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Slingshot is a quarterly, independent, radical newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988.

This issue is coming out as we prepare for the big Biotech action in San Francisco. It also looks like the entire Slingshot collective will be on the streets in New York City for the Republican National Convention. As busy as we get with the paper and the Organizer, it is crucial to remember that it is not enough to write what should be done, or think what should be done — you have to put your body on the line and do what needs to be done.

This issue, we bought our first typewriter and have been wondering why we waited so long to acquire this essential piece of lower-tech. So many radical publications suffer from a computer influenced sterility — how do you expect to reject the master’s ideas when you spend your days tied down by the master’s technology — staring into a fuckin computer?

Another exciting part of creating this issue was how the collective felt more bonded and caring. A number of us are going through various life difficulties, and we took better care of each other on a personal level instead of just suppressing our personal sides so we could pour 110% into the struggle. This way of operating is more human, more sustainable, and ultimately allows us to be more effective.

We wanted to apologize for omitting prison artist Harvey Pritchard’s name from his awesome artwork that was in last issue on page 3. Write him at Harvey Pritchard P-25785, PBSP SHU, C7-117C, PO Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95532.

And speaking of art, Holi told me an amazing story about the cover art he made. It is of the view out of the house he lived in growing up in Indonesia. The Evil Industry (not owned by Indonesians) put up those buildings in the rice fields, 10 ft away from houses, and said they would only be warehouses — but then started production in them and shook the whole village 24 hours a day!! So Holi’s dad made some slingshots to give to all the kids and other people got out their tools and the whole town attacked the factories for 3 days, breaking the roofs and machinery until the factories stopped production and became warehouses again. Holi fears they will start production again soon. Fucking Globalization BULLSHIT!

Yeah, so… Slingshot is always on the lookout for writers, artists, editors, photographers, distributors and independent thinkers to help us make this paper. If you send something written, please be open to editorial changes. We are also looking for articles in Spanish or for people who can help us translate articles from English to Spanish.

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 August 14 at 1 p.m. at the Long Haul in Berkeley (see below).

Article Deadline and Next Issue Date

Submit your articles for issue 83 by September 18, 2004 at 3 p.m. We expect the next issue out in early October.

Volume 1, Number 82, Circulation 12,000

Printed June 3, 2004

Slingshot Newspaper

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People’s Park History

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the creation of People’s Park in Berkeley, Calif.

At the start of 1969, the site that is now People’s Park was a dirt parking lot. The university had bought the property for new dorms in the mid-60s but then after demolishing the wood frame houses that had been on the lot (which had, coincidentally, formed a home base for many radicals which the UC Regents wanted out of Berkeley) the university never built the dorms. In the spring of 1969, after it had sat empty for some time and become an eyesore, community members decided to build a park on the lot. Building the park mobilized and energized many of the hippies, street people, activists and regular Berkeley citizens who participated. They were doing something for themselves, not for profit or bosses. Hundreds of people worked hard putting down sod, building a children’s play ground and planting trees. From the beginning the ideal was “user development”–the people building a park for themselves without university approval, planners, etc. Seizing the land from the university for legitimate public use was and is the spirit of the park.

After the initial construction on April 20, negotiations with the university over control of the park continued for about three weeks. For a while it looked like a settlement could be reached but suddenly the university stopped negotiating and in the early morning on May 15 moved police into the park. A rally protesting the fence was quickly organized on Sproul Plaza on the UC campus. In the middle of the rally, after a student leader said “lets go down and take the park,” police turned off the sound system. 6,000 people spontaneously began to march down Telegraph Ave. toward the park. They were met by 250 police with rifles and flack-jackets. Someone opened a fire hydrant. When the police moved into the crowd to shut off the hydrant, some rocks were thrown and the police retaliated by firing tear gas to disperse the crowd. An afternoon of chaos and violence followed. Sheriff’s deputies walked through the streets of Berkeley firing into crowds and at individuals with shotguns. At first they used birdshot but when that ran out, they switched to double-0 buckshot. 128 people were admitted to hospitals that day, mostly with gunshot wounds. James Rector, a spectator on a roof on Telegraph Ave., was shot and died of his wounds a few days later. The day after the shootings, 3000 National Guard troops were sent by then Governor Reagan to occupy Berkeley. A curfew was imposed and a ban on public assembly was put into force. Mass demonstrations continued and were met with teargas and violence by the police. 15 days after the park was fenced, 30,000 people marched peacefully to the park, and active rebellion against the fence subsided. The fence stayed up.

