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Local Wild Plant Profile: Blue Violet

November 22, 2013

Blue Violet (Viola papilionacea) is a common early spring and summer flower that can be found throughout the Grand Rapids and greater Michigan areas. The flowers and leaves are edible and can be used in a variety of different ways. Violets can be found in cultivated areas, lawns, parks, open areas in the woods, and in meadows. The plant is perennial and will keep coming back in the same general area each year. Identification Blue Violet is easily identifiable by its familiar blue flowers. The…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Chicken-of-the-Woods

November 22, 2013

Chicken-of-the-Woods (Polyporous sulphureus)—also known as “Sulphur Shelf”—is a great mushroom for beginners. It has a great flavor and texture, can be used in a wide range of recipes, and is relatively easy-to-find because of its bold color and large size. It is not uncommon for a single mushroom to way as much as fifty-pounds! It gets its name because its texture and taste is strongly reminiscent of chicken. Consequently, it can be used in vegan and vegetarian cooking as a substitute in…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Dandelion

November 22, 2013

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)—while perhaps most well-known as a weed—is also a very nutritious wild plant that is found across Michigan. Most parts of the plant can be eaten. Moreover, the plant is highly nutritious. Dandelion greens contain calcium, iron, fiber, Vitamins A, E, and K. Because of their nutritional value, dandelion greens have started to make an appearance in some grocery stores and farmers markets, but there is no need to buy them when they are readily available…

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November / December Political Prisoner Birthday Poster

November 14, 2013

From the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective: November / December 2013 Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster Hello Friends and Comrades, 1) Here is the extremely late political prisoner birthday poster for November and December. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. FYI, the graphic on the poster this month is a picture of a Russian activist who nailed his testicles to the ground at Red Square to protest the extension of the prison…

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Anarchists Against Corruption?

November 06, 2013

March Against CorruptionRecently calls for a nationwide “March Against Corruption” have been circulating on Facebook. According to the announcements, there will be at least a march in Grand Rapids organized by the sort of usual suspects of leftist activism: the Institute for Global Education, Move to Amend, and MoveOn.org. The goal of the march is to participate in a “day of action” against “corruption” that has been promoted heavily on the Internet. The text of the local march announcement says…

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Fifth Estate #390 Out Now

October 28, 2013

Fifth Estate #390 CoverThe latest issue of Fifth Estate, the long-running anarchist/anti-authoritarian publication from Detroit, is out now. The theme of the issue is “MAD in all its variations.” As always, please consider getting a subscription and supporting the project. Contents of the issue (we had a lot of fun doing the “Anarcho-crossword Puzzle”): The Mutual Aid in Times of Crisis scott crow Mutual Aid in Action Dr. Zak Flash 16 Theses on the Cell Phone Jason Rodgers “You are not welcome…

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Showdown at Highway 134: Mi’kmaq Blockade against Fracking

October 22, 2013

Showdown at Highway 134Late last week in Canada, the R.C.M.P. raided an ongoing blocakde organized by Mi’kmaq peoples against fracking. The blockade had been blocking attempts by the Texas-based South Western Energy from doing their work and has cost the company an estimated $50,000 per day. In response to the raid, fracking equipment was seized and police cars set ablaze, while solidarity actions happened across North America. Submedia.tv has produced a short video on the raid, providing some…

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Openings: Anarchist Reflections on Occupy Grand Rapids

October 08, 2013

occupy-openingsWhat follows is an account of Occupy Grand Rapids. While it has been two years since the start of Occupy in town, we believe the following is worth sharing because of the larger questions it raises about anarchist strategy. Hopefully folks learn something from it. It reflects the experiences of a few anarchists and their involvement in Occupy Grand Rapids. In no way do we intend to speak for all anarchists who participated in the past or continue to participate in Occupy Grand…

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October Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster

October 04, 2013

October Political Prisoner BirthdaysFrom the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective: Hello Friends and Comrades, 1) We have two versions of the political prisoner birthday poster for October. Here is one version as well as an extra spooky negative image one for Halloween. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. Some News And Updates: 2) Jorge Cornell, whose birthday was last month, was transferred two weeks ago. If your birthday card for…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Hen of the Woods

October 02, 2013

Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) is a polypore mushroom found throughout Michigan in the fall. Hen of the Woods is very common, albeit somewhat easy to overlook because of its camouflage colors. It is found near the base of trees, often oaks. It often grows in the same place each year. Hen of the Woods can be a very large mushroom, easily weighing three pounds per mushroom or even into the double digits. It has an excellent taste and is generally a safe mushroom to identify. Hen of the Woods…

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