December News – Occupy Everywhere

 Hello Good People!

 
Welcome December! This month's newsletter is packed full of incredible and inspiring announcements - workshops on the trauma of discrimination, going to the doctor on your own terms, and somatic tools for working with trauma; music inspired by the Occupy Movement; Occupy holiday shopping to support local economies; new worker cooperatives; and a new collection of essays and articles by fan-favorite and instigator-intellectual David Graeber. Whew. Just pulling this list together gave me a hemorrhoid. Seriously, I am pretty sure there is something useful for you here, no matter where you live in the country (except for folks in Hawaii and Alaska...always a bridesmaid, never a bride). 
 
So I won't take too much space writing a header...
 
But in the spirit of the season, I would like to share with you my wish list for this holiday!
  • Montessori school for adults. Self-directed learning with a focus on the sensorial experience? 'Nuff. Said.
  • That all of the people I know read this blog: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/. I don't know the last time I took this much pleasure in online reading. Certainly PowerLine was not doing the job. As a mixed person who strongly claims my white identity and my black identity, I find the list of stuff white people like to be just delightful and completely accurate!
  • That my attempt to start a momma's childcare cooperative in my local area be fruitful and successful, please god please.
  • That I am able to begin reading, continue reading, and complete reading at least one intellectually challenging book before New Year's Day.
  • Occupy everywhere. Just do it.
Happy unwrapping!
 
In this edition of Iambrown:
  • The Trauma of Discrimination: Politics are Getting Personal (Minneapolis)
  • The Role of Ritual and Ceremony in the Healing Process (Minneapolis)
  • "OCCUPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING" ~ A PEOPLE'S CRAFT MARKET (New York City)
  • Going to the "Doctor" On Your Own Terms: Mixing Allopathic and Holistic Healing (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Ryan Harvey (Riot-Folk) in Minneapolis!
  • generationFIVE 3-Day Introductory Training - December 9-11 (Bay Area)
  • New Hope Catholic Worker Farm & Agronomic University Craft Gathering - January 13--17th, 2012 (La Motte, Iowa)
  • Third Root Community Health Center - Winter Specials! (Brooklyn, NY)
  • NEW COOPERATIVE: Workers Without Bosses (New York City)
  • NEW BOOK! Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination (Everywhere)

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The Trauma of Discrimination: Politics are Getting Personal

A workshop for LGBTQA mental health professionals

This workshop:
-will address the psychological and somatic impact of trauma discrimination on our LGBT clients, LGBT therapists and allies
-will identify therapeutic strategies and interventions to navigate the effects of social trauma
Friday, December 2, 2011
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Presentation: 9 a.m. - Noon
Networking Lunch: 12- 1

Location:
St. Mary's University
Mother Theresa Hall
2440 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404  map 

Presenters:
Margaret Charmoli, PhD, LP
Thea Lee, MA, LMFT (CA), SEP
For complete biographies go online to pride-institute.com and click on events.
 
Cost:
$35 Base Registration 
$25 LGBT Network Member
$15 Student, Elder, Retired
$10 Lunch (optional; post-program)
Scholarship options may be available, call 612-267-9371      
 
Registration:
For information on registration, contact nsimon@pride-institute.com or call 612-267-9371      .
 
Sponsored by: 
-LGBT Therapists network, www.lgbttherapists.org
-PRIDE Institute  
-St. Mary's University Program in Marriage and Family Therapy

Credits applied for: PhD, LPC, LADC, LMFT, LICSW

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The Role of Ritual and Ceremony in the Healing Process
 
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
8:00am-11:00am
Hope Community
611 Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
 
Breakfast is served at 8:00am
 
Join us as we engage in discussion, sharing, and self-study to surface our rituals and ceremonies of healing and resiliency.
 
Agenda will include:
* Rituals and Ceremonies of Dakota Cultural Elders. 
*Dialogue: How do cultural groups ritualize their ways of healing?
Are there rituals and ceremonies currently at play that we do not name? How does surfacing our rituals and ceremonies continue the work of the community’s healing and realizing the community’s vision of the definition of health?
 
There are cultural practices—ceremonies and rituals—which have lasted through time and have kept many people in many communities from being destroyed by the destructive forces which their people have suffered.
 
Generally speaking rituals and the ceremony speak to the healing philosophies of cultural groups. In many instances these same rituals have gone underground. Resurfacing these activities—rituals and ceremonies—is a way to engage each of our cultural groups in authentic ways to exchange knowledge about healing.
 
We want to engage the healing of all who live in the Backyard and engage the knowledge of their people which has held them in tact over time.
 