During the summer of 1969 on Bastille day protesters marched from Ho Chi Minh (Willard) park to People’s Park. Organizers had baked wire clippers into loaves of bread and lo and behold–the fence was down. Police attacked and a riot ensued. The fence was rebuilt and didn’t finally come down until 1972. In Early May, President Nixon announced the mining of North Vietnamese ports. The same night as his announcement, a hastily-called candlelight march in Ho Chi-Minh Park, starting with only 200-300 people, grew into thousands as they marched through Berkeley. During the night, people tore down the fence around People’s Park with their bare hands, a police car was burned and skirmishing with police lasted into the wee hours

In 1980, the university put asphalt over the free parking lot at People’s Park to turn it into a Fee parking lot. Students and others occupied the ground and began to rip up the pavement. After a week of confrontations between students and police, the university let the issue drop and the pavement was used to build the garden at the west end of the park. During the late 1980s the university employed a subtle strategy to again try to retake People’s Park. Community efforts to make improvements in the park, such as installing bathrooms, were met with police and bulldozers, while police, through constant harassment elsewhere, forced drug dealers to do their business in the park. These tactics continue today. In 1990 and 1991, the City of Berkeley negotiated a deal with the university to “save the park” by “cleaning it up.” The university agreed not to construct dorms on the land if sports facilities were constructed and the character of the park was changed. By this time, the park was being used to provide services to the growing number of homeless in the Southside area including free meals and a free box for clothes. The park continued to serve as a meeting place for activists and as a forum for political events and free concerts. It became clear that “cleaning up the park” meant eliminating freaks and the homeless. On July 28, 1991, the university again put up a fence at the Park so that it could construct a volleyball court there, part of the “cleanup” plan. During protests that followed, police fired wooden and rubber bullets at fleeing demonstrators every night for 3 nights in a row. Hundreds of police occupied Berkeley. All the while, construction continued on the volleyball courts, which were eventually completed. The Courts stood, despite constant protests and vandalism, from 1991 to 1997, when they were finally removed by the university due to complete non-use. As the Park celebrates its 35th Birthday, volunteers continue “user development” of the Park as they use the wood which once formed the hated volleyball courts to build an entrance trellis to the Park, complete with flowers.

Infoshop Update

Visit Sixth St. Books & Cafe in San Francisco

Sixth St. Books & Cafe in San Francisco has recently opened and is available for use by social justice groups, and for hosting progressive speakers and/or educational presentations. There have already been a variety of events such as folk bands, a jazz trio, readings, a talk by journalist Robert Jensen, and an SF meeting/benefit for Anarchist People of Color. There is a free-use library and free internet access, as well as plenty of space for people to relax, talk, play chess, and so forth. Check it out: 144 6th St. (between Mission and Howard St.) San Francisco. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. 415-626-8969.

Check out Chicago’s New World Resource Center

The New World Resource Center is Chicago’s oldest independent leftist bookstore. It has operated since 1972 as an all volunteer-run bookstore and community meeting space, stocking thousands of new and used volumes. The New World has moved many times in its life, but has always maintained an integrity of spirit and operation. Recently some of the volunteers banded together and bought a building to serve as the bookstore’s permanent home. If you’re in Chicago, visit them at 1300 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60622., (773)227-4011.

Danbury, CT infoshop finds new home

The Mad Hatters, aka, Danbury Independent Media Center and Infoshop of Danbury, CT has secured a new space after only being homeless for 2 months. They moved from their old space across from Western CT State Univ to the center of town. They are located between an all ages, no alcohol venue, the Empress Ballroom and the Hat City Ale House, where the local eclectics and activists hang out. The infoshop has a 1,500 + book lending library, progressive videos, various zines from around the US as well as progressive publications and a free DSL computer center. The space is also available for meetings. Visit them: 241 Main Street, 2nd floor, Suite 3 Danbury, CT 06810; Phone/Fax: 203-791-0284 www. madhattersimc.org

Arson destroys Canada’s Oldest Collectively-Run Radical Bookstore

Spartacus Books, Vancouver BC’s only non-profit, volunteer-run, radical bookstore burned to the ground April 25th when a fire tore through 311 W. Hastings St. Officials declared the cause of the fire to be arson after finding accelerant in the building. The bookstore did not have insurance and lost approximately $125,000 in inventory. Insurance premiums had risen to a level the store could not afford after 9/11.

