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5th Annual BASTARD Conference

BASTARD (Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development) will be hosting their 5th annual anarchist conference on March 27th, 2005. It will be in the East Bay again this year, at UC Berkeley. There is no set theme this year and BASTARD is currently seeking proposals for workshops. Proposals on all topics of interest related to anarchist theory are welcome. For more information or if you would like to propose a workshop please visit http://sfbay-anarchists.org/conference/ . Or, if you prefer, send a proposal to: BASTARD, 3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705.

Free free

June 2005 marks the five-year anniversary of the imprisonment of our friend and comrade: Oregon environmental political prisoner, Jeff “Free” Luers. Jeff was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at a car dealership in Eugene, Oregon, and on trumped up attempted arson charges. Jeff set fire to SUVs to call attention to climate change and to protest oil wars and environmental destruction. Jeff was motivated by compassion and a desire to protect life, not to harm it.

On June 12, 2004, social and environmental activists in the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Norway, Finland, Australia, and Russia participated in an “International Day of Action” with Jeff by organizing non-violent protests and community events to show their support for him and their disgust for his cruel sentence. The FBI responded by creating a real ‘Green Scare’, sending a memo to businesses, corporate media, and government agencies warning of planned “terrorist attacks” by the “Earth Liberation Front” on June 12. Of course, no “terrorist attacks” ever occurred.

Since the June 12, 2004 Day of Action, support for Jeff has continued to grow. People all over the world see Jeff as a political prisoner and acknowledge that his sentence is meant as a deterrent to increased resistance to oppression. Overall, however, the political climate in the US and abroad has become more corrupt and repressive. The conditions are ripe to expose the hypocrisy of the system. Opposition and dissent is needed now more than ever.

During the weekend of June 10-12th, 2005, social justice activists from across the world are called upon again to organize and show their outrage about Jeff’s imprisonment and the continued abuse and isolation of dissident prisoners across the globe. State repression is meant as a deterrent to social and environmental movements all over. Jeff received a sentence of over 22 years for an action that harmed no one except for the pocketbook of a local car dealer. Typical arson charges in Oregon result in sentences less than five years.

There is no central organizing body or group to check in with but the Jeff Luers Support Network can help by providing you with flyers, graphics, and merchandise such as videos, zines and stickers about Jeff and allies in the struggle.

Read more about Jeff’s case at www.freefreenow.org. East Coast contact: Friends of Jeff ‘Free’ Luers freefreenow@mutualaid.org; West Coast Contacts: Break the Chains breakthechains02@yahoo.com; San Francisco Jeffrey Luers Support Network reejeffreyluers@resist.ca

A Recruiter Near YOU

The following US Army recruiting stations are in or near areas that have significant radical communities. Therefore, this is a reasonable initial list of recruiting stations that could be targeted for disruptive actions designed to cripple the US war effort in Iraq. A diversity of tactics is in order, ranging from protests, telephone call campaigns and informational pickets to occupations, wheatpasting, graffiti, etc. Folks may want to design theater performances wherein buzz cut potential recruits show up and ask some mighty hard questions about all those weapons of mass destruction and the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.” The recruitment arm of the military is essential to the functioning of the whole machine — they shouldn’t get a free ride here in the US while the slaughter continues in Iraq. Get together with your friends, use you’re creativity and don’t get caught!

Arizona

  • Tucson: 2302 E. Speedway Blvd. # 112, Sun, AZ 85719, 520-326-6957
  • Phoenix: 1647-C West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85015, 602-249-2320
  • California

    • Oakland: 2116 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-835-7985
    • San Francisco: 670 Davis St, Golden Gateway Common # 111, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-433-4512
    • San Diego: 4150 Mission Blvd. #. 159, San Diego, CA 92109, 858-273-3781
    • Los Angeles: 2700 Colorado Blvd # 149, Los Angeles, CA 90041
    • Santa Cruz: 2121 41st Ave # 204, Capitola, CA 95010, 831-464-0461
    • Eureka: 3220 S. Broadway Suite A-13, Eureka, CA 95501, 707-443-3019

