Compiled by Jesse D. Palmer
Figuring out new ways to live in better harmony with each other and the earth — as well as fighting the decaying system that keeps us back — takes space. So people everywhere are opening artist warehouses, DIY libraries, community cafes and the like. These radical spaces are vital launch pads for meetings, skillshares, shows and community where you can meet other rebels, plot, plan and dream.
Here’s some places we forgot to include in the 2020 Slingshot organizer Radical Contact List, as well as some errors. Please let Slingshot know if you spot other errors or omissions. The list lacks contacts in many places and Slingshot would particularly like to find spaces in Africa if you know of any. The most updated version of the contact list is sometimes at slingshotcollective.org.
1149 Cooperative – Philadelphia
A new cooperative community kitchen for food projects and creators in the food justice movement to “incubate their own businesses and collaborate on the 1149 lunch menu.” The space has an art gallery, community apothecary, and hosts social justice events. The space “proactively includes and involves black folks, folks of color, folks with disabilities, immigrants, women, queer and trans people, and everyone with intersections of these identities. Your inclusion is at the center of what we do.” 1149 S. 9th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1149coop.com
Phosphene – Pt. Townsend, WA
A bookstore and plant-based cafe with an event space. 1034 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 we-are-phosphene.com
Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books – Philadelphia, PA
An independent cafe and bookstore that hosts events. 5445 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19144 215-403-7058 unclebobbies.com
Folk Market Parking Lot Society – Lynchburg, VA
Every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm find an all-inclusive gathering with books, zines, art-making, and “mind food for the movement.” 1121 Main St., Lynchburg, VA wearaltlyh@ gmail.com.
Yoshida dormitory – Kyoto, Japan
An autonomous student sanctuary in the middle of a mainstream university, our source says it “might be the most radical space in Japan.” Yoshida Dorm 69 Yoshidakonoecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan 606-8315 tel. 075-753-2537.
Errors in the 2020 Slingshot organizer
• The Social Justice Action Center at 400 SE 12th Street, Portland, OR 97214 was left off the list by mistake. It is still active for shows and as a meeting space.
• The Organizer should have included St. Louis Art Supply at 4532 Olive St. Louis, MO 63108 314-884-8345
• Kismet Creative Center in Missouri no longer exists.