This may be the most serious zine we have chosen for the 5th in our ongoing discussion series. In the essay “Safety is an Illusion: Reflections on Accountability,” Angustia Celeste writes about her disappointment with appropriate ways to deal with sexual assault. Her essay was first published online in 2011 and was later included in a number of collections including “The Broken Teapot.”
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Sunday January 19th – Grub: Community Dinner 7pm 21 Clinton Ave 2nd floor, by the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Watch First the Dishes Then the Revolution by Jeff Stark and get an idea about what Grub is.
We plan to be able to serve approximately 50 people, so it’s first come first serve. There will be plates for vegans and vegetarians alike. About 99% of the food we share is freegan, which means it is excess, ripe, nearly ripe or slightly damaged food that has been recovered from the waste of grocery stores.
Most importantly Grub is about building a stronger and more supportive community, so feel free to come early and hang out. We need help gathering, cooking and preparing food for Grub (culinary skill not necessarily required). Volunteers are welcome to bring vegetarian (freegan and vegan is preferred) food and make their own dishes or help out with the preparation in general.
And as we’re sure you always already do, please go out of your way to talk to strangers and to welcome new people. That’s why we’re here.
Please come as early as 3:30pm if you would like to help us prepare the meal! All are asked to make a contribution.
It’s been a year since the fire struck the Church, but we’re back even stronger and we want to reconnect with you! Whether you’re still helping out with Sandy recovery or not, join us at 520 Clinton Ave for a community dinner (7-9pm) and dance party (9-midnight!) to celebrate, have a good time, and raise some funds to keep 520 Clinton thriving as a community space for education, activism and community-building!
Plus, you’ll be among the first to hear about an exciting new project spinning off of the Freedom School and Occupy!
~$10 and/or ~1 bag of donated new/gently used winter clothes or ~3-5 non-perishable food items (No one turned away at the door!)
Join us this and each Friday (weather permitting) at the Brooklyn Free Store located at Lafayette & Marcy in BedStuy! We will be there from 12 noon ’til dusk.
Expect crates of books (including the ones pictured above), records, household goods, as well as bags and bags of used and new clothing that we would love to share with people.
In addition to things there will also be free bike repair thanks to volunteer mechanics!
The idea of the Free Store is simple: take whatever you can use, bring whatever you can give that someone else could use. It is a model for another way of living without money and without scarcity.
Prior to our Sunday Grub dinner we will be hosting a freegan Brooklyn dumpster tour! This will be a walking tour for people curious about urban freegan living.
The purpose of the event is two-fold. Novices, and all who attend will have a chance to learn the ins and outs of gathering healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, and all will have a chance to help support our community dinner by contributing to the food we have available for it.
Join us Thursday night at 8pm on North 11st & Driggs in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The contact number is 646-612-3753. The tour guide will be Joe.
Our friend and Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan is facing serious felony charges as a result of her involvement in a peaceful demonstration at Zuccotti Park celebrating the six month anniversary of the Occupy movement. She is currently prepared to be in court for trial in NYC on February 6th. Please join us in a show of solidarity as we pack the court with supporters. Dress in court appropriate clothing (business casual.) Check back in for updates and more details as these dates are often postponed.
Now is a good time to send Jeremy Hammond a letter of support. He is in a new jail. If you’ve never written a letter to a stranger or to someone in prison, don’t let that stop you. It’s easy. Check out this resource provided by Earth First! for tips on how to do it and what to expect.
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 4000
MANCHESTER, KY 40962
Jeremy is a committed activist and anarchist who is serving an outrageous ten year sentence for his involvement with the hacking of documents related to the suppression of protest in Egypt as well as in the U.S. and elsewhere. The documents he obtained were released to WikiLeaks and are available there.
Jeremy risked his freedom in hopes of creating a better world. Now we must support him, and show him love for as long as he is behind bars.
On Monday, we held a demo in front of the Cambodian Mission to the UN in NYC to protest the military crackdown of striking workers that left 5 dead and dozens injured in recent days. We stood in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of garment industry workers who for weeks had been protesting Cambodia’s gross income inequality and demanding safe working conditions and living salary of $160 a month.
