5 Reasons to Give This Month: A Message from Our RAC-LA Comrades

5 Reasons to Support RAC-LA This Month

Read on or CLICK HERE (http://bit.ly/1HHjZeV) ANYTIME TO DONATE via our secure PayPal link.

Reason #1: RAC-LA is one of the only completely-grassroots efforts in LA to directly uplift the least empowered. Nearly all of the people served by our weekly giveaway of 150+ boxes of free organic food are poor, homeless, or recently-immigrated people of color. All of our work is a volunteered labor of love, with no government support and no corporate underwriting.

Reason #2: The Community Center run by RAC-LA and its partners is YOUR resource. It provides a radical-friendly safe space for organizing, community enrichment, education, and outreach. We welcome our partners-in-struggle to make use of it. Contact John at johnaimani3@gmail.com (English) or Melva at racateers@gmail.com (Ingles y Espanol) to find out how.

Reason #3: RAC-LA and its partners do their best to support YOU. RAC members and participants support and participate in all sorts of progressive and radical social causes locally, including efforts to stop police violence; end state surveillance; eliminate poverty; and defend and liberate the poor, womyn, queer people, trans people, immigrants, people of color, homeless people, non-human animals, and all other oppressed or exploited beings. We fight alongside you, and we support your efforts. We ask for your help in a spirit of mutual respect and mutual aid.

Reason #4: Every penny donated to RAC-LA helps support our food program or our community-empowering programs at the Community Center. Whether it’s the direly-needed food program or our ever-evolving-and-expanding-programming at the Community Center—including our free tutoring sessions, free classes, free study groups, and free cultural events—every donation to RAC-LA is a re-investment in the community and its struggle for peace, freedom, equality, and prosperity.

Reason #5: WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU. RAC-LA has no formal roster and no official leadership. We are of, for, and by the community. Everyone who works with us, supports us, and/or gives to us is—in ways big or small—a part of RAC-LA. In other words, you are RAC-LA. We are forever grateful for all of your help, and we can’t succeed in our efforts without your ongoing support.

Please consider donating now: http://bit.ly/1HHjZeV

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Study Group This Saturday, June 13th, @ 3 Worlds Cafe

We’re continuing the Lexicon series–this week’s topic is White Supremacy. Download the reading here: http://anarchiststudies.org/lexicon-pamphlet-series/lexicon-white-supremacy/
No previous knowledge is assumed and no homework is assigned—just coffee and good discussion among comrades.
WHAT: F@@ Study Group on White Supremacy
WHEN: Saturday, June 13th, 2015.  3:30pm for coffee and snacks. 4pm reading/discussion begins.
WHERE: 3 Worlds Café, 3310 S Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011
WHY: Because, in the sage words of Angela Davis, “racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been.”

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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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