AUTONOMOUS ZONE POSITION STATEMENT

This is another oldie but goodie I found poking around the ‘net, a press release we started at a collective meeting but actually finished at my work while I was on the clock for the press conference we had with Chicago Direct Action Network (DAN)-Labor, the local Anarchist Black Cross (probably called Chicago ABC, it was part of the ABC Network as opposed to the ABC Federation back in 2004 when this happened), Not In Our Name (NION), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), president of the local National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and Fred Hampton Jr. when we found out the Chicago Police Department’s Red Squad had been re-activated to monitor the above named groups.  You can read more about that in the ‘zine, The Autonomous Zone Infoshop: The A-Zone and a Decade of Anarchy in Chicago.

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CHICAGO–We, the Autonomous Zone Collective, are an anti-authoritarian organization.
We have been operating infoshops in the Chicagoland area for ten years. Our spaces
are used to facilitate political-social events in a fight for liberation from state
power.

We provided a space for some of the planning meetings around the time of the 2002
TABD Conference. Our group was one of the organizations that were infiltrated by the
Chicago Police Department in 2002 and some of our members were targeted for
harassment and false arrest.

The Chicago Police Department’s response is just another example of the state’s
historical systematic targeting of activists. Chicago’s history is rife with the
institutional abuse of power: from the genocide of the indigenous inhabitants of the
area to the repression we encounter today when people can’t organize against
military occupations abroad without being monitored secretly by the police.

It is illogical to say we are fighting for freedom abroad when our freedoms are
being siphoned away at home. Our government is perpetuating a climate of fear in
order to ensure compliance from the public. The security apparatus is designed to
protect the privileges of the minority of corporations and their politicians at the
cost of the civil liberties of the majority of the people.

Therefore, in defiance of this atmosphere of unwarranted fear, we feel it is
imperative to the survival of our freedom that we continue to organize against the
wars abroad and the incursions of our civil liberties at home.

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For June 2014 Is Now Available

Prison Books Collective

cupcake@Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for June. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

2) Seven prisoners at Polk CI in Butner, NC have started a hunger strike to protest their conditions. According to prisoners in the facility, additional men have been joining the strike since that first day. The strike was initiated in part by prisoners who were transferred out of Central Prison, following a class action lawsuit against the facility for abuse by guards in various “blind spots” around Unit One. That lawsuit has already forced the administration’s hand in videotaping any cell extractions by guards.  You can read their demands here.

Please support these men by sending mail and making phone calls to:

Frank Perry, Secretary of the Division of Prisons
4201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC…

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Interview with Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers

After hearing Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers speak, I was able to ask them a few questions. In front of me in line to speak with Dohrn was Boots Riley from The Coup’s father! Later I remembered Boots wrote the introduction to ex-Weather Underground Organization cadre David Gilbert’s memoirs, but I didn’t remember him talking about his father being a radical also! He was already personally familiar with Dohrn, and they greeted each other warmly. It was cool to meet him and he gladly accepted a copy of Slingshot.

I introduced myself to Dohrn by giving her a copy of Slingshot which she was happy to get and telling her about the talk at Knox College in Illinois where we met and I heard her talk in 2010. She said she remembered the talk and would answer a couple questions.

AI: I read that Shin’ya Ono who had wrote You Do Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows [a weather faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) position statement re-printed in the Weatherman reader, available to borrow from the Long Haul Infoshop] was Japanese, I’m half Japanese, so I find that interesting. I tried to do some research about what he’s doing now and all that came up was about a prominent Japanese politician with the same name and I had no idea, like I never read anything that he did, like if he even went underground or anything, so I was wondering if you could tell me what became of him after that.

BD: I don’t know. That’s not trivia and I don’t know the answer. Shin’ya Ono was a really brilliant historian and activist and he played you know I think a very important role once we went underground because he wasn’t partisan and he wasn’t part of those wars. But also he loved the fire and the spirit that we represented and yet he thought we were foolish in a lot of ways, and I think he played a very important role but I don’t know if he’s still alive. He was a terrific, independent intellectual which we need more of.

