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|Monday, February 17th, 2014|
The Taala Hooghan Infoshop
Does anyone still check this? I made the last four posts from my last lj...
Above is a video about the Taala Hooghan Infoshop and Outta Your Backpack Media in Flagstaff, Arizona. It would be cool if anyone active with the Movement could comment and rep their local Infoshop! Current Mood: okay
|Monday, August 1st, 2011|
THE ELECT TO END HUNGER AND POVERTY TOUR & ALTERNATIVES TO MILITARY SERVICE TOUR
I got this in an e-mail from Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry and think people volunteering at Infoshops might be interested. Last time I was in Tucson I was able to help set up a presentation with Keith and I think it went really, really well.
THE ELECT TO END HUNGER AND POVERTY TOUR
Arrange a presentation with Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry
The Elect to End Hunger and Poverty presentation talks about the
campaign to end the criminalization of poverty and Food Not Bombs
support of the global protest against austerity. Food Not Bombs
co-founder Keith McHenry will share the details of the history,
principles and current activities of the movement.
Most people would elect to end hunger and poverty but many of the
people running for office in 2012 have another agenda cutting social
services and transfer our tax dollars to wealthy military contractors
and their friends. At the same time governments are attempting to ban
Food Not Bombs from sharing meals with the hungry in places like
Volunteers recover, prepare and share vegan meals and groceries in
nearly 1,000 communities, feeding the hungry, supporting nonviolent
direct actions in resistance to the global economic, political and
environmental crisis while implementing a foundation for a sustainable
CALL FOOD NOT BOMBS AT 1-800-884-1136http://www.foodnotbombs.net/speaker.html
ALTERNATIVES TO MILITARY SERVICE TOUR
John Judge Speaks on the Counter Recruiting Movement
202-583-5347http://www.judgeforyourself.us/ Current Mood: okay
|Monday, April 18th, 2011|
Iron Rail Infoshop closed.
This bad news came in the form of a letter to Dry River that sent me looking at the Iron Rail's website to read this:
"If you want to help the Gulf Coast’s oldest infoshop get back on its shapely feet, then please, kick us some cash.
"The Iron Rail and its predecessor, Crescent Wrench Books, have been around for yonks– decades, literally– and despite being old as dirt we’ve remained every bit as open, informal and politically far-out as we ever were. The Iron Rail is one of the only institutions of its kind; certainly the only anarchist collective-run bookstore/library between Houston and Florida. Can you, gentle reader, spare us some love… by which we, being New Orleanian, mean some MONEY ???
"and oh yeah p.s. I know the media is just gonna say whatever but PLEASE… no individual and no ad-hoc group speaks for the Rail. Only the Iron Rail collective speaks for the Iron Rail, and being a deliberative consensus-based body we tend to take our sweet time doing so. The collective has to date only released one (preliminary) statement about our closing and isn’t granting media interviews at the moment. THUS: If you don’t see it here or on our facebook or some other clearly rail-approved organ then it is not the Rail and we don’t co-sign it. Sure SUCKS REALLY BAD that we have to make this distinction, but there ya go. Also, The Iron Rail book collective has exactly nothing to do with Eris OR even Plan B (besides obviously being neighborly with the latter), and anybody saying otherwise probably has a fucked-up if not sinister agenda."
Taken from: http://ironrail.org/
I'm a little confused about that "The Iron Rail book collective has exactly nothing to do with Eris OR even Plan B (besides obviously being neighborly with the latter), and anybody saying otherwise probably has a fucked-up if not sinister agenda." section but that was there... Current Mood: blank
|Thursday, October 14th, 2010|
Starting an infoshop and requesting donations
I am starting a traveling kind of infoshop in my area. I am planning on tabling on the street, at events, and going to other towns in the area and was wondering if anyone would like to donate any books, zines, or any other material that you think is really good and that is maybe just kind of collecting dust perhaps but would like to share with others?
Message me if you would like to donate something.
|Saturday, September 19th, 2009|
A little monetary solidarity?
Hey! I'm involved with a teeny collective that's opening a worker-owned infoshop in Portland, Oregon next year. To move us a little closer to our fundraising goal, we launched a mini donation drive
on this website called Kickstarter.
Please check it out, and please please please drop us a few bucks. We'd infinitely appreciate it, and will promptly pay you back with free coffee when our doors open next year. <3
|Monday, May 11th, 2009|
|Thursday, April 16th, 2009|
|Monday, April 13th, 2009|
Greetings from Portland, OR.
Hey All -
I'm in a teeny collective that's working to open a new worker-owned infoshop in Portland, OR. We're currently callings ourselves the Axiom Collective
, but we're probably going call the infoshop something different when we open. We formed last November, and after spending the last five months brainstorming and articulating what we want to do with the infoshop, we're moving on to fundraising.
We hope to open in the spring of 2010 with $28,000. If that sounds like a ridiculous amount of money, there's a reason: that figure is meant to cover all of our start-up costs plus six months worth of operating expenses. A lot of spaces open without enough money, and then close a few months later (while running up a ton-o-debt). We want to avoid that.