    Colorado

    • Denver: 130 Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Pkwy Unit 130, Denver, CO 80204, 720-904-2174
    • Boulder: 3055 Walnut St, Palm Gardens Shpg Ctr, Boulder, CO 80301, 303-442-1751

    Connecticut

    • New Haven: 161 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510, 203-624-3312

    Florida

    • Gainesville: 3218 SW 35th Blvd, # D, Butler Plaza, Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-335-5600
    • Pensacola: Southgate Plaza, 528 N. Navy Blvd, Suite C., Pensacola, FL 32507, 850-458-9996
    • Miami: Boulevard Shops, 1401 Biscayne Blvd, # 1490-D, Miami, FL 33132, 305-371-8755

    Georgia

    • Atlanta: 650 Ponce De Leon, # 640-B, Midtown Place Shopping Center, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-685-9994

    Illinois

    • Chicago: 1239 N Clybourn Ave, Suite 226, Chicago, IL 60610, 312-202-0430
    • Champaign/Urbana: Plaza West, 1615 Springfield Ave, Champaign, IL 61821, 217-356-2838

    Indiana

    • Indianapolis: 302 Washington Pointe Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46229, 317-898-3032
    • Bloomington: 327 S Walnut St # 102, Bloomington, IN 47401, 812-333-0240

    Kansas

    • Lawrence: 115 South Clairborne, Olathe, KS 66062, 913-764-2113

    Louisiana

    • New Orleans: 514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-488-6672

    Maryland

    • Baltimore: 1253 W. Pratt Street # D, Mountclair Junction Shopping Ctr, Baltimore, MD 21223, 410-727-2769

    Massachusetts

    • Boston: 141 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111, 617-426-6488
    • Western Mass: Big Y Plaza, 485a Newton Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, 413-533-2501

    Minnesota
    Minneapolis: 9 Sixth Ave South, Hopkins, MN 55343, 952-935-3000

Missouri

  • Kansas City: 3909 S. Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, 816-561-0613

Nebraska

  • Lincoln: Military & Naval Science Bldg, Rm 205, 14th & Vine Sts, Lincoln, NE 68588, 402-472-4602

New York

  • Manhatten: 688 6th Avenue 2nd Flr, New York, NY 10010, 212-255-8229

North Carolina

  • Durham: U.S. Army Recruiting Station, 3400 Westgate Dr, Westgate Plaza, Durham, NX 27707, 919-490-6671

Ohio

  • Oberlin: 300 Broadway Ave, Lorain, OH 44052, 440-245-6351
  • Toledo: Miracle Mile Shopping Center, 4925 Jackman Rd, Toledo, OH 43613, 419-292-0358
  • Oregon

    • Portland: 1317 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, 503-284-4005
    • Eugene: Santa Clara Shopping Center, 65-J Division Avenue, Suite D, Eugene, OR 97404, 541-345-3877
    • Pennyslvania

      • Philadelphia: Auerbach Bldg, 125 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-568-1921
      • Pittsburgh: 3712 Forbes Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, 412-683-1057

      Tennessee

      • Knoxville: 168 N Seven Oaks Drive, Windsor Square Shopping Center, Knoxville, TN 37922, 865-690-0473

      Texas

      • Austin: 2025 Guadalupe, Ste 258, Dobie Mall-Ut Campus, Austin, TX 78705, 512-472-7616
      • Houston: River Oaks Plaza Shopping Ctr, 1432 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019, 713-942-0120

      Virginia

      • Richmond: Shops At Willow Lawn, Store 301d, 1602 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA 23230, 804-285-6690

      Washington

      • Olympia: 400 Cooper Point Rd Ste Cv6, Olympia, WA 98502, 360-943-3732
      • Seattle: 2301 S Jackson St Ste 205, Seattle, WA 98144, 206-324-3437

      Washington, DC

      • Franklin Ct Bldg, Box 18 1099 14th Street Nw ( L St. Entrance), Washington, DC 20005, 202-761-4344

      Wisconsin

      • Madison: 73 University Square, Madison, WI 53715, 608-255-4684
      • Milwaukee: 3133 N Oakland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211, 414-963-4727

Slingshot Box

Slingshot is an independent, volunteer-run, more-often-than-quarterly radical newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988.