AI: I also recently read in Jane Alpert’s memoirs (Growing Up Underground, also available to borrow from the Long Haul!) that the code name for the Weather Underground was the eggplant and I’ve got a comrade in town, that’s his street name so I thought it was kind of funny so I started calling him The Eggplant whenever I refer to him.

BD: laughs.

AI: I was just wondering why? Why the eggplant?

BD: The Eggplant That Ate Chicago. [A song by the Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band, which I think I remembered reading this in Fugitive Days by Bill Ayers years ago since I knew the song from Dr. Demento broadcasts.]

AI: Oh, okay, ’cause of the Days of Rage.

BD: Yes. Well just because SDS came out of the National Office, was in Chicago, and I was born there, some of us were from there. Just that was the connection.

AI: Thank you very much.

BD: It’s a pleasure!

Afterwords I gave Bill Ayers a copy of Slingshot which he was also already familiar with and excited to get.

AI: I came in on a press pass from Slingshot and you know from reading collections like Weatherman and seeing the old film Underground I realized the importance of controlling our own media. New Left Notes (SDS’s journal) and you even did a journal and a political statement (Osawatomie and Prairie Fire:  The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism, along with many communiques) while you were underground. You talked a lot about mainstream media but only a little about underground, not even underground but the DIY stuff like KPFA (the local Pacifica station which this event was a benefit for), could you expand a bit about the importance of controlling our own media?

BA: When you say that I talk a lot about the mainstream media, what do you mean?

AI: [Tonight] you talked about how the mainstream media made a cartoon of you.

BA: I spend very little time whining about the mainstream media. The reality is that every movement has and develops its own media, it’s part of building a movement, is develop your own media and your own means of communication. One of the things that I think is an indication of the weakness of the progressive movement now and then is that we get into these silly kind of arguments about how the press is reporting us as if that’s what makes a movement. That doesn’t make a movement. So if the New York Times says that there were 50,000 of us in Washington and really there were 100,000 a lot of progressives get very agitated and their nose out of joint about that I don’t. I don’t look to the New York Times for affirmation, I don’t look to the Washington Post to see if I’m a real person. As we build a movement we have to build our own ways to communicate. The wonderful thing, you can go through history, all social movements have done this, but the wonderful thing about this moment is that today, our generation, this generation has more access to more information, and to more different kinds of formats than we ever had in history.  We have to use that as a tool to help us build a revolution.  That’s what we have to do, so yes, independent media.

By the time Ayers finished answering we were outside of the hall.  I thanked him and remarked I was in the A-Zone Collective when he spoke at one of our events at the New World Resource Center when it was in Humboldt Park, Chi back in ’04.  He said he remembered the event and asked how could I leave town.  I told him the neighborhoods I spent the most time in were being gentrifucked out of existence (namely Uptown and Pilsen) to which he replied, Yeah, but you’ve got to stop and fight sometime.  I didn’t want to get into this discussion since it was pretty late and I regrettably had turned out Slingshot’s recorder, so I replied with the quick answer, But I’m from the South Bay, which received a round of Ohs including from Ayers as someone remarked He’s a homeboy!   

An Evening with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

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On Wednesday November 6 I was able to attend a speech given by ex-Weather Underground Organization (WUO) cadre and educator Bill Ayers in Berkeley.   After getting on to the complimentary seats list on behalf of Slingshot, I grabbed a stack of 100 copies of the paper from the Long Haul Infoshop and meandered to the Hillside Club.  The usual gauntlet of beady eyed sectarians distributing pamphlets to the masses outside was sparse.  A couple Sparticists who for a change didn’t hassle me for not taking up exactly their line and someone from KPFA, the local Pacifica station that this was a benefit for and I were it compared to the Commie alphabet soup I’m used to from places like Chi and Clevo.

After being introduced to a packed room, Ayers introduced his long time partner who was also in the WUO and an educator, Bernardine Dohrn.  He started talking about the 2008 Presidential Campaign, and how Hillary Clinton was actually the first person to question Obama about his relationship with Ayers, before the McCain campaign really ran with it.

He went on to talk a great deal about his family, saying Dohrn used to joke that they only survived 11 years together on the run because she never told him they were underground.  He talked about their kids and parents, and described their home life with stories such as how once when his father, after he got Alzheimer’s and was living with them, was passed by six Anarchists staying at the house while attending an Anarchist conference in town said “This is some hotel you have here!”

