The Municipalist Research Group is bringing two influential media activists who have been part of radical and direct democracy movements: DeeDee Halleck (founder of Paper Tiger Television, Deep Dish Satellite Network and Democracy Now! TV) and Marisa Holmes (Occupy & Strike Debt). DeeDee and Marisa will join us in conversation about their work, including topics ranging from media politics in the age of Trump, feminism, public access, radical media, DIY aesthetics and more…
About the group: we’ve been organizing meetings, reading and research activities to collectively learn about and examine ideas around municipalism. Basically, municipalism asks questions about how to organize ourselves democratically outside of currently existing forms of institutional representation; and how to build transformative kinds of assembly and decision-making that rely on the broadest democratic base. So far, we’ve arranged readings and talks with and about Alan Moore, activists with Barcelona en Comu, Michael Hardt, Kathy Weeks, and others and there’s much more to come.
Slowly… W RL/FR is coming into view. Micro-Radio! Stop in and start a program of your own.
Much thanks, as always, to John Kim and Mark Borrello for their help. And to Marlon James for sitting and critiquing our work.
Tonight we had the first slow roll into Assembly life. It was gentle and beautiful. Thank you to all who converged.
Friends, Humans: It’s official Wooden Leg Print & Press 0001 is released today. And who better to begin this journey with than John Saint Pelvyn (aka to the people on the street as Steven Matheson). This first release, Five Years Inside the Sun, was recorded on Wellfleet, MA. in collaboration with Ka Baird (Spires That in the Sunset Rise), with additional help from Camilla Padgitt-Coles. Our buddy, Jenny Schmid, produced an amazing illustration that serves as a beautiful fold-out cover, concealing radiant translucent gold vinyl.
Steven’s music has been a low hum of joy, and an exhilarating balm in tough times and beautiful moments alike. You can pick up your copy from the BR shop, or at Revolver. Check it out!!
We’re at Assembly, assembling, piece by piece. And we take our fucking time to do it right.
Box Boy returns!! This time at Assembly / BR.
Everyday the thought becomes clearer and more urgent: we need a new way of doing politics, not just new politicians. That’s why you should join us at Assembly, the new space for local gatherings that strive to create realizable political alternatives.
We have lots of ideas for activities for this assembly. We will be distributing, reading and discussing Lumpen Magazine issue 130 (Chicago): The Municipalism Issue, a primer on international activities and activism around municipalism, especially focused on activities here in the US. In attendance will be a few locals who were involved in writing and organizing the issue. In addition, we’ll have updates about the Catalonian independence movement and the municipalists’ role in it, and news about upcoming lectures, gatherings and other activities around municipalist capacity building here in the Twin Cities.
We need a new way of doing politics, not just new politicians:
A politics that is really by and for the people.
A politics that works to combat economic inequality.
A politics that works for the common good.
A feminized politics, driven by collective intelligence and concrete action.
A politics with racial justice at its heart.
A participatory politics, where people have power more than once every four years.
An open source, flexible politics, that can be adapted to the contexts of our big cities and our rural communities.
An ethical politics, with zero tolerance for corruption and cronyism.
How did we fit all of this in our space at the market?
Folks, what are you doing tomorrow night at 7pm? Join us for our last Assembly Reading Group meeting, as well as the beginning of something new. PM for details.
In concept and habit Beyond Repair was established to respond to the relationships that form through its being present. That means that things should change when things are changing. And so we have exciting news to share and hope that you’ll join us to see it into being.
Drop by on Saturday and Sunday evening, Oct. 21st & 22nd as we begin to transform the space in the Midtown Global Market so that we can house With Radical Love & Fierce Resistance Radio, our new neighborhood micro-broadcasting platform. Basically it’s a barn raising… for a radio station.
We have some ideas of how we’d like to build the space out, but we’d love your input as we transform the shop, creating a DJ booth, lounge, and new entrance.
What’s more, we want to tell you about what the future holds and how you can take part. Become a DJ at the station, tell us about your ideas for new, free printed projects to circulate around the neighborhood, and hear about the new parallel space we’ll soon inhabit, just down the Greenway from the MGM, which we’re calling Assembly (more on that soon).
Bring some tools if you got’em and ideas on how you want to get involved.
The Abolition Collective will be holding their inaugural convention this weekend in Minneapolis, and you should definitely find time to attend if you can. And, furthermore, you should come down to the Midtown Global Market – right where we’re at!! – to participate in Cassie Thorton’s Feminist Economics Yoga at 2pm. Woo hoo!! Check it out.
Best moment of having dinner with Michael Hardt last night: somehow arriving at he and Negri’s Empire Trilogy as like the original Star Wars, and their new book Assembly, as a prequel. Which, of course, led me to ask him, “In Assembly then, who is Jar Jar Binks?” (Dumbfounded look. Crickets…)
What are you doing tonight at 7pm? Come down to the shop and join the Municipalism Research Group for the start of our reading group centered around Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s new book, Assembly. Better still… the Twins are actually in the playoff’s and once finished we can stumble over to Eastlake to have a beer and watch the game!
Here’s a great interview with Hardt around the issue of organizing published in Roar Magazine back in 2015.
伝承者 (Denshosha): individuals who learn the stories and experiences of a person who survived the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, designated, after their passing, to continue to share the memories of the survivor.
This is fascinating, and a model that we could adopt here in the United States. As capitalism and technology across generations has effectively dismantled millennia old frameworks of telling the stories of our family and communities, could models such as this begin to re-graft bonds, and help restore fractured empathy, in the face of an increasingly nameless, and history-less, other? How might we begin to see one another differently were it to become common to listen to, and speak, the stories of how we got to where we are at now, well beyond the memories of our own lived experiences?
A rainy day at the shop with Marlon and tacos.
We couldn’t be more excited about this!