“This is a terrible loss for the community. Spartacus Books was such a unique place.” comments Graham Sheard, bookstore coordinator. “It was organized entirely by volunteers and full of hard to find alternative resources. We were able to put information in the hands of thousands of people who would otherwise not have had access.” [Spartacus was Slingshot’s main distribution point in Vancouver.]

Spartacus Books was started in the early 1970s as a book-buying club of Simon Fraser University. It opened a storefront in 1973 on Hastings St and moved into 311 W. Hastings in 1974 where it has remained until the 3 alarm fire destroyed the building. Run by a collective of approximately 30 volunteers, Spartacus Books was open 365 days a year and catered to a wide variety of patrons.

“The diversity of people who came into the store was amazing,” says Alexander Daughtry, a longstanding volunteer who has been involved with Spartacus for the last 28 years. “You’d see university professors ordering books for their courses, anarchists putting on workshops, street kids using the free computers, students, parents and children, tourists who had heard of the store and had to come see it – there was something for everyone.”

At an emergency meeting on April 28th, the Spartacus collective decided to start from scratch and work to rebuild the bookstore. “We’re a community institution, a little fire can’t stop us,” said Alexander Daughtry. “But we need the support of the community in order to start over again.”

Donations can be made to the Spartacus Books Fund at the CECC Credit Union, 2250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver B.C. Send general mail to Spartacus Books, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver, BC Canada, V5T 3E2 or try 604.688.6138

Solidarity books in Indianapolis closes (?)

It looks like Solidarity books in Indianapolis has closed or moved and left no forwarding address. We have had mail returned from them and their phone # is disconnected. If you have any info, let us know.

G8 Summit 2004: target Savannah Georgia

Activists across the globe are heading to Savannah, Georgia to protest the annual meeting of the G8 June 8-10. The meeting of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nations — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, England and the US — is actually being held on an island 80 miles from Savannah. Savannah will be as close as regular citizens can get to the rulers of these 8 “democracies.” After disruptive protests in Genoa in 2001 in which Carlo Guliani was killed and in Kananaskis, Canada in 2002 in which Ewoks seized forested areas, world leaders are increasingly tired of having to deal with pesky protests. Having the summit on an island was the best spot US organizers could find to isolate it from public view.

The meeting will give world leaders a chance to coordinate their agenda — the war on terrorism, centralization of corporate control over all life on earth, and the attack on self-determination and freedom. Are we going to just lie back and take it? FUCK NO!

According to protests organizers “Local activists have been working to build a broad, black and labor-led front at the neighborhood level to welcome out-of-town activists to Savannah.” They are calling for an “international festival for peace and civil liberties.”

The Savannah area provides numerous opportunities for linking the global struggle for economic justice and self-determination with local conditions. The majority of citizens are African-American but according to local activists, city politics are nonetheless tightly controlled by an all-white oligarchy.

For more information, contact the Free Speech Savannah coalition: 866.237.7563, 22 West Bryan St. (172) Savannah, GA 31401, www.freesavannah.com.

International Day of Action and Solidarity with Jeff “Free” Luers

June marks the fourth year that our friend and comrade, Jeff “Free” Luers has been imprisoned and held captive by the state of Oregon. Sentenced to 22 years and 8 months for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at Romania Chevrolet in Eugene, Jeff has continued to be active in prison and fight back with his words and inspiration. This June 12, we aim to strengthen his efforts by promoting a day of action and solidarity with Jeff throughout the world.

This day will mean many things to many people — we say do what fits your local situation and your desires. Some ideas are film screenings, protests at SUV dealerships, wheat-pasting campaigns, letter writing and outreach, music shows and direct actions. The important thing is that you ask yourself: will this action help Jeff’s situation?

Jeff’s imprisonment is meant as a deterrent to social and environmental movements all over. There is no central organizing body or group to check in with but the J12 Organizing Committees can help by providing you with flyers, graphics, and merchandise such as videos, zines and stickers about Jeff’s case.

For info, contact: www.freefreenow.org or Break the Chains, P.O. Box 12122, Eugene, OR 97440 www.breakthechains.net or Free’s Defense Network, POB 3, Eugene, OR 97440.

Slingshot Box

Slingshot is a quarterly, independent, radical newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988.

