Please Help Support the RAC Community Center in the New Year: A Message from RAC-LA

Please Help Support the RAC Community Center in the New Year: A Message from RAC-LA

Friends, contacts, and comrades,

We are very grateful for the ongoing support we’ve received in the past year, and we wish to thank all of our supporters for their generous gifts, donations, and volunteer labor.

In 2015, RAC-LA is continuing to build community power and local self-reliance through the mutual aid food program in MacArthur Park. As always, we need your support to continue and expand our work, and—most urgently—to help fund our community center (2515 W. 7th St.), which we’re working hard to develop into a 7-day-a-week resource for the community.

Please consider donating through our secure PayPal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JEXQA6K5YVBM8

 

Current Programs/Works-in-Progress at the Community Center Include:

–Free academic tutoring for local students on Thursday afternoons.

–Affordable, healthy food available to the community in-between Sunday food giveaways.

–A safe, inclusive community meeting space available to local groups and collectives.

Plans for Upcoming Programs at the Community Center Include:

–Expanded tutoring services 7 days a week.

–Expanded food access programs.

–Literacy programs/English classes.

–Women’s/Community self-defense classes.

–Legal clinics/advising services.

The Free Association of Anarchists (F@@) would also like to thank RAC for its help in planning and carrying out our 2014 Skid Row X-Mas Day Clothing and Breakfast Giveaway, which was the biggest and most-organized yet. The community center was integral in storing and sorting clothes.

All of these programs, in-progress or still in the planning stages, can only happen with your support.

 

How You Can Help

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Melva (English and Spanish) at racateers@gmail.com for more info.

 

To make the community center possible, we need to pay the rent, electricity, and maintenance costs.  RAC is completely grassroots and community-run. We make no profits. We receive no government support and no corporate sponsorship.

 

Everything we do is made possible by community efforts, RAC member commitment, and generous support from donors like you.

 

Please consider donating through our secure PayPal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JEXQA6K5YVBM8

 

Every gift made to RAC goes to maintaining the food program, the community center, and all of the other desperately-needed programs we are trying to institute there—programs run by, and for, some of the least-served communities in our city.

 

What is RAC-LA?

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities, Los Angeles (RAC-LA) is a totally grassroots community organization that runs a weekly Food Program on Sundays, 10am-5pm, in MacArthur Park.  RAC was founded in the aftermath of the brutal police crackdown on the immigrant rights march of May 1st, 2007.

 

The food program empowers the local community to feed itself, aiding with the distribution of more than 150 boxes of free, organic food per week. The program serves an ethnically diverse cross-section of the most under-served members of the community, including the poor, the homeless, and the recently-immigrated.

 

Community members themselves are the backbone of RAC, working in concert with local activists to get this critical work done.

 

Thank you for all of your support, and please keep us in your thoughts for donations and volunteering.

A better world is possible, and we can get there together. Venceremos!

 

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Fundraiser for the 5th Annual F@@ Clothing Giveaway THIS SATURDAY December 13th, 5pm, @ 3 Worlds Cafe

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The time of year for the annual F@@ Skid Row Clothing Giveaway is upon us! We are excited that this is our 5th year to do this. The more people we can help keep warmer and more adequately-clothed the better! The giveaway will be Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th, 2014, from around 9am to about noon (details TBA). In addition to giving away clothing, we are also hoping to team up with a food program so we can give away breakfast as well.

 

You are all invited to a fundraiser for the clothing giveaway next Saturday, December 13th, 5pm to 9pm, at 3 World’s Cafe, a friendly co-op that has been very good to us. There will be various performers, including hip hop artist J. Canas. Both monetary and clothing/personal hygiene donations are welcome. You can bring donations to the fundraiser or contact us (faacollective@riseup.net) for drop-off information if you are not able make it to the fundraiser.

WHAT: Fundraiser for Our Annual Skid Row Clothing Giveaway

WHERE: 3 World’s Cafe

3310 S. Central Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90011

WHEN: Saturday, December 13th, 5pm to 9pm

 

 

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Help RAC LA Run Our New Community Center (A Message from RAC-LA)

Note from Blog Editors: F@@ comrades are collaborating with RAC-LA to create the space, and will be basing our operations there, so F@@ supporters, please support if and how you can.

