Durango Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Training

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September 1st, 2018 – 1PM-3PM
September 2nd, 2018 – 1PM-5PM

Windom Room, Durango Rec Center, 2700 Main Ave., Durango, CO

Free admission – all are welcome!

The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team is visiting our community. Currently MADRelief is on a national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of “disaster capitalism” and “extreme resource extraction,” and train diverse affinity groups on principles of grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response, covering a wide range of topics such as “Principles of ‘Solidarity, Not Charity,’” “Scouting, Mapping, and Understanding Your Community’s Resources,” “Building Power in Collaboration,” “Overcoming Trauma Together,” and “The Logic of Logistics.”

The reality of the climate chaos which is already redefining our future, coupled with rapidly escalating inequality and the civil political unrest that follows, is only worsened by a failing model of crisis management and aid programs centered around political opportunism and disaster capitalism. The time is right for developing a trained and empowered standing network of organizers and volunteers who can help communities rebuild with a vision centered on local community control, collaboration and innovation, and political, economic and social sustainability. MADRelief is developing a community of grassroots crisis responders, continually growing in size and efficacy, which will be at-the-ready to assist and empower communities to overcome natural and unnatural disasters – from hurricanes to hate rallies, from mudslides to mine waste spills – and to transform these tragedies into opportunities for collective liberation.

MADRelief envisions a new form of humanitarian aid, one that is participatory and empowering. One that exemplifies the principle of “Solidarity, Not Charity.” Founded by an already very active network of radical humanitarian aid workers experienced via Common Ground Relief, Occupy Sandy, the Standing Rock Water Protectors, and the long history of diverse movements seeking to make a better world possible, MADRelief is organizing a new network to facilitate inter-community disaster preparation and grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response . This tour is the first step in a “training campaign” that will strategically and progressively build necessary skills and shared knowledge in local groups that are a part of the rapidly-growing MADRelief network.

MutualAidDisasterRelief.org
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Further reading:

The Need for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief as Antidote to Corporate Colonialism

Resistance is Disaster Relief

Dreaming With Our Hands: On Autonomy, In(ter)dependence, and the Regaining of the Commons

The Disaster is the Colony

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Support Black Mesa Resistance

Donation Supply Drive for Black Mesa Resistance Camp:

From our co-conspirators at K’É Infoshop:

Black Mesa Resistance Camp is requesting assistance. They are requesting witnesses to record and report human rights abuses, cattle theft, and sheep slaughter. If you are able, please bring recording equipment.

DURANGO, CO – Supplies from the below donation request list can be brought to the Durango Natural Foods Co-op deli, any time during regular business hours. Ask for Kelli or Kamaljit, or leave donations with deli workers. Thanks!

We are also setting up donation drop offs at the following locations:

SLC, UT at Black Thumb 131 W 2100 S,

PROVO, UT at 2626 N 850 W (leave by mail box)

FT DEFIANCE, AZ at 2169 Red Rock Circle.

WINDOW ROCK, AZ at K’e Infoshop (non perishable items only) (map)

Items requested:

FOOD: Potatoes, oats, beans, brown rice, peanut butter, white flour (bluebird), blue cornmeal, baking powder, grains, oil, canned foods, fruit and vegetables, meats that can be transported frozen or cold, dried milk, coffee, herbal teas, dry food, nuts.

ANIMAL NEEDS: harness for small horse or mule, hay for the livestock and food for do: gs and cats.

MEDICINE: Cedar, white sage, natural arthritis rubs, arnica/muscle easing salves, herbal teas and first aid

HARDWARE/TOOLS: Shears, axes, mauls, sledgehammers, shovels, pick axes, hammers, hand saws, chainsaws, hoes, pliers, wire cutters, nails, rope, sledgehammers, construction tools, drills, generators, and any tools for vehicle repair.

WOOD! WOOD! MORE WOOD!

SUPPLIES TO TAKE DOWN IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON STAYING; trucks, chainsaws, axes, mauls, ax handles, shovel, tools of all kind, organic food, warm blankets, rain catchment equipment, solar panels, metal water containers, people skilled at maintaining rain catchments and solar panels, roofing repair, rolls of roofing paper, large rolls of plastic for insulation. BRING ENOUGH WATER FOR YOURSELF AND WHOEVER IS COMING WITH YOU for the duration of your stay.

