[Internationalist] prisoner support, "Born in Flames", Greek rioters, more!

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Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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IN THIS EMAIL:

1) Thurs 2/18: Prisoner letter-writing night/"Born in Flames" film screening!
2) Mon 2/22: Greek rioters speak with author Peter Gelderloos!
3) No Olympics on stolen native land!
4) Become a monthly sustainer for the Prison Books Collective!
5) More upcoming events!


1) THURS 2/18, 7:30 PM: PRISONER LETTER-WRITING NIGHT/BORN IN FLAMES  
FILM SCREENING!

Join us for the first of a monthly series of Political Prisoner Letter  
Writing night events, along with a screening of the radical cult  
classic film, "Born in Flames"!

 From 7:30 to 8:30, folks will gather to write letters and send  
birthday cards to some of the political prisoners locked up in the US  
whose birthdays take place in February, including Byron Shane  
Chubbuck, Albert Woodfox, and Veronza Bowers, Jr. There will also be  
letters on hand from LGBT prisoners seeking penpals and support. Come  
out and show your support for folks on the inside.

At 8:30, we will screen the 1983 feminist film classic, "Born in  
Flames". From www.imdb.com: "Set ten years after the most peaceful  
revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist  
government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the  
issues of many progressive groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights  
organizations, feminists - are ostensibly dealt with by the  
government, and yet there are still problems with jobs, with gender  
issues, with governmental preference and violence. In New York City,  
in this future time, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize,  
to take the revolution farther than any man - and many women - ever  
imagined in their lifetimes." Highly recommended for anyone interested  
in feminism, queer politics, revolution, or film!


2) MON 2/22, 7 PM: ACTUAL GREEK RIOTERS SPEAK WITH AUTHOR PETER GELDERLOOS!

Don't miss this extra-special speaking event!

Published authors from the VOID Network from Athens, Greece will join  
US anarchist and former political prisoner Peter Gelderloos to discuss  
the world-famous riots that shook Greece in December 2008, in response  
to the police killing of a teenager in the "ungovernable" district of  
Exarchia. This is a rare opportunity to hear about a major historical  
event directly from the participants!

The speakers will also delve into the broader context of popular  
revolt and state counterinsurgency in Greece, Catalunya (Spain), and  
the UK, exploring the tensions between state democracy and grass-roots  
social movements worldwide. Don't miss this one!

Some books by Peter Gelderloos:

*Anarchy Works (brand new on Ardent Press)
*How Nonviolence Protects the State (South End Press)
*Consensus: A New Handbook for Grassroots Social, Political, and  
Environmental Groups (See
Sharp Press)
*What is Democracy? (See Sharp Press)

VOID Network has recently authored We Are an Image from the Future:  
The Greek Revolt of 2008, just released on AK Press. We Are an Image  
from the Future includes interviews with anarchists and  
antiauthoritarians from Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, and several  
villages and islands. To learn more about the VOID Network:  
http://voidnetwork.blogspot.com/


3) NO OLYMPICS ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND!

As the 2010 Winter olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia begin,  
thousands of indigenous activists and allies are protesting the theft  
of native land, environmental destruction, and crackdown on civil  
liberties perpetuated by the Canadian government in the name of the  
Olympics.  From www.olympicresistance.net:

"The 2010 Winter Olympics are taking place in Vancouver & Whistler, on  
unceded Indigenous land, from February 12-28 2010. Over the past seven  
years, there has been a groundswell of opposition to the Games. This  
began in 2002 when members of the St'at'imc and Secwepemc Nations  
filed a submission with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to  
oppose the bid. Given the range of social injustices perpetrated by  
the Games, the anti-Olympics movement has created an opportunity for a  
diversity of groups, individuals, and communities to join forces."

Here at the Internationalist, we will be organizing a teach-in about  
the 2010 Olympics and indigenous resistance in late February.  Check  
our website at www.internationalistbooks.org for updates.