Just before getting to work on this, we sit and talk and eat and try to figure out the make-up of this paper. We often wonder outloud about the people who pick this up, and how much it is hated. It’s a good laugh considering how dire and unlaughable the world situation is these days. Being a DIY paper since 1988 makes for an amorphous collective. A startling difference between the first few years and now is funding. Slingshot previously had to dig deep into the collective’s pocket to publish it. Now it is largely funded by the organizer. Still we would not be here if it wasn’t for the nameless people who thanklessly carried on upholding self-imposed deadlines. What hasn’t changed much has been our home base. Ten years ago we printed our “temporary” new address at the Long Haul. Well we’re still here and if you come to town check our new leopard print facade. We can’t say much for the rest of our home town, and if you read Smash E-Ville on pg.9 you’ll get a good picture of how it is…and what we can do to it. Another hot item all over the place is the Gay Marriage debate. Obviously this affects our community closely. You wouldn’t think it but some of our Anarchist friends got gay married and no doubt they had good reasons. We hope we don’t lose any friends and can get people to consider different perspectives from the mainstream. A similar thing can be said of the Progressive Judaism piece on pg.10. Our awesome cover is the logo drawn by Becky for the new info shop in Indonesia. Check out the story on pg.4. And finally we are excited that the Biotech conference will be met with a Reclaim the Commons call to action in June. This will be in the heart of downtown San Fransico and not on some fucking island or fortress. Plus it may force people to consider the conumdrum of living in such an active conscious community, at the same time home to all sorts of awful corporations. We look forward to ample material documenting this next fight.

Slingshot is always on the lookout for writers, artists, editors, photographers, distributors and independent thinkers to help us make this paper. We are interested in reviewing books and zines again but ask contributors keep these under 200 words. If you send something written, please be open to editorial changes.

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 May 2 at 1 p.m. at the Long Haul in Berkeley

Warsaw Wants You! Take on the E.E.F.

On April 28-30 the European Economic Forum (EEF) will take place in Warsaw. As you know, this took place before in Salzburg, Austria. President Kwasniewski volunteered Poland to host it at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos. The Polish authorities don’t hide the fact that they would like the EEF to be transfered to Warsaw for good. Besides the prestige of hosting such an event, they want to show the rest of the world that they have no problems with opponents of neoliberalism here in Poland. They know that the anti-globalist movement is weak and disorganized in Poland. They want to use this meeting to show the world that while every other place has tens of thousands of demonstrators in the streets, riots and closing off whole sections of the city, Poland will be calm and orderly. They are so sure of this that they have chosen to hold the event in the Palace of Culture in the center of Warsaw. The choice of this place shows how sure they are that nobody can bother them. The decision-makers in Davos pointed out that this event will decide if it will be permanently held in Warsaw.

So it is important that we foil their plans. We have to show them that we won’t tolerate their politics. The social situation is favourable because the imcompetence and corruption of all consecutive governments makes more and more people open their eyes to what’s going on. The effects of the policies of both the right-wing and left-wing governments in Poland have led to over 20% unemployment in the country and this is growing. (Among youth, not counting graduates of higher education, this figure is twice as high.) More than 60% of people live at or under the poverty line. Last year it came to violent miners’ protests in Warsaw. Such fights haven’t been seen since the 80s. Other social groups are also in an equally bad situation. Social frustration concerns many social groups and professions. The libertarian and left anti-authoritarian milieus started preparing late last year but we won’t hide the fact that without significant support from abroad we won’t be able to organize large-scale protests.

We are open to cooperation and welcome you here. We will accept any kind of help with open arms. This will be the first action on this scale in Poland. From our side we will try to ensure legal protection and basic medical care during the action to the best of our capabilities, a place to make banners and so on. In places we will have translators, we’ll organize a list of afforadable accomodations, the Food not Bombs activists from different cities in Poland will prepare food for those who need it. We will try to organize the technical infrastruture for Indymedia although this might be a problem on account of the very modest funds that we have available. We invite everybody who shares the ideals of fighting against suffocating neoliberalism. We’ll show the army of technocrats, politicians and financier/sharks who are coming here that nobody gave them any right to decide for us. Let’s all meet in Warsaw on 28-30 of April. We will decide about our future!

—Polish Libertarian Milieu Organizing the Anti-Summit Wa29

Sidestep Voting: Election Day DIrect Action!

The following call to action was designed by a number of individuals after a panel on anti-authoritarians and the upcoming elections held during the National Conference on Organized Resistance in Washington, DC in January 2004.

“Election Day”: Those who wish to take an hour out of this day to cast a vote are welcome to do so; but we urge you to spend the remainder of the election day in creative experiments in self-determination and cooperation!

