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Announcement :: Organizing
Call for the formation of neighborhood anarchist collectives and projects
20 Sep 2006
BAAM Boston would like to encourage all Boston area anarchists and anti-authoritarians to form collectives, organizations, or projects in their neighborhoods and schools. We encourage these groups to first organize themselves, and then tackle the issues present in their neighborhoods and communities.

Learn about ongoing struggles, and get involved. Start new projects against oppression and exploitation, and invite your neighbors.
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Calling All Boston Area Anarchists and Anti-Authoritarians: Lets take the struggle to our neighborhoods!

The anarchist movement in Boston has grinded to a stand still. What was a healthy and ever-growing movement three years ago is now a struggle to stay on that map. In our collectives and our groups, we are asking ourselves, “Where do we go now? What did we do wrong?” One such organization, BAAM Boston, has had this discussion as well, and has come up with the following proposal:

This summer, we watched as our brothers and sisters in Oaxaca, Mexico found strength in their neighborhoods, built popular assemblies, and brought the powers of decision-making to the people. As September begins a new the cycle of our transient city of Boston, and we move into our new homes and apartments (or watch as other newcomers arrive), it is time to reorganize ourselves.

As college students move in, pushing more and more working families out of the neighborhoods where they have lived for years, as developers knock down low income housing to build luxury high rises, as the police continue to criminalize the poor, the working, and the (poor working) immigrant, we must focus our efforts to aid our neighbors and defend our neighborhoods.

This is not to say, of course, that anarchists haven’t in the past or present struggled alongside their neighbors and focused on community issues. Many anarchists in our city have been working on these projects for years, and we continue to applaud them. What we are proposing, however, is to extend this work to all neighborhoods and communities that anarchists are a part of, or as many as possible, with the hopes of building, in our neighborhoods, the consciousness necessary to build our own popular assemblies.

Therefore, BAAM Boston would like to encourage all Boston area anarchists and anti-authoritarians to form collectives, organizations, or projects in their neighborhoods and schools. We encourage these groups to first organize themselves, and then tackle the issues present in their neighborhoods and communities.

Learn about ongoing struggles, and get involved. Start new projects against oppression and exploitation, and invite your neighbors. This should not be an intervention, because we will be participating in struggles in the neighborhoods that we live in and the communities we are a part of.

While we may join in these struggles because we are anarchists, because our love of justice and disdain for authority and oppression drive us to do so, our role is not that of a vanguard, forcing our ideas on people, or of a missionary recruiting soldiers to our cause. We should not go into these struggles on high horses, or to push our political agenda on our neighbors: that is not the role of the anarchists. Our role is that of fellow neighbors, organized as we are in our communities, lending a hand in the struggles that affect us all. Our role is to ask the people who are already struggling, who have long been struggling, “What can we do to help?” and where our neighbors are not struggling, find out why, start up campaigns, agitate, and make a space for others to participate.

This does not mean that we should be embarrassed by our politics. If we are asked who we are, what we stand for, we must be honest, open minded, and patient. We must explain, “We are anarchists,” but must not leave it at that. We cannot forget why our ideas are relevant to the communities that we exist in, because anarchy is about communities—neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, social relations—organized without the domination of the politicians, bosses, and authorities who rob us of a voice. We must remember, however, that our politics are best explained in action, that the word anarchist can be a dangerous and alienating term, and that we must gain the trust of our neighbors by being good, committed allies in the struggles we hold common.

We look to Jamaica Plain for inspiration, as anarchists there have worked alongside their neighbors against gentrification, but there are hundreds of neighborhoods across the region lacking a positive anarchist presence. BAAM members have begun to organize collectives/groups in their own neighborhoods and schools, and would love to help aid and/or coordinate others looking to join neighborhood groups or form their own.

Please do not think you must be a member of BAAM, or ever want to be a member of BAAM to join and/or form a group of this nature in your neighborhood. There are many different types of communities, and we are not looking to dogmatically centralize. However, BAAM members forming these groups will be bringing their experiences and ideas back to BAAM meetings for discussion and help, support and solidarity, and everyone is, of course, welcome to do the same, in the spirit of mutual exchange.

So far, BAAM anarchists are forming groups in these following neighborhoods. If you or someone you know lives in one of these places, please get in touch. Also, if you would like to form a group in your neighborhood, and would like help finding other like-minded people, please contact us and we will help connect people.

The Anarchist Neighborhood Projects:
-Inman Square, contact Mothra: zenga9032 (at) hotmail.com
-Brighton/Allston, contact Derek: derek2600 (at) yahoo.com and Jake:
trenchesfullofpoets (at) riseup.net
-North Somerville/Davis Square area, contact Ted: cykros (at) gmail.com
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You see, here's the thing
20 Sep 2006
Hello anarchists, the problem with your politics is that you have no independent politics of your own. You have no alternative to bourgeois dictatorship because you oppose the dictatorship of the proletariat. So you always end up tagging along after liberals, stalinists, or sometimes even outright reactionaries, taking their ideology and adding a some cosmetic red-and-black touches. So go ahead, organize in the neighborhoods, organize in the schools, organize in the workplace, organize whatever, but if you have no idea what you're organizing for, you will never succeed.

