Grub community dinner is holding an organizational meeting open to anyone interested in getting more involved with this semi-monthly project.
Saturday, December 7th at 4pm
565 Lafayette Ave, ground floor, Brooklyn near the G train to Bedford-Nostrand
Each 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, we organize a special freegan community dinner for building a stronger, more supportive community, meeting like-minded people, reducing waste, and promoting mutual aid. We always need help with scheduling, sourcing and recovering food, and transporting cookware and food, in addition to the preparing, cooking, and cleaning that happens during the dinners. Come to the meeting to get more involved!
See you there!
Last night’s action in solidarity with Jeremy Hammond, hacktivists and prisoners everywhere was hugely successful! We were heard and seen by many within the prison where Jeremy is locked up. Even Jeremy’s family saw images from the action and expressed their gratitude in knowing that he has not been forgotten.
We were out making noise for an hour and a half, and projected on the prison itself as well as the building across from it so prisoners themselves could see our messages. There was a powerful response from prisoners who blinked their cell lights and shone flashlights down at us. It is inspiring to wave and raise our fists and voices up at a prison and have someone inside wave right back.
One person biking by on his way home from work asked what we were doing and when he understood became inspired enough to join us for a good 1/2 and hour. He told us that he had been locked up for fifteen years and that prisons are horrible dehumanizing places.
The projected messages mainly targeted our support for Jeremy Hammond, but also included messages against all prions and for all those denied their freedom.
The action was only as successful as it was thanks to the collaborative efforts of both The Illuminator, In Our Hearts and the Cargo Bike Collective. When we join together we can be as formidable as those who rule fear. Their worst nightmares are our dreams!
Come join in a discussion about one of the many zines from our Free Literature Table.
Profiles of Provocateurs by Kristian Williams is about FBI involvement in activist communities in the last few years.
“A look at a few recent cases of anarchists or radical environmentalists being entrapped by state agents. In an effort to learn from past mistakes, the author points out some of the warning signs that the victims of these campaigns overlooked, or sometimes, deliberately ignored.”
Just this past Summer FBI agents were going door to door right here in our community trying to manipulate activists into informing on one another. Then in September we saw through leaked NYPD documents, that the NYPD was spying on our own and had targeted an In Our Hearts organizer starting back in 2008, using undercover police officers and informants. In October one of the undercover NYPD who followed us on twitter, and interacted with members of IOH while on the streets, and as part of Occupy Wall Street was exposed! It’s crucial that we learn about, and from these hostile attacks on those of us who try to bring about a better world.
Stop by our Free Literature Table or The Ditko! Library zine rack at The Silent Barn for a paper copy, or click here for a pdf or html version.
The discussion will be at the Ditko! Zine Library. Silent Barn, Bushwick. 7pm
Thanks to all who came out and participated in our second annual Really Really Black Friday Free Store! It was a wonderfully successful community effort. A special thanks to our friends in the Cargo Bike Collective who made the event not just free, but also 100% internal combustion engine (and car) free!
From The Brooklyn Paper:
On the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk outside the shopping center, bag-laden deal-chasers joined crowd-averse passersby to peruse old winter coats and thumb-worn books on folding tables at the Brooklyn Free Store, a mobile, weekly event organized by anarchist types who think money should be abolished.
Anarchist activists offered the best deals of all at their Free Store outside the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Black Friday.
Our friends from Occupy Storefront and Open Arms on Long Island also held a successful Black Friday Free Store outside of the Centereach Walmart. Walmart was an especially appropriate target considering their notoriously hostile anti-labor and anti-environment practices.
Check out upcoming neighborhood Free Stores weekly in BedStuy, Brooklyn bi-weekly in Flatbush, Brooklyn hosted by our friends Flatbush Mutual Aid as well as on next Friday’s on the campus of SUNY Purchase in Westchester!
When We bring the noise and we bring the lights we bring the love to our brother locked up – Jeremy Hammond.
Until further notice he is being held at Metropolitan Detention Center, the federal prison in Sunset Park. Let’s remind him now that he has begun to serve his ten years in prison that we will be in our hearts and mouths every day!
Be part of the solidarity at the Metropolitan Detention Center on 29th St. and 3rd Ave, Sunset Park, Brooklyn on December 3rd at 7pm.