We will be making several runs throughout the next few months, if you’d like to set up a location or are willing to haul supplies, please email bleu@indigehub.org or keinfoshop@protonmail.com

More info:

Defend Black Mesa Sovereignty. Protect Dine Ways of Life

Extreme Drought Conditions on Black Mesa: Support Urgently Requested

May Day / International Workers’ Day 2018

Noon-2PM, Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
Rotary Park, 1565 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO

Join us from Noon-2PM at Rotary Park in Durango, Colorado for a community celebration of May Day/International Workers’ Day. Bring a wide diversity of protest/social movement signs and banners! More event details TBA.

Seeking speakers, presenters, workshop facilitators, tabling, etc., on a variety of topics including (but not limited to) indigenous struggles & solidarity, labor rights, migrant justice, social justice, environmental/climate justice, anti-racism, community organizing, etc.

For more info contact durangomayday [at] riseup [dot] net

Some background:

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

Read more: The Brief Origins of May Day

General Interest Meeting, April 20th!

Image credit: The Super Happy Anarcho Fun Pages. Zine format available from Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness.

Join your friendly neighborhood anarchists for an informal general interest meeting with the Dirty Hands Collective!

Friday, April 20th, 2018
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Meeting room at Durango Joe’s
732 E. College Dr., Durango, CO

Contact dirtyhandscollective [at] riseup [dot] net for more info.

Earth First! Roadshow coming to Durango, June 7th!

Coming to Durango, CO on Wednesday, June 7th. Exact time/location TBA. Stay tuned for more info!

From the Earth First! Newswire:

Greetings all rabble rousers, water protectors, land defenders, anti-fascists, and resistance fighters.

In light of all the insanity that is our present political climate, a group of Earth First!ers are excited to announce the 2017 Earth First! Roadshow.

We’ll be hitting the road and planning a two month long cross-country roadshow that will end at the Round River Rendezvous in Northern California! We want to nurture the inspiring seeds of dissidence, learn about and support various cross-country struggles, and connect people and places to a political platform of “Fuck Trump and all the white supremacy, eco-terror, and rage he instills.”

Beginning in late April, we’ll be kicking off our tour in South Florida, and we aim to plan a route that coincides with several action camps and conferences throughout the country. Dates and places to be announced. Will you have us?

Small and rural towns will be given priority as we hash out dates and times. Get in touch with our collective to receive a list of skillshares/workshops we can offer in addition to a short presentation promoting biocentrism within a cross-struggle framework.

For all that is wild and toward a more free world,

Your friendly 2017 Earth First! Roadshow crew

For booking, questions, and comments, email us: earthfirstroadshow2017@riseup.net
earthfirstroadshow17.wordpress.com for tour updates

The Frontlines Are Everywhere: Grand Jury Resistance Tour

5:30-7:30PM, Tuesday, April 11th, 2017. Room 130, Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO

From pipelines to courtrooms to prisons

Building strong movement defense

This Spring #NoDAPL water protectors and the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew will be facilitating trainings across Turtle Island sharing knowledge about resistance to the grand jury convened against water protectors at Standing Rock. We want to build our capacities for strong movement defense against state repression.

Strong movements and interdependent relationships make attempts to shut down our struggle obsolete. Let’s build our capacity for defending our movements together!

This two-hour workshop is open to all who have participated in the movement at Standing Rock, those who have supported the efforts on the ground from their homes and territories elsewhere, as well as all those who wish to continue fighting on the many frontlines that continuing emerging across Turtle Island.

The fight isn’t over at Standing Rock, as nearly 800 Water Protectors continue their battles in the courtrooms with some facing federal felony indictments that carry a potential of 15 years in federal prison. The grand jury convened against water protectors continues as does the resistance to it. As extraction becomes the norm and the government ramps up its repression against those who stand in resistance, this workshop holds valuable information for those who struggle for Indigenous sovereignty, earth liberation and a future without oppression.

PLEASE CONTACT WPANTIREPRESSION@PROTONMAIL IF YOU’D LIKE TO HOST A WORKSHOP IN YOUR TERRITORY OR COMMUNITY!

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May Day / International Workers’ Day 2017

Join us in Durango, Colorado to celebrate May Day / International Workers’ Day!

Noon-2PM at Santa Rita Park, 149 S. Camino del Rio, Durango, CO

Seeking speakers, presenters, workshop facilitators, tabling, etc.

Contact us for more info! dirtyhands (at) riseup (dot) net

Updates: There will also be a Really Really Free Market, as well as a May Day Critical Mass Bike Parade, details forthcoming!

