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This Month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night April 16th!

The Internationalist Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

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Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00pm

Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of April.

Bring snacks and money to help with postage!

Letter writing is an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. If you can’t make it to the letter writing night then please send a birthday card from home.
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Recently freed political prisoner Eddie Conway, when asked by Amy Goodman what gave him hope for the 44 years he was in prison, said
“Well, I appreciate you asking me that, because I want to take this opportunity to thank the tens of thousands of people that have supported me over the years and that have sent letters, postcards, marched, rallied, organized across America, around the world. Those letters, postcards, rallies, marches, organizing, etc., gave me hope, gave me encourage, gave me energy, and kept my spirit high. And it made me know that I was loved. And that same love needs to go out to the other political prisoners that remain locked up today for almost 40 years, most of them. And one of them is a little over 44 years. They need to have that same kind of support, that same kind of encouragement and that same kind of work to help get them free, because I think when you know that people work and love you, then you can do work yourself. And I think those are what political prisoners are doing, work in their particular areas, and they need to be encouraged to do that by people coming out and giving them that kind of support that I got.”

scott crow Presents “Black Flags and Windmills: Creating Power From Below” April 8th

Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm
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Black Flags and Windmills: Creating power from below

This visual and engaging presentation drawn from scott crow’s book Black Flags and Windmills illustrates through stories, analysis and diverse political movement histories how individuals and communities can create collective liberation to change their own worlds by creating power from below. It covers how the ideas, philosophies and practices of anarchism have grown shaping and influencing modern political movements and tendencies from the post-Seattle alternative globalization movements to the Common Ground Collective after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, environmental and animal rights movements and beyond. It also covers the rise of the surveillance state and the implications of political activism being labeled ‘terrorism’. The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and power and dares us to rethink how we engage in creating sustainable and liberatory futures.

scott crow is an international speaker and author. He has spent his varied life as a coop business owner, political organizer and educator, strategist, and underground musician who is a proponent of the philosophy and practices of anarchism. He is the author of the book Black Flags and Windmills (PM Press) and appears in the anthologies Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press) and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation(South End Press). He has appeared in international media including the NY Times, Democracy Now, CNN and NPR as well as the documentaries Informant, Better this World and Welcome to New Orleans. He was under surveillance by the FBI as a domestic terrorist threat for a decade without charges being brought. NPR’s This American Life called him “a living legend among anarchists” and the New York Times characterized him as “anarchist and veteran organizer… that comes across as more amiable than combative”. He can be found speaking at college campuses and community centers internationally or at www.scottcrow.org

“The Failure of Nonviolence” Reading Group, April 7th, 14th, & 21st

Join us for a reading group on Peter Gelderloos’ brilliant new book:

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Email ibooks@internationalistbooks.org to reserve your copy of the book, or for more information.

The readings and meetings will be split into three sections:

Monday, April 7th at 7:00pm (pgs 11 – 97)

Monday, April 14th, at 7:00pm (pgs 98 – 215)

Monday, April 21st, at 7:00pm (pgs 216 – 281)

About the book: Read more…

Calling for Acts and Pies! The Internationalist Cabaret is Coming February 28th!

Last year’s Internationalist Cabaret & Pie Auction Benefit was a blast – and it was a huge support to the financial ability of Internationalist to keep the doors open for another yeaibooks-sticker-logo-through-the-heart-of-the-south1.bmpr of important programs, events, and resources. We loved it so much, we’re doing it again! We’ll be working with our friends at The Nightlight to return to their awesome space on February 28th to put on a show that rivals last year’s.

Join us in this new tradition to celebrate our amazing community, to support the work of Internationalist Books and Community Center, and to celebrate the life of Bob Sheldon by presenting an award in his memory.  We want puppet shows, dances, music, stand-up acts, skits…

We are now seeking acts for the cabaret and bakers for pies! If you are interested in participating, let us know at ibooks (at) internationalistbooks.org.

We will also be announcing this year’s recipient of the Bob Sheldon Award at the Cabaret, as we did last year. We love celebrating Bob’s life and vision in the company of so many friends and community members. We are taking nominations from the membership and volunteer collective now, and we look forward to announcing the award in February.

 

Beyond Self-Care: The Subversive Potential of Care

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Friday, January 10, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall, 719 North Mangum, Durham

Beyond Self-Care: The Subversive Potential of Care

In activist circles and beyond, it has become commonplace to speak of self-care, taking for granted that the meaning of this expression is self-evident. But “self” and “care” are not static or monolithic; nor is “health.” How has this discourse been colonized by capitalist values? Contributors to the recent zine Self as Other: Reflections on Self-Care will present on the political dimensions of care, illuminating how it can serve oppressive or revolutionary purposes. Taking the self as an object of political struggle, this discussion will ask how health and resistance are linked, and what forms of care might be be able to subvert systems of power.

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