Quite a bit of energy is squandered by traditional leftists and anarchists debating the old question of whether or not to vote; the answer is that it’s the wrong question. For people to be able to focus on getting power back in their hands, the terms themselves have to be set anew. We must sidestep the entire issue of voting, and focus our attention on alternative ways of applying power. This will save everyone a lot of wasted energy and unlock the vast potential dormant in our communities, our relationships, ourselves.

A nationwide campaign is being called for this election year to emphasize the effectiveness of direct democracy as a way to make decisions without mediation or hierarchy, and of direct action as means to implement those decisions and create the kind of communities we desire. We will demonstrate that these are viable alternatives to electoral representation. This campaign will include literature distribution, postering and stickering, demonstrations, educational events, and other forms of community outreach, both in own communities and around the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. It will culminate in a nationwide day of direct action on November 2, election day.

At the end of the day or in the weeks that follow, people can reconvene and compare which approach was more rewarding and empowering: ballot-box voting or direct engagement without representatives.

The Strengths of This Campaign

The election is an event of global importance that takes place in every neighborhood, an excellent occasion for us to develop alternative processes. Campaigns that are both global and local don’t have to try to get all concerned activists to come to one city. On the contrary, this is a perfect time for people to act where they live while feeling connected to a nationwide campaign.

A campaign that declines to take sides but instead raises entirely new questions can be provocative without being alienating. The broadness of the general theme—direct action and direct democracy—is such that participation is open to anyone, with any preferred style of tactics, at any desired level of engagement. This is a campaign that everyone in a community can participate in: from a chapter of Food Not Bombs to a senior citizens group demanding better health care, from a high school global justice club to an animal rights action group.

It is a campaign that can include numerous types of direct action: from free schools to guerrilla gardening, from community monitoring of police to civil disobedience. Harmony of purpose is the only goal sought between participants; unanimity on specific strategies or objectives is unnecessary.

After this next election day, we can be sure that people will retire from civic engagement in despair or relief—unless they’ve had a positive experience to remind them how much more they can do outside electoral politics. The idea is to dream up and practice the many ways we can take power out of the hands of the elite, be they elected or unelected, and redistribute it to everyone through a network of free communities and neighborhoods. We do this to provide each other with shelter, education, art, and information, to share resources and ideas, and to determine our own lives. This is our chance to emphasize the power everyone wields in their daily lives. Join with your friends and neighbors, in whatever ways you see fit, in emphasizing the great things we can do when we cut out the middleman!

Invitation to Participate

This is a decentralized campaign. It belongs to no one, but all are welcome. Any individual or group that desires to participate is encouraged to take this text, rework it so it best expresses their views, and circulate it under their own name with their own contact information. Join in also at www.dontjustvote.com.

Newcastle Leap Day Actions

On Leap Day, people in Newcastle [UK] decided to have a day for something different. A day that challenged the cynicism, resignation and isolation that supports the status quo. A day for acting out the world we wanted to live in, not the one that suits those in power.

It was an open idea, left to people to interpret in their own way. This means that I don’t know about everything that happened, and it also means that people got involved who don’t normally come along to standard protest-y things.

We advertised the idea in ‘Act Locally’, the radical newsletter that serves the North East (subscribe by sending stamps to PO Box 1TA, NE99 1TA UK). Then we agreed that all of us would design leaflets and flyposters – a whole diversity of styles, from the political to the personal to the just plain weird. After one meeting we split into three groups (East Newcastle, West Newcastle, and random travelers), and covered as much of the city as we could.

One group designed a full-scale billboard and pasted it up on one of the main routes into Newcastle. It stayed for several days, right where the buses stop at the traffic lights.

We declared the 29th of February ‘Chat to Someone at a Bus-stop Day!’ and somebody put up phony stagecoach signs saying that bus travel was free if you could prove you’d been chatting at the bus stop.

We decided to do a free paper, which we printed on a silkscreen press. Everyone was invited to submit things, and in the end these included: – poems – a map of Newcastle with labels saying where riots, squats, victories and defeats had taken place through history – a dyslexics crossword to express what it feels like to read stuff as a dyslexic – another, politically tilted crossword – an introduction to the idea of ‘yo mango’ – plus artwork and examples of all the little ways we can take more control over our life.

We distributed these on the day, with a ‘paper-seller’ shouting ‘Free Paper’ above a big sign. They all went pretty quickly!

