May online discussion: The reproduction of daily life / Dupont

from Viscera

We’ll be reading two pieces this month – the classic Reproduction of Daily Life by Fredy Perlman and some thoughts on the essay from Frére Dupont in their essay On Marxist Ideas of Change.

The practical everyday activity of wage-workers reproduces wage labor and capital. Through their daily activities, “modern” men, like tribesmen and slaves, reproduce the inhabitants, the social relations and the ideas of their society; they reproduce the social form of daily life. Like the tribe and the slave system, the capitalist system is neither the natural nor the final form of human society; like the earlier social forms, capitalism is a specific response to material and historical conditions.

Find Perlman’s essay here and Dupont here.

Discussion will be on May 23rd on jitsi from 1-3 EST. Contact us for the password!

May in-person discussion: Against Identity Politics

from Viscera

A reading liked this piece so much we’re doing it twice! Or in this case, a third time. Our in-person discussion this month will be Against Identity Politics by Lupus Dragonowl.

Find the essay here.

We’ll be meeting in Clark Park on Sunday, May 16th from 1-3 – find us by the chess tables!

April in-person event: demotivational training

from Viscera

We’re gonna take a bet on more nice weather and host another in-person outdoor event this month! Following up on bolo’bolo’s resistance to the planetary work machine, we’ll be reading excerpts from Demotivational Training by Guillaume Paoli.

…the objective of practicing demotivation, and this treatise is a modest step in that direction, would be rather to divest oneself from the apparatuses used to lead all of us donkeys to the market, to methodically dismantle the mechanisms that ensure that, despite everything, it works.

Readings:

We’ll be meeting on Saturday, April 24th from 1-3 pm at Clark Park near the chess tables.

April online event: Against Identity Politics

from Viscera

This month we’ll be revisiting Against Identity Politics, the classic critique of identity politics by Lupus Dragonowl. The world has lots of bad critiques of identity politics, but this is one we actually like.

From all of this, we must conclude that IPs are just another type of leftist, promoting sacrifice and renunciation, posing as liberators of the oppressed.

Find the essay here.

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, April 18th from 1-3pm EST on jitsi. Get in touch for the password!

March discussions: bolo’bolo, virtual and in reality

from Viscera

The weather is getting nicer, so we’re doing two discussions this month on the same reading! We’ll be revisiting (or, for some of us, reading for the first time) the classic work of anarchist utopia that’s neither, bolo’bolo.

bolo’bolo is also a modest proposal for the new arrangements on the spaceship after the Machine’s disappearance. Though it started as a mere collection of wishes, a lot of considerations about their realization have accumulated around it. bolo’bolo can be realized world-wide within five years, if we start now. It guarantees a soft landing in the second reality. Nobody will starve, freeze or die earlier than today in the transition period. There’s very little risk.

For those who prefer (or require) an online discussion, we’ll be meeting on jitsi in the room viscerapvd on Sunday, March 21st at 1-3 pm. Get in touch with us for the password!

We’ll also be doing an in-person discussion one week later on Sunday, March 28th in Clark Park (meet near the chess tables) from 1-3 pm.

This reading is a bit long, so we recommend staring early! It’s a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing people in one form or another for the discussion!

PHILLY SKILLSHARE CONVERGENCE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submission

This summer we’re hosting the 2nd annual Philly Skillshare Convergence! Mark your calendar for the weekend of June 11th!* This year’s skillsharebis a free weekend long event with the intention of strengthening our individual and collective capacities to survive, grow, heal, build, organize, attack, imagine, dream, and live in anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian ways. We’re looking for people interested in giving skill building workshops and holding discussions around the theme of liberatory struggle. We generally want workshops to be about an hour long. We are also looking for tablers.

If you’re interested in presenting or tabling please send us a brief description of what you have in mind and how it connects to the theme mentioned above, along with the best way to reach you, and a 2-5 sentence description for promotional purposes.
The *~*hard*~* deadline for submissions is April 15th!!
Send your proposals to hereandnowzines@riseup.net

We also need help with promotion, day of setup & breakdown, food, holding down the welcome table, accessibility, and organizing entertainment. If you want to lend a hand or have other ways you’d like to participate, please reach out.

See you this summer!
Here & Now Zines
hereandnowzines@riseup.net

*raindate for the skillshare is the following weekend

October anarchist bazaar and reading discussion

from Viscera

Enjoy some much-needed and rarely gotten face-to-face time with other anarchists on Saturday, October 3rd as we gather for a discussion of the essay Social War, Antisocial Tension by Josep Gardenyes.

