Union Square Diary: Sharing Zines, a Typical Day

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Since court for Cecily let out earlier than expected Monday I made copies of about 600 zines, and at 2:30pm set up the free literature table in Union Sq. Park. I was a bit nervous about doing so since I didn’t know if I’d have any back-up at all, which becomes an uncomfortable and serious issue when urination becomes necessary. Fortunately it all worked out. I little after 3pm, a friend joined me for a few hours. We enjoyed the sun and some complimentary ice cream from a supportive nearby business!
Shortly after they left I met a math teacher who told me he was part of a red and black anarchist – socialist distro in CA about 8 years ago. He said he was interested in helping out so I offered him a chair and he got to folding right away. It was very appreciated since we were pretty low on zines ready to give out. Shortly after he left around 7:30pm an activist friend who regularly helps out with IOH efforts came by and assisted until we packed up at 9:30pm.

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Early on our Occupy friends Justin Stone-Diaz and Chaos Kitty stopped by, later I met some Swedes, one of whom had been active syndicalists in the past. They said they would come to court for Cecily on Wednesday. I also met a middle aged South Asian man from Toronto who told me he thought he might be an anarchist or at least something “close to it.” A white middle aged libertarian who scoffed at anarchy but opened up when I told him I also identified as a libertarian in the classical sense (in response to his question) and then we talked about how post Occupy some Tea Party and OWS people had been working together in Staten Island to preserve a local green space which we both find heartening. I later met a younger guy who was very glad to know we weren’t a socialist group and thought OWS should have targeted the IRS. I tried to remind him that both were worthy targets and that anarchists did inherit some positive things from our left-wing history.

There was a South Asian family (middle age parents and tween son) visiting from South Florida who were very excited to get some anarchist pamphlets. I also met a Saudi man who was interested and lives in NYC now, and a black woman, Columbia student from Ditmas Park who is studying social work, and who wants to help us with printing. There were two women from Turkey: a young student who was active in the struggle around Gezi Park and who identifies with anarchist ideas. The other was a little older Kurdish-Armenian woman who spoke less English, but was happy to take some pamphlets even though she told me she is a Trotskyist.

We also had a visit from a friend who works with the Catholic Worker. He was glad to get a copy of an original zine we recently published about why Christians should shun government as was another Christian guy who was giving out granola bars and tickets to some Easter thing. There were plenty of regulars, someone looking for Bakunin writings, which unfortunately we were out of. One regular who appreciates our zines it turns out is a somewhat famous actor.

Very few if any annoying wingnuts or hostile types bothered us. We generally get a wingnut or two who often want to talk about some nutty conspiracy. Matthew Silver performed nearby and encouraged all to “LOV[E]” one another, and I broke up a fight between skate boarders just as someone was about to get whacked with a long board. Shortly before we packed up we met two nice 19-year-old community college students who knew our zines from Zuccotti Park  when we were there during the occupation. They both expressed an are interest in anarchism. We filled up nearly an entire page with email addresses including many from people who want to help out or get involved! In all we gave out approximately as many zines as were printed that day (nearly 600.)

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We hope to be outdoors sharing anarchist zines and ideas in public more now that the weather is starting to warm. If more people are available and interested in helping with that effort then we can do it more. Please get in touch with us via inourhearts[at]gmail[dot]com and if possible give us your number.

In the future we may start sharing relevant zines in the mornings outside the Criminal Court House at 100 Centre Street. On Thursday we will have zines at the RESONANCE: The Thoughts Before Thought art show in Long Island City, Queens. Friday will be another Brooklyn Free Store (weather permitting) in BedStuy, and on Sunday we are hosting a Grub: Community Dinner near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. As always there will be free zine tables at both events.

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Support Cecily McMillan in Court!

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Cecily McMillan will be on trial all this week. Join supporters for a a light breakfast and hot tea thanks to the cargo bike collective at 9am at 100 Centre St.

Room 1116, Part 41 @ 100 Centre St. In #NYC
Monday 4/14 – 9:30am-12:45pm
Tuesday 4/15 – no court
Wednesday 4/16 – 9:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 4/17 – no court
Friday 4/18 – 9:30am-1:00pm
Stay up to date with Cecily’s support by texting ”@CecilysTrial” to 23559, by visiting JusticeForCecily.com   or on Facebook.

Dress in court appropriate clothing (business casual.) Check back in for updates and more details.

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Jury Selection Tomorrow – Tuesday 4/8

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Cecily McMillan jury selection begins tomorrow, Tuesday April 8th. Join supporters for a a light breakfast and hot tea thanks to the cargo bike collective at 9am at 100 Centre St.

Room 1116, Part 41 @ 100 Centre St. In #NYC (All Sessions from 9:30am-4:30pm)  You can stay up to date with Cecily’s support by texting ”@CecilysTrial” to 23559, or by visiting JusticeForCecily.com

Dress in court appropriate clothing (business casual.) Check back in for updates and more details as these dates are often postponed.

