On June 16th, 2006 Conor Cash of Team Colors will be speaking on the “Green Scare” and current repression of activitists in the United States.

Here is the full flyer:

“Resisting the Green Scare” Portland Event June 10

Resisting the “Green Scare”
Portland event Saturday June 10, 2006 featuring Ray Luc Levasseur, Conor Cash, and Phil Worden
6PM

$5 – $15 donation
Pizza, $1 a slice

On June 10th, Portland, Maine will participate in the International Weekend of Resistance Against the Green Scare along with over 20 other cities worldwide, in order to show solidarity and support for those facing charges and harassment in what has come to be known as the Green Scare.

December 7th of 2005 marked the beginning of the largest roundup of environmental and animal rights activists in U.S. history. There have now been nearly 20 arrests and many Grand Jury subpoenas. The nation-wide sweep of arrests, dubbed “Operation Backfire,” has been described by the FBI as a major hit to environmentalists and animal rights activists who engage in destruction of property as a means to defend wild lands and lives of animals. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated in January that, “Investigating and preventing animal rights and environmental extremism is one of the FBI’s highest domestic priorities”.

Despite the lack of human injury in any of the actions these community members are being accused of, the government is threatening extraordinary sentences, ranging from 30 years to life plus 335 years. Similar crimes committed without political motivation receive far shorter sentences and even different, lesser charges. For example, a string of nine recent church arsons are being described by the authorities as “youthful pranks”. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) said recently, “The Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people. The attacks of 9/11 killed 3,000. Since 1993, there have been at least five fatal attacks on doctors who performed legal abortions. Eric Rudolph recently pleaded guilty to placing a bomb in a public area during the Olympic Games in 1996, as well as bombing a Birmingham women’s clinic and a gay nightclub. All of these cases involved the loss of human life. To date, not a single incident of so called ‘environmental terrorism’ has killed anyone.”

June 11, 2006 also marks the sixth year that Jeff “Free” Luers has been in prison as well as the 3rd year that Portland Victory Gardens Project has participated in the International Days of Solidarity with him. The focus of international events this year will instead be on “Operation Backfire” and what many are calling a “Green Scare” campaign of government repression.

This year’s Portland event, “Resisting the Green Scare”, will be held at 6pm on Saturday June 10th at A Company of Girls, 10 Mayo St., and will consist of speakers and films. Speakers include Ray Luc Levasseur (former U.S. political prisoner from Sanford, Maine), Conor Cash (Long Island based activist who successfully beat federal charges for accused ELF arsons), and Phil Worden (Maine activist and civil rights attorney).

Documentaries include “22/8” (about Jeff Luers) and two short films produced by Green Scare defendents support groups.

Jeff Luers, an Oregon-based environmental activist, received a disproportionately long sentence (22 years) after confessing to attempting
to burn three SUVs at an auto dealership in Eugene, Oregon. At trial, Jeff clearly stated that his action was a desperate attempt to bring awareness to the destruction of the Earth by this unsustainable form of transportation and its external costs of global warming, pollution, and
war for oil. Because of his stated political beliefs, Jeff received an extremely long prison sentence; he is charged with a “Measure 11” crime
despite the fact that this fire did not endanger any life; and he continues to suffer harassment by the Department of Corrections due to his bogus designation as a member of a “Security Threat Group” – a status typically used for violent gang members.

The Portland Victory Gardens Project sponsors the Portland green scare event and wishes to welcome the community to come out for an evening of entertainment, education, and solidarity.

For more information, contact:
Portland Victory Gardens Project, PO Box 1992, Portland, Maine 04102

freefreenow (at) mutualaid.org
local Portland event contact: pvg (at) riseup.net
(207) 761-1504

Portland Victory Gardens Project
PO Box 1992
Portland, Maine 04104
(207) 761-1504

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Team Colors Members’ to Lecture at this years Plan-It-X Fest.

Team Colors is excited to be presenting a lecture and discussion at this years Plan-It-X fest. PIX is an amazing six day DIY punk fest taking place in Bloomington, Indiana from the 6th to 11th of July and will include shows, workshops, classes, swap-meets, and other community building awesomeness.

Team Colors will be discussing the political potential of DIY, please see the description below for more information on the lecture. The exact date of the workshop will be posted shortly as well.