Some background:

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

International Trans Prisoner Day of Action & Solidarity

69-20-comments-transprisonJoin us in Durango (location TBA!) for the 2nd Annual International Day of Trans Prisoner Solidarity. We will be writing letters to trans prisoners and more! Stay tuned for updates!

Jan 22, 2017 marks the second annual international Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity. If you are on the front lines, doing this work every day, then Jan 22 is a day to celebrate and honor your actions. For everyone else, this is a day to collaborate, be an accomplice not an ally, to prioritize, act, protest, resist, raise awareness, and reach out to trans prisoners, forging new relationships and dismantling the isolation of prison. We encourage you to host a letter writing night reaching out to trans prisoners, hold vigils for those in our communities who have been taken by State violence, to plan an event, organize speakers, screen films, invite presentations, and give workshops to spread the word on the experience of trans prisoners, share knowledge, and build strategies of resistance. Have dance parties and raise funds for people and groups already doing amazing work. Take action. Let’s join together and show our conviction in supporting each other and ending prisons once and for all.

Continue reading “International Trans Prisoner Day of Action & Solidarity”

Durango Autonomous Assembly

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3-6PM, second Sunday of every month, in the meeting room at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College Dr. in Durango, CO

In light of the recent presidential election and the upcoming Trump presidency, we are reaching out to community members and organizations in hopes of opening up honest dialogue and forging connections and networks of support in our community.

In the face of shifting social, economic, and political environments we know we are not alone in feeling that now is a great time for communities to be learning about and working towards becoming communities of resistance, communities of resilience, ready and able to support and protect ourselves and our land bases.

We are aware of many individuals and groups getting together, talking, and planning and we are inviting you all to a monthly Durango Autonomous Assembly (Community Meeting), a space for folks to come together to collaborate on projects, campaigns and broaden the struggle (inspired by the Denver Autonomous Assembly).

We are hoping that if we can get around one table we can learn about each others goals and projects and how we can support each other, as well as begin discussing community-wide initiatives.

The format of the meeting will be generally very free. We will come prepared with a basic agenda and hope to keep our organizing within the framework of the St Paul Principles.* To be clear, we believe that diversity of tactics is paramount to change and we are very focused now on exploring how we can create informal structures at a grassroots level that can exist and be powered outside of and regardless of systems and institutions.]

The assembly will collectively create the agenda to be discussed, but we’d like to suggest that folks come prepared to discuss: announcements and projects to collaborate on; skills, resources, and spaces we can share with one another; direct issues/crises facing the community or concerns we’re feeling; and mutual aid networks (cop-watches, community medical programs, rapid-response call networks, etc.) we can begin building in Durango now. We will provide materials to help folks learn how they form affinity groups**, so that they may begin autonomously building these networks themselves.

Contact: durango-solidarity [at] riseup [dot] net


*St Paul Principles

1. our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups.

2. the actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space.

3. any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.

4. we oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance,
infiltration, disruption and violence. we agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.


**Affinity Group resources:

How to Form an Affinity Group: The essential building block of anarchist organization

Affinity groups: an introduction: For many small group actions an ‘affinity group’ is the most effective organisational form. This is a page of information about affinity groups, their structure, uses, history and advice.

#DisruptJ20 in Durango

(Stay tuned for more info, coming soon!)

 #DisruptJ20: Call for a Bold Mobilization Against the Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017

From It’s Going Down:

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.

Trump stands for tyranny, greed, and misogyny. He is the champion of neo-nazis and white Nationalists, of the police who kill the Black, Brown and poor on a daily basis, of racist border agents and sadistic prison guards, of the FBI and NSA who tap your phone and read your email. He is the harbinger of even more climate catastrophe, deportation, discrimination, and endless war. He continues to deny the existence of climate change, in spite of all the evidence, putting the future of the whole human race at stake. The KKK, Vladimir Putin, Golden Dawn, and the Islamic State all cheered his victory. If we let his inauguration go unchallenged, we are opening the door to the future they envision.

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Trump’s success confirms the bankruptcy of representative democracy. Rather than using the democratic process as an alibi for inaction, we must show that no election could legitimize his agenda. Neither the Democrats nor any other political party or politician will save us—they just offer a weaker version of the same thing. If there is going to be positive change in this society, we have to make it ourselves, together, through direct action.

From day one, the Trump presidency will be a disaster. #DisruptJ20 will be the start of the resistance. We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear. The parade must be stopped. We must delegitimize Trump and all he represents. It’s time to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and the world that sustains us as if our lives depend on it—because they do.

Click here to read more…