We're designing the infoshop to be totally financially self-sustainable. When creating our "business plan", we intentionally sought out ways to make a profit -- which will be used to support the space, it's workers, and radical projects in town.
Our mission, as it's written now, is "to act as a hub for radical projects and movements in Portland. We seek to cultivate and support projects that promote community independence, autonomy, and mutual aid." We will fulfill our mission through...Money.
Giving mini-grants of $100 - $500 to projects that promote community independence, autonomy, and mutual aid.Advice. -
Assembling a team of volunteer advisors -- community organizers with a diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and approaches -- who will provide ongoing support to our clients by sharing experience, contacts, resources, and more. -
Publishing a series of "One Page Guides' on a variety of problems that frequently plague collectives. Topics will include decision making, fundraising, outreach, and more.Support.-
Maintaining a comprehensive and up-to-date list of resources for collectives in Portland. Everything from computer help to publicity opportunities, and much more.-
Hosting meetings and events.-
Offering low-cost photocopies for fliers, pamphlets, and more.
That's us in a nutshell. Any thoughts? Advice? Critiques? We'd love to hear it. To learn more about us, visit our MySpace
(real website coming soon!).
|Sunday, December 28th, 2008|
Shut Down T. Don Hutto! Urgent Action Needed!
This was originally posted as a MySpace bulletin from CrimethInc.; all CrimethInc. writings are subject to an anti-copyright. As in, anybody can post them anywhere for any reason at all. I did not write this.
In May 2006, the Department of Homeland Security opened its first prison for immigrant families 30 miles north of Austin. It is the first family detention center in the country to be based on the penal model, though plans were quickly made to build more.
The T Don Hutto facility holds men, women (some pregnant), children, and infants, none of whom have a criminal past. Administered by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's largest for-profit corrections company, Hutto lacks proper licensing and medical facilities, and has been proven to traumatize families.
WCCC Judge Gattis on TD Hutto vote: "Unless something jumps up and bites me, I will vote to renew"
Bite him. Before this Tuesday's vote!
Contact WCCC members and tell them to vote NO Hutto Renewal (See contact info below)
Their offices will be closed by now, but flood their voicemail and email boxes tonight!
Imprisoning people charged with no crime, while they await decision re. applications for citizenship and asylum, is NOT effective immigration policy, does NOT secure our borders, and has NOTHING to do
with patriotism. It is a corrupt means to enrich an already wealthy corporation by exploiting the weakest among us!
As partners in the contract for the most expensive method to effectively assure that non-criminal immigrants appear at their hearings, the Williamson County Commissioners Court (WCCC) exhibits a disregard for fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars during a national economic crisis.
This prison is exempt from any governmental regulation and has no government oversight—and a continuing record of abuses. With the lapse of the only outside (court-ordered) oversight of this facility in August of 2009 those risks are greatly elevated in renewal. (Article in March 2008 New Yorker provides a good chronicle
Partnering with Corrections Corporation of American, with its less-than-admirable record of management, is a bad business practice and exposes Williamson County taxpayers to financial risks from poor management, bad employees, and external lawsuits—all of which are beyond their capacity to control. (See attached "Letter to WCCC re CCA Business Practices.)
Williamson County's reputation has been damaged as a result of a number of specific offenses relating to the operation of the facility, as well as its very existence. Contract renewal would affirm WCCC's approval of the disgraces of T Don Hutto and further damage our image locally, nationally, and internationally.
Evidence presented at the September public forum (which WCCC boycotted) stated that T Don Hutto's operation is probably a deterrent to future, clean, economic development in the area; renewal would send a very bad signal for the future of such growth; it is actually anti-economic development!
This proposal fails the simple "risk vs. benefits" of any business undertaking. The less than $16,000 monthly maximum that Williamson County collects under this contract cannot be reasonably argued to compensate for the negatives that exist.
WCCC has had a very rough record re. contracts to date; re-entering this partnership does nothing to convince citizens that WCCC has been learned anything from those previous costly contract mistakes.
Please Contact :
Judge Dan Gattis: ctyjudge@wilco,org (512) 943-1550
Commissioner Lisa Birkman: email@example.com ( 512) 733-5380
Commissioner Cynthia Long: firstname.lastname@example.org (512) 260-4280)
Commissioner Valerie Covey: email@example.com (512) 943-3370
Commissioner Ron Morrison: firstname.lastname@example.org (512) 846-1190
Phone, email, by end of business Monday and tell them NO to Hutto!
|Wednesday, December 24th, 2008|
Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete)
Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica
) needs some help:"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?
any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.
p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"
Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."
So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]
-Beth Current Mood: hopeful
|Saturday, December 6th, 2008|
Hey yall! I just joined this group and wanted to introduce myself and the lending library that I live in.
The library is a house with one (kind of two?) downstairs rooms mostly dedicated to the library aspect of the house. We are trying to re-open by Jan. Part of this includes cataloging everything in the library, including over 500 zines. Yikes! The library has been pretty under utilized in the past few years so we're really trying to get the word out that yes, there is/are a radical space(s) in Richmond, VA!
