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The Poetry and Politics of Riots

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3 october readingWFHB’s Interchange featured Clover this week: http://wfhb.org/news/interchange-writing-red-joshua-clover-on-the-poetry-and-politics-of-riot/

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New Reading Group on Homelessness and Urban Struggles

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Received and posted:
A few of us are getting together every week to read selections on housing, homelessness, and resistance. We would love to get more people involved, and are hoping to start on the first week of October and read every week for eight weeks (time and place to be determined). The reading list is available here:
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rWUSAzoQ1gHG_pIdiVGP-SLrosOgYxTL2QwpMpPw6P4/pub>.
All of the reading materials will be made available online, and we will read in advance of the meeting each week.  It will be less than 100 pages a week, covering topics of housing displacement, urban theory, and homeless resistance. Feel free to participate even if you can’t read every week, or if you only have time to skim. We hope these readings can help further an ongoing conversation about the local politics of housing and homelessness here in Bloomington. If you’re interested, send an email to speermint at gmail.com.

Black Seed Event – May 22nd at Boxcar Books

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Appearing at Boxcar Books (408 e. 6th St, Bloomington, IN) at 7pm on Wednesday May 22nd:

Black Seed is a new, trans-continental, green publication. Its emphasis is on developing a conversation informed by, but critical of, Earth First!, Deep Green Resistance, and Green Anarchy magazine.

Why are we interested in conversation when the world is in such need? Exactly because things are so desperate we believe that face-to-face, personal, and close conversation is needed. The firebrands who have come before, especially in the context of the North American environmental movement, have demonstrated the limitations of crisis thinking. The horrorshow of the petro-economy; of valuing consumer devices over life; and of our utter forgetfulness about the world around us and where we have come from, has to be confronted person-to-person. Another mass culture solution will be absorbed faster than you can say Earth Day.

This discussion will be presenting and fleshing out the editorial of our first issue, discussing the questions of appropriate roles for Anthropology, Spirituality, Rewilding, and what it means to have a respectful outsider relationship to Indigenous communities, culture, and lifeways.

Join us in conversation about our publication and the green power of face-to-face discussion about changing the world.

If you have an interest in these ideas or seeing the books we will be bringing with us from Little Black Cart then come on down and join us for presentation and conversation.

Conflict Infrastructure – LBC is coming to Boxcar October 10th

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Thursday October 10th at 9pm  – join us at Boxcar Books, 408 E. 6th St, in Bloomington

From Aragorn! blog:

LBC Presents – a conversation about Conflict Infrastructure

A speaking tour with a cart full of books!

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In the 1990s the internecine conflict between (North American) anarchists was not red vs green or insurrectionary vs platformist, but those who believed that anarchists should develop infrastructure vs those who believed that anarchists should build a (national) organization. The debates raged but more than that people practiced this difference, something one could do day-to-day. Read the rest of this entry

“Racist, Fascist, Anti-Gay Trad Youth Go Away!”

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From Boxcar Books’ Facebook
On Friday, August 23rd a representative from the Traditionalist Youth Network at IU–a university chapter of a national white supremacy organization, came to Boxcar Books and announced plans to protest Boxcar on Monday, August 26th because Boxcar is a “Marxist organization”. The group posted images on their Facebook of a black figure being lynched with the word “communism” scrawled across it. They tagged Boxcar Books in this picture and wrote “Just expect us” underneath. They know we are their enemy, and they decided to attack.Community members were quick to respond to the threat of white supremacist organizing in Bloomington. Over the weekend folks spread word to friends, neighbors, and local businesses, rallying strong support against TYN’s racist, homophobic message.

Boxcar Books opened on Monday at 9am. Several dozen people spent the morning at Boxcar writing letters to prisoners, sharing food, and making signs reading “Bloomington is for queers” and “Immigrants welcome here”. Students visiting Boxcar to pick up textbooks on the first day of classes were alerted that racist organizing is happening at IU and a great number of people called, messaged, or came by Boxcar throughout the day to offer their support. Banners against fascism were dropped on campus and downtown.

Around 2pm, four xenophobic chauvinists arrived at Boxcar chanting, “racist, fascist, anti-gay, Trad Youth will not go away”. Three of the miscreants were recognized by counter-protesters as folks from the local area including Thomas “Bullshit” Buhls, KKK Klansman. They were joined by Matt Heimbach, co-founder of TYN. About 80 counter-protesters challenged the TYN’s racist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-semitic rhetoric. The group was surrounded on all sides, sprayed with a garden hose, duct tape lassoed, condom-bombed with water-filled condomns, and pelted with “the people’s apples” as they ran away after about a 30 minute barraging.

Monday’s counter-protest was a remarkable showing of individuals in solidarity against racism and white supremacy. Though Boxcar Books was targeted for today’s particular action, this was never a singular threat against Boxcar or MWPP but rather an assault on the safety of all.

While retreating, wet and defeated, TYN members announced that they would be back shouting, “expect us again!”

White supremacists, EXPECT RESISTANCE.