Dohrn talked about resisting the Grand Jury invoked after the Brinks robbery which left three people dead and a number of radicals in prison including two ex-WUO cadre.  She described Grand Juries, including how they started in England and how they along with prisons should be abolished.  She described the prisoner support she received, and how she felt like she was supporting her visitors more than vice versa, a feeling I’ve gotten from pen palling with political prisoners and prisoners of war!  She concluded with how her mother, who had voted for Sen. Joseph McCarthy three times, smuggled a homemade chocolate chip cookie into prison for her in her bra!  Ayers went on to read from the part of his new memoirs that dealt with this time.

The host brought up a part of the book regarding talking with Tea Partiers, and Ayers responded giving examples of talking with all kinds of people and the meaninglessness of labels.

Ayers was asked about his stance on Obama and Arnie Duncan’s educational policies.  He talked about how both of their educational policies have a corporate nature involving privatization and and standardized tests.  He went on to say all kids should have access to the education children of these politicians get.  He told some illustrative stories then Dohrn talked about the Chicago teachers’ strike in 2012.

Ayers emphasized how Obama is an admittedly moderate politician, then Dohrn pointed out how it’s irrelevant because “he sits in the throne of empire,” we live in an empire in decline and we need to acknowledge that and organize at the grassroots.  Ayers expanded on the need for grassroots organizing.

They were asked if the WUO ruined the movement and what advice they have for young radicals.  Dohrn replied she had no advice for young people, but plenty for old ones, follow the youth!  She praised groups like the Immigrant Youth Justice League and the queer movement and the wide anti-war sentiment from when Obama proposed military action against Syria.  She talked about harnessing that momentum and also praised Code Pink.

Ayers followed advocating that we all think about what we can do for peace everyday and act on it, not just when there’s a war.  He talked about how the G8 was prevented from meeting in Chi and described the NATO protests last year and how the black Bloc’s slogan, “Shit’s fucked up!” was something we could all get behind.  He also spoke highly of the Iraq and Afghan Veterans Against the War and was seconded by Dohrn.

Dohrn talked about how the WUO was only a small part of the New Left, and how people should research many other groups from the era such as the Black Panthers.  She praised the women’s movement of the time and how many New Leftists participated in the turn towards labor, organizing in the factories and how that’s continued to effect the labor movement today.

Ayers pointed out that the movement wasn’t confined to the ’60s and paraphrased the Port Huron Statement saying we are all part of this generation, looking uncomfortably at the world we inherit.  He talked about the changes in the citizens of the U$ becoming against the war in Vietnam and praised the Black Freedom Movement and its work against the war, desertion by troops and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Dohrn talked about how the Vietnam War still effects people here, and the need for a Truth and Reconciliation Committee like in South Africa at the end of Apartheid.  Ayers admitted the WUO made a thousand mistakes but opposing the war with every fiber of their bodies was not one of them.  Dohrn brought up how they weren’t just an anti-war group, they were trying to make a revolution, and she wishes they hadn’t used the language of war in their rhetoric.

The last question they fielded was about how we can fight back against the attack on public education.  Ayers talked about the need to re-frame the discussion.  Every kid in public schools deserves a good education and this struggle is linked to environmentalism, poverty, women’s rights and Dohrn added racial justice.

The crowd, which had been applauding and occasionally laughing and at one point shared a collective gasp went wild one more time as Dohrn and Ayers were mobbed with people asking questions and taking photos.  I was able to ask a few questions which I’ll try to post the answers to later!

More on Slingshot

One of the articles I’ve been brainstorming for the next issue of Slingshot is a call for submissions.

Disappointed in Slingshot?  Submit an Article or Art!

When I first read Slingshot around the turn of the century I wasn’t impressed at all.  I can’t remember why, I just didn’t like it.  Years later in either late 2005 or early ’06 I found myself at one of the worker run cafes in Portland, Oregon at the time, the Red and Black without reading material.  I grabbed a recent copy of Slingshot and read it cover to cover, enjoying every article!

