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Another Exciting Brooklyn Free Store!

The Brooklyn Free Store has been growing larger and involving more people sharing more each week! 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 (at least.)

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

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In addition to things there will also be free bike repair from 12-3pm approximately thanks to volunteer mechanics!

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Bring the kids cause we will have a pinata full of sweets around 3pm

All are welcome to come and share what they have or just take what they’d like. 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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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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Brooklyn Rooftop Community Grub Dinner Sunday!

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Sunday July 20th – Grub: Community Dinner 7pm 21 Clinton Ave 2nd floor, by the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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

Grub is a freegan meal that aims to bring people together and build community interested in sharing and addressing the issue of waste. All participants are expected to contribute, so feel free to come early, help out, and get to know people. We need help gathering, cooking and preparing food for Grub (culinary skills are appreciated but 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. Please go out of your way to talk to strangers and to welcome new people. That’s why we’re here.We plan to have enough food to share with approximately 40 people. This is a first come first serve event so please be on time, but there is always something for everyone even those who arrive late. There will be plates for vegans and vegetarians alike. About 99 percent of the food we share is freegan, which means it is excess, ripe, nearly ripe, or slightly damaged food that has been donated or recovered from the waste of grocery stores.

Most importantly Grub is about building and nurturing  stronger and more supportive communities.

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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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More Brooklyn Free Store with More Fun Tomorrow!

The Brooklyn Free Store has been growing larger and involving more people sharing more each week! 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 (at least.)

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

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In addition to things there will also be free bike repair from 12-3pm approximately thanks to volunteer mechanics!

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Bring the kids cause we will have a pinata full of sweets around 3pm

All are welcome to come and share what they have or just take what they’d like. 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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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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A Message for Those Interested in Getting Involved

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Tomorrow we will be holding the 3rd Brooklyn Free Store of the Summer. The first two free store events were especially successful and larger than usual. We move all the materials from storage to the Free Store by bike. It is a very “green” non-polluting way to do things but also labor intensive. We have been working harder to promote the Free Store both through social media and by posting fliers in the neighborhood. As a result of the free store being larger and more popular than it has been in the past we are looking for more volunteers to help us set up, close down and maintain the free store on Fridays. If there is enough volunteer interest we could also do the free store on other days. We would love to have more help promoting the free store both virtually and through fliers posted up in the neighborhood and around town.

During the free store tomorrow we expect to have a volunteer bike mechanic and a pinata full of freegan sweets! We had been planning to host a live band at last week’s free store but unfortunately it was rained out. We would love to host more things like this in the future at the free store, so contact us if you have any leads!

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Grub this weekend will be at 21 Clinton Ave in Brooklyn on Sunday July 20th. We could use help from people with or without culinary skills to help make the meal a success. We start preparing the meal around 4pm so that we will be ready to share food at 7pm.
spring 14 photo 1Zines: as of late we have been publishing new zines and pamphlets, but we could do a much better job at distributing them. We would also love help getting them online and sharing them that way. A few are available on our website but we would love to have more. For a number of months, we were holding a zine reading discussion group at Silent Barn’s Ditko zine library. If there is interest in doing so that event could be revived. We have lots of records of how many zines we have copied that we would like to see typed up so we can analyze and share that information. Also important would be help laying out (graphic design) new zines especially on a computer, as well as translating zines into languages other than English.

IMG_1752On a regular basis we could use help assembling and distributing zines from our table at Union Sq. or at events. We expect to be in Union Sq. this evening enjoying the nice summer weather and sharing ideas.Check @iohnyc on twitter for details and updates.

On Saturday, July 26th, we are having a series of open meetings and a work day. 11am: Open organizing meeting for The Brooklyn Free Store. Should we get a physical space or continue our outdoor outreach? Interested in learning more about how to volunteer for our regular Friday events in Bed-Stuy or how you can help with outreach? 12:30: Open work day: banner-painting, screenprinting, organizing free store storage space, data entry or other computer work, propaganda creation, etc. 3pm: Open organizing meeting for Grub – A Community Dinner. Always wanted to get involved behind the scenes at our semi-monthly dinners? Interested in hosting an event? Want to help out doing outreach, sourcing and gathering food, etc?In general we could also use help responding to emails, writing emails and maintaining our social media / web presence.

