#BuildtheBase Week of Solidarity & Outreach Kicks Off

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The #BuildtheBase week of solidarity and outreach is kicking off! Across the US, anarchists, autonomists, anti-authoritarians, and autonomous anti-capitalist rebels are hosting conferences, block parties, workshops, film screenings, outreach and informational campaigns, discussions, benefits, and community building events about the path ahead and the coming terrain of revolutionary and autonomous building of new forms of life.

If your group if taking part, make sure to tag posts on social media with #BuildtheBase and #J20 and IGD will share them here and on our social media platforms. Also! If you are hosting speakers, workshops, or a conference and want to record, video, or stream some of the talks, get in touch with us! We’d love to share this content on our podcast.

Over 50 cities and towns in just the US alone are taking part, with many areas organizing a series of events, and several cities outside of the US are also throwing down as well.

The following event list was made possible with the help of our friends at CrimethInc. and Defend J20. To see event resources, films, and more, go here.

#BUILDTHEBASE ROUNDUP

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pacific Northwest:

Portland, Oregon: Winter Autonomous Convergence on January 23

Tuesday, January 23 from 4–7:30 pm at North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth, there will be an assembly to serve as a forum for strategizing and an entry point to get plugged into radical organizing. You can find a facebook page for this here. From event call-out on IGD:

In response to a call to action from CrimethInc. for J20 2018 community organizing initiatives, we (some anarchists in Portland) are calling for a convergence of anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, and autonomous organizers to break out of their alienation and meet each other face to face in hopes of coordinating for action, growing together, and practicing mutual aid. We would like to propose a regular event series of anti-authoritarians and autonomous folks happening once per season for the purpose of creating a public forum as an entry point to get plugged into radical organizing, a forum for different cliques, crews, organizations, and tendencies to find each other, build affinity, and collaborate, a way for our communities to have in-person discussions on pressing and important issues in Portland, and a space that creates an opportunity for tabling, political education, and outreach.

Seattle, Washington: We Don’t Forget—Rally and Noise Demo in Remembrance and Solidarity

On January 20 at 1 pm, on Red Square at the University of Washington, there will be a noise demo and rally in remembrance of the shooting of a member of the IWW GDC by a right-winger on the UW campus on January 20, 2017, in solidarity with the J20 defendants elsewhere in the so-called United States, and in solidarity with victims of state repression everywhere. A Facebook event can be found here.

https://www.facebook.com/events/142130193155181/?ti=icl #J20 #Seattle

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Southwest:

Chico, California: Two Weekends of Events for J20 Defendant Solidarity

On Saturday, January 20, there will be as-yet undisclosed solidarity actions and outreach efforts. On Saturday January 27, at 1 pm, there will be a film screening and fundraiser presenting the new documentary ANTIFA at The Pageant Theater (351 E. 6th St., Chico CA) featuring speakers, discussion, and an AK Press bargain book sale table. $5 – 10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds).

At 7 pm on Saturday January 27, there will be a live music fundraiser at Blackbird Bookstore Cafe (1431 Park Ave., Chico, CA) featuring Black Magnet, Bran Crown and Cat Depot. $5 – 10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds).

San Francisco, California: J20 Get Money – A Benefit for Inauguration Defendants

A benefit at El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco, at 7:30 pm on January 20. The evening will begin with a special screening of the documentary ANTIFA, followed at 9 pm by DJs, a photo booth, and merchandise. The DJs include Ambr33zyBA! (FELA KUTCHii), Abrilita (B-Side Brujas), TR4VI3ZA, Lonely Girl, Marvelouz, and Eastside Xicana (Noche Romántica).

Oakland, California: We Have No Choice but to Resist: Defending J20 Resisters

January 11th, 6:30 PM. Facebook event here. From the event:

The National Lawyers Guild and Center for Political education are collaborating on a series of monthly panels and on defending ourselves, each other, and communities and movements under facing state repression.

Across the US, J20 Resisters are facing charges stemming from protests on Inauguration Day 2017. On January 20, 2017, J20 resisters participated in civil disobedience in solidarity with families and communities facing greater danger and oppression under the openly violent, white supremacist Trump regime taking power. In Washington, DC, 194 activists were threatened with up to 60 years after their mass arrest for marching and being witness to what the state is calling “property destruction.” 