Knowing myself, I’m sure at least some of the change in perception was from my own personal growth (and/or de-evolution).  Though I’m sure at least some of my change in opinion came from what was possibly a whole different slew of contributors from the first couple issues I perused of Slingshot, and the first one I actually read and enjoyed all the way through.  Since then, my readings of Slingshot have been mostly somewhere in the middle.

If I’m not mistaken, pretty much every issue includes a call for submissions in the introduction.  Though I’ve been writing political material and trying to get my work published much longer than I’ve been reading Slingshot, this didn’t register with me for years.  The first submission I made wasn’t accepted for publication, and I was asked to edit my second but didn’t.  Some months later after writing another version of the second submission, an article about writing prisoners, for the website People of Color Organize! I also sent it to Slingshot and it was accepted with a major edition from the collective which made it far better, and became a new draft which was published by both the journal and website People Not Profit.

In other words, I would recommend that radical writers and artists please consider submitting your work to Slingshot.  Even if your first submission doesn’t get printed, please don’t be discouraged but think about trying to get something else of yours in.

For non-writers and artists living in or visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, please consider volunteering for the collective anyways.  There are many ways to plug in and help from typing to folding and taping copies of the paper for mailing.  It’s a truly collective process and a great deal of fun, for the most part.

http://slingshot.tao.ca/submissions.html or slingshot at tao dot ca

Slingshot Collective
P.O. Box 3051
Berkeley, CA 94703
510 540-0751 ex. 3

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As published before on this blog, I’ve pasted my original draft for the intro to the last issue of Slingshot.  Then below it I’ve pasted what was published which if I’m not mistaken was created by adding and subtracting material from three other drafts, plus the notes of co-editors who looked over the drafts.

To me this shows the truly collective nature of the writing process that can take place on certain pieces, and was illustrated in other aspects of the creation and distribution of the journal.

Slingshot is an independent radical newspaper published in Berkeley since 1988.

This issue we had one of the largest groups working on the journal in a while.  Meetings were attended by upwards of 15 people at a time, including many new folks.

Some of the big stories that are absent from this issue of Slingshot! were still discussed as we worked such as government whistle blowers; revealing NSA surveillance and Chelsea Manning’s trial.  Other stories from the injustice system such as George Zimmerman’s acquittal after shooting and killing an unarmed African American youth, Treyvon Martin, and the subsequent protests including those in the East Bay, and other shootings such as the North Carolina police shooting and killing an unarmed, 24 year old African American, Jonathan Ferrel, 10 times after he was in a car wreck, and the most recent mass shooting, this case in the Washington DC Navy Yard.

All of this is happening as the U$ government continues to wage a war of terror including, renewed saber rattling over a potential Syrian war, and to ignore if not deny climate change that has showed itself through both massive flooding in areas such as Colorado and massive fires such as those in Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  As if to increase this the tar sands pipeline continues to be worked on.

But amidst all this horror and injustice, we also see ongoing protests against the pipeline in both Canada and the U$, and the continued work on the institutions of a new society such as the gardens which came of the Biblioteca Popular Occupation which was reported in Slingshot! #113, ongoing movements such as Occupy the Farm, and new struggles such as even more squats being opened in Oakland.

Slingshot is always looking for new writers, artists, editors,  photographers, translators, distributors, etc. to make this paper. If  you send something written, please be open to editing.

Editorial decisions are made by the Slingshot Collective but not  all the articles reflect the opinions of all collectives members. We  welcome debate and constructive criticism.

Thanks to the people who made this:  Hayley, Joey, Jesse, Aaron, Brooke, Glenn, J— (wants to be called something else, please don’t forget!), Alex, Darin, J, Chris, Eggplant, __________… and all the authors and artists who contributed work.

“Introduction to Slingshot #114

“Slingshot is an independent radical newspaper published in Berkeley since 1988.

“This issue comes into the world as the light is fading and we are entering the season of long nights. More state oppression surrounds us with back room deals bent on fucking up the planet and depriving people of a free life… Visible resistance seems to spike from the early spring until now as we progress to the seed of winter. We will fucking rock into the night.