***Please RSVP to the Cultural Wellness Center at (612) 721-5745***

 

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"OCCUPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING" ~ A PEOPLE'S CRAFT MARKET
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
2:00 - 6:00pm
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (12th Ave / West Side Highway) between Bank Street and Bethune Street 
New York, NY

A or L trains to 14th Street / 8th Avenue
14A or 14D bus to 12th Avenue
West Side Highway to Meat Packing District or 14th Street exit
East Side Highway to 14th Street

*** Sick of walking by expensive holiday markets every December? Want to get your holiday shopping done, support local artists and keep your money in your community? Come to the People's Holiday Market and occupy holiday shopping! ***

~ Jewelry
~ Knit and Crochet hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, and more
~ Woodwork
~ Bath Items
~ Self-published books
~ CDs and mp3s from local, independent artists
~ Tee shirts and other sillkscreened clothing
~ Paintings
~ Ceramics
~ Herbal soaps, salves, lip balms, bath salts, tinctures, teas
~ Jams and Preserves
~ Pastries
~ Children's area
~ Food, refreshments and chair massages for purchase while you shop. Oh yes, *massages*.

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Going to the "Doctor" On Your Own Terms: Mixing Allopathic and Holistic Healing
With Emmet Phipps, RN and Geleni Fontaine, LAc, RN

Sunday, December 4th, 2 – 4 PM

Allopathic Medicine:  The practice of conventional Western medicine that uses pharmacological drugs and physical interventions to treat or suppress disease and its symptoms.

Holistic Medicine:  Diverse global systems of health care addressing and treating the whole person in the larger context of their community.

Join us in a lively exploration of how we as clients and patients can best navigate the world of allopathic medicine:

·       What are allopathic providers good for, and when is it necessary to see them rather than (or along with) a holistic healer?

·       How can we create bridges between our holistic self-care and the allopathic experience?

·       How can we advocate for ourselves with allopathic practitioners?

For clients, patients, the public, and anyone utilizing health care.

Resource and referral list will be provided.

Free to the public, but donations toward Third Root accepted.

Emmet Phipps has worked as a primary care/public health Registered Nurse for almost three years, mostly with gay, lesbian, queer, transgender and gender non-conforming folks living with diabetes and HIV/AIDS. They have been trained in North American Herbalism, and are in school to become a Nurse Practitioner at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Emmet lives with type 1 diabetes and has done recent community work with the Audre Lorde Project and the Allied Media Conference.

Geleni Fontaine is a queer, Latina/o transperson acupuncturist and registered nurse with a background in anti-violence activism.  Centering on LGBT and people of color communities, Geleni’s knowledge of Western allopathic medicine supports a holistic East-Asian practice, helping individuals navigate both healthcare systems.  Geleni is a cooperative member and practitioner at Third Root as well as a member of the Rock Dove Collective.

Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road (between Cortelyou and Dorchester Roads in Flatbush, Brooklyn)
Q train to Cortelyou Road station

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Ryan Harvey (Riot-Folk) in Minneapolis!
Monday, December 5, 2011
7:00pm - 11:00pm

Description
"Ryan has been writing and performing hard-hitting political folk songs for over ten years. A part of the Riot-Folk Collective, his music is aimed to support those working for positive change and to educate people about issues of peace and social & economic justice."

Fresh from two and a half months in the U.S. and Europe, Ryan will be hitting up the Midwest in early December with his new album Ordinary Heroes and his latest songs, many inspired by the recent Occupy protests!

VIDEOS/SONGS
Can't Turn Back (for OWS): http://youtu.be/_jOhebGM-KA
Fulfill It: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1ni-ZFQYxo
My Country: http://youtu.be/E1Dx2FjNlUk

The new album is a collaborative album with violinist/journalist/documentarian Michael Fox and is dedicated to historian and activist Howard Zinn. Ordinary Heroes emphasizes and celebrates social movements as a means of overcoming injustice.

http://www.ryanharveymusic.com/
http://www.riotfolk.org/

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generationFIVE 3-Day Introductory Training December 9-11

generationFIVE <http://www.generationfive.org> is a national organization
whose mission  is to end child sexual abuse within five generations.
Through survivor leadership, bystander involvement, community organizing,
and public action, generationFIVE works to interrupt and mend the
intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families,
and communities. Rather than perpetuate the isolation of this issue, we
integrate child sexual abuse prevention and response into social justice
movements and community organizing targeting family violence, economic and
racial oppression, and gender and age-based discrimination.  It is our
belief that meaningful community response is the key to effective
prevention.

generationFIVE (gen5) invites you to participate in our next 3-Day
Introductory Training on December 9 – 11, 2011 in the Bay Area.