When an old lady marches in a protest and imagines the street free of cars and full of gardens; when a young boy lights fire to a shopping center that he and his friends have filled with gas cans and imagines a forest growing out of the ruins; when a mother entertains the fantasy of conducting her own birthing with friends in a free community where her daughter will never know of prison, of marriage, of advertising that assaults her self-esteem, of pollution, of institutional education; when all those worlds flourish parallel to our own, we will be stronger than ever.

Find the whole text here

We’ll be meeting in Clark Park again, this time at the dog bowl – discussion starts at 1:15, come around 1 for social time. As usual, we’ll have some books and pamphlets for viewing and purchase.

Urgent Eviction Defense

from Instagram

A Second Eviction Has been posted by the city for both JTD (22nd and Ben Franklin) and Camp Teddy (2013 ridge ave)
Residents have no intentions of leaving while the city negotiates their livelihoods in circles.

Tomorrow, Tuesday August 18th @ 9:00 am.

We need bodies to come out and hold down both locations for
* Cop Watching & Police Survalince
•Patrolling the area, recording names and badge number. Lower arrest risk
* Barricading & Securing the Camp
* Help move, and construct barricades for the perimeter. Trucks are useful in picking up barricades from around the city and transporting them back. Lower Arrest Risk
* Residential Support
* Keep resident informed on ongoing actions, help residents pack their belongings and clean, keeping calm and getting/keeping contact in the event we are displaced. Lower arrest risk
* Defense Unit
* Willing and able to defend camp against the cops physically. Using your bodies as a line of defense. Come equipped with protective gear. Higher arrest risk

With eviction courts opening back up and the moratorium over, landlord and police are ready to ramp up eviction like this city has never seen before. Philly will not back down and submit to the oppressive forces trying to sweeps us up and out of sight. We will stand together. The city has decided to use our cities unhoused as testing bunnies for what poor and disenfranchised folks all around the city will experience on September 1st, when eviction are allowed to procede and people can be uprooted from their lives. Send a CLEAR message that an attack on our must vulnerable is an attack on our whole community, this is unacceptable. Will you stand with us?

Tomorrow morning, BEFORE 9 o’clock !

Be prepared to defend against our camp.

Summer Skillshare Convergence

from Facebook

An all-day event of skill building workshops to strengthen our
individual and collective capacities to survive, heal, build, attack,
imagine, and live in anti-cop, anti-capitalist, and anti-authoritarian
ways.

Workshops all day…….BYO seating
Free screenprinting…..BYO fabric
Open grill…………..BYO food

Email us with any accessibility questions: hereandnowzines@riseup.net

~*Schedule*~
1-2 Screenprinting, Anything But Obedience
2-3 Authentic relating games, Prop Werks, Boosting 101,
3-4 Reimagining consent, accountability, and justice, Graffiti
4-5 Demo safety & tactics, Guerilla Gardening 101, The Anti-Capitalist and Anti-Colonial Roots of Harm Reduction
5-6 Discussion on fear & uncertainty, Parkour, Slingshot making
6-7 Trains, Introduction to herbal first aid, Political Prisoner Support
7-8 #!/bash/back, Trauma Support for Anarchists
8-9 Invisibility, Internet Security 101 & Intro to Tails OS

[Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Bartram North]

Philly Summer Skillshare Rescheduled

from Instagram

Initially postponed due to covid, we feel the urgency to reschedule in light of the rent political climate. We’re looking for people interested in giving skill building workshops around the themes of revolutionary struggle. We’re planning an all-day event with the intentions of strengthening our individual and collective capacities to survive, heal, build, attack, imagine, and live in anti-cop, anti-capitalist, & anti-authoritarian ways.

Expect free food, literature, blocs of workshops alongside informal and spontaneous learning and hanging.

If you’re interested in presenting a workshop please send us a brief description of what you have in mind and how it connects to the themes. We’re looking for workshops to be more or less an hour long.

Please send your proposals to hereandnowzines@riseup.net

We’re also looking for help with setup/breakdown, food, and accessibility, so if you want to lend a hand please reach out.