You’ll notice that this issue is slightly shorter than usual — only 12 pages. Slingshot has been publishing more often (every two months) and our distribution keeps improving, but one critical deficiency has been good articles to publish. We get a lot of submissions, but almost all of them are rants, which isn’t really what we’re looking for. What we need is hard-hitting, well researched and carefully reasoned articles that address the critical political situation we’re in. Between the war, the increasing tide of right-wing religious intolerance, prisons and the continuing environmental crisis, radical media like this paper are important. We want it to be as well written and relevant as possible. If you’re thinking of writing something, the article “Media that inspires action” on this page contains a few ideas about the kind of articles we would like to see. Send something or call us.

A lot of heavy shit is going on in the world right now, and while we were creating this issue, some of us felt a kind of personal/ political crisis because we couldn’t seem to figure out how to publish the kind of powerful, radical response to these events that we had hoped for. So this is our best shot. Given all the death and destruction going on right now — not to mention Bush’s reelection — you’ll probably join us in finding this issue a bit fluffy. But we’re happy that at least it isn’t negative or depressing. And some of the articles, after a lot of editing and revisions, are turning out really great.

Part of the reason this issue felt like a crisis to some of us is that creating Slingshot is a cathartic personal and political process. When scary political stuff happens — the war in Iraq, 9-11, domestic political crackdown — it is easy to feel totally powerless. But then we remember “oh yeah, at least we have a paper so we can respond!”

By writing our Slingshot articles, we try to work through the political situation in our minds and regain our sense of courage and pragmatic optimism. We spell out our vision for a different world. While we can’t always realize this vision right now, a lot of times putting it on paper makes it clear that we are living little pieces of that vision all the time without realizing it — that change is happening and that we’re participating in the struggle everyday. We recognize that we’re far from powerless and that we’re not alone. We hope you’ll join us in this process of searching, writing, inspiration and ultimately, action.

This issue marks the return of Spanish translation pages, which took a vacation last issue. A huge thanks to the numerous translators who made this possible on short notice and under stressful conditions. Including the Spanish translations is extremely challenging — we dream of having a more consistent and stable translation committee that could make the Spanish pages a routine part of our process, instead of a mini-crisis that gets repeated each issue.

As always, editorial decisions are made by the Slingshot collective, but not all the articles reflect the opinions of collective members. We welcome debate, constructive criticism and discussion.

Letters

Hi there Sling Shot folks,

I’m eagerly awaiting my very own copy of the 2005 Slingshot Organizer. A friend of mine got an organizer early, and showed me the section on Emergency Contraception. I was really excited to see that you included this information, since it is one of my personal favorite medical topics. I did notice that some of your information was debatable if not inaccurate, and I wanted to let you know.

In the section on the pharmaceutical forms of emergency contraception (EC), there were two things that I noted:

  • You state that EC prevents implantation of a fertilized egg. Actually, we don’t know exactly how EC works – it may prevent sperm from moving through the uterus to the tubes, it may prevent ovulation or fertilization directly, or it may prevent implantation. Some people take these distinctions very seriously – they make the difference between EC being an acceptable form of contraception, or an unacceptable form of early abortion. Because you only mention the prevention of implantation, some people may not use EC based on their political or religious beliefs.
  • You state that anyone who has contraindications to using oral contraceptives should not use EC. Actually, since EC is only used once, and does not expose a woman to long-term hormones, the ONLY generally accepted contraindication to using EC is current pregnancy.
  • Finally, there is a great EC resource available, at “1-888-not2late” – people can learn of health care providers in their area who will prescribe EC.

Thanks again for including EC info in the Slingshot Organizer – it is really important information that can make a huge difference in people’s lives. If you ever want/need a medical consultant or reviewer I’d be more than happy to help out. I am a family physician MD, newby herbalist and street medic. In solidarity, eowyn rieke

Slingshot response: We’re grateful for the update on ways to get EC and when you can take it. We believe that all forms of safe birth control are acceptable and that only a woman (with her doctor) can decide what’s right for her. All the ways EC may work prevent implantation, which is when an abortion becomes medically necessary. Thanks for your input!