During the gen5 3-Day we will:

- Explore the intersections between child sexual abuse, other forms of
violence, and social justice organizing.
- Introduce the impact of trauma on individuals, communities and movements
and relevant ways to integrate our understanding of trauma into organizing
and activism.
- Introduce participants to Somatic tools for working with and around trauma.
- Intersect child sexual abuse respond and prevention organizing and other
community work and social justice movements.
- Introduce and develop organizing and agency practices that integrate
personal, community and political transformation.
- Support individual and community resiliency-based work as key to social
change.
- Introduce participants to the principles of Transformative Justice and
responses to incidences of child sexual abuse and other forms of intimate
violence that prevent future abuse and intimate, community and state
violence.
- Introduce and invite specific ways to integrate child sexual abuse and
prevention and response and the work of gen5 and our collaborative
partners.

This training will be lead by Micah Frazier and Mia Mingus.

To Apply to the 3-Day Training:
To express interest in and apply to the 3-Day Introductory Training,
download an application/interest form from our
website<http://www.generationfive.org/progs.php>.

Applications are due Wednesday, November 9th. We will follow up with
confirmation and specific information about location, and times. Please
note that due to the large number of interested participants, filling out
this form does not automatically guarantee space in the training.

Please contact mmingus@generationfive.org or             (510) 251-8552       with any
questions.

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New Hope Catholic Worker Farm & Agronomic University Craft Gathering -- January 13--17th (MLK weekend), 2012

Join us for a weekend of craft sharing, prayer, music, food, fun, and fellowship! (sledding, star gazing, dancing?!)

Possible crafts include: Soap Making, Candle Dipping, Fiber Arts, Cheesemaking/Dairy Processing, Bicycle Maintenance, Sewing Machine Primer, Wool Spinning, Block Printing, Wooden Glasses Demo.

Space is limited--no charge to participate (free-will offering accepted, of course)

Contact Mary Kay by phone @ 563.556.0987 to RSVP.

New Hope CW Farm & Agronomic University
6697 Mitchell Mill Rd.
La Motte, IOWA 52054

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Third Root Community Health Center - Winter Specials! 

Ease Tea with Gift Certificate purchase
Community Acupuncture: Buy 5, Get 1 Free
Yoga 5 Class Card for $45

These specials are only available for purchase in-person at Third Root.  Our hours are limited during the Thanksgiving weekend - be sure to check out the schedule below.
 
Free Ease Tea blend with Gift Certificate Purchase
With every gift certificate you buy between now and the end of the year, you'll get a package of our Ease Tea blend meant to soothe and calm your winter stress.  Keep it for yourself or combine it with the gift certificate for a lovely present for someone you love.  Give and get the gift of health and wellness this winter! Our gift certificates for services are priced at set rates:

  • Private Acupuncture Treatment:  $60
  • Massage Treatment:  $75
  • Private Yoga Session:  $50
  • Community Acupuncture:  $25
  • Yoga Class: $12
  • Yoga 10/20 Class Card:  $100/$180

*Gift Cards expire 3 months from the date issued.  A package of Ease Tea will be offered with any gift certificate towards treatments valued at $24 or above, until supplies last, through December 31, 2011. 
 

Buy 5 Sessions of Community Acupuncture, Get 1 Free!
Regular Community Acupuncture treatments are a wonderful way to support your immune system, address stress or anxiety, or just provide yourself with the space and time to relax and be quiet. Between now and December 31, you can buy a 5 session Community Acupuncture card for $100 and get a 6th treatment for free. All sessions must be used within 2 months of the date of purchase.
5 Yoga Classes for $45
Give the gift of Third Root yoga to yourself or someone you love this holiday season. Buy a 5 class card for just $45! A regular yoga practice can help us stay graceful on the inside, even as the weather outside gets frightful.  With a staff of skilled and compassionate teachers, Third Root is a wonderful place to come home to your body and find emotional strength, mental flexibility, and physical freedom.
 
Purchase now through December 31st.  One month expiration date -- no extensions

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Announcing: Workers Without Bosses

 

An Unemployed Workers Cooperative providing All Types of Interior Renovations-Floors-Walls-Tiles-Painting-Kitchen-Bathroom

 

Why you would want to employ a group like ours?

