a15- Intense and wild radical spaces

Compiled by Jesse D. Palmer

Goddamn we need more underground and alternative spaces these days — places organized around meeting our needs for music, art, creativity, fun and liberation. Rebel bases supporting the struggle against the ugly fossil fueled consumption monster that is destroying the world.

While our spaces may be leaky warehouses or cluttered and cramped basement libraries, they are filled with life and love. Meanwhile the mainstream world — with all their money and training — is a catalog of the miserable: people sleepwalking through their lives checking facebook and buying shit they don’t need on amazon — their car engine idling while they absent mindedly munch on junk food. Fuck that — let’s live intense and wild sorting through dumpsters and conspiring late into the night.

Here’s some updates to the Radical Contact List published in the 2019 Slingshot Organizer. Please send us your updates about new spaces for the 2020 version by July 25. Look for updates at slingshotcollective.org.

Franklin Street Works – Stamford, CT

An alternative art space available for meetings and events. “Our exhibitions tend to challenge the conceptual norms of our society in the hopes of sparking a bigger discussion.” 41 Franklin Street, Stamford CT 06901 203-595-5581 franklinstreetworks.org

Phoenix Allies for Community Health – Phoenix, AZ

A volunteer-run clinic for the underserved community in downtown Phoenix. 2902 W. Clarendon Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85017 623-455-6470 Azpach.org

Never Ending Books – New Haven, CT

A free book shop in New Haven that hosts music, performance and art events. They also provide space for ElmCity InfoShop Thursday and Friday. 810 State St, New Haven, CT 06511 neverendingbooks.net

Anchor Health Initiative – Stamford, CT

A non-profit LGBTQ health and medical center that offers general checkups, transgender medical services and support with legal name changes. 30 Myano Ln #16, Stamford, CT 06902 203-674-1102 and 2200 Whitney Ave #360, Hamden, CT 06518 203-903-8308 anchorhealthinitiative.org

Molten Java – Bethel, CT

A community centered cafe, art gallery and music venue that hosts weekly open mics, and has vegan and vegetarian options. Our CT contact reports: “an overall friendly place for punky humans to hang out. I think their slogan is something like.. make coffee not war.” 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801 203-739-0313 moltenjava.wordpress.com

Far Out Farm – Kittrell, TX

A permaculture farm that spreads knowledge about organic gardening medicinal and native plants and building with reclaimed materials. 16198 FM 230 Kittrell TX 75851 936-661-8964

Port Orford Community Co-op – Port Orford, WA

A tiny co-op health food store in a rural area that hosts underground events. 812 Oregon St. Port Orford, OR 97465 541-366-2067

Prostor39 – Prague, Czech Republic

A new DIY space that hosts events, film, an art gallery and workshops. Řehořova 33/39 Praha 3 – Žižkov 130 00 420-608-051-226 prostor39.cz

Changes to the 2019 Slingshot Organizer & notes

• The Red and Black Coop moved. Their new address is 4232 Whiteside St. Los Angeles 90063 (mail: PO Box 65052 LA, CA 90065.)

• Charis Circle Books was in Atlanta, GA and they have moved to 84 S. Candler St., Decatur GA 30030.

• Klinika Squat in Prague was evicted.

• The Bike Kitchen at 22 Gibson Street Bowden (enter off Third St) Adelaide South Australia just got an 18 month so will be there until the end of 2020.

• Bluestockings in New York City — a radical hub, bookstore and event space — is celebrating its 20th anniversary all summer long through a series of events and the launch of a membership program to “mobilize community support for trans-affirming and sex worker-affirming spaces and make a powerful statement that radical spaces can survive and thrive now and for years to come.” There will be a kick off party at the end of May – check bluestockings.com for a list of events.