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Bartertown Diner Opens

June 24, 2011

Bartertown Diner Open SignThe worker-owned and collectively run restaurant Bartertown Diner & Roc’s Cakes has opened in downtown Grand Rapids. The restaurant—which features vegan, vegetarian, and raw foods—is affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and is a union shop. Bartertown describes itself as a: … vegi/vegan/raw, worker owned and operated diner. The goal of the restaurant is to promote fresh, local ingredients along with a positive, fair working environment. In a city…

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International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

June 11, 2011

June 11: Solidarity with Marie Mason and Eric McDavidThis year, June 11th has been dubbed an “International Day of Solidarity” with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other long-term anarchist prisoners. From the organizers: June 11th began as an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers in 2004. At the time, Jeff was serving 22+ years. Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Free torched three SUVs at a car dealership…

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COINTELPRO 101 Movie Screening

June 10, 2011

COINTELPRO 101 The Grand Rapids Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and The Bloom Collective are co-sponsoring a screening of the film COINTELPRO 101 on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00pm at the IATSE Hall (931 Bridge St. NW). The description from the filmmakers: COINTELPRO 101 is a 56-minute educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The…

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Act/React Issue #2 Out

June 06, 2011

Act/React Issue #2 Cover The second issue of the Grand Rapids anarchist zine “Act/React” is out now. It has a range of writings on topics including body image, the anarchist community in Grand Rapids, Bartertown Diner, punk rock, and graffiti. The intro to the zine states: act/react is back with issue two! we are excited that even more people were able to contribute this time around. the purpose of this zine has been, and continues to be, to allow rad folks to write anonomously about whatever is…

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New Radical Networking Zine Out

June 05, 2011

Good Morning Revolution Zine - June 2011The group that organizes the Really, Really Free Markets in Grand Rapids – Good Morning Revolution – is now doing a monthly zine aimed at helping to connect radicals in Grand Rapids. The first issue was released for June and can be read online (copies were also distributed at the last Really, Really Free Market). They explain a bit more about their goals in the intro to the zine: GMR is a progressive and evolving group. It was founded in Grand Rapids late…

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June 5 Really, Really Free Market

May 25, 2011

The June Really, Really Free Market will take place on Sunday, June 5 at MLK Park (near the intersection of Fuller and Franklin) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. As always, folks are encouraged to bring things they no longer need, pick up things they do need, to share skills, to make friends, and build community. The Grand Rapids Food Not Bombs will also be providing a free community meal. Here’s a flyer advertising the event and more information can be found on Facebook or the Grand Rapids Activist…

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Collective-Run Bartertown Diner Joins the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

May 11, 2011

Bartertown DinerThe soon-to-be-open collectively run Bartertown Diner & Roc’s Cakes has affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). A press release from the Grand Rapids IWW announces the news: Local Worker-Owned Restaurant Joins Historic Labor Union Act signifies workers’ real desire for change, not just rhetoric Grand Rapids, MI – Bartertown Diner and Roc’s Cakes a raw, vegan/vegetarian restaurant opening in a couple weeks in downtown Grand Rapids has decided to go “wobbly.” The…

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Earth First! News Summer Issue Released

May 08, 2011

Earth First Newsletter: Summer 2011The latest edition of Earth First! News is out now. Earth First! News is a quarterly project of the Earth First! Journal. It is an easy-to-reproduce compilation of the most important news pertaining to ecological resistance. There is a mix of both environmental news and stories about those fighting back. It’s an excellent companion to Earth First!’s online Earth First! Newswire. From the intro to the summer (Beltane) issue: Beltane is the time for ecstasy…

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May Day 2011 Report Back

May 04, 2011

Photo: May Day 2011 in Grand RapidsA number of folks came out to the May Day celebration in Grand Rapids organized by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). A variety of different groups and organizations had a presence including Food Not Bombs, Bartertown Diner, and The Bloom Collective. Amidst the bands and information tables, there was a Really, Really Free Market and plenty of time for socializing. The Grand Rapids IWW has said that this will be a yearly event and there is certainly the…

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Updates on the Midwest “Finding Our Roots” Anarchist Conference

April 29, 2011

So we’ve made it through Chicago’s winter and Finding Our Roots 2011 is starting to come together! The dates are set for June 10th-12th and don’t forget we’re still accepting workshops! We are also seeking ASL and non-english interpreters for this year’s conference. Lastly, because Finding Our Roots wishes to foster an intergenerational community of resistance, we are determined to create a conference that is fun for all ages. We act in solidarity with kids, parents, and caregivers, by…

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