 

  • No one is paid wages; every one of us has a personal interest in the speed and quality of the work
  • You will be funding social change. Workers Without Bosses is committed to remaining active in social struggles and dedicating a part of our earnings to organizing and solidarity.
  • In a difficult economy, you will be helping us create jobs.   The larger we grow, the more currently unemployed workers we can offer a place in our organization.

 

Your business can help us build a worker-owned, democratic organization. Contact us at: workerswithoutbosses@gmail.com or (646) 225-8308      

 

We are currently looking for unemployed workers and day laborers who have experience in indoor renovation and construction—we can’t take on too many people at once but please get in touch because we will be growing.

 

Why would you want to work with us?

 

  • No one else will make a profit off of your work—all earnings are divided equally among us.
  • We are the bosses.  All decisions are made by vote or consensus in group meetings.
  • There are no buy ins.  The day you start, you will be earning the same money as those of us who have been there since the beginning.
  • Because we don’t have a boss making profits off of us, we can work shorter hours and have time for our families and our communities.
  • Part of our work is standing by other working people and helping more unemployed workers become Workers Without Bosses.

 

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NEW BOOK! Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination

Here is the blurb, straight from the publisher:

Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination
David Graeber

Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist: for the simple reason that it’s impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet. Yet faced with this prospect, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cling to what exists because they simply can’t imagine an alternative that wouldn’t be even more oppressive and destructive. The political imagination seems to have reached an impasse. Or has it?

In this collection of essays David Graeber explores a wide-ranging set of topics including political strategy, global trade, debt, imagination, violence, aesthetics, alienation, and creativity. Written in the wake of the anti-globalization movement and the rise of the war on terror, these essays survey the political landscape for signs of hope in unexpected places.

At a moment when the old assumption about politics and power have been irrefutably broken the only real choice is to begin again: to create a new language, a new common sense, about what people basically are and what it is reasonable for them to expect from the world, and from each other. In this volume Graeber draws from the realms of politics, art, and the imagination to start this conversation and to suggest that that the task might not be nearly so daunting as we’d be given to imagine.

“TINA, they say, there is no alternative. The essence of neoliberalism, David Graeber suggests, is its systematization of depression, its exclusion of all alternatives to an obviously catastrophic system. These stimulating essays rupture the wall of enclosure, push forward, and open paths that lead in hopeful directions. So important.” – John Holloway, author of Change The World Without Taking Power

“I find the practical politics tendentious, but the theoretical elements provocative and intriguing” – Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog

The contents (as summarized by David):

1) INTRO
why these belong together. Good question since I didn't assemble them. They are all about hope in a time when movements seemed floundering

2) THE SHOCK OF VICTORY
in US history, grass roots social movements based on direct democracy and civil disobedience (e.g., the Civil Rights movement, Anti-Nuclear movement, Global Justice movement...) often do surprisingly well - in fact, if they seem to falter, it's usually because they do so well elites panic, start making mad concessions, but also, start some kind of war. Movements not prepared for victory then fall into divisive strategic arguments disguised as something else and the resulting chaos makes them feel they actually lost

3) HOPE IN COMMON
Neoliberalism is based not so much an economic imperative as a political one, to make anything but capitalism seem unimaginable; the result is colossal top-heavy "machinery of hopelessness" whose dead weight is ironically itself destroying capitalism

4) REVOLUTION IN REVERSE
A longer and more theoretical reflection on violence, imagination, bureaucracy. One effect of feminism and the return of the philosophy of direct action is that our old paradigm of what's supposed to happen in a revolution has been set on its head. In a good way.

5) ARMY OF ALTRUISTS
Why working class voters vote for the Right.

6) THE SADNESS OF POSTWORKERISM
Ostensibly about an "art and immaterial labor" conference in London in 2008 with Negri, Lazzarato,. Really, about all sorts of things: the very notion of immaterial labor, the relation of art and finance capital, the concept of "flame-out", prophecy, why the Future has now become mode like an alternate dimension....

7) AGAINST KAMIKAZE CAPITALISM
Sort of like chapter 3 except now it's gotten even worse - will capitalism destroy the world rather than admit it's not the only game in town? The ecological crisis is also partly a result of our unwillingness to accept that we're all working too much, not too little. 

how to get it? Well might you ask!
As a matter of fact Autonomedia has adopted an interesting new marketing approach. The ebook version is available from Scribd, or on the Autonomedia web page for the low-low price of NOTHING:
 
 
you can also buy a paper copy, using money, from
 
 
for some reason US Amazon is taking their time but British Amazon has it and you can get it there too
 
Autonomedia provides a bulk-order discount for reading groups, occupation libraries, etc

 Hello Good People!