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Court Support for Cecily!

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Our friend and Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan is again after many delays about to begin trial and needs support today! She is facing serious felony charges as a result of her involvement in a peaceful demonstration at Zuccotti Park celebrating the six month anniversary of the Occupy movement, more than two years ago. Cecily was charged with felony assault of a police officer, Assault 2nd degree, a Class D felony in NY, which carries that sentence of up to 7 years in prison!

Room 1116, Part 41 @ 100 Centre St. In #NYC (All Sessions from 9:30am-4:30pm) PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9AM EST 4/7* You can stay up to date with Cecily’s support by texting ”@CecilysTrial” to 23559, or by visiting JusticeForCecily.com

Dress in court appropriate clothing (business casual.) Check back in for updates and more details as these dates are often postponed.

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A Delcious Community Meal – Grub!


Sunday April 6th – Grub: Community Dinner 7pm at  698 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn NY #1B

The nearest subway stops are the Flushing J/Z & G trains.

Watch First the Dishes Then the Revolution by Jeff Stark and get an idea about what Grub is.

We plan to be able to serve approximately 50 people, so it’s first come first serve. There will be plates for vegans and vegetarians alike. About 99% of the food we share is freegan, which means it is excess, ripe, nearly ripe or slightly damaged food that has been recovered from the waste of grocery stores.

Most importantly Grub is about building a stronger and more supportive community, so feel free to come early and hang out. We need help gathering, cooking and preparing food for Grub (culinary skill not necessarily required). Volunteers are welcome to bring vegetarian (freegan and vegan is preferred) food and make their own dishes or help out with the preparation in general.

And as we’re sure you always already do, please go out of your way to talk to strangers and to welcome new people. That’s why we’re here.

Please come as early as 3:30pm if you would like to help us prepare the meal! All are asked to make a contribution.

Check in with us on Facebook twitter, or our here for the most up to date info.

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THE LAST DANCE Party for Cecily McMillan TONIGHT!

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Today from 9pm-4am at 274 Quincy St., Apt. 1 at Nostrand in Brooklyn just a short walk from the G train to Bedford-Nostrand or the A/C train to Nostrand.

Cecily’s trial is finally coming to a head, after a long and exhausting process that has left our entire community with a lot of steam to blow off. So let’s have a good time, and show her all of the love and support we have in our hearts for her as she heads into this new trial date!

There will, as per Cecily’s request, be dancing! It doesn’t matter how awkward you are, just get out there and shake yer tailfeathers for justice.

There will be booze! BYOB or, alternately, we’ll have some beer and wine for a suggested donation to Cecily’s support fund.

There will be drinking games! We’ve got a really nice lefty version of King’s Cup we’re just itching to pull out again.

Everyone supportive of Cecily is welcome and encouraged to come, so make sure to show up strong for our girl!

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We Need to Face America’s Dark History of Sterilizing People Behind Bars (my newest on Bitchmedia)

and not just its distant history, but a history from only two years ago:
On Tuesday, April 2nd, California's Sterilization Prohibition bill (SB 1135) goes before the state's Senate Health Committee. The bill limits sterilization surgeries in all California state prisons, county jails, and other detention centers. It bans sterilizations for birth control purposes—surgeries would be restricted to those with life-threatening medical emergencies and for curing physical ailments.

Is such a bill really necessary?

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What About the Sisters? Mass Incarceration, Gender and Resistance in the South (U of MS)

In Mississippi in April? I'll be delivering the closing speech at the Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South conference. The conference is free, but you need to register if you want to be fed lunch and dinner.

Tuesday, April 15th, 4:30 pm
Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Auditorium 1078
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

For the schedule of the entire conference see:
http://sarahisomcenter.org/rethinking-mass-incarceration-in-the-south-sc... What About the Sisters?: U of MS talkWhat About the Sisters?: U of MS talk

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After years of organizing, Massachusetts Senate Votes for Childbirth Without Chains

On Thursday, March 20, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed S2012, a bill that limits the shackling of pregnant prisoners during labor and delivery. The bill also requires minimum standards of medical care for pregnant women in jail and prison. "There is absolutely no reason to shackle pregnant women," Senator Karen Spilka, the bill's sponsor, told Truthout hours before the Senate vote. "It's unsafe, inhumane and barbaric."

Spilka was not the only Massachusetts lawmaker who thought so.

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The Brooklyn Free Store Today!

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Join us this and each Friday (weather permitting) at the Brooklyn Free Store located at Lafayette & Marcy in BedStuy! We will be there from 12 noon ’til 5pm.

Expect crates of books (including the ones pictured above and more), records, household goods,  as well as bags and bags of used and new clothing that we would love to share with people.

In addition to things there will also be free bike repair thanks to volunteer mechanics!

The idea of the Free Store is simple: take whatever you can use, bring whatever you can give that someone else could use. It is a model for another way of living without money and without scarcity.

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