From @antirepression_bayarea The National Lawyers Guild and Center for Political education are collaborating with community-based and activist groups on a series of monthly panels and on defending ourselves, each other, and communities and movements under facing State repression. Join us for the first panel in the series: We Have No Choice but to Resist: From DC to the Bay Area – Defending J20 Across the United States, J20 Resisters are facing charges stemming from protests on Inauguration Day 2017. On January 20, 2017, J20 resisters participated in civil disobedience in solidarity with families and communities facing greater danger and oppression under the openly violent, white supremacist Trump regime taking power. In Washington, DC, 194 activists were threatened with up to 60 years after their mass arrest for marching and being witness to what the State is calling "property destruction." In San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascón has chosen not to drop charges against local activists. Bay Area J20 resisters have organized to demand that local governments should dedicate their resources to protecting those most vulnerable under the new government, not squandering resources on criminalizing dissent. Nationwide, a variety of grassroots campaigns are forming to counter the increased repression under the Trump presidency. This discussion will reflect on the risks we take when we resist and offer an example of effective strategies of legal and movement defense. Discussions will include questions of when to take diversion and when to fight, as well as how we can prepare to defend ourselves and each other when we take action to resist xenophobic, white supremacist, fascist, misogynist, anti-Muslim, homo/transphobic, ableist, anti-work, anti-poor, anti-homeless State policies and street-based violence. This panel will be an opportunity to prepare for 96 Hours of Non-Compliance, including a review of planned actions and events. It will also be an opportunity to meet with those coordinating legal observers and other activist lawyers and legal workers in preparation for the weekend of action. $5-$20 sliding scale – no one turned away for l

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Oakland, California: RIOTcon

In Oakland on January 20, RIOTcon (Radical Interactive Open Technology Conference) will take place at the East Bay Community Space. RIOTcon is a new conference seeking to highlight the intersections between radicalism, art, and technology and how to better utilize resources. They are looking for talks from Bay Area-based individuals who want to explore the intersections between artists, radicals, and technologists. To submit a talk, please fill out the form at riotcon.io or send an email to riotcon@riseup.net.

Monterey, California: Letter Writing to Support J20 Defendants

On January 21, at 7 pm, there will be a letter writing night at Old Capitol Books at 559 Tyler Street to support J20 defendants.

Merced, California: “What Is Fascism” Workshop

Free event and free zine, January 20, 1666 North Street, 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Riverside, CA: Tabling for J20

Saturday January 20th, 12: 30 PM. Facebook event here.

San Luis Obispo, California: J20 Week of Action

Starting on January 15, there will be a week of action at Cal Poly.

Los Angeles, California: Solidarity Demonstration

A call for a demonstration and banner drop against the J20 charges, LAPD and ICE, Trump, and capitalism on Friday, January 26, at 6 pm, on the Wilshire overpass over I-110, downtown Los Angeles (2 blocks west of Wilshire and Figueroa).

Central:

Fort Collins, Colorado: Black Snake Killaz—A #NoDapl Supporter Rendezvous

A week of outreach and solidarity if being planned in Fort Collins, Colorado. This will include benefits, rallies, film showings, and more. More info here.

Austin, Texas: Film Showing

January 16th, 7 PM. More info here:

Austin, Texas: Pop, Lock, and #DropJ20! A Solidarity Dance Party & Fundraiser

On January 20, starting at 6:30 pm and running late into the night, there will be a full night of education and entertainment at Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River Street, Austin.

Join us for a lively fundraiser supporting J20 defendants on the anniversary of the Inauguration Day protests in DC that led to the mass arrest of protestors.

Alexei Wood, a journalist from San Antonio will speak to his experience live-streaming his arrest and subsequent tribulations posed by the prosecution.

There will be music on both stages! With visuals provided by Hyperreal Film Cub, bands will start the night playing on the outdoor stage at 7pm and then we’ll move indoors for DJ performances and dance party to end the night.

Suggested donations will be $5 entry, sliding scale – no one will be turned down for lack of funds.

Collaborators: Hyperreal Film Club, Austin Anarchist Black Cross (ABC), DJ Dada of Chulita Vinyl Club, bands & additional performances TBA.

We will be tabling J20, prisoner support, and anti-repression literature. We’re happy to talk with folks who are new to these ideas & movements!