If you are traveling by subway there is an R train stop on 25th St & 4th Ave and a D, N, R stop on 36th & 4th Ave.
Keep updated on this event as without much notice Jeremy can be moved to another prison by checking our twitter (@iohnyc) or signing up for our celly updates. Bring noisemakers, instruments, and flashlights. Our friends at The Illuminator will be there projecting messages on the side of the building.
Happy Buy Nothing Day!
The Brooklyn Free Store will be hosting a very special BLACK FRIDAY FREE STORE. We will be set up in front of Target in downtown Brooklyn.
On the largest shopping day of the year, we would like to present people with an alternative to participating in the waste of disposable culture by offering housewares, toys, clothing, winter coats, shoes, books, and whatever else donations bring completely free.
The idea of the Free Store is simple: take whatever you can use, bring whatever you can give that someone else could use, without the expectation of exchange. It is a model for another way of living without money and without scarcity.
Let us know if you can help out particularly with setting up and cleaning up, but also with publicity, and greeting people during the event. We especially will need help with transportation of items for this event.
The Brooklyn Free Store established in 2002, has been a weekly outdoor event since mid-august 2012. If you have a space to offer us during the winter months or even more permanently so we can continue this community-building gift economy project, please let us know.
Join us Friday, November 29th outside of 139 Flatbush Ave at the Atlantic Center in Brooklyn. We will be there until dusk.
Join us for a viewing and discussion of How To Survive a Plague, documenting actions of international direct action advocacy group ACT UP in the 1980s.
“HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.”
Monday, November 25th at 7 PM
All are welcome and encouraged to bring food to share.
698 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn NY #1B
The nearest subway stops are the Flushing J/Z & G trains.
Check in with the Facebook event page and connect with us on twitter.
From Rochester Red & Black:
On September 29th, Rochester Red & Black hosted a discussion about the influences that Anarchist ideals had on the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The talk was led by two authors that have recently written on the subject, Mark Bray and Nathan Schneider.
Writer Mark Bray is a former organizer and press liaison of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as a PhD candidate and a Wobbly. His work has been featured in a number of leftist books and periodicals. “Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street“, an account and study of anarchists in the erstwhile Occupy encampment at Zuccotti Park, is his first book.
Nathan Schneider was one of the first journalists to write about the Occupy Movement at its advent. He attended and covered General Assemblies and marches, acquiring the voices and perspectives of various participants. His new book, “Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse” is a study of the first year of Occupy; of its origin, goals and inertia.
Mark Bray’s analysis of the organizer’s of Occupy Wall Street’s political motivations and how they defined themselves was particularly of interest to us, considering one of our primary organizational goals during Occupy was to influence people, including but not limited to organizers, to think critically of hierarchical authoritarian power structures and modes of organizing. Bray did credit In Our Hearts at two times during his talk as being an effective influence towards that end through our free zines and pamphlets shared through the OWS People’s Library and then later through our Free Literature Table. He also noted that we were the only organized explicitly anarchist local organization that participated in Occupy and gave people a place to plug-in and get involved with existing anarchist projects.
Over two years since the Occupy Wall Street encampment in NYC was dispersed we are continuing to share free anarchist pamphlets in public spaces in large quantities. We also continue to maintain a number of anarchist projects beyond that, such as the Brooklyn Free Store, Grub Community Dinners, and more including our active support of both international and local political prisoners. We are a group that is very open to collaborations with other individuals and organizations be they explicitly anarchist or maybe even just the “anarcho-curious,” as Nathan puts it.
We stand in solidarity with Jeremy until he is free!
Until we are all free!
For details of yesterdays court proceedings see Bombs and Shields.
The Cargo Bike Collective is a collective business that not only provides not polluting delivery options within NYC but also supports radical projects like the Brooklyn Free Store, The Illuminator, and Grub Community Dinners!
Saturday November 16th at 7pm they are holding a fundraiser house party at The Koz Collective – 268 Kosciuszko Street atfer 7pm. There will be free food and cheap drinks and maybe even a special performance by Bread and Puppet theater in the beautiful backyard! Dance party till late, as always.
They will be raffling off some goodies from our clients, baked goods, services, and more!
tweet @cbcdelivers @replacecarsnyc for deets
Koz Collective, 268 Kosciuszko Street, Brooklyn, off the Beford/Nostrand G stop