How You Can Help

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities, Los Angeles (RAC LA) needs your help funding our new community center. The center will act as the home base for the Food Program held every Sunday in MacArthur Park, and will provide classes, meeting space, study groups, legal clinics, and other essential services to the poor and dispossessed local community. To make this dream a reality, RAC needs your help to pay the rent, electricity, and maintenance costs.  RAC is completely grassroots and community run. We make no profits. We receive no government grants and no corporate sponsorship. Everything we do is made possible by community efforts, RAC member commitment, and generous support from donors like you.

 

Please consider donating through a secure PayPal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JEXQA6K5YVBM8

 

What is RAC-LA?

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities, Los Angeles (RAC LA) is a totally grassroots community organization that runs a weekly Food Program on Sundays, 10am-5pm, in MacArthur Park.  RAC was founded in the aftermath of the brutal police crackdown on the immigrant rights march on May 1st, 2007.  

The food program empowers the local community to feed itself, aiding with the distribution of more than 150 boxes of free, organic food. The program serves an ethnically diverse cross-section of the most under-served members of the community, including the poor, the homeless, and the recently-immigrated.

Community members themselves are the backbone of RAC, working in concert with local activists to get this critical work done. RAC also runs youth programs, educational projects, and anything else we can manage to serve, and empower, the local community.

Please help RAC by offering your support.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact John (English) at johnaimani3@gmail.com or Mauricio (English and Spanish) at fightbackla@yahoo.com for more info.

Check out the following pages for more info on RAC LA:

(Movie) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDH3si3b-Ks

https://www.facebook.com/raclosangeles

http://libcom.org/library/revolutionary-autonomous-communities-comunidades-autonomas-revolucionarias-zine-1

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Protest to Free Nestora Salgado Next Thursday, August 21st

The Free Association of Anarchists, as participants in the Free Nestora LA coalition, is helping to build the movement to free Nestora Salgado, a Mexican American woman who is falsely and unjustly imprisoned in Mexico for practicing the fundamental right of communal self-defense. Please join us next Thursday to demand her release.
 
 
WHAT: Protest to Free Nestora Salgado and all political prisoners
 
WHEN: Thursday, August 21st, at 4pm.
 
WHERE: The Federal Building at 300 N. Los Angeles St. in Downtown LA.
 
 
We are still looking for endorsers, as well as speakers for the demo–please email  freenestora.la@gmail.com if you or your organization would like to be involved.
 
For those with press contacts, there is a press conference in LA, also on 8/21, at 10 am.
 

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Running Down the Walls 2014

LA-ABCF’s Annual

Running Down The Walls 5K Run

www.abcf.net/la

 

When: Sunday, September 7th, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: MacArthur Park, (West corner), 2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

 

Running Down The Walls has been happening in Los Angels since 1999, and is now becoming a mainstay for the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross Federation.  The last three runs have been at MacArthur Park and have been held in conjunction with Revolutionary Autonomous Communities-Los Angeles (RAC-LA) and this year we are honored to continue this wonderful tradition.

 

On Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross and RAC-LA will host the 5K Run/Walk/Bike around MacArthur Park. This Run is designed to raise much-needed funds for the ABCF Warchest program and for RAC-LA. We are attempting to reach the goal of $3,500 with the run. Funds will be divided between the two programs:

 

ABCF Warchest:

The ABCF Warchest program was created in November of 1994. Its purpose is to send monthly financial support to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs).  The Warchest funds are divided and distributed through monthly stipends to political prisoners who receive little or no financial aid. Prisoners use this money to cover the basic necessities of everyday living. These funds have been used by prisoners to pay for stamps, shoes, clothes, as well as assisting their families with what little they can.

 

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities-Los Angeles (RAC-LA):

In the aftermath of the May Day 2007 police riot targeting migrant workers who dared stand up for our human rights, members of the MacArthur Park area and others joined together to support those with no papers and those with no means. RAC-LA came forward to aid the community in self-organizing such that with the help of each other we might make an inhuman way of living a bit more bearable while at same time acquiring the means to one day transform this system into an image of our own humanity.