“The events in this issue give a slight nod to the ground recently taken. Since our last issue, governments worldwide continued repression of direct action activists — from Chelsea Manning and the NSA to banner droppers in the Arctic. It hasn’t stopped large numbers of us from taking the streets demanding immigrant rights, an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour, justice for Trayvon Martin and others killed by racists and cops, protests over mineral and land rights, and defeat of corrupt overseers in Honduras, Bahrain, etc. The Shit’s On!!

“On the surface the ferment may not appear as contagious and hip as the awe inspiring numbers who laid siege to Seattle or the wild fire spread of Occupy. But people are still pursuing that same kind of engagement whether the mainstream news reports it or not. The writing and ideas printed here aspire to express that spirit as it converges wrapped with a crudely made Anarchy sign.

“This issue we had one of the largest groups working on the journal in a while. Meetings were attended by upwards of 15 people at a time, including many new folks. There is very little pre-planned about this paper. The articles that make it into print are usually from random sources — but that makes the final paper multifaceted — like the movement itself. Of course it also makes our “voice” Off Beat, and not in a good way. Vital struggles and victories are happening as we are publicizing half cooked ideas and tepid analysis of (non)-events.

“This paper pulls together so many disparate voices, sometimes it seems like it’s fighting itself. Our individual ideas are frequently discordant. But when you place our voices side-by-side rather than against each other, you get a choir rather than a battlefield still harmonizing towards a better world.

“If you squint your eyes while turning the pages, you may just see this as another paint by numbers political waste of space. A big yawn. You may regard this as the same old recycled (issues) pictures, slogans and manifestos. And worse — presently this project is preoccupied with fluffy solutions. We lack visible and visceral anger and daring illegal acts. No unpleasant invites for those still awake beaconing a dash across barbed wire to freedom in the face of exponentially increasing rules and traps. At best you may hear a familiar song, “Diversity of Tactics” that may drive you from the dance floor entirely. But don’t go. If it’s missing in this paper…write for it, collect info for it, paint for it…

“This issue we used full-color rather than the two-tone spot color we’ve been using the last few years. We miss the low-tech simplicity of spot color even while full-color offers new toys to play with.

“Often we disparage our relation to money. Money offers poor security as compared with community. This paper allows you to enter a circle of people struggling to make its way without clinging to a bottom line that is determined to sell us out. A free paper for a free people on a free planet. Now is an exciting time for us when we ship off the Slingshot Organizer. That little dayplanner ultimately pays for this project — and enhances so many people’s lives. We hope we’ve done well with the support you have given us.

“Slingshot is always looking for new writers, artists, editors, photographers, translators, distributors, etc. to make this paper. If you send something written, please be open to editing.

“Editorial decisions are made by the Slingshot Collective but not all the articles reflect the opinions of all collectives members. We welcome debate and constructive criticism.

“Thanks to the people who made this: Aaron, Alex, Brooke, Carey, Darin, Eggplant, Emily, Fred, Gina, Glenn, Hayley, Heather, Jesse, Joey, Jordan, J-tronn, Kris, Mama Gramps, Mason, Susan, Vanessa, and all the authors and artists who contributed work.”

Taken from:  http://slingshot.tao.ca/issue.html?0114004

The Albany Bulb

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

In Slingshot #113 this blurb caught my eye as something to follow up on as I was going to spending sometime in the East Bay:

“The Battle for the Bulb: On May 6th, 2013, Albany City Council voted towards removing the humans and art that live on the capped landfill known as the Albany Bulb, a capped landfill that juts out into the Bay. The Albany Bulb has been a space of human wilderness for over a decade — with art, music, theatre, gardening, and creativity bursting from the seams. It is not always a “safe” place, but it is a free space, and it has become an international icon of autonomy. This summer, we are calling on artists, performers, builders, and creative people of all ilks to come make the Bulb your playground. Let’s show the world why autonomous space is more valuable than anything money can tame!”

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

After getting to Berkeley and checking in at the Long Haul Infoshop, I found out there was going to be a screening of a film about the Albany Bulb and a discussion about how to stop the impending eviction. It turned out Osha Neumann, who had been in the Family/Up Against the Wall Mother Fuckers and lived at Black Bear Ranch was at the discussion and was in the film, Bum’s Paradise which I had actually seen at the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival in 2003 but had totally forgotten about.

