From the Friendly Fire Collective – Cascades: Conversations in Crisis

This is a special posting from the Friendly Fire Collective, on a field trip to Detroit, MI for the 2010 US Social Forum!

We’re really excited for the coming week to be hanging out with thousands of incredible activists and organizers from around the country here in Detroit. We’re also really excited about a few things we’ve been working on especially for the USSF.

First of all, we are pleased to present a short collection of writings from selected authors on the subject of capitalist crisis and anti-authoritarian response(s). The collection, Cascades: Conversations in Crisis, features original works from Peter Gelderloos, Erik Forman, Isaac Hawkins, and Ian Paul. This is part of ongoing project Friendly Fire is involved in that will soon produce two larger written works by Ian Paul and David Zlutnick around this same theme for the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

To view the aforementioned works please click on the links below:

The articles in the journal include:

1 – On Crisis
by the Friendly Fire Collective
2 – Crisis as Pacification by Peter Gelderloos
3 – Economies and Ecologies in Crisis by Isaac Hawkins
4 – A Flowering of Subjectivities: Rethinking Antagonism in the Desert of Crisis by Ian Paul
5 – The New Workerism: Capitalist Crisis, Proletarianization, and the Future of the Left by Erik Forman


Anarchist contingent in USSF opening march

Going to the opening USSF march on Tuesday? Join the anarchist contingent! Meet at grassy triangle at 2 pm (on MLK, between Cass & Woodward)

Common Action Statement on the US Social Forum, Detroit 2010

Message to the Progressive Left: Where Are We? What Can We Do?

It is with great feelings of love and solidarity that we greet the participants of the 2010 U.S. Social Forum. We are very excited to be able to attend the forum, and learn from so many amazing organizers and individuals.

Despite the bright spot that the social forum represents, our movements are not where they need to be. With this paper we hope to lay out some reasons why we think people’s movements are so weak now, and what we can do to rectify that. This includes confronting the capitalist system, while not forgetting that all forms of oppression are related and need to be fought simultaneously. We offer our analysis; at the same time, we recognize this white paper is only one part of a broader conversation. We hope to learn from you all, and to bring your struggles into our analysis and organizing.
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The New World From Below Broadsheet

We just got the New World From Below broadsheet back from the printers – it’s an easy way to find out about and keep track of all the events going on inside and outside of the Social Forum that are part of our convergence.  These are on their way to Detroit, and will be available for free during the Allied Media Conference and during the Forum itself.  But in the meantime, here’s the PDF if you want to get a sneak peek: New World From Below Broadsheet

The schedule so far…

looks amazing.  Over 33 workshops organized within the Social Forum have signed on to the New World From Below convergence at the USSF, and we’ve got a jam packed schedule of events in the evenings at the convegence center.  Check out the full schedule here.

CALL FOR ART Trumbullplex Art Exhibition Theme: Another Detroit‘s Been Happening! – radical Detroit history & expressions of now

We are hoping to find work that represents Detroit’s radical past, ideally with an aesthetic that would allow it to fall into the category of art, ha. The piece need not necessarily be your own, it may be an old poster, print or photo from your personal collection. Pertinent art might connect to one or more of the following:

  • proves another Detroit’s been happening
  • honors those who came before us
  • illustrates unique Detroit self sufficiency/survival solutions
  • shows the circular motion of revolution

Deadline for submissions June 11, 2010.

Email with size and photo(s) of your contribution

Partial opening June 13th, 2010 in collaboration w/ Trumbullplex Cafe II
Official opening June 21st $1.00 Soul(stice) Party
AMC/USSF Stencil Mural Creation with Just Seeds Date TBA

Another Detroit‘s Been Happening!

From the moment we are born, there is movement–especially in Detroit. Our story is unique and our revolving collective history is a map to finding connections to one another.

This city has a long history of inspired radical activism and at the Trumbullplex we feel activism should be expressive, it should be creative and poetic. It should be art.

The US Social Forum’s slogan has been Another World is Possible! Another US is Necessary!. Detroit’s version is Another Detroit’s been happening! As consistently as Detroit has been referred to as The city in a prolonged state of emergency, the emergence of exciting alternatives and resistance to the status quo have been equally present. In Detroit we’ve been making a lot out of what we’ve been given. This means that we have to take a lot of shit…we also take some shit when we need to.

For 17 years the Trumbullplex has existed under the banner of the black flag, making it an easy target for ridicule and misunderstanding. We admit we‟re not ideally run. What bonds us is our will to embrace big ideas like appreciation for those who came before us, people organizing themselves and taking chances.

In the Trumbullplex community space during the Allied Media Conference, United States Social Forum and New World From Below Collective Convergence, we‟ll attempt to draw out just some of the connections between current Detroit efforts and our past. Even if we curate a superbly flawed show, we hope it will leave a lot of space for the viewer, listener, observer etc. to insert their own experiences and questions.

With your help, the art will demonstrate why Detroit should indeed be of interest to the country. Detroit has been the recognizable canary in the coal mine, giving warning signals that the conditions are dangerous, actually “ground zero”.

With a past to back it up, our city should also be understood as a place of emerging solutions and creative ideas for how to overcome some struggles we all face.

Trumbullplex 4210 Trumbull Detroit, MI 48208 313.758.7144

Print by Bec Young

A New World From Below

A New World from Below
Anarchists and Antiauthoritarians at the Social Forum
Detroit, June 23-27, 2010

We believe that social forums can greatly contribute to strengthening social movements both in the United States and internationally. The ecological destruction and economic disaster, coupled with disillusionment about the Obama presidency, makes the 2010 U.S. Social Forum (USSF) in Detroit an urgently needed convergence. We hope to bring what’s unique about anarchist and antiauthoritarian organizing to the social forum, and spark conversations not only about strategies of resistance but also visions of reconstruction from the bottom-up.

To that end, the New World from Below Organizing Collectives will be hosting the New World from Below workshop track within the USSF. This track will bring together a variety of talks, panels, and workshops organized by anarchist and antiauthoritarian collectives from across the continent. These will all take place in the USSF’s spaces at Cobo Hall and surrounding locations.

We will also be hosting the New World from Below convergence center, where each day a different collective will organize this space for tabling, art and performances, facilitated anarchist strategy sessions, and socializing as well as networking. The center will be located at the Spirit of Hope Church, 1519 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208, at the corner of MLK and Trumbull. And Food Not Bombs/IWW Solidarity Kitchen will be serving food at Scripps Park, adjacent to the New World from Below convergence center.