 

Solidarity Runs:

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity runs with Running Down the Walls. In Sync with each other, we will collectively pound the pavement with our feet and bike tires as we exhibit our strength and stamina as examples of our tireless effort to free our imprisoned comrades.  In past years we had runs in: Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland, (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Connecticut River, Dannemora (NY), Denver, (CO), Detroit (MI), Elmore (AL), Guelph (CAN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), Mexico City (MEX), New York City (NY),  USP. Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Sandstone (MN),Tucson (AZ), USP Tucson (AZ), and Toronto (CAN).

 

Support the Struggle:

We must remember that many of those arrested in the past or present are not far from us. Many of them were and are community and labor activists, queer, and environmental activists; people who decided to speak out against various forms of oppression and paid the price of their freedom for their actions. We must remember that anyone of these people could have at one time stood beside us in a demonstration, at a speak-out, or even at an organizing meeting. At any given moment it could be us who finds ourselves in this situation, so it is imperative that we ensure that a strong enough community of support exists for these people as well as ourselves. The strength of our movement is determined by how much we support our fallen comrades. As Anarchist and former POW Ojore Lutalo says, “Any Movement that does not support its political internees, is a sham movement.” So please help us, help them! Help us help you!

 

We encourage people to participate in helping us raise funds for the Warchest, which can be done in the following ways:

 

Be a runner:

We are asking people or groups who are running to collect as many sponsor for the run as possible. Remember the money received is going to help imprisoned comrades who need your help. The person who collects the most amount of funds will be given a prize for their involvement and dedication to helping our fallen comrades.

 

Sponsor a runner:

This can be done through a flat donation to the runner of your choice, each flyer is a sponsor sheet. We ask from those who wish not torun to actively support those who are running in hopes of collecting as much for our comrades as possible.

 

Sponsor Running Down the Walls:

Any amount helps. Contact the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross if you wish to simply donate money to the cause.

 

Donate to:

-The Warchest:

Send funds directly to the Los Angeles ABCF (PO Box 11223, Whittier, CA 90603) or to the Philadelphia ABCF (PO Box 42129, Philadelphia, PA 19101) make checks or money orders out only to Tim Fasnacht.

 

-Revolutionary Autonomous Communities-Los Angeles(RAC-LA): http://revolutionaryautonomouscommunities.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/raclosangeles

 

Get involved in the planning of Running Down the Walls:

We always need help with organizing the event and we encourage people to contact us if they would like to get involved. You can do this by contacting the LA Anarchist Black Cross, www.abcf.net/la, la@abcf.net

 

Running Down the Walls 2014

Registration fees:$15, preregistration $12 (Make checks out to Tim Fasnacht)

Or for paypal:

Log in to your PayPal account and send your donation online to the email address “timABCF@aol.com” (Tim Fasnacht). Make sure to add in the notes section that your donation is for RDTW 2014.  If you’d prefer to stay anonymous or are donating in the name of an organization, let us know.

 

For more information contact the Los Angeles Branch Group of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation

PO BOX 11223

Whitier, Ca 90603

http://www.abcf.net/la/laabcf.asp?page=la/rdtw

www.abcf.net/la

la@abcf.net

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85 Billionaires and the Better Half

by Michael Parenti

An urban slum in Hanoi, Viet Nam. (Photo: Flickr / United Nations / Creative Commons)The world’s 85 richest individuals possess as much wealth as the 3.5 billion souls who compose the poorer half of the world’s population, or so it was announced in a report by Oxfam International. The assertion sounds implausible to me.  I think the 85 richest individuals, who together are worth many hundreds of billions of dollars, must have far more wealth than the poorest half of our global population.

How could these two cohorts, the 85 richest and 3.5 billion poorest, have the same amount of wealth? The great majority of the 3.5 billion have no net wealth at all. Hundreds of millions of them have jobs that hardly pay enough to feed their families. Millions of them rely on supplements from private charity and public assistance when they can. Hundreds of millions are undernourished, suffer food insecurity, or go hungry each month, including many among the very poorest in the United States.

“The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population. So poverty is spreading even as wealth accumulates. It is not enough to bemoan this enormous inequality, we must also explain why it is happening.”