Come thru #j20! We got events on events on events! Issa long caption – hold tight 🔧 Mon 1/15 hitting the books w/ Anarchist Study Group: reading Now by The Invisible Committee – on some nom de plume type French shit…you into it? Tue 1/16 film screening: No Justice, Just Us by @sub.media –  ya dig Wed 1/17 prisoner letter writing w/ @atxabc: let's show up for folks who are on the inside, esp our trans, non-binary and gender nocomforming family! Thur 1/18 winter potluck: yr already thinking "yeah, I could eat!" so come thru w/ some bev or yr fav recipe for some good grub and genuine hangs. stop playing & bring yr crush! Fri 1/19 zine release party: wait a minute – you only came for yr personal copy and ended up staying for an entire film screening of No Sleep No Breaks and some live hip hop/r&b/experimental/diy chunes?! ah, totally blissed out! Sat 1/20 POP, LOCK AND #DROPJ20: oof…it's been a rough week, fuck it – let's dance!!! we got bands, we got DJs, we got drank – baby's alright! ty @hyperrealfilmclub and @atxabc 🖤

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Austin, TX: J20 Celebration and Fundraiser with Alexei Wood

January 21st, 6pm. Facebook event here. From the event:

On J20, they wore black, so on J21, we help them fight back! Join a coalition of community & student organizations on Sunday, January 21st to enjoy a potluck and celebration fundraiser for the J20 defendants. 

We will have the pleasure of hearing from Alexei Wood, recently acquitted J20 defendant, who faced a decades-long sentence for livestreaming near the Inauguration Day protests in D.C. We’ll also have kid-friendly games and organization tables for folks to connect with.

Dallas, Texas: J20 Benefit Show

A night of music, poetry, and literature hosted by the Emma Goldman Book Club.

Salt Lake City, Utah

On January 20, Salt Lake City will host a political prisoner letter writing event at the library in between 700 East and 900 East on 3300 South.

SDS will also hold a rally. From Facebook event:

It’s been a long year, but we’ve kept fighting and will continue to fight. There are things that still need to be done. Undocumented immigrants continue find themselves under attack with the ever present threat of deportation, as do indigenous people, whose lands are being viciously stolen out from under them. Our community is still struggling against the SLC Police as they terrorize people at home, while the United States guides the terror abroad. This J20 rally is to celebrate the victories we have won this past year against the Trump administration and the generally corrupt government we live under, and to dedicate ourselves to another year of resistance.

Midwest:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Antifascists Unite! Food & Info Picket

January 20th, 12 NOON, 6th and National. Facebook event here. From the event:

One year into the tyranny that is the current administration, and WE ARE STILL HERE. We been in the streets, holding organizer trainings, educating ourselves, and arming the revolution with self-defense. We have said NO, NO, NO to to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and xenophobia. We have come through with mutual aid, taken care of our friends when they are sick or unsafe, cop watched, and made amazing radical art. We have taken back workplaces, and made huge moves to secure space, food, legal assistance, and housing. But we aren’t even close to being done; with food donations by Food Not Bombs MKE as well as various individuals, we are proving that the resistance is fertile, deep, strong, and will not be silenced by repression by the state nor apathy. Gather with us to celebrate the triumphs, mourn the injustices, and educate yourself about the current issues at hand and what we as a community can do about them, all while sipping some hot beverage and spooning some soup. If you are able, please bring a dish for 4-5 people. If half the people bring a dish, we will have more than enough! We will also be collecting donations of warm winter coats/gear and nonperishable foods for folks in need!

Des Moines, IA: J20 Fundraiser/ Solidarity

Wednesday, January 16: WPW presents an evening of J20 solidarity and action. Dress warm. Meeting place TBA.

Saturday, January 20: fundraiser/ outreach booth at the Capital. Iowa Autonomy will be taking up space during the Women’s March IA in solidarity with the J20 defendants to raise awareness, hand out literature, and collect donations for the defendants. Come to the booth / rally in solidarity. Bring your banner and wear all black.

Chicago, Illinois: Bloodfruit Radical Library and Coffee Grand Opening

On January 19, we will celebrate the grand opening of Bloodfruit Radical Library and Coffee at 3084 South Lock Street.

Announcing a brand new radical library, coffee shop, and community space at Blood Fruit Printworks in Bridgeport. We will continue to operate the print shop for DIY publishing while adding a library and community space for events. We aim to have a curated collection of around 2,000 books including many self-published and underground titles you won’t find at the city library.

