Antifa: the Anti-Fascist Handbook

from Facebook

Discussion with author Mark Bray

As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as “antifa.” Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and ’30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. They could be seen in news reports, clad all in black with balaclavas covering their faces, fighting police at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting right-wing speakers …

Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics — by any means necessary. Critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; antifa adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the slightest chance to triumph again.

In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a one-of-a-kind look inside the movement, including a detailed survey of its history from its origins to the present day — the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little understood resistance fighting back against the alt-right.
[September 16th from 7PM to 9PM at Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St]

9/9/17: First Philly ABC Letter-writing event on Anniversary of Prison Strike

from Philly ABC

When: Saturday, September 9th, 2017 . 2-5PM
Where
: LAVA, 4134 Lancaster Avenue

Join the newly formed Philly ABC for the first of what will soon be monthly prisoner letter-writing events!  Letter-writing supplies, stamps, and light refreshments will be provided — just bring yourself, friends and comrades.

We will be listening to a podcast featuring two of the prison strike organizers, Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Kinetic Justice.  Hasan is a prison Imam, a skilled writer, and a compassionate mentor and friend to fellow inmates. He was placed on death-row for his alleged leadership role in the 1993 Lucasville rebellion, which occurred shortly before his scheduled release, but he maintains innocence. Kinetic of the Free Alabama Movement has been locked up in solitary confinement for years for organizing, in his words, non-violence protests against the prison system in Alabama.  We will also be signing birthday cards for political prisoners who have birthdays this month: Brian Vaillancourt (Sept 5th), Leonard Peltier (Sept 12th), and Abdul Maumin Khabir (Sept 15th).

For reports and analysis of the 2016 prison strike see The Fire Inside.

If you can’t make it to the event but would like to write on your own:

Siddique Abdullah Hasan (Carlos A. Sanders) #R130559
Ohio State Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1436
Youngstown, OH 44505

Kinetik Justice (In letter, use chosen name Kinetik Justice but address envelope to:)
Robert Earl Council, 181418
Limestone CF D69
28779 Nick Davis Rd.
Harvest, AL 35749

Brian Vaillancourt #M42889
Robinson Correctional Institution
13423 East 1150th Ave.
Robinson, IL 62454

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
P.O. Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521

Abdul Maumin Khabir (aka Melvin Mayes) #09891-000
Federal Medical Center Rochester
P.O. Box 4000
Rochester, MN 55903

Assembly: A discussion with Micheal Hardt

from Facebook

Drawing on ideas developed through their well-known Empire trilogy, Hardt and Negri have produced, in ASSEMBLY, a timely proposal for how current large-scale horizontal movements can develop the capacities for political strategy and decision-making to effect lasting and democratic change.

In recent years “leaderless” social movements have proliferated around the globe, from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia. Some of these movements have led to impressive gains: the toppling of authoritarian leaders, the furthering of progressive policy, and checks on repressive state forces. They have also been, at times, disorganized and ineffectual, or suppressed by disoriented and perplexed police forces and governments who fail to effectively engage them.

Why have the movements, which address the needs and desires of so many, not been able to achieve lasting change and create a new, more democratic and just society? If these new social movements are to achieve meaningful revolution, they must invent effective modes of assembly and decision-making structures that rely on the broadest democratic base. We have not yet seen what is possible when the multitude assembles.
[September 7 from 7PM to 9PM at Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St]

J20 Benefit BBQ

from Facebook

J20 BENEFIT BBQ AT THE CUBE
VEGAN BBQ
BANDS IN THE BACKYARD AND BASEMENT
WELCOMING NEW ROOMMATES AND SENDING OFF PAST ONES IN FUCKIN STYLE

BLANK SPELL – ENCHANTED STOMP FRESH OFF A 6 WEEK TOUR
https://blankspell.bandcamp.com/album/miasma-lp

ENAMEL – RIPPING SOCIALLY CONCIOUS PUNK TO LOOK UP TO
https://enamelphl.bandcamp.com/

SPANDEX – PISSED OFF LOW FI PUNK PHILLY DEBUT
https://spandexpunx.bandcamp.com/releases

NIGHTFALL – CRASHING SMASHNG DISTORT
https://nightfall.bandcamp.com/

HUMO – DIS PUNK MAYHEM
https://humo.bandcamp.com/releases

INTERLOPER – RIPPIN RIFFIN ROCKIN RAGERS
https://interloperpunk.bandcamp.com/releases

N.E,G. – NEVER ENDING GUILT
https://n-e-g.bandcamp.com/album/ii

Donate to philly area j20 defendants using the link below
https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/62860

Other ways to help:::
Defendj20resistance.org

There will be an information table with zines and other media meant to help educate and inform people about the situation with J20 defendants, anarchism, mutual aid, state repression, community building and related subjects. I also plan to have an appearance by a public speaker that will speak on these points as well. Punk is undeniably political and the political is undeniably personal. We need to have more conversations with each other and our communities at large about social and political issues and movements. We can teach each other how to make this fucked up world a better place, as we all have varying experiences and lessons learned from those experiences. If anyone has any offering to contribute to this event in this way please don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s strengthen our community and stand in solidarity with each other in every way possible.