 
Welcome December! This month's newsletter is packed full of incredible and inspiring announcements - workshops on the trauma of discrimination, going to the doctor on your own terms, and somatic tools for working with trauma; music inspired by the Occupy Movement; Occupy holiday shopping to support local economies; new worker cooperatives; and a new collection of essays and articles by fan-favorite and instigator-intellectual David Graeber. Whew. Just pulling this list together gave me a hemorrhoid. Seriously, I am pretty sure there is something useful for you here, no matter where you live in the country (except for folks in Hawaii and Alaska...always a bridesmaid, never a bride). 
 
So I won't take too much space writing a header...
 
But in the spirit of the season, I would like to share with you my wish list for this holiday!
  • Montessori school for adults. Self-directed learning with a focus on the sensorial experience? 'Nuff. Said.
  • That all of the people I know read this blog: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/. I don't know the last time I took this much pleasure in online reading. Certainly PowerLine was not doing the job. As a mixed person who strongly claims my white identity and my black identity, I find the list of stuff white people like to be just delightful and completely accurate!
  • That my attempt to start a momma's childcare cooperative in my local area be fruitful and successful, please god please.
  • That I am able to begin reading, continue reading, and complete reading at least one intellectually challenging book before New Year's Day.
  • Occupy everywhere. Just do it.
Happy unwrapping!
 
In this edition of Iambrown:
  • The Trauma of Discrimination: Politics are Getting Personal (Minneapolis)
  • The Role of Ritual and Ceremony in the Healing Process (Minneapolis)
  • "OCCUPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING" ~ A PEOPLE'S CRAFT MARKET (New York City)
  • Going to the "Doctor" On Your Own Terms: Mixing Allopathic and Holistic Healing (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Ryan Harvey (Riot-Folk) in Minneapolis!
  • generationFIVE 3-Day Introductory Training - December 9-11 (Bay Area)
  • New Hope Catholic Worker Farm & Agronomic University Craft Gathering - January 13--17th, 2012 (La Motte, Iowa)
  • Third Root Community Health Center - Winter Specials! (Brooklyn, NY)
  • NEW COOPERATIVE: Workers Without Bosses (New York City)
  • NEW BOOK! Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination (Everywhere)

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The Trauma of Discrimination: Politics are Getting Personal

A workshop for LGBTQA mental health professionals

This workshop:
-will address the psychological and somatic impact of trauma discrimination on our LGBT clients, LGBT therapists and allies
-will identify therapeutic strategies and interventions to navigate the effects of social trauma
Friday, December 2, 2011
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Presentation: 9 a.m. - Noon
Networking Lunch: 12- 1

Location:
St. Mary's University
Mother Theresa Hall
2440 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404  map 

Presenters:
Margaret Charmoli, PhD, LP
Thea Lee, MA, LMFT (CA), SEP
For complete biographies go online to pride-institute.com and click on events.
 
Cost:
$35 Base Registration 
$25 LGBT Network Member
$15 Student, Elder, Retired
$10 Lunch (optional; post-program)
Scholarship options may be available, call 612-267-9371      
 
Registration:
For information on registration, contact nsimon@pride-institute.com or call 612-267-9371      .
 
Sponsored by: 
-LGBT Therapists network, www.lgbttherapists.org
-PRIDE Institute  
-St. Mary's University Program in Marriage and Family Therapy

Credits applied for: PhD, LPC, LADC, LMFT, LICSW

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The Role of Ritual and Ceremony in the Healing Process
 
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
8:00am-11:00am
Hope Community
611 Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
 
Breakfast is served at 8:00am
 
Join us as we engage in discussion, sharing, and self-study to surface our rituals and ceremonies of healing and resiliency.
 
Agenda will include:
* Rituals and Ceremonies of Dakota Cultural Elders. 
*Dialogue: How do cultural groups ritualize their ways of healing?
Are there rituals and ceremonies currently at play that we do not name? How does surfacing our rituals and ceremonies continue the work of the community’s healing and realizing the community’s vision of the definition of health?
 
There are cultural practices—ceremonies and rituals—which have lasted through time and have kept many people in many communities from being destroyed by the destructive forces which their people have suffered.
 
Generally speaking rituals and the ceremony speak to the healing philosophies of cultural groups. In many instances these same rituals have gone underground. Resurfacing these activities—rituals and ceremonies—is a way to engage each of our cultural groups in authentic ways to exchange knowledge about healing.
 
We want to engage the healing of all who live in the Backyard and engage the knowledge of their people which has held them in tact over time.
 