(A short version of the libraries history is on our blog if you care to read it, I will also provide it here, under a cut.)
I'm really glad this (LJ) community exists. There is so much I'd like to discuss on the topic of info shops and radical spaces. (Don't worry, I wont try to fit it all into this post!)
Right now I am really looking for event ideas for the library in 2009. Our goal is to have a good, fairly busy (but not too crazy) event calender to hopefully encourage more use of the space.
I guess a specific question I can pose at the moment that has been puzzling me, is this:
-The kind of check out system that other lending libraries have and what works and what doesn't. What do you do when people don't bring back books or continue to be late returning them, damage them, etc.?
I know there is only so much you can do but I'm interested in hearing other peoples ideas on the matter.
So, if anyone has any suggestions for awesome things to host, people/groups to bring here, etc. please please let me know!
Also open to tips, articles, books, etc. that are kind of basic pointers for running a space like this.
Sorry if this was too long winded,
and thanks!( Read more...Collapse )
|Saturday, October 11th, 2008|
anyone know if the 2009 organizers are being distributed by the slingshot collective this year? Their email, on their website, hasn't worked for the last couple times I emailed them. Is there a more direct way of getting in touch with them? Or does anyone know what's up?
|Saturday, August 2nd, 2008|
|Thursday, July 3rd, 2008|
Be Yr Own Hero Fest Submissions // Wilmington, NC 2008
Be Your Own Hero Festival Now Accepting Submissions
[Wilmington, NC] The 2nd Annual Be Your Own Hero (BYOH) Festival will be taking place in Wilmington, North Carolina September 2008. The locations and exact dates will be announced at a later time. Submissions for workshops, info sessions, skill shares, and musicians are currently being accepted until July 31, 2008. Volunteers are also needed to help out on the day(s) of the event and/or to join the BYOH Fest Planning Squad.
Please send workshop submissions to email@example.com with your name, email, phone, organization/collective (if applicable), proposed workshop title & short description, materials needed, and time needed. All other ideas, volunteer availability, and inquiries may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome all subjects and we encourage all people to apply, especially those who do not fit neatly into the status quo!
In 2007, Wilmington NC was home to the first Be Your Own Hero Festival, an all day radical Do It Yourself (DIY) Festival held at the Soapbox Laundro Lounge. The Festival included a Really Really Free Market, potluck, workshops, info sessions and live music. 2007’s workshops included: DIY parenting (a radical concept), Basic Bicycle Repair, Truth in Recruiting / Promoting Peace, Social Activism & the Info-Radical Menstruation, Food Politics, Trans 101: Becoming an ally to transgender people, Unconventional Action: Organizing against the DNC/RNC, and DIY DJ Workshop. Bands included: The Brothels, The Nothing Noise, Gator Country, Prize Winners Collective, NED, and Ghost Mice.
For more information on the Be Your Own Hero Festival and Collective, visit beyrownhero.com, myspace.com/beyourownherofest, or contact email@example.com.
_______________________Be Your Own Hero Fest Workshop Submission Form
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 2008
ORGANIZATION / COLLECTIVE:
PROPOSED WORKSHOP TITLE:
TIME NEEDED: choose from 45 minutes, or 1 hour and 45 minutes
***If you have any questions regarding this post or even the festival, please feel free to leave a comment.
|Wednesday, February 13th, 2008|
|Sunday, September 30th, 2007|
|Saturday, September 15th, 2007|
Friends of Exile
The EXILE Infoshop invites you to become a “Friend of EXILE”!!! The “Friends of EXILE” programme asks that individuals or organisations contribute $5/month ($60/year) to EXILE in order to help us diversify the ways in which we receive income. In return, “Friends” will receive some yet-to-be-determined homemade stuff (t-shirt, patches, stickers, warm thank yous) and, more importantly help EXILE branch-out and rely less on the selling of things.
Support EXILE and help us:
* Expand our radical library
* Help us focus on community organising
* Maintain and upgrade our computers and internet space
* Ensure our shop remains as accessible as possible
* Keep the shopping out of the Shop and help us avoid becoming dependent on selling stuff
* Increase our monkey-wrenching and political sabotage
One of the primary objectives of EXILE’s collective is to maintain a focus on organising. We would like to focus on developing action groups focused on specific issues, organising more events, and supporting the work of other groups and individuals. Increasingly, we consider our space as more of an organising/free space - as opposed to a bookstore or some other kind of commercial space. Instead of selling books, EXILE wants to emphasize its lending library; an excellent and growing collection of radical lit.
So, we ask that you consider a donation of 5$ per month (60$ per year), payable in whatever way (except credit card or interact) you would like.
For info please email email@example.com, or call the shop at 613.237.9270
Peace, Love & Anarchy,
The EXILE Infoshop Collective
|Monday, July 9th, 2007|
how do people generally raise money to pay for costs?