MORE INFO AS IT POURS IN DOWN THE WIRE OF THE INFOMATION VESSEL OF THE CUBE

Racist, sexist, homo/transphobic, mysoginist, predatorial behavior at this event will end very badly for the perpetrator so stay the fuck home if that’s your m.o.

[September 2 from 3 to 11pm at Time Shaped Cube $10]

Guerillas of Desire Book Launch, with Kevin Van Meter

from Facebook

Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official political and labor organizations. Guerrillas of Desire maps these undercurrents, documenting the history of everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout modern capitalism, while showing that it remains an important factor in revolution and something radicals of all stripes must understand. Join the author for a reading and discussion.
[August 31 from 7pm to 10pm at Wooden Shoe Books 704 South St]

RAM Philly – Fundraiser House Party!

from Facebook

Help us raise funds for our new location in Philly!!!!
You can add to the www.gofundme.com/ramphilly
OOOORRRRRR…..PARTYYYYY!!!!
The Fundraiser will have entertainment from:

Shelf Life:
https://shelflifemusic.bandcamp.com/

Quincy:
Buncha Hamms

The Four Of Us Are Dying:
Sludge w/ a taste of weed

Steve Layman:
Just a Layman

Boomshakalaka:
Kevin McLaughlin solo shit

Darren will be providing 1$ hamms and 2$ shots all night long so please come out to support!

3$ – 5#
No Jerks
No Aggro
If you don’t like it, leave.

Philly IWW BBQ

from Facebook

Fun BBQ for the Philly IWW there will be vegan/vegatarian options. Note: there will be an IWW meeting at the some sopt and ay at 3pm an hour before the BBQ starts. It will be ar the corner of 43rd and Baltimore ner the farmers market. We will also have liturature and information about the IWW. Feel free to bring music ,play guitar or read poetry.

 

[August 26 2PM to 6PM at Clark Park 43rd St and Baltimore Ave]

Vegan Brunch by Food Not Bombs!

from Facebook

Back by popular uprising! On August 26th from 10AM-3PM Food Not Bombs will be holding ANOTHER all vegan brunch, book and art sale to raise funds for comrades. $5-$10 for brunch (no one turned away for lack of funds!) Tons of great books, radical merhcandise and art for sale.

ALL money collected will go to in need comrades, we will update with specific recipients soon!

[LAVA Space 4134 Lancaster Ave]

Benefit show for Sophia (Hospitalized by Police)

from Facebook

An amazing friend and accomplice Sophia was beaten by police at an Alt-Right Counter Rally in Seattle the day after Charlotesville. Most of y’all knew her when she lived in Philly, but now she goes to school in Seattle.

At the counter-rally, she was hospitalized and had to get a ct scan and stitches in her head. We are trying to raise money for her to cover her hospital bills (copay for insurance, and any healing requirements). We are looking for bands willing to play a set for her! if you are interested, please message us, or comment!

Door fee will be sliding scale, if you can do 5-10 bucks, that’d be great, if you can’t donate, no one will be turned away.

Here is her statement:
“Hey y’all I just wanted to let everyone know that I am doing okay. Yesterday I had to go to the hospital after being hit in the head multiple times with a wooden baton. I had to have lacerations in my scalp stitched up and get a ct scan. All results came back clear with no internal bleeding or skull fracture. I am still on watch for any vision, neck and nerve problems that might occur from blunt force to the head. I am so thankful that I currently have health insurance and all of my medical expenses besides a co-pay are covered. Thank you to so many of you who reached out about helping with medical expenses. I encourage you to donate funds to folks effected in Charlottesville. My injury resulted from police protecting white supremacists. They are reporting no injuries even though many folks were attacked with chemical weapons, flash bangs, and blunt force. The police do not exist for protection. They exist to uphold oppression, white supremacy, capitalist interests and will use any means necessary to do so. This injury will not keep me off the streets and I will continue to fight. I am just so thankful that injuries were not worse.” please to not share for protection, but you can copy/paste if you would like”

[August 24 from 8PM to 10PM at LAVA Space 4134 Lancaster Ave]

Vigil for Protester Murdered in Charlottesville Today

from Facebook

[August 12 7PM to 9PM at City Hall]