Your friend, Leon
ah irony...
20 Sep 2006
...says the insecure Trot who obsessively chases after anarchists on IMC.
Why Boston's ANarchist "Community" is Dead as a Doornail
24 Sep 2006
mothra in inman square huh? well i've been nice, but now i'm leaving town- so i no longer give a fuck.

inman square's community gathering point was destroyed by a trust fund baby named gil aharon.his family is wealthy, and- when i used to talk to him- he was the first to let me know that he was a FAN of everything i understand anrchism to stand AGAINST- heirarchy, authority, the current system, and capitalism. he is the landlord of a club called the Lilypad. the Lilypad was created after he evicted the Zeitgeist gallery and opened a club up in its place. he wanted to call it zeitgeist, too, but this at least we were able to stop. he also physically attacked two of my friends(mafias are also capitalist organizations, and his behavior was simlilar). But hsi most damnign moment, in my mind, is the night he came downstairs when a poet- an african american woman from a musem in town- was there to speak about racism. Before she got a couple sentances in, gil started regailing her with such delectable ideas as "The trouble with these people is that they can't read" ad "uh, yeah, if you can't afford a baby, dont' have one" and " my father taught me to work hard and pull myself up by my bootstraps". Is this the sort of man the anarchist movement wants to adopt? His last action has been to evict all the people living on the third floor of his building on less than 30 days notice. Is that some new anarchist idea- raising the rent and evicting people?

O boston anarchists! Where are your lovely posters proclaiming that rent is theft, that landlords are to rebelled against? Where are your housing activists now? are you such a lord of the flies operation that authoritarianism has come back to bite you on your unaware ass?

Zeitgeist was a decade-old project put together- in large part- by low-income activists, artists, and community bulders. Leftists, artists, anarchists, music freaks, film makers, activists, greens, ALL kinds of folks did things in its two venues. I was involved with it for many years, and found there the ideals that the anarchist movement in this town proports to believe, but whose members are clearly too confused, self initerested, or opportunistic to actualy live by. as the rent for rooms went up, and our nightly rent went up in conjunction(we never made a profit, and whatever we got was rolled back into the gallery), our ability to do what we set out to do became severely compromised. And then there was the eviction-- if we can call it that. we never were even granted a lease- i guess we weren't high enough on the human scale.

After the eviction happened, it took us several months to get stuff out of the basement of our former space. one day as i came in, as i heard the landlord, and three of his friends smashing and breaking the former zeitgeist folks belongings in the basement, yelling about the former guy who ran the zeitgeist "---'s gonna cry! ---'s gonna cry!!" mothra was amongst them- in support. i cannot think of anything more PRO-capitalist than a hostile takeover of a space by its landlord, followed by destruction.

i am sure she has done some good work on the zine library she proportedly runs, but after that incident i never went back there. I've been working on zines, shows, spaces, and community building since i was fourteen- but because of the capitalist, opportunistic, heirarchical stance members of our so-called anarchist community have taken, i feel threatened in one of of the more promising new places where i could have done these things and don't go there. how many other people get this treatment, i wonder?

i certainly saw the treatment anyone who wasn't young, black-clad, and wearing enough patches got at the DNC a couple years back- like criminals, informants, and low-lifes. Its no way to build a community. now go ahead, call me a stalinist again!

if this is the sort of thing which exemplifies the anarchist movement in boston- hooking up with bullies who LOVE capitalism and use it hurt other people in the community- than perhaps its better the so-called "anarchist" community dies, and makes way for something better. mothra's inman square hangout was gotten in exactly the same way that huge corporations behave, and stands as a glaring symbol of this community's defeat.

well, i'm out of poor, destroyed, gentrified, trust fund babied, knocked down, rebuilt, nothing boston. god luck rooting out your monsters. i'd rather be where i don't have to so much.
Oh and the Mural
24 Sep 2006
The Mural at the top of the article is about how the people who lived in central square and cambridgeport at the time stopped the governmetn from buildign ahuge highway through the middle of their neighborhood. I met alot of them- through the Zeitgeist. I've alwasy wondered howmany of them even still live here. . . . . . . . or if anyone even knows anymore what that was all about.

'bye.
silly
25 Sep 2006
you are silly. Mothra doesn't "run" the zine library. it is a collective.
ah. . . . .
26 Sep 2006
yes i suppose having the project a collective i was part of taken over and destroyed by a rich asshole and his bully friends- whom mothra seems to include herself amongst- might have made me a little "silly"- with rage. haven't you ever been silly with rage when yuppies, scumbags, and trust fund babies come and destroy your projects, neighborhoods, housing, spaces, and collectives? i hope the zine library is made up of good folks, but i'm too god damned traumatized at this point, and i'm moving away- going to my new place of residence tomorrow on the bus, yep-- hope the zine library fares better than zeitgeist did- and hopefully not as an instrument to benefit real estate tycoons and republican engineering school flunk-outs like gil aharon and alan carrier, the landlords over at what is now the Lilypad. i hear there are tensions over at 45 mt auburn- i hope you fare better.

aaahh, but its no use here, boston's anarchist community is dead, dead, dead, dead, dead-- and it took alot of other communities with it in its throes--

how sad! one of the folks in the anarchist community called me a stalinist and an informant and all kinds of nasty things on this list when i got on a couple years ago and mentioned that perhaps treating every anti-DNC activist with a gray hair on her/his head like a spy or a cop was not the best way to proceed. . . . . . but i've seen very sincere, genuine, hard core people in our warped, puerile, sad anarchist community do more damage to ALL the activists inCLUDING other anarchists in this town than ANY sabateur ever could have DREAMED of doing! I don't know. something to think about.
question for katt
27 Sep 2006
Katt- I would really like to talk about these issues with you but I do not want to start a flame war with trolls butting in and making life difficult. Do you have an email address where I could contact you to talk about this more privately?
No need to post it, my email is right up there.

-Clara
(papercut zine librarian)