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Memorial to Loukanikos “Riot Dog” to Appear at November RRFM

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From Really Free Carrboro

This coming Saturday’s Really Really Free Market will follow hot on the heels of Halloween. That’s why it will feature the Haunted Gazebo and Ballot Box Piñata—representative democracy is getting scarier by the day! But Saturday is also the Day of the Dead—so RRFM participants will also be setting up a small memorial to Loukanikos, the world-famous “riot dog” of Athens, Greece who recently passed away.

From 2008 to 2012, Greece experienced massive protests against capitalist austerity programs. Loukanikos, a street dog living in downtown Athens, was always at the forefront of these clashes, taking the side of demonstrators against the riot police. Undaunted by tear gas, loyal to friends and comrades even in the face of rubber bullets and concussion grenades, he set an example of cross-species solidarity—showing that the struggle against authoritarian governments and economic frameworks is of pressing concern not only to humans but to all life on earth. It’s not strange, after all, that man’s best friend would be capitalism’s worst enemy!

The memorial will present photographs of Loukanikos in action, including a slideshow of important events from his life. In the spirit of the Really Really Free Market, we will also freely distribute pins bearing his likeness. From Athens, Greece to Carrboro, NC, may our resistance be as transnational as capital!

Learn more about Loukanikos: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riot_dog

In other news, don’t miss the encore appearance this Saturday of Fed Up!—a new group determined to provide free gourmet meals at all the Triangle Area’s Really Really Free Markets!

Feel free to write us to announce your own plans for forthcoming Really Really Free Markets: carrbororrfm (at) riseup (dot) net (more…)

This Saturday, 11/1: A Very Spooky Really Free Market

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From Really Free Carrboro

Saturday, November 1st

@ 2pm

@ The Carrboro Town Commons

 This Saturday, come check out our very spooky Really Really Free Market. Autonomous free marketeers are planning a haunted gazebo, a ballot box piñata, and some Halloween themed games.

Everyone is welcome at this free event, where all are encouraged to give, receive, and create on their own terms. This free and open market will be a celebration of the cooperation and gift-giving that make life possible beyond the constraints of capitalist markets. The event is self-organized by everyone who participates. No authority rules over the RRFM. As at previous events, we trust that people sharing rather than competing will be able to find their own ways to cooperate with each other and function smoothly.

Everyone is invited to arrive at 2pm with goods, services, skills, performances, stories, crafts, food, games, music, clothing, furniture, plants, and resources to give and share with others in the community. There is no buying, selling or exchanging involved—in this market, everything is strictly free. Better than a yard sale, the Really Really Free Market has no price tags! (more…)

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

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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…)

RRFM Participants Accuse Police Chief Blue of Cowardice

From Really Free Carrboro

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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?
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Carrboro Really Really Free Market Ten-Year Anniversary: Schedule and Programming!

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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! (more…)

The 119th Free Market

Free Marketeers making piñatas for next month. You can check out more pictures here.

Free Marketeers making piñatas for next month. You can check out more pictures here.

From Really Free Carrboro

Saturday September 6th was the 9 Year and 11 Month Anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market. That’s 119 Really Really Free Markets. We celebrated by making piñatas for the 120th Really Really Free Market, the 10 year Anniversary next month on OCTOBER 4th at 2PM. Did we mention we’re having a pinata contest? And a birthday cake contest!

This Saturday our world famous free market was visited by Ashanti Alston andSubmedia, both of whom just spoke on UNC campus.  Like always many things were exchanged, from the usual watermelon, ice cream, groceries, boots, books and clothes to the unusual, a telescope! One very happy young person will be doing some late night star gazing from the balcony of their Carrboro apartment.

And next month, cloud cover and light pollution allowing, we can all star gaze together on Carrboro Town Commons. A little astronomy is just one of the many things being shared during our 10 Year Celebration. We’ve confirmed bike repair, radical history, a harm reduction workshop, a puppet show and all kinds of music. Food Not Bombs and Prayers & Pancakes will both be serving up meals and snacks and there will be a grocery distribution as well. (more…)