Building is a comprehensive guide to hosting events as a means of creating radical communities. The zine primarily provides a thorough guide to creating spaces (whether they be opening your house or some other type of space) for hosting events. While it is primarily concerned with hosting musical events, the ideas for organizing and promoting could be used for any type of event. The zine is very much rooted in anarchist politics and offers tips on dealing with the police, creating “safer spaces,” and even offers a helpful glossary of terms. This is a very good zine and one that properly orients DIY against the mainstream.
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Excerpt from Building: A DIY Guide to Creating Spaces, Hosting Events and Fostering Radical Communities
“DIY stands for “Do It Yourself.” As a general ethos, it’s about taking direct action to live independently from capitalist society. Some of us are creating safer spaces for people of all ages, genders, skin colors, sexual orientations, and abilities. Some of us are creating spaces that foster community and don’t operate solely on selling alcohol or acquiring assets for already quite comfortable, rich men. Some of us are creating art that doesn’t conform to whatever is popular. Some of us are sharing skills and knowledge. Some of us are trying to live freely and honestly. Some of us are trying to change the way we act and live to be more proactive and thoughtful. Some of us are actively working to dismantle and destroy this society. Some of us believe that only nonviolent actions can bring about positive social change and some of us don’t. Some of us deal with sexism, queerphobia, and/or racism on a daily basis and are fed up.
The one thing we all have in common is that we want control over our own lives and we’re doing something about it. We don’t want to depend on experts or authorities. We are a constantly growing community of artists, activists, musicians, anarchists, punks, crafters, queers, writers, lovers, fighters, haters, and builders.”