Though the Mission’s doors remained locked, protesters were able to buzz and catch the attention of people inside the Mission office with signs and banners. For the nearly two hours that we maintained our presence at the office no one left the building and a number of people who tried to get in were unable to. At one point the building superintendent attempted to intimidate us, demanding we leave and taking photos of our faces, and threatening to send the images to the police. He also told us we were not allowed to use the sidewalk protest because it was property of the building. We remained in front of the Mission’s doors and sent images out via different social networks.
Jason and Jeremy are twin brothers dealing with separate cases.
The Tinley Park 5 were part of Anti Racist Action (ARA) and the local arm, the Hoosier Anti Racist Movement (H.A.R.M). On May 19, 2012 they were arrested in Tinley Park for allegedly assaulting white-supremacist organizers. They accepted a non-cooperating plea bargain in which they each plead guilty to three felony counts of Armed Violence in exchange for “lenient” sentences and the guarantee of ‘day-for-day’ good behavior. Jason was arrested a year later while providing support for his brother. He is not being held in prison but still facing charges and collecting bail money.
Jeremy Hammond is a gifted young computer programmer facing a decade in prison. His crime? Leaking information from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, information which revealed that Stratfor had been spying on human rights activists at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government.
In March 2012 Jeremy was arrested in his Chicago home and charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the same legislation used to prosecute Aaron Swartz. This outdated law, written before the Internet was even created, gives absurdly broad powers to corporations and prosecutors to criminalize an array of online activity and pursue extreme and disproportionate sentences. By contrast, Jeremy’s co-defendants in Ireland will not be prosecuted and in the U.K. none will spend more than 16 months in prison.
Jeremy had been denied bail, cut off from his family, and held in solitary confinement– treatment normally reserved for the most egregious offenses. He did nothing for personal gain and everything in hopes of making the world a better place. He has now been sentenced to the maximum sentence of ten years.
The Jeremy Hammond Defense Committee has an informational zine that can be picked up at our free literature table, but we are hoping to write an updated one soon. Contact us if you want to help with this! You can write to him at the following address and donate to his legal defense fund via his website, http://freejeremy.net/, and follow on twitter @FreeJeremyNet for more information.
To write Jeremy address all letters and packages to:
PLEASE NOTE: JEREMY HAS BEEN MOVED. THE NEW ADDRESS IS BELOW. HOWEVER, AS THIS IS NOT HIS FINAL DESTINATION, WE ASK THAT SUPPORTERS PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR FURTHER ADDRESS CHANGES.
Jeremy Hammond 18729-424
P.O. Box 150160
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
To write the Free Hammond Defense Committee please email contact [at] freejeremy [dot] net
In Our Hearts will be holding a demo on Monday, January 6th in front of the Cambodian Mission to the UN to protest the brutal military crackdown and murder of striking garment industry workers in Phnom Penh last Friday.
Cambodia is home to a multi-billion dollar garment industry that supplies the likes of Gap, Walmart, Nike, Adidas, H&M. These factories are staffed by thousands of young Cambodians who work long hours for a meager monthly salary of $80. The workers are growing dissatisfied with the safety of working conditions, especially following the fatal factory collapse in May 2013 that killed 3 workers.
Tension has been high in the country since July of 2013 when, despite a strong opposition, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by Prime Minister Hun Sen was re-elected after 28 years of power. The legitimacy of the election results have been contested by the opposing Sam Rainsy and the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), who have in turn organized mass protests and demonstrations.
Garment worker unions threw their support behind CNRP demos when Rainsy promised to double monthly wages. When they lost the election, they remained in the streets. Over 500,000 workers are now on strike, demanding better working conditions and a $160 monthly wage. 400 factories have been forced to close operations. Last Friday, the government ordered military police to crack down on protesters with live ammunition, leaving 4 dead and many injured.
Join us to protest this gross abuse of force.
Monday January 6th at Noon @ Cambodian Mission to the UN 327 East 58th St NYC