A message on the Slingshot voicemail box . . .

hey who wrote the roadkill [inaudible - article?] The same people who drive the cars are the same people with eyeballs in their head that got their license because they’re eyeballs work and they’re the same people who are looking at the beast. You actually do computers and you don’t do cars? What the fuck is wrong with you people?! [phone slammed down]

Dear Slingshot:

I need to throw in an alternate response to the previous Slingshot article on road kill. I am a vegetarian and an animal lover and the idea that I could see a dead critter as my next pair of pants is too much. I have worked for years to buck myself up enough to remove sweet smashed and bloodied beings from the middle of the road, off the manmade surface — the death strip — back to the earth where they can decompose and go back into it, as the closed circle always does. It is hard but it’s an opportunity to apologize to them for my part, to pay respect to their sweet bunny souls, and to save other critters. Very often other animals will be killed because they are smelling or eating the critter in the road. It’s the very least I can do, being a human after all. But doing the very least just won’t do!

— Bunny lover

Infoshops Update

Here’s some new spots around the country you can drop in on if you’re trying to find some radical folks. Happy rambling!

Idle kids collective, Detroit

Check out this all-volunteer run collective DIY/anarchist book/record store & infoshop in Detroit. They have a variety of DIY programs, workshops, radical events, music shows as well as books, handmade clothing, CDs/records, etc. 3535 Cass Ave Detroit, MI 48201 313.832.7730

Black Sheep Books opens in Vermont

This all-volunteer workers’ collective bookstore just opened and specializes in radical and scholarly used books. They also host weekly anti-authoritarian educational and political events — from talks to films to anarchist socials — in the worker-owned and operated collective cafe in the same building. 4 Langdon Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 www.blacksheepbooks.org

All People’s United Infoshop – Fayetteville, AR

We think they’re located inside 5 Squirrels at 523 W. Poplar Fayetteville, AR. Send mail to them c/o Lissa, 635 Whitham Ave #9, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Crossroads Infoshop – Kansas City

They just opened and sell radical books, etc. Check out 1830 Locus St. Kansas City, MO 64108, 816-283-3510.

Better Than Television – Charlottesville, Virginia

Check out this spot – 106 A3 Goodman St., Charlottesville, VA 22902 (434) 295-0872

Casa De Pueblo – Los Angeles

A community center with a silk screen project that is open for shows and events, etc. 1498 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213 481-1986

Spindle Records – Lincoln, Nebraska

We have a new friend in Lincoln, Nebraska. Drop by and they’ll help you hook up with the radicals in Nebraska. 122 N. 14th St. Lincoln, NE 68508 402 435-8350

Everyone’s Books – Brattleboro, VT

Visit Everyone’s Books to link up with radical stuff in the area. 25 Elliot St. Brattleboro, VT 05301 802 254-8160

Cascadia Rising Infoshop – Portland, Oregon not gone

Oops – Slingshot was incorrect in reporting that the Cascadia Rising infoshop was gone. According to them, the Infoshop is currently open on Mondays from noon to 5 pm for people to work on bicycles in the bike library. They’re looking for folks to get involved to keep it open more often and invite groups in the Portland area to use the space for meetings or events. Contact 503 230-8360, cec@lists.riseup.net. They’re at 1540 S.E. Clinton, PDX, OR 97202.

Free Mind Media Guild – Santa Rosa, CA

Free Mind Media has been a Mobile infoshop for the last two years in Sonoma County CA. FMMG is now financially secure and lookin’ to open up shop. They’re actively searching for a space to call home. They’re still seeking more volunteers, $ donations, book donations and publicity. Contact laidoff@sonic.net, freemind@riseup.net www.fmmg.org

Documentations, informations, références et alternatives – Montréal, Quebec

DIRA distributes radical information in Montréal and has an anarchist lending library and infoshop. It’s a couple of years old and just moved and expended. Check it out: 916 Ontario E. Montréal, QC Canada H2L 1P4 Tél.: 514.524.4529.