We will be collecting book donations all day. These donations can come in two forms. If you have books that you don’t wish to get back, just drop them by and we’ll do the rest. In addition, we are also inviting people to bring their own personal collection of books into a common space for others to use. We hope to collectivize the care of the space by having a plethora of people add their own books that they love to the collection. They will be archived under your name and if you wish to get them back at any time you can simply take them out.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: “Fuck Trump and His World”

January 20th, 4:30 PM, Boneshaker Books. Facebook event here. From the event:

January 20th 2018 marks one year of Trump in office. Instead of seeing his plunder as an exception, we understand it as the progression of what the US has always been: a colonial capitalist patriarchal destroying all life forms that lie in its way of building wealth. Let’s take the time to support those who resisted a year ago and prepare for what lies ahead.

 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin: J20 Demonstration Against Trump

January 20th, 10 AM. Facebook event here. From the event:

It has been one year since the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. This event will serve as a platform for opponents of Trump to express their opinions and as a means of connecting demonstrators so that we might better prepare for the struggles to come.

Lansing, Michigan: To Live and Love We Must Fight—Solidarity & Defense Winter Conference

On January 19-21, 2018, Solidarity & Defense will host a conference focused on building skills for community self-defense.

Solidarity & Defense is a network of people committed to providing solidarity and defense to communities under attack, organized along directly democratic and participatory lines and independent of all political parties and affiliated groups. The conference will consist of a weekend of workshops and political discussions. On Friday evening there will be a dinner and public panel discussion featuring some of the most dynamic community self-defense projects from around the Midwest. Saturday will be packed with workshops and political discussions, followed by an all-ages hip hop show.

Grand Rapids, Michigan: J20 Grand Rapids

Fed up? Ready to start the year proactively? Let’s go! It’s time to voice our displeasure in the current administration to let them know we’re still mad as hell. Speakers TBA soon. People will speak on opportunities to stay involved in movement building work going forward. If your organization has literature/materials you would like to pass out please contact us. Facebook here.

Detroit, Michigan: J20 Rally and March

At Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan—part of a week of action demanding that the J20 charges be dropped.

Cleveland, Ohio: Wandering Aesthetics to host Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret

“Inauguration Protest Station,” January 20th, 7:30 pm, Aqueduct Brewing, 529 Grant St. More info here.

Columbus, Ohio: J20 Benefit Show

On January 20 at 9 pm, there will be a benefit show to raise money for J20 defendants.

Carbondale, Illinois: Build the Bloc—A Week of Events in Solidarity with J20 Defendants

Carbondale will host a week of presentations, music, poetry, and a comedy show to benefit J20 defendants and the wider movement. Events, collective work projects, and shared meals will take place at the Flyover social center, in collaboration with other projects on “the block,” a short block in Carbondale that capitalism left for dead, which comrades and fellow travelers have been working on for years. The week will end with an anti-Trump rally, with a contest for best sign, banner, or puppet depiction of the president.

January 20th benefit show in Carbondale, info here.

Bloomington, Indiana: Two J20 Benefit Shows in One Week

On Tuesday, January 16, at 8 pm, at the Blockhouse Bar at 205 S College Avenue in Bloomington, Punks Give Back will host a night of music and poetry benefitting J20 defendants based in Indiana.

On January 20, there will be a House Show Extravaganza to benefit the general J20 Defense Fund, featuring hardcore, thrash, and DJ sets!

Bloomington, Indiana: Solidarity Demonstration with J20 Defendants

January 20th, 4pm, Sample Gates. More event info here. From the post:

On January 20, 2017, as Donald Trump was inaugurated and while Bloomington was inaugurating a revolution, hundreds of demonstrators were rounded up by the Washington, DC police.  Entire marches were “kettled” as police squeezed protesters together in a cordon, holding them for hours, before brutally arresting them and charging them with conspiracy.  Now, nearly 200 people face up to 80 years in prison, simply for being present at a combative, dignified demonstration.

Their freedom is our freedom, and their convictions in court would destroy our collective ability to resolutely fight back against the Trump regime and what it stands for.

Southeast:

Kansas City, Missouri: Teach-In, Film Screening and Free Meal

Lucile H. Bluford Branch Library, 3050 Prospect Ave, Saturday January 20th, 2:30 till 5 PM. More info:

We will be giving a recap of the January 20th, 2017 events as well as the legal battle that ensued, serving a free hot meal courtesy of Kansas City’s Food Not Bombs, screening the Submedia documentary series that focuses on state repression and surveillance, and speaking on the connection to the repression faced in Black liberation movements. Hope to see you there!

