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So, with all of us being punks and therefore many of us being political, I would certainly hope that many of us are politically active as well.

This thread is to discuss whatever activism we might be involved in.

I am involved with Food Not Bombs and ARA. I am also thinking of starting a direct action group against poverty with the intention of trying to get squatters' rights in Canada, since there are no squatters' rights here whatsoever.

I'm interested to see what everyone else is up to in terms of fighting the system, and maybe throwing some ideas around.
#4



Man, I feel really unpunk at the moment.


The only similar thing I contribute to at the moment is Stand Up Sit Down, trying to get the men at top to give us safe standing terraces at Football. That and things for the Football supporters federation.

To be honest, that could be classed as sort of ponx, because it's against the corporate takeover of what used to be a working class game.
#5
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Man, I feel really unpunk at the moment.



+1

There are no real causes around my city, I give money to charity for Haiti, but that's about it. There is no food not bombs movement here, I was planning on starting one up, getting the stuff from them, but I owe alot of money to people, so I have to pay off my debts before I spend more.
#6
I gave three dollars to the Democratic Party once.

I regret it.

I was naive in those days.

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I can't wait to sit on my porch with some moonshine and a nice killstick.

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#7
When I was young I had one of those audio cassettes for kids that was home to a story about moonshine and how bad it is, and to stay away from alcohol. It was by one of those fundamentalist churches in the South. It was a great story actually.
#8
There are seriously no activist groups anywhere near here and I don't have the money nor knowledge to start one.
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#9
I'm going to start "People Who Don't Pay Their TV Licenses Against the Nazis!"
#10
I donated a can of corn to Food Not Bombs, once!
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#11
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I'm going to start "People Who Don't Pay Their TV Licenses Against the Nazis!"

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#12
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I am also thinking of starting a direct action group against poverty with the intention of trying to get squatters' rights in Canada, since there are no squatters' rights here whatsoever.

if you actually start that, i'll join in a second.
#13
I'm in the Young Democrat club at school (all 8 of us, as compared to the Young Repubican Club which has around 70 members, 25 active ones) and we worked the convention in Orlando. I give money to charities, give food to food drives, and plan to start volenteering at homeless shelters. I would like to get involved in Food not Bombs.

Apparently it's illegal to feed homeless people in Orlando, I'd like to buy a lot of food and give it out.
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#15
i've been doing animal rights for years, and a huge supporter of the ALF, Food Not Bombs (because i wind up eating there alot...) and the spca.
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#16
their is no regular food no bombs service in chicago. No need for an ARA.

i check CHIM (chicago independent media), for protests but they are few and far between.

Not living in a college town, not easy.
#17
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I've done work rebuilding houses down in New Orleans and I go to regular protests/rallies/marches for various issues I feel strongly about

which ones? i didnt know anything like that happened around here.....

Jack my swag
#18
Next protest I hear about, I'm going.
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

i mean no offense to buttholes and poop or anything

Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
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#21
well im socialist at heart...

but i usually get involved with church volunteer work to feed homeless/end aids... what have you...

and of course nuke the whales... you have to nuke something
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#22
I speak with my wallet more than anything. I only buy fair trade coffee and give money to charity every week when I'm employed. I shop mostly at thrift stores or at least avoid companies that I know use sweatshop labor when I need something I can't find. I also flat out refuse to give monetary support to certain chains and organizations.
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#23
Oh yeah, and I dont buy coca cola products.


That's about it.


I am not ponx
#24
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I speak with my wallet more than anything. I only buy fair trade coffee and give money to charity every week when I'm employed. I shop mostly at thrift stores or at least avoid companies that I know use sweatshop labor when I need something I can't find. I also flat out refuse to give monetary support to certain chains and organizations.


if your a coffee fan you can find Zapatista coffee at some places . I hate coffee so i've never drunk it but have donated a few bucks.

If im in the city i give money to about 2 homeless people usually

Gopher Squatting is living in a building without paying rent. Most people do it in old condemned buildings owned by the city. Some times the amneities are still running (water, electricity) so it can in some cases be a drain on the city ( :rolleyes. Im sure you know that bit.