Get in touch with us at inourhearts@gmail.com and if you’d like send us a phone number where we can text you at.

Thanks!

Hope to see you soon!
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A Bigger Better Brooklyn Free Store!

The Brooklyn Free Store has been growing larger and involving more people sharing more each week! 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 (at least.)

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

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

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Bring the kids cause we will have a pinata full of sweets around 3pm

All are welcome to come and share what they have or just take what they’d like. 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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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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Today We Are Sharing Grub Outdoors

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Sunday July 6th – Grub: Community Dinner 7pm 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. Backyard seating will be available.

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 40 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.

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Support Cecily McMillan & Other Political Prisoners at NYC Pride

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Supporters of Cecily McMillan will be marching together and in solidarity with other political prisoners including Chelsea Manning, Nestora Salgado, Marissa Alexander and Mumia Abu Jamal in the NYC Gay Pride March. 

Join the march Sunday June 28th at 11pm 39th btw. Fifth & Sixth Avenue Section 3 – Group 18. The political prisoner support contingent is organized by the good people of the Freedom Socialist Party – NYC:

“Come get out the word about these important cases and help build a queer voice for freedom for all!”

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Elbit: Exporting Oppression from Palestine to Latin America

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By Scott Campbell
June 27, 2014
Upside Down World

Surveillance. It’s in the headlines and on the tips of tongues. As technology offers new possibilities for connection, it also offers new means to keep tabs on people. Surveillance has become seemingly ubiquitous, from the NSA reading emails to drones in the skies. As a nation that has for 66 years been ruling over an indigenous population by force, one of the main countries practicing surveillance is Israel. And it is the Israeli defense industry that has been reaping the profits off of the oppression and surveillance of the Palestinian people.

One of the top occupation profiteers in Israel is the defense firm Elbit Systems. The largest non-governmental defense company in the country, its revenue stood at $2.83 billion in 2010. Using knowledge and expertise gained from assisting in the occupation of Palestine, Elbit has made millions exporting surveillance and defense materiel worldwide – and increasingly so to Latin America. While Israel’s role in arming dictators and oppressive regimes in Latin America during the last century is well known, Elbit is at the forefront of a new wave of Israeli arms industry involvement in countries in the region. Elbit has a presence in at least five Latin American countries, as well as along the US-Mexico border. Far from being benign, the application of its technology should raise concern among those working for human rights in the area.

Elbit in Latin America

In 2008, Mexico acquired two Elbit Hermes 450 drones and one Skylark drone for $25 million. This capability was expanded when in 2012, the government purchased two Hermes 900 drones for $50 million. The Hermes drones can be armed or unarmed and are believed to be in the hands of the Mexican Federal Police. While ostensibly to be used against drug trafficking cartels, since the election of Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican state has increased its repression of both social movements and migrants from South and Central America making their way to the US. Using drones to monitor the jungles of Chiapas in a search for Zapatistas or to keep watch over demonstrations in Mexico City does not seem out of the question.

The Colombian Air Force in 2013 acknowledged it was acquiring one Hermes 900 and one Hermes 450. As Colombia’s biggest war is an internal one, surely these will be used in its counterinsurgency efforts against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Army of National Liberation (ELN). Should the peace talks not pan out, the Hermes has multiple payload configurations which may be deployed.

A Hermes 900 drones was bought from Elbit by the Chilean Air Force in 2011. Chile says the use is for “maritime patrol tasks” but acknowledges currently deploying drones on “strategic reconnaissance missions.” Drones in Chile have been used for surveillance of the Mapuche people. And it would be unsurprising were they not to be deployed against the country’s very active student and social movements.

