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Liaisons Magazine Release Party @ Hopscotch 2


PDF for printing: Liaisons

Poetry / Performance / Discussion
Hopscotch 2
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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New Reading Group on Homelessness and Urban Struggles


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:
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



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!


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!”

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.

A new midwest (A) Journal: Archipelago Issue 0 Out Now!


From Anarchist News:

This spring, as recent waves of revolt began their gradual retreat into our memories, a few of us in the Midwest paused to collect our thoughts and reflect on some of the rupturous moments we’ve experienced over the last six months. Archipelago is but one product of these reflections: a fresh project with a familiar premise. The strong connections that exist through this region aren’t new, nor is the idea of pooling thoughts and analysis in a publication, but it has felt pressing, in this particularly ripe moment, to ensure space for these conversations to mingle and stew with one another.

The content of this issue is largely the work of a small group of people in a few cities, however, we’d like to extend an invitation to anyone who is living and struggling here in the nocoast to submit content for future issues. Send us: reportbacks, dialogues, love letters, strategy statements, position papers, communiqués, articles, death threats, hi-res photos, and responses to anything from this issue (because, let’s be real, we KNOW you have feelings about “Don’t Move to the Bay”). What are you doing after May Day or for June 11th,* or whatever?

Issue 0 contains over 80 pages of original editorials, communiqués, analysis and photography, as well as an extensive dossier of actions– entirely printed and perfect-bound by some unruly locals, in a delightful pocket-sized edition. Please get in touch by email if you’d like a copy, and we’ll try to have a more reasonable method of distribution figured out soon: archipelago@riseup.net

An excerpt from the Editorial Notes:

We’re pleased to present the preliminary issue of Archipelago, a journal of Midwest anarchy. We do this, not to affirm some idea of the Midwest as a strictly-bounded geographic area or to affirm ‘the anarchy’ as a static ideology– rather than align ourselves with a political position that bases itself on a program or utopian vision (read: anarchism), we want to engage with and subvert the chaos, the anarchy, that exists around us. Furthermore, we wish to acknowledge what ties us together: our separation from the coasts, our relative isolation from one another, our penchant for troublemaking, and our desire to overthrow everything in this terrible world. And, although we often find ourselves adrift at sea without a navigable course, lines of affinity occasionally appear to us with startling clarity, contributing to a burgeoning collective intensity and helping our islands seem a little less distant from one another.

While this journal will mainly focus on points of conflict that present themselves around us and that we involve ourselves in, we also want to draw lines between our struggles here and those in other places; coast to coast, across borders and oceans. We conjure inspiration and strength from our comrades everywhere, however, we don’t want to place them on a pedestal just because their actions appear more spectacular to us. We’re waging war on the existent here and now; we continue to experiment and process, to understand and convey these things as well as we can. There isn’t one way to overthrow empire or for us to see our cities in flames, but rather a multiplicity of positions and approaches that can bring us closer to the moments of rupture we long for.

[Certain] questions remain dear to us: how, in places where we are few and spread out, can we contribute to ruptures that feel necessary for our survival? How can we share tactics and analysis and compare notes in a manner that doesn’t revolve around cliquish counter-cultural circles and already-present points of contact? How can our struggles not feel so isolated to our individual locales, but relay off of and amplify each other? On this note, this issue-zero focuses primarily on acts and evaluation originating in a few midwestern cities. We hope that this won’t always be the case and, as this publication disseminates, those both known and unknown to us will contribute articles, critiques and conversations.

In putting our thoughts and analysis out into the world on paper, our intentions are multifaceted. The obvious tension between how things appear on the internet and how we engage with them in the world is rife with potential and pitfalls. We can’t begin this project without asserting our commitments to the printed word, but not solely as a reactionary position against the internet. We want a record of our thoughts and movements to exist in various forms, for careful consideration and fond recollection by history, and we want these records to exist on our own terms. We hold nothing but contempt for the media and place no trust in their (lack of) representation of our struggles. Let our direction be clear: we write for those whom we hold in our hearts, and for those who hold us in theirs. For those we have met, and the future comrades we yearn to encounter, and to anyone who is enraged by the tyranny of capitalism.


*International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and Longterm Anarchist Prisoners. GO!!! june11.org

SHIT’S NOT CHILL – First Communiqué from Occupied Auditorium


This evening, the Fine Arts Auditorium on Indiana University’s campus was seized by around fifty of us- students, graduates, employees, and others fed up with the implementation of austerity, both here in Bloomington and internationally. We’ve opened the space not only for the purpose of having ground from which to scheme and plan actions, but also as an immediate making-common of university property and resources, for students and non-students alike.

In our distrust for the media, we’ve begun production of a massive amount of propaganda, staying up all night carefully crafting and printing statements and analyses. Our skepticism of the media is well founded: the Indiana Daily Student has already passively declared the Occupation a non-event, opting to highlight an empty pizza box and a leaky air mattress over more inspiring moments such as the well-attended mass assembly that lead to the occupation, the excited buzz of conversation in the auditorium, the beautiful chalking and banners now covering the building, and the palpable ripeness of the space.

Here is the first communiqué, released this evening around midnight.


…the fine arts auditorium is occupied, and we need you now.

Schools perpetuate the existent order by preparing people to become obedient consumers and workers. They reproduce inequality by excluding those who cannot afford it or who don’t have the correct legal status (undocumented people) and by emphasizing conformity of thought and behavior. We want to create a space for authentic, empowering education, which we believe can only be done by educating each other (that means everyone) rather than relying on experts to convey information to passive learners.

The fact that we are here occupying this space should also disabuse everyone of the illusion that bodies like the student government or trustees represent our interests. These are merely different levels of gatekeepers to the resources that should justly be at our own disposal at all times, and at all times these managers conspire against us. When we take control of the resources in an auditorium or a building, as we are doing now, we assert that we are not children – we see through their empty democratic rhetoric at the same time as taking it far more seriously than they have ever imagined.

This space is yours when you need it, and the space needs for you to claim it. It needs you to make it yours because communized spaces cannot exist without a strong united front against the imminent repression by those who are interested in keeping us powerless. To be explicit, police have come twice to scope us out, and we need as many people to come NOW* to help us defend this.

You are welcome to join us in this space, but please never limit your resistance to what we present to you. Any action you take to exercise your freedom, to claim anything for the good of yourself or your community, to deny any encroachment on your agency, we are in solidarity with you.

We send our love to: the Latino Youth Collective, Dream IU, and those who’ve continued to struggle against borders and the exclusion of immigrant students from IU. Our comrades who were brutally beaten and those who fought back against police violence in St. Louis during March 2012 occupations there, and to everyone murdered by the cops and their allies, Trayvon Martin first of all. The ones who didn’t join us because they’ve defined their own active struggles against austerity. The underpaid staff of this university (custodians, you rule!)

*The auditorium is located in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, which is the building on your left when you come into the traffic circle at the dead-end of 7th St on campus. The auditorium is the first room on your left when you walk in the front door.