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Preparing for the Trump Era

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A presentation by CrimethInc.
MCPL room 1C, 4-6 pm

How did Trump come to power, and what does that tell us about the era we are entering?  What strategies will be effective in countering repressive government policies and the rise of grassroots nationalism?

Framing Trump‘s victory in a global context, we will explore various approaches to self-organization and self-defense, drawing on the principles of mutual aid and direct action.  The speakers will also present updates about organizing for resistance to the inauguration in DC on January 20.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1063911333714976/

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Co-sponsored by Inaugurate the Revolution and Bloomington ABC

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Global Upheaval: Documents from a World in Revolt

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imagesGlobal Uprisings Short Films Night One (2011–12) Directed by Brandon Jourdan and Marianne MaeckelberghMonday, October 5, 2015 7:00 p.m at the IU Cinema

In December 2010, after a Tunisian food cart vendor had his produce confiscated by the police, he set himself on fire in rebellion against repressive state forces. This single fire quickly spread into a conflagration of revolt that eventually became known as the Arab Spring. Only months later, this fire returned to the streets of Greece, while plaza occupations modeled on Cairo’s Tahrir Square were replicated across Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. SThe Greek Revolt (2011) [7 minutes]
The Oakland Commune (2012) [12 minutes]
The Battle of Oakland (2012) [22 minutes]
Madrid on the Brink (2012) [9 minutes]
Barcelona March 29th: General Strike (2012) [8 minutes]
Lisbon Calling (2012) [13 minutes]
Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014) [56 minutes]
Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014) Directed by Matt Peterson, Luhuna Carvalho, Nate LaveyA film about Tunisia and the Arab Spring, insurrection and revolution, about stability and the police, cities and unemployment, about us, about politics, about frustrations, impasses, confusions, about communication, power, youth, the future, about opposition and representation, organization and spontaneity, about suicide, about society and governance, divisions and time, about resonance, participation, survival. An essay/landscape film on the insurrection in Tunisia; with various beginnings-–2010, 1987, 1956, the present; in Ariana, Gafsa, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid, and Tunis; a series of encounters with militants, rebels, fighters, unemployed, students, unionists, council communists, Stalinists, anarchists, et al. How do you organize against nationalism, neoliberalism, and religious fundamentalism; confront the limits of democracy, insurrection, and self-organization; build communism in the immediate wake of state and economic collapse? Director Matt Peterson is scheduled to be present.

Global Uprisings Short Films Night Two

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 7:00 p.m.

After the new Egyptian State violently suppressed the revolutionary movement that brought down the former regime and American police forces evicted Occupy camps across the country, it seemed to many this wave of unprecedented international unrest was an anomaly finally coming to an end. Few expected 2013–14 would give rise to massive, leaderless insurrections across Turkey, Brazil, and Bosnia while reigniting radical social movements across the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.
Egyptian Winter (2013) [10 minutes]
The Taksim Commune (2013) [32 minutes]
Bosnia and Herzegovina in Spring (2014) [15 minutes]
Pieces of Madrid (2014) [18 minutes]
After Gezi: Erdogan and Political Struggle in Turkey (2014) [20 minutes]

from the IU Cinema.

Account of Bloomington’s May Day 2015

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Received from BACF and transmitted:

Last Friday, May First, hundreds of activists from Bloomington gathered at the Indiana University Sample Gates and took to the streets to celebrate International Worker’s Day. This holiday, known as May Day has been celebrated across the world since 1886 in honor of the struggle of labor against capitalism. The first May Day occurred in Chicago as a general strike of hundreds of thousands of workers demanding the eight hour day. Three days later in Haymarket Square,a large gathering in support of the strike was attacked by the police, in the confusion a bomb was thrown into the crowd killing several people. The Chicago police arrested and falsely accused several anarchist activists of the bombing, some of whom were executed or imprisoned. Since then, May Day has been an international symbol of resistance for socialists, anarchists and communists alike. The U.$. and its capitalist government has done everything in its power to erase May Day from the collective memory of the working class, but here in Bloomington in solidarity with others across the nation we took a step toward reclaiming what rightfully belongs to us!

This May Day held special significance as the attention of the masses has been drawn to the Baltimore Uprising as the latest example of mass resistance to capitalist state repression. This fact was not lost on us, and our plan to reclaim May Day quickly became an opportunity to unite the struggle against police violence with the struggle against capitalism by holding a Memorial for Freddie Gray at the conclusion of the May Day march. Our hopes for this endeavor were exceeded by the impressive turnout to both the May Day Rally and the Freddie Gray Memorial. Activists from various student and community organizations opened lines of communication that have put into motion plans to address policing and labor rights in Bloomington.

Both demonstrations took to the streets after a short rally, marching down the middle of Kirkwood avenue and back up Third Street past the Bloomington Police Department. Demonstrators carried signs inscribed with messages of “All Power to Labor” and “Black Lives Matter” side by side, indicating the unity of these struggles. Both marches blocked intersections turning ownership of the streets to us, making our message unavoidable. This experience was significant for the power of its expression but also for teaching us about the efficacy of certain tactics. We have learned that the tactics of demonstrating and marching must be suited to the cohesion of the crowd and the way the political message is mediated by national events. These are the conditions which made the marches, especially the second, successful.

Despite these minor errors, the large turnout and opening of lines of communication have created a foundation on which we can build. Those who spoke at the May Day rally helped make it clear that all struggles against oppression are aspects of the class struggle. We believe we have helped to bring this idea to the Bloomington community. For us, this is only a beginning but it was a strong one. We would like to thank everyone who attended the two demonstrations Friday for your participation and solidarity. We would also like to thank all those groups and individuals who assisted us in spreading the word, you were absolutely essential to drawing a crowd that large in such short notice.
Bloomington Anti-Capitalist Front

Permaculture, Autonomy, Land Defense: Life on the ZAD

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“The Zone-to-Defend: A Story of Resistance by One Resident of La ZAD”

Monday, October 27 at 8:00pm

Collins Living-Learning Center (10th and Woodlawn)

The ZAD (Zone A Défendre) is a 4000-acre land occupation near Nantes, France conveniently located where the state and multinational construction company VINCI had previously intended to build a “green” mega-airport.  Since 2009, this massive swath of ancient farmland, abandoned houses, barns, forests, and swamps in western rural France have been occupied by local farmers and environmentalists in an attempt to prevent the construction of an airport that will greatly exacerbate the release of carbon dioxide and destroy many farmers’ way of life.

This constellation of squatted buildings and fields has come to be known at The Zone-To-Defend or La ZAD, and has lived up to its name every step of the way. The military police have attempted to violently evict the lands several times since its inception, but every time the ZADists come back stronger, more numerous, and with more creative permaculture techniques to re-occupy the land and rebuild their makeshift straw-bale cabins, treehouses, kitchens, theater spaces, bike workshops, pirate radio station, brewery, and bakery.  A participant is visiting Bloomington in order to share her experiences at the ZAD.

 

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.