Belatedly reposted from It’s Going Down:
This banner was dropped yesterday before rush hour in downtown Bloomington in support of friends & comrades in prison striking tomorrow and in the coming days.
We call and encourage those able to lend a hand these weeks and after, to amplify those fighting this police state and support them through inevitable repression.
Demands — https://twitter.com/JailLawSpeak/status/988771668670799872
Support — https://incarceratedworkers.org/campaigns/prison-strike-2018
Donate — https://fundly.com/2018-prisoner-strike
2016 Strike History — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_U.S._prison_strike
Fire to the world of prisons; all power to the communes!
PDF for printing: Liaisons
Poetry / Performance / Discussion
212 N Madison St
In the Name of the People: Reading Global Populism
“In the Name of the People” is the first book by LIAISONS, a collective of authors from America, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Quebec, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine. The book is an analysis and reflection on the global populist surge, written from our experiences within the localities we inhabit. The upheaval and polarizations caused by populist movements around the world indicates above all the urgency to develop global revolutionary perspectives, and to make the necessary
connections to understand and act in the present.
CODY ST. CLAIR is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Indiana University. Their presentation focuses on contemporary housing struggles. Since the 2008 financial crisis, an eviction epidemic has ravaged working and underemployed communities. As the courts prioritize private property rights over living rights and as the privatization of the commons appears limitless, the Left must find traces of the commons—spaces of collectivizing, revolutionary potential—within private, privatized locales. Turning to the 1930s history of spontaneous eviction protests, this talk advocates for a politics that regards all housing—all private, domestic spaces—as publicly and collectively constituted. This history of insurgency against eviction exhorts the current Left to see housing as part of the common, as a fundamentally public concern, and to recognize eviction as a form of violence against the public common.
JANAN ALEXANDRA is a Lebanese-American poet and first-year MFA candidate at Indiana University. She was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and now lives in Bloomington by way of Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Portland, Maine. Her writing is informed by a determined belief in the radical and liberatory work of paying attention—through language & rigorous imagination. Janan is interested in the ways that our linguistic choices are overlaid with geography, ecology, trauma, legacies of colonialism, war and exile. For the last three years she has taught poetry and creative writing to youth, and before that she helped to run the Smith College Poetry Center. She has a BA in African-American Studies and Poetry from Smith College and has published poems in the Adroit Journal and Rusted Radishes, a literary journal coming out of Beirut, Lebanon. Janan believes in the truth-telling power of poems and is keen to disrupt linear narratives, create new language, and make art under capitalism.
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From Jacobin‘s excellent interview with Antoine Dangerfield:
“…Antoine Dangerfield’s recent viral video [is] a must-watch. A thirty-year-old welder in Indianapolis, Dangerfield worked for a construction contractor building a UPS hub. On Tuesday, he says that a small number of Latino workers (millwrights, welders, and conveyor installers, in his telling) working for a different contractor but in the same hub were ordered home after disobeying the orders of a white boss he calls racist.
In response, the entire group of workers — over a hundred, in Dangerfield’s estimation — walked out.
Dangerfield caught their wildcat strike on camera at the moment they walked off the job. In his video, he is positively giddy watching them shut down their massive workplace.
“They are not bullshitting!” he says as Latino workers walk off. Referring to the boss, he says, “They thought they was gonna play with these amigos, and they said, ‘aw yeah, we rise together, homie.’ And they leaving! And they not bullshitting!””
Read Dangerfield’s words here.
Safe Consumption Sites: Making Space for Connection
A presentation by the Indiana Recovery Alliance
Monroe County Library, 303 E Kirkwood Ave on June 6th 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/
April 15 @ 6:00 pm – Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism
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.
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/