Machines In Flames Movie Screening

Submission

July 22
Movie starts 8PM
Contact Here & Now Zines for more information

Machines in Flames (2022, 50min) was first distributed through a network of self-erasing USB data sticks dropped outside corporate campuses.This prompted emails from tech firms who feared the release of its secret history of computational self-destruction. They sought to contain its cinematic search for an elusive group – CLODO – that bombed computer companies in 1980s Toulouse, France.

Journeying through the cybernetic nodes of military, industrial, and socialist development, Machines in Flames exposes how recording devices fail to collect the ashes of history. It is unclear what made corporate security firms most anxious: the film’s fiery archival traces, its viral desktop choreography, the paranoid footage of nocturnal stakeouts, or its philosophical investigation of self-combustion?

Machines in Flames is the debut film of the Destructionist International, and the first in a series on the appetite for abolition in ultra-leftism.

The Destructionist International is dedicated to the negative in all of its forms. It is driven by a shared inclination: a taste for the fury of destruction, away from the dull submission of situations to reasoned judgement. This passion helps DI maintain a militant indifference toward individuals, organization, and institutionalization of any kind. It owes its existence to radical events, those rare situations in which abolition becomes actual.

The Destructionist International works across a variety of creative mediums (text, image, video, sound) and themes (militancy, sabotage, technology, liberation). Its first work was the the film Machines in Flames, in which media scholar Andrew Culp and cultural geographer Thomas Dekeyser retraced the footsteps of CLODO’s historic attacks on computer firms in the 1980s.


Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at machinesinflames.com

In Contempt #11: 2021 Comes to a Close

from It’s Going Down

[This post only contains information relevant to Philadelphia and the surrounding area, to read the entire article follow the above link.]

Supporters of Philadelphia defendant Lore Elisabeth Blumenthal have now created a new flyer to raise awareness of her case.

https://nitter.net/pic/media%2FFEzicreXwAEkR5m.jpg%3Fname%3Dorig

Uprising Defendants

Everyone should support the defendants facing charges related to their alleged participation in the George Floyd uprising – this list of our imprisoned comrades needs to be getting shorter, not longer. See Uprising Support for more info. The status of pre-trial defendants changes frequently, but to the best of our knowledge they currently include:

David Elmakayes 77782-066
FDC Philadelphia
PO BOX 562
Philadelphia, PA 19105

You can donate to David’s legal funds here.

Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal 70002-066
FDC Philadelphia
PO BOX 562
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Upcoming Birthdays

Fred “Muhammad” Burton

Fred Burton is one of the Philly 5, a group of men accused of an alleged attack on a police station that left one officer killed. He was sentenced to a life term for murder. Burton has maintained his innocence since his arrest. His preferred name is Muhammad, but envelopes should be addressed to Fred Burton.

Pennsylvania uses Connect Network/GTL, so you can contact him online by going to connectnetwork.com, selecting “Add a facility,” choosing “State: Pennsylvania, Facility: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections,” going into the “messaging” service, and then adding him as a contact by searching his name or “AF3896.”

Birthday: December 15

Address:

Smart Communications/PA DOC
Fred Burton
AF3896
SCI Somerset
Post Office Box 33028
St Petersburg, Florida
33733

Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the state has now dropped its attempts to criminalize Alejandro in relation to the uprising, all Vaughn-related prisoners continue to be targets for retaliation. Years later, these prisoners are still being abused for staying in solidarity with one another against the state.

Pennsylvania uses Connect Network/GTL, so you can contact him online by going to connectnetwork.com, selecting “Add a facility,” choosing “State: Pennsylvania, Facility: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections,” going into the “messaging” service, and then adding him as a contact by searching his name or “NW2883.”

Birthday: December 17

Address:

Smart Communications/PADOC
Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz, NW2883
SCI Coal Township
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733

Jonathan Rodriguez

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the state has now dropped its attempts to criminalize Jonathan in relation to the uprising, all Vaughn-related prisoners continue to be targets for retaliation. More than three years later, these prisoners are still being abused for staying in solidarity with one another against the state.

Pennsylvania uses Connect Network/GTL, so you can contact him online by going to connectnetwork.com, selecting “Add a facility,” choosing “State: Pennsylvania, Facility: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections,” going into the “messaging” service, and then adding him as a contact by searching his name or “NU0434.”

Birthday: December 31

Address:

Smart Communications / PA DOC
Jonathan Rodriguez – NU0434
SCI Phoenix
PO Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL, 33733

July discussion: The Torture Garden

from Viscera

Grab your sunscreen and a towel because we’re back and ready for our next reading discussion with a twist – this one’s about fiction!

Join us July 24th from 1-3 in Clark Park for a discussion of Octave Mirbeau’s classic The Torture Garden. Find the reading here.

To Priests, Soldiers, Judges—
to men who rear, lead or govern men
I dedicate these pages of murder and blood.

We’ll be meeting near the chess tables – see you there!

Philly Spring Skillshare Convergence

Submission

Please spread through your networks.

Philly Spring Skillshare Convergence
call for workshop proposals

We’re looking for people interested in giving skill building workshops
around the themes of revolutionary survival and growth. 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-capitalist, anti-authoritarian ways.

This spring we’ll be hosting a free outdoor come together. Throughout
the day there will be workshops, food, literature, and hanging out.
Expect blocs of workshops alongside informal and spontaneous learning.

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 mention above. 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 spring!
Here & Now Zines

anti-gentrification graffiti

Submission

on some condo at 47th street and woodland ave

 

Black and Green Review in Philly

from facebook

KT will be at the Wooden Shoe to talk about Black and Green Review, anarcho-primitivism, the state of green anarchy, and more.
[July 11 at Wooden Shoe Books and Records 704 South St]

Anarchism, Decolonization, and Radical Democracy

from Haverford

2015 Mellon Symposium
Organized by Andrew Cornell
Friday, March 27, 2015

Anarchism has inspired global social movements for more than two decades, yet remains peripheral to academic debate. Scholars have developed sophisticated conceptions of radical democracy, but these have been slow to inform on-the-ground organizing. Both frameworks critique the imperial foundations and racial exclusions of liberal theory and institutions, as do a growing contingent of scholars and activists who demand a thoroughgoing decolonization of our social, political, and intellectual lives.

This symposium explores what common ground and what tensions exist between these critical perspectives by providing a unique forum for conversation amongst an international ensemble of respected organizers and scholars.