Most of the 3.5 billion earn an average of $2.50 a day. The poorest 40 percent of the world population accounts for just 5 percent of all global income. About 80 percent of all humanity live on less than $10 a day. And the poorest 50 percent  maintain only 7.2 percent of the world’s private consumption. How exactly could they have accumulated an amount of surplus wealth comparable to the 85 filthy richest?

Hundreds of millions live in debt even in “affluent” countries like the United States. They face health care debts, credit card debts, college tuition debts, and so on. Many, probably most who own homes—and don’t live in shacks or under bridges or in old vans—are still straddled with mortgages. This means their net family wealth is negative, minus-zero. They have no  propertied wealth; they live in debt.

Millions among the poorest 50 percent in the world may have cars but most of them also have car payments. They are driving in debt.  In countries like Indonesia, for the millions without private vehicles, there are the overloaded, battered buses, poorly maintained vehicles that specialize in breakdowns and ravine plunges. Among the lowest rungs of the 50 percent are the many who pick thru garbage dumps and send their kids off to work in grim, soul-destroying sweatshops.

The 85 richest in the world probably include the four members of the Walton family (owners of Wal-Mart, among the top ten superrich in the USA) who together are worth over $100 billion. Rich families like the DuPonts have controlling interests in giant corporations like General Motors, Coca-Cola, and United Brands. They own about forty manorial estates and private museums in Delaware alone and have set up 31 tax-exempt foundations. The superrich in America and in many other countries find ways, legal and illegal, to shelter much of their wealth in secret accounts. We don’t really know how very rich the very rich really are.

Regarding the poorest portion of the world population—whom I would call the valiant, struggling “better half”—what mass configuration of wealth could we possibly be talking about? The aggregate wealth possessed by the 85 super-richest  individuals, and the aggregate wealth owned by the world’s 3.5 billion poorest, are of different dimensions and different natures. Can we really compare private jets, mansions, landed estates, super luxury vacation retreats, luxury apartments, luxury condos, and luxury cars, not to mention hundreds of billions of dollars in equities, bonds, commercial properties, art works, antiques, etc.—can we really compare all that enormous wealth against some millions of used cars, used furniture, and used television sets, many of which are ready to break down?  Of what resale value if any, are such minor durable-use commodities, especially in communities of high unemployment, dismal health and housing conditions, no running water, no decent sanitation facilities, etc? We don’t really know how poor the very poor really are.

Millions of children who number in the lower 50 percent never see the inside of a school. Instead they labor in mills, mines and on farms, under conditions of peonage.  Nearly a billion people are unable to read or write. The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population. So poverty is spreading even as wealth accumulates. It is not enough to bemoan this enormous inequality, we must also explain why it is happening.

But for now, let me repeat: the world’s richest 85 individuals do not have the same amount of accumulated wealth as the world’s poorest 50 percent. They have vastly more. The multitude on the lower rungs—even taken as a totality—have next to nothing.

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Running Down The Walls 2013 – Los Angeles

The Free Association of Anarchists will be participating in an event hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation in collaboration with RAC-LA in an effort to raise needed funds for political prisoners. Below is more information regarding the event.

LA-ABCF’s Annual Running Down The Walls 5K Run/Walk/Bike
www.abcf.net/la

On Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at 10 a.m., RAC LA and the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross will host a 5K Run/Walk/Bike around MacArthur Park. This Run is designed to raise much-needed funds for the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Warchest program and for Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC).

We are attempting to reach the goal of $3,000 with the run. Funds will be divided between the two programs:

ABCF Warchest:
The ABCF Warchest program was created in November of 1994. Its purpose is to send monthly financial support to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs). The Warchest funds are divided and distributed through monthly stipends to political prisoners who receive little or no financial aid. Prisoners use this money to cover the basic necessities of everyday living. These funds have been used by prisoners to pay for stamps, shoes, clothes, as well as assisting their families with what little they can.

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC):
In the aftermath of the May Day 2007 police riot targeting migrant workers who dared stand up for our human rights, members of the MacArthur Park area and others joined together to support those with no papers and those with no means. RAC-LA came forward to aid the community in self-organizing such that with the help of each other we might make an inhuman way of living a bit more bearable while at same time acquiring the means to one day transform this system into an image of our own humanity.