We also did a Free Shop at Haymarket, watched suspiciously by a scientologist swing-band.

The first thing to go was a homer simpson clock, to 2 likely lads. Then 32 spider plants, scones, posters, bath stuff, scales. It was just junk to the people who gave it away, but the shop was really popular. The sign said ‘NOT FOR SALE – NO PRICES – NO PROMOTION – NO MAILING LISTS – NO RELIGIOUSNESS – NO WASTES INTO LANDFILL’ When we were packing up the tables and the final few bits, some youngsters came along and cleared us out of everything that was left! We had great responses, with people telling us it had made their day. One Scottish fella came along, put a fiver on the table and said ‘there, have a free fiver!’ and walked merrily along!

Individually people also went round town putting arrows directing people to where CCTV cameras were. We put stickers on various subjects including ones on the metro system, which is full of signs saying ‘only LOSERS don’t buy a ticket’ — the leapday stickers therefore saying ‘You’re not a loser, you’re ace. Don’t let them put you down.’ We made chalk drawings and put up bits of tape covering up words or letters to change the meaning of signs.

Two cinema buffs restored the old billboard of a derelict cinema with a stencil design. In the Arthurs Hill area of town, somebody flyposted signs with positive messages, saying ‘This area is ace. Why not take the day to celebrate it, and celebrate yourselves.’ etc.

Then in the afternoon we met up again for a ‘mass leapfrog’. We met at the chlorine-soaked ‘pond’ in Eldon square shopping centre. A place dedicated to buying things, and where the security guards told us nothing else was allowed. We started leapfrogging, and got several chains of people hopping around the place. When we got out a parachute for a ‘parachute game’, however, the bamboozled security guards turned up and we had something of a chat about the nature of public-private space. Enjoying yourself without spending money is certainly not allowed. When we left, a little boy of maybe 4 years old was left hopping around on his own, imitating our leapfrog.

It’s hard to sum up the day in a report, but here’s some of the things said around leapday:

A young lad said to people putting up a billboard: “here mister, are you sure you’re meant to be doing that. You’re not doing a very good job of it!” They said “Well we told the boss it wouldn’t go up in this blizzard but he said it had to go up in time for leapday.”

Two people from “Stop the War” said “We saw posters about leapfrogging, is that anything to do with you?” They had got up at 6 in the morning to go to a meeting in London but saw the snow outside and gave it up to go sledging.

Two old ladies at a bus stop were overheard saying “Ooh, free travel, it says free travel on the bus tomorrow.”

As we came out of a gig a young lad said “Are you the ones who are doing leapday, I’m going to bake a cake for it!”

Gatherings

Community Bike Conference – May 14-16

Come to New Orleans for a convergence of bike coops, non-profit bike shops, bike libraries and bike folks interested in bicycles as transportation, recreation and revolution. “We want to talk about how we function (or don’t) as part of our communities, how we work together, how we started and how we’ll continue. Let’s meet, talk and have fun!” Workshops, dance party, bike parade (bring costumes.) Free, but contact them to let them know you’re coming and to figure out where it will be — PO Box 72581, New Orleans, LA 70172, 504-944-0366, yoni@bikeproject.org

Wild Earth 2004

- May 24-30

Wild Earth is an annual gathering of activists, anarchists, communitarians, elves, faeries, permaculturists, taoists, soverigntists, punks, primitivists and the like. This will be the 6th annual gathering and is promising to be the best yet. United in the belief that another world is possible and engaged in the process of making it so. There will be a wide selection of workshops, skillshares and discussions. Contact us if you would like to offer an activity during the gathering. Take a look at the website for updated info. People are welcome from far and wide, travel subsidies may be possible if needed (contact us in advance). Mt. Elphinstone Sunshine coast, BC, Canada.

www.geocities.com/wildearth2004

wildearth2004@yahoo.com

AMC 2004 in Bowling Green, Ohio will feature sessions on making, networking, and celebrating independent media projects. This year’s AMC will also feature the second annual Symposium on Media Literacy in Education with workshops and lectures geared specifically toward educators of all stripes. Also on the bill is an all-day independent film festival slated for Saturday, and of course plenty of entertaining activities throughout the weekend. We’re also excited to announce that this year’s AMC will be held in Bowling Green State University’s new state-of-the-art Student Union, which offers us an ideal environment for both getting down to business and spending quality time networking. For pre-registration forms, session proposal forms,etc.: www.clamormagazine.org/amc