One way to deal with squatters is: Let the squatters rebuild their new home to a degree and have a city engineer (i'm not actually sure who would do this) check the building for safety. Then they could pay a small fee for the building and fix it up, which would actually put some money back in the Municiapalties pocket.
......OR they could rush police in (which costs money) kick the squatters out press charges (costs more money, clog up courts) and then pay for demolition (yep you guessed! costs more money expensive stuff!).

squatter rights prevent B from happening. In england the notorious 'Section 6' is the squatters right.

sorry i had to get on a squatter advocacy rant
#25
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i've been doing animal rights for years, and a huge supporter of the ALF, Food Not Bombs (because i wind up eating there alot...) and the spca.


Is there a FNB in Red Deer/Lacombe?
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#26
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if your a coffee fan you can find Zapatista coffee at some places . I hate coffee so i've never drunk it but have donated a few bucks.

If im in the city i give money to about 2 homeless people usually

Gopher Squatting is living in a building without paying rent. Most people do it in old condemned buildings owned by the city. Some times the amneities are still running (water, electricity) so it can in some cases be a drain on the city ( :rolleyes. Im sure you know that bit.

One way to deal with squatters is: Let the squatters rebuild their new home to a degree and have a city engineer (i'm not actually sure who would do this) check the building for safety. Then they could pay a small fee for the building and fix it up, which would actually put some money back in the Municiapalties pocket.
......OR they could rush police in (which costs money) kick the squatters out press charges (costs more money, clog up courts) and then pay for demolition (yep you guessed! costs more money expensive stuff!).

squatter rights prevent B from happening. In england the notorious 'Section 6' is the squatters right.

sorry i had to get on a squatter advocacy rant


In Canada, B is more than likely to happen, no matter how well the squatters treat the place.

People who are squatting out of necessity have to do it very secretly. People who are squatting politically tend to get evicted very quickly, and there aren't many people doing it here.
#27
we have a few people here. really secretive about it. REALLY secretive, i think its illegal by law in illinois, that'd be an awesome law to change!
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In Canada, B is more than likely to happen, no matter how well the squatters treat the place.

People who are squatting out of necessity have to do it very secretly. People who are squatting politically tend to get evicted very quickly, and there aren't many people doing it here.



B is more likely? Well, that really sucks. I know that the squats in New York were dealt with a la A.

One of these squats is C Squat, aka, the birthplace of crack rocksteady, it's where they all mostly stay, and where they play shows at I believe.


If New york can do something right, then why can't Canada?
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I speak with my wallet more than anything. I only buy fair trade coffee and give money to charity every week when I'm employed. I shop mostly at thrift stores or at least avoid companies that I know use sweatshop labor when I need something I can't find. I also flat out refuse to give monetary support to certain chains and organizations.

same here actually, i dont buy that name brand stuff that is made by children... and i refuse to go to walmart... im a tea drinker myself so i cant say anything about coffee, other than many fruit and coffee workers in central america face serious risks of which they can not deal with if encountered (viper bites, brightly colored poisonus frogs... americans commiting genocide on the hispanic people for more land for their fruit companies)
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#30
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Next protest I hear about, I'm going.


I went to a protest in DC once.

My mom thought it would be a nice experience for me.

It was actually really really fun.

There were so many unemployed smelly people on the mall playing guitars and drum circling. It was like that episode of South Park.

Ted Leo played a concert that was hosted by Jello Biafra and I got closer to Al Sharpton than I ever care to again.

Runefan was there. But I didn't actually meet him because I had to stick close to my mom /Lameness.
#31
Tried for some FNB here...failed miserably. I'm gonna push it as hard as I can this summer, but we'll see what happens. Maybe we'll just join up with one of the chicago FNB groups.