Solidarity Runs:
Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity runs with Running Down the Walls. In Sync with each other, we will collectively pound the pavement with our feet and bike tires as we exhibit our strength and stamina as examples of our tireless effort to free our imprisoned comrades. In past years we had runs in: Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland, (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Connecticut River, Dannemora (NY), Denver, (CO), Detroit (MI), Elmore (AL), Guelph (CAN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), Mexico City (MEX), New York City (NY), USP. Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Sandstone (MN), Tucson (AZ), USP Tucson (AZ), and Toronto (CAN).

-This year’s Running Down the Walls solidarity runs will be held on the Sunday, September 1st, 2013, with the exception of Los Angeles and Vermont, these events are scheduled for Sunday, September 8th

Support the Struggle:
We must remember that many of those arrested in the past or present are not far from us. Many of them were and are community and labor activists, queer, and environmental activists; people who decided to speak out against various forms of oppression and paid the price of their freedom for their actions. We must remember that anyone of these people could have at one time stood beside us in a demonstration, at a speak-out, or even at an organizing meeting. At any given moment it could be us who finds ourselves in this situation, so it is imperative that we ensure that a strong enough community of support exists for these people as well as ourselves. The strength of our movement is determined by how much we support our fallen comrades. As Anarchist and former POW Ojore Lutalo says, “Any Movement that does not support its political internees, is a sham movement.” So please help us, help them! Help us help you!

We encourage people to participate in helping us raise funds for the Warchest, which can be done in the following ways:

Be a runner:
We are asking people or groups who are running to collect as many sponsor for the run as possible. Remember the money received is going to help imprisoned comrades who need your help. The person who collects the most amount of funds will be given a prize for their involvement and dedication to helping our fallen comrades.

Sponsor a runner:
This can be done through a flat donation to the runner of your choice, each flyer is a sponsor sheet. We ask from those who wish not to run to actively support those who are running in hopes of collecting as much for our comrades as possible.

Sponsor Running Down the Walls:
Any amount helps. Contact the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross if you wish to simply donate money to the cause.

Donate to:
-The Warchest:
Send funds directly to the Los Angeles ABCF (PO Box 11223, Whittier, CA 90603) or to the Philadelphia ABCF (PO Box 42129, Philadelphia, PA 19101) make checks or money orders out only to Tim Fasnacht.

-Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC): http://revolutionaryautonomouscommunities.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/raclosangeles

Get involved in the planning of Running Down the Walls:
We always need help with organizing the event and we encourage people to contact us if they would like to get involved. You can do this by contacting the LA Anarchist Black Cross, www.abcf.net/la, la@abcf.net

-Jaan Laaman, UFF Political Prisoner Statement of Solidarity

October 19th 2002
“My Brothers,
Thank you for running at this special event that means so much to many of us all over the world, both free and imprisoned. In a relative way, we are all political prisoners because it is the politics of this system of things that is exploiting, crushing, imprisoning, and destroying the masses all over the world and the earth itself. Then there are those who know this and take actions against those who seek to deny us our rightful place on earth as common human brethren. Those are the ones we run for and seek to help… whom sacrificed their family, freedom and lives, so that our lives may be better! The fact that you ran with us is a sign that when the red-hour comes, you will not be caught asleep. You are conscious and you too are willing to represent. The potential in you is great. Thank you for running for the cause!”

“As we ran we were thinking and talking about all the runners in Los Angeles and how we’d love to be out there running with them. We also spoke about the other political prisoners who were running with us in at least some other prisons.”

Running Down the Walls 2013
When: Sunday, September 8th, 2013, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: MacArthur Park, (West corner), 2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Registration fees: $12 preregistration; $15, the day of the run. (Make checks out to Tim Fasnacht)

Or for paypal:

Log in to your PayPal account and send your donation online to the email address “timABCF@aol.com” (Tim Fasnacht). Make sure to add in the notes section that your donation is for RDTW 2013. If you’d prefer to stay anonymous or are donating in the name of an organization, let us know.

For more information contact the Los Angeles Branch Group of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation
PO BOX 11223
Whitier, Ca 90603

http://www.abcf.net/la/laabcf.asp?page=la%2Frdtw
www.abcf.net/la
la@abcf.net

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