades from around the world will join us in making this something to remember!

A clash of utopias! Come demonstrate the life you would prefer to capitalism. Set up a booth, offer a workshop, put on a performance, screen a film, carry out some dramatic action, obtain and distribute some resource no one could imagine being free. We want to see a wide range of utopian visions and ungovernable desires manifested. Rather than simply opposing what exists, reactively, we dare you to demonstrate that your alternative to competition and obedience is more nourishing, more exciting, and more fulfilling than anything the market can offer. (more…)

New “Prisons Are For Burning” T-Shirts!


Currently out of stock

The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army reprinted shirts from their hit show What Are Prisons For?  and donated them to us to help raise funds. The shirts come in red with black writing. They’re printed on Tultex brand shirts that are 100% sweatshop free. They are $20 , but sign up to become a Prison Books Sustainer and get one for free.

Every single dollar received goes to mailing packages of books to prisoners. We rely solely on donations for our operating expenses, which primarily include the cost of postage for mailing packages.

We are currently spending over $200 a week on postage alone, and are in desperate need of support.

To order the shirts donate twenty dollars or more OR sign up to be a sustainer, then email us at  prisonbooks (at) gmail dot com with your size and the address where you would like the shirt sent to.

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Prison Books Collective

Fri, Feb 28th: Internationalist Cabaret and Bob Sheldon Award Ceremony

Internationalist Cabaret JPEGFrom Internationalist Books

Friday, February 28th
$5-20 Sliding Scale
@ The Nightlight 
405 1/2 W. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill

Get ready for an evening filled with puppetry, dance, music, stand up, skits, a local pie auction, and more. We will also be presenting the 2014 Bob Sheldon award to this year’s recipient. All proceeds of this volunteer-run benefit will go directly to Internationalist Bookstore & Community Center so that it can continue its work as an activist and social center. Internationalist Books and Community Center has served Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities for over 30 years. To show your continued support, come out to the Internationalist Cabaret.

Festival of Resistance in DC, January 20


From Crimethinc.

The last of next week’s Catharsis reunion shows will take place at the conclusion of a full day of performances, discussions and tabling in Washington, DC, the day before the Presidential Inauguration. This festival of resistance will offer a venue in which to envision a world without capitalism or hierarchy and to strategize about how to get there. (more…)

The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army To Perform @ November’s Really Really Free Market

From Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army

Saturday, November 3rd 2pm-Carrboro’s World Famous REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET

Carrboro Town Commons @ 2pm- This month will feature the latest performance from The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army!

Food! Books! Clothing! Music! Haircuts! Puppets! Ballot Box Piñata! Winter Coats! For Free! (more…)

Wednesday July 18th MRPA Presents “Donny Quixote!” A benefit in the fight against fracking

Wednesday July 18th The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army Presents “Donny Quixote!”
Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

Nightlight 405 1/2 W Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill (go down alley way)

A benefit for Croatan Earth First! and the fight against fracking. This
summer’s tour features their newest puppet production, “Donny Quixote!” The show is a scathing critique of “green” capitalism and “green” technology told through a humorous adaptation of the story of Don Quixote. In addition to the featured show, we’ll be bringing a few fun performances, including a charming cantastoria.

5-10 dollars for admittance, please donate more if you can!

Croatan Earth First! will be continually fighting fracking in the Piedmont
and hosting the 2013 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous next summer, and thus we need lots of funds. The admission is just a suggestion. If you can give more, please do!

Please share these links:

 bookface: https://www.facebook.com/events/498082260207530/
website: http://croatanearthfirst.com/2012/07/13/donnyquixote/

Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army Summer Tour

Our lovable comrades of the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army, whose work we’ve shared here before, are embarking on a month-long tour presenting their newest production, “Donny Quixote!” The show offers a scathing critique of “green” capitalism and technologya a humorous adaptation of the story of Don Quixote. MRPA will offer two other feature performances as well, alongside a wide range of literature relating to the content of the shows.

This tour is intended to help build a culture of ecological resistance that embraces a diversity of tactics, including direct action. The narratives debunk the false solutions that capitalists propose in response to the ongoing ecological crisis.

June 20th: Richmond, VA at 6:00 pm The Flying Brick

June 21st: Washington, DC at 7:00 pm Radical Space DC

June 22nd: Philadelphia, PA 7:00 pm at Wooden Shoe (more…)

March Against Fracking Downtown Raleigh, Saturday, May 19th

From Don’t Frack NC

Join us in the capital to march through downtown Raleigh and raise awareness about the resistance to fracking in North Carolina.  We’ll be assembling near Nash Square around 11:30 a.m. and  around 12 noon marching to the Legislative Building at 16 West Jones Street.

We encourage folks to bring musical instruments: drums, violins, trumpets, colorful banners and signs, puppets… anything that will make this fun.  The march is family friendly and fully permitted.

If your group would like to officially sign onto the march as a co-sponsor contact us at dontfracknc@riseup.net or call 919-200-0061 for more details.  We encourage everyone to share this event on their facebook or on listserves they are on.  This date is within the legislative session that begins in May where legislators plan on disregarding public outcry by legalizing fracking and wastewater injection in our state.

It’s time to let them know we won’t let this happen here.  See you in the streets!

This event is also co-sponsored by Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League & Cumnock Preservation Association.