Date / Time: 7th from 10am-12pm
Location: TBA

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Re-approaching DIY, Re-approaching “Activism,” Re-approaching Power

Summary:
The aim of Re-approaching DIY, Re-approaching “Activism,” Re-approaching Power will be to explore the intersection between DIY, radical social change and relations of power. As a lecture, to be followed by a short session of clarifying questions and discussion, we will be exploring the political aspects of DIY in order to tease out its potential political successes, failures, and potentialities. We will be begin by presenting a brief narrative of the emergence of DIY during the late 1970s, some aspects of its development in the 1980s and through the 1990s, with a focus on a political reading of the major moments of intentionally DIY struggles, or movements/groups that have taken major influence from DIY culture. A theoretical lens will be utilized to examine DIY within terms of class composition and changing power relations in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and will provide a conceptual framework for our understanding of this phenomena. Throughout Re-approaching DIY we will help to weigh the importance of understanding our daily experiences and “cultural” involvements in a fundamentally political manner, and will lead to a exploration of reevaluating “activism’ and social change. Within this framework we will present our approach in seeing DIY as a political project, contextualized within larger social struggles and power relations, and viewed historically. Attendees are requested to think before hand about their involvement in DIY, if they’ve had any, and the potential political lessons that may come from those experiences. This workshop is derived from the article “DIY and the Movement Beyond Capitalism” (in the forthcoming volume Constituent Imagination, AK Press, July 2006) and the presenters work with Team Colors. Additional material related to this topic and the concepts that will be exploring are available on the collectives website.

Infamous radical publishers AK Press will be releasing an amazing collection of materials in July on ‘militant research’, the act of theorization, and the role of the intellectual in radical social change.

The collection titled Constituent Imagination includes a piece from Craig and Kevin of Team Colors – who, along with their colleague and good friend Ben Holtzman, wrote an article called “DIY and the Movement Beyond Capitalism” on the intersection between DIY punk, the anti-globalization movement, and class struggle.

The fellows are quite proud of the article, and we think all of you kids out there are going to love it as well. So pick up the collection over at the AK Press website when its available in the next month or so.

To order the collection visit AK Press’s website: www.akpress.org

For more information on the collection visit: www.constituentimagination.net

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From the back cover:

What is the relationship of radical theory to movements for social change? In a world where more and more global struggles are refusing vanguard parties and authoritarian practices, does the idea of the detached intellectual, observing events from on high, make sense anymore? In this powerful and unabashedly militant collection, over two dozen academic authors and engaged intellectuals-including Antonio Negri and Colectivo Situaciones-provide some challenging answers. In the process, they redefine the nature of intellectual practice itself.

The book opens with the editors’ provocative history of the academy’s inherent limitations and possibilities. The essays that follow cover a broad range: embedded intellectuals in increasingly corporatized universities, research projects in which factory workers and academics work side by side, revolutionary ethnographies of the global justice movement, and meditations on technology from the branches of a tree-sit in Scotland. What links them all is a collective and expansive re-imagining of engaged intellectual work in the service of social change. In a cultural climate where right-wing watchdog groups seem to have radical academics on the run, this unapologetic anthology is a breath of fresh air.

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Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization

Edited by David Graeber and Stevphen Shukaitis

Over the past ten years the various tendrils of the global justice movement have developed a multiplicity of new forms of social resistance. From occupied factories and neighborhood assemblies in Argentina to raucous UK street parties and Italian social centers, these new forms of resistance and organizing have blurred, questioned, and broken down notions of political action and organization. Far from the “end of history” predicted in 1989, the circulation and spread of autonomous struggles and politics worldwide has proclaimed loudly “we are everywhere.” These forms of social protagonism are developing alternatives to a neoliberal world in the organization of resistance, constructing new possibilities through the constitutive power of lived imagination.

Just as we use narratives to construct and deconstruct our social world, so narratives about forms of politics open up or delimit possibilities for organization. But the relation of radical academics and intellectuals and the social movements we work with (or more often talk about with little real connection) has had a tenuous and not always positive history. Far too often radical theorists have used their knowledge or ideas to claim leadership roles and positions of power within movements, attempting to control and direct through vanguard structures, leading to many problems despite their positive intentions. The practices of the interwoven strands of the global justice movement, creating and enacting horizontal networks instead of top-down structures like states, parties, or corporation, demand that radical theorists and academics critically rethink their role in and relation to movements, and the nature of intellectual practice itself.

Includes materials from Brian Holmes * Ben Holtzman // Craig Hughes // Kevin Van Meter * Antonio Negri * Colectivo Situaciones * Gavin Grindon * Maribel Casas-Cortes + Sebastian Cobarrubias * TrabajoZero * Angela Mitropolous * Jack Bratich * Harry Halpin * Jeff Juris * Gaye Chan + Nandita Sharma * Ben Shepard * Kirsty Robertson * Bre * Anita Lacey * Paolo Virno * Michal Osterweil + Graeme Chesters * Dave Eden * Arri Stone * Uri Gordon * Ashar Latif + Sandra Jeppesen