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Tonight: Demo Against the Bloomington Police

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6:45 PM, in front of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Against the BPD tank and the world it’s defending.

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Building a Gift Economy: Experiences from Catalonia’s Autonomous Infrastructure

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Building a Gift Economy: Experiences from Catalonia’s Autonomous Infrastructure

Learn about the ideas and the practices surrounding the Libertarian Infrastructures Gathering, an initiative in Catalonia that seeks to create an intergenerational, communal struggle, and resist the eternal dynamics of isolation, capitalist co-optation, or activist burn-out, all the while encouraging and strengthening the projects that allow us to reclaim our lives by meeting our needs through self-organization and mutual aid.

This talk will address questions of strategy in confrontations against the State and capitalism, debates surrounding the gift economy and alternative currencies, conflicting visions of formal or informal organization, imbalances between urban and rural modes of action, models for how to build healthy networks, and ideas for revolutionary projects.

February 3rd – 2-4 PM

Student Building (IU Campus)

Room 150

Printable PDF: gifteconomy

Bloomington Stands with J20 Defendants!

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On January 20, 2017, as Donald Trump was inaugurated and while Bloomington was inaugurating a revolution, hundreds of demonstrators were rounded up by the Washington, DC police.  Entire marches were “kettled” as police squeezed protestors together in a cordon, holding them for hours, before brutally arresting them and charging them with conspiracy.  Now, nearly 200 people face up to 80 years in prison, simply for being present at a combative, dignified demonstration.

Their freedom is our freedom, and their convictions in court would destroy our collective ability to resolutely fight back against the Trump regime and what it stands for.

Solidarity Demonstration – January 20, 2018

4 PM @ Sample Gates

defendj20resistance.org

PDF for printing: j20_poster

Night Owls Disrupt State Forest Timber Sale

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from Earth First! Newswire:

(submitted anonymously)

On the morning of Thursday Nov. 9th, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Division of Forestry sold the timber rights to 299 acres of the Yellowwood State Forest Back Country Areas that are some of the oldest and most diverse in the state. Nearly 2000 trees were sold to Hamilton Logging, who have a long history of shady business practices and timber theft.

Despite over 200 people showing up to protest the sale, months of organizing against the planned logging, and a recent protest encampment being established on private property adjacent to the public land to be logged, the DNR insisted on selling another piece of some of the most wild and beautiful land in the state – for a mere $108,000.

So during the weekend following the sale, we painted hundreds of additional trees to match those the DNR had marked for removal in two of three tracts on the chopping block. We did this to obscure the trees Hamilton Logging bought, and to force the DNR Division of Forestry to redo the work of marking these tracts, thus delaying when logging can start.

We understand there is a risk that these additional trees could be cut down, but only if the DNR Division of Forestry and Hamilton Logging show unprecedented, intentional negligence, by letting a group of pranksters mark the trees for them. Logging all currently-marked trees would be a violation of the contract between the two parties, which only includes the trees the DNR chose to mark, not the hundreds more we marked with identical paint and markings. We hope that by painting these additional trees we can stop them from taking any of them – or at least slow them down.

To other defenders of Yellowwood: there are many more trees left untouched. All it takes it red or blue marking paint, and some careful navigation. We wish you luck and look forward to all the other creative and inspiring ways you’ll think of to protect the land.

❤ N.O.P.E.
Night Owl Paint and Exteriors

Understanding US Imperialism: DACA & The Central American Migrant Crisis

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Understanding US Imperialism: DACA & The Central American Migrant Crisis
Monday, November 13, 1:30-3:30pm.
Room 1B of the public library.


As the situation for immigrants in the United States becomes even more dire with the unfolding DACA repeal, it is important to consider contributing historical factors in an international context. This educational panel includes presentations and personal testimonies from the director of a migrant shelter in Mexico, a graduate student researching migrant crises, and activists fighting for immigrants’ rights in Indiana. Join us in learning about and discussing how state violence in the forms of displacement, detention, and deportation produce a vicious cycle of isolation, desperation, and poverty.

Panelists:
– Marbella Chavez, activist with the Center for Healing & Hope
– Guadalupe Pimentel, Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA)
– Sayra Campos, Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA)
– Nicholas Greven, activist and researcher with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at IU
– Ramón Marquez, director of the La 72 migrant shelter in Tenosique, Tabasco.

Co-sponsored by the IU Department of History, IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and IU Latino Studies Program.
 
Here is the FB event. Please share this information with your students, colleagues, and classmates!

Students Against State Violence