***Please RSVP to the Cultural Wellness Center at (612) 721-5745***

 

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"OCCUPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING" ~ A PEOPLE'S CRAFT MARKET
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
2:00 - 6:00pm
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (12th Ave / West Side Highway) between Bank Street and Bethune Street 
New York, NY

A or L trains to 14th Street / 8th Avenue
14A or 14D bus to 12th Avenue
West Side Highway to Meat Packing District or 14th Street exit
East Side Highway to 14th Street

*** Sick of walking by expensive holiday markets every December? Want to get your holiday shopping done, support local artists and keep your money in your community? Come to the People's Holiday Market and occupy holiday shopping! ***

~ Jewelry
~ Knit and Crochet hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, and more
~ Woodwork
~ Bath Items
~ Self-published books
~ CDs and mp3s from local, independent artists
~ Tee shirts and other sillkscreened clothing
~ Paintings
~ Ceramics
~ Herbal soaps, salves, lip balms, bath salts, tinctures, teas
~ Jams and Preserves
~ Pastries
~ Children's area
~ Food, refreshments and chair massages for purchase while you shop. Oh yes, *massages*.

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Going to the "Doctor" On Your Own Terms: Mixing Allopathic and Holistic Healing
With Emmet Phipps, RN and Geleni Fontaine, LAc, RN

Sunday, December 4th, 2 – 4 PM

Allopathic Medicine:  The practice of conventional Western medicine that uses pharmacological drugs and physical interventions to treat or suppress disease and its symptoms.

Holistic Medicine:  Diverse global systems of health care addressing and treating the whole person in the larger context of their community.

Join us in a lively exploration of how we as clients and patients can best navigate the world of allopathic medicine:

·       What are allopathic providers good for, and when is it necessary to see them rather than (or along with) a holistic healer?

·       How can we create bridges between our holistic self-care and the allopathic experience?

·       How can we advocate for ourselves with allopathic practitioners?

For clients, patients, the public, and anyone utilizing health care.

Resource and referral list will be provided.

Free to the public, but donations toward Third Root accepted.

Emmet Phipps has worked as a primary care/public health Registered Nurse for almost three years, mostly with gay, lesbian, queer, transgender and gender non-conforming folks living with diabetes and HIV/AIDS. They have been trained in North American Herbalism, and are in school to become a Nurse Practitioner at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Emmet lives with type 1 diabetes and has done recent community work with the Audre Lorde Project and the Allied Media Conference.

Geleni Fontaine is a queer, Latina/o transperson acupuncturist and registered nurse with a background in anti-violence activism.  Centering on LGBT and people of color communities, Geleni’s knowledge of Western allopathic medicine supports a holistic East-Asian practice, helping individuals navigate both healthcare systems.  Geleni is a cooperative member and practitioner at Third Root as well as a member of the Rock Dove Collective.

Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road (between Cortelyou and Dorchester Roads in Flatbush, Brooklyn)
Q train to Cortelyou Road station

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Ryan Harvey (Riot-Folk) in Minneapolis!
Monday, December 5, 2011
7:00pm - 11:00pm

Description
"Ryan has been writing and performing hard-hitting political folk songs for over ten years. A part of the Riot-Folk Collective, his music is aimed to support those working for positive change and to educate people about issues of peace and social & economic justice."

Fresh from two and a half months in the U.S. and Europe, Ryan will be hitting up the Midwest in early December with his new album Ordinary Heroes and his latest songs, many inspired by the recent Occupy protests!

VIDEOS/SONGS
Can't Turn Back (for OWS): http://youtu.be/_jOhebGM-KA
Fulfill It: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1ni-ZFQYxo
My Country: http://youtu.be/E1Dx2FjNlUk

The new album is a collaborative album with violinist/journalist/documentarian Michael Fox and is dedicated to historian and activist Howard Zinn. Ordinary Heroes emphasizes and celebrates social movements as a means of overcoming injustice.

http://www.ryanharveymusic.com/
http://www.riotfolk.org/

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generationFIVE 3-Day Introductory Training December 9-11

generationFIVE <http://www.generationfive.org> is a national organization
whose mission  is to end child sexual abuse within five generations.
Through survivor leadership, bystander involvement, community organizing,
and public action, generationFIVE works to interrupt and mend the
intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families,
and communities. Rather than perpetuate the isolation of this issue, we
integrate child sexual abuse prevention and response into social justice
movements and community organizing targeting family violence, economic and
racial oppression, and gender and age-based discrimination.  It is our
belief that meaningful community response is the key to effective
prevention.

generationFIVE (gen5) invites you to participate in our next 3-Day
Introductory Training on December 9 – 11, 2011 in the Bay Area.