Besides the occasional critical mass ride, a rare protest, and being opinionated whether welcome or not, I don't do much activism that you can say. I am an activist in my daily life and through my actions--I do DIY, I support causes, I try to be somewhat of a smart consumer, and I empower myself in more than several ways...which is basically what my beliefs, and activism, is centered around...self-sufficiency, independence, freedom for all, and not letting something else oppress you.
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#32
Quote by crustyreed
their is no regular food no bombs service in chicago. No need for an ARA.

i check CHIM (chicago independent media), for protests but they are few and far between.

Not living in a college town, not easy.


screw me and my double posting.
last time I checked, I'm pretty sure there is more than one food not bombs group in Chicago. As for their activity, I really have no knowledge of...but I've heard from some sort of grapevine that there are active groups now. I also believe that there's still an ARA here, too.
Chicago has a bunch of neat stuff to get into...look around! If you get into one thing, its easy to get into others...Critical Mass, for one thing. The Mass here is amazing, and you'll usually get flyers for upcoming masses or protests or parties of some sort at the meetups. As soon as it gets warmer I'm whipping out the bike and massing up. You should too, it's a blast.
#33
I just recently found out about the critical mass here. I'm missing the ride this month, but I'll probably go to the next one.
#34
I fight for gay rights. No surprise there.
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#35
i do what i can. but i haven't done anything.
im currently self-studying political ideologies and issues in the library, hopefully something good comes up
#36
Quote by crustyreed
we have a few people here. really secretive about it. REALLY secretive, i think its illegal by law in illinois, that'd be an awesome law to change!


Where I live there is of course no squattering, the town is too small, but I think the squatter scene sounds somehow active from the outside.

This band / organisation http://www.myspace.com/rafzahnmusik was organising / providing a squat where they wanted to have a youth centre and make sure the house wasn´t broken down. There were concerts inside and workshops and tea time discussions.
After a few months the police came into the house.......

This happened in Paderborn, so a bit far away from me.
#37
Although I'm a housedweller, I do help out the squatters a lot...


My father being a traveller has made me part of that "scene", so i like to try and organize gigs and whatnot when i can afford to lose some money.... lol

up until about a month ago (when i moved house) it was a regular weekly evemnt for me and mates to go and chop down a billboard or two.... childish, but fun, and also politically motivated...


other than that, just supporting the local scene as much as i can (using my piss-poor record label) by helping bands with funding for records, etc.
someone recommend a few easy songs for me to get to grips with.... I'm new and pretty shitty
#38
Why don't the squatters just quit shooting smack and get a job???

Then they could have Money, and buy/ rent with there buddies or girlfriends or whatever, and have a sweet house with Electricity, Heating, Water, A Fridge(so they can keep there beer cold!) and all things nice.

Instead of....

Freezing your ass off, smoking crank, ****ing some tweaker right next to you that you've never met before and getting your ass kicked by police and thrown on the streets.

which will happen anyway.
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#39
Quote by Mav-16
Why don't the squatters just quit shooting smack and get a job???

Then they could have Money, and buy/ rent with there buddies or girlfriends or whatever, and have a sweet house with Electricity, Heating, Water, A Fridge(so they can keep there beer cold!) and all things nice.

Instead of....

Freezing your ass off, smoking crank, ****ing some tweaker right next to you that you've never met before and getting your ass kicked by police and thrown on the streets.

which will happen anyway.


why doesnt mav 16 just learn what hes talking about?

Many do it because of strict refuse to pay into something as horrible as capitalism. And yes many crusties have houses, . They live in them communally.

Guess what's even nuttier???!! Their are Straightedge squats !!!! holy ****!

Squats can be well managed and not resolve in 'freezing tour ass off.'

can i make broad generalazations now?
#40
I went to an anti-war protest in a city 150 miles from my home....well sorta...I was just kind of in the right place at the right time and joined a bunch of old people who gave me socialist leaflets....but it was fun because i got to hold up protest signs and get flipped off by cars in another city....

And I donated 5 bux to Ron Paul's campaign.
I'd honestly do more activism if I could.....but I'm lazy....and the local organizations around here are so immature and not really about the issues they stand for.
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