Richmond, Virginia: Benefit Dance Party

At 8 pm on January 20, at the Crystal Palace, there will be a benefit dance party featuring sets from DJ Cell SagaDJ Pawn Shop ShawtyDJ Raggamuffin & DJ Marvo, and DJ Double Earth Sign. A suggested donation of $5 will go to J20 legal defense.

Richmond, Virginia: Film Showing

January 20th, 6 PM. 3110 West Leigh Street. Facebook event here. Film showing of “ANTIFA.”

Carrboro, North Carolina: Benefit Screening of ANTIFA

There will be a screening of the documentary Antifa at 7 pm at the Recyclery on 108 South Graham Street. All donations will go towards J20 defense.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina: J20 Benefit Punk Gig

February 2nd at 8 PM. Nightlight Bar and Club, 405 Rosemary Street. Facebook event here.

Asheville, North Carolina: A Block Party and a Week of Events

In Asheville, we’re kicking off a week of rebellious activities with a block party on January 20 on Haywood Road to share food, fun, and knowledge. This is a free event open to everyone, so bring your friends and let’s talk about where we want to go from here!

From 3-6 pm, the block party will feature workshops at Firestorm Books, including “Uprooting White Supremacy in Appalachia,” an interactive presentation by Holler Network. At 6 pm, there will be a community vegetarian potluck at Firestorm. Workshops will resume at 7 pm, including a presentation by The Callisto Collective. Afterwards, at the Local 604 Bottle Shop, there will be a DJ dance party starting at 9 pm.

The following day, on Sunday, January 21, there will be a Documentary Film Night at Static Age Records. On Tuesday, January 23, there will be a Karaoke Fundraiser at The Lazy Diamond. Finally, on Friday, January 26, the subMedia show “Trouble” will be screened at Firestorm.

On the one year anniversary of Trump's inauguration, communities around the country will gather to reconnect to the roots from which their movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles. In Asheville, we're kicking off a week of rebellious activities with a Haywood Road block party to share food, fun, and knowledge. This is a free event open to everyone so bring your friends and let's talk about where we want to go from here! __Schedule of Events__ •3pm-6pm:::Workshops, including "Uprooting White Supremacy in Appalachia," an interactive presentation by Holler Network @firestormcoop •6pm-7pm:::Community vegetarian potluck (@ Firestorm) •7pm-9pm:::Workshops, including a presentation by The Callisto Collective (@ Firestorm) •9pm-Late:::DJ dance party @local604avl •••••••••••••••• __Throughout the Week__ •Sunday, J21:::Documentary Film Night @staticagerecords •Tuesday, J23:::Karaoke Fundraiser @the_lazy_diamond •Friday, J26:::"Trouble" Screening @firestormcoop •••••••••••••••• This week of events is taking place in response to a call by the Channel Zero Anarchist Network, @its.going.down & @crimethincdotcom Read the full call at https://crimethinc.com/2017/11/15/january-20-2018-build-the-base-take-the-initiative-a-call-to-expand-our-capacity Flyers will be posted soon! #j20

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Atlanta, Georgia: A Panel Discussion Including J20 Defendants

A panel discussion at Little Five Points Community Center—L5P Community Center Café—on January 20 from 7-9 pm. Come here from one of the defendants, watch a screening, and join a discussion. Refreshments provided.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Benefit Show

At 6 pm on January 20, there will be a show in a parking lot at a place called Hank’s, expressing support for J20 defendants.

Tampa, Florida: A Weekend of Workshops

full weekend of workshops at 5107 North Central Avenue, Tampa in solidarity with J20 defendants on January 19th and 20th. On January 21, radical kickball game. Tampa Anarchist Black Cross will also have a table for writing letters to prisoners. All donations will go to the fund that helps get defendants housed and reimbursed for their travel to and from court dates in DC.

Miami, Florida: J20 Solidarity Event and Discussion

January 20th, 6pm. Facebook event here. From the event:

A Miami educational and fundraising event in solidarity with the J20 defendants – January 20, 2018, will mark one year since over 220 people were kettled and arrested during the protests in Washington, DC, on Trump’s inauguration day. Since then the Trump regime has attempted to use the trials could set a chilling impact on resistance and dissent. Six of those facing trial won their cases in December 188 defendants are still facing multiple felonies and some 6 decades in prison. 