Librairie Alternative closes – L’Insoumise fills space

The long-standing Librairie Alternative book shop has closed. A new anarchist book shop operated by different folks is at the same location. 2033 St-Laurent Montréal, QC Canada H2X 2T3

Venus Envy, Halifax, Nova Scotia

They’re a feminist book store and sex shop way up north! Check them out at 1598 Barrington Street Halifax, Nova Scotia 902 422-0004.

Corrections to info in the 2005 Slingshot Organizer

Ouch! – Lots of mistakes in the 2005 Slingshot organizer radical contact list. We do our best – tell your friends to fix these entries:

• The phone # for Jane Doe Books in Brooklyn is now (917) 664-5141. I visited this place when I was in NYC for the RNC and it is a great small spot.

• The address for our Australian distributor Beating Hearts Press should be PO Box 444 (NOT 404.) Based on our communications with them, they’re a fun bunch down under.

• The Salon infoshop in Tel Aviv has moved and is now at Alemonit alley 3. A lad recently back from Israel also suggests visitors check out One Struggle In Jaffa, an animal rights group — www.onestruggle.org.

• The Olympia zine library (located at Last Word Books) has moved. They’re now at 211 E 4th Ave. Olympia, WA 98501.

Slingshot Box

Slingshot is an independent, volunteer-run, radical newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988.

Issue #83 is definitely an exciting one. It’s been a hectic time, as always, for us here at Slingshot, with a lot of movin’ and shakin’. We have five new volunteers helping out and bringing a lot of new energy. Fresh ideas and excited faces are always welcome. Most of the collective was also in New York for the RNC, implementing their own special brand of radicalism. The S/M street theatre was a big hit with certain authorities! This is also our first issue back from our summer hiatus, through which we were working diligently on getting the organizer out and about.

We hope your lives have been as full and energetic as ours. It’s good to keep busy with such noble endeavors; but the movement suffers if you run yourself into the ground. Remember, there’s a reason we’re organizing, fighting, and striving: because we believe in a society that’s better than this one. And what better way to embody this ideal than taking a bike ride for the sake of the ride, or sneaking into a movie, or browsing your favorite book store dumpster, or doing whatever makes you feel refreshed and ready to keep toppling the system that keeps you from that feeling everyday. Even we at the Slingshot have to hop in the hot tub every once in a while.

This year we’re hoping to put out five issues of the paper, thus making the jump from a quarterly to a “quintorally” issued newspaper. It’s quite the advancement and we hope to be up to the challenge. Speaking of challenge, you’ll notice there are no Spanish language pages in this issue. Our sincerest apologies. We hope to bring back the bilingual paper for issue #84 and if any of you would like to and can help us translate articles from English to Spanish, or just want to submit an article, please don’t hesitate to contact us or simply come to the new volunteer meeting (see below).

As always, editorial decisions are made by the Slingshot collective, but not all the articles reflect the opinions of the collective members. We welcome debate, constructive criticism and discussion.

Slingshot New Volunteer Meeting

Volunteers interested in getting involved with Slingshot can come to the new volunteer meeting October 24 at 1 p.m. at the Long Haul in Berkeley (see below).

Article Deadline and Next Issue Date

Submit your articles for issue 84 by November 19, 2004 at 3 p.m. We expect the next issue out in early December.

Volume 1, Number 83, Circulation 12,000

Printed September 30, 2004

Slingshot Newspaper

Sponsored by Long Haul

3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

Phone: (510) 540-0751

Letters

The Draft

Dear Slingshot,

As a person who joined the Armed Forces out of economic desperation, I favor the draft reinstatement that’s before Congress this year over the de-facto draft we have now. It is too easy for Joe Public to get behind acts of aggression against other nations when they know, in their hearts, that it won’t be their clean-scrubbed college students coming back with a prosthetic leg. I look at the fear-mongering this White House attempts every time Kerry nudges ahead in the polls, and I know this is only an effective tactic because the middle class knows their kids are safe. I support a draft, not because I want to see more kids put on the firing line, but because I believe nothing less will wake America up about what goes on in the world.

