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)
Printable PDF: gifteconomy
A call out to discuss resistance to the city’s recent attempts at social cleansing in People’s Park. The DRO Police have instructed churches not to offer food to park denizens, have chased away citizens offering clothes and lunch, have attempted to target and ban Food Not Bombs, have threatened to chase out a local Street Outreach Project and have requested that the Indiana Recovery Alliance cease doing outreach early next month.
The mayor and police recently announced a plan to increase police
presence, which led to park sweeps and the arrest of multiple
“problematic” people just before the students returned. The police have also promised to install cameras to increase surveillance.
Of course, the city has offered no alternatives for food on Sunday
evenings, services over the weekend or space to exist without harassment for those they who will be negatively affected. Just the continuation of the criminalization of poverty, addiction and homelessness. City officials want our friends to disappear, or perhaps to float away on balloons, as a dear friend suggested years ago.
Join us before this event at 5:30pm for a presentation with Jesse Speer about homeless encampments and resistance in the Persimmon Room in the Indiana Memorial Union, then we’ll move to the Park by 7pm to discuss next steps.