Washington DC: Benefit for DC Legal Posse

January 20th, 6pm. Facebook event here.

Knoxville, Tennessee: Radical Library Fundraiser for J20 Defendants

January 20th, 4 PM. Facebook event here. From the event:

Bring books and zines to share and partake in the following activities: Prisoner letter writing, screening of ANTIFA by Global Uprisings, book and zine fair by Knoxville Radical Library, and zines, buttons, stickers for sale!

Northeast:

Worcester, Maryland: J20 Workday and Benefit Potluck 

From the Facebook event organized by the Worcester Anti-Authoritarian Network:

Hey everyone there’ll be zines, baked goods and other things for sale to raise funds too!

Baltimore, Maryland: Prison Letter writing, and J20 Solidarity Fundraiser

Friday, January 19 at 6 pm, there will be a fundraiser party supporting the legal defense of over 200 people mass-arrested for participating in a march last year at Trump’s inauguration. There will be homemade food, music, and drinks available, with all money raised going towards the legal defense of our arrested comrades.

The same night, January 19, at Spiders House, Reservoir Hill, from 7 to 10 pm, you can also join comrades to write letters to prisoners.

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: J20 Vegan Brunch and Film Screening

North Philly Food Not Bombs is hosting a J20 Vegan Brunch from 10 to 3 pm.

“That’s right, it’s time! Us North Philly Food Not Bombardiers wish to honor the one year anniversary of a day that shook this planet: January 20th of 2017, the day trump seized the mantle of control of this (lol) ‘democracy.’ To oppose trump and his zombies, there were some brave and marvelous souls that took to the streets, galvanized into fierce action, and kicked off a wave of rebellion that has not ceased yet (we hope it never does!). Essentially they put their lives on the line, as hundreds are facing what amounts life sentences for their public defiance.

“We want to offer up another all vegan brunch fundraiser as a means for people to get together, forge bonds and to hold space for this important day. Everything will be completely vegan and delicious. We will invite some other wonderful radical groups into the mix too, there will surely be some fantastic books and art.”

Afterwards, at 7 pm, the Wooden Shoe will host a screening of “Street Politics 101” and “Continuing the Beginning,” a documentary about Nuit Debout and related movements in France.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Street Medic Training

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: J20 Defense Benefit Potluck

Come hang at Big Idea on Wednesday, January 17th for a benefit potluck! Bring food, games, and anything else you feel like sharing. Facebook event here.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: J20 Benefit Film Night

January 18th, 4812 Liberty Ave, 6 PM. In solidarity with, and to benefit those folks who were arrested during the inauguration of Donald Trump, the Big Idea Bookstore is participating in a week of events. Facebook event here.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Karaoke Benefit

KJ20: Karaoke benefit, January 19, Glitter Box Theater. Facebook here.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Benefit Film Screening

The Pittsburgh chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has announced a benefit screening of America is Waiting, a documentary about the inauguration protests in Washington DC last January.

From their announcement:

On January 20, 2017, racist billionaire Donald J. Trump was sworn into office as President of the United States. Thousands of protesters flocked to DC to disrupt the inauguration, and to express their disgust and outrage at the idea a bigoted serial assaulter running the country. In response the DC police, in violation of DC law, their own policy, and the US Constitution, kettled and arrested over 200 participants in a protest march at which a handful of windows were broken. Most of those arrested are now facing federal felony charges that could potentially land them in prison for over 50 years.

Director Georg Koszulinski’s film ‘America is Waiting’ serves as a chronicle of the day’s events, employing effective approaches to observational documentary coupled with on-the-street interviews with protesters and pro-Trump supporters alike. By presenting the day’s events in reverse chronological order, the film reflects on the nature of constructed memory, image making, and the production of meaning across an historic event, calling into question the ways in which narratives of historical events are shaped and condensed within popular discourse.

The event will take place in Pitt Law School’s Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Avenue, in room 107 at 5:00 PM on January 20th. There is a $5 to $15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will go to the legal defense of protesters arrested at the inauguration.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Queer Dance Party

J20 Defense: Queer Dance Party (maybe show) fundraiser, January 20th. Facebook here.