See you in the streets!
Here & Now Zines

Deadline for Submissions July 1st, Skillshare date July 25th rain dates July 26 Aug 1

 

LAVA SPACE Benefit: Moor Mother, Pinkwash, Soul Glo, FOD !

from Facebook

They’re back! More details soon! But here are the lineups:

FEB. 29/6pm
*****************
F.O.D.
Soul Glo
Manikineter
OOLOI
Disappearances

MARCH 1/6pm
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Moor Mother
Pinkwash
Camp Candle
Rainbow Crimes
Kahlil Ali

We ask for $10 each day. If you have to give less, or what to give more, we feel ya! All proceeds go to LAVA Space so they can pay fees and taxes after battling to get the space back.

No homophobes, transphobes, racists, misogynists. Seriously, not just “no jerks”; we are tired of your abuse, so stay away because it won’t be cute for ya.

[LAVA Space 4134 Lancaster Ave]

Benefit Show!

from Facebook

Trendgender
Kahlil Ali
Cranes are Flying
Gait
Yoshi sun

Doors at 7:30
$5-$10 suggested donation benefitting Occupy PHA and Philly Anarchist Black Cross

[December 13 7:30-11PM at Gilbert’s Shoes 1652 Ridge Ave]

Healing & Justice – Honoring Dr. Mutulu Shakur – Philadelphia

from Facebook

Book an appointment for acupuncture, massage or an herbal consultation for yourself or as a gift for someone who deserves it. Through his revolutionary work with Lincoln Detox, Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture, Dr. Shakur utilized acupuncture to not only heal but also empower. In honor of this legacy, licensed acupuncturists, massage therapists and herbalists will come together at Six Fishes Neighborhood Acupuncture to provide care for sliding scale donations of $25- $50.

Donations are tax-deductible & support Dr. Shakur’s legal defense, commissary essentials, and projects promoting justice for the Black community. In solidarity with long-term political prisoner from Philadelphia who is battling cancer, Russell Maroon Shoatz, a portion of proceeds from the event will go to his support fund. Cash is accepted or for a tax deduction, bring check or money order made out to CAD.

Since space is limited, use the form below to schedule an appointment: http://mutulushakur.com/site/2019/11/healing-justice-philadelphia-2019/

[December 7 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Six Fishes Acupuncture,  Chinese Herbs & Massage 2308 Grays Ferry Ave]

Anarchy Afternoons Schedule Change

from Twitter

Starting this week, Anarchy Afternoons is moving to a 3-6 pm schedule (still Fridays)

[Fridays at the A-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave]

Running Down The Walls 2019 Reportback

from Philly ABC

Philly ABC is happy to report the success of our second annual Running Down The Walls in support of political prisoners, held on September 7th, roughly 2 years from the date that our group formed. We again chose a late summer date for the event, but we hope to align our 2020 RDTW with other ABC chapters. We also joined the ABCF earlier this year to more closely work with our long-term comrades in the LA and former Philly ABC chapters.

We gathered at 10 am in FDR park for a yoga warm-up led by Sheena Sood. It was a beautiful morning, warm and sunny with a nice breeze coming off the lake. Two laps around the park loop is conveniently almost exactly 5K. Like last year, we split into 3 groups: walkers, joggers and runners. Walkers left the starting line around 11 am, followed by the joggers at 11:10 and the runners at 11:20. Afterward, we gathered for a group photo, speeches by Mike Africa Jr. (son of Debbie and Mike Africa who were also participating in the event), Janet and Janine Africa, and refreshments provided by Food Not Bombs Solidarity.

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Together we raised a total of $1940 to split between the ABCF Warchest, and the Never Give Up! project started by Mike Africa Jr. to provide long-term support for released members of the MOVE 9. We chose royal blue as the color for this year’s shirt to support and raise awareness for Chuck Africa’s fight against colon cancer from within prison. Chuck Africa is up for parole later this year, and along with Delbert Africa is one of the remaining members of the MOVE 9 not yet paroled. Another long-term comrade behind bars in PA, Russell Maroon Shoatz, is also battling colo-rectal cancer so we ran in royal blue in solidarity with him as well. Maroon’s support team is collecting funds to help secure him holistic health options.

At the time of last year’s RDTW, in commemoration of 40 years since the arrest of the MOVE 9, only Debbie had been paroled. This year we were grateful for not only the release of Mike and his reunification with Debbie and family, but the release of Janet, Janine and Eddie as well, all of whom participated for the first time outside of prison walls! We look forward to more successes in the next year!

Until all are free!
Philly ABC