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

I’ve been able to go out to the Bulb a few times, sleeping out a couple of times, and meeting with people, trying to figure out what we can do to try to preserve the space. At least some of the other media coverage has been down right bizarre such as article, The Bulb: Enter the Anarchists, posted on the Albany Patch website. This reminds me of the importance of controlling our own media. I’ve pasted below an update on the Bulb from the new issue of Slingshot, #114.

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

Mural by Osha Neumann in the Long Haul

Albany Bulb Under Attack

By Amber Whitson

So, it has all come down to this. Twenty years of human habitation, wild art, wildflowers, wildlife, wild lives… All set to come to an end, in a flurry of bulldozers and dirt.

In the early, and mid-1900’s, the Albany Waterfront (along with most of the East Bay shoreline) was a dump, literally. The Albany Landfill was the final resting place for everything from slag (a rock-like byproduct from milling steel), to household trash (I have friends who remember going to the dump with their parents), to debris from the demolition of everything that was in the way when BART was constructed (the original Richmond City Hall, the original Berkeley Public Library, houses, businesses, etc.) The Albany Landfill was created, as a result of that dumping. Twenty years of litigation by various environmental groups finally resulted in the closure of the Albany dump, in 1983.

30 years after local environmental advocates stopped the waters off the Albany Coast from being further filled with trash, the old Albany Landfill is a year-round pitstop for nomadic critters; an endlessly evolving gallery of Found-Object Art; and Home to (at last count) 64 people, who otherwise have nowhere else to live.

In 1993, local police started actually *telling* Albany’s homeless citizens, to go live at “the Landfill”. Then, in 1999, they threw the previously-homeless Albany Bulb residents, back out into the streets. The City of Albany spent money on a dog and pony show of “service organizations”; and put an ordinance on the books (which outlawed, among other things, “loitering” in Albany Parks and Open Spaces), in an attempt to essentially stop homeless individuals from being able to live in their town. Somewhere around the year 2000 (roughly), Albany told their Police to NOT enforce the camping ordinance.

So, not long after the ’99 eviction, people who were homeless in the area, were again, told to go stay at the Albany Bulb. Since then, those living on the Albany Bulb have done so without fear of the police harassment that others endure in nearby Berkeley, being inflicted upon them, just for being homeless.

Since this country’s economy started to *really* tank, and the number of people living on the streets in America has increased, so too has the number of otherwise-homeless individuals, who have (for lack of anywhere else to live) found and made a Home for themselves, on the Albany Bulb.

All these years, alongside those who live here, there are those who visit the Landfill, and enjoy this land for its recreational value. They hike, they walk their dogs, and 99% of them will tell you that the people who profess to be scared of the homeless who live on the Bulb, are being ridiculous.

With all of Albany’s homeless safely quarantined on the Albany Bulb, the City has seen no need to build (or even properly zone part of their town for) a homeless shelter. Albany has only 15 units of low income housing (the Creekside Apartments complex, at 1155 San Pablo Ave.) in the entire city. The City of Albany has never spent any of the funds that it receives from the government, which other cities commonly spend on their *own* homeless, on anything that has actually helped any homeless citizens. Ever.

Yet, in May of this year, a handful of right-wing recreationalists (mostly representatives of Citizens for East Shore Parks) wormed their way into the ears of the Albany City Council. And, in a unanimous decision, the Council voted to spend *more* money, on yet *another* dog and pony show, to be followed up by the “resumption” of enforcement of the camping ordinance, starting in October.

With nowhere else to legally sleep (while homeless), within the City of Albany, an economic cleansing* of sorts, is inevitable. “Economic cleansing” is similar to ethnic cleansing, but is instead done to an economic minority (poor people), as opposed to an ethnic minority.

The goal that the City of Albany is ultimately trying to achieve, is to hand the Albany Bulb over to the State, for the purpose of becoming part of the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.

However, the transfer of the Bulb to the State, will mean something far more devastating than just 60 or so people becoming “re-homeless”…

From the Eastshore State Park General Plan: “Consistent with the Eastshore park project’s cultural resource guidelines, the practice and products associated with unauthorized artistic expression (e.g., installations, structures, paintings, etc.) on the Albany Bulb will be reviewed in accordance with State Parks’ systemwide (sic) cultural resource procedures prior to their removal.”