Brazil is likely the largest consumer of Elbit technology in Latin America, where Elbit has its own wholly-owned subsidiary, Aeroelectronica Industria de Componentes Avionicos SA., or AEL. Elbit has contracts to modernize Brazil’s F-5 aircraft, develop its AL-X aircraft, and a $187 million contract to upgrade its AMX fleet. In 2010, Brazil purchased two Hermes 450 drones, as well as a ground station, from AEL. Expanding its air surveillance capabilities ahead of the World Cup, in March 2014, Brazil also purchased Hermes 900 units from Elbit. As demonstrators against the World Cup have seen massive repression, it is likely that these drones played a role in those operations. Finally, Brazil acquired $260 million worth of unmanned turrets from Elbit in 2011. Put to use in Gaza on Israeli Merkava tanks, these turrets “consist of a 30mm automatic cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, a laser warning system (LWS), commander panoramic sight and smoke grenade launchers…a suitable solution to asymmetric warfare challenges.” Asymmetric warfare such as entering the favelas or putting down anti-World Cup disturbances?

Elbit Building Walls

Along with equipping regimes south of the US, Elbit plays a key role in the infrastructure designed to identify, apprehend or deter a certain class of human along the US-Mexico border. In 2006, the Customs and Border Protection deployed Elbit’s Hermes 450 drones along the border as part of the Arizona Border Control Initiative. Also in 2006, the Department of Homeland Security awarded Kollsman Inc., a US subsidiary of Elbit, part of the $2 billion worth of funding for the Secure Border Initiative. Working with Boeing, Elbit proposed “1,800 towers equipped with cameras and motion detectors stretched across the border.” Finally, earlier this year, Elbit was awarded the first part of a $145 million contract, through its subsidiary EFW, to install “Integrated Fixed Towers” with sensors able to detect “’a single, walking, average-sized adult’ and provide sufficiently high-resolution video of that adult at a range of between 5 and 7.5 miles under conditions of daylight and darkness.”

The technology Elbit is using to profit off of the “Wall of Death” along the US-Mexico border was first deployed in Palestine along Israel’s Apartheid Wall. Stretching more than 700 kilometers when finished, and cutting through Palestinian farms and villages, blocking residents from their family and friends, healthcare, education, land and work, the Apartheid Wall is a key component of Israel’s settler-colonial project in the occupied West Bank. Elbit provides “intrusion detection systems” for the Wall. This involves the use of drones, armed Unmanned Ground Vehicles, and LORROS surveillance cameras. Elbit products are used in the Ariel settlement section as well as around Jerusalem and a-Ram.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Apartheid Wall was illegal, must be torn down, that Israel must pay reparations for the damages caused by its construction, and for the international community to ensure Israel’s compliance. Despite this ruling, Elbit continues to participate in the maintenance of the Wall, thereby being complicit in a grave breach of international law, which is a war crime.

Bust Elbit

July 9 will mark ten years since the ICJ’s ruling, and in response to the international community’s lack of action and the ongoing reign of impunity, Palestinian organizations and coalitions have issued a call to make July the Month Against the Apartheid Wall. The call asks for individuals and organizations around the world to raise awareness about the wall, begin or strengthen boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against companies involved in the wall, and to pressure governments to uphold their obligations as outlined by the ICJ.

It should come as no surprise that Elbit, as a prime occupation profiteer, is a major focus of this campaign. There have been successful campaigns against Elbit in the past, with activists working to successfully get a variety of funds and businesses to divest from Elbit, such as: the Norwegian State Pension Fund; Kommunal Landspensjonkasse, one of the largest life insurance companies in Norway, Danske Bank; the largest bank in Denmark; PKA Ltd., one of the largest Danish pension funds; and ABP, a public Danish pension fund.

From Chile to the US-Mexico border to Palestine, Elbit Systems is actively complicit with human rights abuses. July’s Month Against the Apartheid Wall marks a perfect opportunity to stand up to Elbit and to oppression worldwide. The Palestinian people have spoken and have recognized that their struggle is bound up with that of others, writing, “Israel has succeeded in illustrating that walls are an acceptable model for governments to exclude, marginalize, dispossess, discriminate and segregate one people from each other.” Please join them and concerned groups around the world to help take a small step to stop impunity.

Scott Campbell is a Palestine and Mexico solidarity activist based in the SF Bay Area. He is a volunteer with the Month Against the Apartheid Wall campaign. For more information on the campaign, see the website: http://icj10.stopthewall.org/

Jackass – Israeli Occupation Forces Edition

A little video I put together. Enjoy.