“Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness” Release Party & Reading sick_lg
Thursday July 23rd, 7:00pm

Hosted by: Reading Frenzy
921 SW Oak St. Portland, OR
http://www.readingfrenzy.com

On Thursday July 23rd, the evening before the 2009 Portland Zine Symposium begins, Reading Frenzy, Microcosm Publishing and the Team Colors Collective are proud to host a reading and realize party for “Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness” recently published by Microcosm.

Editor Ben Holtzman will present the zine and several contributors will read and discuss their pieces. This event, as with the zine itself, seeks to connect those who have experienced physical illness with others and further discussion on the importance of creating networks of support and care within our communities.

Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness
Edited by Benjamin Holtzman
Sick collects peoples’ experiences with illness to help establish a collective voice of those impacted by illness within radical, left, and DIY communities. The zine is meant to be a resource for those who are living with illness as well as those who have not directly experienced it themselves. Contributors discuss personal experiences as well as topics such as receiving support, providing support, and being an informed patient. These writings are meant to increase understandings of illness and further discussion as well as action towards building communities of care.

Sick is available via Microcosm Publishing: http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/2764/

Event organized By: Team Colors Collective (www.warmachines.info) & Microcosm Publishing (www.microcosmpublishing.com)

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Theory, Territory & Targeting: Research for Movements
Paul Glavin, Kevin Van Meter & Dave Negation
6 June 2009, 5pm @ the Portland Anarchist Book Fair

“Theory, Territory & Targeting: Research for Movements” will explore three approaches to movement research, and seeks to provide perspectives and techniques to strengthen radical movements and struggles. Paul Glavin of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, in describing the work of the institute, will begin our session by exploring the importance of theory and historical research to current movements. Kevin Van Meter of the Team Colors Collective continues on these themes as he explores militant / co-research techniques, mapping, community dialogs and other methods of knowledge production for radical currents. Following these theoretical and strategic focused presentations, Dave Negation of Tarantula Publishing will provide insight into research tactics that are useful for immediate on the ground campaigns and radical organizing. These three ten minute presentations will be followed by ample time for discussion.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Anarchist Studies (www.anarchist-studies.org), Team Colors (www.warmachines.info) & Tarantula Publishing (www.socialwar.net)

The 1st Annual Portland Anarchist Book Fair!
Saturday, June 6, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, June 7, 10am – 4pm
Liberty Hall – 311 N Ivy | Portland, OR 97227
503-516-9220 | axiom.infoshop@gmail.com

Movies for Marie: A Benefit & Letter Writing Night for Green Scare Political Prisoner Marie Mason

Sunday 12 July 2009 @ 6pm
Red & Black Café
400 SE 12th Avenue (at SE Oak St.)
http://www.redandblackcafe.com

$1-5 & Up Donations for the Cause. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Join friends of Marie Mason for a benefit movie night, letter writing session and learn more about Marie’s case. A video of Marie speaking about the importance of environmental activism and a short presentation on her case and the importance of prison support will begin the evening. Following the amazing 1995 Dutch feminist film “Antonia’s Line” will be screened, and we will conclude by writing letters and postcards to Marie. Come out to support this important eco-prison, feminist, friend and mother. And as always amazing vegan food and drink at the counter.

About Marie Mason
Marie Mason is a loving mother of two and a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, she was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000; no one was injured in either of them. She accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced on February 5, 2009 to just under 22 years. This is the longest sentence to date for any “Green Scare” prisoner.

About the Movie for Marie:
“Antonia’s Line” is a 1995 film by Dutch director, writer and feminist Marleen Gorris. The film, described by its director as a “feminist fairy tale,” tells the story of the matronal Antonia who, after returning to the anonymous Dutch village of her birth, establishes and nurtures a close-knit communmity. Spanning nearly forty years starting just after World War II, it follows Antonia as she takes over the family farm, befriends a recluse, takes in the village simpleton, and provides a home for a young woman with special needs who has been raped by a brother. The film covers a breadth of topics, with themes ranging from death and religion to sex, intimacy, lesbianism, misandry and love.

Write to Marie in Prison:
Marie Mason #04672-061
FCI Waseca
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1731
Waseca, MN 56093

Event organized by: Team Colors Collective (www.warmachines.info) & Support Marie Mason (www.supportmariemason.org)

Author Bruno Galli of the incredible “Labor of Fire” has commented on our ‘use-value’ thesis, thought we would share. Here.