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Monday, February 17th, 2014
9:02 pm
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
1:57 pm
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.

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 1-800-884-1136

John Judge Speaks on the Counter Recruiting Movement

Current Mood: okay
Monday, April 18th, 2011
5:58 pm
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
5:07 pm
Dry River Radical Resource Center
'Zine about an Infoshop in Tucson, Arizona: http://zinelibrary.info/so-what-place-guide-getting-involved-dry-river-collective-0.

You can also check their website at: http://dryriver.org.

Current Mood: okay
5:01 pm
The Autonomous Zone Infoshop
I was a member of the Autonomous Zone (A-Zone) Collective , which ran an Infoshop that was in Bucktown, Chicago when I was involved in it. Last year I edited this 'zine about it: http://zinelibrary.info/autonomous-zone-infoshop. Please check it out!

Current Mood: blank
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
10:15 pm
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
8:51 am
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
12:04 pm
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
5:44 pm
Monday, April 13th, 2009
7:17 pm
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...

Giving mini-grants of $100 - $500 to projects that promote community independence, autonomy, and mutual aid.

- 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.

- 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!).

- Shanti
Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
2:07 am
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.

jenna b

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. :]


Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, December 6th, 2008
2:04 pm
An Introduction!
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!

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Saturday, October 11th, 2008
6:27 pm
slingshot organizers
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
4:42 pm
update on Be Yr Own Hero Fest // Wilmington, NC

We are STILL accepting workshops and you can find more info on the Hero website and Myspace. It'll be at the Soapbox in downtown Wilmington, NC and if you need some sleeping arrangements or have any more questions, e-mail us at herofest@gmail.com!

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
6:25 pm
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 herofest@gmail.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 herofest@gmail.com. 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 herofest@gmail.com.

Be Your Own Hero Fest Workshop Submission Form

Email to herofest@gmail.com by July 31, 2008

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
3:27 am
Can you add the Cream City Collectives Milwaukee, WI to your list?
Our myspace is here

Sunday, September 30th, 2007
2:51 pm
yo..add sedition books to the list? thanks :)

Saturday, September 15th, 2007
10:15 am
Friends of Exile
Dear supporter,

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 friends@exilebooks.org, or call the shop at 613.237.9270

Peace, Love & Anarchy,
The EXILE Infoshop Collective
Monday, July 9th, 2007
4:55 pm
how do people generally raise money to pay for costs?
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