Sincerely,

SGT Daniel Reasor

2nd Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery

Currently stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Chainstores

Dear Slingshot Collective

Hi! I’m the inventory manager at the [omitted to protect privacy], CA Borders Books & I was wondering if you guys distributed your Slingshot day planner to major book stores? One of my supervisors got ahold of your planner & we’d love to carry it! If at all possible, we’d only like an inital order of 10 planners (& maybe up it from there), & we can pay by credit card if that’s available. Please let me know so we can sell your amazing item!

Thanks!

[omitted to protect privacy

Inventory Manager, Borders, [---], CA

Our Response

Dear [---]:

Hi. Thanks for your email. We’re sorry, but our collective has decided not to sell the book to chain stores.

take care, love, slingshot

Dear Slingshot,

I am writing to request a bulk number of copies of the Slingshot newspaper, current and past issues. I live in a fairly rural area, turning into a rather nightmarish suburbia, and despite this terrible fact, there is an upside. A growing number of youth (like myself) are looking to more radical outlets of expression. More and more we are going beyond rebellion against our parents and looking at the larger system of oppresion. The problem is we are in a rural area and information is very limited. We receive many things from other places, mostly anything that comes in bulk, is close to free, and contains valuable information. We are trying to bring different aspects of radical culture to the youth so that they can get into radical politics through many means. Anyway, if you could please send some bulk copies of Slingshot it would help build radical culture in our area.

Thanks,

Steve

Pylesville, MD

RNC Intro

500,000 people protested the Republican National Convention — its wars abroad, assaults on the environment, and crackdowns on workers — in New York City in late August and early September. From the massive, mellow march the day before the convention to hundreds of confrontations in which small groups hassled delegates, to the 1,800 arrests, was the week of protests a success? The RNC underlined the limits of protest. Outside of New York, news about the protests was hard to find. Massive police presence in New York curtailed our ability to disrupt the delegates’ work.

Yet the protests made it much harder for Bush to use New York as a prop for his war on terrorism message. Things would have been worse if he had come to New York and no one had hit the streets. The protests showed that not all Americans are united around Bush and his agenda of fear and violence.

In deciding to hit the streets, you can never be sure that it will be “worth it” — that it will help promote change. But you can always be sure that if you decide not to hit the streets, you’ll loose a chance for progress. It’s up to the opponents of the system to make the effort to show up wherever those in power gather if there appears to be any chance it could make a difference.

Pepper Spray by Q-Tip Trial ends in Jury Deadlock

mistrial was declared in the Pepper Spray by Q-tip trial Sept. 22 after the jurors deadlocked 6-2 in favor of the activist plaintiffs. Eight activists had sued the Humboldt county Sheriffs’ Dept and Eureka Police after the cops used Q-tips to smear pepper spray directly into their eyes during a logging protest in 1997. The police torture was filmed and widely shown on teevee.

A previous trial with a hostile judge had also resulted in a 4-4 deadlock, after which the judge dismissed the case. It took years to wind through the federal appeals process, get a different judge, and schedule a new trial. Meanwhile, using pepper spray as a coercion method (rather than as a subduing tactic) became recognized as standard operating procedure in California for strident civil disobedience such as lock downs.

Lead counsel Dennis Cunningham said the plaintiffs are ready to go back to trial at the earliest opportunity. “We’re not going to let go of the issue.” But he added, “We are really disappointed, of course. That our claim was clear to the great majority but rejected by two people who held out, means we were close, and that is encouraging. We realize how difficult it is for some people to believe that there is a real need for control over what the police are allowed to do. It is a leap for some people, and a leap they are not comfortable making, if they have no direct experience with police abuse.”

Said Noel Tendick, 27, one of the eight plaintiffs, “We had a three-fourths majority, but as we saw with the last election, a majority isn’t always enough to give you victory. Trees are still falling, police are still brutalizing peaceful protesters, so we will pursue this case, and we will do so vigorously.”