From: @the.big.idea.412 A week of solidarity events. With the intent to open autonomous spaces, take the initiative, and build capacity. Stuff Swap: https://www.facebook.com/events/117135055754971 J20 Defense Potluck: https://www.facebook.com/events/197865487455218 J20 Movie Marathon: https://www.facebook.com/events/1559894990754972 KJ20 – Karaoke Benefit: https://www.facebook.com/events/176176113128888 J20 Documentary Screening: https://www.facebook.com/events/185786448829531 Het Ward + Blak Rapp Madusa show https://www.facebook.com/events/499662493726358 Queer Dance Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1942018396062080 The Revolution Starts at Home: https://www.facebook.com/events/133867793955006 Rap Against Fascism 4: https://www.facebook.com/events/1382050225256525 Laugh Riot Volume 1: https://www.facebook.com/events/1124388667664308 #defendj20 #buildthebase

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New York City, New York: Screening of the Global Uprisings documentary, ANTIFA

film screening and gathering in support of J20 defendants at Deep Dish TV, 168 Canal St., 6th Fl, New York. The screening is free; donations will go to the J20 defense fund. This is Episode 1 of “We Interrupt This Program,” a new video series produced by Deep Dish TV & Paper Tiger TV.

Albany, New York: J20 Benefit Show

On January 20, Albany will host “an epic concert with a ton of bands and entertainment and a raffle for great prizes to raise some much-needed funds for the almost 200 brave defendants still facing felony charges and potentially up to 60 years in prison.” Further details to come.

Rochester, New York: Screening of ANTIFA

On January 20, at 5 pm, there will be a screening of the ANTIFA documentary followed by a discussion at the Flying Squirrel Community Space.Washington, DC: Benefit art show, DC Rises: A Year in Resistance, at the Uptown Art House, January 19, 4 to 11 pm:
https://www.facebook.com/events/968872189953297/

Newburgh, New York: Anarchism 101

On January 23, at _ pm, there will be an introduction to anarchism at The Moon Infoshop and Community Space, 188 Liberty Street, Newburgh, New York. Speakers will include folks from The Moon!: Infoshop and Community Space, Hudson Valley Earth First! and Hudson Valley Anarchist Network. Vegan food, tea, and coffee will be available.

Ithaca, New York: Community Meal and Tabling

309 N. Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY 14850. 12 PM. More info here:

On January 20th, 2018, Food Not Bombs Ithaca is serving free vegan food and hosting their really, really free store. Ithaca InfoShop will be tabling at the event to raise awareness and support for the J20 defendants. Also, at midnight on January 20th, 2018, the newly formed voluntary collective Ithaca InfoShop will launch its website.

Washington, DC: Art Show and Punk Rock Benefit for J20

On January 19, a J20 benefit art show entitled “DC Rises: A Year in Resistance” will take place from 4 to 11 pm at the Uptown Arthouse.

On January 20, a benefit show starts at 6 pm at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church.

Portland, Maine: A J20 Legal Defense Fundraiser

At 6 pm at Local Sprouts on 649 Congress Street, various speakers, distributors, and musicians will host a fundraiser including a film showing. Facebook here.

Brattleboro, Vermont: Benefit Concert to Defend J20 Resistance

On January 20, 2018, defendants and supporters have organized a benefit concert to defend J20 resistance here in Wantastiquet, so-called Brattleboro, Vermont. More information here.

Elsewhere around the US

Even if you can’t organize a massive conference or benefit show, you can still put together an event, however small, to mark the day and create new points of departure for 2018.

Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa-based anti-fascist group No Pasaran will be holding a screening and discussion of the movie ANTIFA at the Garden Spot (329 Bell St. South) January 20 at 6 pm. Vegan food will be provided! The suggested donation is $5.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

On January 22, 2018, there will be a screening of ANTIFA at Joe’s Garage. Food at 7 followed by the film.

Stockholm, Sweden: A Week of Events

In Stockholm, Sweden, INFo-44 will host a week with different activities every day, starting on Sunday January 14 and ending on Sunday January 21. There will be self-defense classes, a storytelling session, a film screening, a demonstration, and more. More information here.

South Korea

Around the last week of January, events will take place in Korea inspired by the “Build the Base, Take the Initiative” call and the resistance of our comrades expressed on J20 and many other occasions last year in the so-called USA. To get in contact with the events and anarchists in Korea, email 3.1manse@riseup.net.


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