For more information on 2010 Olympics resistance, check out these  
websites and short videos:

http://olympicresistance.net/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoLQ6ThezTk&feature=related
http://vimeo.com/4872922
http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/
http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/story/2730
http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/video/2715
http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/video/2750


4) BECOME A MONTHLY SUSTAINER FOR THE PRISON BOOKS COLLECTIVE!

-An Announcement from the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective-

The Prison Books Collective is a prison abolitionist group that sends  
hundreds packages of books and radical literature to prisoners, by  
request, each month. We also publish prisoners' updates, news, art,  
and poetry in a regular publication, and provide resource guides and  
contact information for other prisoner support groups on the outside.

Beginning in January 2010, the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective  
will initiate a new format for its supporters and enthusiasts to  
support the collective's work. A monthly "sustainer program" will  
allow supporters and participants alike to donate a predetermined  
amount to the collective every month. It's simple and easy to use: one  
merely has to go to our website at www.prisonbooks.info, find the  
"Donate Now" sidebar, enter the monthly amount one wishes to donate  
(ranging from $5 to $50 dollars), and click "subscribe" to enter in a  
bank account or credit card. The money is then automatically deducted  
from the bank account or credit card every month via Paypal.

Our group provides resources that serve a tremendous variety of  
purposes on the inside, from self-education and legal support to study  
groups and organizing in prison. With these purposes in mind, just a  
few dollars a month to help cover the increasing postage costs of our  
work can make a huge difference. Just for context, donating just 10  
dollars per month can send a package of urgently needed materials to a  
different prisoner every week. Please consider becoming a monthly  
sustainer, and please tell your friends about this option as well.

In solidarity,
the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective


5) MORE UPCOMING EVENTS!

-READING INSURRECTION: WEEKLY READING GROUP
READING INSURRECTION is a facilitated reading group meeting every  
Wednesday from 8 to 10 PM, exploring contemporary insurrectionary  
anarchist and critical theory. Every Wednesday at 8 PM, join local  
radicals in dissecting and discussing different texts on themes  
ranging from biopolitics to rupture to small-c communism to global  
social war. For more information or details on readings, email  
reading.insurrection.nc at gmail.com.

Upcoming Schedule:
2/17, 2/24: The Proletariat (Marx, Debord, Negri, Theorie Communiste)
3/17, 3/24: Biopolitics (Foucault, Agamben, Haraway, Tiqqun)
3/31, 4/14: Rupture & Party/Violence (Benjamin, Deleuze, Guattari,  
Schmitt, Baudrillard)

-FRI, 2/26, 7 PM: ACOUSTIC FOLK-PUNK CONCERT WITH JESSIE WILLIAMS +  
WILLIAM BLACKART!
Join us at the Internationalist for a night of passionate acoustic  
ballads from Jessie Williams and William Blackart!

Jessie Williams hails from Oakland, California, and strums earnest,  
politically articulate folk and country tunes. Jessie's ballads,  
following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan, spin stories of ramblers and  
ne'er-do-wells struggling to light a flame of inspiration amidst the  
alienation of modern life. Tune in at  
http://www.myspace.com/TheSuburbanRevolt.

William Blackart brings a haunting, desolate sincerity to his  
scratchy-throated acoustic ballads. An Arkansas native, Blackart  
injects a southern folk-punk twist into territory explored by lo-fi  
country, Chuck Ragan, Lucero, and Bruce Springsteen on his album  
Nebraska. Take a listen at http://www.myspace.com/williamblackart.

-MARCH 11-13: SOHIPOTOME- WOMEN IN HIP HOP CONCERT AND HONORS!
Join Internationalist Books as we table at SOHIPOTOME, a weekend of  
radio/honors/concert events recognizing and honoring women in and of  
the culture of Hip Hop. The 2nd Annual SOHIPOTOME event takes place  
March 11-13, 2010, with a radio special via WXYC on the evening of the  
11th and events during the day and the evening at the Durham Arts  
Council.

For more information and a full listing of events, email  
womenofhiphop at gmail.com or check out http://www.sohipotome.com/.


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