During the gen5 3-Day we will:

- Explore the intersections between child sexual abuse, other forms of
violence, and social justice organizing.
- Introduce the impact of trauma on individuals, communities and movements
and relevant ways to integrate our understanding of trauma into organizing
and activism.
- Introduce participants to Somatic tools for working with and around trauma.
- Intersect child sexual abuse respond and prevention organizing and other
community work and social justice movements.
- Introduce and develop organizing and agency practices that integrate
personal, community and political transformation.
- Support individual and community resiliency-based work as key to social
change.
- Introduce participants to the principles of Transformative Justice and
responses to incidences of child sexual abuse and other forms of intimate
violence that prevent future abuse and intimate, community and state
violence.
- Introduce and invite specific ways to integrate child sexual abuse and
prevention and response and the work of gen5 and our collaborative
partners.

This training will be lead by Micah Frazier and Mia Mingus.

To Apply to the 3-Day Training:
To express interest in and apply to the 3-Day Introductory Training,
download an application/interest form from our
website<http://www.generationfive.org/progs.php>.

Applications are due Wednesday, November 9th. We will follow up with
confirmation and specific information about location, and times. Please
note that due to the large number of interested participants, filling out
this form does not automatically guarantee space in the training.

Please contact mmingus@generationfive.org or             (510) 251-8552       with any
questions.

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New Hope Catholic Worker Farm & Agronomic University Craft Gathering -- January 13--17th (MLK weekend), 2012

Join us for a weekend of craft sharing, prayer, music, food, fun, and fellowship! (sledding, star gazing, dancing?!)

Possible crafts include: Soap Making, Candle Dipping, Fiber Arts, Cheesemaking/Dairy Processing, Bicycle Maintenance, Sewing Machine Primer, Wool Spinning, Block Printing, Wooden Glasses Demo.

Space is limited--no charge to participate (free-will offering accepted, of course)

Contact Mary Kay by phone @ 563.556.0987 to RSVP.

New Hope CW Farm & Agronomic University
6697 Mitchell Mill Rd.
La Motte, IOWA 52054

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Third Root Community Health Center - Winter Specials! 

Ease Tea with Gift Certificate purchase
Community Acupuncture: Buy 5, Get 1 Free
Yoga 5 Class Card for $45

These specials are only available for purchase in-person at Third Root.  Our hours are limited during the Thanksgiving weekend - be sure to check out the schedule below.
 
Free Ease Tea blend with Gift Certificate Purchase
With every gift certificate you buy between now and the end of the year, you'll get a package of our Ease Tea blend meant to soothe and calm your winter stress.  Keep it for yourself or combine it with the gift certificate for a lovely present for someone you love.  Give and get the gift of health and wellness this winter! Our gift certificates for services are priced at set rates:

  • Private Acupuncture Treatment:  $60
  • Massage Treatment:  $75
  • Private Yoga Session:  $50
  • Community Acupuncture:  $25
  • Yoga Class: $12
  • Yoga 10/20 Class Card:  $100/$180

*Gift Cards expire 3 months from the date issued.  A package of Ease Tea will be offered with any gift certificate towards treatments valued at $24 or above, until supplies last, through December 31, 2011. 
 

Buy 5 Sessions of Community Acupuncture, Get 1 Free!
Regular Community Acupuncture treatments are a wonderful way to support your immune system, address stress or anxiety, or just provide yourself with the space and time to relax and be quiet. Between now and December 31, you can buy a 5 session Community Acupuncture card for $100 and get a 6th treatment for free. All sessions must be used within 2 months of the date of purchase.
5 Yoga Classes for $45
Give the gift of Third Root yoga to yourself or someone you love this holiday season. Buy a 5 class card for just $45! A regular yoga practice can help us stay graceful on the inside, even as the weather outside gets frightful.  With a staff of skilled and compassionate teachers, Third Root is a wonderful place to come home to your body and find emotional strength, mental flexibility, and physical freedom.
 
Purchase now through December 31st.  One month expiration date -- no extensions

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Announcing: Workers Without Bosses

 

An Unemployed Workers Cooperative providing All Types of Interior Renovations-Floors-Walls-Tiles-Painting-Kitchen-Bathroom

 

Why you would want to employ a group like ours?