East Bay Regional Park District’s definition of a “cultural resource”: “Cultural resources include archaeological, historical, and scientifically valuable sites, areas, and objects.” To the Parks District, as well as to Albany, any art that is not officially commissioned is unauthorized.

That’s right. They’re coming for the art. And, they’ve already started. So far, they have only removed the Art that was on/near the Plateau. But, that’s merely the first few millimeters of their descent down the slippery slope of gentrification.

First, the Art and the Community of Bulb-dwellers… then, off-leash dogs… then…

If you support the right of *all people* to Share the Bulb:

1. Check out sharethebulb.org

2. Write to Albany City Hall at cityhall@albanyca.org, or

3. Go visit the Albany Bulb: At 1 Buchanan Street Extension in Albany, California, on the Albany Waterfront. Come see for yourself, we don’t bite. We just want to Share the Bulb… without being forced (back) into homelessness, first.

Stop Hobophobia. Share the Bulb

Taken from: http://slingshot.tao.ca/issue.html?0114007

Slingshot! #114

Working with the Slingshot! Collective has been one of the more exciting and fulfilling experiences I’ve had since leaving Tucson in July. I had submitted my review of Kids of the Black Hole which though submitted early missed the main editing meetings, and was considered too long by everyone who did look at it. But the upside has been working in person with a sizeable media collective in an Infoshop, The Long Haul, that has been around for some 20 years. I ended up submitting a very brief blurb about the tree sit and drafting the introduction which we’ll be meeting about amongst other things Thursday evening.

Slingshot is an independent radical newspaper published in Berkeley since 1988.

This issue we had one of the largest groups working on the journal in a while.  Meetings were attended by upwards of 15 people at a time, including many new folks.

Some of the big stories that are absent from this issue of Slingshot! were still discussed as we worked such as government whistle blowers; revealing NSA surveillance and Chelsea Manning’s trial.  Other stories from the injustice system such as George Zimmerman’s acquittal after shooting and killing an unarmed African American youth, Treyvon Martin, and the subsequent protests including those in the East Bay, and other shootings such as the North Carolina police shooting and killing an unarmed, 24 year old African American, Jonathan Ferrel, 10 times after he was in a car wreck, and the most recent mass shooting, this case in the Washington DC Navy Yard.

All of this is happening as the U$ government continues to wage a war of terror including, renewed saber rattling over a potential Syrian war, and to ignore if not deny climate change that has showed itself through both massive flooding in areas such as Colorado and massive fires such as those in Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  As if to increase this the tar sands pipeline continues to be worked on.

But amidst all this horror and injustice, we also see ongoing protests against the pipeline in both Canada and the U$, and the continued work on the institutions of a new society such as the gardens which came of the Biblioteca Popular Occupation which was reported in Slingshot! #113, ongoing movements such as Occupy the Farm, and new struggles such as even more squats being opened in Oakland.

Slingshot is always looking for new writers, artists, editors,  photographers, translators, distributors, etc. to make this paper. If  you send something written, please be open to editing.

Editorial decisions are made by the Slingshot Collective but not  all the articles reflect the opinions of all collectives members. We  welcome debate and constructive criticism.

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White Castle Timber Sale Blockade

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The Cascadia Forest Defenders have been tree blockading the White Castle Timber sale via tree sits, stopping the destruction of remaining old forests in southern Oregon.  They are looking for support, and will provide what they can for people who come out such as food, training and gear.  I hitch hiked to Eugene in August where I met up with some of them and learned a bit about tree climbing before we went to the sit.

According to their call to action, “The White Castle timber sale is the first of a new type of clearcut – a Variable Retention Harvest.  Variable Retention Harvests cut 70% of a forest leaving the remaining 30% in little scattered patches. The science, developed by Drs. Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, is that there is not enough young forest around for species that need more meadow-like habitat, like butterflies and moths.”

http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2013/08/10/cascadia-calling/

For more information please check:  forestdefensenow.com or write cascadiaforestdefenders at riseup dot net!