Anarchy

Common Ground Collective: Solidarity Not Charity

21 minutes but worth it.   During the week of Thanksgiving hundreds of people from all walks of life came to New Orleans and volunteered with the Common Ground Collective to help those in need in what ever way they could. I worked on this video overview of the work of the Common Ground Collective along with several other volunteers. WHO IS COMMON GROUND: Common Ground Collective is a local, community-run organization offering assistance, mutual aid and support to New Orleans communities that have been historically neglected and underserved.

Who Deserves Freedom?

A very concise description of the interactions of God/Government that clearly outlines where the responsibility for our repression lies.  Authority / Obedience and freedom dance in the heads of comman men and women of all races/religions/ages.  Obey Yourself.  You are the Authority. You are your God.  You are your Government.  Self Government is the only freedom.  Are You Free?

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Global Anarcho Social Squatter Media Culture

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Ignore the "Play" Image Above the Video Player is BELOW the text, sorry for the confusion



Panel Presentation from the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference

  • Beck, Eric. “Beyond Coops and Currency Alternatives: Towards a Critical Anarchist Political Economy”
  • Guldi, Jo. “Global Finance and the Rise of an International Squatter Culture, 1946-2012″
  • Hayes, Ryan. “‘Nothing to show for it’: on archiving & amplifying social movement culture”
  • Moderator: Len Krimerman

Keith McHenry on Feeding People in Disaster Situations

Keith McHenry on Feeding People in Disaster SituationsPanel Presentation from the
North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference

In 1980, Keith and seven friends started the first Food Not Bombs chapter in Cambridge, Massachusets. At first more of a street performance than a protest, the group provided entertainment and vegetarian meals in Harvard Square and the Boston Commons after making deliveries of uncooked food to most of the housing projects and shelters in the area. After eight years of serving free food in New England, Keith moved to San Francisco where he started a second Food Not Bombs group. He was one of nine volunteers arrested for sharing food and literature at Golden Gate Park on August 15, 1988. In the following years, Keith was arrested over 100 times for serving free food in city parks and spent over 500 nights in jail. He faced 25 years to life in prison under the California Three Strikes Law but in 1995, Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Commission brought about his release.


  • McHenry, Keith. “The Anarchist Response to Sandy, Katrina, and the Global Economic Crisis”
  • Moderator: Sean Walsh

NAASN: Eco Environmental Anarchy and the Future

Sethness-Castro, Javier. “For an Ecological Anarcho-Communism” (via SKYPE)



Due to Technical Difficulties the End of Javier's and the beginning of Gabriel's presentation were lost to fluctuating bandwidth from the livestream.
Below, in text, is the missing part of Gabriel's presentation.
Below that is the remainder of the panel.

NAASN Panel on Common Ground & NOPD

  •  Scott Crow “Solidarity Not Charity: A Story of the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans”
  •  Jamie “Bork” Loughner On learning opportunities of the Common Ground Story
  •  Jordan Flaherty “Community Organizing Against the Prison Industrial Complex: Lessons from New Orleans to the NYPD to the Jena Six”
  • Moderator: Yasin Frank Southall

Followed by a "lively" Q&A

Tools for a Movement of Leaders: Lisa Fithian OWS Facilitator Workshop

Lisa Fithian has been working for nonviolent social change since the mid  1970's.  Over the years she has been a student, labor and community organizer on a broad range of issues.  From environmental justice to student and worker rights, from peace and global justice to immigration and housing, Lisa continues to use a wide range of strategies and tactics and encouraged nonviolent direct action as one of the most effective strategies for change.
http://organizingforpower.org

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Debunking the Anarchy Trashman Theory

One of the most common responses to the thought of wide spread Anarchy by those who've made it past the anarchy=chaos misconception is that of the lowly trashman.  "But who'd take out the trash" if we were all free to do what we wanted, who on earth would choose to be the trashman or the sewer worker, you know.. the shit jobs.  I've heard this arguement often and I finally have an answer.  .... I would.

camp

I have met many Rainbows over the years volunteering with one disaster or another; some standing up for your rights on a street corner but I had never made it to a Gathering "on time".   2008 saw a valiant attempt to make it to Wyoming but our side trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation left the bus sabotaged and we spent the week of the Gathering waiting for a part we didn't even need.   So this year I found a random ride home, on Facebook.

Going in I envisioned prolonged down time and hanging out with people I knew but that's not how it played out.  Turns out my friends seem to be the ones that ... do the work.. and we "hung out" mostly in passing as we went about our "work" daze.

Instead of camping with pregathering friends I decided to stick with the 3 random strangers I'd shared a van with for the 5 day journey that we all thought was to be 3.  There were no mechanical problems; we just stopped every hour or 2 and the van was too cramped  for comfortable napping.  It was a bit frustrating for me to take 5 days to drive a distance I've done alone in 2 &1/2 but it was the 1st time I ever road tripped somewhere and did not drive so that was way different and certainly a bonding experience.  ;~)

The Che Bus

Veggie bus alternative energy workshop and radical art mobile space at the the Anti-COP Anti-Cap encampment. The Che Bus kicks The NoMadjik bus's ass. Rolling with a crew of 10-20 mad maxtivists Christian teaches rural villagers how to use bicycles for specific tasks that usually need electricity as well as water catching and other self sustaining adaptations of hybrid technology. The Che bus brings the knowledge and the party to the people. ~

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Rainbow Gathering Forest Fire 2008 Mandatory Evacuation

We entered the Rainbow Gathering on July 7th.. most of the family had left by this time and those who hadn't were packing up, except for the clean up crew.  At the final turn into the gathering we were informed that the event was under a MANDATORY EVACUATION due to a raging forest fire ... that no one could see.

http://www.welcomehome.org
http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/news_room/2008/07/08fire.html

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Hurricane Katrina: Anarchy in New Orleans

I witnessed Anarchy in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  It came in many forms and colors and it was scary, real scary and there were goblins and unicorns flying out the asses of the drowned.  Abosolute chaos.  I filmed it all just for you.  Be warned this is hardcore shit.  ;~)  Ⓐ

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