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Local Wild Plant Profile: Purslane

July 31, 2013

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is a plant that many people who have gardens know as a “weed” (it is also known as “Pigweed”). It seeds prolifically and can be found in almost any garden. Less known however is that it has good amounts of beta carotene (more than spinach), iron, vitamins A and C, calcium, and potassium. Purslane is found throughout the Michigan area in gardens, waste areas, and just about any open area. In recent years it has shown up at farmer’s markets in Grand Rapids, but there…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Juneberry

July 29, 2013

Juneberry (Amelanchier) is an easy-to-find multi-stemmed shrub or tree found widely across Michigan. Also known as Serviceberries, Juneberries are widely planted as ornamental trees but also occur in the wild. They have blueberry-like fruits that can be harvest in June. The berries have a flavor that tastes like a combination of apples and blueberries while the seeds have an almond-like taste. Identification Juneberries are small shrubs or trees. They have opposite, stalked, oval, toothed…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Wild Garlic

July 02, 2013

Wild Garlic (allium vineale) is a commonly found plant throughout Michigan. It is commonly found growing in full sun in fields and along roadsides. Wild Garlic is also frequently known as Crow Garlic. It is distinguished by its strong onion/garlic odor and parts of the plant can be used throughout the year. Identification Wild Garlic comes up early in the spring when its leaves can be used like chives. Wild Garlic grows to be 12 to 18 inches tall with hollow gray-green leaves (which tend to be…

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July Political Prisoner Birthdays Poster

July 02, 2013

July 2013 Political Prisoners Birthday posterThe July 2013 political prisoners birthday poster from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective is out now. Please take a moment to write a card and/or letter to let our comrades in prison know that they aren’t forgotten. If you are in Grand Rapids, there is a letter writing night on July 3. The event is organized by JAILBREAK! and takes place from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at The DAAC (115 S Division). The group provides materials and stamps. On a related…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Asparagus

June 30, 2013

Wild asparagus (asparagus officinialis) can be found throughout West Michigan along roadsides, in fields, and along fence rows. Wild asparagus tends to have a bit sweeter taste than cultivated asparagus. Asparagus is best harvested in the spring, but it can be identified for future harvesting throught the summer season. Identification Wild asparagus is a soft, feathery plant that grows about two to six feet tall. It has a fern-like appearance with side branches evenly spaced along a central…

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Poster: Destroy Prison Society

June 26, 2013

We’ve created a new poster calling for the destruction of prison society. It’s designed to provide a basic introduction to the concept of “prison society.” The image is below and it is also available as a PDF: Poster: Destroy Prison Society The full text of the poster: DESTROY PRISON SOCIETY Prison is much more than four walls of a vile institution; prison as a condition is reflected and reproduced in the world that surrounds us. It is the cameras on every street corner surveilling our comings…

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Fifth Estate #389 Out Now

June 19, 2013

Fifth Estate #389The new issue of Fifth Estate*—*the long-running anarchist publication from Michigan—is out now. The table of contents is printed below and if you are interested, please consider a subscription to support anarchist publishing. Also, editor Peter Werbe of Fifth Estate recently appeared on “Anarchy Radio” to discuss the new issue. Check out the episode if you are so inclined. Fifth Estate #389, Summer, 2013 Issue theme: Sex and Anarchy (This issue follows #388, Winter 2012. A…

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Street Politics 101

June 17, 2013

Street Politics 101 is a new documentary on the student strike/struggle in Montreal during the spring of 2012. It looks specifically at how long-term anarchist organizing and development of street tactics helped to spread a culture of militant resistance. From the description: In the spring of 2012, a massive student strike in opposition to a tuition hike, rocked the streets of the Montréal for over six months. Protests and militant street actions became part of the daily and nightly reality of…

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June 11: Solidarity with Long-term Anarchist Prisoners Event in Grand Rapids

June 04, 2013

On June 11, Jailbreak! is hosting an art show, dinner, and dance party as part of the June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Long-term Anarchist Prisoners. The event will take place from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at The DAAC (115 S Division) here in Grand Rapids. June 11 dedicated to supporting Eric McDavid and Marie Mason, two anarchists that both serving lengthy prison sentences (just under 20 years for McDavid, and just under 22 for Marie Mason). You can learn more about their cases by reading…

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Local Wild Plant Profile: Ramps

June 02, 2013

Note: This is the first in a series of blog posts that will highlight the many edible and medicinal plants that can be found in the area currently known as Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ramps are a popular wild food that is easy to forage. They are also known as “wild leeks” (or by the official scientific name “allium tricoccum”). Ramps are a perennial onion with a garlic-like odor that grow in rich moist soils in deciduous woods throughout most of Michigan and the greater region. Ramps are edible in…

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