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No BedStuy Free Store Today, Instead:

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As in past years there will not be a Black Friday Free Store in BedStuy. Instead you can get you Buy Nothing Day free store fix in In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Fight Corporate Greed
Join us on Black Friday, Friday, Nov. 28
between 1:00 and 3:00 PM for our
Black Friday Free Store
Let’s put the giving, sharing (& re-gifting) back [sic] in the holidays.
86th St. between 4th & 5th Aves. [BROOKLYN] in front of Century 21 [nr. R train]
Choose a free gift for someone (or yourself); bring a no longer wanted book, DVD, CD, knickknack, white elephant in good condition to give away (no clothes please)  Please be prepared to bring items not taken home with you.

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There will also be a number of demonstrations throughout the city in solidarity with Ferguson and those resisting the racist criminal “justice” system.

At 1pm in Hereald Square:

Disheartened by the non-indictment of Darren Wilson; angered by glaring injustice towards Mike Brown’s family and others who have been killed by state-sanctioned law enforcement and vigilantes; uplifted by the realization that economic power is the root of productive communities, we will gather at Herald Square, 1pm on Black Friday to denounce multinational corporations and businesses that continuously erode the fabric of a peaceful society.

We thank Million Hoodies Movement for Justice for co-sponsoring this action.

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From 2-4pm in Harlem Families of Those Killed by Police Say: “Enough is enough!”

What: Press Conference
Who: Parents Against Police Brutality
Families United 4 Justice
Mothers Cry For Justice
When: Friday, November 28, 2014, 2PM-4PM
Where: In front of the Harlem State Office Building
163 West 125th Street
(between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard & Malcolm X Boulevard)

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Support Bail For Ferguson Arrestees!

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Support our friend Diego Ibanez, who is accused of splattering fake blood on NYPD Commissioner Bratton. Donate money to the OWS bail fund . Bail has been set at $20,000 in cash.

Those who have stood up and been arrested in Ferguson also need support.

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Take the Streets Tonight! Enough of this Racist System!

Rally tonight at the north side of Union Sq at 5pm. 7pm we march!

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In Solidarity wit Mike Brown, Ferguson and all targets of police / state violence.

Remember it’s cold out so if you don’t have a good scarf you can always make due with a t-shirt. Be safe and watch each others backs!

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The Free Store is From Noon ’til Dusk!

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Join us today and each Friday as we create our own community model of a gift economy at the Brooklyn Free Store. The Free Store is a participatory event and there are many ways to be part of it. Just sharing (or taking what others have to share) makes you part of it!

The Brooklyn Free Store located at Lafayette & Marcy in BedStuy, one block from the Bedford-Nostrand G stop. All are welcome to come and share what they have or just take what they’d like. Expect crates of books, household goods,  as well as bags and bags of used and new clothing.

There is no obligation to share or anything. These items and others are being shared in the spirit of community and mutual aid, please participate with that in mind and respect others.

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My latest on Solitary Watch: A Girl Hung Herself Yesterday

My latest on Solitary Watch examines deaths at the California Institution for Women this year.
On July 30, 2014, Margarita Murugia was found hanging in her solitary confinement cell at the California Institution for Women (CIW). “She was there for her own protection, not because she did something,” wrote April Harris, a woman currently incarcerated at CIW. ” Apparently her mom was dying of cancer and they refused to let her see her mom. She tried to kill herself with every denied request.

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Enjoy the Brooklyn Free Store!

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Join us today 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 (at least.)

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New issue of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison now available

Hot off the copying machine! Issue 33 of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison is now available.

Contents include:

  • how a Truth in Sentencing law affects one woman in prison
  • reflections on 26 years in prison
  • higher education in one women's prison
  • pregnancy and parenting in a midwestern women's prison
  • sexual abuse and sex offender labels
  • surviving sexual assault behind bars
  • rising above defeat and depression
  • and more!

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Start Your Halloween at the Brooklyn Free Store!

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The Brooklyn Free Store is located at Lafayette & Marcy Aves in BedStuy, one block from the Bedford-Nostrand G train stop. All are welcome to come and share what they have, or just take what they’d like. We will have crates of books (some bar review and law text books!), household goods,  as well as bags and bags of used and new clothing. Share Halloween treats and maybe even a costume!

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A Mother Who Just Wanted to Know When Her Son Would Eat

I'm happy to announce that my latest piece on Waging NonViolence focuses on the organizing of family members of people who have spent years, if not decades, in California's Security Housing Units (aka extreme isolation or solitary confinement).

The temperature in Corona, Calif., can soar above 100 degrees in the summer, sometimes climbing as high as 110.

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What do Private Prisons Have to do with the Upcoming Elections?

My latest on Truthout examines private prisons, campaign contributions, personal investments and the upcoming election:
What do private prisons have to do with the upcoming elections?

Let's start with several hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions.

Idaho, for instance, has recently seen how campaign contributions can ease corporate accountability when scandals and lawsuits hit.

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