IRA Event: Safe Consumption Sites

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Safe Consumption Sites: Making Space for Connection

A presentation by the Indiana Recovery Alliance

Monroe County Library, 303 E Kirkwood Ave on May 23rd from 6-8 PM.

We will view “The Caring Community: Ithaca and the Movement for Supervised Injection Facilities” (https://vimeo.com/208687334), host a panel discussion (details soon) and facilitate a robust discussion about how our community might better engage community members who are using drugs.

Hosted by: http://indianarecoveryalliance.org/

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Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Presentations

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April 15 @ 6:00 pmProtectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism

April 16 @ 3:00 pmGiving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness
Girls, Inc 1108 W 8th St

The first part is an accessible & entertaining introductory presentation (using Beehive Collective graphics!), “PROTECTORS V. PROFITEERS: COMMUNITIES IN RESISTANCE TO DISASTER CAPITALISM,” Sunday, April 15, at 6pm in office of Girls Inc, 1108 W 8th St.

The second part is a deeper, participatory workshop for affinity groups and individuals who are ready to get involved, “GIVING OUR BEST, READY FOR THE WORST: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS” Monday, April 16, at 3pm in office of Girls Inc, 1108 W 8th St. Free admission – all are welcome!

The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team is visiting our community. Currently MADRelief is on a national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of “disaster capitalism” and “extreme resource extraction,” and train diverse affinity groups on principles of grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response, covering a wide range of topics such as “Principles of ‘Solidarity, Not Charity,'” “Scouting, Mapping, and Understanding Your Community’s Resources,” “Building Power in Collaboration,” “Overcoming Trauma Together,” and “The Logic of Logistics.”

The reality of the climate chaos which is already redefining our future, coupled with rapidly escalating inequality and the civil political unrest that follows, is only worsened by a failing model of crisis management and aid programs centered around political opportunism and disaster capitalism. The time is right for developing a trained and empowered standing network of organizers and volunteers who can help communities rebuild with a vision centered on local community control, collaboration and innovation, and political, economic and social sustainability.

MADRelief is developing a community of grassroots crisis responders, continually growing in size and efficacy, which will be at-the-ready to assist and empower communities to overcome natural and unnatural disasters – from hurricanes to hate rallies, from mudslides to mine waste spills – and to transform these tragedies into opportunities for collective liberation. MADRelief envisions a new form of humanitarian aid, one that is participatory and empowering. One that exemplifies the principle of “Solidarity, Not Charity.” Founded by an already very active network of radical humanitarian aid workers experienced via Common Ground Relief, Occupy Sandy, the Standing Rock Water Protectors, and the long history of diverse movements seeking to make a better world possible, MADRelief is organizing a new network to facilitate inter-community disaster preparation and grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response. This tour is the first step in a “training campaign” that will strategically and progressively build necessary skills and shared knowledge in local groups that are a part of the rapidly-growing MADRelief network.

MutualAidDisasterRelief.org

Report from the March on City Council against the Bear-Cat

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We just belatedly received this report.  Please continue sending in news and analysis regarding demos and occupations.  Received and published:

Bloomington’s Black Lives Matter marched into the city council chambers on Wednesday March 29 in response to the Bloomington Police Department’s plans to purchase an armored Lenco Bearcat Assault Vehicle .  The city council meeting ended early, and all but three council members left the building as the march arrived.  Volan, Piedmont-Smith, and Ruff stayed to talk to the crowd of protestors.  Black Lives Matter organizers said they would shut down every city council meeting until the purchase decision is revoked.

The protestors cited information from their recently published “Bloomington People’s Report” on the armored vehicle, hosted at https://bloomingtonpeoplesreport.weebly.com/

Solidarity with West Virginia Teachers on Strike

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Received and posted:

This past week, we’ve felt stronger, inspired that teachers in West Virginia are struggling collectively, with dignity and without bowing to the union bureaucrats or cops, for their future and the future of the children they teach.  The teachers are fighting for all of us, demonstrating the power of solidarity to push back against the relentless cuts to living standards threatening us all.  Now it’s up to the rest of us to make sure they don’t fight alone by spreading the struggle.   We hung this banner during rush hour as a small contribution to that process.