 

  • No one is paid wages; every one of us has a personal interest in the speed and quality of the work
  • You will be funding social change. Workers Without Bosses is committed to remaining active in social struggles and dedicating a part of our earnings to organizing and solidarity.
  • In a difficult economy, you will be helping us create jobs.   The larger we grow, the more currently unemployed workers we can offer a place in our organization.

 

Your business can help us build a worker-owned, democratic organization. Contact us at: workerswithoutbosses@gmail.com or (646) 225-8308      

 

We are currently looking for unemployed workers and day laborers who have experience in indoor renovation and construction—we can’t take on too many people at once but please get in touch because we will be growing.

 

Why would you want to work with us?

 

  • No one else will make a profit off of your work—all earnings are divided equally among us.
  • We are the bosses.  All decisions are made by vote or consensus in group meetings.
  • There are no buy ins.  The day you start, you will be earning the same money as those of us who have been there since the beginning.
  • Because we don’t have a boss making profits off of us, we can work shorter hours and have time for our families and our communities.
  • Part of our work is standing by other working people and helping more unemployed workers become Workers Without Bosses.

 

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NEW BOOK! Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination

Here is the blurb, straight from the publisher:

Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination
David Graeber

Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist: for the simple reason that it’s impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet. Yet faced with this prospect, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cling to what exists because they simply can’t imagine an alternative that wouldn’t be even more oppressive and destructive. The political imagination seems to have reached an impasse. Or has it?

In this collection of essays David Graeber explores a wide-ranging set of topics including political strategy, global trade, debt, imagination, violence, aesthetics, alienation, and creativity. Written in the wake of the anti-globalization movement and the rise of the war on terror, these essays survey the political landscape for signs of hope in unexpected places.

At a moment when the old assumption about politics and power have been irrefutably broken the only real choice is to begin again: to create a new language, a new common sense, about what people basically are and what it is reasonable for them to expect from the world, and from each other. In this volume Graeber draws from the realms of politics, art, and the imagination to start this conversation and to suggest that that the task might not be nearly so daunting as we’d be given to imagine.

“TINA, they say, there is no alternative. The essence of neoliberalism, David Graeber suggests, is its systematization of depression, its exclusion of all alternatives to an obviously catastrophic system. These stimulating essays rupture the wall of enclosure, push forward, and open paths that lead in hopeful directions. So important.” – John Holloway, author of Change The World Without Taking Power

“I find the practical politics tendentious, but the theoretical elements provocative and intriguing” – Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog

The contents (as summarized by David):

1) INTRO
why these belong together. Good question since I didn't assemble them. They are all about hope in a time when movements seemed floundering

2) THE SHOCK OF VICTORY
in US history, grass roots social movements based on direct democracy and civil disobedience (e.g., the Civil Rights movement, Anti-Nuclear movement, Global Justice movement...) often do surprisingly well - in fact, if they seem to falter, it's usually because they do so well elites panic, start making mad concessions, but also, start some kind of war. Movements not prepared for victory then fall into divisive strategic arguments disguised as something else and the resulting chaos makes them feel they actually lost

3) HOPE IN COMMON
Neoliberalism is based not so much an economic imperative as a political one, to make anything but capitalism seem unimaginable; the result is colossal top-heavy "machinery of hopelessness" whose dead weight is ironically itself destroying capitalism

4) REVOLUTION IN REVERSE
A longer and more theoretical reflection on violence, imagination, bureaucracy. One effect of feminism and the return of the philosophy of direct action is that our old paradigm of what's supposed to happen in a revolution has been set on its head. In a good way.

5) ARMY OF ALTRUISTS
Why working class voters vote for the Right.

6) THE SADNESS OF POSTWORKERISM
Ostensibly about an "art and immaterial labor" conference in London in 2008 with Negri, Lazzarato,. Really, about all sorts of things: the very notion of immaterial labor, the relation of art and finance capital, the concept of "flame-out", prophecy, why the Future has now become mode like an alternate dimension....

7) AGAINST KAMIKAZE CAPITALISM
Sort of like chapter 3 except now it's gotten even worse - will capitalism destroy the world rather than admit it's not the only game in town? The ecological crisis is also partly a result of our unwillingness to accept that we're all working too much, not too little. 

how to get it? Well might you ask!
As a matter of fact Autonomedia has adopted an interesting new marketing approach. The ebook version is available from Scribd, or on the Autonomedia web page for the low-low price of NOTHING:
 
 
you can also buy a paper copy, using money, from
 
 
for some reason US Amazon is taking their time but British Amazon has it and you can get it there too
 
Autonomedia provides a bulk-order discount for reading groups, occupation libraries, etc

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