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

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]

LAVA Benefit : Solarized, Sheena + Nosebleeds, Manikineter

from Facebook

hey LAVA Space needs our help to pay some bills! come see some bands and give some cash!

SOLARIZED
http://solarized.bandcamp.com/
(transcend the paradigm…don’t want the moon, stay yo ass on earth then)

MANIKINETER
https://carlkavorkian.bandcamp.com/album/mannequin-eater
(the freedom and liberation of paranoia, the ghost in the machine)

SHEENA AND THEE NOSEBLEEDS
https://sheenatheenosebleeds.bandcamp.com/
(the queen of comets burst through the noise)

WEATHER
https://whatsweather.bandcamp.com/releases
(b-list gobots make messy trance)

DJ Yung Nila

[June 25 7-11PM at LAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave]

LAVA Benefit: The Guests, Ramona Cordova, Anili Mars, Talon Duch

from Facebook

After a bunch of bullshit, we owe the water department a lot of money. Come help us out and enjoy a bunch of dope music.

The Guests
https://theguests000.bandcamp.com/

Ramona Córdova
https://ramonacordova.bandcamp.com/

Anili Mars
https://soundcloud.com/anilimars

Talon Ducheneaux
http://bazille.squarespace.com/

$5-20 Sliding scale love for LAVA
Doors at 7PM

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT BUT YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO THROW IN FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL SPACE, YOU CAN DONATE HERE:
https://www.gofundme.com/save-lava-from-water-dept-chumps

[June 24 at 7pm at LAVA 4134 Lancaster Av]

Vegan Solidarity Brunch / Book / Art Sale

from Facebook

On June 17th from 10AM-2PM Food Not Bombs will be holding an 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 and art for sale.

50% of all we raise will go to LAVA, and the other 50% will go to the Philly J20 defense fund.

SOLIDARITY NOT CHARITY!
[LAVA Space 4134 Lancaster Ave]

SAVE LAVA FROM WATER DEPT CHUMPS

from Go Fund Me

[Video]

HELP!!

LAVA Space is a grassroots organizing and media center located in the Belmont neighborhood of Philadelphia. For over two decades the space has served as a place for activist groups and communities to meet, eat and share art and music.

The water department recently cut our water supply off until we jumped through numerous hoops to get a water meter installed. After this was done, we went to pay the bill and found that we were being charged $3571.82 for 10 years of not paying for water. Apparently, in 2008 someone cut the meter out of the water main so that we wouldn’t get billed. We were able to put the debt on a payment plan so that we can pay $450 upfront and then $108 per month for the next 30 months. We’re asking for help as we already have trouble keeping up with other monthly bills and it will be extremely difficult to pay this one on top of the rest.

LAVA was established to provide a meeting space and resources to a neighborhood with serious needs. The downstairs of the building houses a library, weekly produce distribution and an event space that gives a platform to artists and organizations from a wide range of backgrounds. The upstairs is used as affordable office space for groups fighting for social justice (Human Rights Coalition and Radio Prometheus) and the Shark Tank recording studio, which has become an important resource for young musicians in the community.

Please help keep LAVA afloat by donating what you can and sharing this page with your networks.

Thanks!!!

Films at LAVA Library Tomorrow

from Instagram

Tomorrow we’re screening documentary on the Quebec student strike of 2012 and an interview with radicals about gentrification. 5 to 8pm wednesday come out! (address in bio) [4134 Lancaster Av]

Lava Space Benefit Cypher with Pinkwash, Ronnie Vega and More!

from Facebook

LAVA Space is a community library and event space in Philadelphia where people meet, perform, create, collaborate and rise up. In our efforts to make the space as safe and as functional as possible, we’re raising money to fix it up a little. On January 28, noise rock geniuses Pinkwash will be playing a cypher for Philly MC’s Anili Mars, Kahlil Ali and Ronnie Vega. DJ Kilamanzego will also be rocking the house.
This will be the first of what we hope to be a monthly collaboration and fundraising event to make sure that LAVA can stay open, safe and available for everyone as a source of creativity and community.

AniLi Mars
https://soundcloud.com/anilimars

Kahlil Ali
https://soundcloud.com/kahlilali

Ronnie Vega
https://soundcloud.com/ronnievega

Kilamanzego
https://soundcloud.com/zeegystardust

Pinkwash
https://pinkwash.bandcamp.com/

Doors at 7, Music at 8
$5-20

If you can’t make it to the show, but would still like to donate to efforts to improve the library and event space, stay tuned. We’ll have a page up soon for that.

Anti-Authoritarian Assembly

from Facebook

A second post-election assembly has been called for this Saturday. This is an opportunity to hear about new and ongoing projects, report back on events, share information and deepen analyses and strategies as we prepare for Trump’s inauguration and move forward into the new year.

Since this is an anti-authoritarian assembly, it will not provide a platform for political parties. Additionally, the assembly will not provide space for discussions of political or economic reform. Displays of oppressive behavior will be confronted and opposed.

This assembly is not a decision-making body. It is a space to increase coordination, communication and discuss what we would like to see in the future.

This is an open assembly, please help maintain a culture of security, as we cannot promise a cop and snitch free environment.

LAVA is a wheelchair-accessible space (with a small ramp to enter) and has an ADA approved, gender-neutral bathroom.

Saturday, January 14
3:30pm
LAVA Space
4134 Lancaster Ave

Movies at LAVA Library

from Instagram

movies at library tomorrow. puerto rican liberation and french youth rebellion on the menu. come by!

[Dec 28 from 5pm to 8pm at LAVA Space 4134 Lancaster Ave]